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Re: Exige S RGB #138 - a journey towards perfection, well hopefully

Posted: Wed May 27, 2020 8:54 am
by ade
OEM on the SC cars was a torsen based diff. I fitted one in my car when I got north of 260hp. As for what I thought of it, in slower speed corners if you got on the power early it had a tendency to make the front push on and make you run wide mid corner, however exit performance was so much better. I have since fitted on on my Clio and it has also transformed it, just hoping this one works on track rather than leaving me with one wheel drive like I had last year with the broken plate diff

Re: Exige S RGB #138 - a journey towards perfection, well hopefully

Posted: Wed May 27, 2020 9:20 am
by Lankan
ade wrote:
Wed May 27, 2020 8:54 am
OEM on the SC cars was a torsen based diff. I fitted one in my car when I got north of 260hp. As for what I thought of it, in slower speed corners if you got on the power early it had a tendency to make the front push on and make you run wide mid corner, however exit performance was so much better. I have since fitted on on my Clio and it has also transformed it, just hoping this one works on track rather than leaving me with one wheel drive like I had last year with the broken plate diff
Your observations are correct - I have a Quaife ATB in a Clio V6 255, which has excellent traction out of corners so it helps in low traction scenarios, but I need to be mindful not to grab the power too early.

Plate diffs need rebuilding ever so often, which is where the Torsen/ATB diffs score since they are relatively maintenance-free, and the Quaife ATB comes with a lifetime warranty.

Which Clio do you have?

Re: Exige S RGB #138 - a journey towards perfection, well hopefully

Posted: Wed May 27, 2020 9:26 am
by andybond
Lankan wrote:
Wed May 27, 2020 9:20 am
I have a Quaife ATB in a Clio V6 255,
You have a V6 255 as well?

Shut the front door. Love these things. I run turboRenault.co.uk as well as here. I have a strong history of Renault ownership but sadly never a Vee.

Re: Exige S RGB #138 - a journey towards perfection, well hopefully

Posted: Wed May 27, 2020 9:58 am
by Lankan
andybond wrote:
Wed May 27, 2020 9:26 am
Lankan wrote:
Wed May 27, 2020 9:20 am
I have a Quaife ATB in a Clio V6 255,
You have a V6 255 as well?

Shut the front door. Love these things. I run turboRenault.co.uk as well as here. I have a strong history of Renault ownership but sadly never a Vee.
Ah, small world!

Yes, two actually (#002 & #314) - the former is one of 6 press cars brought into the UK by Renault for the launch of the 255 (Phase 2), and was subsequently assigned to Autocar, and appeared in their reviews/writeups in Oct/Nov 2003 - also featured here: https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/re ... ltsport-v6

#314 too was owned by Renault UK, and used for promotional (static) events, and then been in a couple of collections so has only 799 miles from new, As one of 18 Liquid Yellow cars in the UK, it is quite a rare example. I have never driven it! :crazy:

You might have guessed that I like quirky cars that are RWD drive and have a manual gearbox. Hence the likes of these and the Alfa SZ fit right in...

Re: Exige S RGB #138 - a journey towards perfection, well hopefully

Posted: Wed May 27, 2020 10:45 am
by Lankan
Fonzey wrote:
Wed May 27, 2020 6:31 am
Welcome to the forum, suspension refurbs are probably one of the more satisfying jobs you can do on these cars!

Hopefully the car meets your expectations when you (finally) collect it :mrgreen: I'm sure it will!
Thanks - yeah, I was kind of surprised to see/hear that Lotus don't use/do any rust-proofing of any sort, so a refreshing the underside was definitely necessary.

I think the #138 will fit right in as I miss the raw and visceral nature of my old 964RS (the only car I regret selling), even though the RGB will have more luxuries in the form of AC, electric windows, central locking, traction control, etc, yet be lightweight, nimble, and faster.

Having owned many of the old school (air-cooled) models, I have been a long-term Porsche enthusiast and the one thing that bugs me with their current crop is how big and heavy they have become! :evil:

I was looking into getting a 981 Cayman GT4, which is why I kind of drifted away from Lotus in 2015 until now, but I think I have made the right choice.

Re: Exige S RGB #138 - a journey towards perfection, well hopefully

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:07 pm
by Lankan
These 'shiny' new things have just been delivered to Jon, fresh from Mick Gardner Racing: :D

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Re: Exige S RGB #138 - a journey towards perfection, well hopefully

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:08 pm
by Fonzey
Now we're talking!

Re: Exige S RGB #138 - a journey towards perfection, well hopefully

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:13 pm
by Lankan
Fonzey wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:08 pm
Now we're talking!
Yeah, and the day of reckoning is drawing closer....but still waiting for the Quaife ATB diff.

Re: Exige S RGB #138 - a journey towards perfection, well hopefully

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:16 pm
by Fonzey
Lankan wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:13 pm
Fonzey wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:08 pm
Now we're talking!
Yeah, and the day of reckoning is drawing closer....but still waiting for the Quaife ATB diff.
Yes you should probably try to get it driven before Winter and/or another pandemic lockdown arrives :lol:

Any temptation to do anything else with the gearbox while it's at? Uprated 3rd/4th for example?

Re: Exige S RGB #138 - a journey towards perfection, well hopefully

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:20 pm
by Lankan
Fonzey wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:16 pm
Lankan wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:13 pm
Fonzey wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:08 pm
Now we're talking!
Yeah, and the day of reckoning is drawing closer....but still waiting for the Quaife ATB diff.
Yes you should probably try to get it driven before Winter and/or another pandemic lockdown arrives :lol:

Any temptation to do anything else with the gearbox while it's at? Uprated 3rd/4th for example?
The gearbox/shift is all good, or so I am told, so no plans on upgrading just yet, but doing the engine mount inserts and filling the gearbox with Red Line MT-90 as part of the major service.

I will get used to #138 first, and then see where else I wish to take it further...