Quite a few years ago, a friend of mine used to store his red Lotus Elan in our family's pole barn. He didn't drive it as much as he wanted, but when he did, it put a huge grin on his face. Lotus Elans are a rare sight these days, however many of us were fortunate when a Lotus Elise visited Tire Rack for an autocross event. Just like my friend's ride, this was one sweet car!
Not only did the Elise look awesome, the owner ran some great times on our track. Getting faster runs depends on the driver, set-up and tires. The owner of this Elise did a wonderful job on his set-up and tire choice. The Sport Package Elise normally runs 195/50R16 fronts and 225/45R17 rears. However, given the lack of 195/50R16 tire choices, he went with 205/45R16 in the front. His 205/45R16 and 225/45R17 tandem, along with some sway bar adjustments keep the car neutral and less susceptible to snap oversteer.
He's currently running the Hankook Ventus R-S3 (Version 2) and said he's happy with them. The tire is a great choice, but he mentioned they wear out a little too soon and is leaning towards switching over to the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R. The Hankook RS-3 is a good tire but the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R offers even better grip and overall performance.
Whether he won or lost, it's truly winning when you're driving a great looking car like the Lotus Elise!