Performance Through Lightness: Clint Yesui's 2005 Lotus Elise

Photography by Ger Lewis


At one time, Clint Yesui owned a 2000 Toyota Celica GT-S, which he turned into a full blown show car, complete with an Xbox, a Playstation, and even a coffee maker. Owning that Celica made Yesui fall in love with the Yamaha 2ZZ-GE engine, and his research taught him that the Lotus Elise featured the same power plant. After reading more, he began falling in love with Lotus and their philosophy of performance through lightness. He had to have one of his own.

02 Clint Yesui 2005 Lotus Elise PASMAG TBGLIVE
Featured in PASMAG #147 (Feb/Mar 2018). Click here to order.

It wasn’t long before he went and picked up a 2005 Lotus Elise, a car which he says is an extension of himself, perfectly reflecting his own personality. Inspired by the possibilities of modification, the build was on as soon as the car made it home, and Yesui had some ambitious plans. “One of the major challenges I experienced in the build were custom fitting and forming the carbon fiber bits to meet my perfectionist expectations to fit as OEM in the interior,” he says, referring to the incredible amount of carbon fiber replacement parts inside the cockpit.

10 Clint Yesui 2005 Lotus Elise PASMAG TBGLIVE

Countless hours were spent trimming and fitting carbon fiber bits inside and out. The carbon fiber seats inside are one of a kind, designed and made in Italy by Eltech Italia, and a sponsorship from Greg’s Race Parts was key in acquiring quality Lotus aftermarket parts that included more carbon fiber for the exterior.

13 Clint Yesui 2005 Lotus Elise PASMAG TBGLIVE

While the Lotus was already quick, some people need a little bit more, and Yesui is one of those people. An Eaton MP62 supercharger is bolstered by a GReddy supercharger pulley and intake throttle tube, which rapidly moves air into the engine with the help of a Katana 2 intake manifold. Exiting the engine through DD Performance ported headers, the engine note is bellowed through a Larini Sports exhaust. All in, the modified power plant is good for 235 whp and 165 lb-ft of torque.

18 Clint Yesui 2005 Lotus Elise PASMAG TBGLIVE

Yesui takes pride in doing all of his work by himself, and he even creates instructional videos on how to install his parts and perform maintenance, all hosted on his own YouTube channel, Keleent Productions. Keep up the good work, Clint!

16 Clint Yesui 2005 Lotus Elise PASMAG TBGLIVE

With 86% of the Popular Vote, Clint Yesui, with his 2005 Lotus Elise, has won the PASMAG Tuner Battlegrounds #TBGLIVE competition at Hot Import Nights: San Jose, CA!

ESSENTIALS

Owner: Clint Yesui
Vehicle: 2005 Lotus Elise
Location: Ceres, CA
Engine: Yamaha 2ZZ-GE 1.8L I4
Horsepower: 235 whp
Torque: 165 lb-ft

SOCIAL
Facebook: Clint Yesui
Instagram: @keleent

15 Clint Yesui 2005 Lotus Elise PASMAG TBGLIVE

ENGINE

  • Eaton MP62 supercharger
  • GReddy (67.7-mm supercharger pulley, supercharger intake throttle tube)
  • Katana 2 intake manifold
  • RC Engineering 550cc injectors
  • NGK IX iridium spark plugs
  • BOE custom tune
  • Custom 1-of-1 polished Saikou Michi dual oil catch cans
  • Fumoto F-103N oil drain valve
  • Dual oil cooler setup
  • TRD 170 thermostat
  • Custom hand polished Moroso coolant reservoir
  • BOE Evap canister relocation bracket

14 Clint Yesui 2005 Lotus Elise PASMAG TBGLIVE

EXHAUST

  • Larini Sports exhaust
  • DD Performance ported headers
  • Custom de-cat pipe
  • Bosch 4.9 LSU wideband sensor w/ weld-in bung

06 Clint Yesui 2005 Lotus Elise PASMAG TBGLIVE

DRIVETRAIN

  • ACT HD clutch
  • Fidanza lightweight flywheel

08 Clint Yesui 2005 Lotus Elise PASMAG TBGLIVE

WHEELS/TIRES/BRAKES

  • SSR Competition Type-C wheels – 16x6.5 +32 (f), 17x7.5 +37 (r)
  • Toyo R888 tires – 195/50/16 (f), 225/45/17 (r)
  • Wilwood DynaPro four-piston BBK
  • Sector 111 308-mm slotted and drilled one-piece front rotors
  • Dual caliper Lotus AP Racing rear setup
  • EBC Racing slotted and dimpled rear rotors
  • StopTech stainless brake lines
  • ATE Type 200 brake fluid
  • BOE rear radial caliper mounts
  • CarboTech XP-12 front brake pads
  • Custom (hub-centric rings, Lotus center caps, Lotus tire Schrader valve caps)

