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  2. Up for this too .... is this now a definite possibility? or a possible definite? @ChrisJ
  3. I waved from the Silver Greyhound ... lovely looking car
  4. Your hearing is tonight, 2000, at The Horns Court and Tap House in Watford. You're welcome to attend to plead your case and enjoy the mature dancing girls. Non-attendance will guarantee a guilty verdict, and result in a dishonourable discharge from Exotics International. Call me Skippy.
  5. Got my invite but the Hethel dates coincide with me not being in the area, bum bum bum.
  6. Goodness me, and this despite the fact I never used any of them due to becoming fed up laying on my back staring at a pedal box and a snake’s wedding of wiring, wondering whether I’d ever be able to extricate myself, or whether I would simply expire in that position and have to be buried like that with the car in an unmarked grave. No doubt I’ll be stripped of the Exotics franchise following the inevitable decision handed down by the Watford-based kangaroo court. It’s a witch-hunt, I tell you! Whatever happened to ‘innocent until proven guilty’?
  7. Clearly a man of singular breeding and outstanding taste.
  8. Any advice on prices to pay for good late 90's cars as budget is also a factor?
  9. Beware journalists' take on things in general, they need copy to fill space and thus will obfuscate. Every Esprit built has handled brilliantly, it's in the DNA quite obviously. Where I have found noteworthy distinction is in the finer points of steering feedback, though only between early non-Turbo and Turbo cars up to the SE spec. @Sparky gives fine advice here, drive 'em and see for yourself. Cheers
  10. Some extra dates also just added in London on 7-9 November at Duke of London in Brentford
  11. Yes I was sat up there all morning eating Lotus biscuits and reading my classic car magazine, whilst my car was in for a service.
  12. Ahh Sparky, your car was in the Evo Esprit test I was referring to. Stunning car and what a good review. You also have the only colour I would consider for an Esprit. Looks amazing
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  14. Thanks for the advice so far. I haven't read your post Sparky but will have a look now. I've just read a few journo articles saying that the GT3 is the best handling. I do love the V8 looks though with the high rear wing, wider arches, bigger wheels etc but I am sure you could make your Esprit the way you want but important to get the car that feels right. I am based in Warwickshire, UK so if anyone fancies showing me round an Esprit then I would happily take up the offer. Otherwise if there are any events on to meet a few owners that would be great.
  15. I thought they were an internationally recognised way of bodging up electrics!
  16. So, went to see this. Was not sure what to expect as had "bad" memories of the previous film with Sting iirc. Well, all i can say is after sitting through 3 hours of it in the cinema I can't wait for the next episode! Absolutely loved it! Thought it was very slick in production and the story went at a good pace to keep you interested, but really developed the characters. Nice one.
  17. Under an hour from Calais and one of the safest circuits we have visited. With as much fun as you could wish for Abbeville is ideal for beginners and experienced drivers alike. With fantastic seaside resort of Le Touquet situated between Abbeville and Calais or the quaint local port of Saint Vallery there are plenty of places to visit for those who want to make a weekend of it. General circuit information: HERE Noise limit: 100db static Noise Limits Static test – A noise meter is placed at a 45 degree angle to the exhaust outlet and 50cm away. The car is then held at 3/4 of its maximum rev limit and the highest reading recorded is the cars recorded noise output for the day. A static limit of 105db is very high and very few cars have an issue with this. At 98db cars with a cat, std factory manifolds and exhausts will generally be ok. Anyone with a very loud exhaust/manifold should be careful. Drive by – This test is recorded at track side as the car is moving at track speed. Depending on the circuit the reading will be taken between right next to the track and up to 20 meters away. Cars with forced induction tend to have more issues with drive by, even though they tend to pass static tests as the s/c or turbo’s only kick in when run at speed. There are many things that affect drive by readings from wind direction, air temperature, how low the cloud cover is or even what line you are driving. Close Format: Open pit lane Format A sessioned event means that the day will be structured into usually 3 separate groups which take it in turns to go out on track for a set time, normally 20 minutes. Each car will be restricted to their group for the duration of the day. Drivers are generally allocated a group depending on their experience level or