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  1. I got my 2021 Evora GT today, my first Lotus! Essex Blue:
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  2. Found this video of the launch of the X180 Turbo at Earls Court Motorfair from 1987. It still looks great all these years later.
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  4. Just to update everyone, to make the process clearer for all, as of the 22nd July dealerships will be refunding deposits they've taken from Emira customers and you'll be asked to place your deposit centrally via www.lotuscars.com - This is in order to have one order bank for all cars to ensure that the process is followed and all cars are delivered in the order that the deposit was placed. Please be assured that Lotus are aware of when you placed your deposit with the dealer and this will be noted in the central order system. Deposit dates/times WILL be honoured. I hope that clears things up and allays any concerns you may have if you've recently heard from your dealer.
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  5. I took a number of pics at the show...and sent them to Andy G at Lotus some years ago as well.
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  6. Hi Dave, expect the full video in about three weeks. The camera man is very talented, so should be some of the best Esprit footage ever. The two CV owner was able to drive up for the shoot, although he's not nearby. We go through all the differences the Bond cars have from the normal production cars. I managed to pick up a stone chip on the Turbo screen by manoeuvring a few feet behind the filming car at high speed. Worth it to get the footage though. Cameras were mounted inside, outside the cars with a drone doing aerial shots. Can’t wait to see the final cut. Keep an Eye out for Classic and Sports car Bond edition in October. Oh the skis now tested to 80 Mph, with some sharp turns!
    7 points
  7. Well this is my latest project, it’s a fire damaged 89 spec Excel SA which arrives this week. If it’s to far gone I will take the engine for my S1 and break but if it looks fixable within some kind of sensible budget then on the road it will go! I loved both of my previous SE’s and found them incredibly rewarding to drive, my wife only drives autos so been keeping my eyes out for ages, never expected to buy a damaged one but the colour just attracted me instantly. I will post more photos this week to get everyone’s views, if anyone has the parts PM me 😉 Does anyone recognise it? I would love to get hold of the original keeper to find out what order the car was in and how this disaster occurred. Looks like the usual carb leaks onto the distributor. From the photos it looked like a well cared for example and has the same mushroom interior I had in my old one. Dave
    6 points
  8. Lost touch with this thread I’m afraid. Have to pick it up again Did some upgrades on the cooling system
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  9. I found this in Pegwell Bay. Well, dug it up, actually. Along with the remains of the Typhoon that crash landed there.
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  10. We did a charity run for an animal shelter today and 2 friends came along with there Esprits:
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  11. Adding a few key milestones: 27 April 21: Lotus company update and Emira name announced 27 April 21 - TomE - UK - V6 manual 28 April 21 - JamesDG - UK - V6 manual 30 April 21 - Pugwash - UK V6 manual 15 May 21 - JCR - Undecided 17 May 21 - DarrylV8 - Undecided 20 May 21 - Evotion - V6 Manual 20 May 21 - Evotion - i4 22 May 21 - KennyN - V6 Manual 4 June 21 - DJW - undecided 23 June 21 - KJD - V6 manual 25 Jun 21 - scotty435 - V6 manual 28 June 21 - DaveC72 - i4 6 July 21: Emira reveal at Hethel 6 July 21 - Duncs - V6, but cost dependent. 7 July 21 - Lockey - i4 7 July 21 - freefall_junkie - V6 manual UK 7 July 21 - glen8 - i4 7 July 21 - Al_C - I4 7 July 21 - Neilread - I4 7 July 21 - Philnotts - V6 Manual 7 or 8 July 21 - JJ - Cost dependant 8 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 1 (Thursday) 8 July 21 - MJON - i4 8 July 21 - Wake - i4 (V6 cost dependant) 8 July 21 - Johnhoward - V6 Auto 8 July 21 - JimH - i4 9 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 2 (Friday) 9 July 21 - Beady - I4 (probably) 9 July 21 (8am) - Beancounter - probably i4, but maybe v6 manual 10 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 3 (Saturday) 10 July 21 - Washy - undecided 10 July 21 - Al - completely undecided. 11 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 4 (Sunday) 12 July 21: post Goodwood Festival of Speed 12 July 21 - emstan - V6
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  12. He’s our resident Michelin Man. In fact he should change his username to Bibendum. We’re very lucky to have him.
