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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 completion 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. Back in the Lotus fold after a long absense and loving it. Nightfall Blue, seriously thinking of having the wheels sprayed silver.
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  3. 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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  4. Thanks everyone. New owner saw it on here I believe. Although the Evora replacement won't be a Lotus, at least I will still have my Elise S1. Apologies for the gratuitous pics in the wrong forum but it needs a bit of love. I haven't driven it since August as I need to change the fuel pump..... maybe if everyone replies saying "wow, that's stunning" then it will miraculously change itself 👍 Yes, all my Lotuses have always been this shiny - I have a reputation to preserve 😜
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  5. I'm the original owner of my 2011 Evora S. I ordered it in May of 2011. Took delivery September 2011. I made lots of changes to it over the years to keep it interesting (I kept all of the OEM parts to return it to stock someday). Its been super reliable. Basically only needing a couple brake light switches over time. I have no plans to ever sell. Although, I am considering adding an Emira down the road.
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  6. Because, for various reasons, Lotus were interested in feedback from a small cross-section of customers about various topics and took a decision on which customers they would like to hear from at this point in time. They knew the four of us going would result in "why didn't I get invited" from various people. But on balance they decided it would be beneficial to have us there and also to let us share what we had seen and heard, rather than gag us with NDAs.
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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. Body is getting serious - paint straight out of the gun before further work
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  9. The old girl holding her own…
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  10. Hello, I don't wanna seem a pedantic teacher but in videos and interviews I very often hear Giugiaro's name pronounced in various wrong ways. Being italian, maybe I can help in this. The main problem is that in the name Giorgetto Giugiaro there are a lot of G and our rules to use of this letter are different from english. As far as I know, in english the G sound always as in GIGA, an hard sound. If you want a soft sound you go for a J letter as in JUST. In italian GA GO and GU are always hard sounds while GI and GE are always soft sounds. We also can have a GE or GI hard sound but in that case we place an H in between as in LamborGHIni. Ok, let split the name in parts for better understanding. GIO it sounds like in JOHN R in general, we have a rolling sound for R, similar to the one use in Scotland but less harsch. even in Italy we have different Rs in different parts of the nation: we go from almost no rolling sound to a french-style sound. you can use the R you prefer. GE it sounds like in JET TT use the same pronunciation as in "baTTery" O the O as the same sound as in jOhn. don't close at the end toward the U sound (ou) GIU it sounds like in JUICE GIA it sounds like in JUST RO it sounds like in ROME ACCENT and SPEED Accents are like this: giorGEtto giuGIAro. We emphatize the syllable in capital letter but not much... The pronunciation speed of the syllabs is almost regular with no accellerations or contraptions in any part of the words. If you are into music, the rythm is like two triplets with accent on the central notes. Hope this helps Ciao P.S: ITALDESIGN (the design company founded by Giugiaro) is a single word. Being italian we say the DE of design like DESK.
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  11. Hi Bibs, Lynn says she can't remember posing for the photo!😉
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  12. Quite a bit of work was needed to get the doors to run true and fit at all the corners without any gap height dip. As you can see from the next two pic's they were just ugly.. The door height and overall position is determined by the waste line profile . The rest has to be formed from that point . So with it now in the correct position we can finish the filling section and close those gaps up .. This is followed by the glaze coat which will refine the finish further. This is then block flatted across the gaps to make sure the gap height dip is eliminated and a true flat body line can be seen front to rear. After refining the few low spots you can see marked , the gaps can start to take shape.. We now have to leave that side and repeat on the other side, letting the fillers fully cure before finishing. Moving back to the roof and tailgate. Once the the tailgate was positioned in the best possible match, we were left with a bit of a dilemma.. In the pic;s above you can make out that the center of the t/gate roof section has sunk, signified by the shadow under the profile guide.(steel ruler), but that was not the main issue . (above)The bottom edge was fairly true along 2/3rds then ran high on the one corner .. This can be addressed at the same time as tidying up that gap. However the side height match with the top 1/4 panel were another thing altogether . We don't need a straight edge to see that.. I will get into how we overcame this in the next post.. and yes in involves more flatting...
