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  1. My son went car shopping yesterday 😁
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  2. Hi all I'm a life-long Lotus fan and finally got 'round to buying one 😄
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  3. The one thing I would never accuse Hamster of is being a 'dirty' driver. Unlike Schumacher Snr.
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  5. About to head off to Malcolm Rickett’s open day today with @Sparky 😊
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  6. Time flies .... Saw the engine running today for the first time - looks really good 😍😍😍 (Note starter and alternator aren't final units) . It's off to the dyno for mapping soon - I've gone for uprated cams so maybe 250bhp ?? Chassis also back and ready for rebuild Needed a bit more than we initially thought - as well as the t floor bit it has had a engine chassis rail and also one engine mount needed work . In other news I've decided to have the gearbox stripped and vapour blasted , new bearings etc . Seemed a shame when it is out and looking a bit oily .... Chassis due " home " tomorrow so I can start adding bits Body progressing well now that the bonnet and boot seals have arrived from SJ
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  7. I managed to get a bit of time to work on my car today so I decided to do a bit more on the bulkhead so I started by sticking some matting to the top section... If you don't do this and try to fibreglass it fully in place it will be very difficult. At least this way, once it's dry, it doesn't slide all over the place. I fitted this piece with the shell upside down and then did the fibreglassing that way so that gravity was working for me instead of against me. It's very tight getting the brush in to bond this panel to the body as the gap is so narrow... If you do this make sure it's tight against the metal bracing panel at the back... I had to modify the slots for the seatbelts because they weren't big enough or even straight. A few of the holes didn't line up either so I had to modify those as well. I think this was a Friday afternoon one... Before I could fit any more of the panels I had to deal with this... I did a dry fit of the other two panels and this side looks fine... But this side is a bit short... It gets fibreglassed to the body so nobody will know (or care). You have to remember to get the holes on the correct side for the handbrake as these are where the cables run through to the back under the fuel tank. I then glued the centre section and screwed it together along with the bolts... I didn't bother with all the bolts as I'm going to remove the metal brace to finish fibreglassing the back. In the factory I think they fibreglassed it all and then fitted the brace which stuck the two together and explains why it was difficult to get the brace out. Then it's a case of fibreglassing a strip of matting to bond the back of the panels to the body and also to stop any fumes getting into the cabin... I've got a bit more to do but I'll wait until this lot has dried... At this point I got bored and decided to call it a day as I was itching and needed a shower. I will try and finish it off tomorrow if I get time. I think I'm going to sell this car once the bodywork is complete although I'm not going to do all of it, just the awkward difficult bits. I'll leave the star cracks and paint stripping to the new owner I think. Not sure if I will have taken it far enough to move it on at that point?
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  8. Apparently there’s a heap of restoration photos - yet not a single one was shown in the pics. It was important however they showed the insurance cover note for an Italian motorbike from the 1990s - I’m sure that helped prospective bidders.
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  9. Time to deal with the 80s sunroof. I started by cleaning all the black gorilla snot off which had been used to seal the aluminium sunroof frame to the roof... And then stripped the paint off around the hole... It makes life easier when you can rotate the shell... There wasn't any primer underneath the paint and whoever painted this just slapped it straight onto the gelcoat. I've got an external roof mould so I gave it a coat of wax... Then, with the shell up the right way I used nearly every clamp I own to hold it to the roof... And then flipped it over before painting a layer of gelcoat... Then it was a case of laying up some fibreglass... At this point I thinned down the area of the existing roof around the hole and started laying up more fibreglass but going onto the roof as well... And at that point I ran out of resin so I removed the mould and flipped it back over... It's difficult to photograph from the outside because the gelcoat is clear... There are some air pockets between the gelcoat and the matting which you can see when the gelcoat is clear which I need to fix when I get some more resin. This was due to the fact that I went and had lunch between the gelcoat and first layer of matting... Once this has had a coat of etch primer and then a coat of high build primer it will be easy to blend it all together but according to Miles Wilkins these repairs need to be left for six months before painting to let the gasses out and stop sinkage... I left the repairs on my white car for six months and there is no sinkage on any of them... The next job is to fit the two new sills I bought from SJ Sportscars and at that point I just need to fill a couple of large holes and then the difficult bits of bodywork will be done. Any bodyshop will be able to finish it if the new owner doesn't fancy finishing the body themselves.
