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  1. 23 points
    Hi guys, I picked up my first Lotus yesterday, and I'm still buzzing. Shocked, would be an appropriate adjective to describe my experience with these cars. The car is so good. I can't wait to get it on the track to see how it is. Our Aussie spec differs slightly from the UK spec. The side pods aren't the larger CF ones (I plan to change this), front splitter isn't CF (I don't mind...I would be worried that a CF splitter would explode on me), and non CF seats as far as I can tell (bummer). Otherwise, all else is the same. I was looking for a car that was fit-for-purpose, that didn't compromise for the sake of luxuries someone else would need, and didn't make my wallet tremble every time I was at the track looking for tenths of seconds. This car ticked all the boxes. Well, a couple of 2013/2014 Exige V6S's ticked most of the boxes but both got sold out from under me, and I'm a little impatient. So this is where I ended up. Hopefully I don't ask too many stupid questions. I'm very very green when it comes to Lotus's! Below are some pics I took as soon as I got her home. (temporary number plate location)
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    I've had my 400 for a few months now, and I want to briefly share a couple of aspects of my ownership experience, so anyone thinking of buying an Evora who has come to TLF to do some research can find this. My Evora is my daily driver, and I do up to about 12,000 miles a year. Aside from short trips and early morning blasts just for thrills, I travel long distances with a decent amount of luggage for work and my sport, which is skydiving. And as you can imagine that involves a fair bit of kit. So how does the Evora cope with this life? How well does it meet the combined demands of short-distance blaster and long-distance hauler? In a word; flawlessly. The Evora is nothing short of brilliant. Miraculous even! I am totally amazed and massively impressed by how well this car deals with every demand I place on it. (Well, OK. Maybe not every demand. I drove it to IKEA once and you can't get a wardrobe in it. But, you should have heard it in the cavernous carpark there! Awesome!) I'll share with you two real-world examples of why I'm so impressed by the Evora. Firstly, luggage capacity. If you're thinking of buying an Evora but are worried that it can't carry much, think again. Wardrobes aside, 'lack of cargo space' is not a valid reason to deny yourself the pleasure of Evora ownership. I've driven to the airport with four parachutes in the boot and a full-size 25kg suitcase on the back seats, and I still had the passenger seat for more stuff. On the more domestic side of life, the boot plus rear seats easily swallows a massive Sainsbury's trolley full of shopping. Brilliant! Secondly, long distances. Yesterday, I had a 170 mile drive home from Milton Keynes to Exeter, which went like this; 90 minutes of blasting through Oxfordshire with the sun shining, windows down, sport button on and me laughing out loud at the sheer bloody hilarity of it. Followed by settling onto the M4 for 90 minutes of serene and comfortable motorway cruising with windows up, sport off and stereo on. I hopped out at home with zero aches and one massive grin. Seriously, I'm astounded by how the Evora 400 can be equally excellent at totally mental blasting and smooth cruising. I'm 6' 2'', and over distance I'm honestly more comfortable in my Evora than my previous C-Class Merc. I bought the Evora because I was bored with the Merc, and having owned (and loved) a couple of Boxsters before (sorry), I wanted to get back into something FUN. Before I bought the Evora, I looked at the Boxster/Cayman again, but was put off by the latest 4cyl engine. The 911? Too soft in my opinion. I wanted to get the driving experience back, unfettered by too much padding. My Wife has a Suzuki Ignis, and that thing is is a right laugh because it's pure driving. I wanted that, but not in an Ignis. I know the analogue driving experience isn't for everyone. I guess the majority of the marketplace wants the extra padding and tech in cars like the 911. But for me, the Evora 400 is the perfect car. I think it's miraculous that a small-volume, niche manufacturer in Norfolk has created a car that is this damn capable! I know this is said a lot in the Lotus community, but why the hell does every journalist use the Cayman and 911 as the benchmarks for comparing other sports cars? They're awesome cars for sure, but for anyone after a truly special driving experience - this is it right here. Evora all the way. Oh - final point for anyone not convinced yet. The drop-dead looks and rarity of the Evora makes you feel like a goddamn rock-star driving it around! This amount of head-turning usually costs £200k+ Right. The sun's out again. I'm off for a drive.
