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  1. Greatings from Istanbul
    12 points
  2. I thought it was time to show the Elan Plus Two, after 32 years of on-off restoration. Those who were at the Little Easton Manor breakfast meeting would have seen it. I'm very grateful to everyone at Spydercars, without their help, the car would never have been finished, ( if classic Lotus is ever truly finished). The look of the car is as close as possible the original JPS colours and keeping the classic Lotus twin cam. Some internal changes make the car a bit more modern i,e Fuel injection, Leather interior, MX5 heated seats. uprated radiator, Zetec bigger fuel tank. Tony
    9 points
  3. Very special day for me, it took long time and weather was hoooooorible for the first drive, but I just can't stop smiling. At dealership they made the experience really nice and I can't thank them enough for me. They also helped with getting the car on tow truck, which would be scary as hell for me as I haven't ever driven an Exige or ever seen one in my life prior to today. I've been vocal on these forums about being worried about my color choice, I don't have any regrets now, I've seen Daytona Blue and Vivid Green there - I like them, but I love the yellow! Stuff that surprised me: - It's a lot easier to get in and out than I thought it will be (I'm in my early 30s however ) - Seats are quite hard and wheel is noticable off-center - TFT screen is tiny.. it's big enough, just I didn't expect it. - The shifter click in soooo satisfying - Car feels very quick (not really a surprise) - Car is less spartan than I thought, it's quite a pleasant ride when you don't want a thrill. Even my gf said that - The cold-start roar!
    8 points
  4. 8 points
  5. Saw a news report at the weekend, fat middle aged woman (comment only relevant as being over weight makes you more at risk) - was an anti-vaxxer, would not have the jabs, so gets covid, is hospitalised, put in a coma for 2 months, has 8 heart attacks, now she says she wished she had had the vaccine! No bloody shit Sherlock. Really? So you had to die nearly die 8 times before you thought it might be a good idea? To be honest, I think we need to bring in "Darwins" law and if you want to refuse the NHS's help and the jab, then fook you, you're on your own and don't bother calling us if you get COVID. Heartless you may think I am, but I don't give a shit as the anti-vaxxers are not just putting their own lives at risk, but everyone's that they come in to contact with. A bunch of fookwit muppets if you ask my opinion.... I booked my flu jab and went in Friday night at 1830 to get it (funny, how the only appointments available for two weeks were the prime drinking times starting at 1830 on a Friday! Whilst I was there, the Doc asked when my Booster was due, i said 2 weeks and the system had not let me book it, so it booked me there and then and I got both done. No side effects, not even a sore arm (I told the nurse I'd give her a prize if she could get the 2nd jab in the hole for the first one!), and have felt great since. No jean manipulation either, they're still too tight after lockdown!
    8 points
  6. Christmas came early. I had a extremely welcome visit from Andrä to deliver the finished set of final carbon arches for the project. These are wonderfully crafted and I`m thrilled to be in the position to start with fitting those to the body in the coming days. Whilst Andrä was here, we had the delivery of the gearbox from X-Shift. Really looking forward to tackling the challenges of fitting this and the carbon clutch pack.
    7 points
  7. Quite right. So nauseating. Just to clarify, is Shmee so rich and self-important that he now employs hangers-on to drive his cars and do his videos for him? They all need a good shmash in the face. Shmankers.
    7 points
  8. Love letter from Kristen Lee in the US too... https://www.thedrive.com/new-cars/42725/2021-lotus-evora-gt-review-farewell-to-the-perfectly-imperfect-sports-car
    7 points
  9. 7 points
  10. After hoovering up all the accumulated rubbish in the tank wells, drilling out the crossover pipe grommet rivets (no easier than the first time I did it!) and replacing a couple of the sidewall securing rivets the tanks are now in. Seemed to go in much easier than they came out. Probably helped that gravity was on my side this time and also the tanks each weigh half as much as before. If I get chance tomorrow I'll be aiming to get the engine secured back onto its mounts.
