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  1. Well good news, it was found last night! In Medina, which is about 10 miles from where I live. Stuck at a roundabout just off I-90. Just talked to the tow company who impounded it and they said it's undrivable. Clutch pedal won't depress and the e-brake is shot. My guess is that whoever stole it didn't know how to disengage the e-brake and as such didn't get very far. So maybe that's a little unintentional security measure for Esprits?!! Now waiting for my insurance to get back to me (probably tomorrow as I'm writing this on Sunday) to figure out next steps. Fortunately I have full coverage so repair costs should be covered minus the deductible. I'll keep you all posted. Thanks for the well wishes!
    15 points
  2. Quick blast to Loch Lomond this evening to catch the sun.
    11 points
  3. 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".
    10 points
  4. I really don’t get this thing about bhp it is madness when you think about it, the only car I have owned and used on the track was my S1 Elise and it was nothing short of perfect with 118bhp. 6 months ago I went out with @Bibs in his Evora I have no idea with the mods he has or what bhp it has but I can tell you that was way quick enough for the road and probably most tracks . When I done the lotus academy I was third quickest on the day, then I went around with Alistair McQueen after he had finished his roll up and honestly I reckon he would put an S1 Elise around any track quicker than I could put a 430bhp Evora around it. Valuable lesson leant. that’s why I will go for the i4 and spend any other money on learning how to drive it quickly, also I like the fact that my esprit is a 4 pot and I think Colin and Mike K would approve
    10 points
  5. 9 points
  6. First trip to one our offices in yonks. 220 mile round trip, didn't miss a beat. Temp crept up a bit but stayed below 90. Anyone else get right foot cramp whilst toddling along at a constant speed on the motorway for ages?
    9 points
  7. @Hornsey Boy Dragan's pretty HC here for some clutch hydraulics yesterday.
    8 points
  8. Even with its doors open, spread wide like wings and all its bling transfers the McLaren only got marginally more attention than my humble Evora.
    7 points
  9. so 3 n abit years ago had to take whats left of dads business on (134 years of family history so no pressure) dad at time in papworth with 4 thingy heart bypass at the age of 88 🙄 poor mum goes too with pancreatic cancer and then well oh dont forget the family windmill !!! (oh the one no one has maintained or raised money for ?) so thats ok it only needs well into 6 figures to fix 😒 uh ?? so today i had a fantastic meeting with a national grant funded organisation that have just taken a huge weight off my shoulders 😊 its not going to be a quick fix but seems help is there 😁 jeez i needed that
    7 points
  10. I think Hamilton decided to lay down a marker that he’s not always going to back down when Max turns in on him. About time! Max has built a reputation on being uncompromising - you win some, you lose some. Brush yourself down and move onto the next one.
    7 points
  11. Deposit just placed on the Lotus Website. I am based in South Wales so will be looking for recommendations on supplying dealer. Emira here I come!
    7 points
  12. 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.
    6 points
  13. I’ve had some boxes in the garage for a while with some led headlights in. I got round to ordering the mounting frames for them a couple of weeks ago - and they’ve arrived Friday. so - operation rip pods apart - plenty of angle grinder action. The back plates modified massively - mounting nuts welded into place - all cleaned of rust, primed and satin blacked. all now back together Low beams will be modified tomorrow so they are dual headlight. Next up is @johnpwalsh to do his 👍
    6 points
  14. My first drive of an Evora GTE was bringing mine round from the now defunct Lotus Motorsport building to the factory Gatehouse to sign the security paperwork allowing it out of the complex. Payment had already been made in full. To be fair, I had just swapped from an LE, so it wasn’t that different. Here are two photos taken at the Gatehouse at the end of that 200 metre first journey.
    6 points
  15. In its natural habitat. 🙂
    6 points
  16. This is the first of the three wheel trolleys I need to make. I had some metal paint kicking around in the garage so I treated it to a coat of paint. I actually bought the paint to paint the front gates but I've been too busy playing cars so the gates still haven't been painted, oh well... The 10" swivel wheels will make it easier to move around on my gravel driveway. This will also be very useful for painting it as I will be able to spin it over and do the underside as well. One down and one to go and then onto the frame to mount the body on.
    5 points
  17. Yes, our bad but my suggestion of taking them off their boats, sinking their boats (with no-one on them, just to be clear) and returning them to a French beach is the "best" option. If nothing else, the migrants still in France will see a large number being brought back every day - thereby sending a clear message, spend your £3k, enjoy a day on the channel, go back to where you started from £3k poorer! Also, the key thing for me is that rather than giving the French more and more money, THEY, just need to abide by their own and EU rules and STOP them from crossing. We cannot ignore the legislation of the French and the EU and we need to hold them to it.
