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  1. The article I took part in is finally out in the shops. I've had a quick read, snippets of the article and reads well regarding the Esprit. now the article is out I will post some photos from the day and give a few more details on how it went in another post.
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  2. That engineering partner of Toyota also had a flat 12.
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  3. And Lotus Group lawyers in 3....2.....1..... Seriously it'd be awesome if someone made a counterfeit Esprit based on new-old-stock and some moulds. Would it though? How much of the 458 and 650S price is due to branding/profit margins and not the cost of development/construction? The way I see it, if the Alfa 4C can have so much carbon fibre and still be within striking range of your average gentleman's budget, and considering Alfa is (probably) making a tidy profit I'm guessing Lotus with their historic "on the edge of bankruptcy" approach could squeeze out a fantastic Esprit for £120,000. Third party powerplant and transmission (I still say evolve the 918 if it can meet emissions by some trickery, it was good for 550 BHP), extensive use of carbon fibre, Toyota parts bin switchgear and other bits & bobs, and bang you'll have one hell of a supercar at a price that's still horribly expensive but fits in a special gap in the market... I'm stacking a lot of hypotheticals, but Lotus have always managed to pull a Rabbit out of the hat in the past...
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  4. Thanks I an, great pricure, which clearly shows that more Space is available when Alunox manifold is in place. I think I actually bought those K-nuts and have them somewhere on the shelf. Anyway, here's some good news: I spent two hours today grinding a 13mm open/ring spanner to be thinner, plus crawling underneath and removing the engine tray plus the 4 small heat shields. That and generally crawling in various positions underneath, brought me some more nuts off the manifold. I have have 6 muts off! Hey, going slowly but surely towards the new manifold Happy New Year everyone! Jacques.
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  5. My new car arrived today........a 1978 Pontiac Firebird! Pics to follow when I come down off the ceiling,
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  6. Mines lowered, here it is sitting next to an S4s. Go to the full size image and you will see following the bumper line it is lower. DSCF2004 by Owen Wright, on Flickr
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  7. Couldn't help read this without a wry smile and a chuckle. Don't seem to remember any such comments from Horner when Vettel won his 4 championships with a pole, fastest lap etc. each round... Funny that eh? http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/35195256 Formula 1 needs rule changes to make it less predictable, says Red Bull team principal Christian Horner. "The regulations are incredibly stable for next year, so Mercedes will inevitably carry on the dominance," Horner told Autosport. "People get turned off with predictability." Hahahahahaha...... I get turned off personally by poor losers and this sort of anal bullshit that seems to be F1 these days, though these side conversations etc. are often much more fun than the races themselves these days.....
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  8. I'm off to the pub shortly for a lemonade so thought I'd get in early, happy new year! May your 2016 be filled with health, wealth, cheap petrol and open roads
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  9. This is my second experience with a Lotus. The first Lotus being a 1990. This is a 1993 that i picked up in the States and transported to Canada. The car body wise was in really good shape with only 28000 miles on the odometer. Mechanically alot was to be desired. Car did not run and had a code 26 instantly when you started the car. So I replaced the ECM and the injectors and cleared that issue. Since the timing belt was never replaced I replaced the timing belt. Discovered that the original alternator had the dreaded regulator black goo dripping from it and had failed, I swapped that over to the Bosch AL49X alternator. Car got substantially better. However, when starting cold it would have to crank a fair bit for it to start and the lowest the IAC count would be is 60. So I am in the middle right now of removing intake and replacing all upper gaskets. I have removed the mechanical chargecooler pump and switching that to a Bosch electric pump. Replacing spark plug wires. And since that AC was not working i replaced the front shaft seal on the AC compressor (why not? the AC compressor was saying hell you have taken everything else out, fix me while your at it). I would like to get the car ready for spring and just be able to drive it when weather warms. They are actually quite easy cars to work on i find.
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  10. Booked three track days for 2016 Blyton - Lotus on Track - 12th March Sat Donnington - Circuit Days - 11th May Wed Anglesey - Lotus on Track - 4th June Sat
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  11. The best preparation you can do is to the use the car regularly before your planned trip. Then do a full service and complete check over on a ramp for peace of mind. AA membership and travelling in a convoy are smart choices. The longest drive in my Eclat was a European Tour in 2008, Ireland - France - Stelvio - Col De Turin - Monacco - France - Ireland. We did the trip over 7 days, the longest and most boring part was France, Cherbourg to Geneva in 12 hours, stopping only for petrol and stretch the legs.
