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  1. 12 points
    Finally, having bought my Evora back in May, I found time to take it to Wales last week for a little road trip. I used to enjoy these a couple of times a year in my Maserati GranSport, but I had very high expectations for the Lotus. Did it live up to those? Well, I can say that I had a very eventful trip... On Thursday I put the kids to bed at home in South London and headed out to the car at 8pm. It hadn't been used for 3 weeks and I discovered a smear on the windscreen and some fragments of shell... neighbours had complained of things being egged on Halloween and it seemed my car had fallen victim to that! But on the positive side, it meant I could justify a trip to the jet wash to make sure the car was looking reasonably clean for photos. (And in case you're wondering, I park the car round the corner from my house, so I shoot it longing glances as I drive past in the family wagon, but can't give it a detailed inspection every day or a kiss and a cuddle at bedtime each night...) Anyway, about 20 minutes and five pound coins later, I was on my way towards the M25 and M4. But something was amiss. The sport button wasn't working, and neither was the cruise control. Not ideal if you're doing a journey that combines about seven hours on motorways with runs over multiple great driving roads. But I didn't let it bother me. My Maser would frequently throw wobblies that could be fixed by disconnecting the battery for a few minutes, like some ageing Windows PC that needed regular restarts. So I figured I'd Google the problem later and hopefully find a DIY fix. The journey west was given a little added spice by the lightning flashes from a speed camera on the M25. It's possible that I was exceeding the limit by a small margin (ahem), but there was a Peugeot 308 passing me at the time who must have been doing at least 95 so I'm hoping he gets something unpleasant through his letterbox in the next couple of weeks while I just get the usual bills and takeaway menus. I arrived at the Merthyr Tydfil Premier Inn around midnight. Before turning in for the night I did the aforementioned Googling and discovered that I probably had the well known brake light switch failure. So on top of headlamps that started peeling in the summer, I had experienced another one of those things that JayEmm described in his Evora's farewell video as Lots Of Trouble Usually Stupid. But there was nothing I could do so I just went to sleep. The next day started early, thanks to plenty of early risers around me. I opted for the continental breakfast (sausages and beans are not good for power to weight ratios or cabin ambience) and hit the road. First target destination was the Black Mountain road, which I've never tried before. I was rather dismayed to discover that it's limited to 40mph the whole way, although it's pretty narrow and twisty in sections. I tend to prefer faster, sweeping roads too. But it's a very scenic route and I managed to get some good photos when the sun came out. After that I travelled along the top of the Beacons to one of my favourite roads, the rollercoaster from Builth Wells to Brecon. As expected, the Evora was epic here, the combination of power, damping and brakes allowing me to make seriously rapid progress. It was a reminder that this car is ridiculously capable. You have to be taking some serious risks to get close to its limits on a road like that. And the damping really is sublime - it's what makes the Evora perfect for a road trip like this. It's comfortable when you need it to be (helped by the great seats), but awesome when things get twisty. Next was the journey to Aberystwyth, taking in the fantastic A44, but it was Friday lunchtime so I had to keep stopping to find gaps in the traffic. I'd also taken in a few muddy country lanes, including a hairy moment on a leaf-covered uphill hairpin, so the car was dirty again. Luckily there's a Texaco on the outskirts of town with an excellent jet wash. And each pound coin buys a lot more time than my local BP station in London. Just three coins and a few minutes later I was on my way towards Snowdonia in a more photogenic Lotus. On these trips, I always do a great deal of planning when it comes to the route. But the same can't be said for my pit stop strategy. Heading north, I started to feel hungry. I'll find a decent pub soon, I thought. An armchair and some scampi will do nicely. Unfortunately what I ended up with was beef fajitas and a really uncomfortable stool (stop sniggering)... Nevermind, I thought, this is a road trip, not a gastronomic tour. And the Evo triangle beckoned. I often find that the best drives aren't always on the famous roads, though. The Llanberis and Snake Passes were too heavily trafficked when I visited last year, for example. A good road with no traffic is more fun than a great one clogged with trucks and OAPs. And some of the best moments this time round were on the run up past Bala, where I could keep the V6 on the boil and really get into a rhythm. Then I turned on to the A5. For me, what makes the Evo triangle great, especially on a weekday, is that there's almost no traffic, there's the perfect combination of elevation