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  1. 8 points
    In celebration of my upcoming 10th anniversary on the forum, and no posts to my name, I'd like to announce the purchase of my new Elise. Its a Cup 250 thats being put together as I type by the good people at Hethel. Hoping for a March delivery. I've lurked for long enough
  2. 7 points
    It’s not even ran in yet but on Saturday I’m swapping this: For this: The sleepless nights are beginning to kick in and the weekend can’t come quick enough.
  3. 7 points
    Hi guys, I have been a serial Lotus owner for 6 cars, starting off with a 1972 Elan+2S/130, then M100 Elan SE Turbo, two Exige S2s, then a NA 2010 Evora, now back to the Lotus fold with a new Evora GT410 Sport Its a peach! Thx, Mark
  4. 5 points
    Some impressive lists here! And a few cars that do make me wonder why anyone would drive, let alone buy them . My own modest list, in order of being bought, in bold if still owned: 1994 Mercedes C180 'Kitty', not bad as a first car for an 18-year old, lots of good miles, 2 accidents, then got bored of her being just a saloon 2006 Defender TD5 90 'Nessie', bought new, heavily modded and offroaded, went to a Russian swamp for Ladoga Trophy before the warranty even ran out. Sold on when I got an even more capable offroader, but still missed. 1996 Range Rover DT 'Paige', a workhorse, stripped for parts when the (terrible) BMW-engine packed up. 1996 Range Rover 4.6HSE 'Prue', my first V8, despite some problems I still have her. I'm fitting a 5.0 V8 and converting to manual, along with modifications for offroad and travel. She will be reborn as 'Phoenix', just don't ask me when... A favorite of a previous girlfriend, who used her for some years. 1997 Range Rover 4.0SE 'Piper', same as above, but a manual. Converted to a 4.6, modded for offroad and lost when the Workshop burned down . 1998 Range Rover 4.0SE 'Priscilla', bought for spares, but put into use after the fire. Now needs some engine work. 1990 Lotus Esprit Turbo SE 'Eleanor', despite some flaws that took some time to work through, I loved her and it's the car that got me hooked on Lotus. Also lost in the fire. 1975 Stag manual 'Bambi', great car! Lots of happy motoring with hardly any problems, but another sorely missed victim of the fire. From time to time I still go through the classifieds looking for a Stag... 1989 Lotus Esprit Turbo SE 'Emma', my current daily, bought after the fire and probably a better car then her predecessor. High mileage means some TLC needed, but I couldn't be without her and wouldn't now what to replace her with. 1973 Stag automatic 'Blanche', never got to terms with the autobox which meant I also didn't spent the time needed to sort everything. Not helped by the fact I didn't have the workshop at the time. She let us down a couple of times and was traded in for the next on the list: 1983 Lotus Eclat Excel 'Eileen', a nice car, good to drive, but never could get out of the shadow of the Esprit. Plan is to get her into shape and let someone else enjoy her. Also due to buying the next one: 1973 Lotus Elan +2 JPS 'Emily', fell in love with the color scheme and always feel special driving her. Mainly used for classic car runs, unfortunately broke down on my way to Brooklands on newyears day and haven't been able to fix the problem yet. 1999 Range Rover 4.6HSE 'Pauline', bought as a parts car for the build of 'Phoenix'. Because she really is a nice car, and the build isn't progressing, she's now used whenever I need to transport or tow something. Several more Range Rover P38s, bought to strip for parts or sell and not really driven. Looking at the list, there is a clear pattern there. And I seem to have a habit of hoarding instead of selling on... Filip
  5. 5 points
    I recently bought a new Exige 350 and am loving it.. So much more in so much less, and you can drive one around and not feel too flash. People seem to like Lotus cars, they look aggressive but also friendly, (Especially in Vivid green) Add a few mods and you can be keeping up with Ferraris and McLarens in a car that's smaller and nimbler. So much character and feel.