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    Enjoyed that drive home tonight
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    Haven't really done anything to my car in a while... So here's a photo of it from last night in a bit of a rain storm! Ceramic coating worked well, the water just ran straight off it
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    Thought I'd say hi and introduce myself, my son and our recent addition to the family. As a 10 year old boy my son is car mad. At three years old he could recognise any car logo we showed him and he now takes it the the next level with models, stats and the like. Let's just say he put's his dad and grandad (former designer and engineer) to shame. As a boy who's face was constantly stuck against the glass of the local car dealership (who also stocked and serviced Lotus cars) and whose dream car was white and turned into a submarine it's great to have grown up sufficiently to finally own one. The look on my sons face when we revealed it to him was worth every penny. So we'd like to introduce 'Jeremy' (the name given to the car by my son). There's something a bit special about this car so we're going to have a little quiz. You have 10 attempts to guess why this car is special..... Hint there are two clues in this post.
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    Just put a deposit down on a lovely 15 Evora Sports Racer from Leven Lotus in Edinburgh. Can't wait to pick it up! I used to own an S2 111s and I absolutely loved it. Not sure what it is about Lotus but they are a hard habit to shake! Good to be back :) cheers Michael Doris
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    Little local meet with @Gordon S @RRSSS @BatMobile and a couple of others today
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    Bought my Evora SR from Leven in Edinburgh last weekend - I've been loving every minute in this amazing car. Car only had 3.5k on the clock so feels brand new. It's been pishing down constantly for the past week though - looking forward to a dry day and a decent run out! Car feels like a tank - Lotus build quality has come a long was since my 111S!
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    Hi everyone, In the next several weeks, many of us will be waking our Esprits up from their winter hibernation. If yours is carbureted, especially those of us with non-Turbo cars, after you do your visual check of fluids and belts, do the following: 1) Check tightness of fuel hose clamps 2) Check tightness of banjo fittings 3) Check tightness of screws on underside of carburetor -- four for bottom cover and four for accelerator pump diaphragm of each carb. If you don't have a short stubby screwdriver, buy one -- it's cheap insurance. Doesn't hurt to check the top cover while you have screwdriver in hand. 4) Inspect flexible rubber fuel hoses for cracking or hardening. If they are more than ten years old or you don't know their age, replace them as a matter of course regardless of how they look and feel. If you have braided steel hoses, replace them with rubber; the steel serves no purpose on a low pressure application, and only prevents you from seeing the condition of the rubber underneath. 5) Put the key in the ignition and turn to "run" position but DON'T START IT. Let the fuel pump fill the float bowls, and keep it turned on. 6) Get out of the car and inspect for leaks/dampness. Smell for fuel. Use a small mirror to see where you can't see. 7) Use a paper towel to pat the underside of the carburetors to test for leaks. Also by the carb-to-intake O-rings. Easy to see the wet spots on the towel. Pull the throttle cable to manipulate the accelerator pumps a couple of times, and pat the underside again. 8 ) If your stock fuel pump is still making the tap-tap-tap-tap-tap noise, keep fuel is continuing to pour somewhere; find it. Start by removing the air cleaner. If not, step 9. 9) Of course you have a fire extinguisher handy, because you know that is essential with old cars. Start the car and watch. Let it run a minute or a few. 10) Turn off the car and repeat the visual inspection and patting with paper towels. Assuming the rest of your car is road ready, you are now ready to drive your carbureted Esprit. Keep an extinguisher in the car. After you run it up to operating temperature a couple of times, go back on a cool morning and re-check the tightness of the clamps and screws when the car is cold. Cheers, Tony K.
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    Car wash day today. Not only do I have good taste in cars but women too. My better half offered to help and she did. I must say the some of Singapore women are among the finest in the world. Guess I can consider myself lucky, better don’t try this at home in the Western Hemisphere
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    Back on the road today and still running in. I also replaced the painted carbon spoiler with an OEM naked carbon spoiler.
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    Season openings in Austria .
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    delivery of my friend's evora :
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    After a few days of ownership - what a car!!!! Absolute joy! When i come home from work I actually go out in it, for the absolute pleasure of driving, even though I've got nowhere particular to go! lol.
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    My 400 is two years old and is already at 19,000 miles. My old Elise made it to 175,000 and I'm hoping to beat that in the Evora! Cars are meant to be driven.