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  10. I've actually got a specific date for configurator/pricing reveal from my dealer - 21.09, next Tuesday. Let's see how accurate it's going to be.
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  11. Interesting that 4 cyl engine tends to reduce appeal for Cayman, F Type and presumably Supra buyers yet seems to be equally appealing and in some cases preferable to the V6 for Lotus buyers.
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  12. Not sure if this has already popped up somewhere, but I’m told within a fortnight we’ll have an updated configurator inc options and pricing
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  13. The problem is Max has never conceded ever. Does someone need to die before he sees sense! Reminds me of Schumacher and not in a good way
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  14. More work in central London last night, got home at 2am! Was a job for a rapper who is currently number 1 in 17 countries! Here's a quick couple of snaps of London I got while buzzing about!
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  15. On some of the initial Evora reviews it felt like they were scraping around to find something to criticise in order to give the impression of a balanced review. The occasional awkward reflection off the instrument panel in strong sunlight and the longer than expected reach to the control stalks for example. But it still drove better than any previous Lotus and won ECOTY. Yet it still didn't sell in large volumes. Plus the things Evora owners and potential used buyers worry about were never picked up in the initial reviews (airbag covers warping, seat wear, possible clutch/bearing issues, cracked A-pillar covers etc) as they were all about living with the car not how it goes when shiny and new. As a Lotus enthusiast over many decades, if Matt Windle and Gav Kershaw and Russell Carr tell me (as they all did at Goodwood) it's the best designed and best handling and highest quality car Lotus have produced ever, then I'm not really bothered about what the car reviewers say. Nor am I actually too fussed about a test drive. It'll probably have a few quirks and teething issues. But it'll look fantastic and drive brilliantly and my dealer and the factory will support it well, or they know I'll keep hassling them until things are sorted. Today I've had to pay unexpected bills for the second time this year on both my wife's Audi and my daughter's VW, after (on the Audi) a debate about whether the problem is a recurrence of what they said they'd fixed 6 months ago or something new. My Evora has had part of a control panel break this year (costing £75), only the second item needing to be fixed outside routine maintenance in its 10-year life.
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  16. So having wrapped the sills I decided to have a go at the front splitter. Boy, that was tricky. A specialist pro place told me a while ago it would need to be done in 2 pieces - top and underneath - and quoted me £250. No thanks……I managed it in one piece, using about £5 worth of top quality wrap! I do now need to empty the swear box though….. After removing the number plate plinth you can wrap each side separately. There’s no need to wrap the bit behind the plinth and it’s much easier handling shorter lengths of this stuff…👍🏻 So far the sills and splitter have cost about £15 in vinyl wrap, plus £10 of WrapCut tape. You just need a heat gun or hairdryer and lots of patience (god knows why I tackled it then…..). I made a template out of cardboard too, for the top surface - that helped massively. I may do the mirrors (gloss black paint job on Jag X type mirror caps!) at some stage but I think I’m leaving the roof silver. I have no plans for black wheels and I think the silver roof works well with the diamond cut wheels. Big thanks to Dan Luton from Divine Handcraft for the wrap supplier recommendation and to Phil Stone for measuring his Evora Sports Racer for me 👍🏻
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  17. Managed to move some stuff around to make the most of this lovely weather today. Halesowen and back via bewdley - Rhayader - Aberystwyth - lake vyrnwy - Bala -Porthmadog- beddgellert- Caernarfon- lanberris-capelcurig-betwsycoed- cerrigdrudion- Bala-llangynog-Welshpool-craven arms- cleobury then home 400 plus miles. Some awesome roads and some not so much 😬 The highlight is normally Rhayader to Aberystwyth it’s fantastic. This morning at 6 -6.30 it was full of fog so looked stunning but not so much fun for flying. Bala to llangynog is another stormer. But there’s lots of good stuff up there. Anybody share some good roads they like not necessarily mid-north Wales wherever? Taking the roof off was absolutely fantastic. More pics 😬
    5 points
