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  1. and I absolutely love this car! Have done just over 4000miles, but expect to do more this year, and the car has now done 45k miles. The only issues I've had over the past year were 1. lost the clutch pedal and after looking on the forum wrapped the clutch slave cylinder pipe as per a service bulletin and it seemed to have done the trick, its not happened again; and 2. the car suddenly went into limp mode, local garage diagnosed it to misfiring on cylinder 2, so replaced the spark plugs and all is now well Other work done includes repairing the glovebox, fitting a new and larger steering wheel spacer, replacing the mudflap brackets for stainless steel ones, replacing the coolant temperature sensor, and a new engine bay flexible duct heat shield. Just had the major C service done plus a few other minor bits (clutch sensor switch, ARB bushes, ball joint boots) at Lotus Silverstone and very happy with the work and experience. This plus 4 new Michelin tyres has meant a relatively expensive first year, but I bought the car at a good price (£24k) and planned to have the budget to cover a bit of expensive. The gear shift is quite stiff and after talking to Lotus Silverstone its either £500 for replacement cables or £1800 for replacement MY12 cables... not sure its worth the latter and I may try lubricating them first as others have done on this forum. I've kinda got used to how it shifts though.... 🤔 Now I know this will be a keeper, contemplating some cosmetic changes in the Spring, i.e. red callipers and wing mirror covers.. and maybe some red stripes? Black wasn't my first choice colour but its really grown on me and I think a bit of red splashed here and there will also help... Finally, a big thanks to this forum.. so much good advice and experience... its really helped through the year... What a fantastic car!!!!! Cheers, Ade
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  2. Good to see Barrie's car in Absolute Lotus this month.
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  3. Esprit V8 Brands Hatch probably 1996. Some sponsorship from London Lotus centre....
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  4. I’m lucky enough to have the only 4x4 Sport 410 ever made. These are exactly the conditions the Cup 2’s are made for 😂
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  5. Finally got our veranda built after some covid related delays and the supplier going bankrupt. Happy now we have a combined open and closed space. Already had a barbecue in the pouring rain (6 hour slow cooked pulled pork).
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  6. Well last night I actually dreamed about being on a test drive in an Emira and I’ve not even ordered one! Anyway the good news for all you early adopters is that it’s much faster than I expected and handles on rails. So there you have it: the first TLF road test of an Emira!
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  7. @Sparky has worked his post production magic on a pic he took of my car at FOS - he’s captured about the best angle I’ve ever seen of an S1 IMHO 😊
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  8. Congrats. It’s a lovely car. And 👍 to Jamie who is always hospitable even during hard time. Here’s a pic of mine before it gets protected.
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  9. My friends widow sent pics of the cars ...
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  10. New genuine Lotus throttle cable turned up in the post today and upon measuring it, it's as per the parts list and identical to the cable I removed I took me a little while this evening to get the idle position set because I had to undo all the adjustments I made to the throttle pedal up and down stops when unknowingly trying to get the shorter LHD cable to fit, but with a bit of patience I got a good idle position set. To check the 0.1mm clearance on the full throttle abutment on the engine I had to get creative with a builders prop to hold the throttle wide open while climbing into the engine bay to measure the clearance with my feeler gauges. I had a bit of luck and got the positioning of the throttle downstop spot on with my first adjustment! I even installed a new bit of insulation over the throttle cable while I was at it. Those five extra inches on the correct cable definitely made all the difference to fitting the new cable 😌 Chargecooler is all now re-instated and tomorrow I plan to pop out with the laptop and check/adjust the TPS to get that all within spec.
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  11. I went with refinished OEM 410 wheels in Bronze. They are similar to Diablos-666's
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  12. Bet you don’t have the Nitrous can in photo 2 either.
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  13. Finally had our wood burner fitted in our new living room to be after over a year wait. Amazing bit of kit. It's T shirts and shorts all the way now! Internet piccy - not our living room as it is still a work in progress (all be it a very toasty work in progress)
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  14. Being back at work this week has limited the time to work on the car, but what time I have spent has been pretty frustrating. I got the electrics all hooked up again and decided to test the low fuel warning light before I put fuel in the car to find it had stopped working again. I took the level sensor out of the tank again and found that the downstop had got bent while trying to get it through the slightly tighter opening in the Axminster tank. After sorting that out all worked again and I took the opportunity to verify the the gauge worked too. Then this afternoon I tried to set up the throttle after installing the new cable a few days earlier. I spent ages getting the slack out of the cable with the abutments at both ends adjusted to the maximum of their travel and then I couldn't get enough pedal travel to reach more than about 75% throttle. After much head scratching I removed the new cable and compared it with the old one and it turned out the outer sheath on the new cable was much shorter than before. After measuring it and consulting the parts list it appeared I'd been supplied a LHD cable. I took it up with the supplier who was adamant the cables are only an inch different so it shouldn't make any difference, but the parts list suggests the difference is more like five inches. Anyway cable is going back to the supplier for a redund and I've got a genuine one coming from Lotus next week, so hopefully that will be a better fit. Lesson learnt, I should have compared the cables before installation 🙄. On a positive note, I've put 15ltrs of fuel in the tanks and so far no petrol smells in the garage 😃.