    7 points
  11. It's not a hard decision to make, they should say back to masks now. It's not a major inconvenience and is effective.
    6 points
  12. Hi everyone from Edinburgh. I have purchased my first Lotus Esprit V8 and look forward to contributing to the community over the coming years. All the best, Neil.
    6 points
  13. After progressive material removal and re-measuring inside in the warm. Good result - max. variation afterward 0.05g. Interesting comparison to Stock - the CP forged pistons are less than 1g heavier than the stock, but their gudgeon pins are 5g heavier. Still very close to OEM weight for a superior piston.
    6 points
  14. More preparation today - light polish on the crankshaft journals and camshaft bearings. Dry fit of the marginally taller ductile iron liners, as this engine will be running higher boost (removing liner stand-in). Installation of oil pump, PRV and fresh front IMS roller bearing. Need to weight rods and pistons etc. These Saenz special rods are really sometthing.
    6 points
  15. Another village let their idiot out for the day then.
    6 points
  16. I agree entirely - winter tyres have higher natural rubber content that makes them softer and keeps them flexible to much lower temperatures - that clears the snow from the tread, which is also a purpose designed tread pattern. They are much better at clearing water in heavy rain too. For this reason I have a set of Anthracite winter wheels with Yoko' W.drive tyres as Lotus specify in the Evora Handbook. On many roads in Europe it is illegal to have summer tyres on in winter. My village is on a plateau that involves climbing a steep and winding hill to get home and in deep snow there are usually 4x4's on summer tyres making 'a dog's breakfast' of it. I tend to leave the Evora at home because of the risk from those idiots so I use the best 'snowmobile' that Lotus has so far produced - which gets fitted with a set of Pirelli Sottozero, a fabulous snow-tyre, when I take it out to play in the snow.
    6 points
  17. I think the only thing Verstappen is a clear favourite for is punting Lewis off track, even if that ends Max's race. I am sure that was his intention in Brazil but Lewis was wise to that and did not turn in to risk it. There's hard racing then there is blatant cheating and then their is Karen Horner to contend with - he really does across as a smarmy little so and so these days. I'm willing to donate £50 to "Help for Heroes" if I'm wrong and Verstappen does not try to, or succeed, in punting off Lewis in the next 3 races. The real issue for me is what will the FIA do then, as I suspect they will find an excuse to call it a "racing incident". The one thing I will finish with is that I think Massi's position is now untenable, given his "excuse" yesterday that different Stewards can interpret the rules how they like. It's a bit like the LTA saying that at Wimbledon individual lines judge can decide where the line is as they go, so whether the ball was in or out. It beggars believe that he thought that uttering a pathetic response like that would be acceptable! If the FIA had any decency they would remove him.
    6 points
  18. Thank you. Yes there is Istanbul park. The lap record of car is 2.10.950 with TrofeoR. It is 5 second slower than gt3rs with cup2R. My car has ips transmission. I think i lost 2-3 second, because of ips. I already have quaife LSD, the shifting of new ips is very fast but long gear ratios cause decrease acceleration and downshift doesn't help you when braking. I made appointment with kometec on january for changing ips with their double clutch ids transmission. I hope i can close gap between 991 gt3 rs.
    6 points
  19. Nothing ever unintentionally leaks out of Wuhan, does it? 😄
    5 points
  20. @BibsI managed to get a chance to take some photos for the forum. @[email protected] for the LEGS recommendation which I have now signed up to also. The car runs great, only question at the moment is the fuel gauge seems to have a mind of its own! Enjoy the pics.
    5 points
  21. To me, this picture from the article above, is as good as any at showcasing just what a stylish car the Evora really is. I really do think the Evora will continue to age gracefully, almost as good as the Ferrari 308/328 continues to just be beautiful.
    5 points
  22. Matching piston, gudgeon pin and retaining clips. Biggest difference out of the box is just under 2g. Trying to get under 0.05g difference. Success for piston 1.... only another 6 to go.
