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  1. It's not a hard decision to make, they should say back to masks now. It's not a major inconvenience and is effective.
    9 points
  2. 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
  3. 8 points
  4. Nothing ever unintentionally leaks out of Wuhan, does it? ๐Ÿ˜„
    8 points
  5. Christmas came early. I had a extremely welcome visit from Andrรค to deliver the finished set of final carbon arches for the project. These are wonderfully crafted and I`m thrilled to be in the position to start with fitting those to the body in the coming days. Whilst Andrรค was here, we had the delivery of the gearbox from X-Shift. Really looking forward to tackling the challenges of fitting this and the carbon clutch pack.
    7 points
  6. Quite right. So nauseating. Just to clarify, is Shmee so rich and self-important that he now employs hangers-on to drive his cars and do his videos for him? They all need a good shmash in the face. Shmankers.
    7 points
  7. Love letter from Kristen Lee in the US too... https://www.thedrive.com/new-cars/42725/2021-lotus-evora-gt-review-farewell-to-the-perfectly-imperfect-sports-car
    7 points
  8. 7 points
  9. After progressive material removal and re-measuring inside in the warm. Good result - max. variation afterward 0.05g. Interesting comparison to Stock - the CP forged pistons are less than 1g heavier than the stock, but their gudgeon pins are 5g heavier. Still very close to OEM weight for a superior piston.
    6 points
  10. The Silverstone GT430, Quick Update for all interested tlf members. One very happy owner, after quite some deliberation traded my Orange 350 sport for it, ended up with a deal that I thought was pretty good!!!! They sold the 350 pretty quickly as well. So far have covered just enough miles to get to start to get to know it, very impressive, but also very different to the Exige, wish I could have kept both. Well the trusty Elan Sprint has company once more, couln't live with just one Lotus for long. Hope to get out more next year and meet up with other 430 owners. Best wishes to all, Keep safe
    5 points
  11. Found these pics apparently relating to the show yesterday..https://inf.news/en/auto/dc6ee5f1316dd554d781bf657a20fae3.html In addition to Lotus's fuel-sweetheart Emira's debut in mainland China, Lotus's first ultra-high-end pure electric smart SUV, codenamed "Type132", became another highlight at the press conference. Feng Qingfeng, CEO of Lotus Group, personally released Type132's warm-up video, and announced that it will launch Type132's private tasting program in seven major cities in the world, including Guangzhou, Shanghai, and London, and invite elites from various fields around the world to take the lead Experience the elegance of Type132.
    5 points
  12. @BibsI managed to get a chance to take some photos for the forum. @[email protected] for the LEGS recommendation which I have now signed up to also. The car runs great, only question at the moment is the fuel gauge seems to have a mind of its own! Enjoy the pics.
    5 points
  13. To me, this picture from the article above, is as good as any at showcasing just what a stylish car the Evora really is. I really do think the Evora will continue to age gracefully, almost as good as the Ferrari 308/328 continues to just be beautiful.
    5 points
  14. Matching piston, gudgeon pin and retaining clips. Biggest difference out of the box is just under 2g. Trying to get under 0.05g difference. Success for piston 1.... only another 6 to go.
    5 points
  15. Hi All, Thanks for the warm welcome! The car was just delivered tonight, so looking forward to getting some pictures up for you all tomorrow. My son and I flew to London to purchase it and have been looking for around 3 years for the right one to come along. It's exactly 30 years ago that I experienced the 300 sport and been on my mind ever since. Glad to be a Lotus owner at long last. It's the Titanium V8 SE, 1999. Look forward to attending some event and meeting up with you all.๐Ÿ‘
    5 points
  16. I hope that the picture below makes sense! Basically, i am no graphics god but I took the blue Emira picture above, then "pasted" over the top the toffee coloured GT410 that had been for sale in Central Lotus. I was interested in understanding from a design perspective the difference between Emira and Evora. As you can see, the two main differences are: 1. The top of the front bumper in the Emira is considerably lower than the Evora 2. The difference in positioning of the front wheels, with the Emira having a dramatically tighter wheel base. I can imagine that this will make a significant difference to how the Emira turns in over the Evora and should really make the Emira feel scalpel sharp. I was also surprised that the Evora has an increased, higher, rear "ducktail" profile to the Emira, and that overall the Emira's roofline is lower too. The fact that the Emira is longer at the front makes me wonder how it will cope with sloped drives as this was a strong point of the Evora. The overall shape of the Evora and Emira roof lines are remarkably similar and it shows the differences in the doors (look at the shut lines). I'm sure someone talented (and with better software than Powerpoint) can do better, but to me, it is clear that the Emira is a design Evolution of the Evora.
