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  1. Well after very short deliberation I've put a deposit down on an LF1. Will stick with the Trofeos to start with and see how I get on with them. Can't wait to get my hands on it. FJ
    4 points
  2. Mine is now my only car, so it will have to be left wherever I need to be. I am slightly worried about it, but I bought it because I wanted to drive the best car in the world every day
    3 points
  3. For any one getting concerned or those who have not received an email, I gave Alunox a call and rest assured they are progressing well with the fabrication and reckon that they will be in a position to start sending emails and invoices out early next week.
    3 points
  4. Well looks like I have another little project to get on with, and here is my trying to thin them down. But just cant help it, it's like a drug. Well some nice guy comes up and say's. A friend of mine has a Lotus been stuck in her garage for the past 6 years as her ex husband ( a mechanic) was too lazy to carryout repairs need for her MOT in 2010. Of course ears prick up and I pay attention, but the guy doesnt know which Lotus it is, he just says the current owner just wants her to go to a Lotus enthusiast and he had heard of my name. OK, so phone number passed on. Two weeks later I get a call from a lovely lady who goes on to explain what happened with the car and what it was. 1991 Lotus Elan M100 SE Turbo in British Racing Green with Grey leather interior and a Yellow flash on the seat's. So the interest level's have been heightened and we set off next day on a 4 hour drive to view this little pocket rocket. Must just add here that is was a cracking day, with brilliant sunshine so of course we head North in SHMBO little M100 turbo with the roof down and me driving. Thought that bit might be of interest for anyone who knows the B class roads North of Inverness., you get the picture. Anyway, 4 wonderful hours later we find this beautiful setting where the little Green thing is seen tucked away in the far corner of the shed looking very forlorn, cover in dust, cobwebs, bird's shit and crap, it transpires the car was purchased new in Aberdeen, was involved in an accident at one year old and was subsequently an insurance write off due to cost of materials, purchased by a local garage, repaired and sold to the current owner who drove her up to the MOT issues in 2010. So I gave her a once over to see just how badly she had faired while in hibernation and took the decision to rescue the little thing. I stuck a battery in her and everything worked !!. Tried to start her but no joy. removed air filter and gave her a shot of funny juice into the intake and pop, off she went, albeit only for a few seconds but it meant she would run and she sounded good.. So deal done and plans made to go back and collect her at a later date. Now this is the bit about me driving SWMBO little M100 home. I must explain that this little pocket rocket is none standard, she has full bore Peco sports exhaust, a Forrest superchip, dump valve and induction kit, last time on the dyno she was reading 186 BHP at the wheels. So we get back toward Inverness and I miss the turnoff, shame, means an extra couple of hundred miles down the A9, cut accross country through Boat fo Garten, Crianlarich, Aberlour and just about every other cracking road I could think off. Two tanks of fuel later and a good few hours, arrive home after a fantastic drive, all with the roof down. Cobwebs blown of the Elan and the brakes well and truly bedded in. So, back to the highlands yesterday with the van and trailer, load said little Green machine and 9 hours later she is back at base. Withing 20 minutes we have comments from neighbors, oh, starting a collection are we. Well, presently four Lotus at the door, one motorhome and of course my RAV 4. Things could get interesting in the next day or two.
    3 points
  5. As per a past post I think you do have some coincidental problems occurring. That said I can completely relate to when things go wrong with your pride and joy how frustrating things can get... So i've just popped out to the garage and taken a few pics of mine, unsure if it will help but here goes, ill need to try and remember what all the pipes do, but you will note that two pipes I 'bunged' from memory these where some type of vacuum pipe hence needing to be capped as no longer needed once the OEM box had been removed. The red hose was reconnected to allow the valve exhaust to continue to be used. One thing for sure, and I don't know who installed the kit for you, but its a little odd that they've left such pipes open and unconnected to anything...
    2 points
  6. Ah feck. Never did have any will power
    2 points
  7. Don't wait. Get one and enjoy it. Life's too short. There will always be a new model around the corner. After I purchased, the 360 Cup and 350 came out. Doesn't bother me.
