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  1. That nut is a swine, but the over arm technique usally works for me, but I do drop the nut one or twice before it bites and getting the washer in there at the same time! . However that nut is easy compared to some others I've encountered. If you're adding a washer, try the superglue technique, glue it to the nut before install, I've done this for years, the glue breaks once the nut is installed.
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  2. Saturday was a bit of a wash out. Not a great deal of public interest made it a long day (we had to be in before 8am and couldn't leave until after 6pm. Today was much better though. A bit of sunshine brought a few more spectators and a few more display cars. The track sessions were short but good fun. Despite being behind a pace car, the pace wasn't too slow. Thanks to Dom for giving me some pax laps. (hope you made it to MMC for some much needed repairs). I didn't get as many pics as intended, but here's a few edited highlights:
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  3. Completed the 4000 Km round trip from Hamburg to Southern France last night. The car drove as it looks, a perfexct weapon to attack all roads, be it mountain passes, German Autobahns or village cruising. And passing prestige unrivaled by anything (yes, even Audi and BMW-drivers pull over to let you pass). I have no idea how many people took pictures of the car, but it must have been a few hundred alone when we were parked in Saint Mandrier (we had a great view on the car from the boat). So many thumbs-up and nice conversations everywhere. It really seems like a Lotus always brings a positive association to peoples mind, from reminiscences to a drive in an Elan 40 years ago, praise for Jim Clark (or Kimi from the younger), to personal experiences in an Elise.
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  5. This day was booked almost 3 months ago owing to a mate wanting to come who then couldn't make it on the day anyway! Doh! It was great and Aimee was very friendly, VERY knowledgable and applied to pressure to me for a sale at all. So, my thoughts. In a word .... Epic. The good: - Getting in and out was a LOT easier than I was expecting. - Inside was a LOT more spacious than I was expecting. - The car sounds great in sports mode. - The manual box felt really nice and was very easy to use. - Felt quicker than my isf but that's probably because it's closer to the ground. -Suspension is black magic. The car was flat as a pancake in corners but yet soaked up road imperfections soooo much better than my isf. - It was more refined than I was expecting and quieter in the cabin than I expected so both very positive indeed. - Definitely room for my daughter in the back behind my wife. - Definitely sufficient boot space. - An absolute hoot to drive! The bad. - It didn't feel as premium as I had hoped even with appropriate expectations. Ford parts let down the interior. If they used Toyota it wouldn't be more tactile and solid. Over all I fookin loved it! It's looks are so smooth and sleek. It just looks fantastic. There was a 400 there as well but the 'older' model, to my eye at least, it the more attractive design. I am down on the splitter group by and will remain on that list. It is just a matter of when and not if now. Thanks to everyone for info and assisting with my question. Stu Stu
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  6. Time for another Sunday breakfast gathering for some of the finest bacon rolls around. In collaboration with the "little cars" this is our regular third Sunday of the month event, a chance to gather with like-minded enthusiasts and a cross section of Lotus models. An informal gathering with no particular runs in or out organised, just a chance to chat, look at cars and take in the view. Join from 9.00 when the café opens for bacon rolls. We'll probably be around until 10.00/10.30. Location map for Newlands Corner here
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  7. Hello everybody, I'm Olivier, from France... I've owned an Elise S1 ten year ago, several classic and modern sportcars (few Porsche amongst them), and a '08 elise S (the 136 bhp one) since two years. It will leave the place to an Exige S roadster IPS next friday, hopefully... I must say that at first, I was not very impressed by the '12 Exige when it came out, thinking of a simple variation ... I was quite seduced by the 4C when it was released, and had the opportunity to try a good friend's one ! Wahou... Great experience, with the same feeling, but with more guts and a supercar taste ! But, as a Brit cars nut, I love Lotus cars and Lotus history, and I wanted to keep a roadster, doing a lot of tourism with my cars... So the V6 Roadster could be the answer! I must add that, being also a Porsche fan, the new Boxster Spyder was a very valuable option, with more refinement than the Lotus. But even in its Spyder version, it is still a "common" Porsche, and as the steering feeling is the most important thing to me, I was very relunctant to the electrical steering power ... I then had the opportunity to test drive the yellow roadster S IPS that was previously owned by Lotus, seen in several tests, and though I wasn't thinking of choosing an automatic gearbox, I was instantaneously seduced by the combo ! I already drove an IPS Evora, but thought that it was comfy but quite boring ... But not in the Exige ! It roars, the shifting, although not fast, is quicker than