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  1. Very little progress has occurred on the big project, but little is better than none. (She said) Some may have noticed my absence over the past 2 years, in October 20 I suddenly lost the use of my left triceps, no pain just couldn't lift my arm, not good news for a carpet fitter, but the eventual diagnosis of nerve damage could have been worse. Anyway, after 18 months things have begun to improve, we're back at it with the Esprit carpets, and I've now sorted the impossible to reach heater valve (broken cable), fitted one of our Wessex wool carpet sets and got the interior refitted.
    23 points
  2. I am so very proud to tell you all that Wendy is being recognised in the Jubilee Birthday Honours list. During lockdown 1 and 2 I watched Wendy work all day as a nurse then come home and paint until almost midnight, then get up, do it all again and spend weekends in her studio. I believe the final figure was 67 portraits and she contacted everyone one or their families and learnt their “backstory” many of which were stories of heroes in themselves, normal people doing extraordinary things. We tend to forget the level of death linked to COVID when it first hit and all this while Nurses, Doctors, HCA’s, Cleaning Staff, support staff and everyone in the NHS bore the brunt. Wendy too did this, working with those most vulnerable in the community. In her normal self depreciation when she learnt she wanted the award to be for everyone she painted and works with. So, so proud for her to be recognised. She's in so many papers from the Sun to the Mail, we are both astounded. Can I also ask a favour of our members? The Shropshire Star did a whole article on her and I was wondering if anyone could buy a copy and send it to us? More than happy to cover your costs. https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/uk-news/2022/06/01/nurse-who-painted-dozens-of-nhs-worker-portraits-thrilled-with-medal/ https://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/norwich-nhs-nurse-makes-queens-honours-list-9008988?fbclid=IwAR0w2nBPyR7pQLyPg3K7V4zDR4e-kgfz07vQdO4KRkIvXObrla77a3c2nUo
    23 points
  3. A nice spot of lunch with @Barrykearleytoday
    14 points
  4. This is the first time that I have ordered a Lotus having previously owned BMWs, a Porsche, Mercedes and currently an F Type. As has already been said if the Emira was a stripped out track car I would not be buying it so Lotus has achieved its objective and widened its market . I do still have concerns however over build quality, reliability and ongoing support and servicing. I am due to take delivery in November so hope the car meets expectations. In July I have booked a session on the track at Lotus to see how it handles. The safe option would have been a Cayman but it just doesn’t have the wow factor that the Emira has.
    13 points
  5. And without Geely buying it, it would be over. Actually it pretty much does have to be binary. Regulations and emissions standards cannot be ignored by the manufacturers, and that's what has forced the changes you lament. I wasn't slating the old cars or their owners, just stating the hard reality. Even Colin Chapman couldn't make his automotive business work and be sustainable. At the point where Lotus was at, it wasn't about liking or not liking what needed to be done. It was either do it or die. I'm 70 and believe me, I know what it feels like to not like changes that can't be avoided or stopped. My world is gone. Half my family is gone. My childhood friends are gone. People I worked with and enjoyed many good times with are gone. You have to adjust to changes to survive, that's just the way it is. If you and others want to prefer the Evora, Exige and Elise, that's fine, just don't criticize Lotus for adapting to the changes they had to adapt to in order to survive, otherwise they'd have gone under and there wouldn't be any new cars to talk about. Unless you're a very small specialty car maker, that makes so few cars you aren't required to comply with safety crash regulations, no manufacturer can make cars the way they used to be. It simply isn't legal anymore. The world has changed, and it's about to change again in a big way. This is the end of an era, and such things bring a sense of sadness and a feeling of loss because it's part of the world you grew up in that's coming to an end. It makes you feel dislocated, unconnected. I wish I could tell you of a great way to cope with it but I don't know of one. Getting drunk isn't it, it just makes it worse. Enjoy what you can while you can, and be thankful you got to enjoy it, because it doesn't last. This is why there's such a market for nostalgia. It's hard to let go, and even harder when it's taken from you. I'm not looking forward to the electric future because I know it's going to bring a hideous level of control over our lives that will make these days look so much better than we currently realize, and people think things now are bad. I'm going to enjoy my Emira, be thankful I've got one and could get one, go on many drives and even a few trips. I'll go past lines of cars at charging stations that are going to have to wait hours to get their cars charged so they can continue on, and they'll hate me as I pull into a gas station, fill up in 5 minutes and be on my way. They'll be saving money by not having to buy gas, but I'll be saving time which at age 70 is more important to me than saving a few bucks on gas. I'm sorry you and some others are not happy with the Emira, but it's all we've got at the end of this era, and it's actually pretty nice overall when you look at it. It could be worse; Lotus could have gone out of business and we wouldn't have anything new at all.
