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  1. The first ever post was made on what was then 'LEF' Things have changed somewhere! We're very close now to 1,000,000 annual visits and 5,000,000 annual pages served, nuts! Onwards and upwards folks
    19 points
  2. Today the Club Lotus (Bucks, Berks, and Oxon area) held its annual concourse competition at a big (100+ cars) classic car show. I took the Essex all polished up but didn't win anything (despite being in a class of just two cars..) but 10 minutes later the car show organisers announced the Classic Car of the Show and now I'm chuffed to bits.
    15 points
  3. It’s interesting how we all share a passion for Lotus but have varying expectations of past, present and future cars. I grew up with posters of an Esprit, Type 72 and Countach on my wall. My dad collected Bentleys, about as polar opposite from “add lightness” as you could get. My cousin’s Excel was the first Lotus I rode in. My own first cars were hot hatches until I could get an M100 Elan. For me Lotus isn’t about ultimate lightness, it’s about nimbleness and a feeling of connection to the car and the road. So many cars are just a way of getting A to B, with little engagement. The Elan was (and still is) an amazingly capable FWD car that handled and drove like nothing else. Of course Elises set a new benchmark and the pared-back driver-focused philosophy was fantastic (right up to when mine lost it’s “connectedness” with the road one dark frosty January morning and we took off into the scenery - I’m forever grateful that Lotus engineers protected me from my lack of talent with only minor injuries). The Evora was a bold attempt at a different tack and an unsung hero in that. A car that handled like a Lotus but was practical enough for road trips, dad’s taxi, daily driving, track days and ferrying cases of wine, TVs and bikes. The absolute weight didn’t matter, because it handled brilliantly and sounded awesome and did everything I wanted. The Emira won’t be the lightest in class, or the fastest or most powerful. But it will drive like nothing else. And this time it’s a Lotus that unequivocally looks on point and will feel like a great space to sit. It’ll tick boxes that mean more people will consider it, drive it and maybe be converted. And it’ll raise a smile every mile, whether threading over the moors or grand touring around France or blasting down to Goodwood for a track day, or just popping to the shops. And on days when I want to practice yoga, sweat bucket loads, jar my teeth and scare myself sideways to prove you can drive something weighing 750kg (half a 911) on the road at what feels like warp factor 10 then I can always take the Exige.
    12 points
  4. Personally I don't think it's that bad, I think speculation and lots of communication between depositors on the forum can lead to the anxiety which some people are having(me included). If I wasn't on the forum and was fairly relaxed about the whole thing then when you look at it on the surface we put a deposit down, they said they would send more info in September which they've done and that cars will be delivered starting with FEV6 in Spring 2022 and FEi4 later in the year. None of that info has changed and we just have to wait for a new car. Anyone who was expecting the first edition cars to be £60k were naive to put it bluntly, it was no secret the cars would have £15k of options as a first edition and that wasn't going to be free. I really wouldn't be surprised if other manufacturers launches don't have forums saying the exact same thing as we are now. Come April 2022 i think we can be more justified to say it's a shambles but it's pretty early days for that give them a chance 🤣
    10 points
  5. Late afternoon run after a proper valet - just love this car 😍
    10 points
  6. We did that with the Evora back in 2009 and I've suggested the same with the Emira. Watch this space!
    10 points
  7. ! Pics of the french sunny and cloudy last weekend 'Esprit d'aventure' 2nd edition ! Always a great journey 🙃
    9 points
  8. Y A Y !!! My phone rang... 0330 726 7864 I answered with excitement and glee: "Ah, Mister Bond. I have been expecting you!!" Reply: "Hello? This is Samsung Support about your Television" 🙈
    9 points
  9. This will probably be my last update as I have now sold this car to a fellow TLF member. So a big thank you to everybody who allowed me to buy all those missing obsolete parts. It was certainly a challenge but between us we've managed to save another one from the scrap heap. When I factor in all the other parts I've personally donated to the project I broke even, which is fine with me as I think the car has gone to a good home. I hope the new owner will keep us updated on his progress and I look forward to seeing it back on the road in the future
    9 points
  10. My 420 FE is definitely in build! 😎
    8 points
  11. More yesterday than today, but what made me ecstatic was the unexpected news that the US is opening its borders in November! Literally 2 minutes later the wife was on the phone booking our flights to go and see our son for the first time in 2 years.