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    May as well write this down. Who knows, maybe my children will be curious about their dad some day and want to read it . . . As a young child, about four years old in the late 1970s, I was with my family at my aunt and uncle's house for a holiday (pretty sure it was Thanksgiving). While waiting for dinner, I was sitting in the living room watching the color TV. At this point in my life, I was already a car nut. Loved cars. There on the TV was a white car. In beautiful scenery. I loved how it looked. It looked faster than all the other cars. I really liked the shape. I was mesmerized by this car. It was perfect. I didn't quite understand when the car went into the water . . . really, to a young child it was kind of confusing. I liked it better with wheels . . . was hoping to see more of the car after that, but there was only a little bit. Then it was time for dinner. Never forgot that car. Later that year for Christmas, my brother and I received a slot car set as a gift. It had a yellow car and a white car. The white car looked exactly like this: This photo is from eBay (not my actual car), but I still have the original actual car. As I grew up, I saw Lotus Esprits here and there on television. Rockford Files. Knight Rider. Miami Vice . . . Then in video games, like Test Drive and Rad Racer: (That's an Esprit on the left. Unfortunate that in playing the game you had to drive a 328...) By the late 1980s, I was reading car magazines like Car & Driver and Road & Track. Couldn't wait to read reviews that included the Lotus Esprit. When I was a freshman in high school, in our Public Speaking class, I managed to include the slot car as a visual aid in a speech, in saying that I hope to have a *real* Lotus some day, not just a toy one. Total car nut. As I read the car magazines in high school, I became fascinated with the technical aspect of the Esprit, and with the ethos of the car. In the 1980s and ealry '90s, it was a very advanced car -- 16 valves, DOHC, turbo charger, later a chargecooler, aerodynamic, and the body was made from some kind of a composite, not just boring old-fashioned steel. And of course it handled better than anything. And it made all that power and speed from just a 2.2 liter four -- that was impressive technology compared to the others who needed six, eight, ten, or twelve cylinders to go fast. It was cool. And the nature of the car as I understood it was a good fit for my personality; if I were to express my automotive values in a car, it would be the Esprit. I dreamed of some day owning a Lotus Esprit. Not long after getting my driver's license, I bought the "poor man's Esprit." "This is the closest I'm ever going to get to a Lotus," I thought: I had also been fixing things my whole life -- clocks as a small child, motorized toys a few years later, radio controlled cars, mini bikes, and then at age 15 I started learning to fix cars. I had owned about ten cars before even finishing high school. While I was in college, in the 1990s, the whole world changed. Pretty things, happy music, electric guitars and synthesizers, beautiful people, bright colors, and cool cars were out . . . and a general disdain for beauty, miserable "grunge" music, "unplugged" coffee shop culture, and olive drab were in. Affluent kids at colleges across the country went to Salvation Army and Goodwill stores and bought old clothes to try and look like they lived in hard times. And most of all, cars were very, very uncool. Especially sports cars. Especially exotic cars. If you liked or owned an "impractical" exotic/sports car, it meant you were a simple minded, insecure, egotistical jerk who was "compensating" for his three-inch thingy. Pop culture had taken a complete 180-degree turn from the halcyon days of Miami Vice and Cannonball Run. I never cared too much what other people were into, though. I still wanted a Lotus Esprit, and still liked my cars. I probably owned another dozen or so cars through my four years in college. All of them were uncool -- mostly sports cars. Did not care. I was browsing a news stand at a big box store one night in college, looking at one of the magazines where they sold exotic cars (Robb Report or DuPont Registry), hoping to see a Lotus Esprit. Found a few. Strange, though, I thought -- there must be some mistake on the price; they cost no more than a new Lexus or Infiniti. On subsequent trips to the news stand, I began to realize that those were the actual prices. The Esprit SE that was $100K when I was in high school had fallen to $24K-$35K. At this point in my life, I had already been involved in a few car clubs. When I started to ask car people I knew about the affordability of a Lotus or other exotic car, the line I most often received was "It's one thing to buy them . . . but servicing them is where it gets expensive..." I thought to myself . . . "People who do well in college and get good jobs can afford new cars like Lexus and Infinity . . . . so if I do well in college, I should be able to get a good job and afford that kind of car . . . and I've been fixing things my whole life and taught myself to fix 'regular' cars; I don't see why I can't teach myself to fix a Lotus . . ." So I decided that the dream of owning an Esprit was a lot more within reach than I had thought. All I had to do was work hard and get a good job . . . So to motivate myself to study and do well, I bought one of these, painted it white, and put it on my desk: I also bought books and buyers guides about Lotus and Esprits, and read them cover to cover multiple times. Still have all of them. When I finished college, I got an entry level operations job at an investment firm. I started saving for my dream car, a Lotus Esprit. I invested and saved, and also bought more broken "regular" cars and fixed them and sold them. Like these, for example: As an intermediate step on my learning curve of teaching myself to fix cars, I bought a Porsche 944 in mediocre condition and needing a clutch to learn from and use as a daily driver: That was the first of about ten 944s I owned, racking up over 350K miles driving them daily, and servicing dozens of them for others. Then, after about a year at my job, I sold 2 or 3 Fieros, added some cash I had saved, and bought my first Lotus: In the months leading up to it, I couldn't decide between a Turbo Esprit or an S1/S2. Every buyers guide at the time (late 1990s) told you to avoid the S1 at all costs, and that you should only buy something S3 or newer. Buying a notoriously unreliable, rare exotic car that everyone says to avoid, at the age of 23 on an entry level salary -- what could go wrong? On the other hand, I thought it would make a good first Esprit, as it was simpler and might be less expensive if I did have a catastrophe. And while not fast like a Turbo, it did fulfill the imaginations of my young childhood, of that magical white car that I saw on the television so many years ago. Indeed I had every catastrophe that S1s were known for. But by this time I had been fixing cars for 7 or 8 years, I received some good guidance from a few club members, and I understood that with something like this you have to be careful, not heavy handed, and most of all READ AND FOLLOW EVERY WORD IN THE WORKSHOP MANUAL. So I enjoyed every moment of it. I enjoyed every moment of servicing, fixing, improving, washing, waxing, and most of all driving my Esprit S1. That was twelve Esprits ago, twenty years ago, sixty-five thousand miles ago, many journeys and adventures ago, and most of all it has been through many great times with the many great people I have come to know and call my friends along the way. Cheers, Tony K.