  18. Lots of GT4s bought off the back of good reviews for sure, trouble is many of the reviews were a foregone conclusion you tend to only read criticism of Porsche GT cars when the replacement comes out. For example the long gearing issue was never mentioned by anyone in the original GT4 reviews. We were all told the 991 GT3 was flawless but now the 992 is out we read about understeer among other things. Car journalism has become corrupted by their own struggle for survival in my opinion. The industry is under threat from all sides and the youtubers only say nice things to get invited back on the next car launch. So I would be never buy a car on the back of reviews personally. Let Chris Harris buy what he wants, I’ll do the same based on my own driving experiences. Some love rumbling V8s others think they sound lazy and favour a high revving four. I think AMG Mercs sound flatulent but I’m told others think they sound amazing. We all have different tastes and so do journos. One of their guiding principles (among the better ones) is to recommend which car to buy as if you were advising for a friend. This heavily favours cars thought to be reliable and goes against unusual or left field choices, even if they preferred driving them for a day. So you recommend M3 over Giulia QF even if you prefer driving the Alfa. Lotus always come second to Porsche for much the same reason. Even if the Elise was the most enjoyable to drive most journos would reasonably recommend buying a Boxster from an overall ownership point of view.
    5 points
  19. Some parts are staring to arrive for various projects during the winter months when the car is off the road.
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  20. Also got CCTV cam in garage and that picks up the spiders too
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  21. Before and after photos Just paint removed think it looks better in aluminium
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  22. Just be wary if he asks for a hand to remove a bargeboard. @windymiller Hope your eye is OK.
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  23. I didn't either but finally something just clicked
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  24. I actually think a one race ban would have been harsh, BUT, and just an opinion like everyone elses, maybe that is what Max needs to make him realise he cannot continue the way he is. I do think this all stems back to the media hype when he "burst" on to the scene. Everyone knew that how he was driving, swerving in the braking zones, generally barging people out of the way etc was wrong, and yet, for some reason, he wasn't really hauled to account for it. Instead, it was lauded as being "exciting", "new", "fresh". Unfortunately, for whatever reason, during those formative first couple of seasons Max took the lack of action against him as a sort of green card to carry on. Resulting in his famous quotes about how he does not feel he has to respect anyone despite what they have achieved, that they may battling for the WDC and he is not etc etc. I don't think the blame for all of this lies solely with Max. His father, Horner, Marko, F1 (Stewards and Directors), Journo's have all created an air of entitlement around Max. What young man would not be influenced by that and think he had a licence to do what he wanted? Contrast Max and his behaviours, words and attitude to drivers who are equally talented like LeClerq, Norris, Russell. Who would you rather work with? Again, just my opinion, but after starting this post thinking a one race ban would be harsh, I'm now thinking maybe it would have been the right answer. Max must certainly see this punishment as a final yellow card, I can see a ban as being the only sanction left if it happens again and that will likely cost him the WDC.
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  25. In case anyone thinks I’m a blinkered Verstappen fan, when it comes to incidents, I always side with the Race Stewards, as I believe they are the only ones who have all the information on which to base their decision. And of course no-one can influence that decision, so we have to live with it, whether we agree with it or not. ”Trial by F1 Armchair Warrior” is of course still going to occur, and as Pete said, we’re all entitled to our opinion, and will put it forward whether others agree or not. So here’s mine - in yesterday’s case (which thus far, even the zero-talented Mazepin hasn’t managed to match), I was surprised Max wasn’t handed a one-race ban. And the incident with Perez and a 5-second penalty should never have happened if he’d simply given up the place earlier, he could have had a podium finish. Merc will scream foul from the highest roof-tops, why wouldn’t they, it’s their job to champion their cause. But the Red Bull boys now need to clean up their act. Great to see a McLaren 1-2 after so long without wins, but they need to cement it with more of the same, or it was just a one-off.