    8 points
  12. https://www.thelotusforums.com/latest-news/lotus-cars-news/lotus-reveals-pioneering-blueprint-for-next-generation-of-electric-sports-cars/
    8 points
  13. Could everyone please start spreading rumours of an imminent shortage of Anusol, to give those who love to queue for/panic buy something they don't really need, an alternative to the filling stations.
    7 points
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  16. This morning I received my call and the URL to save my spec and pay my £3k, both of which have now been done. I guess it's just a waiting game now, roll on next spring!
    7 points
  17. Can someone please tell me how long these speed bumps have been on the M25? Thanks.
    7 points
  18. Just been contacted by Lotus and they tell me there will Hethel/more local options to viewing the car coming soon for those of us in Norfolk who can't get over to the other places. So I'll hold off for now.
    7 points
  19. After ten years of ownership, I finally met another Lotus owner last weekend; well, a few of them actually!
    7 points
  20. The forums work......The car has stayed in the community and gone to a great new home! Cheers all.
    6 points
  21. As Bibs says, this is incorrect. There's been some confusion and misinformation on here and various other forums over the last week about queue order. Not helped by what the Lotus team calling deposit holders have told people. I followed up about it with Lotus and have confirmation of the position. Your place in the queue (UK only) is based on the date of your first deposit. So the date you paid the dealer if you did that pre-reveal or the date of the first £2k deposit if you paid post-reveal. The date pre-reveal dealer depositors paid their £2k direct to Lotus post-reveal is irrelevant (but seems to be what the calling team are using as the sequence to call people in this exercise). The date you pay your second £3k is irrelevant too. The only caveat is if you don't pay the £3k second deposit by 5 Nov then you'll drop out of the V6 FE queue (even if you've told Lotus you want a V6 FE). You'll then go into the i4 FE + Own Spec queue until a second round of calls opens up to ask about i4 FE versus Own Spec decisions. Clearly if you don't opt for a V6 FE and intend to go for i4 FE or Own Spec then you slip down the running order. But then your place in the i4 FE queue or Own Spec queue will still be based on your first deposit date. So, all entirely fair and sensible. They need to tell the calling team the correct info! I gather so far the people the UK calling team have spoken to are split almost 50:50 between V6 FE and i4 FE + Own Spec. So if you were #500 in the queue before the calling exercise and have gone for a V6 FE you're now probably #250 in the queue. It won't all get defined until November, so no point asking where you are individually just yet, but hopefully gives you an indication.
    6 points
  22. Hello everyone. I am new here. I have a 1979 Lotus Esprit that is slowly going through a nut and bolt restoration.
    6 points
  23. Perhaps it is the beginning for the Evora in terms of wider recognition rather than the end. The Evora represents essential Lotus DNA in a mellower, easier to live with format. However, that DNA (very low volume, hand built, low weight, track friendly, British made), is still there in abundance. I believe that good examples, particularly the more significant limited edition models, will trade at a very healthy premium in years to come. In the meantime I’ll happily continue driving my 430 on & off track, but with the additional TLC that a very rare and special car deserves! 😎
    6 points
  24. I have to ask why people keep saying this regarding the Emira? Lotus gave the car a completely different name. Lotus didn't call it the Evora S6 or anything like that. Bibs has said that the Emira and the Evora don't have any parts in common. Ok, the V6 and its associated gearbox choice are the same, but that's it. The I4 with a DCT box will not have any parts in common with the Evora, so where does the new frock thought come from? Not having a crack at you Simon, but you are not the only person to have said similar on here. To me, the Emira looks far more like a baby Evija than it does a 'refrocked' Evora.
    6 points
  25. Apologies for the late introduction.. I'm John, currently living in London but about to move to Cambridge.. I recently took delivery of an Exige 390 sport Final Edition and am blown away by the car.. It's currently in for its 1000 mile service (at 1400 miles.. apparently up to 1500 is fine! 😅), and they are putting back the switch to keep the exhaust valve open all the time, not just above 4500 rpm.. This actually my third Lotus.. I bought a standard series 2 Elise (from new) back in 2002 and then a 111s series 2 Elise in 2006 (second hand). I didn't test drive any Exiges before buying the 390 because the Elises were so good that I knew it would be a fantastic car and unbelievable handling and of course it absolutely is. I wanted to get back into the Elige platform right at the end because I feel a strong emotional connection with it, having fallen in love with the Elise when it was released back in 1996 (I was 16 and could suddenly actually imagine myself being able to afford a Lotus one day).. The Exige of course backs the great handling up with much more torque and it also sounds amazing for a V6.. Feel free to give me a shout if you're anywhere near Cambridge, cheers!