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    Life, work, and family time has been nuts since Silverstone... today I managed to download data (off track) and have a look at my performance from the session at Silverstone back in February. Funny how I felt I was slower than last year, but in reality managed to achieve a new personal best which was two seconds quicker with a further two seconds possible as my ideal. Very happy as you can expect, first track day of the year, and learning a new car setup... I sense the LSD did play a part. To some of the questions relating to the LSD, now I've had a few more miles under the belt, I concur with @Arun_D his response it sums it up perfectly... and on the road a little hooning has been enjoyable within reason of course. I would suggest anyone going down this route also looks to mill back their uprights for more camber at the front, I did this quite a while back but fell it genuinely helped counter any of the understeer concerns people may have as I had non to mention on track. What I would also like to add is that @GFWilliams did admit on his passenger ride with me that he felt an immediate difference in my cars grip and stability with the Ohlins... so I guess that little argument is now set - Gold is best On the topic of Ohlins, I've been playing with a new road setup which im pretty chuffed with but need to re-do the clicks to remember what the settings are, once checked ill post if anyones interested. As a future thought... this week I hope to get my car on the dyno at Litchfield Motors to get a standard measurement before I start my next new project Laters.
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    Just back from the ice hotel in Sweden. One of the activities we had booked was having a go at Ice Sculpture. Not for me a heart, ball, initials. how old I am. No, I had to have a go a making my Esprit! The instructor was a bit sceptical with me having absolutely ZERO artistic talent but I insisted. He was quite complimentary at the end,(I suppose he has to be!) and I was pleasantly surprised that it actually did vaguely look like an Esprit. However I'm not giving up on the day job!
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    Hi All After a lifetime of wanting a Lotus, since seeing the Bond S1 Esprit as a child, I'm pleased to say that I've joined the club, the Evora S, Sports Racer, Manual Club, to be precise. I nearly bought an Elise in my early 20s but decided I couldn't afford it and ended up with an MGF VVC 1.8 instead, which was one of life's lessons, learned the hard way. I then ended up with company cars for the next 15 or so years; Mini Cooper, 120d M-sport, 320d SE and 320d M-sport. Then, in 2016 I gave up work and started my own company, almost exclusively to end up with a car that I wanted (don't tell my business partner!). I bought my 320d from the company I was leaving, as it was cheap and I knew where it had been, then last year it got a terminal prognosis, but I still couldn't afford the Lotus I wanted. Therefore, for the past year, I have been zooming about in an M235i, watching the Lotus markets very carefully. August 2018, I turn 40 and decide enough is enough, tweak the mortgage a bit, get the wife's permission and suddenly, Evora S SR money is available, sadly no cars are though! Cue 4 months of checking the sales websites and the forums three times a day (not that I hadn't been doing that anyway of course!) and calling all the dealers in the country. Finally, in December 2018 a manual (had to be a manual for me) one came up in a colour I hadn't considered, Daytona Blue. I'd turned down a Nightfall Blue and Carbon Grey (too dark for the black pack, in my humble opinion). Problem was, I'd never seen one 'in the flesh' in that colour and it was in Aberdeen, I live in Reading. A chat to the owner, various messages and pictures back and forth and within 4 days I'm on a flight to Aberdeen and an 11 and a half hour journey back, which I could have quite happily have turned around and done again, immediately! Until the last week the weather hasn't exactly been ideal for an Evora, however I was convinced that I had made the correct decision, now we have the sun I could not be more happy with my purchase. So, it has been a long journey, but I am finally here.