    2 points
  8. Not used too much at the moment but I've had the 350 6 years now I think.
    2 points
  9. Well, Scarlett has been with Craig Moncrieff since Monday. 6 year service, spark plugs, cabin filter, you know, the usual stuff. But damn, she's also been shopping and bought herself a whole new set of sexy pipes from Victoria's Secret or some other "sexy" place! Damn. I'm in lust again, big stirring, raring lust! Just like the first time I drove her. Totally smitten. Head over heals in lurve! Thanks to Jim at 2bular, who supplied a wonderful set of headers and a sport cat. Beautiful piece of work. Craig and his team have done a great job fitting them, and mating them up to my Lotus Sports Titanium tipped exhaust. O.M.G. - totally transformed the car. The noise, O.M.G. what a noise. Bloody fantastic. Driving home through a town people 200 metres up the road were turning to look, kids were jumping and pointing.... Bloody fantastic. Also, I swear the car just feels better - she breathes better for definite, she seems to accelerate faster, just seems more responsive. Maybe it's a placebo effect. But she just feels superb, sounds superb. I'm totally back smitted.
    1 point
  10. Hi all, First time post on any forum!! so please bear with me, Has anybody got a clue how many Esprit's are being rebuilt at the moment? as "how many left" says there is approx 108 cars on sorn. I am just over half way through mine at the mo, and think I've got about a year to go, all started with new bushes required. (picture before I started) Andy
    1 point
  11. Autocar says Hethel should "Get on it"
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  12. Yup Crazy. However, put bacon on a Mosque door handle and you get 12 months in prison. Go figure where the priorities are these days.
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  13. They sell for 130-150k currently ... not bad ;-) You could get a brand new Cup 360 KT460 all in ... in still have plenty left for track days and maintenance for 5 years min ... think about that when you drive it next week...
    1 point
  14. If everything runs fine, I will drive it next week. Since I know how a light weight car feels alike, I am really scared to have the first ride with this new Porsche. Why the hell did I drove a Lotus? Why the hell did I drove a Lotus?Why the hell did I drove a Lotus?Why the hell did I drove a Lotus?Why the hell did I drove a Lotus?Why the hell did I drove a Lotus?Why the hell did I drove a Lotus?Why the hell did I drove a Lotus?Why the hell did I drove a Lotus?Why the hell did I drove a Lotus?Why the hell did I drove a Lotus?Why the hell did I drove a Lotus?Why the hell did I drove a Lotus?Why the hell did I drove a Lotus?Why the hell did I drove a Lotus?Why the hell did I drove a Lotus?Why the hell did I drove a Lotus?Why the hell did I drove a Lotus?Why the hell did I drove a Lotus?Why the hell did I drove a Lotus?Why the hell did I drove a Lotus?Why the hell did I drove a Lotus?Why the hell did I drove a Lotus?Why the hell did I drove a Lotus?Why the hell did I drove a Lotus?Why the hell did I drove a Lotus?Why the hell did I drove a Lotus?Why the hell did I drove a Lotus?Why the hell did I drove a Lotus?Why the hell did I drove a Lotus?
    1 point
  15. Yes! On a standard car, connected to the top corner of the airbox. Looks like you are sucking some unmetered air into your engine - likely to cause running issues. Dave
    1 point
  16. If it came from the grage that you bought it from with an ongoing issue, they should be liable for the repair I would think.
    1 point
  17. The front will lift both sides of the car just by jacking under one of the (front) jacking points. At the rear you could jack at the rear of the subframe, through the diffuser/undertray, but as the V6 is a quite heavy at the back, probably best done with one jack either side. HTH Dave
    1 point
  18. Just a quick note to let you know as promised ...... We're very pleased to let you know that our new website is now launched and live. Have a read through the site to find drone footage of Millbrook along with client interviews. There's a new gallery area for car club winners, track days with clients, racing adventures, more drone films to name a few. We hope you like what you see and read. Any comments please let us know. Otherwise enjoy. KR Jo
    1 point
  19. Trofeo tyres are awesome in the dry but require caution when it's really wet. This is mostly down to the car being light and having relatively wide tyres (esp at the rear) but also because Trofeos start with something like 4mm if tread depth. I still rate them in the wet based on a trackday at Donington Park but when it really began to chuck it down they really started to started to struggle. Can't say for sure how much better Corsas would have been in those conditions but they couldn't have been any worse! I might have to review my public flogging policy, there are now so many perpetrators it would wear me out! Exciting times, with plenty of roof-off weather still to come!