    6 points
  26. V6 £3k order placed 😁 placed my original deposit on the morning of the 7th July, I’d echo the comments from others very slick process, there is I’m told a problem sending email confirmation of orders so there may be a delay in getting an email back from them with order summary etc. Now for the roadshow and the winter wait
    6 points
  27. I agree! I think we will see less and less referring from Lotus to "lightness", the strapline is "for the driver" now so should correlate to your "feeling of connection". I guess we all want to different things from our performance cars as we all use them in different ways. For instance the thought of a Veyron doesn't thrill me - it just looks to me like a very fast lounge on the inside. Every time I look at the Big Grandad seats in the R8 it just makes me laugh. Yes, car looks great, sounds great, has all the toys, but it's a leviathan and the image to me is a bit sterile. The Nissan GTR - I just assume all GTR drivers are top end HIFI enthusiasts - just seems to fit the image to me of someone who like all the bling and "tweaking" (as opposed to twirking). BMW and Audi and AMG Mercs - wannabe gangsters and celebrities is what comes to mind. All about image init... I guess that's why I like my 410 Sport so much. it's a car for fun. For dreaming in. For whiling away hours just enjoying driving on great roads, going nowhere particularly fast. To me it just says I love driving for the sake of driving and don't care about the badge or the image. I don't care it hasn't got climate control. Cup holders. Or a world class stereo system etc. They're just not important things to ME based on how I use the car. I can understand someone wanting all that, and quick clear windscreens, and radar cruise etc if they use it every day for commuting distances etc. I get it. But then if that was how I used an Evora I'd be perfectly content with a 400 or GT410 but probably with the IPS box, not manual. Would tick all the boxes for me. But then using any car in that way is not enjoyable for me - being stuck in traffic, lot's of stop start, worrying about where I parked it etc. Just put me in an autonomous car please, it'll be more fun!
    6 points
  28. So I went on the live chat and there was a very helpful lady who spelt it out for me. I think the confusion is where some people are getting more specific information than others. Essentially there is a difference between a build slot and a delivery date. Yes if you get a phonecall ahead of somebody your car spec is sent to the factory first to be allocated a BUILD SLOT however it does not directly affect your DELIVERY DATE, she was adamant to tell me my delivery date was safe she did not confirm which order the cars are then built. This is why there is a cut off date of 5th November as they can then plan the most efficient way to do it without fucking over order priority. That being said it did kind of read on the chat like if you put your configuration in on 4th November it doesn't matter if you were an april deposit because your build slot is at the back, we purely don't know how they will then manage that. This would then follow from Marclurr's quote of the terms and conditions which do state it is Lotus's complete discretion what order they build them in. She also said that everyone should be getting contacted in deposit order. So if you were an April deposit and haven't been rung, personally I would get on the live chat which is on the emira page. If you were a 7th July and the guy on 8th July has been rung, don't stress about it it's not going to make a difference. If you are 7th July and you aren't rung for another week and August people start popping up, I would get in contact with them. She was also basically saying get your configuration correct first time as it is not going to be that easy to change it. lol there will be material and paint samples on the roadshow factory collection is not a thing currently due to covid and some staff still working from home so this may not be possible. Only automatic cars will have the top dead center coloured marker and contrast stitching due to supplier demand (ie manual has no yellow stitching and will be plain black), this is reflected on the configurator if you choose the automatic car you can then pick more steering wheel options. My advice, get leather then pay https://royalsteeringwheels.com/ £300 to do it in alcantara and whatever colour you want. She could not tell me my order position @Evotion and @697OK I would get in contact if I were you just to be safe as you should have been phoned by now. The live chat was helpful https://www.lotuscars.com/model/emira/
    6 points
  29. Maybe Lotus is going through the depositor phone list alphabetically? Any Aaron Aardvarks on here? As for Zak Zimmerman, I wouldn’t hold your breath mate.
    6 points
  30. One of my ex work colleagues has been in touch, last time I heard from him he had a Porsche amongst others, sending me an email. Parts attached. in italics ... Here’s a shocker, though… I realised the Cayman was boring. Yes… “BORING”!!! Well, on the road it was – I calculated that 2nd revved out above the motorway speed limit and the grip meant you never got near the limit to enjoy the handling. So…. Sold it. No idea what to replace it with… So I suggested an Emira in my reply to him, and got back. That Emira looks fabulous. It’s right on the nose, spec-wise to a Cayman copy. But it has the stunning looks way beyond what Porsche could ever do. ?
