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  1. I shall keep the colour to myself for now. Spec wise, Cruise not optioned as I suspect I may change the wheel (bring closer to me, and possibly a momo suede wheel). The Cup tyres, absolutely not. And the auto is for poseurs not drivers. Otherwise the rest is all in. I just couldn't live with the seating position in the 400. Did consider a pre-registered 400 for @70k and then changing the seats...but to do it properly would take the car to £75....which was fine.....but then the 410 came out. And like for like, brand new to brand new the additional premium is circa 9k. Take out the seats, and the premium I am paying for the 410 is @£4-5k. Which I am happy with. Moreover I'm happy because there isn't another car manufacturer out there I would buy a brand new car from. Lotus need supporting, I'm in a position to do so. It'd be rude not to!
    5 points
  2. Like many of you, including Saint Mike as JayEmm calls him, I don't hate Porsche but I definately don't like them. I just think they are one step too far. They have evolved the fun out of the cars. I spent a day last summer blasting every Porker around Silverstone and i can honestly say I found them unremarkable, uncharismatic and generally....meh. Even the GT3 just didn't have that "Holy crap I love this" moment that my Exige S gave me the first time I drove it. The closest I got to the sheer driving pleasure I get from a Lotus was a Cayman R, but even that was just too.......good. It didn't have that edge and even Autocar said it didn't Awe or intimidate. I want my sports car to do at least one of those! At the end of the day, no matter how quick a Porker is, or how good, I have always considered them Sports and Supercars for people who don't know much about cars. They buy them because they are German and have badge snobbery, but they can drive them like a normal car with all the mod cons and nice quite smooth ride. Give them an Evora 400 and they would shit their pants. Thats just my opinion and sorry if I upset anyone who owns or runs a porker. Of course I also have that thing in my head that I grew up around my Dad, Colin Chapman, Tony Rudd, Roger Putnam etc and I think it was drummed into me that an Engine goes at the front or middle NEVER EVER behind the rear axle. Thats just plain engineering crazyness! (plus dad would kill me).
    4 points
  3. Service carried out yesterday as it's almost a year since I bought the car. Service done at Lotus Silverstone (£490 for service, transmission fluid change, balljoint replaced and handbrake adjusted). I supplied Oil as I bought it cheaper than Silverstone supply and I fitted my own K&N panel filter as the labour charge was quite high. So in the last year, I've done the following: Bought and fitted Lotus Forged 18/19 Wheels (from sell off) along with new Pirello P-Zero tyres. Bought and fitted Lotus Heritage Edition Seats (from sell off) Removed and Painted Harness Holes in seats Fitted Sport Racer Gearknob (with painted numbers) Bought and fitted new MY10 steering wheel with yellow stitching to match seats Bought and fitted Pioneer DAB headunit Bought and fitted EliseShop Front Discs Bought and fitted Ferodo DS2500 Pads all round Bought and fitted Lotus Sports Exhaust Lotus Silverstone full service Bought (not yet fitted) Black Lotus & Evora Badging Bought (not yet fitted) Cargo net for boot Since buying the car, I've done about 4,500 miles and quite a bit of updating
    3 points
  4. So, after posting a (quite good I thought) picture of my black S3 on the Esprit pics thread, some of you noticed my wheels.... You were quite tactful but pointed out that perhaps they let the rest of the car down. So, obviously, since then, thats all my eyes can see! After a fair amount of thinking, search/looking, I came to conclusion that gold centres and polished rims would look the Dogs. Found, by good reputation, a guy nearby to do these (thewheelrestorer.co.uk) who seems like he knows what he's doing - he checked the wheels for true-ness before saying he could do the job and YES. Do-able. A small amount of rim welding needed on one wheel to get it right (curbing) and away we go. Strip. Gold. Bake. lathe. Laq. Bake. Reattach. Admire. He thinks 3 weeks so should be good for Brooklands I hope. Gonna cost me alot if they are not ready though!!! I'll post images as they come. Fingers crossed. How much I hear you ask? Well, quite.
    2 points
  5. Kind of you Bibs. Your figures are in the right ballpark. A missed opportunity but the car industry was ever thus sadly.
    2 points
  6. Sorry to see that but glad the driver wasn't more seriously hurt. I was there on Saturday and it was just breathtaking. Some video of the Lotus F1 cars to follow. Amazing to see the Lotus 88 running.