    5 points
  18. Seriously, even in the tiny market for track cars I'm not sure that many people care who's car is fastest, and let's not forget that the Emira is not aimed at track use. In the real world, on real roads, the huge majority or Emira owners will never ever get anywhere near to using the full capabilities of the car, even at 360bhp and 1500kgs (optioned up car ). I had an Exige 350, it was lovely but it was too fast for the road and for my meagre driving talents, so it felt a bit frustrating at times. However much power you have there will always be someone with more, and the advent of blisteringly fast EVs has made the 'off the line' performance of almost all ICE cars into a complete embarrasment. Lotus have hit it dead right IMO, and the deposits prove it. Provided they keep the pricing real and the quality high then they will have a runaway success on their hands. They will probably release higher power variants later on, but a significant premium, and very few people will buy them.
    5 points
  19. I was one of those persons. I walked past a Porsche and into the Evora (albeit from an Exige). Why you may ask? The Porsche 911 that I drove was great in every way but lacked something that is difficult to articulate. Quick? Yes, but it didn't give me the same feel as the Evora or Exige. To me the 911 felt like a fast Mondeo - it felt artificial. I have a few friends who own 911's and the running costs were absolutely horrendous - every service seemed to cost in excess of 3k. Coil packs seemed to be of particular concern. Finally the Lotus is something that isn't seen on every street corner. Ultimately the success of Porsche has pushed me away from the brand as they are far too common place. I am sure that others will have the opposite opinion. It was a fantastic car - just not for me.
    5 points
  20. So firstly, very good news that Max is released from the hospital Sunday and he is OK. Well, I say OK, but I am sure he is in an awful lot of pain right now and of course I wish him a full and speedy recovery, for sure. I was intrigued by these quotes from Horner on one of the GP websites "I saw Toto, who was lobbying the stewards, which I heard he was going to do," said Horner. "So I went to make sure our view was represented because I don’t think it’s right that team principals should go and lobby the stewards. They should be locked away so they are not influenced. "For me, that was unacceptable that he had gone up there to lobby them, so I wanted to make sure there was a balanced opinion given rather than put pressure on the stewards to give them a menial sentence. I am right in thinking it was Horner who got on the radio first to the Race Director effectively do what footballers do when they crowd the ref to try to get a red card for an opposing player? Then we had another Red Bull senior on the Radio painting doom and gloom and suggesting Hamilton should be DQ'd. I do believe it was in response to these radio messages that Wolf then got on the radio to Massi and was "told" by him to go to the stewards! Also, this ( https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1669538896768251 ) is the best "analysis" I have seen, and at 2:14 on this video you see how Max really aggressively turns in to squeeze Lewis (and yes, Max knew he was there!) and this was to me a significant factor in the crash. Yes Lewis was partly to blame, but to me, so was Max who yet again shows he is not willing to compromise one tiny bit and as so often in the past that has cost him a finish and a lot of points. Given this was the first lap, and it was not a huge contact between the cars I find the penalty to Lewis to be possibly harsh, but for Red Bull to call it amateurish and to demand he is suspended is quite frankly disrespectful and unsportsmanlike conduct in my very unworthy opinion. All Max had to do was to open his steering and he would have avoided Lewis who did not really have anywhere to go given the tight angle he was approaching the corner. If the cars positions were reversed and Lewis was on the outside I am convinced Lewis would have backed out to fight later (and let's not forget turn 1 where Verstappen again was super aggressive going off track to retain P1 ) - also, I would argue when Hamilton got level on the straight, on the INSIDE of Max, it was at that point Hamilton's corner as per picture below. Max just kept his foot in and refused to yield and turned in aggressively to cut Lewis off. Max just does not know when to back off and part of the problem is when he came on the scene he did this stuff all the time, usually without penalty, and drivers just gave him a wide berth as they knew he would be gung-ho. The pictures below clearly show that Lewis was far enough alongside to have the track position and that was I believe the point that Toto was trying to make to COUNTER the aggressive stance of Red Bull.
