Lotus Elan

Bonnet (Hood) Off Driving

PostPost by: Stevie-Heathie » Thu May 27, 2021 6:02 am

If you haven’t already done this, pop that spring off and take your Elan for a drive around the block with the engine bay exposed. OMG, the induction noise is sensational!

Had to do this last night to test out my temporary headlight arrangement before the MoT test, and I was blown away :-).

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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Thu May 27, 2021 6:36 am

Hooligan! :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: 1963 S1 » Thu May 27, 2021 9:55 pm

I've had a similar experience. It is indeed spectacular!
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Thu May 27, 2021 10:53 pm

But probably illegal
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PostPost by: bitsobrits » Fri May 28, 2021 2:15 am

I bought my first Elan (S3 FHC) when in college and would often run it without the airbox cover just to hear the induction sound while hooning around the streets of Seattle. Hooligan for sure.
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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Sat May 29, 2021 5:22 am

I have done it but a long time ago. My S4 is going to be back on the road soon after a long lay-up, so I think I will re-discover the delights of weber induction noise!

I tried something similar with my old Clio V6. That has a 3 litre engine mounted just behind the front seats with a very heavy rubber cover to keep the heat and sound at bay. With the cover removed the air-intake is about 14 inches from your head, and the sound is amazing, although a bit painful. It also had a straight through exhaust with no cats at that stage. I lasted about 5 miles before putting the cover back on!

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PostPost by: StressCraxx » Sat May 29, 2021 3:31 pm

Here in the Colonies are a bunch of hooligan rally drivers and stunt drivers. Anything worth doing is worth overdoing. To wit: [Hoonigans]

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheHoonigans
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PostPost by: TBG » Sat May 29, 2021 3:58 pm

Brilliant video! Thanks for the link. D

Someone on here will probably tell you it is illegal................................! D
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PostPost by: SENC » Sat May 29, 2021 4:49 pm

TBG wrote:Brilliant video! Thanks for the link. D

Someone on here will probably tell you it is illegal................................! D


Sure makes me feel better about driving around without a hood!

Great video!
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