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  1. 16 points
    Classic Cars magazine at Hethel.
  2. 15 points
    Afternoon folks - I commissioned drawings of my two cars awhile ago and have just received the finished artwork and am proper chuffed with the results and thought some of you might like to see! Adam Gompertz is the artist - @revseventandart /
  3. 14 points
    34 years to the day after it rolled off the production line.
  4. 13 points
    For those of you reading this sometimes things that are written come across not as intended. I have called Dave Changes today and had a long chat. He has a vast amount of experience with these engines and I for one am glad he posts on here and imparts some of his knowledge, as most experts dont bother. We have come to an understanding If he thinks Im doing a cock up he will tell me. I dont need any more engine failures! Thanks Dave.
  5. 12 points
    Evening folks! So a guy I know from a Jaguar XJ-S forum (apols in advance for cheating!) has sent me through some behind-the-scene on set shots from TSWLM he has which he doesn't think have ever been published - they were from a private collection from a friend of his who used to own the Cars of the Stars Motor Museum. I certainly haven't seen them before, so thought I'd share a few of them as some of you might be interested
  6. 12 points
    So back to some changes. Over the winter I have been trying to work out what to do with cars, should I change modify etc - that really is undecided but I thought I would go about changing a few more bits that I think could be better on the Exige. First was something I had an idea would work, but wasn't sure till I tried it - removing the ugly plastic grills. As I have the carbon access panel, the standard plastic hex stuff was gone from there. Side scoops also are now meshed, but the front was still there and it annoyed me, so I wanted rid… First I got some spares of the grills on the front end so I could go back to standard if I messed up: Then I started cutting, removing the mesh leaving only frames: Next became the far harder task of cutting out the mesh to fit - it took forever to cut and bend to shape and cut my hands to bits, which was nice. Once bent and cut, I bonded with epoxy, then covered that with silicon adhesive to keep it all looking black. They looked like this in the end: All screws were still accessible through careful lining up of the holes, so fitting and removal is identical to OEM - just a bit more fiddly. Then trial fitting - all looked how I wanted so then I had to cut for the towing eye (towing eye bolts missing as I was taking it on and off to measure. Also moved the number plate up and removed the plinth - may move it back as I am not sure on the higher number plate position. We'll see when out in the light properly, but I had to pack up and head off at this point. Towing hook hole was lined to keep it looking neat, but I need to make final adjustment on alignment . Ignore the dust and stuff I took photos before the clean down. And that’s it - will probably make an uncut version without the towing eye, but that’s for another day. Anyway, to my eyes it's lifted the look of the front end nicely - it may be marmite for others!
  7. 11 points
    So the binnacle (and other dash bits) have arrived and started to test fit the new internal sills
  8. 10 points
    The new issue of Top Gear magazine is a Bond special and my S1 was used in the feature - super happy to report that the Esprit very much held its own, with the magazine calling the car a ‘revelation’ and ‘inspirational’
  9. 10 points
    After reading others' ownership thread I thought it was worth up dating this one as it will be 10 years of ownership soon!! Time has flown and Evora life has been super easy, reliable and inexpensive. Since the last post, I've done quite a few more road trips and only had service expenses, so nothing out of the ordinary has cropped up. Managed to do a couple of magazine articles for EVO and Octane which was very interesting... One of the EVO journalists commented on how the Evora clutch was a lot lighter than the GT4 and the gearbox surprisingly slick. This tickled me some what. I think it was a very complementary article too. Same can be said of the Octane piece... I can't praise the virtues of the Evora enough, if anyone is in 2 minds, they really should give one a go. Still in stunning condition at 10 yrs old!!
  10. 10 points
    Here are a couple shots of the Aim binnacle with newly installed alcantara. Buttons still function perfectly and everything installed nicely.
  11. 10 points
    Selling 6 cars instead of 5 in China would be a 20% increase. There really is nothing to celebrate at this moment in time beyond Lotus's survival but hopefully it will start to make some kind of sense as we approach the end of the year. The marketing strategy to date appears to be - announce £2m hypercar, change logo, reverse JMG's lighter, faster, louder, pricier trajectory. Still totally baffled by the lack of interest and support for the current range (which are all brilliant examples of cars 'For The Drivers') but best guess is that they are so far away from where the new management want to take the brand that promoting them would be counter productive to the new chapter. Lotus was sold to the new management as an opportunity for a well funded start-up. It may well be totally intentional to break ties with the past and 'old Lotus'. So the plan is to get away from track focused, hard core, impractical, bespoke, single-minded driver's cars. Trouble is, that's everything that made Lotus stand out, everything I treasure about them and the reason they sold 1500 cars last year instead of closer to zero. Building cars cheaper than Porsche is not an option so the hard truth is they will need to offer something faster, more powerful, lighter, better looking, more engaging, whilst offering at least the same level of perceived quality, reliability, useability, visibility, practicality and tech if they're going to really steal some market share at a higher price. This I believe is essentially the plan. I think there's still a lot of scepticism towards Lotus out there beyond these walls so if they falter on any one area it will be business as usual. Most people are risk averse, even more so when it comes big ticket purchases. So much of the Porsche brand and sales machine is based around reassurance. 'Evolution not revolution' being an obvious example. Maybe like McLaren the first 'Geely' Lotus will be an important first step like the MP412-C was. The 12C was considerably faster than the 458 Ferrari, was offering more advanced technology and followed the McLaren F1. Lotus spend money on things like double wishbone suspension that their rivals do without. It makes them expensive to make but high standards have been maintained regardless of sales success to Lotus's credit. But if you're going to charge more than a Cayman for a Lotus you need to explain to people what they're getting for the extra money. It's more a communication than a product issue. Few Cayman buyers know or care about the limitations and compromises of strut suspension or electric steering. Seems to me that now is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the current range, use them to explain the Lotus philosophy and what it offers drivers. Start making the case and building the Lotus brand. Keep people talking about Lotus. Lay some foundations for future success. One suggestion could be a national campaign to reach out to people (men and women) who have never driven a Lotus. Celebrate it as a bucket list event in itself. You can film the 'I had no idea' revelations we read about so often taking place in real time. Weave in technical explanations for how and why this stuff if happening. Cast the net wide, invite celebrities, Youtubers, nurses, policemen, anyone who has never driven a Lotus. Film younger people experiencing authentic steering feel for the first time. Dovetails with For The Drivers perfectly. Hollywood teases films up to a year in advance, it's a very cluttered market place for films and cars alike. I guess if the new car is delayed they need a concrete date to work towards that perhaps they don't have yet?