    5 points
  17. Stolen from someone else, you will hopefully get a chuckle out of it. HELL EXPLAINED BY A CHEMISTRY STUDENT The following is an actual question given on a University of Arizona chemistry midterm, and an actual answer turned in by a student. The answer by one student was so 'profound' that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well. Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)? Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant. One student, however, wrote the following: First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving, which is unlikely. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added. This gives two possibilities: 1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose. 2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over. So which is it? If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, 'It will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you,' and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number two must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over. The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct..... ...leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting........ 'Oh- my- God.' THIS STUDENT RECEIVED AN A+
    5 points
  18. Chassis now in KTL and powdercoated, start of the rolling chassis build up
    4 points
  19. Arches!.... Some fine fettling but they are very close out of the mould. Bonding in progress.
    4 points
  20. dont forget one with a dog in the passenger foot well appaels to people named "barry" ๐Ÿ˜ @Barrykearley
    4 points
  21. Hi everyone from Edinburgh. I have purchased my first Lotus Esprit V8 and look forward to contributing to the community over the coming years. All the best, Neil.
    4 points
  22. TBH if I was the French, I'd probably do exactly the same. The government need to come up with unilateral steps to reduce the attraction of the UK as a final destination for bogus refugees.
    4 points
  23. Hi Ramjet, Good question and thanks! Haven't taken very many so far but here's a couple ๐Ÿ˜... hope that just attaching files will work: Brilliant car, just done a trip from Devon to Manchester, Cambridge and back and didn't miss a beat, did about 35mpg when cruising too... Discovered that lots of the fun roads over the Pennines are limited to 50 in the curvy bits... that was a disappointment!
    4 points
  24. Interesting interviews yesterday. Lewis talks about being a clean driver to protect his legacy in the future. Max talks about how winning the WDC once is all that matters because then "you've done it" so any additional WDC wins don't matter. Just found that quite sad really.
    4 points
  25. Same can be said without Lewis it would be one of the most boring seasons ever and regarding dirty driving Verstappen was obviously looking for contact at Brazil just like he was at Monza, its something he seems to strife on the thought of being invisible so yes itโ€™s obvious given the slightest opportunity he would take Lewis out and thats the difference from a multiple championship winning driver and one thatโ€™s never won a championship in his entire career. The most successful driver in F1 history as the ability to read the moment and jump out the way of a manoeuvre that was reckless attempt to take him out the race. Sorry havenโ€™t got a clue what you are talking about dirtiest most dangerous piece of driving all year, Max needs to take a lesson from a multiple world champion then one day he might win something.
    4 points
  26. If you're refering to Silverstone then that's your opinion and your entitled to it. My opinion is your talking bollocks and if Max had taken the action Lewis did in Brazil then there would have been no coming together. Max seems to revel in his "hard driving" reputation. That tells me all I need to know.
    4 points
  27. To be fair, he's a good racer and driver. Just needs to lose the Porsche prejudice and drop the Lotus chip off his shoulder. In other words, just be honest and balanced and not biased.
    4 points
  28. I watched a couple of minutes of it and turned over. Harris is quite irritating but at least you can take his opinions seriously, even if you don't agree with it. However I just do have any time for that cricket plonker and No likey no lighty.