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    Over the last few days I've been taking feedback from fellow owners and doing more research to which has led me to re-think my intake design. This morning I called Litchfield and re-scheduled my 'after' dyno for the 12th April. The intake is for me quite an important piece of the performance puzzle to get right and the market doesn't really seem to support the community by offering a fair priced system. I personally can not justify near £900 for an intake and know from my own experience that the HKS SSC system even though around the £500 marker (all in with taxes and delivery) offers possibly the worst filtration of any filter and therefore not something I will be putting back on my car! So the changes im now going to make to my initial design. No More Carbon The carbon pipe is going, yes externally it looks nice and is super lightweight, but the internal surface is rough, that can't be good and credit to @Jack for opening my eyes to this and the knock on effect this can cause to air flow and AFRs. With some help a test pipe has been made to replace the carbon tube. First, modelling and making the MAF flange, before welding to the correct size aluminium pipe and finishing with a swage on both ends. Must say very happy with the result and looks very professional. I guess I do debate whether to go powder coated (black), leave as is with the brushed ali, or cover in heat resistant gold wrap... at the moment it's not important so will leave the decision to a later date. Happy to hear what folks think on this... I sometimes wonder if too much gold in the engine bay looks a bit too bling. Bigger is Better I had been a bit worried that I'd played it too safe on the size of the ITG I'd ordered, and the thought isn't going away, so I've decided to go for a bigger box which would be more than sufficient to cope with any 'potential' future power upgrades such as manifolds and sport cats. What this means is that the original position of the intake needs to slightly change, equally my nice new ali pipe is likely to get cut up again as I re-work the new bigger filter. I'll also have to make a new mounting bracket for the intake box as the CupR solution will no longer work. Bigger box mean more work but I know its the better and right thing to do vs just try the easy option and make compromises. Give it a RAM! With the slight relocation needed with the bigger intake box, there is an opportunity to now incorporate a direct 'ram' feed from the side vent into the air intake inlet. At high speed this could provide very good benefit especially on track (eg Hangar Straight at Silverstone as a perfect example). Finding a balance... This is one that's hard to explain, the original design positioned the ITG far away from the main engine block and sitting directly above the side vent (hence originally not feeling the need for a 'ram'). The idea behind this being to help as best as possible to reduce heat soak. With the bigger intake, by the nature of being bigger, the intake will push out from the side of the clam and closer into the engine bay. I need to try and ensure the right balance of the intakes position to take a suitable ram feed, account for the bigger intake, and try and keep as far away from the main engine block as possible. Basically I don't want the intake to be sat next to the engine bay. So lots of work still to go... most likely ill be testing on track before dyno...
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    My new favorite song! buddsy
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    I’ve now done the two front wheels, and had enough of bolts for the day. Earlier, I managed to damage the coating of one of the centres during a trial fit, when it fell out suddenly onto the bench. I was totally gutted, having just had them done, and may have used some harsh language shortly after the event. Thankfully, Shan took it back to the wheel guys and they managed to repair it perfectly. I’ve now torqued them up with a dab of Loctite, the rears will be next, and then I’ll seal them all in one go. I did see on the SSR website that Wurth Bond & Seal should be used, but I’m sticking with Sikaflex* *No pun intended.