changes and corner types and in many sections, especially on the eastern side, you can see a long way into the distance. If you can't enjoy yourself in a road car here, you need to swap the car for another or find a new hobby - adult colouring books or thimble collecting perhaps. Did the Evora cut the mustard? Well, the missing sport mode did rob the engine of sharpness and a little excitement. I suppose it's like engaging in another recreational activity while wearing protection. It can be very pleasant, but not quite as good as without. Luckily, though, the Evora isn't a muscle car or an old school supercar, totally relying on the motor for thrills. The steering that makes it possible to hit an apex like threading a needle at high speed, the handling and traction that let you rag it like a hot hatch, those brakes that deliver when you need them - all these things encouraged me to go up and down that road, generating plenty of excitement from the way the Evora monstered an awesome stretch of tarmac. And anyway, I can go back next year with a fully functioning sport button to get that [insert your own combination of attractive celebrity, smutty euphemism and class A drug here] adrenaline hit. Then it was time for home, although I was tempted to turn around and chase the 991 GT3 and 650 Spider that arrived as I was leaving. But, you know, I didn't want to embarrass them... And actually, the five hour Friday evening slog home delivered its own little bit of excitement. I was bombing down an A road and saw, too late, a couple of pheasants in the road. Cue zombie movie-like thump, explosion and splatter. I was convinced that the daft bird must have done some serious damage to the Evora's snout. But a quick stop showed the only evidence of the impact was feathers in various grills, a bit of ketchup and a very small chip in the bumper near the number plate which can hopefully be remedied with a bit of filler. I also got to experience one of the other positives of Evora ownership. When stopping for petrol, the station attendant asked what the car was and said it was "so nice", then someone else filling up his car came over to ask about it and tell me about renting a Mustang in the South of France. Because not only is my car great to drive - with the dark paint and big black wheels, it looks part mid-engined exotic, part stealth fighter (although the R&D budget for Project Eagle was probably about one biliionth that of the F-117). So I set off for home with enough techno and hip hop albums to get me to the moon and back, arriving home 25 hours, 650 miles, 2 1/2 tanks of super unleaded, 4 cups of tea, 2 jet washes and 1 dead pheasant after departure.
  2. 11 points
    Couple of interior shots of my Turbo
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    We do...a small business born by accident and through Esprit ownership and TLF membership, the wife and I both skilled in different trades work together in a little shed at the bottom of the garden most evenings now to produce these carpet sets for most Esprit models. Our latest addition, the allusive Turbo Esprit battery cover which we now make from ABS plastic to replace those cardboard covers that have dissolved over the years.
  6. 8 points
    So a bit more on the day yesterday. My aim for the day was to improve my driving and get better at driving smoothly, which should make me quicker. Having the racelogic laptimer was really nice as a driver learning tool and certainly helped me to work out which lines were fastest and where I should be aggressive and where not to be. It seems in the slower corners like Village and Vale smooth is the way to do it, while in corners like Copse and Abbey a more aggressive approach with the car sliding just a tiny bit was optimum. To be honest, I wasn't feeling massively confident in the car yesterday compared to normal. The setup just didn't feel right and I think it needs the geo looking at by Back on Track when it's in for a service soon. The adjusters on the front right damper have got stuck too, so that needs to go back for a rebuild. Shame as I couldn't really adjust the dampers as I would have wished. I spent the day making tweaks to the rear more to work out the balance and ended up with a very stiff compression on the rear compared to what I usually run. My best lap time of the day was a 2:25.57 and that was with traffic. The ideal time was 2:23.80. There's certainly more time in my driving, plus the car with a better setup, so that's quite exciting for the next time I'm there. Got to say, it was really nice to have the data, you find yourself not getting sucked into battles with other cars so much as you're more trying to get the optimum lap without traffic. Having said the above, I did get sucked into trying to keep up with a friend in his GT2RS. Considering it's a 700hp car, I'm happy to stick with him over a lap! Some photos from my mate Now that's done it's time to fit my rally lights
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    Praying for good dry weather for next Sunday at Silverstone with @Arun_D
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    Finally I can join the club 😎 380 Cup, 430 Cup and DJ engineering wing all in one photo!