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  26. 30 years ago Lotus Esprits were being successfully raced in US. Various drivers including Paul Newman. Because they won a lot they kept getting heavier with weight being added by the organizers. https://lotus-x180r.com/racing/1990/
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  27. Max being Max yet again, expecting every one to get out of the way for him, not wanting to give an inch. Lap 1 he gives Lewis no room who backs out to continue racing - Max says "that's racing". Then when he gets it back Max says "That's what happens when you don't give space". You could tell from Horner they knew this was Max's fault look like the Stewards agreed. Max is a very talented driver but he is also a cock a doodle doo at times. He STILL has a lot of maturing to do. However, what did Toto call it, oh yes, a "professional foul". Unfortunately I agree. Superb to see Daniel back and the two McLarens in the front and the Ferrari's right up there. Monza delivered a great race today.
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  28. Good spot Ramjet, I’m certainly more a Garreth than a Tom, although I’m extremely happy to be called Tom, his knowledge and insight is fantastic. His thoughts on how the next stage of when we might be invited to firm up orders is great news, time to save even more pennies. As for the car itself, I know for certain it’s Nimbus grey with black pack, but for the engine I’m reading so many pros and cons, I genuinely can’t decide. I’d love the sound of a V6 but I will drive the car regularly so the idea of a DCT box is really appealing. Either way, deciding which Emira to buy is a good problem to have !!
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  29. More Loose goodness. It wasn't just Lotus he dealt with, he was also an Aston Martin dealer and he also brought some Lamborghini Countach into the USA before they were officially imported.
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  30. Sure it was your wife and not an im-pasta?!
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  31. I still think that listing them all at once was/ is a mistake . Whilst they are all slightly different , if only one was listed and it was , say , on your list of the 2 options you’d consider , you might be tempted . Also they are hardly the best examples , most need money spending to be top drawer ??
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  32. I can't recall much about the drive itself as the sales 'person' was one of the best looking women I had ever seen. was this the BMW dealer in Cobham? April Alexander? I bought a car off of her which i didn't even want
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  33. so my grandfather bought a fox weather vane way back in the day, dad as the only son with a head for heights put it up on the barn where it stayed for 60 plus years until the last few years of "turmoil" where it mysteriously vanished one day (we know who took it) not even the police would become involved so poor dad had to accept it was gone, today for and as part of his 92nd birthday we had a replica made for him !!
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  34. A bit of the Elan, a couple of days ago just before the sunset (so not much light and ... with my phone so a bit noisy, but I like it anyway)
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  35. SCCFE33C1VHF65080 97 Calypso Red Esprit V8 Phoenix, AZ Plan on owning this Esprit for a veeery long time and no intention to ever sell at this point, but if something is to happen a couple notes for the next owner. First off, i'm sorry about whatever yours scratching your head over right now, I tried my best. P.S. the interior is the previous owners fault. (unless I do something about it before you buy it, then you're welcome) P.P.S. Yes, the paint code under the hood is a type-o, Lotus confirmed. P.P.P.S. When I was working in the back I did drop a 10mm socket down in the fuel tank area, drivers side. If you happen to find it please PM for mailing address. Will gladly cover postage.
    4 points
  36. Just seen the interview with Max afterwards where he expressed that in close racing 2 drivers need to work together. IMO, at that point the interviewer should have said “ok Max, let’s hold that point for a minute. In working together shouldn’t you have backed off just like Hamilton did earlier with you, or do you mean by working together that others should just move over & let you through” On fairness she did mention to him about Hamilton backing out of a similar move early in the race but she didn’t question Verstappen enough about his comment.
