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  1. Where did the years go? This was 19 years ago at Motorway sports cars when they were at Boughton under Blean in Kent. My wife asked them to let me have a test drive in an esprit for my 30th birthday ( had already been banging on about wanting one for years before this point). They were incredibly generous as there was no chance of me buying one at that time and they gave us 2 caps, 2 lotus t shirts and a load of posters. I did however buy my first lotus an excel se 8 years later from them when they had moved to Canterbury. I am guessing it was an S4s but not sure. If t
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  2. This morning in a car park in Edinburgh, an Italian tourist came over and gave the car a thorough inspection. He asked loads of 'intelligent' questions about it, I let him have a seat in it then fired it up and hit the LOUD button for the 2bular at which point I'm pretty sure he had a 'trouser incident'. His parting words were "Thees eeza mucha better than a Ferrari". Made my day that did.
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  3. From your maintenance manual (part sn_mr_electrics_evora_0): Headlamp Beam Alignment Using beam setting equipment compatible with local regulations, position the machine between 300 and 700mm in front of the LH headlamp, and parallel with the two headlamp units using the sight bar or similar device dependent on the machine design, to ensure cross car match. Use the guides provided on the machine to ensure the correct height and lateral setting. Switch on the headlamp dip beams and check the lateral beam alignment. The ‘knee
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  4. I have send this some time ago on the Belgian forum to see what reaction it would give. But for mostly I was disappointed that Lotus had canceled the NEW ESPRIT. For me is important that it has his wedge design, I feel that the New Esprit need this, for his heritage. Must be simple, light and also comfortable. The picture hereunder has the same technology like the BMW i8. This sketch is very the same like the original S1:
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  5. Handy to know guys, I was going to post the same question! A mate of mine has just booked on to the same date, so I might join you all.
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  6. There was obviously the Dany Bahar "new Esprit" debacle. There have several threads on here about what a new Esprit could look like - however unlikely it is that Lotus will do one in the short or medium term (yes, I get the "back to basics" pervading philosophy). The DB Esprit just didn't do it for me though, it is so NOT an Esprit. Just a badge. So fellow forumers, what would an updated Esprit look like if it was true to its Giugiaro roots? Anybody good with a pencil and paper or PhotoShop? The challenge is on (N.B. I would be more than happy with an updated
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  7. how about supporting this great event we could have a lotus festival here all proceeds will go to great Ormond street hospital last year we raisrd £2300 on the day this year we would like to raise more so all lotus owners come and join us for a great day bikes classic sports cars bikes trikes modified cars craft stands trade stands birds of prey refreshments bouncy castles etc a family fun day for all so please come and join us raise money for gosh
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  8. Following on from Mark Blanchard's topic about his convertible Mustang, I've just bought a 1978 Firebird. Ladies and gentlemen meet Mildred; named after the 95 year old lady who was it's last and only owner! My Esprit was always a childhood dream come true, and so is this one. Most of the other kids at school watched Starsky and Hutch and the Dukes of Hazzard, but for me it was always Rockford that was the coolest, I mean living by the sea in a caravan with a Firebird seemed idyllic to a 9 year old! It arrived last night and all the way up until it arrived I
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  9. Just been out to check for you and it's approx. 1900mm with the mirrors in the driving position. You can probably shave approx 50mm off by tucking them in (if you can even call it that!) Hope that helps and it seems like it'll fit in your new garage no problem
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  10. Didn't realise they were so rare, I'll take one if we can get some made, just in case. Would prefer to stick to the original design for my car.
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  11. Just looked under my desk - and here's mine, still in it's box. Nice patina it has Thought I'd need it for when I put my car back on the road. However, my original one is still going strong, so this if now for whenever I need it in the future. Chris
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  12. Do a list chaps, get me some numbers and I'll speak to the factory
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  13. Cheers Stephen, ive posted in there also p.s you wouldn't want my Liver.......
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  14. That thread makes me want to cry! I have tried several of the "specialists" and no one has anything ..... at all. The only solution has been to convert to an S4 manifold with all the ancillary parts - this includes a new turbo and plumbing and is not cheap - as discussed probably 2k odd. Has anyone any knowledge of 3d printing? surely this new technology is to be embraced? I know metals can be printed - what types can be printed? would it stand up to the temperatures? possibly a cheaper means of production - no casting, boring, porting etc.....
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  15. Yeah - I can't believe you gave one away either.... Mine's still OK but at 108k, last changed circa 1990, it can't go on forever.
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  16. Blimey. Didnt realise that. Lets all get a cast one!
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  17. May be interested. My wet sump has a leak but not sure yet if its a crack or gasket. Engine coming out soon anyway. Why dont people just go for the S/Steel manifolds as the cast ones seem to be so prone to cracking?
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  18. And crude has crashed to a futher long low today. Whoopee. The future's petrol!