  12. 9 points
    Another late night but finally got there and whoop whoop I've definitely fallen for the new interior, what with the carbon sills, tillet, and dash trim its all just looking rather nice! I managed to sort the carbon sills with a good fit, basically needed foam padding underneath to help with the alignment to the side dash bits. Will get the sills polished by my detailer and PPF'd in time. Next up was seats and finishing the 350 Sport console - All of this has been more work than you could ever believe! First, I had to Dremel my old gear console to re-use the hand brake (basically cut my old one in half) and retro fit. Then because of my height, my tillett caught the 350 console surround so the tillett had one side shaved back (yes I cut a £2K carbon seat seat!). The keen eyed amongst you will see my steering wheel cowl is also back which again has been re-modelled and the bottom cut out all to help ensure no obstructions for heel and toe on track. Will be testing today but hopefully enough freedom for my short ass legs now. Just need to find a nice trim to cover the cut in the tillett and fix the 350 sport hazard light mount which doesn't like the older V6S hazard light.
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  15. 9 points
    Thought I spotted Batman! - but it was just a horse
  16. 9 points
    So small update. Today Little Red Riding Hood got the new coilover suspension kit. That should hopefully tighten things up a bit. As far as I know, she's had new dampers and springs many years ago, so time for modern suspension. I've got some stiffening for the chassis ready to be installed. And some really funky chassis mod as well, if all turns out to be doable. A seperate project, so no worries over the Nitron springrate. As I've mentioned earlier, I thought about Öhlins and Nitron. Came down to Nitron for now, as Öhlins wanted my car for soem weeks and a whole lot of cash. No way I am leaving my car iwht others. Just won't happen. As Nitron had their kit developed for the Stevens and onwards Esprit, I setteled for that. Albeit it was in reality for the V8 model. I received the kit with some nice discount thanks to our always helpful forum leader and opened the box to see what I'd pay good money for. In the package is also an adjustment tool, which can also be bought seperately if need be, a basic manual on installation and basic adjustment, two stickers and a basic build sheet. Packaging is well done and safe for shipping. A nice kit. The picture above shows the kit as in the package. So, the differences from earlier installed sets, as mentioned on this site, is the collars to tighten the wprings with, are not gold anodised, but grey as the rest of the body and some of the fittings. That suits me nicely. Another thing are the big greyish spring plates, which are not going to be used on Little Red Riding Hood, as it's a 1990 Esprit Turbo SE, which is different with regards to spring perches in the rear. No adapters are needed for the front suspension installation, only the rear. I opted for the standard delivered 50N/mm spring rate, even though Nitron personally told me it's 60N/mm. Never mind, this is the road kit, and if it shows up to be americanised soft, I'll change the springs for the next step up, 60N/mm. Helper springs on the rear dampers are 15N/mm, and all numbers are clearly marked on each part. Easy peasy, no guesswork. As Vulcan Grey et al mentioned elsewhere, on the Turbo SE, are needed two adapters for centralise the more narrow springs of the Nitron modern spring'ed coilover kit (as others also are), as the chassis have an inner ring that obstruct a direct installation, so he was very kind to send me a drawing of his own making, so I could have those two parts made at a company. I had them anodised grey to suit the Nitron kit. There may be a slight variation from american cars to european cars it seems (to be confirmed), as I needed the inner diameter to be slightly enlarged by 1,5mm to suit the special metal washers and rubber bushings. I also had the edges beveled slightly. Speaking of which: they seem to be nla, so luckily MrDangerUS came to my aid and sent me two fresh sets. Meanwhile at the mancave, I found a solution to get polybushings for the job, as Nitron does not deliver any parts needed as other brands does. That's a bit odd in my humble oppinion. It seems that Avo have had their bushings made in poly for their own coilover kits, and a dealer was kind enough to sell me 8 bushings to suit my car seperately, without having the need to buy a whole coilover kit I was told these would need to be modified slightly to suit the inner damper rod. That is not the case, they press fit nicely and I am using those now. As I took off the old suspension, I did not split the front dampers, but left them complete for another job. Instead a dealer supplied me with fresh original Lotus top hats with bolts, so that was wasy peasy to assemple. The Nitron Kit comes with special made stainless washers, but only for the lower and uppermost washer on the 4 rods (for the flat side of the bushings). So inbetween the old