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  1. In a pub last night at closing time with three friends and a waiter come across: waiter - excuse me gentlemen, would one of you happen to have the pleasure of owning the lotus parked outside? at this point I thought he was going to say someone had hit it .... me - yes, that would be me. waiter - what a truly beautiful car sir, I had no idea lotus made such a beautiful looking machine. me - oh thanks, they have been making them since 2010! waiter - that just shows how rare they are. Lovely car sir. mates 997 was parked next to it and not a mention. Yet another example of pure appreciation for this car. I almost feel embarrassed. I didn't make it. I'll take all the compliments on behalf of lotus ?
    7 points
  2. Here are a few photos I took last weekend when we finally got some sun after weeks of rain! The first 'sunset' shot was taken over looking the Kaipara Habour in West Auckland. The follow 2 pics were taken the next day in Hunua, South Auckland while catching up with old mates from the MR2 owners Club. @David in NZ also joined me on this run in his very cool Elise.
    4 points
  3. I don't think I can say anything that hasn't already been said in this thread but I have never had so much positive attention from a car. Thumbs up is a regular occurance on every trip and people coming up to me telling me how beautiful it is happens every week..... I have to agree with them tho I can't thinkof a pprettier car and so pleased i didn't buy a vette. Saw one going the other way near durham the other day and waved but got no response boo lol
    3 points
  4. Just took a friend out in mine , thought I would let him have a go , the smile on his face was classic , I then told him to depress the sport button , I think he passed a little Wee and poo , he said it's the best car he has ever driven , and he has had some decent cars ( never a lotus ) so he is slightly uneducated
    2 points
  5. Found something hiding in the workshop this morning...
    2 points
  6. Hurray - it's finally here - the first time in my lifetime I get a say on how I feel about the EU. And I say out out out....... we need free trade - and that's about it. Remember they need us to buy their stuff as much as they need to buy ours. I simply don't understand all the other pishe that goes with it. Angela Merkel - get stuffed and turn the light off..........
    1 point
  7. Was on my way to Hoffmans in the 308. Trevor.
    1 point
  8. wire it up like this @alec
    1 point
  9. right. The cams are cross drilled, and the housings have passages to feed the cams.
    1 point
  10. Sure was. Was driving up to High Wycombe, to get new door looks fitted. Got them done at Tornado Automotive. Top garage. Tornado Automotive Were you going to Hofmanns?
    1 point
  11. Any pics of it now it now it's done? I do like silver V8's, IMO they look the best of the bunch. And with mono blocs they look super cool.
    1 point
  12. Austin Yellow is great, it's an extremely metallic colour - in direct sunlight the thing really sparkles. BMW's Laguna Seca blue would also look very good on something like the Elise, not sure how well it would go on an Evora. Java green is amazing too. @Snoopy1969 - I agree with you about the configurator. It's really bad. Lotus have so few colours they should just photograph one of each colour instead! It can't be hard.
    1 point
  13. Less then 2 weeks to go now! I really hope you guys vote NO and I am pretty sure Lotus is hoping for that too... The GBP would likely drop some which would help your export industry and make buying a Lotus even more attractive for me here in Sweden vs. the Porks and other alternatives.
    1 point
  14. With you on that. Look it on a BMW. Borrrrrring....
    1 point
  15. Glad to see you got the beast back on the road Barry
    1 point
  16. The Germans are watching the wheels come off their Fourth Reich like watching a train crash in slow motion.
    1 point
  17. Any chance we could see some photos of these in the car (especially the g-car)? I'm interested in how the exhaust fits around the rear axle as well as general clearances, etc.
