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  1. https://www.thelotusforums.com/latest-news/lotus-cars-news/tlf-passes-1m-annual-visits-lotus-cars-recognise-significant-milestone/ Super chuffed!
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  2. Today represents a milestone which we never thought we would see back in Nov 2016. It is 5 years to the day since I was diagnosed with incurable stage 4 lung cancer and 3 years, almost to the day, since I was informed that the cancer had spread to the brain, resulting in me having to surrender my driving licence for a 2 year period, subsequently reduced to 1 year. Unfortunately I was informed of the reduction to 1 year the week after I sold my beloved Evora, I just couldn’t face seeing it in the garage and not being able to drive it for 2 years. (Blasted DVLA!😠) The cancer is a very rare form, caused by a mutant gene, (I am a lifetime non smoker) and whilst incurable is treated by drugs which, having initially reduced the size of tumours, is now keeping the cancer stable and so far I am in the fortunate position of remaining reasonably symptom free. I have to give vast amounts of credit to the NHS and, in particular, the oncology team at Ipswich hospital for the impeccable support they have provided in arranging for quarterly scans, (which never changed during the height of the pandemic), gaining access to the drugs for how they have handled the situation over the past 5 years. As my GP keeps saying to me, “forget all the minor adverse stuff, at least you are still here” Long may it continue 🤞🙏
    18 points
  3. I was just about to climb back in my car after filling up with Shell’s finest go-juice yesterday, when a young teenage lad on a BMX skidded to a halt on the other side of the car. He just stared at the car open mouthed and finally said I’ve never seen one of these on the road before. I started by telling him it is a Lotus when he stopped me by saying yes, I know, I’d love a Lotus one day. He then went on to say he wishes he could have shaken Colin Chapmans hand! I was taken aback that such a young lad would even know who Chapman was and the only thing I could think to say was, yes, so do I. He wanted to look around the car, so I showed him everything and told him all about the specs. I could see he was longing to sit in it, but didn’t like to ask. He looked clean 😆 so of course I let him jump behind the wheel and the look of shear joy on his face as he gently stroked various surfaces was great to watch. Seems there is hope for the younger generation after all! 👌😁
    18 points
  4. I ran across a deal earlier this year that I couldn't pass up. I've liked Esprits ever since I was a kid, but never really expected to own one (or two). But I always keep an eye out for interesting project cars so I went to check out a cheap 1978 Elite from Craigslist in West Virginia. I passed on the Elite, but in the garage they had a black S1 Esprit with the engine removed and a pile of parts that supposedly used to be a white S1. It took me three or four trips with my trailer to get everything back to my shop, but with the direction prices on old sports cars have been going, I thought this might be my last chance to make something like this happen. The previous owner was a member of this board who passed away about 10 years ago and left a lot of unfinished projects. Everything had been sitting untouched since then, until the family started selling off the cars recently. The black car is #278H. Before coming to this side of the country it was a California car where some unfortunate cosmetic choices were made. An S2 splitter was grafted onto the front end, along with side skirts, intake ears, and a louvered rear hatch. I could live with the rest, but the splitter is cracked and falling apart, so I hope it will be possible to restore a proper S1 nose at least. The interior is pretty good, I'm guessing it was redone at the time of the body "upgrades." The drivetrain is where I'll need some guidance from the brain trust here. The previous owner apparently had the idea of putting a turbo motor in the car and a complete '84 turbo motor was included with the car. This does not look like a drop in project to me, and I'm unwilling to modify the shell or chassis, assuming it would even be possible. From browsing the owner's old posts here, he might have abandoned that idea and was in the process of rebuilding the stock 907 with a later HC head, 2.2 crank, overbore pistons, etc. I have all these parts as well. I can put together an engine, but I have never touched a Lotus before. This part of the project will be challenging. The (formerly) white car is #545H. Looks like it might have been one of the last S1s sent to the US? It was a basketcase with restoration work started and stopped over several owners for at least the last 25 years. Also found previous posts from a hopeful new owner here. With luck, I'll get farther than they did. It does appear to be very nearly complete, including a good set of Wolfrace wheels and a new windscreen. It also came with a complete engine, though I don't think it actually came from this car. My initial thought is to put this engine in the black car to get it going while I sort out the situation with the other engines. I'm sure it will be years before 545H is roadworthy. Pictures of what is probably a huge mistake They don't roll well without a gearbox to hold up the suspension. Enough to get it out of the trailer and into the garage though. Paint is in fairly good condition. Suspect it might have been resprayed when the bodywork was added. This atrocity has got to go. Interior isn't bad. Not sure about the new steering wheel, but it's there now. Original is on the passenger seat. The turbo motor and a stock 907 with Dellortos, and my helper. 545H: Someday these two will be together again. The disassembled hot rod 907 motor. He obviously spent a lot of time on everything. I hope I can finish his work. So many Lotus parts... Looking forward to being a member of the Lotus community. I'm located in northeast Ohio. I'll have many questions for the experts here as I get deeper into the project this winter, but for now, what the heck is a Series 1 owner supposed to do with a turbo 910 motor? Maybe I need to buy another Esprit to put it in...