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  13. Just a quick hello, Recently purchased a naturally aspirated 1987 Lotus Esprit HC and have already sourced some info through the forums so figured I'd join. Car overall is smick and had been restored by the owner a few years ago. Gosh does it turn some heads!That being said, in typical Lotus form I have already encountered some issues. Nothing that couldn't be quickly resolved through some forum digging though!
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  14. Yes, as a keen cyclist, the Lotus enthusiast's weight obsession does kinda remind me of the number of chubby middle aged blokes you see riding around on ultra light high end road bikes. Hauling a kilo of flab uphill takes just as much energy as hauling a kilo of carbon fibre and aluminium. Weight certainly matters, but needs to be keep in perspective 🙂
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  15. Red Bull Racing still whining. They must be really rattled. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/57988419 Get over if FFS. Put all your energies into winning the next race.
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  16. Here are photos from the dealership. How can you not love this car? Never perfect but perfect to me.
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  17. Get the car in the garage! Now get us out to play! Happy pups in if the nag more than the wife 😬 Dave
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  18. Dunsfold today For filming!
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  19. To be fair, us Europeans are having a nice time in Europe, also because of exploitation of countries that refugees are now feeling from. It's a cruel world and most of us here prettymuch won the roulette of life, which means white person born in Europe. If life was a game, we started on "Extra easy" difficutly level. And complain because people with no such luck are now trying to survive this game. This nice life was also by many lifes in these countries, so saying "paid by someone else" is not exactly fair judgement.
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  21. Good afternoon. New to the Lotus family and this informative web site. After 5 months of searching today I purchased a generic 2013 Evora. 34,000 miles and not abused. Time to drive and get to know the beast. I'll be back with questions and feedback soon. Good luck to all the Lotus drivers. Bob
    4 points
  22. As an ex racing cyclist I used to laugh my ass off at the puny cyclists who tricked out their bikes to be as light as anything and then literally got blown over by a puff of wind (well blown out the back of the bunch) as they were light in the places where they needed muscles to produce power. Weight is important but it is the "overall" package that dictates speed. Getting back on to the topic, which is a rarity for me I know, but if half the owners or prospective owners on here who talk about the "weight" of Lotus cars or their components were as good at driving as they are at blowing hot air, then the forum would be full of WDC, WEC, WRC champions. It's like with the titanium exhaust on the exige/evora - oooh, I'm gonna spend £5k to save 7kg or so and so I'll be faster on the sunday drive with the lads.... What total complete and utter tosh and as for being faster on a track day, then unless they were already a driving god or regular racer they wouldn't be able to tell the difference at all. I call these fans "Princesses" as they would also tell you they could sleep on a bed of multiple mattresses and still feel the single pea placed under the bottom one! Hahahahahaha
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  23. Lotus are trying to convey a positive message, which is that they have grown sales 194% in the US. Why not just put your efforts into thinking "wow, great job Lotus, well done for pushing back into the US and making a start....." It's well documented on here, and anywhere else that reports on Lotus, that Evora sales numbers, in the UK, the US or anywhere else are measured in the tens, or the hundreds, in each geography. So it's not hard to understand why they focus on the % is it? As I said, focus on the positive aspect of the story, and leave the negativity to the politicians. Time to move your argument on, the leaves are starting to settle here and the nights are fair drawing in again.
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  24. Actually, it's not. If the figures used are accurate and correct, it is not "spin". A 10% increase is a 10% increase if it is 110 this year and 100 last year, or 1100 this year versus 1000 last year. "Spin" is something that is intentionally misleading, and saying, and being able to support, that your sales are xx% up on a previous period is factual. But then, I know nothing. Anyway, @Frickin_idiot you know I'm the one you're supposed to argue with!
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  25. Because of the damage to the front mounting point in the bonnet area I have had to redesign the frame to take the stress off that point and also make it easier for me to repair it whilst still being able to rotate the shell. So I've removed the front mounting point off the frame and added a new one that will locate on the front of the footwell... So now the front mounting point is unstressed and I can get at it to repair it. Once I've done that I might refit the mounting point or just leave it off if it seems okay as it is now... That was basically the best part of a days' work on my own. Good job I'm not being paid for this or they'd be moaning about how much it's costing hahaha I haven't decided exactly how I'm going to repair that area around the bobbin. So I'm going to have a think about it...
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  26. HA! The Power of TLF and it's community is proven yet again! Love it. Sponsors who are enthusiasts and active on the forum.
