Lotus Alignment Recommendations

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  A proper alignment is critical to performance of your light weight sports cars.  These cars are very sensitive and respond well to changes in suspension setup.  These recommendations are based on experience we've gathered since 2004 with the Lotus 111 platform.  Your results may vary so we suggest you start here and tweak as your driving style demands.  

Make sure that your car's suspension components are in mechanically sound condition.  Check your balljoints, toe links, track ends, etc to ensure that nothing is worn out.  See our 60pt Prep Sheet for a great reference.  Consider our Suspension Refresh Kit if you discover worn out parts are have a higher mileage car.

Recommended settings for a Elise/Exige street/track car with R-compound tires.         

                          Front                 Rear
Ride height    125 +/- 3mm    130 +/- 3mm
Camber            -2.2°               -2.4° to -2.7°
Toe (total)       0                       3mm total toe in


Recommended settings for a track Elise/Exige car with slick tires.

                           Front                      Rear
Ride height    120 +/- 3mm              125 +/- 3mm
Camber            -3°                             -3°
Toe (total)       0 - 1mm toe out        3mm total toe in


Follow These Steps:

1.      Set the ride height.  

2.      Set camber.

3.      Set toe.

  • To set the camber, remove all your stock shims as well as the ABS shim. You may need to install V2arms or machine your stock steering arms to obtain optimal camber.  Remember to use threadlocker on the steering arm bolts.
  • While a lower ride height is possible, we find the suspension works best at these recommended heights and the chance of scraping the bottom of your car is less.
  • Write Down All of Your Changes!  Write down your alignment settings and then note how the car performs. Write down any changes you make and record the results. This is the best way to get the car dialed in exactly how you like it.  Use our Alignment/Set-up Sheet to help keep tabs on the changes.