    2 points
  7. Thanks for the comments fellas, best run ive had in terms of fun fast driving and the noise the other cars made was ferrocious, the testerossa was making sheep run from fields when ever he gave it some welly, heres a couple of pictures, not the best but i was busy driving and dont fancy filling the esprit picture thread with none esprit pictures
    2 points
  8. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lotus-Esprit-S1-Rare-Appreciating-Investment-Opportunity-/331808840000 currently £5,100
    1 point
  9. Not that I was timing it or anything (cough, cough) but 2:21.4 isn't too shabby (I hope!)
    1 point
  10. Had some old stock in the garage the ones in the middle be careful as you can break the rods .
    1 point
  11. I caught this today... some lovely shots and audio of the car, but are they driving the same car I have? The engine sounds absolutely awesome even in that company, and the car is a joy to drive... very confused. I drove a BMW M4 the other day, the Evora's engine is far better than that - it might lack the ultimate fireworks but with the M4 I never quite felt I knew how much power I was going to get given. If nothing else, you've got to give Lotus credit for making a car that looks absolutely at home alongside the 488, 675 etc...
    1 point
  12. It was great weather today so we had a great day. Arguably too many race cars and not enough Lotii but a great day anyway. Due to a combination of a little bit of tuition and some great tyres, I managed to shave 3 secs off my previous best. (It got a lot better after I saw you, Paul). When are you coming back to Narfuk, Lee? To Bruss - I hope your missus is on the mend and my buddy was very appreciative for your place. Thanks again. Also had some good chats with Dave. Hopefully, I'm no 2 on the list after your 'test mule' has done the hard yards.
    1 point
  13. Alternatively you could adopt Ian's eight point plan? It worked for me
    1 point
  14. That's not helping - gonna have to turn to drink and drugs at this rate to numb the pain.......
    1 point
  15. Owned it up until 2 or 3 weeks ago. Great car, was a real battle with myself whether I was going to trade up to a 400. It is in good condition, needs a service but other than that nothing significant to worry about. When I bought the car, I test drove a N/A & S and for me there wasn't a big enough difference between the two to justify the extra cost and drop in MPG. I was doing a lot of milage at the time, and as daft as it may sound the extra MPG was attractive. Never really regretted the choice, a N/A is still a properly quick car. Tris...
    1 point
  16. Smoking gun? http://www.thelotusforums.com/forums/topic/74157-camshaft-identification/#comment-571974
    1 point
  17. Hi guys, Ray here (from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)! I collected my Matt Black Exige CR (MT) from Lotus Cars Malaysia last month and have been enjoying it ever since. I have learnt a great deal about the car from here (before and after purchase) and I would like to thank everyone for sharing their knowledge & experiences. The Exige has been an awesome daily driver (surprisingly practical!) and I have done a couple of minor mods so far (black lug nuts, soft top conversion, black oil filler cap surround, HID). Looking to install the 2bular backbox after seeing a few videos of Chris's yellow Exige. Pardon the low-res photo - will try to share a few nicer ones when I get around to it!
    1 point
  18. Well, I've ordered left and right lines - I'll take a good look at the failed line when I take it off - I've had enough of brake fluid for one day. Just got to put the wheel back on and cover her back up with my excellent TLF cover so she doesn't get shat on while immobile!
    1 point
  19. Looks really cool ... do you have any idea if this can be easily adapted to an Exige V6 as well? same can bus?
    1 point
  20. I just uploaded some more pics and it appears they are being stored at full size now. Oh well, one for the X-Files I guess...
    1 point
  21. I think it's about time (yet Again) that we wake up and realise that some people are very very far from what we believe in, and that our way of life gives them unhintered possibilities to do their evil. I am not saying we should change our society, but I am saying that the national states have to eliminate the root causes. We can speculate from now till the eternity of why and how, but it won't change much. I think we will have to see a rising from the general population, also in the middle East, to claim their countries back and live in Peace. Condolences to all who was killed or injured today in Belgium or elsewhere. Jacques.
    1 point
  22. They are unrelated JayEmm. The Evora concept came about when creating & determining the Product Planning for the 5 year Plan I introduced in 2006. It was essential to move up market from the base line Elise entry level models to a "flagship" Esprit replacement with supercar performance and viable margins. The Evora was the next step up market providing a stunning visual impact with high performance, exceptional dynamics and good ingress /egress/luggage space-seven future variants were planned at that time. The 2 seater Mid-engine Esprit was to follow the Evora using a very high performance highly rated engine/transmission package with packaging to suit a 95% ile US male.Certain areas of the Evora were designed and stressed for carryover to the forthcoming Esprit. Updated Business plans in 2008 added a very advanced EV Supercar using Lotus "in house" technology with a major global OEM strategic partner.
