Normally Aspirated Tyres

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Normally Aspirated Tyres

Postby Specky » Sun 28.02.2016, 13:46

A couple of years ago I purchases a full set original Elan Tyres, their one and only purpose ...Show tyres...not driving.

But I made a boob :roll:

They're SE tyres, would anyone know the differences or have any photos of an N/A with OEM tyres?

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Re: Normally Aspirated Tyres

Postby Rambo » Sun 28.02.2016, 18:53

N/A tyres probably have a different speed rating Dave.

For going slower :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Normally Aspirated Tyres

Postby GeoffSmith » Sun 28.02.2016, 20:21

Don't get much slower than show tyres Mark!
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Re: Normally Aspirated Tyres

Postby Specky » Sun 28.02.2016, 21:13

Rambo wrote:N/A tyres probably have a different speed rating Dave.

For going slower :lol: :lol: :lol:


:clap:

Nargh... it's gotta be to handle the additional Torque and power generated via the uprated gearbox ratio whilst progressing through the lower speeds :roll:

I guess its just a difference compound, well worth it for 150 odd cars :shock:

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Re: Normally Aspirated Tyres

Postby tb10 » Sun 28.02.2016, 22:20

:agree: :burnout: :burnout:
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Re: Normally Aspirated Tyres

Postby Rambo » Sun 28.02.2016, 22:53

Ha ha Geoff ..

.....but the original N/A spec was indeed different than for the SE

N/A tyres were V rated, rather than Z rated for the SE

And the Michelin compound was also different MXV for the N/A and MXX for the SE :wink:
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Re: Normally Aspirated Tyres

Postby lotusflasherman » Sun 28.02.2016, 23:18

Specky wrote:A couple of years ago I purchases a full set original Elan Tyres, their one and only purpose ...Show tyres...not driving.

But I made a boob :roll:

They're SE tyres, would anyone know the differences or have any photos of an N/A with OEM tyres?

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SE had Michelin MXX-2 205/50 ZR15 tyres while NA had MXV2 205/50 VR15 tyres. MXX-2 had kevlar belts which made it 4lb lighter than equivalent steel belted tyre but they were discontinued several decades ago. My first SE came on worn MXX-2's in '95 but couldn't find them anywhere a year later and Hethel recommended MXX3 Pilot SX ZR15 as the nearest substitute for the discontinued MXX-2. Had difficulty finding MXX3's and the list price was 'eye wateringt' so fitted 4 Avon ZZ1's for less than the price of 2 MXX3's. They worked very well.

The NA's MXV2 type continued for a lot longer and some of different profiles can still be found on ebay. Some photos here If you want to see what they looked like -
www.ebay.fr/itm/205-60-15-91V-15-PART-WORN-TYRE-MICHELIN-MXV2-4-75mm-/252035893314
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Re: Normally Aspirated Tyres

Postby Specky » Sun 28.02.2016, 23:31

That's all good stuff, I'm very appreciative. :D

There's a possibility I might track down the real McCoy then, failing that... It'll be SE tyres for show.

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Re: Normally Aspirated Tyres

Postby Rambo » Sun 28.02.2016, 23:59

To be honest Dave, I think even the best of Lotus scrutineers from Hethel probably wouldn't know the difference. So I think the SE Michelin MXX2's would be appropriate and very period :wink:

PS Have you checked on Clemo. He's probably got a few of the original MXV2's in his garage or garden. Probably with a few geraniums in them and trailing lobelia hanging over the sides though :lol:
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Re: Normally Aspirated Tyres

Postby Specky » Mon 29.02.2016, 00:45

I'll just lie... :lol:

It's a durability trials car... It came with them... Who'll know...

Apart from the whole internet... And Geoff... He'll remember no matter what... And he'll remind me :D
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Re: Normally Aspirated Tyres

Postby johanvanboven » Mon 29.02.2016, 18:03

Hi, if you are interested I have a pair of stonehard but goodlooking MXX-2 tires on the attic, having about 10.000 Miles on them.

But you have to pick them up in Belgium, maybe on YLD?
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Re: Normally Aspirated Tyres

Postby Specky » Mon 29.02.2016, 22:18

johanvanboven wrote:Hi, if you are interested I have a pair of stonehard but goodlooking MXX-2 tires on the attic, having about 10.000 Miles on them.

But you have to pick them up in Belgium, maybe on YLD?


Many thanks for your gracious offer, I'll take a rain check if I may.

I'll Undertake a further bit of searching for the NA items.

Cheers again :D

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Re: Normally Aspirated Tyres

Postby clemo » Tue 08.03.2016, 20:47

i like this kind of posting.
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Re: Normally Aspirated Tyres

Postby GeoffSmith » Tue 08.03.2016, 21:13

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Re: Normally Aspirated Tyres

Postby Saltire » Wed 09.03.2016, 08:31


Who said retired people have too much time on their hands? :D

I'm off out to get one now; I particularly like the fact that it has "included three sets of joints cheer: ball pin / balloon / floating bed". At my age, my joints need all the cheer they can get :asleep:
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Re: Normally Aspirated Tyres

Postby Specky » Fri 11.03.2016, 21:59



May be you could recommend it to the S2 drivers ;-)

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Re: Normally Aspirated Tyres

Postby Elanlover » Sat 12.03.2016, 23:37

Touche.

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Re: Normally Aspirated Tyres

Postby Rusty Wishbone » Sat 12.03.2016, 23:48

Rambo wrote:To be honest Dave, I think even the best of Lotus scrutineers from Hethel probably wouldn't know the difference.


Perhaps Specky is preparing for Pebble Beach. The scrutineers there are notoriously picky on details like this.
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