    4 points
  29. I stick to my opinion, that the FE colours are not the best idea from Lotus. The design is stunning, no question about that. And I am sure it will drive like a Lotus. So everybody coming from other brands will be suprised how good it is ๐Ÿ˜‰ And when I see the EU regulation regarding combution engine, I came to the conclusion that the Emira FE could quite possible be the last V6 from Lotus. This speaks strongly for a buy.. But for the Evora owners there are some points against it: - It all comes down to the question if the Emira is better than the Evora for the price. - Same engine and geabox (maybe lighter fly wheel?). The gear stick is longer, so probably no quick gear change. When I see the driving videos with Jenson or Harry's Garage, it alway looks a bit odd when the swich gear.. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Maybe nothing wrong with that, but also no upgrade to Evora. - Will it drive, feel, brake better than the Evora? They claim yes, but needs to be seen. I have until today not driven any car that was better in that respect (Porsches, Alpine, BMW etc..) and simply c a n n o t imagine that it will be better than the Evora. If so, they would have certainly managed to do a miracle .. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Possible annoying details to live with: - Approach angle less than Evora?? Hope not, I already have problems to get down into the garage with my Evora. If the Emira is worse in that, it would not be more useable.. - 5cm wider than the Evora does not help on narrow B road and the alps and parking/exit but maybe ok. - Does the interior feel so special like the Evora? After all you spend your time inside the car and not looking at from the outside... - Seems less pratical regarding luggage than my 2+0 Evora. Less room behind seats.. I will see the Emira in flesh next week! So let's see if it changes my opinion ๐Ÿ˜‰
    4 points
  30. ARP bottom-end and the laying the crank. Like butter.... video-1637607263.mp4
    4 points
  31. Well finally got the suspension refresh almost finished. The last few pictures before the wheels refitted. Its been a well worth project and helping with the value being maintained. Parts replaced - rear handbrake cables, Front & rear brake hoses, ARB bushes, replaced the TR-ends, F&R drop links, all the suspension bolts/nuts, all the under tray screws and clips, fitted new rear Spitfire toe links, replaced front mud flap brackets, blasted and repainted all the suspension, hubs, drive shafts parts and shockers and mounts. I also replaced the Serpentine drive belt with the proper tools which is one of the worst belt replacement jobs I have ever done and have replaced thousands over the years. The next project will be to remove the rear lights and repaint the light surrounds from chrome to black.
    4 points
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  33. I thought we had got away with it but no. One of our trees came down across the lane blocking access to a couple of houses, have just come in from clearing it with a neighbouring farmer. Lots of firewood for the winter after next ๐Ÿ˜.
    3 points
  34. Travel controls are determined by the destination country and it is the legal responsibility of the carrier to apply them. Failure to comply results in no boarding or rejection at the destination and the airline is obliged to take the person back. SA airport authorities have no part to play in this. Arrivals into Holland have to show proof of vaccination or a negative test if not vaccinated. So if vaccinated then none of the travellers would require a test before departure. What is amazing is the numbers and also the apparent lack of symptoms. This is around 5% of the two planes that are asymptomatic carriers. The Hong Kong case was asymptomatic and the Belgian case was also thus. Tentatively this would suggest the vaccination is providing significant protection against whatever variant they have, but more rigorous data analysis is required over the next 2 or 3 weeks. Pfizer will also have their results soon. I'm sure the other passengers will be traced, but there is nothing to suggest this is actually unusual. Normally the passengers would not have been tested. The virus is endemic, both in Holland and the UK, the fuss is over the new strain. Indeed. Slowing direct flights will reduce the seeding short term, but in reality only by a week or two. If 'omicron' is more transmissible than 'delta' it will rapidly take over, if it isn't it will not. Simple as that.