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  12. Hmmm, I hadn't realised the interior was so "non-wraparound" as that video earlier in this topic shows. I've never actually sat in a 400 yet - for some reason the woman on the stand at the Geneva Motor Show wouldn't let me get in it and since going through figures with Brandon at MMC in Edinburgh before the launch I think he became aware that I was unlikely to "upgrade" at this stage, so a test drive hasn't been on the cards now that one has arrived! Despite all performance and exterior styling, which I've grown to love despite first thinking it looked horrific at the back end, I think the non-wraparound interior - and indeed the lower sill - would put me off. I've grown to love Dexter's wraparound entombing leather interior that you have to climb down into and which then envelopes you. I don't have a glamorous shed into which to retreat, Dexter feels like my special little dark mancave. While the Elise and Exige felt cramped to my broad (not fat, broad, thanks) frame, the 400 may be too spacious... and the Evora S just right. I'm only trying to convince myself. I've held off begging for a test drive given that I'd bought Dexter immediately after the first test drive, even before taking my hands off the steering wheel back at MMC. So, those who've gone from Evora S interior to the Evora 400 - is it *totally* different a feel in terms of not being a mancave anymore?
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  14. Double-nutting it to get a bit of rotation out of it, wailing on it with a big hammer until it started budging, then a lot of Plus Gas releasing fluid.
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  15. I feel that something is a bit overlooked here. When the Esprit came, it had a nice little engine in a light more luxurious car, with very good handleing and an outrageous design. Then came the Stevens breed. Better design still, inside and out with very good performance and even better handleing. Still it kept the smaller engine, which happens to be very modern again, aka the downsizing of many brands. Lotus managed to keep weight lower than the competition and still be faster (and better design). I would do two versions: the supercharged and turbo'ed 4 pot and, as Vanya said, the Lotus v8 developed to modern spec. I feel that Lotus somehow have to stay true to their own engines. Noone ever says that a Ferrari is just a more expensive fiat with an upscaled engine. No, they have to have their own engine. Speaking of nostalgia, apart from crasttests, rules etc, I find the Stevens Esprit wayyyy to nice, even today, compared to the all too often moders supercar design, which is an out come of a design school's trend, not an individual thinking that ultimately ends in the very same design, because it's the only way to design a sportscar. No, I don't buy that. It's a generation of young designers, who do anything from supercars, over kitchenware, to toiletroll holders. Instead of getting their own ideas, they largely design from each other. Now, I know that this have always happened to some extent, but I feel that there is no pride and originality in todays sportscar design. That is why I quoted the quy the other day who, despite his young age having normally only an eye of the latest and greatest (a description of todays generation), really digged the Esprit's superrior design, form and function combined, but with design taking the (w)edge. I saw in his eyes a lust for real sportscars, not a drop of water/used soap design. It gotta' be low, really low, have pop up lights, be ûber wide, and have havily tuned Lotus 4 banger and a Lotus v8. Why not go over the Lotus v8? I am sure it can be done. Money is no object, when you're dreaming. I am sure the financial thinking guys of you will chime in here, but hink this: there's many a supercar from the last 40 years, which would never have come into existence, if it were up to the finance department to decide. Meanwhile, I'll go try and take off that Lotus made cast manifold, and if eventually I succeed in doing so, there will have been way enough time to produce a new super Esprit. My wish is a Stevens Esprit with reworked Lotus engines. Not japscrap or something else. Kind regards, Jacques.
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  16. Right that's it - tissues - self abuse commences
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  17. Well nice to visit but a bit less to live in: traffic is a big problem here and people drive so carelessly that having a car like a Lotus as a daily driver (and even parking it in the streets) is foolish. But just 1 hour highway I can be on the sweet hills and twisty roads of Tuscany!
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  18. Yeah, I had the joy of this a few months ago. On one side, I pulled the hub carrier off to get it to a garage to get pressed out. You can remove the stud going through the diff carrier from either side. I knocked my studs through towards the front of the car, and put them back in from front to rear, but you could do it the other way too. Might take a bit of faffing about lining everything up so the stud will go through when you're putting it back together. When you get the stud out of the diff carrier, do check the carrier itself for corrosion inside. I had to do a bit of smoothing on the inside to ensure that the replacement stud could be knocked into place without too much difficulty.
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  19. Knock on the door of Toyota's engineering buddy and grab that 3.6l flat six with their transaxles. Won't get a lower CoG for an engine. Then add a couple of turbos and there's an alternative to the Porsche flat six monopoly. For lesser models there could also be 2.5 and 2.0l four cylinder turbo boxers.
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  20. The idea of (a decent single malt, so not JD) on ice makes me shudder. The ideal whisky glass is like a brandy glass but with no stem, so you warm the drink by the heat of your hands and so get the subtler aromatics really going. If it's to be diluted then still water, the more pure the better, and not chilled.
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  21. What a load of baubles Steve.
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  22. And I bet most of that was with his eyes closed mouth open and just by feel alone........ close your eyes jacques - become one with the manifold
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  23. Is a spare wheel any use ?? No no to any polluting VW diesel plants !!
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  24. No, let's go mad and make two. One with a full on turbo medium capacity four pot and one with a mega-V12. Then Barry and I will both be happy with our new cars
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  25. I got half a pot of resin as well - fixed a valance on the herald the other day. Got it all over the kitchen table and stunk the house out. i now reckon I'm an expert !!! Lets make one - might be better than top gears try at an electric car
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  26. I can weld (badly) and have even been known to pick up a spanner. Let's get the band back together.
