Le freinage

Le circuit de freinage de l'élise mk1

Recommandations pour le rodage des plaquettes de frein d'après Lotus :

With new pads and discs, or just new pads fitted run the car around for 10-20 miles using the brakes gently as normal to bed the two surfaces together. Once this has been done, check the surfaces of the discs and make sure here are no signs of any scoring or damage. Assuming all looks well take the car to an appropriate piece of quiet and straight, well sighted road and perform half a dozen medium pressure stops from 50 mph down to 20 mph to warm the brakes up. Avoid more than a minute between each stop so that the temperatures do not get a chance to deteriorate too much. Once the brakes are warm and the coast is clear, perform 2 or 3 hard stops from 70mph (where local laws allow!) to 20 mph, braking as hard as you can without locking up. Do not come to a halt between each stop, do them as fast as you can to get the brakes really hot. On the third stop come to a halt and keeping your foot on the brake press the brake pedal down as hard as you can and hold it there for at least a couple of minutes, don't apply the handbrake. This hurts if you are doing it right! This will bed the pistons, shims and pads together and will compress the pad material, giving a hard and repeatable pedal. Once the 2 minutes have passed, release the pedal and go for a short drive, using the brakes as normal to let everything return to normal temperatures. The brakes are now fully bedded in and ready for use in anger. Recompressing the pads once every few thousand miles to the above procedure will help keep the pedal firm, especially if you don't normally use the brakes hard.

 Nick Adams (ingénieur Lotus)



Lotus vend 2 kits pour les proprietaires d'élise en MMC (offre valable qu'une seule fois pour remplacement de l'ensemble soumise à présentation de la carte grise) :

- Offre 1: A111J0172S (disque ventilés acier + plaquettes) monte origine elise 111
env 650€

-Offre 2 : A111J0173S (disque ventilés percés + plaquettes) monte origine elise 160
env 750 €

Sinon cette entreprise fabrique des MMC et plaquettes de freins correspondantes :

Update sur l'épaisseur mini des disques OEM aciers (email de Lotus, trouvé sur le seloc):

Le service manual donne l'épaisseur mini de 24.9mm. Cette épaisseur mini n'est applicable qu'aux MMC. Lépaisseur mini des OEM acier est de 24.0 mm

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