ones have to be reused. These special Nitron washers, have to be faced correctly when installing, so look at them first. As I did not take the original front suspension apart (serious springload!), I could use the washers from the two kits I received. The installation is very simple and straight forward. I did undo the front arb while doing this work, easing the moving ud the lower track arms when taking the old dampers and springs out (as one assemply) and installing the new complete "legs". I hung the brake calipers in strips, and only removed as little as possible. This whole work in only a testfit, to see what mods I need to do, to make the Nitron kit suit the Esprit Turbo SE. When it is all in place and working to my satisfaction, I will undo it all and renovate the whole arrangement of track arms in front and the front arms in the rear, plus all new Lotac bushings, bolts, nuts and other hardware. It's all on the shelf, ready to be used. I did not want to use some sort of rubber cushion on the top of the springs, so I opted for some poly rings there as well. Fits nicely and should isolate a bit of roadnoise. The lower mounting point on the rear dampers are made so one end is protruding longer than the other end, and the long end should point towards the front of the car, to make room for installation. It's all obvoius when installing. I did chek for dampers being propperly assembled and tightened before installation. One mod is to file ever so slightly the lower edge of the upper inner wheelhousing to make enough room for the Nitron adjustment button, which is top mounted, to be installed, as I had taken it off to while installing, and as it anyway have to be taken off to assemble the whole "leg". that is very easy with just one small countersunk "pinol" screw. The collars to asjust the springs with and likewise the collars to secures the uper ones with are made of pretty soft aluminium, and the method is not a traditional "hooked" key, but a nifty little tool with just a round locating pin that fits in a series of small round holes in the collars. Take care, as they could deform easily. Another observation point is the rear echaust side, where the heat protection cover for the top of the damper rod, does no longer fir propperly, when using Nitron suspension. It can be fastened though. This will have to be undone, if you want to adjust he otherwise easy click-adjustment of the combined damping/rebpund setting. There are 30 positions on bot front and rear dampers. Standard setting is 11 from the hardest position (Nitron says 10 in their documentaton, but I counted 11 on all 4 dampers), and since I have not driven the car yet, I'll go for that as a first try. Knob for adjustment is shaped to aid and is black hard anodised. The click in itself is very positive and secure and easy to find. Well made. Springs are light blue in typical Nitron colour these days (changes from time to time), and is well powdercoated. Anodising is also wll made and not overly thin, I guesstimate around 30-35 micron, so should protect the aluminium well for some time. I won't be using Little Red Riding Hood in bad weather, but will probably hit the odd rainshower from time to time, so it's nice to knwo, it won't corrode at the first outing. AS a first try, I lowered Little Red Riding Hood considerably, so don't take notice of that. I'll working on a full geo asap. Then, later on, I'll readjust the height, and redo geo. Upon moving the car outside, to make suspension settle in it's natural position, I found it to be quite firm on the rear dampers and slightly firmer front, compared to my otherwise okay original dampers. No real drive as of yet. We'll see about that later in the Spring. Another nice feature of the Nitron kit is the weight, which is much lighter than the original steel ditto from Lotus. I have measured all bits and parts on my scale, and I record a total saving of 10,858 Kg. Total weight of Little Red Riding Hood is slowly getting closer to 1100 Kg, which is my goal without any real visual difference and lack of features. To be able to get there, I probably need setting up a small carbon part manufacture in the garage, and vacuum and bake the parts. We'll see later this year. There are many good parts to be replicated and painted to keep original look. More on that later on. My first impression with the Nitron Esprit kit is both positive and a bit negative. It should be mentioned, that I find the kit to be mechanically well made, and with a good finish. Installation is not difficult, but note that some parts in the kit are not needed, and some you will have to fabricate yourself, plus the problem with the heatshield for the left rear. Also the fit is not faultfree, as there are a couple of small details that could have been made to suit better. Stiction, polishing and valving, adjustability and general performance is too early to talk about. I'll get back to that later on. Nitron recommend that they rebuild the kit every 10 to 15 hours of track and race use, and every 20.000 - 30.000 kilometers with road use. I'd be wary of that, and have it rebuilt before