type of car. An Open Pit Lane event means that cars are free to go out onto the track when they choose (providing the circuit limit or our normally reduced limit has not been reached). Close Experience level: All levels Experience Levels All levels: Everyone Beginner: 1st ever track day Novice: 1-5 track days without a major circuit Intermediate: 5+ track days including a major circuit Advanced: Attended a number of open pit lane days at a range of circuits Close Important participant & vehicle information: Please read Participant & Vehicle Information Clothing must fully cover arms & legs. Crash helmets must be in good condition and suitable for circuit driving in a car. (Convertible/flip-down helmets are not permitted) ANY vehicle without a hard top or fixed roof will require occupants to wear full face helmets. Alcohol must not be consumed, including at lunch time. Slick tyres are not permitted. 2 seater sports cars only – for a full list of accepted vehicles please click here. All drivers must be 21 – 75 years old (2nd drivers 21 – 70). Final instructions will be emailed out 3 days before the event. Close Price: £135 / 150€2nd Driver : FREE until 1/1/22 then £25 / 30€ 2nd Driver & Passenger Information LoT club members may have up to 3 passengers free of charge on all events, upon presentation of a valid membership card at sign on. Second drivers: must be 21-70 years old, no exceptions. Passengers: must be 18-75 years old, no exceptions. All drivers and passengers please see FAQ for other requirements. Due to Covid 19 it may not be possible to accept 2nd drivers &/or passengers on events, current rules will be communicated via the booking page & C19 measures document. Close Passengers : Free for club members. Non-members £10 each pay on day 2nd Driver & Passenger Information LoT club members may have up to 3 passengers free of charge on all events, upon presentation of a valid membership card at sign on. Second drivers: must be 21-70 years old, no exceptions. Passengers: must be 18-75 years old, no exceptions. All drivers and passengers please see FAQ for other requirements. Due to Covid 19 it may not be possible to accept 2nd drivers &/or passengers on events, current rules will be communicated via the booking page & C19 measures document. Close Crash Helmet: Not available due to C19 Covid 19 – we have put in place some additional measures at events in France from 1st August 2021 click here. Itinerary: Registration – 8.15-8.40 / Drivers Briefing 8.45 / Driving Starts 9.00 (1hr lunch) / Close 17.00 PLEASE READ OUR TERMS & CONDITIONS, BY SIGNING UP FOR THIS EVENT YOU AGREE TO ACCEPT THEM. The post Abbeville | Sunday 27 March 2022 appeared first on Lotus on Track. View full event details here
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  19. @Chillidoggy You've let me down, you've let Exotics International down, but most of all you've let yourself down.
  20. It's possible you may have read something involving my GT3! Of all the Esprits I've driven (a few), the GT3 is absolutely top of the tree for me. Subjectively, of course. Not quite as perky from a standing start, but really makes up for it in the midrange. S4s is a different animal, and the S4 is not to be discounted. Best would be to try a few. Where are you based?
  21. COMING SOON Under an hour from Calais and one of the safest circuits we have visited. With as much fun as you could wish for Abbeville is ideal for beginners and experienced drivers alike. With fantastic seaside resort of Le Touquet situated between Abbeville and Calais or the quaint local port of Saint Vallery there are plenty of places to visit for those who want to make a weekend of it. General circuit information: HERE Noise limit: 100db static Noise Limits Static test – A noise meter is placed at a 45 degree angle to the exhaust outlet and 50cm away. The car is then held at 3/4 of its maximum rev limit and the highest reading recorded is the cars recorded noise output for the day. A static limit of 105db is very high and very few cars have an issue with this. At 98db cars with a cat, std factory manifolds and exhausts will generally be ok. Anyone with a very loud exhaust/manifold should be careful. Drive by – This test is recorded at track side as the car is moving at track speed. Depending on the circuit the reading will be taken between right next to the track and up to 20 meters away. Cars with forced induction tend to have more issues with drive by, even though they tend to pass static tests as the s/c or turbo’s only kick in when run at speed. There are many things that affect drive by readings from wind direction, air temperature, how low the cloud cover is or even what line you are driving. Close Format: Open pit lane Format A sessioned event means that the day will be structured into usually 3 separate groups which take it in turns to go out on track for a set time, normally 20 minutes. Each car will be restricted to their group for the duration of the