    5 points
  21. Finished. Will post some more pictures and comment on the experience later. But for now here's before and after: Very happy and I didn't break anything
    5 points
  22. Placed my $2500 deposit this morning with MotorCars of Atlanta. The salesman told me that a display or demo car will be at the dealership for some sort of preview event in November or December for the deposit holders. Orders are going to be placed with Lotus in Q1 2022. There were around 20 deposits already. Impressive for a car having no presence in the United States. I currently have a 2014 Jaguar F Type V8S convertible as my fun car. Bought it new. I haven't yet decided if the Lotus will replace or compliment the Jag. I felt the same way upon seeing the Emira as I did when the F Type was first revealed. Instant attraction. I'm looking forward to the manual v6 and the stunning supercar looks.
    5 points
  23. 5 points
  24. Hopefully not. The 4C with its carbon tub, lightweight, 4cyl turbocharged, had all the right ingredients to steal Lotus customers hand over fist. A real shame as it just wasn't a great car! Great video with some 'show facts' lets call them! 416 brake sounds like a nice differentiator from the very closely related Evora 410. Seeing Matt Windle talking to prospective customers on the stand is a fantastic touch, just as it is him chatting with @Bibs and its great to see top to bottom engagement. Great article in this month's Evo on the car and an interview with Windle also worth reading. Also great to see some GR Yaris owners on here. Cars for the drivers and I feel fortunate to have a GR and even be considering such a beaut as the Emira.
    5 points
  25. Just completed filming for a youtube video on the Bondvivant channel. Why is it the Turbos and 2 CV are always left out of the Top Gear Bond episodes and all the others? Quick snapshot during a break.
    4 points
  26. Improving the buying and owning experience was one of the things I was pleased to hear in the Lotus company update a few months ago and Bibs' interview with Matt Windle. They've got to make a step change here, and it's positive that they have a key strategic initiative focused on a new retailing proposition. I guess Lotus taking over control of Emira deposits from dealers is one early part of that. We need to see more about what's planned and some tangible progress. There were some posts a while back about the variable handling of comms with deposit holders, current owners and prospects by dealers and the lack of direction from Lotus on a coordinated approach to the reveal. We can make some allowances for things still being done the "old way" but I'd like to see more evidence of the new way, or at least the plans on what the new way will be. Some of this sales and car collection stuff may feel a bit unnecessary to some. My local VAG dealer can do it for the purchase of my daughter's sub-£10k used VW, so why can't Lotus? They need to define what they want it to be from a buyer perspective (a "customer experience proposition" if we're going to get all business-speak) and then put the training, info, comms mechanisms, materials, processes in place. My hope is that's already being done.
    4 points
  27. From sitting in the car at Goodwood it's certainly easier access than the Evora. As well as the lower and narrower sills, the door opening is also taller. One of the Lotus folks pointed it out. The Emira is marginally lower (1225 versus Evora 1229) but aperture is bigger. You can see the difference in these pics: Emira: Evora:
    4 points
  28. I had forgotten the reaction this car causes, not been able to use it much during Covid, so taking it out in public is a novelty. Took 'Ethel' for a little run into Howth near Dublin yesterday. With the weather in Ireland everyone is out and about enjoying the weather. Lotus' are rare in Ireland and Evora's even more so, don't think I've seen another one here. Everyone we passed was staring, thumbs uping or making positive comments. We nearly caused an accident when the driver of a car was hanging out of his window trying to take a photo. My GF made a comment which summed it up "Why is everyone one sta.... oh of course I forgot which car we are in, and how much attention it gets." Gotta love this car.
    4 points
  29. This is true but how many people are we talking about, and that's the issue. More powerful recent Lotus cars got very expensive and props to those in the position and with the passion to buy one, but sales of 1,500 cars a year have shown not to cover the wage bills etc, hence the Emira which by the evidenced frenzy of deposits is a car which appeals to a bigger market.
    4 points
  30. Here's my Elite on the 'Alpine' section at Millbrook, fantastic when you get to know it.
    4 points
  31. Mine now for sale and listed on the Forum, offers invited, will be on EBay next week and likely to go to auction at Duxford whenever their next sale is on, September I think, viewings welcome. regards David
    4 points
  32. I’m with you on this point. I was definitely underwhelmed when the Emira was launched. Let’s not kid ourselves here it’s basically an Evora done ‘right’ for mass market appeal. Having had 2x Evora’s I was really hoping there was also going to move the performance game on, as well as the interior/build quality. I expected in reality it was going to be the old V6 but it would of been great to breath more life into it and have a better box that could handle some more torque . I do have deposit but I’m really on the fence as it’s not the ‘last ever ICE car’ I was hoping for. It’s great looking car and the interior is leagues ahead from the 4xx by the look of it. But I can’t see it being much different from a 4xx in terms of driving enjoyment and whilst that’s no bad thing - as it’s got to be one of the best driving GT sports cars full stop - it would of been killer if they have upped the performance (I’m basically talking torque rather than bhp) purely from my personal perspective to differentiate it enough from the Evora’s. Currently I’m not sure it does.