    13 points
  6. 74000 miles reached with the NA. 300+ miles today, motorway, A roads, B roads. A total joy. Comfortable, ragable, chuckable. Desirable. Justin
    13 points
  7. Local meet earlier tonight 🤩
    13 points
  8. Each Thursday I go for coffee with some cars guys at great coffee spot. I was leaving and spotted this Europa and as it turned out owned by a lady who is a serious LOTUS lover. Here father bought it for her years ago and it has now been restored and I must say it is the best Europa I have seen. Turns out she wants an Evora, so I had to oblige with a ride around around a country block. OK so Its not just pictures of the EVORA but what I consider it grand father
    13 points
  9. In good company a week ago.
    13 points
  10. The Sytner 9000 miler was incorrectly relisted. It sold on Saturday, it is being prepared and I hope to collect next week. I'll run it along side my high miler and see which I prefer. Justin
    13 points
  11. Here's something interesting to consider. The type of cars the purists think Lotus should still be producing would put them out of business. Those kinds of cars just weren't selling enough to keep the company afloat. Something had to change or it was over, and there wouldn't be any more anything, including parts, support, etc. Here's the numbers for the 2020 Evora GT as tested by Car&Driver: Two things to note here: this is with the optional carbon fiber pack which reduced weight, and the car still weighed 3112 lbs. (1412 kg), and the price-as-tested which is $131,795 U.S. Same engine and trans as the Emira. We don't have final production car numbers for the Emira yet, but so far we've been told the Emira FE is going to weigh 1458 kg (54kg heavier than the "lightest configuration" which it's assumed is the base i4) which converts to 3214 lbs. The U.S. price for the FE is $93,900. What Lotus has done is in my opinion, an incredible achievement. To create a brand new car with the exception of the motor and trans, that has a stunning body, brand new fully upgraded interior, fit and finish better than any Lotus they've ever made, a better sound system than they've ever had from a company of the pedigree of KEF no less, modern electronics and systems, and bring all that in for $37,895 LESS than the outgoing car is remarkable. The penalty (performance-wise) that is being lamented by some is: Weight of Evora GT = 3112 lbs. Weight of Emira FE = 3214 lbs. - an increase of 102 lbs. The Emira FE is heavier, but since the FE bundle adds 54kg (119 lbs.), the base model is supposed to be 1405 kg or 3097 lbs, which is actually 15 lbs lighter than the Evora GT. 0-60 Evora GT = 4.0 secs 0-60 Emira FE = 4.3 secs (estimated based on pre-production numbers) - .3 seconds slower Price Evora GT = $131,795 (as tested by Car&Driver) Price Emira FE = $93,900 - $37,895 LESS Sales of Evora of all models over its 12 year lifetime from 2009-2021, about 6,000. Orders for Emira within the first 12 months of it's debut before a single production car has been built, about 7,000 and a 2 year waiting list already. More orders in 12 months than the Evora sold in 12 years. When you consider it from a business standpoint, not an emotional standpoint, this is remarkable. Like it or not (from the purist's and a few other's perspective), Lotus is doing exactly what they needed to do, and it's paying off big-time. This is better than going out of business. This means parts and support for previous Lotus models and owners. It means new sports cars, and Lotus as a viable player in the upcoming electric automotive world. Well done Lotus, well done.