    15 points
  5. Greatings from Istanbul
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  6. Last UK build Exige 420 Sport Final Edition. My purchase.
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  7. I thought I would show the work Elliott our in-house detail had done on Barrie's car. If your up at the NEC this weekend have a look at the results and the depth of shine we got using a double layer of Beading Marvellous. Thank You Barrie great to see such a beautiful car.
    12 points
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  9. Hi All, Just a quick hello to introduce as I've recently joined the Lotus fraternity finally becoming an Esprit owner! It's literally a boyhood dream come true as its always been my favourite sports car. I feel very lucky and privileged to join an elite club and look forward to asking lots of questions on the forum.🙂 Krgds, Nu
    11 points
  10. A few shots from me from our session at Lotus Silverstone. 👍
    11 points
  11. Pic from the NEC by Ian Barsby.
    11 points
  12. More sun & spray tan needed 😉
    11 points
  13. Still shot from video project I am making
    11 points
  14. Sorry for the delay, here is a pic!😊
    11 points
  15. Leaving today's Tartan Tarmac breakfast meet at a very soggy Larkhall Karting Circuit (photo courtesy of TT's 'resident' snapper Colin Bashford).
    11 points
  16. Config deposit paid yesterday. Lots of chin rubbing but in hindsight had decided everything in the first five mins. This is me: V6 Manual, Seneca Blue, Black Pack, Black Wheels, Red Callipers, Sport Suspension with Goodyears, Black Alcantara w Red stitch, Alcantara steering wheel (hopefully with red stitch), Privacy Glass delete, tracker. I’ll be looking to change to black/silver badges too, but no rush. These are my last two cars, so you can see how I’ve got no imagination!
    11 points
  17. I agree wholeheartedly. My wife runs a Mercedes SLK which to many folk has the appearance of a sports car. I can assure them it most definitely is not. The steering is slow witted, handling very poor and the brakes aren’t great either. It goes well in a straight line, but sports car it most certainly ain’t. When she first bought it, I joined an SLK specialist forum just to learn a bit more about the car. It was an American forum as it happens and I particularly recall one thread where they were all discussing what a great sports car they are and how theirs would have the beating of anything on the roads! 🤷‍♂️ I was feeling in a mischievous mood and, if I’m honest, probably had a few glasses of something, so immediately tore into the thread making fun of their assertion at what a great sports car the SLK is. Naturally enough I told them how the car couldn’t hold a candle to proper sports cars like Lotus etc etc including the reasons why. Funnily enough they took exception to that and banned me for life! 😂🤣
    11 points
  18. Some more pics. If you do come along remember vote Lotus in the pride of ownership. Vote by using the QR code on the stand or using the Lancaster mag when you arrive. Heres so pics from the show. I was very pleased to chat to Harry from Harrys garage and in particular discuss his trip in the HC to Cortina!
    10 points
  19. The gearbox is complete and ready to ship. Time to decide on either paddle or conventional shift lever.
    10 points
  20. Full ceramic coating today by Highland Polishing in Inverness.
    10 points
  21. I thought it was time to show the Elan Plus Two, after 32 years of on-off restoration. Those who were at the Little Easton Manor breakfast meeting would have seen it. I'm very grateful to everyone at Spydercars, without their help, the car would never have been finished, ( if classic Lotus is ever truly finished). The look of the car is as close as possible the original JPS colours and keeping the classic Lotus twin cam. Some internal changes make the car a bit more modern i,e Fuel injection, Leather interior, MX5 heated seats. uprated radiator, Zetec bigger fuel tank. Tony
    9 points
  22. And a little video of a planned larger project:
    9 points
  23. I've gone for a ballsy spec, which I've fancied from day 1 when the configurator went live. I reckon I'll hold my nerve and lock in the spec...roll on next April!