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  13. Left side engine bay sidewall is all finished and re-installed now. I had to replace the air duct flange because the original plastic one had warped and split in several places. I ended up getting a new 63mm spun alloy inlet flange from Revotec which required some new holes to be drilled for the pop rivets. I also fitted some new thermal insulation to the power steering pump feed pipe. The old knackered engine mounts had evidently caused the engine to slump in the bay to such an extent that it appears the exhaust camshaft sprocket has come into contact with it and shredded it into two pieces. The tube isn't listed as a separate part from Lotus so I ended up using a length of 1.25" DEI Cool Tube to replace it. It has a fractionally bigger diameter than original, but its the closest I could find. I also removed the under chassis power steering pipes in relatively short order. I had expected the unions to put up a fight given the state of them but they actually undid pretty willingly. Here are the new and old pipes side by side to illustrate the problem with the high pressure pipe New pipes all connected up with new stainless P-clips, stainless screws and rawl nuts. New o-rings were also fitted to both ends of the HP pipe. All fitted to the car and now all routed correctly at the rear of the chassis at last
    9 points
  14. Thanks, well it didn't take long - I accepted a deposit for it last night. The new owner will be getting a great car. Thanks for all the positive comments everyone 👍
    9 points
  15. My 2nd gear synchro failed and as I have increased my torque output to around 300lb/ft I decided upgrade to a UN1027 to replace my standard UN1016 in the SE. As these are quite hard to find in good working order, Dave Changes helped me out by reconditioning an old unit he acquired. Dave rebuilt all the shaft assembles and crown wheel checking the synchro’s and hubs replacing if showing signs of wear, he installed new drive shaft seals and my original bell housing, so it was ready to install. I bought a new pair of gear change cables to suit the late style V8 cross gate, and routed them as shown If anyone has a shot of a factory setup that would be good, I routed the new cables to keep beds to a minimum. I made new brackets and positioned them on the side of the gearbox. Then came the interesting part of re-designing the Master Unit to work with this setup as the late V8 master units are hard to come by. Taking these two diagrams from the manual I reworked my existing master unit I wanted to make the gear selection as free as possible, so I used a selection of bearing types to cover all the different axis type and load. I 3d printed the bearing sleeve to help guide it along with a groove in the map bearing. I also printed side stop , both in hard plastic PTEG. I wanted to create a self centering action at Master Unit to assist the springs at the gearbox so I have set-up springs on each end of the main shaft to oppose each other and allow a centre position to be set(after working out a procedure) The translation movement can be seen in the video. I have to confess there was a great deal of trial and error with multiply test runs and modifications to put this together, but been running for about a year now and ran at Castle Combe Its holding up well but I am always looking for refinement, I’ve widened the gate 2 or 3 times as I’m afraid of miss selecting on the track ,I did this by changing the pivot point on the bell crank . I find the gate is slightly closer between 1st to 3rd than 3rd to 5th. I got it pretty good now and you can see it in action on my castle comb video which I will post soon Mark K
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  16. Getting ever closer to installation. The fresh engine will initially be started-up and run-in with the old plenum arrangement. The new flywheel for the 140mm carbon clutch is also pending, but should arrive shortly. Re-mapping of the Motec for the motorsport plenums, bigger turbos and larger injectors will be a task for later this year.
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  17. Motorsport plenums arrived. Excellent work from SMD Racing in Kent. Measurements for fuel rails and the throttle cable bracket to follow.
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  18. RFL is not an "extra" and nothing to do with Lotus really - it goes straight to the Government and is a Tax. End of. As has been said above, Lotus and her agents are just acting as unpaid tax collectors for this and the VAT on the car. Can't believe the level of nit picking going on here, if it's a ball breaker and you really need to save a few hundred quid then go and buy something cheaper from somewhere else lol. You're talking about less than the price of a good weekend away.
    8 points
  19. https://www.thelotusforums.com/latest-news/our-news/pics-1986-lotus-factory-tour/
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  20. Looks good at all angles 😀
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  21. Next week's Autocar if anyone is interested....
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  22. IMG_5540.MP4 Wishing you all a happy and safe 2022!
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  23. One year no booze. Haven’t touched a drop since New Years last year. Lost 2 stone and all is good 😊.