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  15. Credit where credit’s due - turns out the government can organise a piss-up.
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  16. Ex Lotus Owner so I've got 2 other cars. I need to get a Lotus again!
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  17. Whatever it looks like, Evora a driving dream. Some folk have no idea what they are missing out on. Justin
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  18. Hi All I’m the delighted owner of the Sport 420 Final Edition (Motorsport Green) pictured below, and have finally got round to putting this post on the Introductions section. I’m based just outside Belfast. I know there are a few owners in Northern Ireland and Ireland, but Lotus sightings on this side of the Irish Sea are unfortunately rare. The intention is that this is a “forever keeper”, and I do hope super unleaded will continue to be sold for many years to come. Back in the early 2000s I was a half-owner of an S2 Elise Sports Tourer (Cobalt Blue, with the long-tail roof), but after 2 years of ownership the other half-owner needed funds so the car had to go (really interested to know if that car is still about – NCZ 7060, in case anyone knows). I’ve had a 111 itch ever since and this was my last chance to address it! We don’t have any dealers in Ireland at the minute, but Jamie at Bell & Colvill was really helpful in alerting me when the FE cars were launched and securing a build slot for me. My 12 year old son and I made the 22 hour round trip from Belfast to Bell & Colvill and back in August to pick it up. The 430 mile drive home made a good dent in the running in miles! So much so that I was able to get the running in service completed in late October and I have been able to enjoy full throttle a few times now… 😊. A few forum members have been really helpful already - @Bibs in getting my profile fixed, @milesofsmiles and especially @tactical lizard who have both helped me with lower seat rails (I’m 6’ 3” so headroom is at a premium). I hope to get to some events over the next few years and if there are any NI-based members who meet up from time to time, please let me know! Cheers Ryan
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  19. Lotus factory 1975? Don't think I have posted this before.
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  20. I consider Emma, my Esprit, my primary car, she's the one I enjoy the most and on an average year racks up most of the miles (work, play and travel). I don't do 'normal' cars, but am lucky enough to have a few alternatives for the Esprit. I even found a family picture. 😎 The Range Rover, named Priscilla, comes in very handy for hauling stuff, pulling the trailer and occasionally a bit of off road. It's one of the last manual Range Rover V8s and we've swapped the standard 4.0 engine for a lightly tuned 4.6. Very relaxing to drive, which means after a long day, especially in bad weather, it's the easiest choice to get me home. She will soon (I hope) be replaced by her slightly older sister: same type, but with a newly built 5.0 V8 running on MegaSquirt, also with a rebuilt manual gearbox with custom gearing, my own take at the elektrickery and equipped with locking differentials and a hydraulic winch for serious off roading. All done by myself and a few good friends. She will go by the name Phoenix, as we've reused some parts from a previous Range Rover that was sadly lost in the workshop fire in 2015. The Jaguar, Suzanna, is a recent addition to the fleet and was thoroughly enjoyed last summer. I can get used to open top motoring! I traded in my previous convertible, a Triumph Stag, for the Excel (Eileen). I've enjoyed her on travels and classic car runs, but never bounded like with the Esprit. It was nice to do some work and see her get back into shape though. The idea is to sell her on, as I can't keep them all. There is an Elan +2 JPS inside that needs some engine and gearbox work, to be used for classic car runs and such. That's Emily. The Merc is my father's and he named her Goldie. She has seen little use over the past 5 years, but does come in handy when I need to chauffeur the in-laws. The Range Rover is a 2-seater (because of Belgian road tax rules) and the back seats of the Excel don't quite do. Dad wants me to sell her, and he's not wrong, she takes up too much space inside and is in too good a shape to be left outside. Not in the picture is a military Land Rover Lightweight. Tommy is an absolute hoot off the road but quite demanding on it. And finally there is a TVR 280S (Tatjana). Bought on a whim and now sitting half hidden in a corner, 'till I ever get a round tuit... As I said, I don't do normal cars. 😁 Filip
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  22. So body prepared for transport for various preparations ahead of paint….loaded onto transporter sourced via Club Lotus, an ex sea captain now in the car moving business here in the North and a Lotus owner himself….
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  23. Awaiting ceramic coating ...
