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  1. @TomEand myself had the great privilege of supporting Lotus in ascertaining where they are really at, from a customers point of view. We were hosted by Matt Windle (MD), Geoff Dowding (Commercial Director) and Scott Walker (Head of UK Sales) and special thanks to Charlotte for keeping us on schedule! The Tour We were given a fantastically, detailed, full-access tour, by Scott Walker, on both the old and new facilities. The first words here that spring to mind are Quality Control, Perfectionism and Attention to Detail. The vast investment by Geely into the new facility is immediately obvious, like being smacked around the jaw by a wet engine cover. The difference between the old-school, which was admittedly, relatively shabby and the new high-tech, millions spent on, robotic and laser measuring equipment was incredible. My main take-away from the day is that Lotus, contrary to some beliefs on the web, are working VERY VERY hard, in a very difficult global market, to get all the cars out as originally promised this year. This is seen in the investment in both the tech and the staffing levels. I was utterly amazed at the laser focused body panel checker. The car gets checked over to a fraction of a millimetre by a 360 degree laser guided machine. This checks that every single Emira off the line is exactly the same. This ensures that each car has remarkably exacting panel-gaps and alignment. They do this once the chassis gets bonded to the body and once after competition as a double check. This ethos of quality control and double checking carried on throughout the whole process which was broken down on the tour. We saw the seats, although Pre-Production, looking much deeper and body encompassing, the front, nappa leather covered fascia which was rock solid, and just how everything comes together in a well thought out way. What we didn't see was the actual wheels. We saw i4 engines and the automatic V6. Conclusion - The final build quality will match the Germans, perhaps improve on them in some areas. I feel very rest assured on this. The Colours Okay, okay. This is the bit most want to know about. @TomE and I saw all of the FE colours in the flesh, though only the Magma Red was seen in both direct sunlight and shade conditions. My thoughts, Tom will add his own. First impression.. It now ALL makes sense. People have often mentioned "why didn't they just release the FE in traditional colours that we all know and like". It was immediately clear to me that Lotus wanted to show just how damn good the paint is and also to exude prestige and class. Shadow Grey is perhaps the most similar and standard to other makers and the Seneca Blue, somewhat comparable to other cars, has an ability to look both interestingly pastel and metallic. The other colours are full of depth and quite unique. Hethel Yellow - I would call this a classy yellow. It is yellow with a warmth to it. That English Mustard soft hue perhaps in one layer. Do not worry about this being the only non-metallic colour. it pops out the most of all of the colours, strikingly bold, yet luxuriant. Magma Red - Wow. Ha. Better than I had even hoped. The colour travel on this is remarkable. The speckle in the metallic on this and the other metallic cars is amazing and really makes them stand out. This red I have not seen before. it is NOT Fire Red. It pops more in light, with a lovely gold fleck and the colour in the shade is rich and exudes quality. Nimbus Grey - Ha. No grey on this car, except perhaps from space. it is a stunning colour which I would call Super LIght Bronze Silver. It has this bronzey, browny subtle tint which lifts it up from being 'just' a silver car. Again, Lotus have gone for a look or richness and quality. Stunning. If you have ordered this you will be blown away. Dark Verdant - Yes, the clue is indeed in the name. It is very dark and I thought it was a black car until about 4 yards away from it. We shone light on it and the heavy fleck then really pops and I have a feeling it will feel the most prestige colour of all but it is dark, no getting away from that. Personally, I would not get a black roof with this colour. I think it would look great with silver wheels as complete contrast package to drop jaws. Other colours - well, we saw a white car which would possibly be THE colour to go for on the next editions such is the powerful play of white on black. We saw a black car, which still suited it, and we saw a Ferrari Red car, again fabulous and likely to make it to the next edition options. We also saw a car with the black pack roof. Suspension A major point of confusion amongst us, this was helped greatly by their development driver, Dries, an endearing Belgian chap who knows the car inside out, is which suspension to go for - Sports or Touring. @TomE and I had a great chat with him and we pretty much have come to the same conclusion. Touring - Most ideal for most people. Absolutely perfect for those who will use the car as a daily driver and it is there only car. Still capable on track. Sports - More feel but the odd road bump will be felt more. Perfect for those who will have the car as a 2nd or 3rd car. More relevant if you will track the car occasionally. All in all, a fabulous day out and we learned a huge amount from all of our very engaging and honest hosts. Personally, I came away even more confident (yes, possible ) that we are in VERY capable hands and we will be owners of an instant classic and future icon. We can all look forward to a new update on the configurator from next week, more news and increased confidence in this wonderful marque.