doing 30.000 kilometers in the Esprit. As the Lotac suspension kit is doubled in price over a few years and in my humble opinion have it's own few quirks, I find it natural to look for other more modern solutions, to be able to gain on newer development of suspension building. While I know Öhlins and their level of internal polishing and lack of stiction, they are very pricy and lands at around the same price as the most extended set of Nitron with seperate reservoirs, seperate slow/fast damping and slow/fast rebound. Nitron offers in my eyes so far, a basic coilover kit with the most needed adjustment possibilities, which with some observation can be made to fit the Esprit of 1988 onwards, and hopefully works well. Recommended so far. So says Little Red Riding Hood too. Kind regards, Jacques
  17. 9 points
    So, a chance to get out finally, and a chance to see the front end properly, still like it but the number plate will likely be going back down to the splitter - so few cars get it that low and it’s a shame to not do it! So that’s I'll change at some point over the weekend. Well I say that, at the moment I am undecided - so I made up a plinth for mounting to the grill. Bent out of ali sheet to the same size as my (modifed) splitter level plinth. Prefer not to have screws in number plates if I can help it, so have a plinth for both the high an low option, this simply screws to the mounts in the grill: So using that I'll decide on the plate level out later in the year when I am out on the road more Anyway, here's the wider pics so it can be seen in more context: Next was the tow loop on the back end and a change of diffuser. The normal cup tow loop bracket comes in two flavours, vertical mount (as per v6 cup I think) and horizontal mount (as per 430) - as I was updating the diffuser, then I went horizontal as per the 430. Just a note, for the tow bracket the part numbers on the Lotus dealers parts list is wrong, you need to change the last digit. You need the bracket itself, two captive nut plates, bolts and a tow strap. I had a TRS in the garage from another car, and I think this is what Lotus uses, but who knows. Anyway the bits you need are below: When I first got the car I was going to get the garage to do stuff before I saw sense, they quoted 2 hours labour to do it. Total time was 20 mins including removing diffuser, so not sure what the official process is! But by reaching through the hole on the outside off the subframe it was pretty easy, offer it up, fish the captive nuts through. Bolts in, repeat for other side, remember you forgot threadlock, take out bolts, apply threadlock, bolts back in, torque job done. Loosening the exhaust mount makes it easier so you don't have to reach over the bolt from it too much) Not a great image, but here is the assembly in place, bolted to the subframe (exhaust mount misaligned as the bolts were loosened for access): Then you simply attach the tow strap. Tow strap itself was treated with smart fabric - so fairly water resistant to keep the roadgrime off. Next 410/430 diffuser, you need the diffuser and grill. There are two grills available, one with tow loop hole(430 one), one without (350/410 one). If anyone has had an S2 - this feels much more like that. The finish is the same, its riveted, its actually black (not the bluey/black on the old diffuser) - basically not a hacked up Evora part, so much better. You need to transfer the ducts from the original diffuser as they were not in mine. Just 4 bolts on each, then transfer the spire nuts. I also switched to stainless bolts, because shiny. Its these bits here: Rubber trim was actually not that great out of the box, lots of glue residue. I looked at the cars in the dealer - they were all the same. So after about 30 mins with glue remover they were back to being black, looked like this after removal of glue from the rubber, still needed to polish up the edges. As is the normal tradition the diffuser was coated with one coat of Gtechniq CSL, and two coats of Exov4 - it makes it a bit blacker, and makes cleaning easier. Rubber then coated with Gtechniq C4 protector. Additional parts to the grill and diffuser: M6 spire nuts x 4 M6 x 18mm bolt, button head (black) x 4 M6 washer (black) x 4 If it’s the first time of taking the diffuser off I'd change the fittings to stainless, but this was done in the past. Unbolt the 4 m6 bolts that hide behind the diffuser, removing the middle two will release this bracket that the standard old shape diffuser bolts to, not needed anymore and bolt back up to the old diffuser. You won't have the extra cabling at the top of the pic: Bolt the new grill in place. You will need to bend the heat shield to get access to the bolt on the top. Mount 4 m6 spire nuts to the bottom of the grill. I then mounted closed cell foam pad to the bottom of the tabs so the diffuser wasn't scratched on fitting. Then bolted it all up. Job jobbed. Much prefer it to the original rather plastic affair
  18. 9 points
    Glad to have put a deposit down on the white sports racer recently on Piston heads and Autotrader. Looking forward to the experience.