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  27. We've got 8 on the shelf... Dave
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  28. I suspect 430 Evora will be THE ONE. It is the most powerful (factory) and easy to identify in the Evora evolution curve. The influencers and journos will be attracted to it - rightly so, I am sure. Likewise GTE but perhaps 430 will fare best. As time goes on, the Sport 410 will also be there. Carbon seats will be a halo feature (standard fit - not sure if any other Evora had them as standard?). Emira can only do good for historic Lotus, cars that have been woefully under-appreciated for far too long. World - welcome to Lotus. Justin
    4 points
  29. I have nearly finished the rotisserie and I tried it out this afternoon. Unlike my e-type which didn't need a full length frame this has all the weight at the bottom of the car so it's quite difficult to rotate it with one person. It is also too big to rotate inside my garage as it hits the garage door openers - first world problems. I have quite a nice tan from all the welding I've been doing and I'm told it should sound like bacon and eggs frying when you're welding but if you'd ever tasted my cooking you'd understand why my welding is so bad! So here it is upside down... I plan on fitting a length of box section between the two trolleys to stabilise it but this was just a trial rotation. The problem with this car is that it's so wide, so even though it appears to be very high (and it is) when it's on its side the side almost touches the horizontal legs of the trolley. If I want to work on the underside then I'm going to have to pull it out of the garage, turn it and then put it back in again. I won't be able to work in the garage with it on its side as I could when I had my e-type but the e-type was only 1.2m wide whereas the Esprit is nearly 2m... I've mounted the frame at 8 points where the body mounts to the chassis and it seems fine, there were no horrible creaking and cracking noises when I rotated it. I think that the only time I will want it on its side will be when I'm stripping the paint and that will be best done outside, so I don't see the height being a major problem. Most of the work I need to do will require the shell inverted so it will at least be at a reasonable height for my poor old back... I've drilled a hole in the outer tube and welded a nut on it and I was planning on using a bolt to lock it at any angle but it isn't going to work I don't think, so I will drill a number of holes in the inner tube and then just stick a bar in it to hold it at the desired position. There's a fair bit of bodywork to do on this car so this will make my life a lot easier as I'm getting a bit long in the tooth to be crawling around on the floor
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  30. My father and I went out on the Medway marshes when I was a mere stripling with some people from Duxford air museum hunting crashed 2nd world war aircraft parts. After a while I got a bit bored and wandered off looking on my own, amazingly I found something, a 2nd world war 4.5 inch (or such like) live shell. Impressed with my find I lugged it back to the group an showed them my prize. Unfortunately the bomb disposal chap was less than impressed with a young lad grinning from ear to ear holding a lightly fizzing live explosive shell in his arms. The shell was quickly stripped of it's detonator thingy and I was told in no uncertain terms I could not keep it, it was rapidly returned to the gloopy Medway mud. I was not impressed. On the way back someone tripped over something only to find it was the undercarriage from a Messerschmitt BF 109 - some people have all the luck. I also was not allowed on any more jaunts with the group - most unfair.
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  31. on my way home today thinking i need some milk so either i stop at this petrol station or bp garage m&s, almost past turn in on first station i see's thia gorgeous blonde just wearing a shirt with a belt so disc brakes put to the full test hand brake turn in front of lorry i decide to get my milk from this station and she didnt notice the car at all 😆😄🤣
    4 points
  32. B&C - ask for Jamie. They have been great and everyone says the same thing. Mention Emira202210PCT as a coupon and you get 10% off the Emira!! Only joking about the coupon
    4 points