  6. 4 points
    Yep, me too. Hopefully should arrive in April. Very excited
  7. 4 points
    I was pointed to this topic by SilversterZ and had a discussion with AIM about this. As we are a main dealer for AIM I had a discussion with them to find out what's going on and set things straight (if needed) AIM UK (who have been the initiators and coordinators of this product) states there is NO hardware issue. Out of the first batch of units supplied only 1 unit has been faulty. This was swapped FOC to enable to customer to run the car. As they ran out of stock at that point in time, the replacement unit which was sent to this customer was a pre-production unit. As you may image, they don't want any pre-production units in the field, so they told the customer this unit will be swapped for a new one as soon as the new production batch arrives. I've got a personal background in electronic engineering. I do understand some things when I see them happening. The issue raised by SilversterZ seems a screen refresh fault to me. Certainly not hardware as the icons are drawn and controlled by software. In fact, the faults you're seeing are not what you'd normally see when these icons are triggered. They are display faults. I will contact SilvesterZ to get this resolved. The clock issue is something I've not seen before and something which I can't reproduce. Once I've set the clock, it keeps ticking. Also when the power has been removed for a longer period of time. It might be good to talk to AIM and ask them if / what is going wrong. This might be some sort of setup issue. As for the production being stopped, this is not true. When you produce your first batch of products you always have to gamble a little as you never know up front how successful a product will be. In this case, the product is very successful. AIM sold the first batch much faster than they expected which leaves a gap in their planning. Production of these units takes time and unfortunately, they introduced the product just before Christmas last year which meant just before closure of their production facility and closure of their suppliers. Apart from that.. any electronic device which is not a commodity has a leadtime. This can range from six to twelve weeks. Before you're even able to ramp up production you'll have to wait for the components to arrive. This dash isn't a handful of components job... it's a rather complex unit for which a lot of parts need to be sourced, both electronic and mechanic parts. It's not a surprise to have a gap in the deliveries when you sell more and much faster than expected Apart from all that... AIM has a good reputation. They're not walking away from any issues, so if there's anything you experience which you think doesn't work as expected, please feel free to contact them (or your dealer) and ask. They listen and act, which is something I can confirm from personal experience.
  8. 3 points
    The tax on it ran out 2 months ago. Here are a few photos of it from 6 years ago.
  9. 2 points
    Go for it Barry, no major hardship but you know it will turn into a full restoration if you go for it! Ideal time to give it a good going over though even if costly, mind a yellow S4S is definitely worth it! Dave
  10. 2 points
    Its the same or even worse with McLaren, Ferrari & Lamborghini. If anything Lotus are better than the bigger boys who really devastate the values of almost new cars by bringing out something better and cheaper 3 months after their latest offering! Bought a Performate for £250k? Congratulations the Evo has the same power in a more usable package so you have just lost £100k! Bought a McLaren 600LT, well they just released the 600R making that obsolete and worth £80k less. How about a Cayman GT4? Well the GTS with same engine & gearbox is now available for £20k less!
  11. 2 points
    This is natural when you have scored the surfaces from lack of oil , when the oil does flow it will transfer the particles to other journals within the system before washing into the sump and then getting caught in the filter. As i say these are all to be expected in this type of failure, they are not unique to this particular engine fail .. The oil filter will gather them before they recirculate However the damage is done the bearing surface conformity will have been compromised, the clearances will have increased, the oil will not act as a floating cushion for the journals because it will be spewing out of the larger clearance, along with the now rough surface the inevitability of total failure as seen was just amatter of time ..
  12. 2 points
    Just as an aside, I improved my existing back lights by replacing the two single filament brake light bulbs and the two single filament back light bulbs with four dual filament bulbs and holders. I used bulb holders from a Rover 25 I think it was. Really easy upgrade of the back lights with twice the lighting power as they are in different parts of the light lens. Suitable for Esprit's as well.