    12 points
  12. Saw this today and what a beauty.
    12 points
  13. We have over 1m people on here each year and have 18 years history with them and Lotus don't directly participate, it would open up a real world of PR pain. They do communicate via conduits & aliases but not directly, it would be too hard to manage. Anyway, who's expecting a double page ad in next month's EVO covered in Chris Harris quotes
    11 points
  14. One thing the Emira can't do is suddenly make the Evora a bad car. The Evora's exclusivity is a major plus point for me and driving it this weekend reminded me just how common Porsches are, they seemed to be everywhere. Fine cars but I doubt they get anywhere near half the attention an Evora does. I especially like the way people turn round to look at it about 50 yards before I pass them based on the exhaust burble alone (Sport mode engaged of course 🙂 ). It will always be a very special car, regardless of how many Emiras are sold.
    11 points
  15. Hi all, though I would add my tale to this thread as it’s relevant……and my first post (recommended this forum by the chap who bought my Elise this weekend !) I was a bit late to the new Emira and Evoras having only really basic knowledge of the early N/A cars. once I found out about the Emira a few months back I decided I would enquire about buying one…..at the time I was told to expect a 100-120 week wait possibly more if production issues hit eg parts supply. whilst mulling this idea over I became aware of the later evolutions of the Evora. My god, I had no idea the car had come on as far as it did! The later stuff is absolutely stunning! I had a look at a few at dealers and they look even better in the flesh. I then had an opportunity to view the Emira in the flesh. It is a beautiful thing for sure but it just didn’t wow me like the photos I had seen and the interior is I’m sure very high quality but to me it doesn’t have the bespoke look about it like the car it replaced. It all looks a bit too usable in a car that I want as a weekend toy. (These are all my opinion and I fully respect anyone who disagrees) So…. I decided that I would get myself an Evora, entirely thanks to the Emira I’ve now placed my deposit on an ex-demonstrator GT410 from a main dealer. It’s absolutely awesome, and I can’t wait to have it in my garage! So my opinion is that the Emira might well increase knowledge of the brand. Effectively bring new buyers in. I don’t think the evoras are destined to make money but I don’t think the Emira will have a big negative effect, and definitely not for the first few years whilst and used Emiras go on the used market well above list price
    11 points
  16. Just come off the phone speaking with Scott as he had previously told me he was having the car for the day, yesterday, and was keen to hear all about it. For those who don't know, Scott, is a senior management long-term Lotus employee and Lotus fan. That is his stunning yellow Esprit and he also has a very low mileage S1 Elise. He also once owned the lovely little Europa to be seen at Bell & Colville. Easily the most passionate chap at Lotus I have met. Ade: So Scott, come on, how did it go? Scott: It is fantastic. I really want to get one now He drove the Nimbus car. He has had a smile on all day and is working out how to buy one - seriously. Yes, he works for Lotus but I can assure you, and some of you know him, THIS is Gold. Some Lotus DNA in a daily GT car! THAT is an achievement.
    11 points
  17. A double wammy for me. Last Sunday I got a "noisiest car in Kelsae pal. But, boy, does it sound good" comment from a punter in the square And, several hours later on the way home from Mellerstain house a couple of mid 20's females lifted up their short skirts and flashed their knickers. Result 😉
    11 points
  18. Extended shakedown to Ibiza
    11 points
  19. I think this is the crux of the issue with most of the reviews. Reviewers (and customers) seem to have expected the ride & handling and driver-related stuff to be at least as good as the more recent Evoras, perhaps even a step forward given the extra development effort, increased track, opportunity to improve suspension etc. Gav Kershaw even described it as "an Evora dialled up to 11". But it appears it isn't to these reviewers. And actually some of the driving attributes have been softened - a consequence of extra weight, slightly less power, a bit less communication from the steering. So maybe "an Evora dialled back to 9". And those things are mainly a consequence of addressing the perceived shortcomings of the Evora: practicality, comfort, interior, technology, trying to compete with Porsche and others. It sounds like those are all a big step forward, even enough to get much closer to Porsche, but not enough to overtake them (which was unrealistic to expect). It's added weight and made it slightly less raw and a few degrees less analogue. So we've got an Emira that overall is probably a better package than the Evora if you add up all the factors, but with the Lotus special bits not quite as strong as before (so potentially disappointing for current Lotus enthusiasts) and the improved areas better but not "the best". On that basis it's largely met the original brief and should sell well, particularly to people new to Lotus. But it's unlikely to entice people out of a recent Evora and if you're a hardcore Porsche fan it probably won't reel you in.
