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  1. Almost finished recommissioning this beauty, thought i would share :-)
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  2. This is the only pic I have which my brother took during the handover!
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  3. Here's a picture of my Lotus sports exhaust had the tips coated black by zircotec. Not sure if it's any louder than stock as had it fitted from day one. The twin pipes look so much better than the pigs snot of the factory box. Richard
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  4. A quick photo of mine from a blat up north a few weeks ago. Love it more every time I get a chance to drive it.
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  5. HI Mike, Yes the car came home with me at the weekend! After a second test drive on Saturday I was completely satisfied with the operation of the clutch and the gear change which was as it should be through all the gears. LotusSilverstone went to over and above to prepare the car to an extremely high standard and IMHO they deserve their reputation as one of the best Lotus dealers in the country. The car performed faultlessly on the journey home with everything working as it should and I'm extremely happy with it to say the least. Thanks all for the advice and support over the last week, these cars really are something else!
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  6. Do you own a 400? I'm trying to work out how many people on this forum own a 400 and whether they would be interested in attending some kind of gathering to help raise awareness. I was getting pretty bored of the standard comments from some on various forums challenging "who would actually buy one?" and "why doesn't Lotus improve their marketing strategy?" I wanted to see whether we could do something about it ourselves.
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  7. Chipp, it was a publicity stunt by Graham Arnold the sales director at Lotus in the 60's. The car is a Lotus 51 formula ford that was made road legal. They also made a Lotus 61 in camouflage with a fake machine gun mounted on the front....those were the days.
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  8. Well, I had a funny experiece. When I mot'ed my Esprit last time, having a Quicksilver exhaust system on, the tester couldn't get into the car. Simply too old and stiff in his legs and back, so asked me to mot my own car in his place. He stood outside telling me what to do, and so I did. "No worries, mate". The point where I got a Little bit anxious was, when he inserted a probe in the exhaust to measure pollution (no problem), and asked me to give it some beans. I mean, he was right behind the car... I'd say he is deprived some of his hearing ability by now. All he said with a very loud voice afterwards was: "Oh yes, it's fine". Jacques.
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  9. Being a frequent traveler in East europe for the last 23 years, I can just say, that it is not the wish of the general public, to have been joining the ec, it is solely the interest of the political and economical establishment, who thrive on the membership. Before say Romania became member, they had a Little Money and managed, despite their former dictator and his evil wife Elena, sucking every single bit of ressource and life out of the land and the population. After the 89' uprise in which a few thousands were killed with machine guns, they won freedom. But what happened? All the banks and international Companies infested the country with their sick advertising, products and misbehaviour and misconduct, in reality setting the country under an enormous dept, they cannot pay, while "buying" the natural ressources off the land for petty Money. And I mean petty Money. No Wonder they have changed their view on the West from being very curious and positive, to more like, nah, I whink we want to stay alone and manage ourselves. Don't make the mistake in thinking, that the West incl. britain, is all good. Because in every country is a hoarde of lawmakers, politicians and Companies, who make a collective system of enforcement that deprive the population here in Denmark, the UK, Greece, Romania and all the other countries, of their own land and it possibilities. Being in a cart with a skinny horse in front, or not. Honestly, In reality we, the population, are dead sick and tired of how the establishment are misusing democracy and economical powers, to thrive only for themselves. UK and all the others. The same happens all over the World, for that matter. Voting out of the ec, makes them dead scared, because it installs a small cavity in their bulletproof system of Laws and abilty of acting behind the scenes, in reality not being responsible to any nation as they are hiding behing a thick velvet of intricate Company Constructions and boards. This Means, that for the first time in a long time, in effect since wwII, the people in power, I mean real power, not someone on election, cannot keep on pressing the lemon insensebly. I seroiusly doubt if in reality it would make any real difference, but still. I don't think one should take the position and say "them and us"; in reality most people amongst the general population in nations, wants the same: a happy long prosperous life. Some with a religious aspect in front. So be it. But it's a bit odd in my view, to take a Whole nation or even a whole part of European continent captive in saying, that they are running around as stone age people, when in fact we, also in Denmark, have done so and so much to deprive them from their own nation and possibilities, for example during earlier times. Fortunately that's mostly stopped by now. Instead, I think it's more