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    just playing around with a little hand held cam
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    Pictures as requested. Fred M
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    My personal experience with 2bular. 1. Me “I want an exhaust for my V6” 2. Jim “will you track it” 3. Me “occasionally” 4. Jim “in that case you want the track system as I don’t like valved systems in track use” (I argue I want the valved one but he insists it’s not right for track) 5 exhaust arrives and I fit myself and love it. 6. Me “Jim, it’s probably going to be a bit loud for my local track” 7. Jim “no problem, take these development add on silencers free of charge just let me know the dB readings” 8. Add on silencers arrive (107db with / 98 dB without fyi) 9. Me “Jim, I don’t have the bracket to attach the spring to to hold the add on silencers to the exhaust” 10. Jim “no probs let me get the brackets I use posted out to you and you can get them welded on yourself locally” What more could he have possibly done. I have no affiliation with 2bular but based on my experience I can’t help but speak up on this topic
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    As the season is due to start I thought I would provide some reviews of the products I have bought and the services I have used for those who are bored and need some time wasting! I'll start off by saying I did get over excited when buying my gear... So I started off buying my shoes - bibs kindly pointed me towards piloti and I bought the competizione red/black/white: As you'll see they have held up superbly. Virtually no wear on the sole of the shoes and the top remains as supple and comfy as the day I got them. I would strongly recommend you buy a 1/2 size bigger as they do come up small but wow, they are so comfortable. I love the shoe but if I did it again I would buy the all black. That way you could wear them with jeans whenever driving the car as the red is a bit bright to be worn outside of a track day. Next I bought gloves. As I wanted an Alcantara steering wheel, it was recommended for both grip and to stop sweat dulling the finish. I searched all over and found an eBay seller who was discounting OMP gloves and managed to pick up a black/yellow pair that also happened to match the theme of my car (again the boots weren't planned well in this regard but then it stops me being too matchy matchy) These gloves are just superb, they have both inner and outer stitching in different places to aid comfort and stop rubbing. Grip wise they are just great and I find I don't sweat with them on, great breathability and any sweat gets taken away from your skin. Lastly after failing to get carbon from a well known lotus online shop, I splurged on the helmet. Love this thing though it has cost me a fortune subsequently in tuition to make sure I am not that guy with a carbon helmet who drives round at half pace! I bought this from GSM performance and they were superb. Got a great deal and their customer service was excellent - I couldn't get to them to try it on due to work and as a result the first one was too big for me and I had to swap it over. The helmet is incredibly light and very comfortable. I couldnt be more happy with it to be honest and if I did it again, I would buy the same one. My first track day was Silverstone national circuit. Effectively a glorified triangle and the day was spent with David Pittard. I'd argue this was the perfect first track day as its short (easy to remember), quick in sections and has plenty of run off allowing you to push without consequences. David's style is great, very relaxed and pushes you forward as much as he can but without ever drowning you with information. The start of the day was tentative and slow, despite me turning up expecting him to uncover me as the greatest hidden talent since Senna! But by the end of the day we were one of the quickest out there, I was being taught to heal/toe and my mind felt like the first day of school. Everyone warned me of driving home fast from a track day (and I have had to slow myself after karting events) but after that day I dawdled home, mind shattered but heart pumped at the sheer excellence of what I had just taken part in. It was the first time since I was a student that I slept for 12 hours. It also taught me that PPF is a must after a touring car spun off then shed gravel all over my front end! My next day was a leap in terms of technicality, goodwood, fast and unforgiving. As David was unavailable he recommended Jack Layton; ex British superkart champ and lap record holder at several circuits. This time my mind felt ready and it wasn't as draining a day, this in part was down to the fact it was a 98db day and I had two warnings by 10am so couldnt drive at 10/10ths! Because I couldnt use all the cars power it took away the pressure of being quick and allowed me to learn the lines and then build speed; it was a good lesson and one I will try to implement at all circuits. After letting the grass intimidate me and following the edge of the circuit, hence creating no straight lines, Jack had to work with me to change my mindset. After the first session I started to become more comfortable with where jack wanted to me to be and by lunchtime he had me overtaking cars and creating my own straight lines so I could maximise the breaking zones. Once I was confident with the circuit I loved it. Fast, sweeping with technical parts and rising/falling sections. By the end of the day Jack had me as one of the quickest and this resulted in a brilliant session with lots of back and forth with MartinS. Jack's style is different to David's, he has an intercom system which he plugs in and talks you around where David is more likely to take the steering wheel and guide you through. David is also focussed on the VBOX and overlaying your laps with his talking you through lost time/mistakes where Jack will make you do laps where he doesn't talk/guide you so he sees where you need help in that session. Both great and I feel with these two I have a great blend that will help me improve. When they drive your car and show you a proper lap, I have never felt such a mix of panic, admiration and an overriding sense to brake before. Both wonderfully talented drivers and I have no doubt in my mind that without them I would be significantly slower no matter how many times I drove the circuit. I returned a month later to goodwood on my own and was amazed how much I had retained from the day with Jack. It also amazed me how many people take the wrong lines over and over! Aside from a GT3RS who was being coached by Steve Glynn I was again one of the fastest, mainly because I knew the lines/breaking zones - it made me realise how important tuition is. All my track days were through the circuit directly but in a month I will be at Silverstone with Jack for a day with gold track. Will post up some footage and a review when that's been done. I also have BC Forged wheels - 17x9 et24 RZ05 and 18x10 et32 RZ05, 215/285 cup 2 tyres, ultimate anti roll bar, nitron 3 way dampers and a full track geo being done to the car in the next few months at backontrack. Will post up pics and my opinion on each of the modifications once I have tracked the car in the new set up.