  12. 7 points
    Ok, here's my Halfords £3.50 attempt, time will tell if it can stand the weather.
  13. 7 points
    Just wanted to say a big thank you to @Guy Munday. Guy just gave 15 Norfolk Bumpkins a fantastic and informative tour of Classic Team Lotus. Guy is a wealth of information of all thing Lotus. I can’t belive how he can remember dates, points scored, drivers, races etc etc. You can’t just remember the information he tried to impart on us , you must live and breath it. Thanks Guy we all had a great time
  14. 7 points
    Nice and sunny so got the Turbo out today
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    I've had mine for 15 months. I believe there's nothing like it at anywhere near the prices they are currently trading at. I have no plans to sell my car. It's met my expectations and still thrills.
  16. 7 points
    We are home! 1. What a noise! 2. What a noise! 3. It gets alot of attention! 4. It fits in the garage. 5. Confused... Boot won't open. Could be me, will wait till I've spoken to lotus before I start getting out of shape. Overall, easy drive home.
  17. 7 points
    My baby, today was pick up day 😁 LOVE it! The photo is another George special. Great to meet some more people from the forum today!
  18. 6 points
    Finally, brakes done and drivers side wheel on with some gold decals!
  19. 6 points
    I wish Lotus made sexier changes to the Interior of the GT430, but I would choose it over any GT3 or 570s everyday! Even over a 720s, which i drove on road and on track: i know it is much faster, but it is less macho and less emotional than a GT430. this is my car, shot by a professional without my knowledge 😁
  20. 6 points
    One of my favourite aspects of working on my Lotus is creating new parts, I enjoy the process of sizing, problem solving, creating, then installing. Theres something about making your own parts for your own car which to me makes it quite special. As many of you know I've been running a big wing on the rear tailgate for some time, there is always debate and will continue to be, if the rear wings make a noticeable improvement to track time and overall performance. For me I think the wing does provide a benefit in levelling balance out, especially with the CupR splitter (which as per previous posts has proven to create downforce on track), I also think it adds to the Panda style drama of the car im curating especially with the rear diffuser and 380 add ons. That said... I can share that I believe the downforce from my wing has put too much pressure on my rear clam and caused hairline fractures in the guttering of the rear clam where the rear hatch sits. I noticed these fractures after some pretty high speed runs through Folly to Avon Rise at Castle Combe where I sense the current wing really step up into play albeit maybe too much for the standard clam! The fractures are only hairline but I didn't want to push my luck so a solution was needed before I re-visited anymore high speed runs. First things first and I repaired and strengthened both sides of the clam gutter with two further layers of fibreglass. I've never worked with fibreglass before and albeit a sticky process it was quite easy to do, concerned that extra fibreglass wouldn't be enough to protect for the future, I started to design reinforcements. I needed to create some method of strengthening between the boot floor and ceiling of the clam to improve the strength, but first I needed to find a mounting which was as close if not to the actual chassis to give the supports the necessary rigidity they would need. After scouring (pic below not my car!) I managed to locate two mounting positions which I found accessible through the boot floor. I managed to find these two points quite easily on both sides of the car. Frustratingly the two holes are at different heights so not flat, given the base would be sat on top and it would need to be a secure fit I'd use washers to balance out the lower bolt hole to be the same height as the other. Now onto the rods which where actually quite hard to find a decent set, as some where just obvious cheap tack from eBay, others had the fixings the wrong way, or not the right size. Eventually I found a set from which where just perfect length, quality, and fixings. Mounting points found, adjustable rods in hand, onto to designing a number of templates which would then be