interesting to investigate for example who were bombed by the alied forced during the wwII and what exactly were hit. Like: did some of the big german companies go free? Did some of the scientists deeply involved in the nazi regime go free to other parts of the World? Hmm... I think that a bit of monetary interest went into the equation. A bit of multinational interest as well. A bit of acting behind the curtain. I cannot retire at age 60. For me, it's 69 and that number is regulated to be higher the younger you are. I fully agree, that some systems are highly unfair, as people are forced to do this and that, in contrast to others who don't have to. Well, I can retire at age 60, but it's fully at my own exppense, not getting a dime till' I'm 69. And by the way, the way the ec and it's member countries are spending Money, there won't be many pence to spend, when I hopefully reach pension. So we have to save up ourselves. Note: 0% interet rate in banks. No public help if you have saved up as much as two.pence, during 50 years or working. But paying 50% in tak off that saving: well, hell yeah! Let's steal the peoples ressources! I pay effectively around 79% in tax in my country. I called them up to say I want out, as any membership in a Club is voluntary, but they refused and told me, that I am a lifetime member. "Sorry sir, you cannot refuse, we have to rip you off". Instead, I think we as ordinary people should lay the small differences aside (and thanks for that, and not all being straightened out cuecumbers in the name of socalled ec when in fact it is not the european community; well not the population anyway) and should continue to make it visible and clear to the politicians, and thereby their bosses, the multinational Companies and Little intricate society of "brothers", that we are aware of what's going on, and we don't like it. I mean, it's hardly because of a local pesant or university professor living their local life somewhere Deep in Eastern europe or Greece working 10 hours a day till he drops dead at the age of 78, that we have so many problems in Denmark or UK or... There are other reasons behind. The power behind the EC being one of them. Get out, please, you have a Unique chance, and we would take it too, if we could. Your best friends in europe Jacques.
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  10. It's quicker than your V8 right now.
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  11. I drove an R8 V10 today. If that qualifies as a supercar, pretty sure the Evora should. In our modern day and age, a small capacity forced induction engine doesn't seem to be a prohibiting factor anymore. The R8 was quick, but didn't feel too much quicker than the 400 I drove.
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  12. Wow, look how good i am at valeting!
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  13. Your dealer will be able to alter your order. They're only bolted on from behind with a couple of bolts.
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  14. Welcome mate. Lovely car, looks awesome. I am a purist so prefer bumpers to be original black, but it does look lovely!
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  15. Yep official dealer since 20 years, but there is some parts obsolete at the factory. And it's quiet difficult to find old parts in France. I think in Great Britain your very brilliant in such things. I'll ask South West, thank you
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  16. Welcome to the forums Aj lovely looking car and even more so that it has sentimental attachment Not sure if you can get a classic car policy at the age of 19 but things may of changed, I bought my first esprit a stevens model when i was 21 and the insurance was just under 2k a year and that was almost 20 years ago.! i hope you get some form of insurance sorted so you can enjoy your esprit regards Danny
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  17. A little update on the www.deroure.com system today. We have uploaded the latest versions of the Evora / Evora S and also the Evora 400 catalogues onto the website. Feel free to have a look around
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  18. No you just need to be careful and make sure the new one sits low enough on the splines. Take it easy lowering the bonnet until you know for certain its fitted low enough and won't foul. Along with fitting the S2 suspension it's one of those things that is well worth doing.
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  19. Welcome to the S2 club! I bought mine when I was 20 back in 1997. Insurance was silly until I was 25 so had it insured under my Dad with me as a named driver. That made a big difference. I still had to pay the premium though... Your car looks great. Personally I would put the bumpers back to black but I'm not a fan of the black sills. My car was the same colour as yours originally. Pete PS if you ever want to change your steering wheel for a smaller one to help you fit, I'd be interested in your original. Mine never had the original wheel.
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  20. Thanks. I was originally thinking of adding a Sports Racer style wrap to it, but after viewing the car in the flesh I decided to keep it stock (well for a while anyway). The Oyster interior definitely creates a sense of occasion when you open the door and it seems to compliment the blue exterior. Typically you wait ages for a specific colour and two come along - http://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/lotus/evora/lotus-evora-na-2-2/5372368?v=b#. I see there is now another Persian Blue Evora for sale on PistonHeads although that car has the black interior, but its definitely a stand out colour IMHO.