  33. You are quite correct, and I apologise for getting that wrong. So by doing a 3rd of the races (181 less) Max has managed to rack up c. 30% more licence points than Hamilton to date. Still paints a picture as to maybe who is the more, shall we say, aggressive racer. I am not denying that Max is a talent, but what does piss me off is that he has been treated like he is "special" and he has gotten away with a lot (I am sure a few people, like me, would argue his licence points tally should be higher, but as you say, the referee is always right!) both on and off track already. My particular beef with the situation is the reaction from him, and Red Bull in general, to what, (just by the amount of contention/differing views being expressed everywhere on the subject), was a racing incident and how this has been turned into potential accusations of Hamilton trying to endanger Max's life etc etc. It is, and has been, a crass, unprofessional, unsporting, and emotive response from a race team that has been very quiet (whilst vociferously trying to defend the indefensible at the same time loudly) in the past when their own driver has been the cause of many issues, a couple very, very similar in circumstances to this. The track record speaks for itself. The driver with the most points, the most DNF's, is also the most spoilt, the most uncompromising and the most aggressive. Some are referring to him as a bully on the track, and many drivers have admitted that they give him extra room to preserve there finish or chance of a collision in a race. Max needs to remember the age old adage, of "to finish first, first you need to finish" and Red bull need to wind down the rhetoric given their drivers past misdemeanours and attitude ("I don't need to respect anyone"). I said at the start of this season that the biggest issue Max will face in winning the WDC this year will be Max, and his ability to take the long term view to win the WDC. So far, he is proving he is as rash as ever and that may well lose him the WDC this year, though maybe the outright speed of the RB car this year will negate that. But then like with Hamilton, it will all be about the best car won not the best driver of course
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  34. Odd isn't it. I guess the Turbos never had the wet nellie dust to elevate them. Back in 2012 when Beaulieu were hosting their Bond exhibition they held a big meet day for any car featured in a Bond film and an enormous number of different marques and models turned up. (Some of which it has to be said were just close relatives not the actual models featured). Anyway from a cast of literally hundreds and despite a choice of lovely Turbos to chose from I was extremely lucky to get the nod as one of just seven cars taken to the house and introduced to Lord Montagu. He was pretty frail and in a wheelchair by then, but still clearly a fan. So a turbo was featured ... but the 2CV still got the public vote as best Bond Car
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  35. Which I am happy with but Red Bull are not. I suggest that if Red Bull decide to appeal and take action then every driver who has been punted off the track by Max needs to appeal also and with luck, he'll be banned for the season as a result and everyone will be happy and fair justice will have been done. F1 races starts - Max 95, Lewis 276 F1 retirements - Max 20.9%, Lewis 8.7%. F1 licence Points - Max 23. Lewis 8! So Max has done a third of the races of Lewis in his career and has three times as many penalty points to his licence. Well fook me with a large iron pipe. That tells a bloody story as to who is the more reckless, dangerous and unsporting driver if ever there was a story to tell. Has no one ever told Verstappen and Red Bull the parable about "those in glass houses throwing the first stone?"
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  36. Personally speaking I`m not bothered about the 0.06% of the UK population who are refugee migrants / asylum seekers, whether legal or not. The topic just seems blown out of all sensible proportion. Sadly our mass media seems all too willing to inflate the problem using the old "man bites dog" formula (ie report the sensational exception not the rule) when there`s far worse stuff happening every day to affect ordinary life . I am forced to assume that`s why so many seem to get so hot under the collar. And, whilst I admit that anecdotal evidence is not very helpful , for what it`s worth in 40 years of adult life, I have literally never met an immigrant who didn`t want to work. In most other cultures, work is more central to concepts of dignity and self-worth than it is here. As for frankly paranoid ideas about "British culture" being under some kind of extremely ill-defined "threat" that always seem to lurk under the surface in these debates, the immigrants including refugees of whichever faith that I`ve met -again, over 40 years of adult life (and I believe that I have met enough to form a legitimate view) can`t get enough of it !
    3 points
  37. Getting closer.. Hopefully next week.
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  38. If someone is wholly responsible that would be 100%. Is there an official table to describe responsibility and percentages? I think I'm being flippant or are there actual guidelines for the stewards in this situation? And how would they decide the percentage of responsibility? I do think Hamilton was driving to avoid a collision, heading towards the corner both cars were almost level, Hamilton was backing out of the overtake when Verstappen turned in, that is why Hamilton's front tyre and Verstappen's back tyre touched. I do think Verstappen drives to cause a collision. Unless he changes his driving style he will continue to have collisions in the future. He's a hazzard to himself and others. He's fast (in a fast car) but dangerous.
