You read that right… Ford parts! Not just a Toyota motor any more… if you pop your boot lid and crane your neck to the backside, you’ll see a release mechanism with a Ford logo and part number stamped right on it. The part number is 3R23-N432102-AA. I did a quick google search and came up empty handed (that rarely happens) so I’m pretty much guaranteeing this post to be the only result you’ll find. Here’s a shot of the part (sorry for the low quality… it’s hard to read as-is)
The closest part I could find was a hatch release for a Ford Mondeo on a Swedish site (scroll down to W24602). Even LotusGarage.com doesn’t have the part and instead asks that you call a 949 area code number for the part. Below is the Ford Mondeo hatchback part.
I’m not saying it’s a replacement but it doesn’t seem to have the remote-release cables that the rest of the latches I’ve found have and it looks really damn similar save the top right part of it being slightly different – the bolts look to be in the same place as do the latches themselves. If you’ve got a Ford Mondeo hatchback and a Lotus Elise – let me know if they’re interchangeable!! I honestly doubt any of my readers have both of these cars but one could only hope.
I find it really fun that we’ve got a Ford part on our car and next time someone asks “Hey who makes that?” I’ll have to add “Ford” to my list 🙂