  13. 2 points
    My wild uninformed guess: it's pooling on the topside of the aero-undertray that seals the underside of the car from air (except for the forward facing gap in the rear that I understand is there to force more cooling air into the engine bay). The water is probably entering through the front grills. If that's true, nothing to be done about it really.
  14. 2 points
    Fantastic news for the staff and us!. Leven Lotus Edinburgh liked a few of my instagram pictures todays so it appears they are back on Grid!
  15. 2 points
    This is Lotuses 72nd year so I suspect the awaiting masses will need to brace themselves for some 72nd anniversary special models dressed in the F1 Lotus 72 colours of red and gold? You would also hope there would be something at Goodwood ‘for the drivers’ , or at least maybe ‘for the dealers’ to help move the current stock and maintain sales through to the ‘new’ product, because without an energised and robust dealer network you’re fubarred, Or maybe we just settle for a new font ?
  16. 2 points
    Hi Derek, I slid the PCB out of the case and visually all of the components look perfect. No sign of heat or damage. The lacquer and all of the soldering is beautiful. Just to recap on the issues; The CEL is on permanently. The ECU won't go into diagnostic mode when pins A + B are linked. I can't get into the ECU with a computer (although, this could be my ALDL lead at fault or my lack of Espritmon skills) The car starts from cold ok but the idle speed is low and needs throttle to keep it running. When warm, the idle is ok at ~1000rpm. The engine runs rich at all times (hot or cold / slow or fast) The car is chuggy and jerky to drive. The spark-plugs are fouled with soot after a drive (probably causing misfire and adding to the rich chugging and jerkiness) Other than that, the car is great Andy.
  17. 2 points
    I wimped out on my original plan of something witty and entertaining for a splash screen, so got the camera out instead.
  18. 1 point
    If you remove the body you could remove the gas tanks...even if to see how much easier (?) it is then! <DUCKS>
  19. 1 point
    Superdudes! And beardy types. I am about to return my Esprit to the roads of Britain and thought I would give you a bit of a heads up, seeing as you're into this type of thing. But, please note; a, this is not a restoration, and, b, I have not done any of the work myself (thankfully for all concerned, including the car). Background - two and a half years ago I decided to buy an S1 and modify it (on the basis that the car in original form could not be considered a daily driver). But, it became clear that to modify an S1 would be a bit like touching up the Mona Lisa, so I decided not to take on the sandal and pipe brigade and settled for an S2. Now, at the time, there were actually more S1's (one) on the market than S2's (none)! The market has changed muchly since then (there are now more S2's (and Sport 350's, weirdly) than bearded middle aged men to drive them!). Luckily, Bibs rode his keyboard to the rescue and I ended up buying a partially restored S2 from Bell and Colvill, which happened to laying low at their super secret workshop in Bristol; namely Tomorrow's Classics. And, there it has remained for the past two and a half years, being stripped and poked and hammered and bolted. And sworn at. The intent - To create a 'G' Esprit that can be used everyday, with absolute priority going to safety and reliability, without fundamentally altering the look. The work - the list of work completed on the car is, not unusually, quite extensive. So, please take all the elements of a standard 'body off' 'nut-and-bolt' restoration as read, including upgrading where practicable. In sum, the major work has included: Mechanical: Refurbished, powder-coated chassis Refurbished and upgraded engine to high compression 2.2 litre fuel injection system and stainless steel exhaust Upgraded suspension system, lowered and adjusted for larger wheels Upgraded brakes Upgraded gearbox and clutch with new gear linkages, lightweight flywheel, clutchplate etc Refurbished steering rack Upgraded cooling system with alloy radiator, triple fans, water pump, stainless steel pipes etc Added oil cooling system Replaced HV unit with integrated, compact HV+AC system (compressor, condenser, evaporator etc) Replaced windscreen wiper motor, arm and blade with uprated version Replaced fuel tanks with baffled versions, increase tank-to-tank flow, fuel pump etc Interior: Re-sighted/replaced 2 air vents with 2 circular vents (to side window positions) Added control panel to binnacle for HV+AC Added sound proofing / insulation (dynamat and dynaliner and lots of it) Replaced seat belts (change belt colour to tan) Replaced interior marcasite trim