    1 point
  23. I would have thought that with any conflict, there has to be an end game? Am I missing something? What is the end game pf terror attacks. To simply have people terrified? That doesn't make sense. Is it to terrorise everyone into submission? Submission to what? We have already seen some of these terrorists target their own people and ideology. I must be an idiot.
    1 point
  24. Where are you Nerobi. We spend a lot of time in Turkey and often hire a car and tour. The idiots with the threats dont put us off as long as we stay away from the border area. Ping me back a message and I can maybe put you n touch with other guys in Turkey who also own Lotus.
    1 point
  25. On my 91 excel the vacuum advance advances the engine by a lot making the engine run fast idle it worked when cold but when the engine warmed up the vac advance reduces and the disi base plates move back to normal ignition and my car would cut out i removed the disi and put a little wire between the two base plates and that cured the problem there is a little bush that becomes oval and looses the earth connection that could be the problem it will cause misfire hope this helps andy b
    1 point
  26. Sunrise from the ISS this morning...
    1 point
  27. Well you'll hate what I'm about to say.... when i I spoke to my dealer, the 2bular didn't affect the warranty Get at the order in and tell Jim Tom sent you
    1 point
  28. Great company and the SE sure does stand her ground, even after all those years!
    1 point
  29. Great progress, keep up this speed and it will be in for its MOT before you know it.
    1 point
  30. Yes does not look like it is going to be cheap Barry, but doing a proper job is never going to be.. Look forward to seeing this beast back in the bay and you can always put the kids on half rations to get things like the turbos recondtioned as a bonus..
    1 point
  31. A few shots of Dexter and the gorgeous Scottish scenery on my recent week touring around. A wonderful 1,060 miles of Dexterness over a week; with one day doing 250 miles of the amazing single track A-roads up in Sutherland. Wonderful Scotland. Awesome car.
    1 point
  32. A recent trip to Castle Combe sporting the new aero Looking over the pics below it looks like I could do with stiffening up the Nitrons a little more... Thoughts @LF1 @The Pits
    1 point
  33. I don't see the need myself. If my oil is too hot - flash a light at me. If it needs topping up - flash a light at me. Otherwise, I'm too busy looking out the windscreen driving like a bat out of hell trying to miss all the numpty weekend drivers out thee for a potter. Each dial weighs. Each feeder for each dial weighs. Each wire or connector for each dial weighs. Ergo, according to the bible of St. Colin of Hethel, said dials and ancilliaries are superfluous, mere baubles and adornments to satan himself. Have away with you.... If you want loads of dials, buy a Nissan GTR, apparently they have an instrument binnacle made by Playstation and an ancillary dial screen made by Nintendo - more than enough dials to keep you happy and more than NASA put in the Jupiter rockets and moon lander combined.
    1 point
  34. @Mike Kimberley had his MES (mid-engined supercar) quite a way along, bring him back I say That would have been £120k and that was 7/8 years ago so probably closer to £140-150k now. But it would have been off the charts
    1 point
  35. The next major update is to allow dash users to create their own custom graphics. in my opinion existing methods used by some high end dashes require a high level of expertise to understand their specialist software used to create the visuals and all scaling . And in some cases it costs an extra circa £350 plus vat for the software to do it. Lotus took this approach with their 3 eleven , a motec 5 inch dash with custom graphics created with motecs custom software ...so although custom graphics can be done for a customer, to allow full creative freedom some will want to do it themselves or at least their mate who is very good with graphic software. Also if there is a generic, free and standardised way to create new graphics then a community can share their creations for free or otherwise. ....so how do we do this (im open to all suggestions) my current thinking so far is to firstly allow the screen graphics to be created and laid out in any graphic design software from paintshop pro to paint.net to blender etc. after all the assets are ready (assets being all the pictures you want to use) they can be saved with all their necessary co-ordinates in their title. i.e needle_rpm_100_100_20_10_s which is the rpm needle x an y co-ordinates and x and y rotation point with shadowing with all this on a usb stick my software will take it an place it on screen in the right place.
    1 point
  36. A couple of new photos taken at Bruntingthorpe by Pistonheads photographer Chris Teagles and obvs thanks again to Aimee for her valeting skills....
    1 point
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