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  24. This just popped up on fb... Beauchamp Place, Knightsbridge , 1979.
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  25. Exactly this ^^^ Just to add to all of the incorrect info given on his visa application, German newspaper Der Spiegel also reported that when they scanned the QR code on the photo test that he produced to verify his positive test it appeared to show as a positive test taken on 26th Dec so he shouldn’t have been on Spain when he was. The overseas trip he forgot to include on his entry visa.
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  26. "you know you're obsessed with the Emira when...." ... you spend waaay too much time nosing around posts on this forum, willing someone to have posted a real picture of a verdant green car!! our colour choices are locked in, based on samples of non finalised colours? I wonder if the verdant green is actually that deep blue in the autocar pictures?! 🤣
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  27. I thought we had it bad on choosing colours and specifications... My wife is picking materials to redecorate and refurnish our house. We have about 25 sample pots of paint, all of which have been painted onto 1m squares of wallpaper to be held up against walls. Plus 10 samples of wood flooring and about 15 books of carpet samples and 30 or so fabric samples for curtains and blinds. Yesterday she went back to the carpet shop to cancel the order she placed last week and has changed the specification to a slightly different colour from the same supplier. I honestly can't see the difference between the two! And for the paints, they are basically all different shades of what you and I would call "cream"
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  28. It's an Awesome Honor and I'm happy, but sad at the same time. I miss my friend and he's constantly on my mind. I hope to do his legacy proper by completing these vehicles and taking excellent care of them.
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  29. Got back from B&C that I visited yesterday and met my car for the first time, as well as Jamie and what a gent, really looked after me. The viewing exceeded expectations and I am very happy with what I have ordered. I missed yours @TonyKLas your car was being prepped at the time - though having seem many other Cups there, one of which is red I know it'll be stunning and I'm sure you'll be delighted too. @888mattd love the spec you wrote especially the seats, really suit the body.
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  30. One of mates has said he finds the whole thing belittling......🙄
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  31. Here’s the article FYI👍😎
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  32. Victor Raysbrook Motors 182 High St Watford lotus dealer many years ago... Graham Hill’s World Championship winning Lotus Formula 1, currently on display in Watford High Street. Hill’s car, shown here with Victor Raysbrook, is one of a number featuring in a Lotus Week exhibition at Victor Raysbrook Motors. [from the Watford Observer of September 5, 1969]
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  33. https://www.am-online.com/news/manufacturer/2022/01/18/lotus-uk-makes-agency-model-retail-switch-ahead-of-emira-deliveries Lotus UK has completed the switch to an agency model agreement for its 13 franchised car retail sites ahead of the arrival of the new Emira coupe in showrooms. The Hethel-based, Geely-owned hypercar and sports car manufacturer said that its dealerships – operated by Bell & Colvill, Caffyns, Hendy Group, Endeavour Automotive, JCT600, Oakmere, Parks Motor Group and Rybrook – had adopted the new model. And it said that a further 10 open points would be filled by new retail facilities “soon”, with North London, Manchester, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Milton Keynes, Sussex, Newcastle and Sheffield all set to gain a franchise point. The changes come as part of a Vision80 strategy which has brought the introduction of the £2m Evija hypercar, the forthcoming Emira sports car, the introduction of a new retail corporate identity and the development of a new £100m manufacturing facility at its Hethel headquarters and Technology Centre at Warwick. Geoff Dowding, Lotus’ executive director for sales and aftersales, said: “This UK network restructure marks a watershed moment for Lotus as the transformation of the business and brand continues. “We now have the right partners in the right locations with the right business model, and again Lotus is pioneering. We are the first OEM to have an agency agreement in place right across the UK network.” He added: “This is an exciting development and it’s just the start: we will be announcing several more in the coming weeks and months.” Back in 2019, as Lotus unveiled its plan to accelerate its growth through the Vision 80 strategy, Dowding said there would be "no palace structure" of the retail network. Outlets serving the largest cities will naturally reflect the strength of their marketplace, he said, adding that there is still a place for the “small, amazing little businesses” within the network now that are willing to grow with the brand. Lotus’ wholesale switch to an agency model comes as mainstream OEMs Stellantis, Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz prepare the new contract type for their retailers. In a guest opinion article for AM ICDP managing director, Steve Young, said that both dealers and OEMs recognised that agency “requires a fair and sustainable remuneration model for dealers, to replace the traditional margin and bonuses”. He added: “As some of our own dealer interviewees put it, ‘it all comes down to the numbers’.” Lotus’ switch to an agency retail model