with brown alcantara Added S1 style central chrome ashtray (central arm rest 'de-ribbed') Painted new binnacle facia satin black, upgraded gauges, replaced switchgear and warning lights Bodywork: Replaced fuel filler caps with locking versions (S3 style) and painted body colour Removed original aerial and painted hole in bodywork Replaced wheels with Woolfrace styled highly polished, wider replica 17” special build wheels Painted engine cover and hatch gold Replaced front and rear screens with 'special build' versions Electrical: Upgraded electrical system with high capacity battery, alternator and wiring etc Added reversing camera and 2 reversing sensors (flush into the rear bumper) Replaced speakers, relocated to rear bulkhead and added tweeters to A pillars Replaced stereo with double din Apple Car Play mechless system (Sony XAV-AX100), including phone preparation, integrated radio aerial and USB power socket to glove box Added central locking / remote boot release / alarm and immobiliser Replaced all bulbs everywhere with LEDs Added LED DRLs to front air intake (in front of grille) Added side indicators Added high rear LED brake light Replaced headlights with bi-xenon There's still a little of this list left to be completed, but the car is on the home straight, with just the electrical installation, ECU programming and road testing to be completed. The workers - as I have said, not me. Tomorrow's Classics, based just north of Bristol have completed the work (both before and after change of ownership), and I can not praise them highly enough. Nick, Rory, Steve, James (their leccie superdude) and Keith (on upholstery) have done a superb job and come highly recommended. But don't take my word for it, Bell and Colvill use them for their restorations and currently there are (I think) seven Esprits in the shop being worked on. Can't praise Nick and his team enough. They've been fantastic to work with on this project. And it's not been quick, or easy (apparently fitting air con to a non air con Esprit is a bit of a job - who knew?). The engine, incidentally, is an 'everything on the menu, please' LotusBits rebuild. You name it, LotusBits threw it in. The money - I'm all at sea about whether to reveal the cost, suffice to say, it's 6 figures and a whole lot more than any S2 is worth, or is likely to be worth anytime soon. But, that isn't the issue for me - it's my car, for me. So, in five weeks time (as I am away until early August), the car will be ready for the road, and I am superly turbo excited. I attach a montage of pictures from throughout the build (because pictures, right?) and would appreciate your thoughts (noting that it's too late to change anything, and I wouldn't anyway). Awe. Some.
  20. 1 point
    I have to admit in the flesh the evora silver and carbon bits set this car off better than a black car probably does.
  21. 1 point
    Welcome to the forum Wow you had some nice ones there for sure. Your 410 does look amazing! buddsy
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  23. 1 point
    @Lotusfab just remember it could be worse - it could be a V8 .....
  24. 1 point
    Agreed, that is why McLaren steering feels so good, still hydraulic. Most drivers do not want 'information over-load' from the steering. Steering appears to be way down the list for most drivers. For me, it is near the top. That is why I love the Renault Twingo 133; sublime 5th wheel. Justin
  25. 1 point
    Congratulations Terry. Guess you’ll not need that passenger ride now I’ll maybe get a spot next to you at a Scottish meet.
  26. 1 point
    You will be popular in Europe with an Evora. Very few are seen out in the wild, so it gets lots of turning-heads and photo-snaps. The rear seats are fab for luggage and you cannot see it in the back from outside the car, so it is quite safe to leave parked with the luggage in. Don't forget spare bulb kit (just take some generic bulbs, as you cannot change them in the Evora), Hi-Viz jackets for each person, GB Euro sticker for the number plates, warning triangle. First Aid kit and breathalyser are advisory not compulsory. And copy of your insurance, V5 and MOT. You will need international driving licence and green card for insurance after 31 Jan 2020. I sadly only made 149mph on the 'Bahns. I hope you do better, if that is your thang. Justin
  27. 1 point
    I would have done but Ive already cleaned it! It just looked like a darl grey sludge. Maybe graphongen mixed in from the rebuild. And this was after the rebuild. My gut tell me blasting media and metal in there. Heres the Oil analysis as promised.They told me the Boron is probably due to oil additives. So no concerns from this report. Have to remember though where the sample came from and it only detects small particles.