    4 points
  33. Valve clearances not great Inlet - 0.005” to 0.007” Exhaust - 0.010” to 0.012” No1 cylinder Inlets - 0.003” and 0.004” Exhausts 0.014” and 0.016” No2 cylinder Inlets - 0.004” and 0.004” Exhausts 0.013” and 0.019” No3 cylinder Inlets - 0.004” and 0.004” Exhausts 0.016” and 0.013” No4 cylinder Inlets - 0.004” and 0.004” Exhausts 0.012” and 0.010” The tight inlet clearances I expected but the loose exhausts were probably down to bad setting up when last done. The timing belt was a tooth out on the distributor as well. Dave
    4 points
  34. Its an unusual launch this and they have created a bit of a Frenzy, so undoubtedly plenty of people will have put down a deposit as its fully refundable. I think some will go off the idea so sure there will be drop outs, but I think you would be pretty daft to expect a V6 for under 60k, they didn’t say that. At launch the I4 is stated as the lower model and it starts at under £60k, but anyone who has bought a sports car in the last ten years knows that you can add a minimum of £5k on at this level. The V6 FE will be £75 ish for an 80k ish car. That’s cheaper than an Evora. Most people will expect those sorts of pricing. It still looks decent value.
    4 points
  35. Hi All, Having owned a 1988 S4 Turbo back in the 90's I've always thought about returning to the fold. This weekend I took the plunge and purchased a barn stored 1980 S2. It is 95% complete ( some trims missing ) and needs a total restoration . The chassis looks very solid and the body definitely needs to come off, get the gel coat fixed and benefit from a respray . Engine seems reasonable , but I plan to strip and rebuild, gearbox unknown at this stage . I have started the strip down today ( seats out, interior out, carpets out. Next job will be removing the dash and instruments to complete . I have no doubt I will be calling on all your collective expert help over the coming months as I progress.- So apologies for any forthcoming stupid questions,. In the short term I have identified two significant parts that I need to try and source . The entire roof lining is missing along with the top windscreen trim ( clock /sunvisors and interior mirror ) , additionally the plastic trim that covers the drivers small rear 'quarter' window is absent . If anyone can advise /help with new or used replacement or remanufacter service I would be grateful Ali
    4 points
  36. Engine is out and from the top as planned. Here is the sequence I used if anyone else is daft enough to do it (only joking it was ok really). Put car on four ramps so reasonably high off ground Remove tailgate Compression tested motor so removed spark plugs and leads. Drained all fluids inc gearbox. Removed carbs, air filter and inlet manifold (Already removed recently). Marked up all electrics and connections then removed/unplugged. Removed Water hoses connected to engine. Removed head tank. Removed starter and Alternator plus fan belt. Removed distributor (can mark if you choose). Removed oil cooler, oil filter and sandwich plate Released chassis crossbars and swung out the way Removed exhaust and manifold (mine was four branch so if standard cast you can just remove the system only and swing the engine to clear the chassis when lifting). Released the gear selector and cross gate cable Disconnected the speedo cable Remove bell housing bolts leaving on just two very lightly nipped. loosened engine mounts and brackets. Jacked car up and put blank under chassis with axle stands. Released the drive shafts at the gearbox. Released the lower links at the cross member. Release the rear calipers and tie back (I tied them to the springs) Released the top gearbox mount bolts but left loose in holes. Removed the clutch spring, slave cyl and adjuster. Attached strops and engine hoist just taking engine weight. Remove engine mounts and brackets. Support gearbox on trolley Jack and remove top mount bolts. Gently lower gearbox slightly following with engine until clear, I had to just pull back the rear suspension away from the box which was just hanging ( you could have removed all this first if overhauling but I just wanted the motor out to strip and survey) Once clear of chassis and obstruction release the final two bolts checking it is float and under no tension. Carefully slide back on trolley Jack (Support with wood as well on Jack) until input shaft is clear and carefully lower as can be a little unstable. Lower to floor and chock with wood. You can now remove the engine, I have a standard height garage and the hoist came quite close to the roof. I had to turn the engine as it was close to the cars roof. Pull engine hoist back and lower engine to floor, it will need a chock or it’ll tip when landed. I may have missed something as writing after event, I did this with no help so can be done alone, I recommend enlisting a friend or get the wife dirty 😂 I still like coming out the bottom but for me this allowed the car to stay tight to the wall leaving my garage free to rebuild the engine, the car was also facing the wrong way. The