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  19. Hi Laurence, a stock Elise is not going to snap your neck in a straight line but it might round corners. If you thought it cornered well in the wet, wait till you try it in the dry on good tyres! For your budget you will find plenty to choose from. Stock are about 120bhp, 111s are 150+, and the 111r is 180+ but the bulk of all gains are at higher revs. You can also easily tune a stock one. There are endless options try DVA Power or Hanger111. Two or three grand will get you an extra 30bhp easily on a stock one. Condition is key - as is regular use and servicing. Beware of very low mi
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  20. Not so sure you're his type!
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  21. I think the Evora and Exige are quite different beasts. At Stratton's I really liked the Evora 400. The level of comfort and trim made it look a really nice place to spend time. Ive always fancied the Exige roadster but looking at it I made me remember its still quite a stripped out racer. The Evora reminds me of the Esprit with its comfort and carpet. Try turning up for a red carpet event in a Exige, nice as it is I think the Evora would be much more at home. Buddsy
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  22. You will get lots more feedback about the Plack exhaust on the 'other' forum. As far as I'm aware, nobody on here has one fitted. As I understand it, there is no sound deadening at all so it is really, really loud. Lots of Plack owners have subsequently changed to other exhausts. I am personally going for a 2bular Valved system. I have (literally) just got off the 'phone with Jim and my exhaust is on the way. Jim is snowed under with orders so if you order one, don't expect to get it any time soon.
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  23. OK, solved. Never saw it before...
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  24. The creative mind at work....or being inturrupted..... 4-5 weeks cut down into 2 minutes to show you how a book Cover is created, layered and finished. (The Book is out Next week on Amazon, cover by Wendy Kimberley) 2 days cut down down to 5 minutes. This one includes the whole family including me, MJK, the dog and my builder (who was building Wendys new Studio at the time). Enjoy.
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  25. Released in 6 hours for Pre-order. Creditcard at the ready....
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  26. TME kicks ass too, lovely car
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  27. So sorry to hear of the problems you're having. I do love the Evora, and have tried both the manual and auto, but the Exige I have just bought (my first Lotus) is simply sublime. No problems whatsoever so far and an absolutely thrilling car to drive (and to be seen in, if you're interested in that sort of thing). I did not expect to fall for it to such an extent to be honest. So long story short, I'd really recommend you give Lotus at least one more chance. Take the Evora back, ask for an Exige S test drive or one of the newer Evora models, I'm sure you won't regret it.
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  28. If you are refering to a headlight leveling switch unfortunately the evora doesn't have one. you will have to adjust the headlights themselves white plastic adjuster (10mm in size) visable after pulling back the wing liner, there is a circle panel,but inveriably the fixings are seized solid and it is much easier to just pull the wing liner back with the wheels on full lock. Hope this helps
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  29. I have numerous back parts and filters due to fitting trd's and other induction kits give me a message if you want one. Byron
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  30. I feel another thread coming on. Look out for one entitled 'My other's half's car'. Only because we want to keep this great thread all about this really special car, I'm also a big Evo fan (and Evo VI TME owner!) and think you were right to walk away Mark, rust is a real issue with UK cars sadly.
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  31. I have to agree the interior exceeded my expectations ten fold when all you hear about is poor quality. People actually stop to let me out at junctions in the lotus! It does get a huge amount of attention. Glad you love yours as much as I love mine.
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  32. Sounds like you need a new business partner of he thinks an Audi Q5 is a better bit of kit. I look at a Q3, Q5 or Q7 and all I see is this crap.
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  33. Evening all. Thought I should report back now I'm a few weeks into ownership. I should take a few more pics and videos but it's been impossible keeping her photo worthy with all the shitty weather! So my thoughts after a few weeks... What a car! So far it has exceeded my expectations and I don't have an ounce of regret for choosing it over the alternatives I was sizing up. It gets so much attention which has taken a little getting used to after driving a fairly anonymous bmw 1er but it seems like the 'right' attention if you know what I mean! All the bits the reviewers slag off are s
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  34. That engineering partner of Toyota also had a flat 12.
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  35. softened lines will not do it for me. It is supposed to be a high performance sportscar. It does not need to be softened like all todays sedans are. The Stevens was already a softened version of the Giugiaro. and the later S4s did soften the lines of the Stevens. A new one should refer to the giugiaro heritage in details and form. It must be updated. No more pop up lights and so on, but sharp. Really sharp edges. In his time Stevens did a wonderrful job, softening the lines, because that was modern at the time. Nowadays, if you look at the really nice supercars, they aren't soft and rounded an
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  36. I like that esprit - but it does look like any other super car - and that sort of ruins it. the esprit shape needs to be retained - maybe softened a bit more? as for engine choices - the 2.2 managed to get fantastic performance figures. They stuck a v8 in like everyone said lotus should and it didn't really set the world on fire. Lotus have always been about handling and balance - rather than huge engine and hope it works like the yanks do. I would rather see a refined 4cylinder unit - sticks with the heritage a bit more. wish I was good with a pencil!!
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