    3 points
  37. The stewards concluded that Max started his move too late to be able to make an overtaking manoeuvre, he got off light with a soft penalty. His guilt in this incident was & is highlighted by Horner’s silence who must be relieved at the penalty handed out!
    3 points
  38. In the case of the S4s, there’s only been a few for sale or sold that I can find over the last few years, and only the recent sales prices are worth taking notice of. The description of it went off at a tangent into history that was not relevant to the specific car they were selling. We don’t need to know Colin Chapman’s shoe size, or what he had for breakfast, just tell us about the damned car!
    3 points
  39. https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1488885/Michel-Barnier-Frexit-France-election-sovereignty-eu-courts-ECJ-ECHR-Brexit You couldn't make it up, bloody Barnier of all people! LMAO
    3 points
  40. Collected after having PPF applied, then dropped off for detailing and ceramic coat.
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  41. Lotus has had an engine with uprated internals for a while now, at Evora+ Exige production levels and price points they could not make a business case for it. From my understanding Radford is paying up front for the powertrains. We don't know what is the Classic/Gold Leaf/JPS split though, and that is only 62 engines some of which will come straight of the line while other will have to be opened and built up. for 62 engines you don't need a lot of investment in resources to make it work and you know it is a finite number which makes it fairly easy for prep for. ? The i4 will remain the entry level model of the Emira range for the foreseeable future, Lotus wanted it because of multiple factors among which are CAFE. They need a fuel efficient, with great emissions, model, and that is the 4cyl. They are target 35+ MPG with this one. The V6 will remain the top dog because in North America and for many relevant markets a V6 is seen as superior. The V6 will also remain the mill of choice in GT racing because it is a proven engine with very long rebuild intervals and cheap to maintain for raceteams. Beside I think they have manage to raise the bar past 450bhp while coping with the 6 speed gearbox, this is what some skunkrats have been working one behind closed doors after hours. That's what they alluded to few years back. and that teaser image with 478bhp would tend to confirm that. With better engine bay cooling and the twin exhaust, I'm in no doubt that the engine will fork 440/450bhp. Evora gt430 was 436hp so not to hard to go from one to the other and they can do that on a flat torque curve no need to push it much more. Will we have the 600bhp engine in the Emira ? Does the car need it? As a sportcar the answer is no, it would be a supercar the answer would be yes, but it is not. Also are you guys willing to pony up some 200,000$ to get it?
    3 points
  42. Last weekend the Evora delivered thrills in spades on a 300-mile round trip to Hethel for the MLOC tour of Classic Team Lotus. The afternoon before the trip I decided on the spur of the moment to wrap the sills in gloss black. Don’t ask me why, I just decided to get on with it! Took this at Ketteringham Hall, home to Team Lotus F1 back in the 1970's. I’m loving the black sills look - but not the roof, I quite like that in silver with the diamond cut wheels..
    3 points
  43. There're quite a few Lotus around and quite a lively community AFAIK, mostly having Elises and Exiges. Evoras are still quite a rare sight. When I talked to my dealer around a month ago, they've had 14 orders and they're one of 2 dealers around, so I'd say that right now there probably are 30-50 Emiras headed to Switzerland. The roads around here indeed are plenty of fun, you're more than welcome to come.
    3 points
  44. Hi all, I believe first write ups about the emira were guessing 360hp for the AMG and to be confirmed. I've just been on the configurator and you have the option to save, load or open a brochure which opens a pdf document in a new tab and the engine specification says the AMG is 360hp, this is Lotus' actual brochure saying it now. V6 is not mentioned though. Also on the Emira configurator page itself under engine specification it says 360hp for the AMG 4 cylinder I don't remember, has this always been there as this could stop speculation the amg will be the more powerful engine of the two. Brochure attached or at this link: https://www.lotuscars.com/content/media/Lotus-Emira-eBrochure.pdf configurator here: https://www.lotuscars.com/en-GB/model/emira Lotus-Emira-eBrochure.pdf
    3 points
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