  19. 8 points
    Hi all, Writing this because I am a bit bored and a few of you might be interested. I left a good job at JLR last year and began a job at a Chinese company in Chongqing last August. Chongqing is normally a fantastic place, very vibrant, great people, a great metro system and very picturesque. I get a long winter break, I left China just before Christmas and returned to China to start work after Spring Festival. I actually flew to China on the day BA said they were stopping flights to mainland China. I flew Heathrow to Beijing, then Beijing to Chongqing on Air China, I have never seen Beijing airport so deserted, 500 domestic flights were cancelled that day, new flights were scheduled using the big planes that had arrived on long haul flights to do a few domestic flights, I actually flew to Chongqing on the same plane that brought me from Heathrow. I have now been in my apartment for 15 days, up until Tuesday this week I could come and go as I pleased, I went out every couple of days for groceries etc. everything is shut except pharmacies, where you are not allowed in, you stand behind a table at the door and ask for what you want, and a few supermarkets, you cannot enter a supermarket unless you pass the temperature test (temperature gun on forehead. On entry back into my community (walled area containing 13 high rise blocks of apartments, surrounded by a high wall with 4 entry exit points through security) temperature is checked again. Supermarkets are quiet but have plenty of stock. Work was supposed to have started on the 3rd of February, then it got delayed to the 10th, now its the 24th. Things have changed now, on Tuesday this week I went to go out and found only one exit/entry point open. They would not let me out because I did not have a pass. I phoned a Chinese friend who spoke to security who then let me out. What my company didn't tell me was that I or they should have registered me with the community management when I arrived, although they did arrange for the Police to visit me on my first day here who gave me information about the virus. This means my first day here is officially Tuesday, so now I am not allowed out of the community for 14 days from Tuesday. My company are talking to the management company to see if the Police visit can be enough to prove I have been here for two weeks already to allow me a pass, which will let me go out every other day, if not no going out for 11 days. People who have not left Chongqing are allowed one person from each apartment to leave every other day. The government delivered me a parcel of vegetables and my friend just arranged a delivery of beer, other friends can help me get food, all the online shopping apps are in Chinese so I cant do it myself. I won't starve. To kill the time I have been learning Chinese, doing lots of free online OU courses, (now doing Learning to Code for Data Analysis) exercising and watching lots of TV, although my VPN has stopped working today. This site is one of a few that I can use with no VPN, obviously the CCP are not threatened by Lotus enthusiasts. People are starting to slowly return to work, but its more office people working from home rather factories re-opening. The virus is being taken very seriously here. Some of my Chinses colleagues are still in their hometowns because they have not been able to return to Chongqing after spring festival. Everybody is very bored staying indoors. The Esprit is safely tucked away in my garage in Norfolk, it passed the MOT in January but I returned from a 200 mile round trip a few days later and the exhaust is blowing a little from somewhere around the wastegate, something to look at next January. Sorry for the long post, I will answer any questions if I can find the time! Steve
  20. 8 points
    So, You may think LotusRescue has been a bit quiet of late, in fact for a fair few months. However, things have been moving on in the background. Delays caused by my full time job which meant little time at home over the past two years and not too much being done when I was home, other than one project which was the the imported S1 from the states. She is now all done and off to her owner at long last. I must admit, it is looking rather good and had a huge amount of work done on her. On the personal side. The TLF member who, three years ago offered to back me in the venture has now been repaid. I will forever be thankful to him for restoring my faith in humane nature when at a time I was pretty pissed off with the world and all that went with it. Thank you bud, it will always be appreciated. Although you asked for nothing in return I am pleased I was able to make a start on something, and eventually pay you back. In the following months I had to give up my workshop as the owner put his property on the market for sale, and surprisingly, it sold in 4 days. Ouch. I had four days to find alternative storage for the cars I had. Luckily, a local guy who is into classic motorcycles had a spare barn and storage space so a deal was done and hey ho, new premises. At the same time I had a nice little windfall which allowed me to purchase a nice 4 post ramp, some vehicle stock, a load of new tools etc and get the new workshop kitted out properly (thank you Mrs W) So now LotusRescue has a wonderful big shed that holds 4 cars, and outside covered storage for 6 more, a four post 4 ton ramp which is slight bigger than the standard 3 ton one and gives an extra .5Mtr width and 1.5Mtr length which is perfect for an Esprit. In addition to the ramp, I managed to find a cracking good jacking beam which fits across the ramp and allows me to jack any vehicle up and have the wheels free to work on anything. The building owners have been excellent in having a new concrete floor laid prior to the ramp going in so no worries about strength of the floor, all new lighting and all new power sockets, and loads of them. It is bloody ace. LotusRescue now has 3 client cars waiting for work (which helps pay the rent) plus my increased own fleet, and all due to one man and a little luck with a PPE claim. And all that happened withing a few months at the end of last year. Now if you think that's good, the next bit is a cracker. As of the end of this month I am no longer working away from home for months at a time then only having a week or so off, I am back on a normal work rota where I work away for 4 weeks, then home for 4. A life can now be had, plans can be made, our house backlog of jobs can be finished, the wife's car can be completed ( the Excel has been waiting almost 2 years) and I can get cracking with other projects. The first being another S1, then the Ekup, an Elite (horrible faded Brown) and two Excels, then whatever whatever lands up next. Couple of pics attached of the S1 the day she left outside the old workshop and the new shed waiting to be finished and have the walls and floor painted. Progress. Oh yes. Happy today. Oh yes.
  21. 7 points
    Thought I’d attach some photos of my current project. IVA is booked for 13 March so fingers crossed. Any tips on things that the Norwich test centre are focused on would be highly appreciated. I’ve absolutely loved the build and don’t know what to do with myself now that it’s approaching the end. An Ultima perhaps...?!
  22. 7 points
    Not to get too bogged down with backstory: I've been on an endurance racing team that runs a heavily modified Elite for about 9 years now. The Elite has grown near and dear to my heart, so I've had an eye out for a half-way decent, road-going one for years. Last March, I had a work trip to the North Carolina/Virginia area (to drive a Radical SR3 at Virginia International Raceway, but that's another story ). I have two brothers, one of whom lives in that area, so rather than a quick out-and-back trip, as my coworkers did, I scheduled my trip a few days early to spend time with family. Not even 48 hours before I was to start the trip, I saw this post on Facebook: It just so happened that my *other* brother (I have 2) lives a couple towns over from the seller of the Elite; and that was about a 5 hour drive from my work meeting. When I landed a day or so later, rather than visiting brother #1 as planned, I pointed the rental car south for 5 hours and visited brother #2. A few hours later, I was the proud owner of one of the brownest cars you've ever seen. As luck would have it, brother #2 had room to store the car while I went back to work and arranged for it to be shipped to its new home in Los Angeles. Timing wasn't great, as I was in the middle of a DIY home renovation (one that took over a year, but that's yet another story), so the Elite has sat mostly on the back burner until recently. Now that the house is complete, the Elite is getting more attention, so I thought I'd start this thread as a place to store updates as they come and while they're fresh in my head. More to come...