    5 points
  23. Hi All, Thanks for the warm welcome! The car was just delivered tonight, so looking forward to getting some pictures up for you all tomorrow. My son and I flew to London to purchase it and have been looking for around 3 years for the right one to come along. It's exactly 30 years ago that I experienced the 300 sport and been on my mind ever since. Glad to be a Lotus owner at long last. It's the Titanium V8 SE, 1999. Look forward to attending some event and meeting up with you all.👍
    5 points
  24. I hope that the picture below makes sense! Basically, i am no graphics god but I took the blue Emira picture above, then "pasted" over the top the toffee coloured GT410 that had been for sale in Central Lotus. I was interested in understanding from a design perspective the difference between Emira and Evora. As you can see, the two main differences are: 1. The top of the front bumper in the Emira is considerably lower than the Evora 2. The difference in positioning of the front wheels, with the Emira having a dramatically tighter wheel base. I can imagine that this will make a significant difference to how the Emira turns in over the Evora and should really make the Emira feel scalpel sharp. I was also surprised that the Evora has an increased, higher, rear "ducktail" profile to the Emira, and that overall the Emira's roofline is lower too. The fact that the Emira is longer at the front makes me wonder how it will cope with sloped drives as this was a strong point of the Evora. The overall shape of the Evora and Emira roof lines are remarkably similar and it shows the differences in the doors (look at the shut lines). I'm sure someone talented (and with better software than Powerpoint) can do better, but to me, it is clear that the Emira is a design Evolution of the Evora.
    5 points
  25. Well finally got the suspension refresh almost finished. The last few pictures before the wheels refitted. Its been a well worth project and helping with the value being maintained. Parts replaced - rear handbrake cables, Front & rear brake hoses, ARB bushes, replaced the TR-ends, F&R drop links, all the suspension bolts/nuts, all the under tray screws and clips, fitted new rear Spitfire toe links, replaced front mud flap brackets, blasted and repainted all the suspension, hubs, drive shafts parts and shockers and mounts. I also replaced the Serpentine drive belt with the proper tools which is one of the worst belt replacement jobs I have ever done and have replaced thousands over the years. The next project will be to remove the rear lights and repaint the light surrounds from chrome to black.
    5 points
  26. Do 0-60 times really matter, +/- 0.3 secs? when are they ever used. For me it’s all about the driving experience acceleration yes but my main joy is handling, feel, throttle response, braking, steering and just feeling good in a stunning car. I think the Emira will tick all those boxes! Bring it on!!!!!!
    5 points
  27. Custom front spacers finally arrived, so able to finish off the chassis for the time being. Now turning my attention to filling the engine compartment....
    5 points
  28. Core plug replaced. All sorted.
    5 points
  29. Arches!.... Some fine fettling but they are very close out of the mould. Bonding in progress.
    4 points
  30. dont forget one with a dog in the passenger foot well appaels to people named "barry" 😁 @Barrykearley
    4 points
  31. TBH if I was the French, I'd probably do exactly the same. The government need to come up with unilateral steps to reduce the attraction of the UK as a final destination for bogus refugees.
    4 points
  32. Hi Ramjet, Good question and thanks! Haven't taken very many so far but here's a couple 😁... hope that just attaching files will work: Brilliant car, just done a trip from Devon to Manchester, Cambridge and back and didn't miss a beat, did about 35mpg when cruising too... Discovered that lots of the fun roads over the Pennines are limited to 50 in the curvy bits... that was a disappointment!
    4 points
  33. Interesting interviews yesterday. Lewis talks about being a clean driver to protect his legacy in the future. Max talks about how winning the WDC once is all that matters because then "you've done it" so any additional WDC wins don't matter. Just found that quite sad really.