    11 points
  20. Hi everyone, after first contacting the owner 19 months ago I have finally aquired what I consider to be an exceptional Esprit gt3. I sold my Excel SE that I owned for 11 years (and thought I would own forever) to buy it. I thought the Excel was quirky but the Esprit is next level 😄. I suspect I'll have plenty of questions as I get to know the car! Shaun
    11 points
  21. Out for a run in the Scottish Borders this weekend, so many great roads and scenery.
    11 points
  22. Took a very ill friend of mine for a ride in the Evora first thing this morning before all the tourists had got themselves up to clog the Devon roads. Blue skys dry roads and twisty lanes up onto and over the Moors. His wife messaged me to say he smiled more today than he has for months. 😊👍
    11 points
  23. Every forum has its problem people. When I first put my deposit down on the Emira, I went to LotusTalk expecting there would be all kinds of enthusiasm. I met a solid wall of "we don't like your kind around here" from the good old boy group. Continuous downplaying of the Emira or any excitement or enthusiasm about it. They pretty much succeeded in driving everybody away. My next stop was here at this one, which I still frequent, although I don't say all that much. By and large the membership here are much more polite and civil, which I like. At the time I was eagerly looking for anything and everything about the Emira, and wound up over on the EmiraForum. That's where pretty much most of the people either getting, or interested in getting an Emira seem to have wound up. There wasn't much of the good old boy syndrome over there, so it was much easier to talk, ask questions, make comments, etc. about the Emira without being belittled, or spoken to as though you're being easily mislead by the con artists at Lotus blah blah, and you don't know Lotus like we know Lotus, so don't get excited about the Emira, etc. That's not to say there wasn't some of that, there certainly was and still is from a very small number of people, but most just ignore them now I think. The bulk of my participation is over there, mostly due to the ability to post the 3D images I was creating last year for people when the Lotus configurator wasn't really very useful (which they greatly improved), and I kept trying to balance out the negativity from the few aggressive types who constantly have to say something negative over every little thing, comment, picture (it looks like the front was in an accident "lol", etc.), and that sort of elementary school bully behavior. And of course, I was branded a fanboy, "How much is Lotus paying you?" etc., simply because i was trying to see both sides of an issue, or wanting to give praise to the efforts the people at Lotus were making through all the issues that have plagued everyone the last year. I felt it was very unfair to constantly speak negatively of them, and wanted to show any of them that might have been reading the forum, that not everyone felt that way. I was and still am in favor of them triumphing over the issues they've been struggling with, and want to cheer them on. I got severely blasted by a few for doing that. This was in the EmiraForum no less. Nevertheless, the mods there have done a decent job of getting the majority of that under control, and the forum over there is pretty good now. Just as I appreciate the unseen and unappreciated work the people at Lotus do, I feel the same way about forum moderators who wind up having to be baby sitters in some cases, just to keep things from getting out of control or becoming unpleasant. That's the world we live in now. The negative types always seem to be the most aggressive, and if not dealt with accordingly by someone who can, they'll ruin a forum. They'll constantly attack those who are participating, because they're not happy unless they have a victim (classic bully behavior), so either those participating fight back, or just get tired of it and go elsewhere. The greater majority who you usually don't hear from, won't say anything because they don't want to get attacked, and they too will go somewhere else if the aggressors have succeeded in dominating the forum. Kudos to you and any other mods for caring, putting in the time to watch over and manage things here, and doing it in a way that makes this forum a decent place to visit and be in.
