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Johnny Ngo

Johnny Ngo had already experienced success in the automotive scene with his Toyota Celica, formally known as ‘Bumble Bee Celi,’ and was looking for something comparable when he stumbled upon the 2006 Lotus Elise. “The Lotus shares the same motor,’ he explains. “The Lotus is lighter, faster, and capable of taking corners even faster than the Celica.

He goes on to say, “Lotus' attention to performance, along with the beautiful factory lines of the car, makes it the perfect platform to build upon.”

Some plans for the future include a new paint job and custom roll cage.

Owner: Johnny Ngo
Location: Rancho Cordova, California, United States
Vehicle: 2006 Lotus Elise
Horsepower: 461 whp
Club: Team Hokori 

Facebook: Johnny Ngo
Instagram: pbj_lotus

Photography by Dayne Dyer.

Johnny Ngo 2006 Lotus Elise TBGLIVE 8

AEM E85 high flow fuel pump
ARP (head studs, main studs, flywheel studs)
BOE Fabrication oil pan
Clutch Masters aluminum flywheel & FX350 clutch
GReddy oil sandwich block adapter
ID 1000cc injectors
Lotus gunmetal aluminum oil cap
Mahle 9:1 pistons
MWR (Billet connecting rods, coated main bearing set, Stage 3 camshaft set, retainers, under drive pulleys, valve set, valve spring set)
NGK BKR7E spark plugs
Optima YellowTop battery
Quaife Helical limited slip differential
Racemount solid motor mounts
Radium Engineering (catch can kit, coolant expansion tank, cool air flow kit, hard parts turbocharger kit w/ GTX3076 turbo, fuel rail w/ fuel pressure gauge, FST-R fuel surge tank, modular rear clam removal kit, windshield washer relocation kit)
Sector 111 proRad aluminum 3 pass radiator & hoses
GRP carbon fiber engine cover set

Johnny Ngo 2006 Lotus Elise TBGLIVE 5

Custom 3-inch straight pipe

Johnny Ngo 2006 Lotus Elise TBGLIVE 7

DRS Motorsports EFI X2 PnP ECU (tuned by DRS Motorsports)
Oct 91/E85 410/461whp

Jubu Racing 3rd & 4th gear transmission

Brushed gold Klassen ID CRS-X concave extended V-spoke - 18x8 w/ polished step lip (f), 19x10.5 w/ polished step lip (r)
Toyo T1 Sport - 245/35/18 (f), 285/30/19 (r)
Toyo R888 (track use) - 245/35/18 (f) 295/30/19 (r)

Johnny Ngo 2006 Lotus Elise TBGLIVE 4

Blackwatch Racing Hardcore sway bar
Custom JIC Magic ZMS Series Sport S coilovers - 10k w/ helper springs (f), 12k w/ helper springs (r)
Sector 111 V2 arms

Rotora Street Challenge BBK
Sector111 ULTRAdisc 2-piece floating rotors (r)
Carbotech Performance pads

Johnny Ngo 2006 Lotus Elise TBGLIVE 6

APR Performance custom 72-inch carbon fiber spoiler & Formula GT3 CF mirrors
BASF Refinish R-M Candy teal paint over indigo base
Custom one-off wide body flared 3-inches
Custom carbon fiber (laser-etched doors, splitter (f), side rocker panel, side vents, racing strips w/ color matched gold trim)
GB Composites ‘Aerospace Grade’ carbon fiber gas door w/ color matched gold trim

ORE Bi-Xenon 4300k HID conversion

Johnny Ngo 2006 Lotus Elise TBGLIVE 2

AEM (Digital Wideband air/fuel gauge, EGT gauge, oil pressure gauge, oil temperature gauge, Tru Boost gauge)
Custom carbon fiber (center console w/ single cup holder, dash w/ air vent delete, switch panels)
Corbeau LE-X Sport Road seats & 3-inch 5-point harnesses
GRP carbon fiber binnacle & steering column
Custom color matched gold harness bar
ORE carbon fiber (door sills, door pull handles, upper sills)
Sector 111 aluminum shift knob & microMIRROR

Johnny Ngo 2006 Lotus Elise TBGLIVE 3

Pioneer AVIC Z140BH in-dash w/ reverse camera
Upside down mounted Audiobahn A4004J intake amplifier
Complete Dynamat interior
Focal Access 6.5-inch components, custom fit to dash
JL Audio 13TW5V2 13-inch subwoofer w/ custom carbon fiber enclosure
JL Audio 500.1 amplifier

SF auto Salon - VIP'd Out Choice
Auto Gear Performance Show - Best Race Car, Best Euro, Best of Show
Hard Park Show - Best of Show
3rd Annual Autism Awareness Show - Best Convertible Limbo, Best of Show
Autocon LA - Finest Bodywork
Hard Park Show - Best Euro
Hot Import Nights: Seattle - 3rd Place, Hottest Overall
Filipino Fiesta: Sacramento - Best of Show
AutoSport209 Philippine Independence Celebration Show - Top Honors

“It has to be the custom widebody. I spent each minute outside my 9-5 designing and hand building this body. I took 20 minute naps periodically and worked my way to the finish line. The peanut butter and jelly theme derived from trying to save time and money for this build, so the only thing I ate for 6 months was peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.”

Acute Performance
AEM Electronics
APR Performance
Common Fibers
Corbeau Seats
Clutch Masters
Elite Autobody
ORE On Rails Engineering
JIC Magic
Klassen ID Wheels
Phantasy Kolors
R-M by BASF Refinish
Radium Engineering
Toyo Tires