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  1. Onboard video of my first trackday with the GTE on the GP-course. You can see, I did take it easy.
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  2. Spent a week with this lot Lovely scenery Car was wonderful and spent happy hours chasing Pork all over the hillsides. 2500 miles, epic trip, great car....same again next year
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  3. First trackday for the GTE #11 on the Nürburgring GP-course yesterday.
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  4. This week I took my car to Aylesford Lotus so a chap could have a look at a 'dent' on my rear wing, near the fuel cap cover -I'd asked the dealer about it previously but never heard back until I reminded them after a recent ECU update. Upon arrival, I was greeted by a very nice man, sent directly down from Hethel -he really couldn't have been nicer, been with Lotus 44 years and travels all over Europe, Middle East etc. to arrange/assess warranty repairs. Anyway, the car shows no signs of previous repairs (phew) so he instructed the dealer to book the car in to their bodyshop. He thinks it might be possible to polish the area flat (jury's out on that one), worst case a respray. I was told when the bodywork is checked at Hethel, they have a 1 metre rule, so this may have slipped through somehow. He also looked at my drivers window which has a piece of the 'cleaner strip' which has come unglued from the inside of the outer door skin (I think) and has started leaving a black glue residue on the glass. He said he'd only seen this on cars in Dubai before. Apparently these are being replaced on future cars with a 'sprayed on' alternative (?). A new strip will be fitted when the car goes in. All in all, really pleased with Lotus -I felt cared for where BMW (my last car) might have turned their noses up. I need to arrange a convenient date to get the car in, i'll update here, once it's done.
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  5. Yep, you're right Barry. Just leave it that women of any age can't keep their hands off of an Esprit pilot
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  6. It's not even worth the effort of trying to understand, ... You'd be wrong anyway And kids,,,, plural,,,,, you squeeze two of the aspiration money suckers in????
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  7. I"m in Denmark eating spunk!!
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  8. These GTEs are purely pornographic... Oh well lets hope the current management sees fit to give the E400 future evolutions the same kind of treatment. Thomas your car looks epic!
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  9. 100% agree. It's comfortable, relatively fuel efficient, fast, can carry enough luggage for a week away for two. Powered by what's lets face it is a taxi engine designed for far heavier car, albeit relatively lightly boosted, everything else is simple enough to be reliable. (And ultimately they've had 20 years to resolve the basic platform) A trip like this is perfectly within reach of the car (or any modern Lotus TBH). If it isn't they should give up tomorrow. You can buy an Atom/Caterham/Zenos if you just want a toy. (And why wouldn't you if you can't use it as a road car?) The one thing everyone bitches about is unreliability (Lots of trouble.... blah, blah, blah, ) it's bunk-em. Sure Lotus can make faster and faster lap times, but throwing that old myth off IMHO should be the goal right now. (which after 10 years of trouble free Lotus motoring, I completely think is a myth). Endurance racing, and long distance trips NOT F1 should be where the focus goes. Everyone already associates the brand with fast track cars, what they need to also think about is reliable road cars! All IMHO!
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  10. that's right Sherlock ,can't fool the forum,nice to know someone knows this fantastic location in the middle of a city,most of my classics through the years have been shot here
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  11. My Esprit passed it's MOT today, it's first since 2006 (expired in 2007) The 6 mile drive to the MOT station was the furtherest I had travelled in the Esprit for 8 years. I'd forgotten how much attention it draws!
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  12. Updated list: Front suspension overhaul - some good info posted in this thread I started last year. Coolant level sensor - turns out the earth wasn't attached to the bottom of the tank, doh! easy fix . Engine oil temperature - Another easy fix - simply a bad connection on the sensor, sorted Battery clamps - I decided this wasn't required as the existing clamps are in good condition. Interior - last year I removed a select few interior trim parts to dye black. They are now complete and just need to be put back in the car along with the new double DIN stereo. Windscreen wiper - simply needs replacing. Chargercooler nameplate - it broke off when I was doing the timing belt, just needs cleaning and gluing back on (done). : Wash & Detail - it's dirty (not any more). MOT - Sat patiently waiting to be assessed : And it passed :) It's first MOT in 8 years Remaining: New tyres - the only advisory from the MOT was the tyres but I was planning on changing the old rubber anyway. Fan Fail - the fan I replaced only last year has an intermittent issue, I think I'll junk it and get another. New steering wheel - going to change it this afternoon. Road Tax - can't be on the road without it but waiting until tomorrow (which will be the 1st of the month). Almost out of hibernation!
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  13. Indeed they should. It shows that the Exige is a serious bit of kit and not just fantastic on a country road or race track
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  14. Thanks Neal! To be honest though I'm not sure it's fully deserved I think I got hung up on how difficult the trip would be and actually was extremely surprised how straightforward it turned out to be. I'd packed a pair of sleeping bags, some camping gas and stove, emergency water + food, a light weight tarp, and a load of other junk I simply didn't need in the end. The roads were all well maintained (apart from the unpaved stuff, which were still good in terms of potholes, if not traction.) The bigger issue was a feeling of complete isolation, and therefore the most nerve racking. Plus a big chunk of the trip was done on "major" routes. So on occasion I didn't see another car for an hour or more, you knew at some point someone would be along. Personally I would say it's no less taxing on the car than say a trip to the south of France, just much less populated. I'm already in planning mode for next year. A few things I would do differently, make more use of Sweden's inner routes, which are truly stunning. (I saved most of my dashcam footage, so will put together a video montage as I didn't take enough pictures to give a real flavour). Probably not go to the Circle again (unless it was a group event), spend some time over towards Bergen, and make more use of ferries to cut out Denmark on at least one leg. Can 100% recommend to anyone wanting to make such a trip, and any Lotus (providing it's old enough to have been through it's "shakedown" months, and new enough not to be subject to age / poor maintenance related reliability) should be able to do a similar route
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  15. Genius idea for a trip. Can't think of another car I'd rather do it in. Lotus should do a post about it on their Facebook page.
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  16. I'm full of admiration for you for embarking on such a trip in an Exige (or any Lotus come to that!), and very impressed that the car was able to to complete the journey without any major problems. Sorry to hear about Bullphi's troubles - hope you get it all sorted out promptly.
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  17. I'd love to see a Lotus Evora 400 GTE. All the benefits of the 400 with the GTE wider body and front end. Go on Lotus, do it!!
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  18. Yusuf and the lovely Kershaw are doing well in GT4 with their Evora, too. (You can catch sight of them and other Evora GT4s mixing it with Ferraris and Astons etc at Brands Hatch this weekend as it's Round Six of the British GT Championship.)
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  19. im going v6s to v6 400 cup.... if only everything else in my life was so simple!
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  20. I covered the first 1000 km. The car is amazing, really goes fast. I rode standing in the 4.000 rpm, but yesterday after the 1000 km I arrived in 5.000-5-500 rpm. What a show! Lotus thanks to exist!
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  21. Just got the Rimstock forged wheels to try ..... appearance and weight look good, made in the UK. Verified --- Front: 15lbs (6.80kg); Rear: 20lbs (9.07kg) Waiting for tires to arrive to give them a track test.
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  22. Simply a win win - even if one isn't as good as another. Better that than another bloody soap!! Frankly I'd watch any car show - even if it's shit - still better that the trash like coronation St!!!
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