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  39. Update: I now have the car back, and what an upgrade the new supercharger is!! SCS Delta did a fantastic job on the ECU and tune, in 'normal' mode it has approx. 350hp, in 'Sport' it has the full 486hp and 556 torque but slackens off the traction, in 'Race' it has the full power but with no traction control at all. SCS said the supercharger had way more to give but the car ran out of fueling, any more and it would require a new fuel pump and bigger injectors. Even in full power mode it is incredibly drivable and happy to bumble around at low rpms around town with no stuttering or any inclination the car is anything but stock. When you floor it, the car comes alive and just pulls and pulls in every gear, seemingly never running out of grunt whilst making the most incredible noise. The only problem now is it's too loud for (most) trackdays with the standard 350 backbox, there are a few options out there; Hangar111 produce and very nice looking box for reasonable money, however they have not yet tried it on cars with more than 460hp. So we decided to go for the Komotec option as they run it on their EX530 car. Despite it being ugly as sin, sometimes function has to win over form. This will be installed in around two weeks, so I will do a before and after video with decibel readings then. Very happy with the overall package that Back On Track have put together for me, their install was immaculate, as was their patience! So big thanks to Sam and Jez at BOT, if you are in the UK and looking for big horsepower upgrades, be sure to give them a call first.
    3 points
  40. My 9 year old car will all original paint. One owner, 34k miles including many trackdays and road trips. Not looking too shabby
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  41. He has gone into partnership with a friend of mine ( Zog Ziegler, the motoring journalist) They have set up a classic car and restoration business. Zog was the person who gave Hammond his big break, and fair play Hammond has never forgot that.
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  43. Looks like a great resto project! Not too much damage. I love the SA version - I'm even converting my Elite to use the same gearbox! Definitely too good to break. Pete
    3 points
  44. The spoiler is supposed to be on the car, not in it. My missus threatens car sickness with any sign of spirited driving by me, but lurches down the road and through corners with constant corrections to no ill effect.
    3 points
  45. Our 'little madam' Charis is quickly growing into being a 'huge madam' - only 6 months old and she's already almost up-shoulders with her older cousin Macha.
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  46. Well who'd have thought . I bought a car and have now taken up yoga 😂 Taking out the dashboard today - I got to assume.a familiar position no doubt for many . The Lotus position . My god - who did they employ in Norwich to assemble this thing !
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  47. Emira for me is a GT car, nothing like Elise or the outrageous (in a good way) Exige’s. So the only thing I’ll be tuning is the radio 😉
    3 points
  48. It's an interesting thought... as an example of such a person, I could maybe offer some insight: Sports cars, almost by their very nature, are emotive purchases. There's is very little objective decision making going on. Whisper it very quietly, but some of the thought processes can be deliberately contrary. When buying my first Evora, albeit second hand, there were many options open to me in budget that could potentially have fitted the bill. Most of these were arguably more "complete" cars, but in no way - purely subjectively - did they feel as special, or as good to drive. I am neither a track god, nor the fastest down a B-road - but it did feel better and was more enjoyable than the long list of alternatives I did try. As it was to be a "daily", it needed to be (and this may be an odd thought process for most) semi-practical, and at least liveable with on a day to day basis. I did 48,000 miles in just 30 months, so it certainly worked from that point of view. The Evora was a compromise, sure, but it ticked these boxes and still gave me something that made me smile (read: put a big shit-eating grin on my face), and filled my long held desire to buy a Lotus and not the "pub-chat choice". Yes, I did pay more than a similarly aged and specced Cyaman. The Emira is moving the game on for me. It's undoubtedly going to drive well, looks like a more pleasant place to spend more time without some of the compromises. A lot of the conversation around power, lightness etc makes sense if you are lucky enough that these are your only requisites (over and above the Lotus USPs of handling and ride), so then I can see how the Emira could be missing the mark. And whilst you would expect in a Lotus enthusiasts forum there would be a degree of sadness that these are being slightly side-lined to a more mass market appeal (and I do share some of this feeling - who wouldn't want the Nirvana of an Emira with it's cabin improvements and a lower weight and more power). I'm not sure that this would have been possible without breaking the laws of physics/engineering within a given target price and margin. What the Emira does allow me is to get in to a new Lotus. That looks great, is more than adequately powered against it's brief, is certainly better equipped for daily use. And, for now, it's still not the "pub-chat choice".
    3 points
  49. The Emira is firmly aimed at the daily/frequent spots cars driver (hence the weight) and the Exige is a weapon of mass pleasure aimed at those who want a race car on the road (and the track!). The Exige experience is much more visceral and raw whereas the Emira will handle like an Evora and then some, eg a refined Lotus. Matt said in the TLF interview than they've taken the Evora handling as a benchmark and refined it and made it better for the Emira but it takes a certain amount of commitment to daily an Exige so if that extreme performance, feels like you're doing Le Mans on a b-road Lotus is your dream, you've done well ordering an Exige.
    3 points


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