  28. 1 point
    I’m intending to set off early and get there first thing as it’s around 4 hours each way. Feel free to work through the night on Friday to get her up to scratch
  29. 1 point
    Hi Mark Good luck with the search. I was searching for about 1 year before I found and bought mine, I hope it doesn't take you as long as it did me. I was quite picky, for me it is a lot of money to spend, so I wanted the right one. I actually viewed 8 cars and test drove most of them before finding and buying mine. It's a 2010 Evora NA manual, similar to what you are looking for. Mine is in Aspen white which wasn't my favourite colour but it has grown on me and with a couple of cosmetic tweaks that the previous owner did, it looks charismatic. Evoras are not common cars so if you can't find your favourite colour don't let it put you off an otherwise excellent car. If you are viewing several cars then it will pay to make notes as it will make comparisons easier to recall, especially if there are time gaps between viewings. Things to consider are obviously the condition of the bodywork and paint, the wheels and the interior. On some cars the leather on the dash had been allowed to shrink and split where it is stitched together. Mudflaps fitted with original fixings are probably going to flap about. If it has got PPF, is there an area where the PPF is missing and why? Are there damp areas inside? It will need fettling to prevent water getting in. The mechanicals - The engine is good and it should sound good with no untoward noises. Is the clutch in good condition? Some say it will need replacing after 40,000 miles while others make it last a lot longer. Is the gear change precise or sloppy? Have the gear change linkage cables been replaced? I believe all Evoras (and other sports cars) have a transmission whine from the gearbox at low engine speeds but it should not be excessive. Check all other mechanicals like steering, brakes and suspension are OK, as you would on any other car. Gearbox - Plenty has been said about the long box or close ratio box and its issues, you should search for these discussions and chose why you might want one over the other, or you may not be that fussy. Mines the long box and I'm happy with it. The test drive - You probably won't get to test the Evora's limits on public roads but you should get a flavour. If it doesn't leave you impressed then it's probably not the right car. A couple of the cars I tested felt slightly jittery. Power delivery should be good. Listen for sounds from the mechanicals. Its a 10 year old car that is hand built and made of fibre glass so there may be some creaks and rattles. The packs - Sport pack, Tech pack, Premium pack, you pay your money and you make your choice. Mine has Sport and Tech. Check all the tech stuff is working OK. My stereo unit had been replaced by the previous owner. The original stereo unit is not flavour of the month but it can be replaced, it's not a deal breaker. Provenance - Is the service history good and genuine? Is the documentation good and genuine? Is the MOT history good? (check online). Is the previous owner history good? The deal - That is down to you. When you get the right Evora you will definitely be impressed with it. Good luck. Oh.. by the way, do you have a grandma that doesn't know how to suck eggs?
  30. 1 point
    The answer I gave was the company's stance in terms of their engine development programme but things like removing the possible claims under warranty etc will have been additional benefits.
  31. 1 point
    It seems that the consensus is that tobacco is brown and brown is brown then. There is a lot of myth and mystique around these early cars, if this conversation has dispelled one of those myths then I think that is a good thing! Thanks all.
  32. 1 point
    I got the feeling from Isabelle that there would be more communication from the factory in the future, and although we were not looking at purchasing another Lotus besides the 430, a little Elise is now on the cards
  33. 1 point
    There’s plenty of images and pics about just like that. It’s either oil starvation or contamination. There’s really not a lot else it can be other than excessive play. This weblink shows some images and gives some explanation
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  35. 1 point
    Well it all subjective. I think the Ford GT was a poor pretender. And most of the recent modern offerings from manufactures look over designed. And I'm a Designer by profession for 30 years. But I'm guessing you're a youngster and entitled to your opinion.