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  27. I've got some leftover fibreglass resin. I smell a partnership!
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  28. Just throwing it out there, TLF still own the Esprit VARI moulds
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  29. No chance of a new Esprit sadly, not much more chance of many here being able to afford one if it did happen either. I say this as a very proud Esprit owner, but we really have to consider what Lotus currently make. The Exige and Evora cover most of the bases left by the Esprit very well. The Evora for GT duty and the Exige for supercar-humbling pace and otherworldly styling. If Lotus did decide to do a bigger, heavier, two seater, based on the Evora tub, even with exquisite styling I think it would be likely to help us appreciate the Exige better. The power would have to be north of 450bhp just to better the Exige's power:weight, dynamically it would always be fighting a losing battle. It would need at least 550-600bhp and be made a lot lighter than an Evora to be even at the races with the likes of the Ferrari 488 and McLaren 650S. I'm quite convinced the factory could make a world beater with sufficient resources and what a car it could be (especially with the Lexus LF-A V10) but the likely cost of a car that could really take on the supercar establishment would be at least £200k, lottery win territory for most. Instead Lotus can take on the supercar heavy hitters with the flyweight Exige which still has so much potential. A 450bhp Exige could have a power:weight close to a 600bhp Evora.... All they need do is put an even more dramatic, lighter Exige body on the 311...
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  30. Please, no more talk of this hybrid nonsense!
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  31. Ah come on now a 28 year production run is hardly failed commerce. From what I can see the V8 thing was more of an aspiration. I get the impression that the Esprit wasn't exactly top priority. Just a cash cow for racing funds. I'd be happy to be put right on that. I'm not too fussed about how Lotus do, they're not the people who built my car and whereas they in some sense operate a version of the engineering ethos the young Chapman fostered, (I respect him only for his engineering and vision), if they were really proud of or in tune with what the Esprit was they would never have let those new Esprit renderings see the light of day. I'm really here to daydream that it could return in a fashion true to its original ethos, and prove itself. The reality is that our Esprits are what they are and can never be any more than that. Good enough for me!
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  32. can`t help but feel that the supercar market of v8,10 and 12 is well saturated with companies better financed and better at building that type of car.Surely better to stay with what they were always good at building small engined light cars.Todays small engines with almost supercar performance would surely appeal to Chapman and then to put it in a modern version of say a later europa or esprit
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  33. 1. Bingoking 2. David(Alfa2Evora)+1 3. Alan & Gwen 4. Craig 5. Margery and John 6. Colin G 7. Sharron & Dave
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  34. Ok, there's a lot of meat to chew on in this thread so far. Ace! I've been pondering what a new Esprit could be like so here is my two penn'orth (oops sorry, that's pre-decimalisation and definitely before 1976 ) Thoughts The Esprit was originally "fine for Colin Chapman" at about 5' 9" and the cockpit has always told that story. If you're over six foot then it is a pain. Over six two and you probably can't drive it. Given the size of the car and although it is low, the seats don't rake back very far. See above. An Esprit is definitely a Grand Tourer. A premium vehicle. It should be up with the finest of quality, finish and fittings, like an Aston or even a Bentley. Completely luxurious and lush. With a price to match. You should be able to drive one all day, for days on end and not even notice it. (Note to self - mine does this!) It has to perform like no other supercar when it comes to acceleration, top end, handling and braking. Well perhaps on par with a McLaren. THAT IS THE NEW COMPETITION. But with more finesse, more luxury. THIS IS WHAT LOTUS DOES. The new Esprit definitely has to be in the supercar league. Build quality has to be paramount. I think that is now the Lotus way, yes? I completely agree about staying with the original concept. And close. You look at the current "MINI" or the "FIAT 500" or the "VW Beetle" and yes, they are just styling cues, having lost the underlying ethos of what the forerunners were about. Specification Go with the Giugiaro mindset. Folded paper, razor cut edges. No curves, apart from the wheels! This should be a longer, lower, even wider footprint than the original. Longer - to accommodate the taller driver, it's a trend in the western world. Lower - reduce the height to improve aerodynamics and with more seat rake it is possible. Wider - yes, bloody wider! Then you have even more grippy tyres! Think of a squashed S1? Although I would like the rear end to be a lot chunkier/flatter angle, more like the original Europa to accommodate bigger wheels/tyres and yes... no apologies...that V12 Incidentally, Toyota have a 5.0 L DOHC V12 in production for their Century limo. Imagine what Lotus could do with that..? Sod the hybrid/electric thing, for now anyway. This is when we should be going balls out as petrol heads before the greenies finally get their way... I will have a go at drawing this in the next few days if I find some time. Unless the majority think I am being a tw*t!
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  35. Couldn't resist getting a cheeky phone pic while i was out today
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