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  24. I live in a small fishing town on the south coast of Dorset and I've nothing negative at all , it's British, people like that ,it's cool and unusual and quite understated. Kids point and adults try to work out what it is you don't see many (if any) Evoras down my way. I drive courteously ,let people out of junctions etc ,I'll engage with people who ask questions, kids are a great leveller at this .Even the local kids in exhaust noisey cars are interested and will ask questions , I generally don't get buzzed and never respond to kids getting to close to the rear ,overtake I don't care ,I have nothing to prove . It's such a small town and everyone does know everyone. I'm also a biker and ex instructor and have similar conversations with kids on smaller bikes, and again they are generally courteous ,I'll help them answer questions,and ask about taking their test and further training, although I have to admit I do have a prod about wearing the correct kit , track suit bottoms and trainers not being that good when using your body as a brake . I think as you get older of you can advise without being an absolute prick it's a good thing .We've all been there and by the grace of God etc , I absolutely loved doing CBT and advanced riding teaching , if I saved one life I'd be happy. Driving and riding is a state of mind , a skill that you learn , having a nice car is a privilege.
    8 points
  25. Sell it, and buy one that's been refurbished. You can thank me later.🙂
    7 points
  26. Hello, had my Evora a couple of months now and absolutely loving everything about it, now I've joined as a "gold member" how do I go about getting my Cop? Thanks.
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  28. 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".
    7 points
  29. 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!
    7 points
  30. Good to see Barrie's car in Absolute Lotus this month.
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  31. Esprit V8 Brands Hatch probably 1996. Some sponsorship from London Lotus centre....
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  32. 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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  33. Hi everyone, This is my 1976 504 after a bit of a polish, and also fresh from passing roadworthy after about 8 years of on and off work on the car, both physically and on its government record. The first owner let the registration lapse, and it hasn't been legally on the road since the early 1990s and was then passed around a bit as a bit of a basket case as it was very difficult to get registered again. I will be the 4th owner but I'm calling it the 2nd. It was a real battle to get the registration reinstated here in South Africa, and we had to track down the first owner now living in the US who was really great about helping getting things straightened out. He is currently restoring a Europa which is looking great! The car has been living at my folks place for the past 7.5 years or so - about a 1.5 hour drive from where I am, which made working on the car a bit tough. I finally got a bigger place with some space to work on the car, so I managed to haul it over an infamous pass so that I can put more regular work in. It has a beautiful cream leather interior, which is in pretty good condition apart from a few misplaced holes in the ignition socket area. The light colour of the dash near the windscreen is a bit too bright though for mine and most people who have been around the car. I am heavily considering recovering or trying to stain it brown/black/charcoal to improve visability. The glare it creates on the windscreen leaves your eyes watering! Some concerns about this would be whether to hold onto the original leather for posterity, or whether to go the staining route which will be a lot cheaper. The engine bay and boot area are a bit tatty - there has been more than 1 fire. I have done a bit of work on it, so it's quite a bit better than it was. It's got Dellorto DHLA 45 Es, the power steering works, air con doesn't seem to work at this point - all I get is heat when I turn it on. It still has an auto box which works, but seemingly only just. It struggles to get into 3rd gear, and requires tapping off at low revs to get it there, otherwise it screams up to 5500 before it goes into 3rd. There is also the typical cam cover oil leak, which is on the list to sort out. The work I have done so far to get it to roadworthy condition includes multiple carb rebuilds which has left them in a bit of a state and I am no longer able to get a good tune out of them. Also a couple of rebuilds of the fuel pump and eventual replacement with an electronic SU lookalike. Then the ignition system was a bit suspect, with the "wrong" distributor (it's a Spec 5 so it calls for a 23D4, but had a 25D with a sheared vacuum diaphragm casting). I replaced that with a new unit configured by Ignition Car Parts. Then there was mixed suppression going on with resistive leads and resistive plugs, and one accidental occurrence of me setting a 0.9mm plug gap rather than 0.6mm which led to a lot of head scratching. I ended up building up my own NGK style non resistive leads which was a cost effective solution. The next one was a split radiator and the header tank was properly rusted and transparent in places, and being on a bit of a budget I was off to the scrap dealers to try and find a radiator to fit and a palatable header tank. I ended up with a BMW radiator unit that was used on some models of Z3 which is holding up pretty well. For the header tank, I found a modern Mini Cooper after market tank which I designed a laser cut and bent bracket for to fit it which you can see in the photos above. Another part of the running issues was caused by a slowly disintegrating fuel tank, also the cause of much swearing and a few rescue missions to get back home. I resolved to have an aluminium tank built locally. The guy was unable to get hold of the correct bends for the filler tubes, so we solved that with some makeshift modified minibus taxi filler tubes as flexible fuel hose is pretty much unobtanium here. The next thing to do was a full running over of the electricals, which yielded not too many issues other than some tidying, fuse replacement and fitting of some LED low power consumption headlights to circumvent the typical thermal interupptor issue. I also replaced the boot and bonnet struts which had popped. During the road testing the brake master cylinder popped, so that had to be rebuilt, which was the followed by the rear wheel cylinders both popping, which were also rebuilt. After the first roadworthy attempt, the car was docked for wheel alignment, leaking coolant, ARB bushings, and pop up headlight synchronisation issues. I resolved to cast my own ARB bushings by 3D printing a mould and using a 2 part polyurethane mixture of about 70A Shore. That went pretty well! For the alignment, I took the car to a suspension place which offered that the suspension components were in too bad condition to set alignment which was a sad one, but I did the best I could to set the front alignment using the "by eye" method (strapped some bits of wood to the wheels and measured along them to get the difference). Water pump was the rebuilt by a local specialist which fixed the coolant leak. Nice and clean! The final issue, headlight synchronisation, is still a bit of a mystery. I narrowed it down to the right solenoid not engaging (sometimes) when voltage is applied. If you give the actuator a bit of a nudge, it opens the valve, but otherwise it takes from 5-never seconds for the coil to pull the actuator closed. I ended up paralleling the two vacuum actuators with some T-pieces and a bit of pipe across the top of the radiator, which loses some redundancy, but now the headlights are 100% in sync. Finally, the car passed roadworthy and she is now legal to drive on the roads, and I'm a happy camper. The next issue picked up after some stress testing is that the rear wheel bearings are shot, inducing a terrible blood curdling oscillation at about 70 km/h. That, along with clacking sounds under certain loads which seem to be the UJs on the driveshafts. Those are fairly easy, but the wheel bearings are a bit of an expensive problem. As mentioned in another thread, I'm currently considering widening the bores of the hub carriers and fitting more pocket friendly and widely available roller taper bearings. Other than that, there is a lot to do to get the car to a happy place. I don't have the budget or time for a full restoration, so I am going to enjoy doing a light restoration to get the car to a nice place where I can enjoy it, and the next owner can have a good platform to do what they will. Priorities include fixing anything irritating, some cosmetic bits on the interior, paintwork and engine, getting her running as best as possible - she is still struggling to breath a bit, and also getting the suspension in top shape. I will do some important bits of maintenance (any recommendations here would be greatly appreciated) - timing belt is a particular worry, but that is in the mail. I still have the original airbox, so that will also be restored and improved to be more similar to the later clasp style. Looking forward to the next steps which I will keep this thread updated with! Also, a massive thanks to all of you for your input over the years - this place is an invaluable resource!
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  34. 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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  35. Here’s the article FYI👍😎
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  36. I still remember driving home in my Europa to hear on the BBC news he'd died. Shed a tear I did 😪 Here's some of my pictures from an '94 factory tour
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  37. Lotus Tech Creative Centre: a new design hub to drive forward global transformation LTCC leading design on Type 132 and other all-electric lifestyle cars from Lotus Head of studio is Ben Payne, overseen by Peter Horbury and in close collaboration with Russell Carr Creative philosophy inspired by progressive start-ups and design agencies Based in Warwickshire, in the UK’s automotive heartland (Hethel, UK – 12 January 2022) – From the start of 2022, the Geely design studio in Warwickshire has a new name – the Lotus Tech Creative Centre Limited (LTCC). It is already playing a key role in the ongoing transformation of Lotus from a UK sports car company to a global performance car business and brand. The LTCC team continues to be led by highly experienced designer Ben Payne in the role of Managing Director / Head of Studio. He commented: “More than just a traditional automotive design studio, the LTCC philosophy is inspired by the mindset of start-ups and creative agencies – open, progressive, and pioneering. Our vision is to nurture a culture for diverse creative minds to meet and empower each other beyond the classic automotive structures and processes.” Based in the UK’s automotive heartland, LTCC is a world-class automotive design facility delivering the complete range of disciplines – design strategy, exterior and interior design, user interface and user experience design, visualisation, studio engineering, digital and physical modelling, plus colour, materials and finish. It has everything to support Lotus’ expanding design workstreams. Under Ben’s guidance, the LTCC team has taken the lead on creating a highly desirable range of all-new, all-electric lifestyle cars for the next generation of Lotus customers. Together they have taken the core principles and Lotus DNA from more than 70 years of sports car design and evolved them. The result – which will receive its world premiere in the spring – is the first ever performance SUV from Lotus, the Type 132, and it will be followed by a four-door sports coupe (Type 133) and a smaller SUV (Type 134) in the coming years. LTCC is working in close collaboration with the design team at Hethel, led by Russell Carr, which will continue to spearhead Lotus’ global sports car programmes. The Type 135, the first EV sports car from Lotus, is already in development. Overseeing the work of both design studios is Peter Horbury, appointed Senior Vice President, Executive Advisor, Design at Lotus last September. He commented: “LTCC and Lotus Design at Hethel are now aligned as creative centres of excellence to develop and deliver the Lotus design vision. They are already collaborating closely with the other Lotus facilities around the world, such as Lotus Tech HQ in Wuhan, China, and Lotus Tech Innovation Centre in Raunheim, Germany.”
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  38. Evening all, very long time no see !! I thought I was recording this series but it turns out I wasn't and have missed the Esprit !! 🙄 Will have to watch the YouTube recording. Was made aware of the episode yesterday when my mate who had stored the car for a while at his engineering works phoned me and asked what the reg plate of my old orange S1 was. Lo and behold it was STX 596 S. I owned the car from 2012 to 2017 having bought it from a chap on here who bought it from the chap who started the "restoration", as detailed in this old thread - FULL S1 RESORATION FINALLY BEGINS...... I never did anything with the car other than fantasise about the restoration and move it from Wyatt Engineering to my own workshop. I did make a number of enquiries and some will be in other threads on TLF. This included being quoted £15K by Steve Fulcher for the tartan interior. When I finally admitted defeat on the idea of restoring it myself I sold it to a friend of the chap who I bought it from for £9.5 or £10K (can't remember what we finally agreed on), having bought it for £6K 👍 I have to say, seeing the completed car does make me feel rather green with envy ... but equally satisfied that it wasn't my money laid out for what I understand was a relatively small return. Mind you, I would have kept it and used it if I had completed the project .. assuming I hadn't bankrupt myself in the process 😲
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  39. Yes, a wally indeed! He has some amazing cars and clearly has the moolah to keep buying them (or they keep sending them). I watched his 'I'm going to buy a lotus elise' video a few months ago and he came across as a spoilt brat. He bought it on a whim, didn't do his research properly, and then moaned lots (online) when he received it to the point of Lotus going out their way to try and 'fix' things, with a special visit and a few laps of their circuit. Buying my first Lotus was a lifelong dream which for various reasons some 'life stuff' always got in the way. Having waited since February last year my 240 is waiting at B&C being prepped for delivery. I am so excited and rightly so - I am sure my experience will be very different to his, partly due to having saved up for a long time, doing my research and buying what I've always wanted. This guy sounds like he has many first world problems...lol
    7 points
  40. I saw it in this very thread! Long term lurker here. Just like Dave (given that I'm a David too) I've had nine Lotuses . . . and this will make my fifth Evora. Not sure if that's a record quite yet. Also my oldest Evora . . . but I'm odd since I preferred NA and in particular NA IPS to my 400! I'm without a regular car (other than a Defender) for a while, and waiting for an Emira, and decided to jump into an Evora one last time while I wait. (My Emira deposit was beginning of June 2021, so hopefully that makes me early-ish in the list.) This means that Dave's Evora is likely with me for only six months . . . so keep in touch if anyone wants it when either the Emira or a 718 Spyder (sorry, I'm broad in preferences) arrives. If not, then you'll doubtless see Silverstone's Aimee or Matt retailing it for me when I've taken Emira delivery! (I was holding out for an IPS, but just got swayed by having already seen Dave's thread on his awesome work.) Cheers everyone, D.
    7 points
  41. Where I live makes me happy every day. A picture from my daily walk (one of the few benefits of COVID has been the opportunity to be at home more and appreciate the area I live in).
    7 points
  42. The majority of people use 'view new content' so it won't make any difference but for new visitors, they'll be presented with the tech info first which I think is the biggest appeal to someone who finds TLF, the social side of it comes once they've got involved. That's my rationale.
    7 points
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