expected (in sport mode) and definitely faster than on the sloppy mechanical one ... The auto blip on downshift is great, depending on the rpms, and really fast ! I used to test Ferrari and Porsche double clutch gearboxes, and it can't compete, but it's really better than reported by some journalists ! I've to add that I don't like PDK which too linear to me ... I like to feel the gear change, and I think it's wise from Lotus to have choosen a light automatic Toyota gearbox (it only adds 15 kilograms), rather than an experimental DC one, like the already-dead SPS... So, I made up my mind, and went the IPS route... I wanted a more refined car (for a Lotus !), and chose a Sienna Brown Roadster with premium pack (with full carpeted interior), red venom interior (great colour combo to me !). I have to say that this car is supposed to do a lot of kilometers during road trips, and only few trackdays... So I also wanted the roadster's softer suspension set-up, with higher ground clearance. The car, still unregistered,has some thousand miles, being a french dealer's property... I had to trade my '67 Elan FHC and the Elise to buy the Exige, but I assume I won't regret it
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  8. Hello Over the past few months I have been creating illustrations of the F1 cars raced by Team Lotus during the 1983-1994 seasons for a book I have been writing on the team covering that period. While I have been able to find (or recreate) all the relevant sponsor logos, I am struggling to find which fonts were used for the race numbers during that period. Can anyone out there help me with this??? Type 92 Type 93T Type 94T Type 95T Type 97T Type 98T Type 99T Type 100T Type 101 Type 102 Type 102B Type 102D Type 107 Type 107B Type 107C Type 109 Thanks Neil White
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  9. Oh, go on then - you've persuaded me. I haven't 'modified my P&J for nearly a month now so I'm suffering withdrawal symptoms. My finger is still hovering over the 'Buy Now' button for a GT4-style rear-wing but this splitter will give me my fix for now. As per the others' comments, if it could come right up to the edge of the plate plinth, that'd be spot-on, . 1) ruccio77 2) stuno1 3) Jmanji 4) Alfa2Evora 5)
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  10. Welcome I hope youre enjoying the car..... I bet it gets alot of attention everywhere you go.... I know when I go to France I get stared at alot.........or maybe thats just my sparkling good looks...... I too am a sucker for a nice red interior.....:-) cheers G ps where in France?......we go quite often......and lots of different places... always Le Mans tho'
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  11. They would do better getting Johnny ball instead I used to like think of a number
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  12. Irrespective of the amazing time itself one must note that actual single lap ring times are not allowed currently, following the fatal crash during a VLN race. Adding up best sector times is a good very smart way to get around the ban.
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  13. We are on a trip with 30 cars of all varieties, one lotus. Been suffering jibes about the well known acronym for the past 2 days. First time this car has actually let us down. I am now receiving lots of photos of the wonderful 5* hotel in Insbruck that we should be in while I am in a bikers stop at the side of the road! Still would not swap it for any of them. Not even the Hurrican could touch it in the passes!
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  14. After Dan's help with getting my pistons out of my offside cliper I have junked the pistons and have new ones on order - I guess the benefits of running type16pb calipers is that the parts are cheap! so I will get the hub done next weekend. This weekend was spent retrimming the "new" rear quarter panels and the surround around the internal rear window which I had to do twice. fitting new rear lap belts, removing the drivers seat (which was a real pain since I had to cut one bolt with a hacksaw blade) and replacing the rear section of headlining - lotus was certainly sparing on the adhesive which explained why it was sagging. Removing the rear quater panel with the boot pull also led me to investigate how I will mount the solonoid for the rear hatch release and found that this will be much easier than I had imagined and will result in me having several hatch opening techniques since I will leave the original handle in place and simply drill another hole in the lever in the boot to attach the solonoid. Since this has a 5 kg pull then leverage shouldn't be too much of a problem. Having and electrically opening boot will enable me to hook it up to an alarm system so i can pop the boot with hands full of shopping... who needs a new car! I will post photo's of the interior (rear only for now) once I get the seats back from being repaired in three weeks or so. photos of the rear seats before cleaning look like....
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  15. Found £5.00 down the bulkhead of a van I just bought and I've driven the Esprit for the first time since my hernia operation
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  16. The factory did mine - speak to Rowly in Motorsport. It is a local external firm they use. They do a thin version which is apparently road legal as it doesn't obscure too much vision or the full fat one which is 'track use only'.
