Lotus Elan

Splitter

PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:26 pm

Has anyone any photos of Elans (especially Plus 2's) fitted with a splitter?...
Has anyone any ideas as for donor vehicles for the above?...
Has anyone any experience of fast road use fitted with the above?..
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PostPost by: stevebroad » Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:37 am

This is mine (only an Elan, sorry). Work in progress.

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PostPost by: GrUmPyBoDgEr » Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:52 am

John,
Check out the pictures of Alan "Spyder Fan's Duratec Elan.
If my memory serves me well he used a (modified) Europa one.
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:29 am

Steve
Thank you

Have gone through 40 pages of Alans posts ...think a pm might be best...
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PostPost by: theelanman » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:31 am

John
are you after a propper splitter or would something like the chin spoiler off the europa be something like
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PostPost by: theelanman » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:43 am

like these?
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:18 am

Yes,now they look the part,chin spoiler :? will give it a google..
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PostPost by: stevebroad » Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:28 am

Is that actually going to work?

I am certainly no aerodynaicsist, but it looks to me that there will be a bit of turbulance behind the splitter due to its angle to the air. A splitter is usually parallel to the air flow splitting the air either side of it, hence its name. This looks more like an air dam to me.

But, hey, what do I know.
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PostPost by: theelanman » Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:31 am

I think the idea of the chin spoiler was to create resistance to keep the nose down at high speed
and poss direct air into the rad.....

parts listed here
http://www.parts.banks-europa.co.uk/orders_frame.htm
?56 to ?102...then VAT of course

if it was to be a real splitter than I think you may need to design wind channels and rear venturi
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PostPost by: stevebroad » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:05 am

So it is acting more like a wing than a splitter. But if it works and does what you want it to who cares what it is called :-)
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PostPost by: theelanman » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:08 am

stevebroad wrote:So it is acting more like a wing than a splitter. But if it works and does what you want it to who cares what it is called :-)


sounds about right......
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banks call it a spoiler...is that 'coz it spoils the airflow then...

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PostPost by: andyhodg » Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:08 pm

Hi John

A few years ago I visited the Spyder workshops and Andy (of Spyder) showed me a +2 witha chin spoiler and was telling me how effective it was at preventing the light steering that one experiences when travelling at high speed (above 90 mph) in a +2. It looked very much like the chin spoiler fitted to the europa, maybe slightly smaller.

Not that I have fitted one to mine but if I had any major bodyworks to do I would certainly give it serious consideration.

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PostPost by: c42 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:29 pm

Hi John

If you have a look at Google Images of either the Veagantune Elan or Evante you will see an alternative front spoiler.

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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:24 pm

Well.....I knew I had some stainless in the shed so.....

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I got to work with the tin-snips and after a little while had a splitter...

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and with a couple of fixings.....

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Finished job...

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Next job is to road test it....

I just pity any road-kill that gets in the way....

Many thanks to all

John :wink:

P.S Don't know why the piccies didn't end up where I put them???
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PostPost by: GrUmPyBoDgEr » Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:55 pm

You could run that little beauty across the lawn once a week in the Summer---------------Job done!
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