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    Dougal Cawley
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  1. What are you guys fitting? https://www.longstonetyres.co.uk/classic-car-tyres/ford/cortina.html we have the 185/70VR13 CN36 and 165HR13 CN36 on the shelf and the 175/70VR13 CN36 will be back in stock soon. https://www.longstonetyres.co.uk/classic-car-tyres/lotus/europa.html Other good news is we will have the 155HR13 Cinturato CA67 soon as well.
  2. What are you guys fitting? https://www.longstonetyres.co.uk/classic-car-tyres/lotus/europa.html we have the 185/70VR13 CN36 on the shelf and the 175/70VR13 CN36 will be back in stock soon. https://www.longstonetyres.co.uk/classic-car-tyres/lotus/europa.html Other good news is we will have the 155HR13 Cinturato CA67 soon as well.
  3. Hi For some time now we have had the 145HR13 Pirelli Cinturato CA67 which is the best tyre for an early Elan. we recently received a 165VR13 Cinturato CN36. great news news for Elan +2 owners Epic performance. The only thing available that has come close to this tyre in recent years has been the Michelin XAS and the Dunlop SP Sport. They have been the only really suitable for these cars untill the Cuinturato came out which is currently over £70 cheaper than the Dunlop and over £ 100 cheaper than the Michelin XAS Is there another good tyre i have missed? https://www.longstonetyres.co.uk/classic-car-tyres/lotus/elan.html the hot gossip is that in the next couple of months i hope to receive my first deliveries of the new batch of 155HR13 Pirelli Cinturato CA67. All being well i will be able to keep the prices as good as the rest of the range of Elan tyres, however it is a very different world to when i managed to get the rest of the range on their way, Pandemics and European wars just make stuff expensive and difficult to get done. I know it isnt an Elan, but it is a picture of my old Elite Road car fitted with CA67. ( ishall be racing my Red Elite on Saturday at Silverstone.)
  4. Hi for you guys on 15" wheels Pirelli are making these again https://www.longstonetyres.co.uk/catalog/product/view/id/5998/s/215-50zr15-pirelli-p700-z/category/8819/ Great news foir those who want to keep the handling at its best, and lets be honest why else would you buy a Lotus.
  5. This is a lovely car. top spec with Borrani and Cinturato and everything you want on the worlds prettiest car (is it prettier than a Muira?) http://classiccars.brightwells.com/viewdetails.php?id=5728 I used to belong to the Crown Prince of Jahor.
  6. You should definitely fit inner tubes in Borrani wheels. even though some wire wheels claim to be tubeless I have seen too many failures to trust them. I suggest always putting inner tubes in any wire wheels. you should not fit an inner tube in low profile tyres. But that doesn’t matter because you shouldn’t fit anything like a 65% profile on a classic car any way it will not handle nicely. any full or 70% profile tyre can fit an inner tube regardless of weather it is described as tubeless or not. so any tyre that is suited to a Lotus Cortina can fit an inner tube if you want. my guess is that your wheels don’t have a safety hump so a tube is right. the film on here should help https://www.longstonetyres.co.uk/classic-tyre-inner-tubes.html However you wouldn’t ever want to fit anything lower or wider than a 185/70-13 so that is fine.
  7. I genuinely think the Elite is the worlds most gorgeous car. If you have a car for sale please pop it in the free classifieds - Cheers buddsy it doesn’t get much better than that with Borrani wheels ZF & Webber’s.
  8. Hi I've got to tell you, i have the original 155HR15 CA67 Pirelli Cinturato fitted and they are epic. I have gone a bit posh and fitted Borrani wheels too. I raced it at Snetterton last weekend, mine is a standard road car, but in the corners it was epic on the Cinturato. It held it's own against much more powerful cars on racing tyres in the wet. On the straights though i was blown into the weeds. I think one of the things that is critical on an Elite is that because they roll so much in the corners you do need a period tyre to keep the handling progressive. A modern tyre carcass needs a much more rigid suspension set up with adverse camber, to attempt to keep the foot pit flat on t he road, where as period tyres are designed to be fitted to cars with softer suspension and no camber, so as the car rolls it doesn't pick up the inside edge of the tyre and loose grip suddenly, it starts to do it a little earlier but it does it in a progressive manner.
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