    10 points
  24. Could you be any more dismissive and condescending? Or just outright rude to those who have committed?
    10 points
  25. Today the bodyshell came back from paint. It looks very nice . Certainly a million miles from the bubbled mess that went in . Thanks to Stuart, Rusty and the team and Alto in Hartley Witney. Not a big outfit but historical experience working at TVR and McLaren meant they understand GRP and Composite Now for lots of rebuilding
    10 points
  26. I've spent a bit of time going through the reviews over the last few days (as I need to decide whether to go ahead with my AMG FE order) both on YouTube and in the written press. The only one that seems to be critical is the Evo track review, the Henry Catchpole review in the magazine is very good (4 star, not quite as good to drive as a Cayman but looks amazing and build very well), the Car review against the Cayman and A110 is very complementary, and it comes across more in the written form than the YouTube video. Seems to be the same across the board, engine/gearbox a bit old hat (hope AMG can fix that), not quite as good as a Cayman above 8/10ths (important for Journalists and the driving gods on here, probably not for mere mortals like myself) and a bit heavy for a Lotus. None of that really puts me off when looking as the junior supercar styling, the fact they have finally nailed an interior that I can live with as a daily driver and frankly watching just how much fun Harry Metcalf was having blasting around in the car on roads that he knows like the back of his hand. Like most on here, I was hoping for a 5*, kicks the Caymans arse type of review but being realistic, given just how mature the Cayman platform is and how good Porsche are at making cars that was unlikely to happen. I know which one I'd rather have on my drive.
    10 points
  27. Just back from a weekend in Axminster. Met up with an oppo in his AM Vantage and we "pootled" around South East Devon with me taking the lead in the Evora. His summary of the weekend was that the Evora was bloody noisy and got all the turned heads, pointing, waves and smiles - much to his annoyance.
    10 points
  28. The cross gate action in both my Evora and Exige S sucked. On track, high G corner, forget about making a clean shift flat out. I tracked both cars significantly. I never had the issue on the road, by the way. And the GT4 'box is light years ahead of the crud cable shift/Auris combo, its a beaut despite the long ratios and infallible on track. You know the only thing I really disliked about Porsche ownership, was perception. I wouldn't be let out at junctions as much, and you wouldn't get fellow enthusiasts coming over to you at the pumps for a chat like you would in a Lotus. You can see a bit of that in this thread. Back to the box of gears, I actually didn't expect Lotus to solve this issue (they've had over a decade to sort it). The lower rev limit is a bit of a shame as 7k is tried and tested; and I wonder if the first few gears are torque limited as well, one of the reasons the likes of an Evora 400 doesn't feel as quick as it should. And yet, here I am, with my GT4 as much as sold and my early Emira order staying firm despite any reviews, despite tirades on here about Customer Service. I just find myself incredibly fortunate to be able to have my name down for a proper 3 pedal mid engine sports car, that looks utterly jaw-dropping, built by a company with real heritage, with a powertrain that is very much familiar (and one that I actually do like, despite the above). Its very exciting times until the end of ICE, and I can't bloody wait for my Emira!
    10 points
  29. Simple answer no, obviously not the review jimichanga and a good few so called Lotus enthusiast wanted on this forum they know who i am talking about.
    9 points
  30. Ha! You catched me? Did you take this from racetracker or were you at the Ring? I was avoiding all the front pics due to the rubber seal flapping around 😅 I was about to post this one instead: The S1 is going in for the 1000km oil change after the full engine rebuild tomorrow. Means I took it very easy on that lap (the brakes also don't feel up to the task of a fast-ish lap in my opinion). And then it should be ready for the roadtrip to FOS mid next week ✌🏼😀
    9 points
  31. Yesterday was the first day in (I think) at least 10 years that I have considered the restoration of my Esprit V8 complete - Everything works as it should and it runs like a dream, even the air conditioning (which has been the most recent bug bear to be tackled). I don't think there is much that has not been replaced or rebuilt over this period. It's been painful and ridiculously expensive but it is done 😁 and I am so relieved, at times I thought I would never get to this point, even wanting to put it in a field and set fire to it a few times. It's been an experience.