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    Good lubrication will stop that problem My lube of choice will be a couple of bottles of Chillean Merlot that my daughter brought me back from a recent trip to Santiago. A nice alternative to my usual French Claret that may struggle with supply for a couple of weeks. I believe my planning has been rather exemplary as. I also have some nice English Cheese, South African seedless grapes and finest Scottish oatcakes to complement it. Can't see what all the fuss is about. Chin chin
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    Well you could replace all of the gear wheels with new and just about every nut and bolt, component on a forty year old car. I know because this car has probably more new parts on it than any other. From the previous owner and me. At the end of the day this is not a no cost limit resto. As for the gearbox used or new doesn't matter provided the component is serviceable. After all one new gear and the rest used there has to be a cost benefit equation. £300 is steep for a gearwheel. Let's not forget the classic car market has already peaked. Im embarrassed to say this rebuild has already reached astronomical levels a year ago with me doing most of the work and it's not finished! At that point I stopped adding up and there's still some big ticket items ahead. I'm taking a break from this for a month or two and just doing small jobs here and there my real job is demanding attention. Anyhow this is how far I have got with the engine.
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    We can replace the LED ring without splitting the casing apart which makes the job a little easier. As it is much easier to replace the ring with the headlight removed, I am recommending that we refinish the lacquer at the same time - we're doing this as a package deal for a pair of headlights inc VAT at £740.
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    After a considerable delay, we now have the replacement sidelights in stock in our shop - link below
  40. 5 points
    Let's look at the cars themselves. Firstly they are unquestionably GTEs from the original 2011/12 batch. As far as I can make out, we now have the following GTEs potentially on the road: 20 re-worked cars by Lotus Motorsport (sold as GT350). All numbered 1 - 20. Evora S mechanicals, so 345 bhp. 1 additional car sold by LM to theKevlarKid initially for track-only use, since switched to 5 stud hubs and road-registered. Swindon engine fitted and originally dyno'd at 385 bhp. 5 now Stratton GTs. Swindon engine fitted with claimed ca. 430 bhp with uprated ECU and standard manual gearbox. 1 yellow car exhibited by Mansory at Geneva 2019. Origin unknown. So back to the Stratton GTs. These were the five left-over chassis, after Lotus had selected the best 20 cars to re-work in 2014/15 and sold the track-only car to theKevlarKid. It was originally expected that these five would be cannibalized for spares to support the 20 GT350s. Stratton made JMG an offer to buy the five car package including other spares, which was accepted by Lotus. Since then two or three years have passed. These five cars are now available for sale on single type approval basis, after a lengthy period of development at prices starting from GBP 70,000 + VAT = GBP 84,000. I have only seen one car face-to-face. That was the dark green one parked up at the Lotus 70 event at Hethel last September. It had the presence of the LM cars, but didn't give the impression of being a brand new car. The c/f rear wing for example looked very weathered and faded. I think one or two c/f parts had been replaced (lip spoiler?). Of course the car may have been better prepared since then. Now the price. GBP 84,000 is towards the upper end of what most paid for their 2014/15 GT350s. I bought mine direct from Lotus for GBP 79,200. Clearly you're getting an uprated engine from Stratton (although at least two GT350s have been uprated with equivalent Komo-Tec EV430 kits for about 5 grand). However, the cars themselves are now already 7 - 8 years old and have been standing outside for much of their lives. Some questioned the wisdom of the GT350 owners buying a car that had previously been stored outside for 2 - 3 years. Nevertheless, when compared to the list price for a new GT430, then the Stratton price doesn't seem high. Next the warranty. We GT350 buyers only got a 6 month factory warranty. During that period, my car needed a new instrument pack and a new air-conditioning condenser: both pricey jobs if outside warranty. Some months later my gearbox exploded. With JMG's agreement, Lotus provided a free-of-charge replacement part (apparently an original development GTE unit), but I had to pay for installation. Since then the car has been fine. For me the Stratton offered 12 month warranty on the proviso that all servicing/repair work is carried out by them seems absolutely fair and is twice as long as Lotus offered. The outside Lotus dealership network has no connection to Stratton, so any warranty work for the vehicles they re-work has to stay in house. Don't forget that it was the warranty issue that encouraged Lotus to switch the GT350s to standard Evora S mechanicals. JMG didn't want them all coming back with expensive broken Swindon engines and automated manual gearboxes. As a new owner, you would just have to factor in a trip or two to Stratton during that first year only. In conclusion, I think that both the Stratton price and warranty conditions are fair. If I was in the market, I would want to go over each car with a fine toothcomb before making a decision. Alternatively I would be looking at an original second-hand LM car: in reality the same age, any gremlins would have been ironed out, most are still very low mileage and you can always uprate them with a KT kit if you wish. Mine's not for sale though.