fabricated into aluminium and fixed together using adjustable rods. Here is the template which fits under the gutter. Some test fitting on the passenger side and the final collection of templates ready to get sent of to Forge Motorsport to be fabricated and powder coated. A week later and a lovely set of parts arrive back from Forge and the real test comes if it will all fit together as planned. First job was to install the top plates, these would fit inside the actual gutter, act as a secure base for the wing to sit on top off, and a mount through for the top of the adjustable rods. Then the underside of the gutter. Red: The plate sits under the gutter and directly aligned to the top plate that sits on top. The right angle of the plate sides alongside the shoulder of the gutter for further support. Yellow: Using Teroson 9220 super glue as used on Caterhams (thanks @GFWilliams for the pointer) liberally spread across the plate and secured underneath. After 24 hours this was pretty solid. Green: Finally drilled through for final mating top fixings of adjustable rods. Drivers side installed and all went to plan. Passenger side was more complicated by way of needing to accommodate the battery and also find a place to securely fit my cut off switch. After nearly electrocuting myself (forgetting my battery was connected when faffing with the cut off switch) I finished the install on the passengers side and quite pleased with the setup. Both sides feel incredibly solid when pushing down. I am conscious I may need to test the adjustment a bit more after a few runs to ensure I've not over tightened but in principle I think the project has been a success and will test properly on Sunday with @Arun_D at Silverstone. Boot space on the drivers side is compromised but the adjustable bars have quick release catches should I need to reclaim that space back for weekend trips. Project - Big Wing Boot Supports - COMPLETE Check my latest update
  21. 6 points
    It seems some are viewing this result as being some sort of failure. The Exige finished 8th out of ten cars chosen for the day. Ten cars that represent the best driver's cars from every single manufacturer. To even be selected for the day means it's going to be a good car and the rankings of the day are the results of nit-picking and personal preferences of those taking part. Instead of lamenting it only finishing 8th, celebrate that it finished 8th in the world of cars. That's a good result.
  22. 6 points
    Brilliant day at Silverstone today. I regretted my choice of running Nankang NS2Rs on the back, but didn't fancy buying another set of Cup 2s on the run up to Christmas. Really happy with how the car is though and my driving improved a lot over the day, really making an effort to drive more smoothly which works better for the Lotus. Great to meet @Tex, although a shame we only saw each other at the beginning of the day on track. As always on trackdays, it's hard to say if one car is quicker than another without it being the same driver. I didn't have to lift for the noise meters though...
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    Mot passed - car back on the drive. Few things to sort and she’s ready for the swimming runs
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    From Evora 400 to facelift 250 cup here. Overall, I think I'd agree with your conclusions. Presence and noise - the 4 cylinder Elise is never going to match the fantastic noise of the 6 cylinder 400, but with the latest version Lotus have made a real effort with the exhaust sound and I'm impressed with the sound it makes in my 250 Cup. Added benefit, you don't get kicked off track days Agree that the Evora gets more attention, I think people are more familiar with the Elise and know what it is. Performance - 0-60 is almost identical, but from there on the Evora has a significant advantage. But, in the real world on the road, the Elise is still a bloody quick little car and the perfect size for hustling down a twisty A/B road. Quality and comfort - Both seemed well screwed together. I find squeaks and rattles come and go in the Elise, sometimes silent, sometimes not. The Evora was better in this regard. I've had a lot less niggling problems in the Elise though. In terms of comfort, hands down win for the Evora obviously! Conclusion - The Evora is a better car, the Elise is a better toy