  23. 7 points
    Coming up on a year in my Evora so thought I'd update y'all on my ownership experiences to date. Issues I've encountered - now sorted Poor radio reception - turns out it hadn't been installed properly - sorted by dealer at no cost The starter motor gave up, which left me stranded - it was replaced under warranty and has been fine since TPMS monitor sheared and needed to be replaced. This resulted in a flat tyre - dealer sorted no cost Boot lid wasn't opening and needed alignment - sorted by dealer at no cost Rear tyre de-pressurising due to a TPMS nut not being seated properly - sorted by dealer at no cost Open issues I've still got the issue where the CEL & traction control light keeps coming on, forcing the car into limp mode. Craig Moncrieff has checked the car and think it's a correlation issue with the throttle position. He's ordered me a new pedal. I'm hoping this will finally resolve the problem. This has been a royal PITA. The driver window stopped working last night. Thankfully it's in the up position!! Taking it in on Friday for Craig to sort My warranty runs out on the 28/02 so hoping both issues will be covered and I've finally debugged this car!! Running Costs Two new rear tyres a few months ago due to a puncture Two new front tyres -- got 14000 miles out of the old P-zeros which is pretty good I think. Running 2.5Bar on the rears and 2.3B on the front. Really impressed with the wet weather performance of these MPS4S tyres. Given the storms recently the Evora has been brilliant. Will be budgeting £600 a year for tyres based on 12000 mileage. MPG is averaging around 27 for me with mixed driving. If i do a long motorway stint I can get 33-34MPG no problem. Other than that no other costs Overall impression of the car After a year of ownership I've got really mixed emotions with the car. it is the best car and the worst car I've ever owned. The worst because it left me stranded and has given me no end of issues, however I feel like I'm getting there and the car will be sorted soon. I'm thankful I had a warranty to cover this, so other than time and stress hasn't cost me anything. It re-reinforces to me how vital it is to have warranty and a decent dealer/specialist close by (Lotus get this sorted ASAP!). If I had to drive to Carlisle to sort these issues out the car would have been punted months ago. it is also the best car I've ever owned. Despite the issues I still love the car. here. It is absolutely sublime to drive. Totally relaxing on a commute and a hoot on the back roads.
  24. 7 points
    The sh-t weather adds to the anticipation for some hooning around this coming summer. Pic taken while B road blasting last Aug:
  25. 7 points
    "The first year’s production allocation is already designated to customers around the world."
  26. 7 points
    Last weekend at Bahrain International Circuit
  27. 7 points
    Wonder what price Carwow will get them for!
  28. 7 points
    The situation is real simple - Lotus have nothing new to show the public just yet.....they will have at the end of the year and that’s when you’ll see what they have in the pipeline no matter how much people moan for it to happen earlier. So there’s no point in attending Geneva, Beijing, Goodwood (unless they want to show their current wares) can we just give them space to try and take a company that’s been stuck in the 90’s for the last 30 years and wait until they are ready to move the business forward! It won’t be too much longer - first step next year, with new Evora based platform car and we will see the Evija in full form.....maybe even earlier than this.Thereafter new models will follow and realistically we will see them in ‘22. Their situation is not something that can be changed overnight, but let’s just be thankful that Lotus are on the rise once more and better times are ahead #forthedrivers
  29. 7 points
    First day I got mine I had been out for a good drive, lots of look and sideways glances but as I was nearing home, there was a mid 20’s, blonde and really good looking. She was looking straight at me with her thumb up. As cool as possible I nodded back to her only seconds after I noticed a double decker bus filling my rear view mirror. I check now before making a dick of myself over again!!!
  30. 7 points
    I now have a brace of Lotus cars
  31. 7 points
    The Carbon has landed...
  32. 7 points
    Why does that pic seem to need a caption along the lines of "The couple celebrated 25yrs together." ?