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  17. Good appraisal & forget about the "bad " bits you identified. If you want that exceptional driving experience you learn to forget about them (although probably easy for me to say coming from a VX220). When I took my test drive it was still with one very firm eye on the F Type or Cayman. After the test drive it was a no contest, I agreed a deal with Lotus Silverstone before I left. This just probably echoes Gregs24 view on how the car sells itself. I would also agree however that the staff at Lotus Silverstone are a pleasure to deal with and allowed me the longest test drive over different types of roads any dealer has ever done. In comparison, one particular Lotus dealer a few years ago wouldn't even allow me a test drive of an Elise unless I showed intent to purchase there and then. I left quickly and will never return!!!! P.S. Picked up my Evora 21st July and have now covered 4000miles
    1 point
  18. And cutting the body of the car to get to your glued fingers. This makes the job of getting the nut on afterwards, just that bit easier. There is, however, a hole in your car.
    1 point
  19. My understanding is that the true benefits come from matching the gas flow - I.e. Independant pipes for each cylinder would be perfect but impractical so a combination of diameter and length and shape is used to pass the same amount of gas from all cylinders. Shape will affect the speed of flow but the crucial factor is the volume of gas passed so that all cylinders are balanced.
    1 point
  20. I've been reviewing the new car and having a stock take to see what's missing. Handbrake mechanism appears to be off the car - heater unit seems to be missing, mater cylinder missing, but I have a few spare Saab ones in the shed. The doors are off the car, but inside it and the freshly sprayed carcasses enclose brand new door beams and recurred frames. Glass is missing, but I have spares, and will probably use Perspex. Anyway- onto the go faster bits: Manifold looks good: Head ports measure at 27mm with some play dough pushed in and checked with the verniers: Measured the lift and the markings and gave them to lotus it's and they have identified the cams as 107's. Valve sizes appear to be standard: But it's seen a good bowel port and a lot of smoothing/polishing: Should have the makings of something fun. Plan is to get the car running and mot'd on the standard engine, then shake it down whilst building the race engine on a stand. Rods and high comp pistons are the expensive but if the jigsaw that's still missing.
    1 point
  21. With all the work you have done! Council garages are not expensive to rent and would allow a year or two to get things back on track!
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  22. That's just good customer service, gives you more time to come to your senses
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  23. Slightly different method to me when buying my first Evora: Woke up one Friday morning having never even thought about buying an Evora until then. Arranged test drive early next morning. Left deposit. Collected 7 days later. No forum involved. Get it bought!
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  24. Is that the one you loop your arm around the other way over the exhaust? I seem to remember all three were all easy enough if you approach from the right way, which varies for each nut. Maybe I'm imagining that ?
    1 point
  25. More of #4. Taken yesterday evening.
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  26. First day in France with the new car
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  27. Thanks for your reply Ben I never noticed the gearchange blister on the 107C, mind you the best quality side views I had of the car were of the other side, so that's probably why I missed it. I definitely add that detail now, along with the headrests, which would also need adding to the 101 and 102 series come to think of it. If you're interested in a copy of the artworks, send me a message and I'll see what I can do. The 103 was designed during the 1990 season, so would have been the work of Frank Dernie and Frank Coppuck. Work on the car was stopped due to lack of money after a full mock-up was built, along with production patterns of the monocoque, nose section and front and rear wings. My interpretation comes from a general arrangement drawing I was sent, along with photos of a scale model. For the parts that the drawings and images didn't show (basically the rear view) I looked at the 102 and Frank Dernie's 1992 Ligier design for inspiration. Hope you like it... My next project is the Type 112 that would have raced in 1995. Regards Neil
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  29. So much nicer than the 308 behind it. A superb car! Sorry for saying this Guys, but this Esprit is so much nicer than all the modern cars Lotus makes today. A far more exotic looking supercar! So much better design. Much more elegant, while being intricate, tough and looking like it's going very fast while even parked. Cheers, Jacques.
    1 point
  30. Car looks superb, but am a few months off being 70 myself and I don't see the problem. I have both an Esprit V8 and a 89 Excel. They both seem very practical to me.I think the Excel lacks bottom end, so needs a bit of revving. I will be doing the Monaco Historic next year along with the Mille Miglia a 2500 mile run through France and Italy in the Esprit. I cycled Mont Ventoux last summer with my friend who is the same age, and yes we weren't fast but we made it. The main problem travelling France is the good food and wine which means I tend to always put on a few pounds (sorry kilos).
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  32. Just noticed these new images on the Lotus website of the Cup R. The red really suits the car I think.
    1 point
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