    1 point
  20. Never has the internet phrase "YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary" been more appropriate. You'll see in the vid, the instant does dip to 4.8 and we do have footage of sub 3mpg but when you're reviewing the car you try all extremes of performance as well as the middle ground, including MPG, so you can have a balanced opinion of all aspects of the car. In my experience, driving on cruise, I saw an average of over 40mpg a few times on a journey. Other times, not so high...
    1 point
  21. A couple of shots of my recently refurbed 1990 N/A interior. magnolia leather with Coverdale wheat coloured wool carpets. Spot on match for the Lotus original carpet colour.
    1 point
  22. Bit too tight for a jacking beam? http://www.sgs-engineering.com/tj3b-3-ton-trolley-jack-and-jacking-beam
    1 point
  23. Well I've decided I'll most likely go for the coupe (having now driven one) and despite the threat of serious harm above ? I'll probably get a soft top conversion. I've got a particular car in mind which has Trofeo tyres, so good to hear they should be ok in the wet on the road. Thanks again for the continued input, all helpful. FJ
    1 point
  24. https://www.fordpartsuk.com/shop/ford_power_folding_mirror_switch_f_1782894_c_482.htm They are cheap enough new - can be a fiddle to fit as there is very little slack in the wires
    1 point
  25. Am I missing something here - President Hollande has said today "Access to the single market cannot be guaranteed unless free movement of workers is respected." Is this not just what we want? I.e. free movement of "workers" as opposed to "shirkers"? So, if we agree that any one from the EU, who has a job confirmed, and the means to support themselves, can come here and be respected, we get access to the Single Market? Wow. Job done. A result. As that means we would not have to house them, their families or pay them benefits etc when they arrive, as, they would have a job and be able to support themselves. OK. I'm stupid. What am I missing?
    1 point
  26. May be we should go crowdfunding and setup a small, niche manufacturing business creating new "old" parts for Lotus cars. With the right tooling you could offer manufacturing of parts for other makes too. After Brexit we'll be an attractive low cost manufacturing base with a weak £ to make our exports attractive. Hmm. Might have a career plan change her....
    1 point
  27. Cam belt has been replaced within the last 4 years as a minimum. Shouldn't be driving the car unless you know for a fact that it's been changed within that timescale. In addition probably the biggest thing to look out for is the exhaust manifold which tends to crack over time and fining an original has become a real issue with several cars off the road as a result - although you'll see a forum group buy fix is currently underway. Great cars but in the last 18 months other people have started to realise the incredible value vs more mundane 1970's/80's vehicles and values have moved accordingly. I'd say that John's yellow peril was a steal at the price he was advertising it for and you may have to wait a long time to find another in that condition/price.
    1 point
  28. I actually prefer the look of my roadster with the hardtop on - seems to change the dynamics considerably, looks wise. My next Exige will more than likely be a coupe - roof off in these cars doesn't make for a pleasant drive mostly - the buffeting is pretty irksome at anything above 50mph, imo.
    1 point
  29. Anyone fitting a soft top to an Exige should be publicly flogged! That's the main issue I have with them. Just to clarify something about RACE mode on the DPM, you don't need to slide the car to get it to work, that is simply the FASTEST way to get it to adjust to the grip available. It would in theory work on the road but you lose some of the very impressive safety systems like understeer control.
    1 point
  30. I'd have a Roadster if I wasn't that bothered about trackdays. Even though it's perfectly capable for someone that is bothered about trackdays I still think that it's the nicest road car of the Exige variants, (especially without the race pack). I wouldn't bother with a hard top either unless you were planning to keep it outside and use it a lot during the winter. It can always be added at at later date. And everyone has a Coupe, Roadsters are still very rare. For anyone thinking that the speed limiter is an issue, I haven't yet been over 145mph in my Exige so it wouldn't have affected me to date. Most people go for the Coupe for the looks, very few are driven faster than a Roadster can go, either on road or track. But I for one do love the looks of the Coupe, but I also remember how much more enjoyable my Elise was in the Alps with the roof off.
    1 point
  31. I finally got around to taking some decent pictures today.
    1 point
  32. The deed is done. This morning I agreed a deal with Aimee at Silverstone to buy their Evora 400 Auto demo car. Racing green with grey Alcantara interior. Lovely.
    1 point
  33. We're just updating some of the security software and some of the LAMP stack at the mo so there may be a little disruption, no more than 10 mins all being well. Go talk to your children.
    1 point
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