  33. 7 points
    Come on good people of England. You have won (voted) your freedom. It's more valuable than money or fame, because it contains integrity and cannot by it's nature be subdued for eternity. Or look at it this way: Now the leavers have won, Well, in fact I think everyone in the UK have won. But on the other hand, one might say that during all these many years of being a member of the ec, there have been millions of British people surpressed. And they sucked it up (or what ever the term is), and now it's just the opposite. Nah, I think you all won - the war is over, enjoy the peace untill the next stormy weather. Just take a short walk down memory lane and remember when the eastern wall fell (and the Berlin wall). Yes, money was not fed to the right people, so that many in east Germany did not get a chance to recouperate the advancements that the west side had gone through. Some even today claim that they would prefer to go back again in the eastern communist regime that once was. Because they don't have to think, they don't have to struggle on some levels, and they don't have to decide what they want to do with the responsability that freedom gives instead of a nanny state. But think of all the free souls who fought to escape suppression and died trying. Better to try than kill the soul. My wife was born behind that eastern wall, and I can tell you for sure, that it was not a midsummernights dream. It was hell on Earth. Constant lacking food, constant being surpressed in speaking or writing, constant surveilance. And millions ended up dead or near dead in prisons and concentration camps. As the Romans said: you can control people by deprive them everything or give them everything. In either case, they will stop thinking. Do you think that the ec freely wants to give the same chance you had, to other member countries? In the national radio, even yesterday, they told on the news, that the ec wants to tighten the web over the people even more. Even tighter. Or do you remember that boy who stood alone in front of a chinese tank on the square of the Heavenly Peace? He wanted one thing: freedom. No more tyrany. No more suppression. No more control. I think the ec is a failure and a catastrophe by definition, because it offers money and success to those who are rich enough to always stay on top of things. Where as it offers small crumbs to the vast majority on the scaffort where it sacrified freedom. Crumbs such as save ½ hour when going abroad, make the cucumbers straight, let's survail every single individual, let's lower the salary but keep prices up etc. etc. etc. Do you think Bonaparte offered real freedom and prosperity to the masses after 1789? No, he wanted connonfodder to become a dictator. Another regime in history. I am not entirely convinced that everyone in the UK realise just how lucky you are. Maybe, just maybe, it's like having grown up inside a house that had it all, everything you need, save that one thing. And then one day the door to the entire world opens up, and you step out, out of the house that you have been thinking of as being the whole world, when in fact it was never that. Freedom can be quite overwhelming. Never mind pettyfull little things like a passport, the currency and ½ hour more traveling time when going abroad. I am sure we can come to terms of a trading agreement etc. after a while. Now step out of that jail you've been thinking of as your home for the last 46 years, and enjoy. Some may for a while say "no, I don't want that; it's blinding; it's not safe. Of course it's not safe. Anything disasterous can happen, and sometimes it does. But the same disasters may happen inside the cage. We're just trained not to see it. They are excused. It's only natural. In fact, I believe you'll like it! Today, ladies and gentlemen, you should all be proud and spell your names with capital letters only! Kind regards, Jacques
  34. 7 points
  35. 7 points
    I did not want to comment on this Thread anymore , it goes off in all directions with comments on things most owners have no direct experience in, and using assumption as a guide.. But .... Balancing an engine is PRIMARY .... If you don't you will never have a great unit.. It will work and run fine, but like a wheel out of balance it will sap performance and contribute to premature component ware.. Balancing rods and pistons at home as per you tube video is , SO DIY .. Bloody hell , why don't you just do it right for once ... It does not cost a lot ... I just had the lot done for a few hundred quid. That is Crank , fly wheel . clutch cover, front pulley and belt drive / bolt /washer, rods and pistons , even the clutch cover and fly wheel bolts... That is rods end to end and overall .. All done within a couple of 10th of a gram. !!!!!! Lotus spec is 3 grams ... Most after market is not as close as that ... Only when i have purchased top end equipment has it been within lotus spec, but still not as good as i like or it can be ... But I always check and correct everything... Not doing so is nothing short of guess work and hoping for the best.. I sent Fabian a private mail on this very subject 2 days ago outlining these very points , but here we are with pages of scribble on what i feel is a straight forward important aspect of an engines construction , debating if it is to expensive or worth doing , or should we have a go with the kitchen scales.. And you all wonder why they go BANG... A lot of advise is free, just make sure its accurate and comes from experienced source , .. then how you interpret and what you do with it is up to you.. ( not everything on the Web is correct for your specific engine) .... sorry if this has come across a bit blunt Fabian , but i felt it had to be said , not doing so would be misguiding the readership.. No aspect of the post was directed personally at anyone , it is just an observation..
  36. 6 points
    The sidebar piece is actually more interesting. In the 'bowels of Hethel' they are scanning and fully digitising an Esprit S1. Now why would they be doing that I wonder? One might conclude that if they are indeed considering a new Esprit it may in fact be a proper update and evolution of the original wedge. Now that could be very interesting.
  37. 6 points
    ^ That, and for the sake of £50's worth of oil, I'd be changing it. The next owner of your car will be easier to find too and you'll probably realise more cash back if it's serviced on schedule correctly.
  38. 6 points
    No promises but watch this space
  39. 6 points
    Out and about with the new re trim
  40. 6 points
    Have just got hold of this recently. Has been stood for over five years. Have been playing with it this afternoon and although I should have probably changed the timing belt first, decided after a close visual inspection, to have a go at getting it running. After a few hours, a new condenser, carb strip, changing the terminals and a new battery, it fired straight up. The radiator fan is free and is cutting in and out with no weird noises. Most of the electrics seem to work with the exception of the interior fan and the lights don't go down. The interior is pretty good, however the headlining is shot. Body wise, is good and is mounted on a Spyder Chassis and trailing arms. I have an original workshop manual, but if I get stuck, hopefully someone on here will be able to help out.