  36. 1 point
    I’ve owned two Lotus - one nearly new the other new. I haven’t received marketing material or satisfaction surveys etc. It’s an area that can be improved with little spend.
  37. 1 point
    I’ve been a Lotus customer many, many times since the late 1960’s but I’ve never once received any marketing communication from them. Mercedes, on the other hand....................
  38. 1 point
    OOH, that looks tasty! I recently enjoyed this in the Workshop:
  39. 1 point
    Hi Lex - currently SORN’d as stated above but MOT’d and back on the road again in the Spring
  40. 1 point
    Huge amount of bullshit and misinformation on this thread with regards to the UK position. Contrary to what many on here think smart meters were not the "choice" of the retailers. Way back in the noughties the wonders that are the EU 'crats passed EU legislation that REQUIRED the Governments of the 28 member nations to commence a programme to install smart meters in EVERY home by 2020 as part of Europes commitment to reduce global warming. No common standards for meters. No common standards for comms. Etc. This EU legislation was written into UK law by the labour government of the time and through OFGEM, the regulator, it was made a part of the UK supply licence obligations. So in reality the retailers need to put you onto a smart meter or they get heavily find by Ofgem. So first off, stop blaming your utility! The fiasco and shit storm is of political making, not profit making. Secondly, the retailers only get basic meter reads. Anything else they want they need to pay the DCC (the company that runs the networks for the smart meters) for. Thirdly. They HAVE TO ask you and encourage you to get a smart meter, and they need to prove they have done this. Or, they get fined by the regulator. Fourthly, the main benefit of a proper working smart meter is that we, the UK, can better control and smooth the peaks and troughs of demand to reduce energy costs as a smart meter will allow Time of Use tarrifs to encourage some people to shift consumption to lower demand (cheaper) time bands. The main beneficiary of better demand management is National Grid and the regional transmission and distribution companies who can provide a more resilient and smoothed energy flow. So again, it is not about Retailers! They are the tail, not the dog. Hopefully with this basic understanding of YOUR energy industry we can have a more informed discussion. I started off my first smart meter project in 2005. The whole fiasco has been a disaster. Hugely expensive. Loads of missed opportunities. All caused by political interference, a poor regulatory strategy and the utility industries infighting and positioning. The cost of this mess has been continues to be, passed on to all energy customers through your bills.
  41. 1 point
    Hi All, Saw three Lotus's at Dunkeswell Re:Fuel meeting Sunday, unfortunately they were all heading for the exit so unable to have a chat. If any of you saw me in the orange Elise 220 Sport , it would be nice to meet up if you're local to the area.
  42. 1 point
    Thanks, I'll be in touch next month before the next Re:Fuel meeting.
  43. 1 point
    The antenna is just a piece of co-ax hidden up behind the passenger side a pillar cover, it's really not ideal. We had a lot of threads back in the day about radio reception and the solution most went for is an updated head unit (the Alpine/Blackbird is dire!) and a DAB splitter on the co-ax aerial. That's what I've done.
  44. 1 point
    If he did, I think that @Kimbers still owns the car.
  45. 1 point
    Absolutely amazing job, love this car
  46. 1 point
    Was going to stop for a quick bounce but didn’t have time.
  47. 1 point
    great work - funny if the model is out of metal and the "big" one out of plastic - normally its the opposite ....;-) (as the original model came in light blue I had to paint the rims only on mine...:)
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    Be careful with theories - many folks have had those. In practice and the cold hard reality of the real world - they are often using a dust pan and brush to collect rods and pistons off the road
  50. 1 point
    Sorry they are not the best pictures but here is mine, #1035.

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