    1 point
  18. Shame they can't clean up the smack heads who lol on the benches in the off peak months
    1 point
  19. In general, Lotus should offer more 'unique' / uncommon colors, mcl volcano orange is a good example, also when you look at former aston martin colors in the shades of blue should explain my thoughts. But first: please, Lotus, create a better online konfigurator. When people see my car, for example, some ago some guys from austrian lotus club, they could not remember that frost blue had been in the konfigurator 2012/2013 - no wonder, it looked like primer in the konfigurator, so only a few were build in that color. I think only because a lot of Porsches Audis etc are sold in dark grey / black etc should not cause Lotus to use the same colors - special cars go well with special colors, that does not mean that they have to be "loud" but a mixture of unique understated colors, light metallic blue, blue mist etc, and unique "loud" colors, like volc. Orange etc. would suit the marques well, just my 1,5 pence!
    1 point
  20. Within minutes of picking up the Evora after having the wheels resprayed gloss black, I had a thumbs up followed by a 'nice car mate!'. A few minutes later I was waiting to turn right on to a main road. Lot of cars passing along the main road all getting a good look the front/side profile... After I finally pulled out (lots of traffic) I noticed one of the cars had pulled over to the side of the road and a woman had her phone out filming me as I drove by!! (The phone was held on it side too - yay! - I hate vertical videos lol).
    1 point
  21. DIY + meticulous record keeping + photographs on the SE. I daresay it'll be a shitload more valuable to the next owner (after my passing, of course) than a stamp in a book without any kind of protocol. As for the V8....well Specialist. But my "specialist" goes above and beyond the call of duty. He won't stand for ANYTHING on the V8 being out of place. I sent it in for a B service, ended up getting that, a repaired wing mirror, a new (and height-fettled) roof seal so my composite roof would sit right, and god knows how many other small fixes done. And he keeps meticulous records. So if you know the latter kind of OCD-specialist, go for it. But there's nothing quite like working on your own car. It's almost more satisfying than driving it.
    1 point
  22. @Buddsy - None of the lights on my binnacle switches work since I put the car back on the road (they did before I went abroad), and these have never been mentioned in an MOT. As said above, take it to another MOT centre.
    1 point
  23. All I'm going to say is. my v8 has a fully stamped up book and was due a cam belt change....... i think you all know how the rest of the story goes.
    1 point
  24. @swindon_alan - Yes your right, the cows are most miffed they have lost their home. Hopefully there will be a few less by this winter. The green one is getting a brand new body shell (the white, blue and red one) and hopefully become a full blown historic rally car (V8 ofcourse) . The blue and yellow one has to go by the start of winter (so if you want another project!) and the red will also eventually return to the rally scene after a 35 year break (V8 again). Well that's the plan - as for time scales, who knows Soooo if you want to find a home for one - go on you know you want to! just don't forget to start practicing your welding skills And they are just sooo much cheaper than an Esprit
    1 point
  25. Lets get back on topic of wings. They're terrible. They bring back memories of Halford and Araldite. Chav's swear by them, as so do middle age men who wish they could afford a Countach, but can't. And now back on topic of Esprit Prices. They seem to be going up.
    1 point
  26. Just a heads up for the gte owners. While tinkering on my car tonight I noticed the drls were filling up with water. Neither have failed ,so drilled a fine drain hole which I will seal later. Fortunately the leds are OK. On one the bottom led was covered and half covered on the other half covered. Gav
    1 point
  27. So got my car back for the weekend, the plot is thickening regarding my seat but Stratton have made definite improvements to it now. As regards my transmission I asked to take a picture of the gear shift (they replaced the whole shifter/linkage), but no dice A spring had failed in it. Interestingly, I noted in the Evo review they complained of the car graunching/refusing shifts a bit but my gearbox has been absolutely fine, silly shifter aside. The very good news is that having spent all morning in a 911, which in isolation was great, getting in the 400 was just a mind blowing experience. Like a new car all over again.