  41. 6 points
  42. 6 points
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  44. 6 points
    19. Stick 'em Up! When looking at buying an Esprit I’d sought help from local paint shops, trimmers and tuners to gauge their experience and interest in the car. I’d previously restored cars in the West Midlands, but since that time had returned home to the North East of England, far removed from the UK’s ‘Motor City’. One name which came up time and time again when engine tuning was mentioned was Dave Bogg who was located SE of Malton in North Yorkshire, about 60 miles away, over the North York Moors National Park. My other classic required some attention after 12 years of self-tuning the twin carbs, so I drove down there for Dave to have a look, and to check out the place with the view to taking the Esprit there once it was on the road. When I called them to book the Alpine in, Dave asked if the Esprit had a hesitation on acceleration. Something I had heard about from other owners. However, mine hadn’t yet been on the road, so I hadn’t a clue. Either way, Dave illustrated his experience with the cars and offered a solution if it did exhibit such tendencies. I decided that it best that I trailered the Esprit down for tuning, and it was a momentous occasion to finally deliver the car. Just a month over the 3 year anniversary of deciding to buy one I left it in Dave’s capable hands, to collect it 3 days later. It started and idled well, something I’d struggled to achieve on the driveway. I was also pleased that once warm that it didn’t hesitate on acceleration. Something I’d been lead to believe was an inherent problem. The next stage was to get the car over to John at the paint shop for finishing so that I could fit the decals. Fortunately Paul Clapham responded promptly to my text message that morning asking him if he could photo his original S1 to confirm their correct position. I then spent the rest of the day working around John in the paint shop, fitting the decals. Once again, I found this a very nerve wracking process. I hate rework, as it is costly and time consuming, but this type of work isn’t my forte. I walked to the corner shop on 2 occasions that hot sunny day for refreshment and quench my dry mouth. Fortunately, taking things step-by-step made for a great finish that I was very happy with. Driving the car back home felt amazing. Both I and the car had been through a lot. More than any other restoration I’d done previously. Even with my other classic which I’ve own for over 30 years. Parking it up to take some photos away from the pressure of doing actual work brought neighbours out to see it. With the engine now running well, and the body work complete it was time to get the car sorted for the road.
  45. 6 points
    While the hostility remains on both sides we will never come together. Those that feel they won should be a little more tolerant and magnanimous. Those that feel they lost need to be a little more accepting.
  46. 6 points
  47. 6 points
    Hi Stephen Thanks for raising your concerns regarding contacting us at Deroure (Bell and Colvill) I’ve checked our emails and can see we replied to you email regarding 380cup access panel spacers on the 28th January? Perhaps it has gone to your spam folder? I will be able to reply to your second email you sent at 17.50 yesterday afternoon once I’ve confirmed with Lotus for you ASAP, Kind regards Gary @ Deroure
  48. 6 points
  49. 6 points
    Haven't had much free time recently as work has been pretty flat out with lots of travelling, but car has been at Back on Track for the last week getting a bit of love. Supercharger belt wasn't in a good state, so needed replacing They had to take an engine mount out to get to it, it wasn't in a good state so we've replaced that too I had a bit of a knocking noise from the rear, turned out to be the rear toe links I ordered spitfire toe links as I thought, may as well upgrade while I'm changing bits Also, onto my third set of front KT discs & pads. The bell has clearly got too hot quite a few times and could really do with getting anodised at some point to make it black again. I could also do with painting the callipers at some point this year. Under the arches looks particularly dirty thanks to the protective wax coating which dirt likes to stick to. BoT are going to remove the mud flaps and fully clean under the arches and the underside of the car, then reprotect it with a fresh new coat of the spray wax. Under the wax and dirt, the wishbones are actually in good condition which is nice, although the under trays are looking a bit furry now. I've always been on the opinion that if things like this happen, I will just repair or replace as and when they're needed. It's worth it IMO for the enjoyment I get from driving it! I was thinking about getting the wishbones powdercoated and replacing the uprights this winter, but I think I will leave that until next year now as there isn't much need to do it at the moment. The car has also had a full big service with gearbox oil, new coolant, engine oil, filters, brake fluid, spark plugs, etc. As always, I've got big plans for the car this year, I'll be documenting this on my YouTube channel when they get started. The main thing will divide opinions...
  50. 6 points
    I'm thinking this kind of thread should be a sticky. In the same vein, I had a stud breakage in the engine block which I am told is fairly common. The engine mounts use M8 bolts, the top one of which was missing on my car when I first took the engine out. On removing the mount, this is what I saw - The top bolt had broken in the past, and someone had attempted to drill it out. As it happened, they'd not only managed to break the drill bit off in the hole, but also a bit of the tap. The other holes were not in a good condition, either. So, I cleaned the area up, and used a set of carbide-tipped ball-ended mill bits in the die-grinder to remove the remaining bits of the drill, and tap. I then mixed up some Devcon aluminium metal paste, forced it into the hole, and let it cure for a couple of days before smoothing it off. I'd already bought a new pair of engine mounts, as the originals were in a poor condition, and cut the flange end off to use as a guide to drill the new holes. I bolted up the flange using the two lower holes to give me a reference jig for drilling and tapping the top hole out the next size up to accommodate larger, M10 studs I'd made. I continued the process, rotating, and using bolts to secure the flange for the next drilling. New M10 studs screwed into the block. I relieved around the flange holes to make sure the nuts seated correctly. And then finished article. I also had to manufacture a new support strap, as that had disappeared somewhere in its lifetime. 13,000 miles later, and no stud breakages. Hopefully this might help someone else who finds themselves in the same predicament.

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