    3 points
  35. I was a careful owner and never ever had an animal in the car - I never drove it hard either.
    3 points
  36. @jep - if he is not too busy already, our very own @johnpwalsh (lotus Rescue) who lives near Aberdeen and has a lovely new covered trailer, all refurb'd and shiny..... Could work if he has a car to go South i in the first place
    3 points
  37. I actually think you have missed the point by a country mile @basalte, certainly when it comes to my position. Let's not confuse wanting to be a "sovereign" state with who owns what in the private sector. I personally do not give a fig who owns our railway companies, or our manufacturing plants as I actually believe in the "free market", but I also believe that a "free market" is a global market, not just a micro market in parts of one of the smallest continents. I could counter with the reason why Honda chose to invest in the UK, and setup Operations here some 32 years ago, was because we operated as a Sovereign State and had a reputation as being a solid, safe place for investment as we played by the rules, followed the law, and so provided an attractive, safe environment for said investment to be made. We "won" that investment against fierce competition from our EU partners. As a result, many thousands of people, both within that Honda plant and in the supply chain, have had up to 32 years of employment, salaries, benefits etc. What a fantastic result for them, for Swindon, and for the country! Let's talk about Nissan in Sunderland shall we. All the talk was that due to Brexit they were going to pull out. Instead they have announced further record investment and more jobs. What a fantastic, continuing success story that will be build on their so far 37 years of inward investment and job creation in the UK. You mention Deutsche Barn - hmmm, a German state owned company, propped up and funded by the German Government in a manner that does not, I suspect, stand full scrutiny with EU competition/state aid laws. Certainly no opportunity for a UK company to operate rail in Germany, as well, it's all owned by the German Government. The UK took a Sovereign decision to "privatise" the Rail Operating Companies. Also, any investment in Deutsche barn is ultimately paid for by the German Government from general taxation. Until 2018, the UK Rail Operators, through their Franchise Fee's were a NET CONTRIBUTOR to the UK Treasury. In other words, our Government was being paid by the Operators, as opposed to having to subsidise them. Granted some Rail Franchises were subsidised in the UK, due to the high fixed costs and low passenger numbers, BUT, the net outcome was a positive contribution to the Treasury. So given this, do we really give a fig as to who "owns" those Rail Operating Companies? Heathrow Express is a non-rail franchised, non-subsidised private rail company. It was entirely funded by the private sector. Struggling to see your point as a result of that as to who owns it. It was always going to be privately owned and so as for who "controls it", who cares? Isn't that what free enterprise is all about? You mention Trenitalia. Another EU member states, state owned Rail monopoly operator. Funded by the Italian Government. Subsidised by the Italian tax payer (well, those who can be bothered to pay tax anyway). Same comments as Deutsche Barn really. They have a Franchise to run in the UK, with service levels and penalties to pay for missing them. The liabilities sit with Italy not with the UK Government, so what's the issue re control? What would control actually give you, over the obligations in the Franchise Service Control? Oh yes, it would give you risk and liabilities. That's all. I'm gonna be polite here, but what the fook does it matter, and how is it connected to Brexit, control or Sovereignty, that a UK chocolate firm was bought by a megalomaniac US food company? Especially when said purchase was made in 2005, 11 years BEFORE Brexit? Basically, I'm confused about your whole post as on the one hand you seem to be saying that through Brexit we left a "free market", but on the other you are complaining that many of our companies are being taken over by "Johnny Foreigner" and that's poor form, even though many of the examples you raise happened pre Brexit when we were in, errr, the free market! There are clashes and debates raging across the EU right now. in the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary, Italy etc around Sovereignty, the EU and what it all means. the one thing that Brexit did do, which is going to be hugely significant for the EU, is that it woke up citizens across the 27 states of the Union and made them start to question the role, the legality and the vision of the EU, and what it really might mean for them. This great, small, insignificant, but influential nation, woke the dragon! Your post just feels like yet another "everything is Brexit and Brexiteers fault" rant to be honest. Yet another excuse to regurgitate lists of useless information to support the case that, whilst some of may think we are a great country, there are many more of us who just want to talk the country down and focus on the negatives. I do wish we could just move on and focus on the future, and some of the great5 things that this country does, and some of our great native companies do not just in the UK but on the world stage. this constant negativity is demoralising. If you really hate it so much, or cannot stand it, or live with it, then just fook off somewhere else to live. You never know, it might make you happy. (literally fook off, not physically, you have a right to live where you moan hahahaha)
    3 points
  38. is that mine ? ive got 40k of miles in the clutch and at 1500 miles a year thats 26.6 years ๐Ÿคช
    3 points
  39. More preparation today - light polish on the crankshaft journals and camshaft bearings. Dry fit of the marginally taller ductile iron liners, as this engine will be running higher boost (removing liner stand-in). Installation of oil pump, PRV and fresh front IMS roller bearing. Need to weight rods and pistons etc. These Saenz special rods are really sometthing.
    3 points
  40. Extremely happy, yes ๐Ÿ™‚ This article confirms my choice: buy the last of one of the best driver's cars ever (and be buried in it).
    3 points
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