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  2. Reading a report on another forum of members who were invited to a special day at Hethel to see everything and how things are moving along. The report is extremely good, and there is specific mention of how the seats are MUCH MUCH better (his words and emphasis) than the one's that people have seen in the blue and gray cars. The comments about how much effort is being put into the quality of everything in the interior are great to read. The first press review car is done and ready, and will be shown on Top Gear. There's a countdown clock everywhere in the factory of 45 days until actual production of customer cars begins. There are cars in all 6 of the FE colors. Monday the 24th there will be a big update on the Lotus website, including a completely new configurator that will allow you to choose studio or outdoor lighting, and even see your config on a car going up the Big Sur highway in California. Colors on the new configurator are supposed to be far more accurate. He and the others that were invited, got to meet and speak with Matt Windle at a luncheon, and they also met other members of executive management, including Scott Walker. One of the guys who attended said this as a result of all he saw "If any one out there is on the fence..... get your money down now...... or you are going to be at the end of a long list"
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  3. Saw this story, made me smile..... Robot vacuum cleaner escapes from Cambridge Travelodge https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-60084347 A robot vacuum cleaner made a break for freedom after giving staff the slip at a Travelodge hotel. The automated cleaner failed to stop at the front door of the hotel in Orchard Park in Cambridge on Thursday, and was still on the loose the following day. Staff said it just kept going and "could be anywhere" while well-wishers on social media hoped the vacuum enjoyed its travels, as "it has no natural predators" in the wild. It was found under a hedge on Friday. Staff at the hotel posted the story of the robot vacuum's great escape on social media, asking for it to be returned, if found. "Today we had one of our new robot vacuums run for its life," the assistant manager wrote. "They normally sense the lip at the entrance [to the hotel] and turn around, but this one decided to make a run for it." While some readers joked about the robot's adventures, one feared for its safety in the great outdoors, pointing out that "nature abhors a vacuum".
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  4. @TonyKL Really surprised you got rid of that Tony, it was a pretty unique car in both colour & use in photographic circles. I hope you managed to get a premium for it’s fame of being used by the very top class of French fashion models in the South of France, it was a pretty amazing session we watched 👍
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  5. My story/experience is very different. Have I been lucky? Every interaction I have had with Lotus has been good. When issues have arisen they have been attended to by Lotus with haste. When i have asked questions they have been answered - either by phone or email in short order. Both dealers I bought from have been good. And others I have communicated with have also been very friendly. Reading your stories of disappoitment, is like reading about a different company. I hope moving forwards far fewer people have sorry tales to tell and many more experience Lotus as I have. My experience should be the norm. Fingers crossed eh?
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  6. Greg and Andrew were there on Thursday. @Evotion and I were there yesterday. Extensive tour of production areas, saw loads of pre-prod cars (including all 6 FE colours), heard running cars (including on track), long chats with senior management. Greg's write up covers a lot. Ade and I will be posting our thoughts today/tomorrow.
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  7. Turbo Dynamics also offer several upgrade levels for those who are planning to run a little more boost.
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  8. Where does everyone keep getting all of these photos of women with Lotuses? (Loti?) Are they your sisters or cousins or something?
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  9. Loss of control? You won't even notice it.
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  10. I have a 2010 NA so not the comparison you’re after, but have had Nitron (fast road) fitted for a while now. I had the spring rates adjusted to be 50 pounds softer front and rear as it’s purely a road car. They’re brilliant, the ride is ridiculously compliant. I do feel you’d likely want something a little more track focused if you’re planning to track though. Custom valving / spring rate as mentioned above may be the way to go. Regarding the clunk, I had this at first but some lube on the ARB bushes solved the problem. No more clunks.
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  11. Mixed emotions, so not entirely happy: The scales indicate my weight as 18st 13lb this morning, 6 days after the diet started and the scales indicated 19st 5lb. The weight loss is making me happy but how far I let it go before addressing the situation and how far I now need to continue, less so. What was frightening was using an app to track calories & weight etc, when I entered my height it indicated my target should be 18st based on the "average" for my height. NHS website indicates a healthy weight of 10st 9lb - 14st 5lb, FFS, I can remember being c15st and less than a 30 inch waist, what the heck would I look like at less than 11st? I'd hide behind telephone poles. So, aiming 17st for now, then maybe keep going to 16st.
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  13. Just got the Turbos back from Turbo dynamics. Excellent job. Thx to @mike_sekinger for the recommendation
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  14. Thanks @TomE! Would be great to build that into the trip!
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  15. Good Afternoon everyone! Firstly start off by saying thank you to everyone for your patience. it honestly is appreciated at the moment. i am sorry for my delay however, unfortunately I was 2 days back in work coming back after Christmas and then subsequently had to isolate and hospitalised due to catching Covid! Very frustrating.. After returning it seems a few members here are isolating as well. We are currently running at around 60% workforce, so again I am truly sorry for the delay. so we are slightly on the back foot so far but we will catch-up! My next task is to begin sending proforma invoices for the deposits to all relevant members. Once paid we will then begin the phase of cutting the original supplied OEM charge pipework to confirmed customers. Currently on the Fabricators bench, he is building the underside water pipework required to run the coolant from the front mounted Pre-Rad to the rear reservoir for the Charge Coolers. We are still all very much aware and on the case here moving this project forward with all drawings now completed, including development processes to ensure the kit is user friendly ( we initially only built the kit as a complete one-off custom kit ) which meant due to building a batch, the entire cooling package required reverse engineering to ensure the correct fitment to all Esprits correctly and that any parts that were 'hand formed' were now made in a way that is repeatable to ensure each kit is identical. Again this is now all completed and all parts are being laser cut to the same measurements. Thank you everyone. Alex
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