    9 points
  24. In some ways I’m almost glad I won’t be around once true drivers cars are no longer available. I guess as our roads become ever more congested and the surfaces poorly maintained, drivers cars per se will become anathema to most people. I’m glad to have had the opportunity to enjoy some of the best fun cars around since I started driving back in the ‘60’s and think I’ve lived through a golden era of proper driving just for the pure joy it brings. You can still find some roads where you can do this, even in the U.K., but for the most part I think those days are gone. I still enjoy driving in France and Spain and there are some epic roads to be found, especially in the mountains. I think it’s interesting how electric cars are developing, with most manufacturers emphasising just how quick the cars are from 0-60. I can only assume this is to make potential owners think they are still producing cars for the driver. With the possible exception of cars like the Evija and Rimac etc, I’m afraid they are not. I’ve driven a Tesla S and the Polestar 2 in recent times and apart from the electrifying (pun intended😁) acceleration, my god they are deadly dull and soulless. But, hey, I guess that’s what young drivers today are being conditioned to accept. They can still boast bhp and acceleration figures down the pub whilst believing they are doing their bit for the climate. So, dragging this thread back on topic, I’m definitely remaining very smug about the abilities of my Lotus and which, mostly, attracts admiring glances from all those who see it! 😁 I will be keeping a Lotus around me for as long as I’m able to make that decision for myself. 👌
    9 points
  25. Very special day for me, it took long time and weather was hoooooorible for the first drive, but I just can't stop smiling. At dealership they made the experience really nice and I can't thank them enough for me. They also helped with getting the car on tow truck, which would be scary as hell for me as I haven't ever driven an Exige or ever seen one in my life prior to today. I've been vocal on these forums about being worried about my color choice, I don't have any regrets now, I've seen Daytona Blue and Vivid Green there - I like them, but I love the yellow! Stuff that surprised me: - It's a lot easier to get in and out than I thought it will be (I'm in my early 30s however ) - Seats are quite hard and wheel is noticable off-center - TFT screen is tiny.. it's big enough, just I didn't expect it. - The shifter click in soooo satisfying - Car feels very quick (not really a surprise) - Car is less spartan than I thought, it's quite a pleasant ride when you don't want a thrill. Even my gf said that - The cold-start roar!
    8 points
  26. 8 points
  27. Saw a news report at the weekend, fat middle aged woman (comment only relevant as being over weight makes you more at risk) - was an anti-vaxxer, would not have the jabs, so gets covid, is hospitalised, put in a coma for 2 months, has 8 heart attacks, now she says she wished she had had the vaccine! No bloody shit Sherlock. Really? So you had to die nearly die 8 times before you thought it might be a good idea? To be honest, I think we need to bring in "Darwins" law and if you want to refuse the NHS's help and the jab, then fook you, you're on your own and don't bother calling us if you get COVID. Heartless you may think I am, but I don't give a shit as the anti-vaxxers are not just putting their own lives at risk, but everyone's that they come in to contact with. A bunch of fookwit muppets if you ask my opinion.... I booked my flu jab and went in Friday night at 1830 to get it (funny, how the only appointments available for two weeks were the prime drinking times starting at 1830 on a Friday! Whilst I was there, the Doc asked when my Booster was due, i said 2 weeks and the system had not let me book it, so it booked me there and then and I got both done. No side effects, not even a sore arm (I told the nurse I'd give her a prize if she could get the 2nd jab in the hole for the first one!), and have felt great since. No jean manipulation either, they're still too tight after lockdown!
    8 points
  28. Celebration day... my Exige has just arrived to the dealer. One more week to go 😃
    8 points
  29. Lewis was in front and had earned the corner. Max had no intention of "giving up" or of making the corner that is now obvious. Compare the position to the cars to Silverstone where Lewis was fully alongside Max and go back and look at what the Stewards and Horner had to say given that Lewis was, that time, on the inside. Look at the "noise" re how Lewis was at fault as he was never going to make the Apex? Lewis missed it by 6 inches or so, Max missed it by 10 foot and more! I really do think when Horner looks in a mirror he must wince. Compare and contrast with what they are saying now. The only reason they did not collide and have a huge shunt is that unlike Max, Lewis knew what was coming, was ready for it, and reacted defensively. If he had done as Max at Silverstone, then they both would likely be in hospital. That type of driving from Max might wash in the BTCC or Banger Racing, but it is not what I expect to see of the best of the best in the fastest cars on the fastest tracks. Like Max, I don't care what anyone says but that was, in my humble point of view, a blatant, deliberate, calculated move by Max to "take out" a competitor with an illegal move. The "hard racing" takes place within the limits of the track, NOT OUTSIDE THEM. This is a well known "rule" that is often enforced by the Stewards and we hear repeated often. When you look at the speed involved (remember what Horner said re Silverstone and speed a major consideration) and just how wide Max went, and forced Lewis even wider, then it seems to be pretty indefensible for the Stewards to have decided that no investigation was necessary given that Max had essentially lost the position, regained it in a reckless manner, and then gained a lasting advantage (yes, he was subsequently over taken by Hamilton but he should have, before then, been forced to give the position back even if no other penalty was given). Plenty of other drivers have received a 5 second penalty or more for a less aggressive and dangerous move than that. I do think that the FIA really does need to haul the asses of the Stewards over the coals for this one and Max needs to be given a stiff talking to and a retrospective 5 second penalty at the least. There is no defence from this new video, it is blatantly clear that Max never had any intention to make that Apex / corner. The guy will end up as the WDC, but he has no respect for anyone, and deserves none from anyone.