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    Hi all you guys! Let me introduce me and my better half. I'm Kuba from Warsaw, Poland and I've been a relationship with Lotus Esprit s1 for almost two years now. We get along pretty well but not perfectly - we do have some issues that we will try solve and hope for support from reputable Lotus therapists at this very forum! This is 1977 s1 and interestingly we are exactly the same age. As you can see in the pics my partner had interventions at some point of hmm... her life. ok, seriously. I know about a half of car's history. I bought it from Mr Rzepecki (Rzepecki Classic Auto) famous for restoring astons, e-types etc. who owned it since around 2000. He's responsible for converting it to LHD and, sadly, the leather upholstery that replaced the suede one. So, the car has been in Poland since around 2000 but no history before that. I assume the car was facelifted to look like an s3 back in the past (it's already changed at pictures from around 2000). It's got s3 bumpers and air ducts on the sides (blind) and s2/s3 front spoiler. The bumpers and ducts are easy to change or remove. However, the front section under the bumper looks as a more complicated job. Unless, there is a chance it's been originally that way?? I've seen all kinds s1/s2 combinations on the web and I realize Lotus made a lot of exceptions that depended on the available parts. I fitted it with Vitaloni mirrors instead of S2 flag mirrors that were attached to the triangle finisher. It looked stupid and made the passenger side mirror useless. It looks better now but these things are really small and make driving in a large city quite stressfull as turning your head is not helpful at all (but you probably all know that more than well). Anyhow, I think about getting it back to original (whatever that means, probably classy and sleek original s1 look) but no rush. Sometime in the future. Or not. We'll see. I've got other babies to take care of. My impressions - absolutely incredible! This is pure driving, pure expierience. I also own Porsche 928 and Bmw 635 Csi - great COMFORTABLE and fast cars that can probably oupace Lotus. But man, only the Esprit makes me feel that I am really, really driving! And fast in a way not available in any other car i have ever driven. Even if it's not so fast Couple of weeks after the purchase I managed to damage the radiator on a underground garage driveway that was a bit too steep. Somehow the spoiler made it. Much more careful since then but not enough. The spoiler finally gave up after another speed bump. I've just had it restored and i really have to plan my trips wisely. I also have a cooling issue that I will continue in another thread - my fans fuse keeps blowing after working for a while. All the best for all of you and your loved ones. Cheers, kuba
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    Cut back on the free bar, honeymoon, drop two bridesmaids and buy a cake from Greggs. That'll add about £5k onto your Evora budget and no one will think any the less of the wedding. If she complains, well, you need to ask yourself if she is a keeper and if not then call it all off and get yourself a GT410. Sorted. Think I need to change career to become a "life coach".
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    Built the new “ zorst” should sound nice
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    Aston arrived on Saturday. Huge thanks to Dave @Hangar 111 for helping get the sale completed. There was a niggle that I wanted sorted prior to sale that was very simple, obviously being a Lotus it turned into a complete nightmare but Dave stuck with it and even presented an invoice that I thought was insulting to the amount of time and effort he put in (he wouldn’t accept additional payment). Will miss the Evora but she’s gone to a great home with a fellow enthusiast (and nice chap) so I know she’ll be well looked after. On with the next adventure!
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    Reminds me of a woman I knew some while ago. Ah memories.
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    At a recent cars and coffee - excuse the dirty snout.
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    1955-1975 Citroen DS, in case any millennials wondered what weed I was smokin'...…….. Justin
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    Thanks guys yes it was the Press Launch event car, engine no. 003a, reg. AU09 AKK and driven by Jeremy Clarkson on the Top Gear review: And it's featured in a few magazine reviews from 2009, EVO, The engine was damaged after the journalists pushed the car to its limits. After that it apparently spent some time sat in the Lotus factory before being sold to Stratton motorsport who experimented with a few modifications to the original engine. It now pushes (allegedly) 420bhp. Fortunately the previous owner had the unenviable task of replacing the clutch as that hadn't been upgraded as the same time as the engine. Despite some 'nuances' (the most amusing of which is the fuel filler flap which decides to pop up at random moments like an extra spoiler) my son and I love it. First major outing this year will be to the Goodwood FoS so really looking forward to that, would be good to meet up with some like minded enthusiasts. Oh also managed to get the Lotus Radio flash screen converted into a sticker for my sons bedroom. I have the files if anyone wishes to do the same:
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    Say hello to Adsepsl Flint Fire (known as Flint!) a 12 week old Maine Coon kitten.
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    Swapped bolts to button head with some M5 plastic washers to protect the anodising, preferring the smaller bolts. Also looks better with the engine bay getting some fresh dressing:

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