clutch was seized on as expected so that and the low compression on No3 cylinder made removal the right choice, both fuel tanks are toast as well anyway. You can see space wasn’t plentiful. All landed ready for a good clean before stripping, gearbox oil was really clean so hopefully only minimal work on the transmission following inspection. This is going to take some work compared to the JPS but will be fine, I should have stripped my suspension as well but want the engine in bits and can do this when waiting for parts and machining. Also the CX501 Centre caps don’t want to come off, I have soaked them in vinegar to resolve any road salt and penetrating oil and beat with a rubber mallet, job for another day but pain as heavy kit just hanging there. I will do a hit list and get ordering now, planning to do a full build on the engine. Valve clearance check next though….TBC Dave
    4 points
  37. When my son was working in F1, he got to know Jenson and some of the other drivers quite well. Not well enough to be regularly invited on their superyachts, 😟 but quite well from a working perspective. He thought Jenson was far and away the nicest and most approachable of all the drivers he met. Maybe one day I’ll let on the identity of who was/is apparently regarded as a complete arse by the rest of the paddock!😉 Anyhow, he had a couple of lunches with JB and, naturally, the talk got around to road cars. My lad mentioned I had been a Lotus fan since the year dot and apparently Jenson said how he has always loved the Lotus/Chapman ethos and wished he’d been driving back in the days of the 72. He said Lotus of that era was the one team he’d have wanted to drive for above all others. I’ve always liked Jenson anyway and did get to have a beer with his dad at Spa back when he was driving for Renault or Benetton or whatever it was called back then. After my son told me about his chat, though, JB’s stock went even higher in this household!👌 Oh and my Mrs wants him as her toyboy!😂
    4 points
  38. I don't have a clue what Daniel is saying in this, but I assume he's saying it's all awesome and does lots of aero stuff. I think it'll look good on my car...
    4 points
  39. Christian Horner obviously ordered Perez in for a late tyre change in order to enable him to set the fastest lap and deny Hamilton that extra point. In doing this, he sacrificed at least one point for the Red Bull team in the Constructors Championship. In F1 it's all about the points. I shall laugh if this petulant gesture comes back to bite Horner in the *rse.
    4 points
  40. I used to really like Horner but to be honest since the Vettel days where they won everything, and things got a little harder he really has turned into a bit of a cry baby whinging little muppet. But honestly, remember some of Max's dumb moves and how his constant weaving in the braking zone and other shit, that regularly put other drivers at risk, was just put down to his talent and desire to win? In fact Horner et al went to all sorts of lengths to defend the indefensible. But now, their driver can do no wrong and anyone who fights as hard as Max, but against max, needs to be banned. It's disrespectful to be honest and two faced in the extreme! Hamilton has a long history of being a respectful/fair driver. Does Max? Damn, if I recall Max even said something like he has no respect for the other drivers and doesn't give a shot what they think. Maybe Lewis should adopt that attitude too?
    4 points
  41. Funny when Verstappen was knocking people off track etc it was all OK. As I said, I'm biased but it seems that he doesn't like a taste of his own medicine but he does like to dish it out. Lewis has in several races backed off and given it to Max, but when you're fighting for the championship this is what happens, champions still want to win. Anyway, looking forward to the next one now.
    4 points
  42. Hi: Longtime Porsche owner happy to have a new Evora. I knew the Emira was coming but didn't care. Maybe in a couple of years if they produce a special edition I'll trade my Evora but for now I am very happy to have a somewhat analog, modern car with a great chassis and powertrain.
    4 points
  43. From the UK Government's current website. Online, mail and phone order sales Online, mail and telephone order customers have the right to cancel their order for a limited time even if the goods are not faulty. Sales of this kind are known as ‘distance selling’. You must offer a refund to customers if they’ve told you within 14 days of receiving their goods that they want to cancel. They have another 14 days to return the goods once they’ve told you. You must refund the customer within 14 days of receiving the goods back. They do not have to provide a reason.
    4 points
  44. A 911 is just a reworked Beetle. There, I said it
    4 points
  45. 4 points
  46. With regards to side-by-side comparisons, here's the UK's final dark blue turbocharged Esprit with one of the first (Essex courtesy of @Bazza 907 )
    4 points


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