When looking for a suitable development platform nothing matches the MX5 for durability and potential; there's a good reason Mazda have sold over a million of them!
The TWP Mk3 is as far removed from the standard road car as is possible. We run Meister R race suspension and Traklite rims wrapped in durable MRF semi-slick tyres as the fairly standard race modifications, but add our own custom additions to give us that edge over our competitors such as aerodynamic surfaces, splitter, rear wing, undertray and diffuser. All of this results in the car changing into something much more capable than your standard 5. We have even added more technology like a rear facing camera to assist with night racing and full VBOX Racelogic system to aid driver development at each circuit.
As a development tool, the chassis has been used by Students for their final year projects (actually a symbiotic relationship as the evidence gained from their studies often ends up becoming reality on the car).
Brand new to the team in 2019, this is our first foray into the Lotus brand but very much with one eye to the future.
The team want to progress down the endurance route with the 24hr races being very much the long term goal, and are hoping to do so with this particular project.
Everything about the build, from conception and design to fabrication and delivery has been student-led with the key focus on efficiency and reliability rather than raw power.
The Elise platform gives us great base with a light chassis, but we add our own custom modifications including splitter, rear wing and diffuser to keep the Nankang rubber planted to the black stuff. The VBOX Racelogic system allows drivers to pin point improvements at each circuit.
This car is in the mid-development phase that we go through with all of our cars,with the students looking into improvements through extensive research and experimentation to prove their findings. We encourage them to physically implement their designs onto the car in order to prove their theory, and 9 times out of 10, driver feedback is in accordance with their theoretical design improvements.