    5 points
  31. Just been out for an A to A drive in my Ferrari. I passed two petrol stations. Both were busy, maybe 4 or 5 cars deep, but not queuing out onto the street. It looked like the V-Power at the Shell was gone, but I think the other grades were available. I hate queuing for anything, so will just wait until all of our nation’s 30 million vehicles are full to the brim and pop back when the place is deserted.
    5 points
  32. They should set a £50 minimum, then you'd only visit the pumps when you have space for a decent amount of fuel. Maybe that would ward off the idiots.
    5 points
  33. I've brought in a far more sensible Lotus to keep the naughty Esprits apart.
    5 points
  34. I disagree. The only people who deserve a car lovers contempt are those who purely buy for profit/investment and never have a desire to drive!
    5 points
  35. Tammy McKenzie UK Emira Relationship Manager [email protected] 0800 8044 577 Tammy is super-helpful and if she can’t answer this will find someone who can. I know they’ve looked into converting an Emira to hand controls for another prospective purchaser.
    5 points
  36. Sorry just meant that I don’t think Lotus will be shouting from the rooftops about the V6 FE’s actual weight and might well gloss over it altogether. I think for people that haven’t previously cared a great deal about their car’s weight before (let’s face it, most buyers) it’s quite reasonable to not care greatly about their V6 FE’s weight. Still lighter than a modern 911 and most don’t think of that as a particularly heavy car. Taking a more casual approach to weight has won Lotus many new customers and the package and pricing is so strong the Emira seems to have won over most Lotus diehards too. The car has already proven itself to be exactly what Lotus need to be doing right now. Worst thing they could have done is listen to someone like me. Same with Porsche when I genuinely thought the Cayenne would irreparably damage the Porsche brand and was the beginning of the end for them. Thought Bentley were playing a very dangerous game going after footballers too. How wrong can you be?
    5 points
  37. I am currently arguing with some idiots on a friends FB page where most of the people replying are against the idiots blocking the roads but "The few" are shouting louder and using words like "You are all ignorant and need to wake up before the planet dies. ANY way to protest about this gets my support". I thought my reply was actually quite measured: "Ahhhh jolly good. Selective breaking the law! Always a good way to run society. "It's ok to break the law as long as it fits my personal view and beliefs or if its for a good cause and to raise awareness!". Anyway, I'm off to Break into your houses so I can make a donation to their cause, that's obviously ok cause it's all in their cause. By the way, don't try calling 999 all the Police are tied up dealing with people blocking the roads!"
    5 points
  38. Round them up. Fill them up with foam sealant and then use them as cavity wall insulation. That's a good "green" use for them AND it supports their aims.
    5 points
  39. We already know it was from a dealer. But it is ultimately Lotus responsibility to ensure dealers are making the experience of buying a car a positive one. If Lotus don’t communicate with dealers about a customer’s car that makes it very difficult for them. But Lotus need to build and protect the brand by dumping dealers that don’t perform to the necessary standard.
    5 points
  40. We were supposed to retire May 2021, but COVID put paid to that, as the employer couldn’t get a suitable replacement. I retired January this year. In February local trust asked Sue if I would consider returning to work with major infrastructure/energy scheme, in the last 7 months I will have been asked half a dozen times by recruiters if I would be interested in working on continent; so my conclusion Europe are possibly in need of British engineers as much if not more than UK
    5 points
  41. Garage swept and tidied - ready for the new arrival on Thursday
    5 points
  42. So - I’ve bought new - VW, Hyundai and Vauxhall - and sadly not once have I received a welcome hamper or Christmas card from the CEOs of any of them. I'm sure this chap purchased the car from a dealer - and that is who he should be directing his “not feeling special” towards. I have to say I think this chap is “special” but that’s not in a complimentary way. The dealer is utterly responsible for PDI of the car - and by the sounds has completely failed in that duty - no wonder Lotus wish to shitcan some of the dealerships. Yes you’ve bought a new car - you’ve made many mistakes in the process by adding halfords accessories and stuff off ebay - again - nowt to do with lotus themselves. The video is frankly a damning indictment on the expectations of folks these days.
    5 points
  43. Lots of people have driveways.
    5 points
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