CHASSIS/SUSPENSION

  • BC Racing BR series coilovers

04 Clint Yesui 2005 Lotus Elise PASMAG TBGLIVE

EXTERIOR

  • GRP (custom front splitter, license plate mount, carbon fiber side scoops, gold hardware, carbon fiber headlights w/ dual halo rings, LED halo tail lights)
  • Trueleo side skirts
  • Difflow 5 Element rear diffuser
  • Custom engine lid mesh
  • Custom 1-of-1 Carbign Craft carbon fiber license plate backing
  • Xtreme Vision XV-1081CC infrared LED backup camera
  • Elise Supercharged decal
  • Stuttgart twin stripes
  • Doorsill accent stripe

12 Clint Yesui 2005 Lotus Elise PASMAG TBGLIVE

INTERIOR

  • AEM (single gauge pod, UEGO AFR gauge)
  • Gauge cluster needles dyed red
  • Custom 1-of-1 full carbon fiber V1R seats
  • Schroth Racing ASM Profi II 4/5-point harnesses
  • Transforged Racing custom integrated key and fob signed by Elisa Artioli
  • Elise Parts roll bar
  • Suede wrapped (center console, rear center console)
  • GRP carbon fiber (steering wheel, dashboard, binnacle, instrument cluster, steering column surround, climate control surround, interior switch panel, center radio trim, dashboard end caps, vents, airbag cover panel, door sills, door panels, door pulls)

11 Clint Yesui 2005 Lotus Elise PASMAG TBGLIVE

AUDIO/MOBILE ELECTRONICS

  • Pioneer AVH P5200 DVD head unit
  • Rockford Fosgate (R500X1D sub amplifier, R2 Ultra shallow 10-inch subwoofer, Punch speakers, Punch level controller)
  • Xpress digital 2.0 Farad capacitor
  • Valentine One radar detector

09 Clint Yesui 2005 Lotus Elise PASMAG TBGLIVE

SPONSORS

  • Greg’s Race Parts, Difflow Diffusers

05 Clint Yesui 2005 Lotus Elise PASMAG TBGLIVE

03 Clint Yesui 2005 Lotus Elise PASMAG TBGLIVE

Featured in PASMAG #147 (Feb/Mar 2018). Click here to order.

Related Articles

From Norway With Love: Fredric Aasbo Talks With Us About His 2021 Formula DRIFT PRO Win From Norway With Love: Fredric Aasbo Talks With Us About His 2021 Formula DRIFT PRO Win
In this interview, we catch up with Formula DRIFT 2021 Pro Champion, Fredric Aasbo, just before the 2022 season began. We chat about the championship...
RB VS Everybody: Ryan Litteral's 1999 Nissan Silvia RB VS Everybody: Ryan Litteral's 1999 Nissan Silvia
The General of the RB Army, Ryan Litteral, on his trials and tribulations on the road to the perfect drift S15 The Formula Drift Pro grid is a...
The Spirit of Going Sideways: Aaron Leavitt 1992 Nissan Silvia The Spirit of Going Sideways: Aaron Leavitt 1992 Nissan Silvia
Seeing a dream come to life is one of the most fulfilling things that can happen to a person. From the moment Aaron Leavitt saw early-2000s footage of...
Giving Zilla A Breath: Maya Gann-Bociek's 1987 Nissan Skyline Giving Zilla A Breath: Maya Gann-Bociek's 1987 Nissan Skyline
Here’s one you don’t see every day! There’s something so retro-cool about the R31 Skyline that predated the “Godzilla” models we all know and love....
Estate Statement: Johnny Feng 2014 BMW 328d M Sport Wagon Estate Statement: Johnny Feng 2014 BMW 328d M Sport Wagon
Euro + Wagon x JDM = BEST How do you make any sedan or coupe infinitely cooler? Easy: give it a long roof and a hatch at the back. Shooting brake,...
Dream A Little Dream: Jason Balaze 1982 Volkswagen Golf Dream A Little Dream: Jason Balaze 1982 Volkswagen Golf
Jason Balaze’s teenage dream becomes a reality after all those years. Way back when Jason Balaze was just a teenager, the Mk1 Volkswagen Golf had...