    4 points
  34. Same can be said without Lewis it would be one of the most boring seasons ever and regarding dirty driving Verstappen was obviously looking for contact at Brazil just like he was at Monza, its something he seems to strife on the thought of being invisible so yes it’s obvious given the slightest opportunity he would take Lewis out and thats the difference from a multiple championship winning driver and one that’s never won a championship in his entire career. The most successful driver in F1 history as the ability to read the moment and jump out the way of a manoeuvre that was reckless attempt to take him out the race. Sorry haven’t got a clue what you are talking about dirtiest most dangerous piece of driving all year, Max needs to take a lesson from a multiple world champion then one day he might win something.
    4 points
  35. If you're refering to Silverstone then that's your opinion and your entitled to it. My opinion is your talking bollocks and if Max had taken the action Lewis did in Brazil then there would have been no coming together. Max seems to revel in his "hard driving" reputation. That tells me all I need to know.
    4 points
  36. To be fair, he's a good racer and driver. Just needs to lose the Porsche prejudice and drop the Lotus chip off his shoulder. In other words, just be honest and balanced and not biased.
    4 points
  37. I watched a couple of minutes of it and turned over. Harris is quite irritating but at least you can take his opinions seriously, even if you don't agree with it. However I just do have any time for that cricket plonker and No likey no lighty.
    4 points
  38. I stick to my opinion, that the FE colours are not the best idea from Lotus. The design is stunning, no question about that. And I am sure it will drive like a Lotus. So everybody coming from other brands will be suprised how good it is 😉 And when I see the EU regulation regarding combution engine, I came to the conclusion that the Emira FE could quite possible be the last V6 from Lotus. This speaks strongly for a buy.. But for the Evora owners there are some points against it: - It all comes down to the question if the Emira is better than the Evora for the price. - Same engine and geabox (maybe lighter fly wheel?). The gear stick is longer, so probably no quick gear change. When I see the driving videos with Jenson or Harry's Garage, it alway looks a bit odd when the swich gear.. 😉 Maybe nothing wrong with that, but also no upgrade to Evora. - Will it drive, feel, brake better than the Evora? They claim yes, but needs to be seen. I have until today not driven any car that was better in that respect (Porsches, Alpine, BMW etc..) and simply c a n n o t imagine that it will be better than the Evora. If so, they would have certainly managed to do a miracle .. 😉 Possible annoying details to live with: - Approach angle less than Evora?? Hope not, I already have problems to get down into the garage with my Evora. If the Emira is worse in that, it would not be more useable.. - 5cm wider than the Evora does not help on narrow B road and the alps and parking/exit but maybe ok. - Does the interior feel so special like the Evora? After all you spend your time inside the car and not looking at from the outside... - Seems less pratical regarding luggage than my 2+0 Evora. Less room behind seats.. I will see the Emira in flesh next week! So let's see if it changes my opinion 😉
    4 points
  39. ARP bottom-end and the laying the crank. Like butter.... video-1637607263.mp4
    4 points
  40. Stolen from someone else, you will hopefully get a chuckle out of it. HELL EXPLAINED BY A CHEMISTRY STUDENT The following is an actual question given on a University of Arizona chemistry midterm, and an actual answer turned in by a student. The answer by one student was so 'profound' that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well. Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)? Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant. One student, however, wrote the following: First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving, which is unlikely. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added. This gives two possibilities: 1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose. 2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over. So which is it? If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, 'It will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you,' and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number two must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over. The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct..... ...leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting........ 'Oh- my- God.' THIS STUDENT RECEIVED AN A+
    4 points
  41. Verstappen seems to have a very short memory. Hmmmm, I think no penalty from Brazil was a bloody big present! See Horner's mouth has gotten him into trouble now too. Max Verstappen takes dig at FIA after grid penalty - 'I never get any presents'
    4 points
  42. Despite what people say it's not just about the car.
    4 points
  43. 4 points
  44. Turbo wastegate actuators set-up with the correct pre-load for my engine.
    4 points
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