    8 points
  30. Just back from a great 4 days at the NEC. The Essex was in absolute tip top condition after the ValetPro guys worked their magic on it. If you've ever seen it and thought it looked shiny you should really see it now. Many thanks to all who came over to say hello on the Club Lotus stand, lovely to catch up with so many people. Fabian's cars look brilliant. Just one from me
    8 points
  31. What a fantastic weekend we have just witnessed for F1 and in for particular for Lewis Hamilton, yes he his not everyone’s favourite for what ever reason usually the wrong one. What he achieved this weekend was a true masterclass in driving ability. One of the most epic comebacks you will ever witness.
    8 points
  32. Evora SR at Munchen MotorWorld - a free to enter display of nice kit. It appears to be a service center for low volume manufacturers. McLaren service based here. Justin
    8 points
  33. There is another way to look at things: life is too short to drive boring cars. Which is why I've been using an Esprit as a daily driver for about 6 years now. For the busy commute to work, the boring shopping trip as well as roadtrips and classic car runs and even as a mobile workshop when working on other cars on location. Including in winter, until the snow reaches the front splitter 🙂 . I don't have the feeling the novelty is wearing off. Of course not every drive is fun, but it's hard not to smile when walking up to a Lotus with the key in your hand and in every journey a highlight can be found. Be it a thumbs up from another driver, a series of nice flowing curves or just the sound of the engine when you set of from traffic lights. 😎 I'm the first to admit the Esprit does require some compromise. The Emira should do a lot better and will offer far more creature comforts for those who want that kinda thing. It should make for a great daily driver, and a shame to keep it locked up and only rarely enjoyed. I do agree it's nice to be able to swap cars, as that helps to enjoy them all the more. Filip
    8 points
  34. I went for the more coordinated look:
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  35. Unwrapped the tanks this morning to take a better look at them and I'm really, really impressed with them. RH tank LH tank You were right about the quality of them @Chillidoggy, the fabrication and welding in particular is exquisite. There is a small part of me that wants to put a window in the side of the car to show them off 😆 Given the tanks felt significantly lighter than the OE items I decided to do a quick crude weigh in with my bathroom scales to see what the difference really was. OE RH Tank - 10.5kg OE LH tank - 10.0kg The new tanks on their own were too light to get a reading from my scales, so I had to weigh them together. The two together weigh 9kg, less than the lightest of the original tanks on its own. I think Mr Chapman would approve The actual weight comparison is shown below for those that are interested. OE steel tank Axminster alloy tank RH Tank 10.5kg 4.7kg LH Tank 10.0kg 4.3kg
    8 points
  36. Paid the next deposit today. sticking with v6 manual at present with Sports Suspension. Close call between red and green and unlikely to fully commit until I have seen an actual full car in the colour. Would also like to drive v6 and i4 to compare before finally committing, but happy to continue the place in the queue for now as nothing really to lose.
    8 points
  37. As promised. The “cars” parked on the grass outside Hethel HQ. It was overcast (usual British weather). I have more photos and from different angles so if anyone has any specific requests let me know. And a big thanks to Scott and the entire Lotus team for an informative and enjoyable session.