    9 points
  32. How many owners track their Evora's? I bet it's single figures as a percentage. The Emira will more likely be the same, hence the EVO review wasn't really justified. As with the Evora, yes is can go on track and for most drivers will be more car than they'll ever need but it won't see the other side of the pit wall very often I don't think.
    9 points
  33. The reviews are similar to how the Evora is often represented in the media - it's a good car, but the Cayman is better. But as an owner of an Evora, I absolutely love mine, and would take it over a Cayman any day. So I have no reason to believe the Emira would be any different. I'm sure many of us were hoping for a 'revolutionary' moment where the reviewers drove it and were blown away, but in reality this is an evolutionary car, so that wasn't ever really going to happen. However, cars are emotional things, if you review them objectively then I'm sure you'll be able to find 'the best car' but that doesn't mean everyone will like that one the most. I'd much rather own a car that I love, than one that everyone tells me is 'the best'. It's always nice to have positive reviews to validate your own opinion, but in reality, reviews don't really matter at all. Buy the thing that makes you happy, you'll get far more joy knowing that you like it, than constantly telling yourself that someone else thinks it's good.
    9 points
  34. Thank you Filip, it was nice to meet you today on our way to Zolder. The hotel overlooks the pits so my wife was able to photograph and video the car as I accelerated down the pit lane. The last time the car was here was May 1980 when it was left at Genk Airfield for Colin and Mario to drive to their hotel and circuit for the Belgian Grand Prix, so it was great to drive on the same roads today.... Zolder pit lane video.mp4
    8 points
  35. Some beautiful BTS shots from Lotus PR's Rob Borrett when the car was being filmed for the show at Anglesey.
    8 points
  36. Good video. Definitely right to start with the good news about honouring the fixed prices. That’s going to cost them. The delays have been on the cards for a while, so no surprise there. Good to see he’s got a slogan like Chapman’s “simplify and add lightness”. For today’s Lotus the new mantra is “it’s worth the weight”. 😉
    8 points
  37. So this weekend we had a members only Norfolk Performance car Club meeting at Ket Hall, Lotus were there and so were a couple of dealers. There was some serious Metal (and GFRP) there. Tens of Millions of pounds worth. It was awesome and a cracking day! Thought you non Norfolk people may want to have a look! Also an Arty Video by Wendy.
    8 points
  38. Not having much mechanical confidence or experience I've flip-flopped between doing something myself vs. getting a garage to do it. Thanks to the excellent advice above from @jonwat @Barrykearley @Sparky @sailorbob @910Esprit and @CarBuff I decided to do what I could myself. Raised the suspension up to about horizontal upper wishbones, moved the castor shims about to (theoretically) address the offsets from the geo measurements, bought the wrong camber shim plates (got the inboard/outboard direction wrong) then bought the right ones for the near side and fitted. Loosened the ARB mounts and oiled liberally, also liberally oiled every other bush in sight. Creak has now gone! Couldn't be bothered to oil each bush in turn (and refit the wheels in between) to determine the root cause, but my feeling is that yep, it was the ARB. Will take it back to the garage to do the tracking and do a full alignment check again. Thank you very much everyone for your help and advice. One of the things I was looking forward to in owning an Esprit was to (incrementally) improve my mechanical maintenance skills and experience. Very much enjoying the learning journey so far!
    8 points
  39. I wasn’t allowed to say anything before the event , but all the work was to to prepare the car for the extreme driving conditions, 2.6 mph for 70 mins. It all worked perfectly even the drive of over an hour in heavy rain on the way home. Thanks to Andy on here who helped with the mechanical jobs and Jon who gave me some blower fan guidance. I think I will leave it installed as it all worked so well. Also thanks to Lotusbits who came up with a cam cover at short notice.
    8 points
  40. In the very wealthy Middle East and parts of China people wondered why Lotus were making cars for their chauffeurs!
    8 points
  41. Nice day out Sunday at the Bromyard speed festival
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  42. Yesterday, went to my daughter's school speech day before 1/2 term, and got slightly distracted by the car show at the front of the school. What a fantastic engine - everyhing on the outside (and this is only 1/2 of it) Here's the beast in question - from 1907
    8 points
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