    1 point
  28. Yesterday One Tory MP gets the number 1 slot for saying she will vote "Stay". Today 2 Labour MP's come out in favour of "Leave".....anyone see the headline? No, thought not. Hidden away in "other news". http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36496203
    1 point
  29. I much prefer the Esprits with a rear wing. Big is good. I do agree that painting those beautiful AWI's Black, makes them look terrible and a lot like cheap or stolen gangsta' crap. What will be next? crome all over and gold bolts and nuts all over? And russian mafia diamonds glued to the "hood"? I'll name such a car "boys in da' hood" ... ;( Or perverse pink japanese comicbook drawings painted all over? Yuck! The only wing I don't really fancy, is the mid wing/high wing, but better than nothing. Sport350 wing - great ! Prices going over a 1.200.000,00 dkr? Nuts. No more Esprits for small buys walking Down the mainstreet with dad and mom on A Sunday afternoon, seeing the Worlds greatest sportscar ICON racing past them. There will be no more Lotus Esprits on the streets in the future because they turn into garage queens, unless: 1/ prices are kept at a resonable level. 2/ spares are kept being made. 3/ UK votes out of the ec, so they don't have to follow the ec's banding petrol sportscars more than 10 years old. Others should follow. That reason alone, is more than enough for you UK guys and girls to vote OUT of the ec-crap. Cheers, Jacques.
    1 point
  30. The pistons and liners are supplied in two size grades from the manufacturer. The size grades relate to the internal liner bore and piston diameter. Engines can be build with either grade, but you don't mix A-size grade pistons with B-size grade liners and vice versa. This is the main reason why they are supplied as a complete assembly. I don't have the exact dimensions to hand, but the dimensions of the forged pistons (definately the JE ones) are suitable for the B grade sizing. From an engine build perspective, the forged pistons are lighter and stronger than the cast equivalents. This is one of the major appeals in choosing them, BUT unless you combine the installation of forged pistons with other upgrades to combat the unfavourable condition in which they run then I do not see the cost being worth it. It is very easy to increase the power output of the 918 engine - but unless you take measures to counter some of the weaknesses of the 918, then you are far more likely to see an engine failure in the future. I am not saying that the 918 is a weak engine - what I am saying is that it is easy in increase the power output to the point where you can overwhelm other standard components. My recommendation to V8 owners who do not want to tackle the upgrade topics necessary to run a more powerful engine, would be to get the S350 high torque ECU calibration and leave everything else as standard. Now if you were talking about bragging rights.... then clearly you simply need have to have forged pistons !
    1 point
  31. At least you still had a pint for the walk home!
    1 point
  32. Yesterday, in Waitrose car park, random bloke walked up to me and asked if he could take a photo of the car. Said of course, he walked away muttering "one day, one day!" Then as I was leaving a car in front had a small hand go out the window and give me the thumbs up. Saw little kid and dad next to him, both smiling and nodding approval.
    1 point
  33. Did a lot of country lane driving today. Several times when catching up to slower vehicles, yet still a safe distance behind I had the old 'indicate left, practically pull over, arm out window waving me on' routine. It's only ever seemed to happen to me when I've owned Evora's. When I had my 911 it often felt more like people would do whatever they could rather than let me pass. I think the sight of the 400 appearing in the rear view must just make people go "what the **** is that? I need to let it pass so I can get a look at it!".
    1 point
  34. @Simon350S may provide some entertainment in that department... Interested?
    1 point
  35. And another thing: If the EU wanted to, they could kill off classic cars. They are already trying to do it and have succeeded to some extent in France with a ban on older cars in Paris. The ban (or a fine) was going to be extended to Central London in 2020 but the UK has managed to exempt classics. This is happening because the EU have said Londons air is too poor quality. The fact that 90% of the emissions come from buses and taxis appears to be immaterial. The classic car business is far greater here than in the rest of the EU and there is no guarantee that the government would fight our corner in the future. The EU is effectively run by Germany after all. Funny thing is, the whole of the EU admin moves between Brussels and Strasbourg every month for no good reason, with huge consumption of energy and emissions. Complete joke. Also how many people know that solar panels are 15% more expensive in the EU than outside as they impose a minimum cost to protect German manufacturers, although we cant apparently do this for our steel industry.
    1 point
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