2005 Lotus Elise Spyder1 Custom
|1.8 liter 2ZZ-GE w/VVTL-i||
|Eaton MP62 supercharger||
|7.8 lbs per hp|
|118.9 hp per liter||
(from Brian Eyerman)
It started as a dream. Inspired by only the purest of sports cars,
the Spyder 1 focuses on performance through light weight. The car
originated as a 2005 Lotus Elise which weighed around 1975 lbs.
Private owner, Neil Ratnavira, dreamed of a car that was centered
around driving. Rather then block out the driving experience with
things like stereos and climate control, Neil wanted to embrace the
elements that were once familiar to the origins of the automobile.
In doing so he designed a fresh, unique car that many tuners dare to
even think of. With the help of co-builder, Brian Eyerman, the dream
became a reality. Over 600 hours went into the creation of the
Spyder 1. The project took 8 months to finish. The car was featured
for the first time at LOG27 (Lotus Owners Gathering) in Aspen
Colorado in 2007. When asked if Neil was going to trailer the car to
Colorado? He answered "And miss out on 1,700 miles of driving... Why
the hell would I want to do that?". Many sponsors and friends came
together in the making of the car. Their time and effort together
contributed to the making of one man's dream. A dream that will not
be forgotten. Unfortunately on January 8th, 2008 the Spyder was
t-boned by a driver that ran a stop sign completely destroying the
car. It's only a matter of time until Ratnavira and Eyerman create
another truly special car.
Thank you to our friends and sponsors: GUT Sport, Braille Auto, Giro Disc, Motul, Works Bell, Sector 111, Burke Built, Clear Pro, RK Sport, Specialty Car Craft, Phil at BOE Fabrication, Brent at Baldwin Racing, CharlieX W., Mark, Matt C. and everyone else who contributed big or small to the making of the Spyder 1.