For Sale: 2005 Lotus Elise - Honda K20 Turbo Engine Swap as seen on Bring A Trailer: here
This is a unique car.
This 2005 Lotus Elise has been a great car for road and track. I bought the car for weekend drives and track days at VIR. In September 2016 the original Toyota 2ZZ motor blew while on track at VIR with an oil pump failure. After research on issues with the 2ZZ, I decided that rather than replace with a built Toyota motor, I would completely change the drivetrain to a built Honda K20 setup.
The motor and trans are from a 2003 RSX-S. The motor has been built, transmission refreshed, and all supporting systems from ECU to oiling to fuel to OBDII are setup to work like stock.
This was a labor of love and I don't have a 100% complete parts list of what went into it, but the major components include:
K20A2 Engine
Eagle Rods
Wiseco Pistons
ACL Race Bearings
ARP Head Studs
New Cams and Caps
New Honda Oil Pump - Ported
Custom Bottom-Mount Manifold
Garrett 60-1 Turbo with .63 AR
Air-To-Air Intercooler (Mounted in Diffuser)
Hondata KPro V4
K20 Transmission with New Gearing
Wavetrac LSD
Mtech Shift Springs
MWR Honda Harness
Innovative Mounts 2005+ Lotus Exige/Elise K-Series Mount Kit
Innovative Mounts Lotus K-Series Axle Shafts
AliTech Shifter
SSC Shift Cables
Competition Clutch Stage 5 Clutch Package
Competition Clutch Ultra Lightweight Flywheel
Difflow 7 Element Diffuser
BOE Clamshell Hinge Kit
The current way the transmission is built it supports about 330wtq before running into danger, so the engine has been tuned with this in mind to make a conservative 330whp/300wtq on 11PSI running pump 93 gas. The engine has much more power available, but tuning into the 350+ range would require a different transmission to put the power down.
Negatives: The paint is great from 5 feet but up close it shows marks, especially from track debris and removal of the clamshells during mechanical work. A/C is plumbed with original Toyota condensor custom bracketed to the Honda engine, but not currently charged. The car has a common issue with the blower motor resistor. An HVAC specialist would be needed to solve these two issues, I don't have the tools to do so.
Since this is a unique car I fully expect a serious buyer will have questions. If you would like to ask questions please include your contact information and I will respond. If you would like to see it I am happy to give inspections and test rides.
I am primarily looking to sell the car outright, but would also consider trades for certain classic or modern Porsche 911s. No other trades.
I have a clean NC title ready for transfer.
The car does have an accident on it's history. Odometer is functioning and tracks accurately but not on original mileage since the Honda swap. If you are looking for an everyday driver with zero issues, keep looking. If you want a 300+whp 1900lb rocketship with crazy pull that is also ready to conquer tracks like VIR, this is the car for you.

Used Year: 2005
VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): SCCPC11185HL30429 Mileage: 36030
Exterior Color: Orange Make: Lotus
Interior Color: Black Model: Elise
Number of Cylinders: 4 Engine: Honda K20
Transmission: Manual Drive Type: RWD
Vehicle Title: Rebuilt, Rebuildable & Reconstructed