comes just a month after the end of production of its long-standing sports car line-up of Elise, Exige and Evora models, the restructure coming ahead of the start of production of its new Emira in the coming months. Lotus UK said in a statement issued this morning (January 18) that its 13 franchised car retail sites and three authorised repairers will soon feature the exterior signage elements of the new Lotus retail identity – launched last year. New interior elements of the CI will be added throughout 2022, it said. Trevor Weller, Lotus’ director of global retail development, said: “We are extremely close to finalising new retail agencies in North London, Manchester, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Milton Keynes, Sussex, Newcastle and Sheffield. “These new showrooms will enable Lotus to maximise coverage across the whole of the UK, and provide an excellent platform for us to promote the new product range that starts with the Lotus Emira sports car later this year.” Lotus UK’s new franchised retail newtwork is comprised of: Lotus Birmingham: Rybrook, Hockley Heath, Birmingham Lotus Bradford: JCT600, Bradford, West Yorkshire Lotus Bristol: Rybrook, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol Lotus Essex: Endeavour Automotive, Colchester, Essex Lotus Exeter: Hendy Group, Marsh Barton, Devon Lotus Glasgow: Park’s Motor Group, Hamilton, Lanarkshire Lotus Kent: Caffyns, Ashford, Kent Lotus Nottingham: Central Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Lotus Prestbury: Oakmere, Prestbury, Cheshire Lotus Poole: Hendy Group, Poole, Dorset Lotus Silverstone: Silverstone, Silverstone Race Circuit, Northamptonshire Lotus Southampton: Hendy Group, Eastleigh, Hampshire Lotus Surrey: Bell & Colvill, West Horsley, Surrey Lotus UK authorised repairers: Lotus Cheshire: Oakmere, Northwich, Cheshire Lotus Norwich: Stratton, Long Stratton, Norfolk Lotus Surrey: Bell & Colvill, Guildford, Surrey
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  34. found this...says 2023 reveal, expecting this year???
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  35. Once again Captain Hindsight knows best! Seriously, I wrote a long post last week about WHY our data has come out so well compared to modelling and also looked at other nearby countries such as France where they haven't. We have dodged a bullet here rather than the modelling being wrong which by it's nature has to rely on estimates and predictions. Even cursory examination of the modelling data will show why we have seen what we have - you really need to look at what data goes in to those graphs and also what the actual data was as we went along to see why we are where we are. Still plenty of people in hospital and deaths from COVID even though we had a 'best case' scenario. Worth mentioning his first successful appeal when he arrived was won on procedural errors rather than proving visa compliance. The prosecution dropped the case rather than losing. He tried to pull a fast one and got caught.
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  36. Last week I decided to start booking my 2022 track days. I'm really missing doing them, so I've decided to book a couple of days early in the year and risk the weather. I've got Snetterton on 28th Feb, and Bedford on 21st march. If the weather is really bad it's not the end of the world as the trackdays are cheap that time of year. With that in mind, I needed to do a couple of quick jobs. 1) Replace the rear pads, and give the rear discs a bit of a clean while I'm at it. As well as the disc needing a bit of a clean, the drum area was a bit corroded After a quick honing and wire brushing Discs refitted with new pads. 2) The other thing I wanted to do was swap the wheels over from left to right. The left tyres wear more quickly as most tracks are clockwise, so I wanted to even things up a bit to maximise tyre life. The problem with the Exige, is that doing this is actually a bit of a pain. Because the centre jacking point lifts the entire side of the car up, you effectively will end up with all four wheels in the air once and the car 'balancing'. To get around this, I purchased a set of hub stands so that I can lower one side back to the ground without the wheels on it. Getting all four wheels off at once is now quick and easy. The stands should easily take the weight of the car, but I did keep my second jack there to take some of the load as a precaution.
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  37. He's got over £300m, he won't be short of midget gems in the future. If he comes back it will be to win. He enjoys his lifestyle but I'm not convinced it was really about the money for him. It was the winning. But then I don't really know him so just my observation. He really does care about his F1 legacy and doesn't want it tainted like others were. Hope to see him back. Hope he gets his 9th WDC trophy and hope he shoves it up the arses of Sewart and Ecclestone. Right far up!
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  38. The factory don't recognise it as a Lotus, so this. A supercharged VX220, number plate is X22 OSC
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  39. Lotus tweaked Toyota V6 is probably a more fun engine day to day than the 570. Top end, McLaren engine is stunning but not so soulful 2000rpm to 6000rpm. Manual gearbox also an attraction on Evora over the McLaren. And I would be amazed if 50,000 miles in the Evora were not a massive amount cheaper than the 570. I suspect Evora repairs would be minimal. McLaren has a certain class above in terms of trim but 570 is standard suspension, not the trick one on 12c/650/720, so Evora a wise choice. V6 engine is a credit to all at Lotus; blistering in Exige and classy in Evora. Justin
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