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  22. I've just emailed Jamie @ B&C to ask, but will dig out the paper work later. If they don't then I've got a free-ish weekend this weekend and hole saws in my tool box so may give it a go. Although you don't notice the 'lotus' bit in the indicator it would irritate me to not have them matching. If I do it I may drill a piot hole and endoscope it first so I don't hit the adjuster mech inside......then cut a wacking big hole in it! Lol. Gav
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  23. Making headway Bibs? Offer stands - Let me know if I can help out.
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  24. I've been having a look at pictures on line and I think there is room to use a hole saw to get access from behind. At least then we have a chance of fixing the led's. It could then be covered with a flat piece of plastic and sealed, possibly with some silica gel or cat stuff and stockings for those such inclined (Bibs!). Gav
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  25. Over 100 people have RSVP'd so should be a good day... See you there
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  26. Thanks for the feedback about the dash. It's also a sat navigation and forms part of a security system . Can select different types of gauges etc and even check O2 readings from each bank of cylinders
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  27. Apols if already posted, but I'd not seen this before..
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  28. Great fun. Sorry I had to shoot off early. I had a mother's day lunch booked in Edinburgh. A few snaps from before I disappeared:
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  29. You've aged a bit since I saw you at Brands last year, Barry.
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  30. There's something great in the thought of Lotus cars in countries like Italy and Germany. Lovely looking car Angelo, but I would say that! Look forward to pics of yours Tris, I take it that's going to be a different shade from Philsport300's?
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  31. Finishing up the new carpet today and went to a Lotus PALS club winer stress relieve gathering yesterday. The had the new Evora 400 for preview. Simply put I want one. There were some really interesting pieces of Lotus history there on display, JPS #47 of the Federal car version Esprit Great day outand one of five PPG Pace Cars V8 in yellow,,, Ohhh did that purr like heavenly. Great day out, time to drop in the drivers seat and call the carpet job a wrap.
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  32. I've gone for a Dark Metallic Blue, (slightly darker than the old Midnight Blue), Silver wheels and Alcantera interior. So just need to keep the expectation under control for a couple of months. Ken from Snows Lotus seems to be selling cars at a good rate at the moment. Tris...
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  33. Read the earlier link on the Kinnochs. One of the things that struck me was the "secrecy" surrounding pay, packages and expenses for MEPs. Where is the public accountability in that? Where is the independent scrutiny? FIFA behaves that way and it takes the Americans to sort it out, whilst apparently the European and Swiss Authorities turned and looked away. Ecclestone is accused of Bribery in Germany. But after a multi-million payment to the German Courts the case is settled and no further action. In my non legal opinion is the not the court taking a bribe? The UK plays by the letter of the EU law, everyone else in Europe takes the piss and finds ways around it. Everyone is worried about access to trade. We are one of the largest net importers of European, and especially German manufactured, goods and services in the world. On our own yhe UK is the 6th largest economy, we've displaced France that is in terminal decline and we are catching up to Germany. British quality, design and the British label make our goods highly desirable and our brands regional leaders across Asia, still one of the fastest growing markets. We have strong trade ties with India, where British has a strong quality reputation and India has the fastest growing upper middle and upper class in the world, and population wise is set to out grow China. Are we really saying all of this will disappear because we are no longer a part of the EU? Anyone who does not think the that Euro politicians end goal is a federal European Super State is quite frankly, in my opinion deluded. Please don't vote based on stupid things like phone tariffs. We already have to show our passports when travelling to Europe. Nothing will change there. I work for a global French company. The UK business is the second largest contributor of nett profit and revenues. Do I think my company will pull out? Of course not. They'll beef up their treasury market and make a killing trading pounds versus Euros actually making the UK even more valuable to them. Vote what you believe is tight for you. But please, do some research and vote on the important things, not the insignificant dross and drivel.
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  34. Surely the 'weight' of the clutch is dependant upon the hydraulics (bore, stroke, volume etc) so maybe a new master or slave cylinder can make a heavy clutch lighter? Either the master or slave cylinder could be faulty and I would say that changing both master and slave cylinders should be tried before resorting to a plate change?
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  35. Yep! It is the manual. The mountain picture is actually me driving it on track, at Spring Mountain Motorsport Ranch, Pahrump, NV. Three days on track. It's an amazing car. Nimble, but with tons of power. Torque curve is flat, so there's always power. I love it!
