After the MOT was complete, the next week was planned to be very busy and exciting!

The schedule of events was to be:

  • Mapping at Emerald on the Thursday
  • A fun day of 1:1 tuition with Andy Walsh (www.carlimits.com) on the Friday
  • A 'Thank You' BBQ for everyone who's assisted working on the car on Saturday
  • And on Sunday a drive to Spa Francorchamps F1 circuit for testing on Mon/Tues
  • Followed by a jaunt down to the Nurburgring Nordschleife on Weds and Thursday

...Sadly we didn't make it past stage one of the masterplan.

At about 3pm on the Thursday afternoon the phone rang - it was Dave Walker at Emerald explaining to me that there appeared to be a problem with the engine.  The unit had passed compression and leakdown tests with highly satisfactory results.

However once the car was up on the rollers it was apparent that when the throttle was released under load, large quantites of oil were finding their way through the bores into the cylinders (so much so it smoked Emeralds dyno-cell out for about 30 mins)!

In Daves expert opinion, this suggested a faulty oil control ring.  Not an expensive, critical or complex fix - but a showstopper for the trip to Spa.

I consulted my friends Tim and Johnny at Stratton Motor Company and they had no hesitation in recommending Scholar Engines for the corrective work.  Upon contact with engineer Alan Wardropper, he agreed with Daves diagnosis - and also recommended the following "while we're in there..." tasks whilst the oil control ring was being corrected:  New piston rings, new uprated gaskets, new uprated main bearings and big end bearings, new thrust washers - and a head port and polish to finish.

So after a break of 3 weeks whilst the engine was with Scholar and I had a holiday - the diary picks up the weekend of the week the engine was collected:

The nights are really drawing in now - Saturday evening and Tim and I are fitting the engine under halogen spotlight:

One of the recommended Engine upgrades - a Laminar-type Oil cooler supplied by QED Motorsport:

Headlight covers.  Aesthetically pleasing - and will save expenditure on new headlights on road, during races and whilst being towed:

Dash pods to eventually house my Stack Oil Pressure and Temperature gauges:

The power cables for the heated windscreen now routed through the dash through neat rubber grommets:

My ever-patient Wife Lindsay, applying the standard Elise Trophy Series Livery to the doors and sills:

...and it's starting to look like a race car!: