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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
    16 points
  2. Some of the dozen or so Esprit that showed up for the Lotus Owners Gathering in Salt Lake City Utah last weekend
    15 points
  3. Since the Emira launch and me going from “I want one, where do I sign?” to “you know what, I think I’ll just wait a bit”, I’ve deliberately been driving my GT410 at every opportunity. Oh boy am I glad I have as, not having used it much over the last 18 months, I’d kinda forgotten just what great cars they are. The Evora really does do everything I want from a GT/Sports car and, importantly, puts a smile on my face whenever I slide behind the wheel. I actually rather like the interior which, compared to Emira, is quite plain and sparse. I like the fact there is very little in the interior that doesn’t need to be there and, consequently, very little to distract your attention. I almost feel as though the last month or so has been a bit of an epiphany for me. No more will I need to be shackled to the idea of upgrading to the latest offering from Lotus, as I have in the past. So, taking everything into consideration, much as I still love the look of Emira, my GT410 Sport is now going to be a keeper. Besides, I’m fed up with selling cars that several years later suddenly become collectible and worth way more than I sold them for!🙄 So now I’ve said that, just you watch Evora prices plummet, never to return to previous levels!😂
    15 points
  4. 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.
    14 points
  5. I’ve just had an email from Lotus: ”Dear Dave, We are excited to announce that Emira is now available for viewing at our retailers, however we have been overwhelmed with bookings. As an Evora Launch Edition owner we would like to offer you some rare unobtainium spare parts for your Evora in exchange for hosting a roadshow event for Emira in your dusty garage. Options include door latch mechanisms, window regulators, headlights, and rear sail panels. Please confirm you have a large supply of bacon and eggs and a greasy old frying pan with a loose handle. New screws for your pan handle are available from Lotus @ £19.99 plus VAT. Be quick before they go out of stock. We anticipate a strong take up for this option. Be aware some customers are coming from Porsche/McLaren so ensure they are given extra bacon, but absorb the fat before installation in the sandwich so as to avoid potential chino stains. Conversely, Lotus owners will be content with one hastily bronzed rasher that falls out of the bap during usage, as they are accustomed to such practices. Lastly, we will be sending you Emira signage for your garage door and badges for your Evora, including the larger diameter (6”) nose badge, designed by our local primary school children here in Hethel. Please practice a full reveal with your neighbours but don’t waste your bacon on them such that it becomes a back-order item. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Regards Emira ‘Overflow Car Park’ team”
    14 points
  6. Last drive of 2021 this morning, off to Russia for a a couple of months tomorrow. She's been great. It was hard to get out of bed, but worth it I think.
    13 points
  7. 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
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  9. My son went car shopping yesterday 😁
    12 points
  10. For father's day this year my step-daughter asked if I'd adopt her. Her biological father has been absent since she was about 2 and has had zero contact, she's 15 now. He's still about with several more abandoned kids and we know which country he lives in but that's about it. As you can imagine he's a piece of work and if contacted may just refuse for the sake of it. Had anyone any experience of adopting step-children or a similar situation?
    12 points
  11. Apologies if this has already been covered but here is what I have gleaned from speaking to the dealers and Lotus central hub. At least for the UK. 1) Static display cars on UK roadshow from 21 Sep. Will be at each dealer for 2-3 days depending on dealer. Will continue until Oct. Lotus central hub will send an email in 7-10 days to all depositors with details and, I think, allowing to book dealer visit slots. 2) Dealers will start helping configure cars around this time, if not already done. 3) Cars will become available for press drives perhaps late this year, more likely early next year - for both V6 and i4 versions. They are still awaiting decisions/ details on that. 4) Customer test drives will become available from Feb next year for both V6 and i4 versions. Customers will have time until end-Mar next year to confirm their order without losing their place - so that they can see the reviews and also test drive the cars. Not sure how that will work - feels like they are still working through that. Hope that helps
    11 points
  12. 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
  13. We did that with the Evora back in 2009 and I've suggested the same with the Emira. Watch this space!
    10 points
  14. Essex blue at twilight - no filter 😍
    10 points
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  16. Once again I was photographed at the Nordschleife without noticing it. I only found the photos by chance on the Internet. Here are two of them. With kind regards Markus.
    10 points
  17. 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
  18. Late afternoon run after a proper valet - just love this car 😍
    9 points
  19. Hi all I'm a life-long Lotus fan and finally got 'round to buying one 😄
    9 points
  20. Elite back on its wheels
    9 points
  21. My only reservation would be over the potential build quality issues, but as others have said, I'm hopeful that they've sorted those out since the Evora days. In regard to the engine, it's a tried and tested engine, sounds great, has plenty enough power for the road and is very reliable. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Finally, for the reviewers, something I learned a while ago is that you'll have far more joy owning and driving a car that you like, than you will driving a car that someone else tells you is good. It doesn't matter how many glowing reviews a car gets, or how great the platform is etc, if you don't like the car, you won't enjoy owning it. For most petrolheads cars are a heart over head choice, buy the car you like, ignore strangers' opinions, and drive it with a smile. Will there be newer engines, yes, will there be faster cars, yes, will Evo still tell you to buy a Porsche instead, yes. But if you like the Lotus, you'll be better off owning it.
    9 points
  22. Great Lotus turnout at the Salon Prive, Blenheim Palace.
    9 points
  23. I think the writing is on the internet wall for the Lotus we all loved. New lotus is going to be a completely different animal and I fear it will be a "clone" of several other manufacturers with no real soul or sense of its history. The lotus of the future will be a high tech, driver aid festooned, luxury wagon that uses tech to make you think you can drive. A la Porsche Cayenne/Macan, Tesla, GTR, etc. Enjoy your current Lotus and the Emira, the future is not going to be bright for those who actually like, enjoy and want to physically drive their cars.
    9 points
  24. Yes, as I understand it from PJS they put their last parts order in with Lotus on Thursday, so have secured an alternative source for genuine Lotus parts. A little perspective regarding the "whinging" quote earlier to add some balance. It's more a case of businesses that have worked hard to attain and maintain Lotus approval may feel very disappointed. I understand corporate business as I work for a multinational; the same elements such as engaged staff & high quality service leading to loyal customers and a profitable network apply however. PJS for one are very passionate about their business and they love the brand and won an award from Lotus for after sales service. I know they are extremely disappointed in having their approval terminated. I understand why Lotus has done what it has, however I believe there had been previous discussions about a "heritage" network being created, but apparently the plug was pulled on that around 8 weeks ago. I for one will be continuing to use PJS who are local to me; Paul, Louise and the team do a great job and are great ambassadors for the brand. It's a shame and I know that business is business, but I do feel really disappointed for the service centres losing approval not due to poor service quality. Those who are great at what they do servicing the legacy cars will survive if not flourish. My own feeling though is that there still is room for a "Heritage Lotus" network to support the pre-Emira vehicles.
    9 points
  25. ! Pics of the french sunny and cloudy last weekend 'Esprit d'aventure' 2nd edition ! Always a great journey 🙃
    8 points
  26. 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
    8 points
  27. 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
  28. https://www.thelotusforums.com/latest-news/lotus-cars-news/lotus-reveals-pioneering-blueprint-for-next-generation-of-electric-sports-cars/
    8 points
  29. Hello guys, I'm François-Xavier from France (Nantes), former owner of some Lotus (Elise SC RGB, Exige V6 Club Racer, Exige V6 380 Sport, Exige V6 410 Sport, ...), I bought last year with a friend an Exige V6 350 Sport for track and recently an Elise S1 111S (what a pleasure this grandma !!!) Hoping to find more information to increase performance and reliability of our car Exige V6 350 Sport 2017 Sky blue Elise S1 111S LHD origin 1998 Racing Green
    8 points
  30. Blimey, on that basis we will all need to stump up the full non-returnable £60-90K with no more than a fleeting glimpse as we stumble past in the swirling crowds No, come on, Lotus and the dealers will surely have rock solid confidence that when deposit holders get to see the car properly the majority of them will quickly commit. TBH it's more likely that they will lose sales due to a 'less than professional' launch etc than the car itself. The car is a winner
    8 points
  31. Managed to move some stuff around to make the most of this lovely weather today. Halesowen and back via bewdley - Rhayader - Aberystwyth - lake vyrnwy - Bala -Porthmadog- beddgellert- Caernarfon- lanberris-capelcurig-betwsycoed- cerrigdrudion- Bala-llangynog-Welshpool-craven arms- cleobury then home 400 plus miles. Some awesome roads and some not so much 😬 The highlight is normally Rhayader to Aberystwyth it’s fantastic. This morning at 6 -6.30 it was full of fog so looked stunning but not so much fun for flying. Bala to llangynog is another stormer. But there’s lots of good stuff up there. Anybody share some good roads they like not necessarily mid-north Wales wherever? Taking the roof off was absolutely fantastic. More pics 😬
    8 points
  32. My daughter started private school and the rather large car park and all the waiting areas are a mass of range rovers , various other suv , a few various Porsche, odd Lamo and a couple of Ferraris so what you expect from supposed high and mighty of the county. My Evora parked up and I try and keep to a remote spot as i Don’t trust the soccer/rugby mums driving to busy doing their makeup !! as I return to my car with daughter a young lad with his grandad shouting out it’s a Ferrari to which I replied no it’s more special it’s a Lotus ! To my delight the grandad said yes I told him it’s Lotus spotted the badge much Prettier than an Italian car , he then said to me I love your Lotus not seen that type up close wonderful shape car 🚗😀
    8 points
  33. Went into town today and since it was a nice day I thought I'd take the Evora as it was an opportunity to give the newly-replaced clutch hydraulics a good workout. At one pedestrian crossing, a young couple (I say young - they were probably about mid-30s which is young to me, ) were waiting to cross from the other side of the road so the guy was looking to his right watching for the traffic stopping and didn't see me approaching from his left. As they started over the crossing, he then looked left at which point he stopped in his tracks and his jaw visibly dropped open, - his wife/girlfriend/partner/walking companion (other alternatives are available) literally had to drag him to the pavement as the lights were changing, where he then stood still open-mouthed until I'd proceeded some way down the road. I suppose my P&J does have a certain 'presence' in full-frontal (ooh-err missus) aspect.
    8 points
  34. I do like a bit of Astro especially as we get some incredible skies up here in the Highlands. Here's the Milky Way with a slight reflection on Loch Ness.
    8 points
  35. The Toyota V6 has a lot going for it. 3.5 litres. All alloy. 4 cam. 24 valve. VVT. Supercharger. Chargecooler. Timing chains, not belts. Proven reliability with Toyota internals at 400-430 bhp. Epic soundtrack. Manual and auto options. I think many existing Lotus owners bought their cars because of the engine, rather than despite it. With the Emira, you now have the opportunity to pick old skool V6 or state-of-the-art I4 (or both…).
    8 points
  36. First post, just wanna say hi to everyone. Took delivery of mine yesterday
    8 points
  37. Been very busy on the drones recently. On the way back from a job in London last week I stopped by the Blackwall tunnel where there's a very small place for flying legally. Really liking the f1.2 aperture on the new camera!
    8 points
  38. I really do hope that Hethel doesn’t become a theme park. we must have uk manufacturing 👍
    8 points
  39. At a meet near Norwich today.
    8 points
  40. A little more on the project. Down on it's wheels for some final reference measurements for the custom front spacers. The rears are done.
    8 points
  41. Headlights - mine had no lacquer on them (removed by a previous owner) but a few scratches/swirls. I know they must be properly protected to resist yellowing etc. So I set about sanding them by hand with 3000 > 5000 > 7000 grit wet & dry then finished using my DA polisher and Meguiars 105 compound. Then I applied the Aliath PPF film. Really pleased with the results and I suspect they should be fine for years to come. LED Interior & boot lights - I replaced the standard ‘candles’ with LED bulbs. 42mm Festoon bulbs is the size. They work really well and give the interior a real lift. For the boot (which only had one light, as one was blanked off), I retrieved the cables for the second one, and then bought two complete new units from eBay. They are superb - very bright, and a straight swap. Launch Edition Plaques - As mine was originally a dealer demo, and the 17th car off the line, it didn’t have the LE plaque fitted to the driver’s side. Either that or someone removed it / broke it. The PPF looks original to me though so I suspect it’s the former. Anyway I bought some superb replacement plaques from Dan @ Divine Handcraft, they are different to the originals but I think they look better. I’ve fitted one to the passenger side as well. So that’s it for now - it has been a crazy 2 months since I bought the car, so I will be slowing down a bit but there are still a few bits I want to sort out, a little bit of wind noise near the drivers mirror perhaps, maybe a new nose badge, and a few other bits. Nothing too major - I hope! Hope this has been useful / interesting, and if anybody wants more info on how any of this was done, or what I bought/used etc, please feel free to shout - I’ve had a lot of help from forums etc over the years so it’s good to give something back.... 👍 Useful links Official Lotus Service Notes & Parts manual: https://vsic.lotuscars.com/ Leather Dye (100% match, Oyster, Charcoal and Paprika on file): http://www.staingard.co.uk Cloth tape: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/174091000462?var=472939788567 Gear linkage adjustment: https://www.thelotusforums.com/forums/topic/52231-gearchange-issues-dissected/ ARB bushes: https://www.powerflex.co.uk/search.php?keywords=evora Replacement High Level Brake light: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132927620830 K&N Filter: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/294202584614 Kenwood Head unit: https://www.kenwood-electronics.co.uk/car/nav_mm/carplay-mm/DMX8019DABS/ Focal speakers: https://www.focal.com/en/car-audio/car-audio-kits-solutions/performance/access/component-kits/165-as DAB Aerial: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07B1ZDMVX/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Sound deadening: https://www.silentcoat.co.uk/collections/silent-coat Bil Hamber UC Wax: https://bilthamber.com/product/dynax-uc/ LED bulbs for interior: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01CPF1D4O/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 LED light units for boot (complete): https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/222986826421 PPF for Headlights: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132154013122 Launch Edition Plaques: https://divinehandcraft.co.uk/collections/lotus-store/products/evora-launch-edition-mini-plaque
    8 points
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. About to head off to Malcolm Rickett’s open day today with @Sparky 😊
    7 points
  45. I managed to get a bit of time to work on my car today so I decided to do a bit more on the bulkhead so I started by sticking some matting to the top section... If you don't do this and try to fibreglass it fully in place it will be very difficult. At least this way, once it's dry, it doesn't slide all over the place. I fitted this piece with the shell upside down and then did the fibreglassing that way so that gravity was working for me instead of against me. It's very tight getting the brush in to bond this panel to the body as the gap is so narrow... If you do this make sure it's tight against the metal bracing panel at the back... I had to modify the slots for the seatbelts because they weren't big enough or even straight. A few of the holes didn't line up either so I had to modify those as well. I think this was a Friday afternoon one... Before I could fit any more of the panels I had to deal with this... I did a dry fit of the other two panels and this side looks fine... But this side is a bit short... It gets fibreglassed to the body so nobody will know (or care). You have to remember to get the holes on the correct side for the handbrake as these are where the cables run through to the back under the fuel tank. I then glued the centre section and screwed it together along with the bolts... I didn't bother with all the bolts as I'm going to remove the metal brace to finish fibreglassing the back. In the factory I think they fibreglassed it all and then fitted the brace which stuck the two together and explains why it was difficult to get the brace out. Then it's a case of fibreglassing a strip of matting to bond the back of the panels to the body and also to stop any fumes getting into the cabin... I've got a bit more to do but I'll wait until this lot has dried... At this point I got bored and decided to call it a day as I was itching and needed a shower. I will try and finish it off tomorrow if I get time. I think I'm going to sell this car once the bodywork is complete although I'm not going to do all of it, just the awkward difficult bits. I'll leave the star cracks and paint stripping to the new owner I think. Not sure if I will have taken it far enough to move it on at that point?
    7 points
  46. Following the trail blazed by Andrä and after saving my pennies for a while, the X-Shift 6-speed sequential gearbox is ordered. These are the chosen ratios for my unit based in 7400 limit - will be close to 200mph in 6th at 8000rpm
    7 points
  47. Overnight stay at Chipping Norton tonight, ready for a short trip to Blenheim Palace tomorrow for the Salon Prive. Great view of the first tee from our room.
    7 points
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