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  36. Well, clearly this is a topic which polarises people - so I'm going to say one last bit and then bow out quietly... As previously mentioned, I don't trust any politician to ever give me unbiased and straight facts. Most people on this website also think (and I agree) that a lot of journalists can't give an unbiased opinion when reviewing a car - so I doubt international politics is any different. In the absence of faith in any "facts", statistics or otherwise - I base my opinion solely on my experiences. I have not experienced many of the issues that people write about. This is not to say they're wrong, or invalid, but I haven't seen them as a problem. I've recently had two people close to me become terminally ill and found the NHS to be very effective in both cases. I've not had my village taken over with immigrants (although the bloke next door was from Romford, which might as well be Baghdad as far as locals are concerned), nor has anyone from Brussels turned up and told me my porch can't be painted that colour due to health and safety. And my bananas are bent as a nine bob note. I enjoy the *perceived* benefits of being in the EU - and I believe that for me, both personally and professionally, being in is advantageous. There are a number of jobs/sales/purchases I have made recently which would have been simply impossible were I dealing with non-EU states. I am always going to vote for what benefits *me*, sod everyone else I totally agree with many others here in that we genuinely don't know what will happen in either case. No doubt things will change whatever happens. I did have the luxury of studying politics many moons ago, and my general feeling from having done so was that it tends to be much more popular to blame issues on a "broken system", which we may try and replace with a new one, and wind up spending more money and ending up with all the same problems. This mostly applies to internal issues, but I can see many problems that may be perceived as being EU issues remaining even if we leave. Additionally, I really quite like Germany and the Germans as it happens. So that'll certainly be influencing my decision. So that's my opinion on the subject. I'm now going to slip off to keep looking for more Evora 400 videos
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  37. Sold by Len Street to the Play Boy Club Soho in 1980, they sold it later that year to a Mr R.A. Crane in Farnham (not far from me) he owned the car until 2012 and the man i bought it from owned for 4 years between them its covered 43000 miles. Its the best original S2 I have owned, the Marcasite is still brown! there are a few jobs i need to do, service etc, new springs (back seems to be sitting low) and the wheels, will probably divide opinion here i want to diamond cut the the wheel rims and paint the centres gold and possibly paint the sills gold, to break up the black.
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  38. Franco, You can engineer the bottom for ground effect, and seal the engine bay completely. By adding a designated air flow with the original intakes and a couple of Naca ducts and spool fan , you will adequately control the engine temp and the bay area. By carefully channeling the heated air to exit into the low pressure zone above the rear diffuser and below the bumper, you can also alleviate some of the drag . I have been running this type system for 5 years without issue. It is quite a lot of work to get correct but does work well.. I improved it over time especially with front splitter and rear diffuser... very pleased with the outcome.. And my engine stays clean.. Pic of first lay out 5 years ago...
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  39. Don't forget I am also a German Sleeper agent. When the results come in there'll be a code word and I will automatically report back to headquarters in Munich sehr schnell!
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  40. Cheers all, stating to get that warm fuzzy feeling back again and cannot wait to pick it up at the weekend. I will have a 250 mile drive back to the North East to get acquainted with the car and I will post some pictures as soon as soon as I figure out how to do it?
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  41. Think of it this way: Unless abused (or faulty) there is no reason an Evora clutch should not see 60k = £3K Rear Tyres last about 10K, fronts 30k (non S 18/19 so the cheapest), so 6 sets of rears and 2 fronts = £2300, but they are now bald so are due replacement = £2850 So comparable costs even now that the tyre prices have come down significantly. I remember paying £1500 for a clutch in my Excel, on a car worth about £2K (and that was 10 years ago). Yes, I'd rather not pay it, but neither am I going to worry about it or let the possibility of that particular bill spoil my enjoyment of the car. Plenty of Cayman S owners with a £10K bill for a new engine! OP - congratulations. That spec was a close number 2 (behind Aqua and Oyster) on my list when I was looking for mine, I've had it 3 years and I think that is the first one that's come up for sale!! Lovely.
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  42. Perhaps the best description, to paraphrase Clarkson, is it is a car with many supercar qualities - looks, noise, badge - but without some of the traditional drawbacks (cost, size)
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  43. Yes but it's no hypercar. Godwood Supercar list...yes Evora S and Esprit ;-) Buddsy
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  44. Foundry has the tools and have put in a quote to Lotus to make some more, they're just working out if they can machine them and will get back to me shortly I'm sure.
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