    8 points
  38. So I hit, for me personally, a very important financial and work milestone today that means despite what happens at work I can, if I choose to, retire at the end of January 2022 at the grand old age of 55! I've been working and paying my way (taxes) for 39 years, so 40 years by the time I am 55, so it's been a long time coming. It's lifted a huge pressure of my shoulders as I now know that if work decided to kick me out, then I have three months notice (which would take me to my 55th birthday) and enough in the tank to not have to worry about paying the bills. That's a massive reduction in stress so who knows, I may now rant a lot less and be less of a grumpy bugger! (but where would the fun be in that?) Got a nice bottle of French red breathing to celebrate (even after Brexit I knew I'd still be able to get my beloved French reds....) and to cap it all, my nice new Black and Gold British, non EU, passport arrived this morning.... So as of now, I shift from working because I need to, I must do. To, working because I'm enjoying it. Anyone pisses me off too much, I can just say "thanks and bye". The only other time I felt like such a weight being lifted off me (well, apart from the "crushing" fetish nights ) was when I finally managed to pay my mortgage off 6 years ago - an event that allowed me to buy my first, beloved, Lotus! So, probably should have posted this in the "what made me happy thread". But maybe I'll post in there later on, about the French red I celebrated with This year I've been buying some tools in preparation for the retirement - so far that includes a belt sander, a bench saw, a mitre saw, a drill press, bench grinder, an impact wrench, a 6 ton log splitter, a nice vice, a router and quite a few other bits and bobs. I've used these to experiment and make "cabinets" on wheels for my mitre saw (which folds away for a clean top), my bench saw with integrated guides, my drill press, and bench grinder, etc. They all clip together too, all at the same height to form a "block" or line of cabinets that I can wheel around the garage, or join together for a nice flat bench etc. I've also been making my own French Cleat system too, and am just starting to make the attachments for drill bits, screw bits, tools, storage etc. One thing I won't be, when i do actually retire, is bored!
    8 points
  39. Hi Trev, The SWLC engines are typically offered on an exchange basis, meaning engine swap. The 918 engine is not a fragile engine ! The liner sealand issue is unlikely to be a problem on any current running engine. It was only relevant to the early produced engines and could be triggered by an overheating event. The majority of other issues can be associated to either poor maintenance, use of poor aftermarket parts, poorly rebuilt or ill advised tuning options. The 918 is an interference engine and is not designed with indexed half-speed idlers or cam pulleys. These are held in place through bolt clamp forces. If insufficient clamp is applied, the engine can fall out of timing and result in damage. You do see quite a few failures as a result of oil pressure issues, either from the PRV or blocked galleries as a result of too much sealant being used. Those kind of failures would kill any engine. Being turbocharged (but not chargecooled in standard form), greater power can be released with a simple increase in boost pressure. As the engine components are selected for the designed output, it is easy to overwhelm the cast pistons, BE shells and cooling system. As the engine is not chargecooled, the 918 puts a massive amount of heat into the oil. There are twin oil coolers, but it is natural that higher inlet temps will result in higher oil temperature. I build upgraded 918s, but being based in Germany means that there would be some additional cost associated because of Brexit. You can go crazy with the specification, but typical options are engine chargecooling, hybrid turbochargers, ductile iron liners, upgraded BE shells, forged rods and forged pistons. In any case, I am happy to provide remove support or answer any other V8 questions that you have.
    8 points
  40. I've been building models since the 70's. These days they have to be big, cos my eyes aren't as good as they use to be. Plus I like taking night shots when i go camping. Millennium Falcon - Complete (90cm) Bismarck - In Work (130cm)
    8 points
  41. Just watched the sprint and normal race on catch up last night. Woweee! What a cracking weekend. New engine or not that was an incredible drive by Hamilton in both races, it was incredible to watch. Merc have to be quite a bit miffed at getting a penalty for their rear wing when others have been allowed to fix their infringements and also the decision on the overtake attempt at turn 4 lots of things not going in their favour that weekend. I agree with David Coulthard that we need to see more hard racing like this and not go too the stewards all the time but you also have to change the rules to allow this. In my opinion Max purposely failed to make the corner to prevent Lewis from overtaking which as far as I understand is not correct according to the rules we have today. Next few races are going to be tight, fingers crossed that the engine in Lewis's car holds out and keeps producing good power and take Lewis to that 8th title. I don't mind if Max wins the next one after that.
    7 points
  42. What a great [email protected]! Something I can relate to as well with my experience of mates having a test drive in my car. I'm always banging on about how most cars don't have any character to them anymore and my mates don't really understand what I'm on about. Sure these cars go fast, some go fast in a straight line some go fast round bends but there is always something missing from the equation. Then you jump into an Evora and it be might slower than the other cars but it just puts a smile on your face and you get a real sense of emotion and drama from it. Something that the other cars can't offer, even the ones that go round the bends quicker than the Evora. I drive my car for pleasure not lap times (event when I'm on the track) so for me the sign of a good car is one that puts a smile on my face and stirs up emotion rather than a car than gets me round a lap quicker. My mates get in for a ride and almost instantly they suddenly... "get it"! A few times even from the passenger seat they can feel there is something different about a Lotus compared to other cars but certainly when they take it for a quick spin and hold the steering wheel. I find it funny that petrol heads or car nuts are buying cars that give little feedback or emotion with so much popularity that car makers keeping giving them more of the same. And then when these same car nuts do drive a car that lights up the synapses start praising it like it was the best thing ever!
    7 points
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