day. Drivers are generally allocated a group depending on their experience level or type of car. An Open Pit Lane event means that cars are free to go out onto the track when they choose (providing the circuit limit or our normally reduced limit has not been reached). Close Experience level: All levels Experience Levels All levels: Everyone Beginner: 1st ever track day Novice: 1-5 track days without a major circuit Intermediate: 5+ track days including a major circuit Advanced: Attended a number of open pit lane days at a range of circuits Close Important participant & vehicle information: Please read Participant & Vehicle Information Clothing must fully cover arms & legs. Crash helmets must be in good condition and suitable for circuit driving in a car. (Convertible/flip-down helmets are not permitted) ANY vehicle without a hard top or fixed roof will require occupants to wear full face helmets. Alcohol must not be consumed, including at lunch time. Slick tyres are not permitted. 2 seater sports cars only – for a full list of accepted vehicles please click here. All drivers must be 21 – 75 years old (2nd drivers 21 – 70). Final instructions will be emailed out 3 days before the event. Close Price: TBC2nd Driver : TBC 2nd Driver & Passenger Information LoT club members may have up to 3 passengers free of charge on all events, upon presentation of a valid membership card at sign on. Second drivers: must be 21-70 years old, no exceptions. Passengers: must be 18-75 years old, no exceptions. All drivers and passengers please see FAQ for other requirements. Due to Covid 19 it may not be possible to accept 2nd drivers &/or passengers on events, current rules will be communicated via the booking page & C19 measures document. Close Passengers : Free for club members. Non-members £10 each pay on day 2nd Driver & Passenger Information LoT club members may have up to 3 passengers free of charge on all events, upon presentation of a valid membership card at sign on. Second drivers: must be 21-70 years old, no exceptions. Passengers: must be 18-75 years old, no exceptions. All drivers and passengers please see FAQ for other requirements. Due to Covid 19 it may not be possible to accept 2nd drivers &/or passengers on events, current rules will be communicated via the booking page & C19 measures document. Close Crash Helmet: Not available due to C19 Covid 19 – we have put in place some additional measures at events in France from 1st August 2021 click here. Itinerary: Registration – 8.15-8.40 / Drivers Briefing 8.45 / Driving Starts 9.00 (1hr lunch) / Close 17.00 PLEASE READ OUR TERMS & CONDITIONS, BY SIGNING UP FOR THIS EVENT YOU AGREE TO ACCEPT THEM. The post Abbeville | Saturday 21 May 2022 appeared first on Lotus on Track. View full event details here
  22. Hi I recently took the plunge with an Esprit and went for an S4s, having been looking at later models like you. I am absolutely no expert but, as far as I found, of the V8s, the later ones are the 'ones to have' and that came from my Lotus mechanic, however the whole V8 maintenance and scary stories put me off those. I'm sure others with argue to the contrary though. So for me it came down to the GT3 or S4s and there were, and still are, a few GT3s about but no S4s's. I held on though as I just preferred the look of the S4s and found that the low down torque, with the extra BHP I guess, made the S4s feel faster, although I'm sure in the real world there is next to no difference. I understand that the GT3 is better for handling but I'm not going to be pushing a 25 year old car much in that regard, especially with my lack of talent! At the end of the day, they are all fantastic wedge-shapes, have pop-up headlights and look like the cars I drove on my Atari ST in the 90s, so drive a few, see what you think and I'm pretty sure you will enjoy whatever you decide. Good Luck.
  23. I was at Lotus Silverstone on Saturday. They are expecting 600 guests over their two day roadshow window 1-2 November. Apparently Lotus themselves are running the whole event. MD Matthew at LS is curious as to how they will cope with the parking situation. Previous LS organised events have generally been at the weekend or in the evening, when the neighbouring industrial units have been empty and parking ample. The roadshow, on the other hand, will be held over two full working days. Coincidentally I will be visiting another company at the circuit on the morning of the 1st, so I’ll probably pop over to LS, but there’s no guarantee that the Lotus staff will be able to let me in, since I haven’t asked for an invite.
  24. If one whole bank was not firing then I would think that this could reduce your oil pressure. I would be more inclined to think that it would be electrical issues - coil packs/ plugs etc, but your car is at the best place now and I am sure ES will sort it. I have not heard of one of these engines having low oil pressure.
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