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  1. Placed my order close to the end of March, right after the Geneva show to see if there was going to any new stuff worthwhile waiting for. Production (supposedly) started in May then the paperwork to import took about a few weeks and it left the UK shores early July before passing through another port before finally getting here at the end of August. After spending a week or so sorting out the paperwork for the customs and duties (we pay a huge premium for all cars here and it came out to be around 145k quid or $190k), it's finally at the dealer where they sent me pictures from. They're delivering the unit to my residence tomorrow and you can expect that I'm twiddling my thumbs in anticipation It was a 4 month selection process that involved repeated test drives of various cars such as the V6 and V8 F type, AM N430, 997 GT3, and waited for a chance at the GT4 before finally realizing that while each car had its merits, this is THE car whose merits I would miss the most and would most likely end up regretting in the biggest way if I didn't choose it. Where else could you get a truly lightweight chassis, manual, mid engined, rear wheel drive with driver centric controls, modest but effective powerplant with an actual usable trunk? The car doesn't just look the part but plays it very well too. Car has the new version of the triple bypass radiator, baffled sump, front and rear tow eyes, vortex generators, and I passed on the new 350 exhaust and requested for them to give me the older Sport Exhaust instead. Passed on the Ohlins and brakes as I'm the type of owner who likes to feel and live through the journey of upgrading the components as I see fit. Besides, the distributor for Ohlins here is my business partner anyway! Anyway I've been hanging out in the forums for some time now as it was better than staring at the ceiling watching paint dry , so at least starting tomorrow I'll actually be able to relate. Because of such a high price of the car, upgrades are going to be "cheap" relative to the purchase price of the unit, so it's definitely going to be hard to resist that route! Looking forward to be posting more, especially as I take it around the country.
    14 points
  2. So a little bit about our recent trip The trip was initialised back in March when we were kindly invited to an annual Speed Weekend gathering on Lotus and Speedsters/VX220s in Austria by a local group. The weekend was well organised with details of the routes and cars being lodged with the appropriate authorities and the group comprised of 60 cars split into 8 groups, the majority being German & Austrian owned with a handful from France and Italy but only 2 of us attending from the UK. Since this was predominately a weekend meet we decided to make it into a longer vacation which also included some relaxation time in Italy by Lake Como and Switzerland. We took our time driving to the meet point in Imst, Austria driving from the UK through France & Belgium to Luxembourg for an overnight stop and then to Schluchsee in Bavaria before joining the main group. Days 4 & 5 were full on driving days starting at 9.00am and finishing at 6.00pm. We had never been to Austria before and i have to admit that the scenery was so stunning that we plan to return. On day 4 the drive skirted the Italian border as we took in the Brennerpass, Jaupenpass, St Leonardo pass, Timmeljoch pass and then up an un named pass as we took on the highest road and tunnel in the EU (which required special permits) at 2798m. What was less impressive on this day was the average fuel consumption of 14.9mpg , but the drive up those passes was fun Day 5 was more of a scenic drive taking in some private toll roads with plenty of stops for socialising. Once back at the base hotel the organisers laid on a buffet with drinks ahead of the customary group photo. Although we did see some unexpected views and scenery On day 6 we drove to Lake Como for a 2 night stay via St Moritz and the Maloja Pass and then on day 8 we headed for Grindelwald for a 3 day stay taking in the St Gotthard Pass, FurkaPass, Gletsch, Grimsel Pass and numerous tunnels. When we changed the VX220 last year for the Evora it was with this type of trip in mind. We had done a few Euro trips in the VX and the LOT French Frolic 3 years in succession and after 14 years arriving at Southern Europe destinations sat in a pool of your own sweat was becoming less of an attraction. The Evora is the ideal car for this type of trip. A comfortable distance tourer which retains that something special in the driving experience. Would i make any changes to the Evora for this type of trip? Well yes, at times i really did miss not being able to remove the roof.......................roll on the Evora Roadster Once I've reduced the file size i will post a few more photos, although there are a few in the Evora picture thread. In the meantime, for all of you who have and are considering a trip through the Alps all i can say is do it, JUST DO IT
    7 points
  3. The last Elan to leave Hethel?? TBH not 100% sure but how many have you seen on a P plate? Firstly I would like to thank the many people who helped investigate this odd car being Dave Speck, Andy Graham, Paul Matty, Stuart and David Monument along with Previous owners as including Derek Dean. I bought the car where the investigation had started, although registered in November 1996 on a P plate the car had many early giveaways like side bonnet stay, 1989 labels all over the wiring and pre production labelling, early dash, fuel filler flap area, early suspension and unique Spring set up. Then came the letter from the DVLA stating it was a factory development car. So what is it? Well after much dismantling all the pieces came together when after cleaning the tunnel area the words IB10 phase 2, Press car became evident. IB10 means initial build number 10 so was part of the setting up of the production line in 1989, these 10 cars were then used for testing, press and motor show work. IB10 was the only one not registered and was passed to the emissions development team where a closed loop system was installed and then possibly used for the Detroit motor show ( still to prove). The car was then used by the power train engineering team where it was remapped and tuned with waste gate modifications, no doubt used as a Lotus play thing, it is very rapid compared to normal Elan's. In its latter years it was then held in the Design and styling studios where it was used to develop the speedster model which never hit production. It was not until 1996 when the factory were selling everything off and after the S2 run had completed was this car sold along with other development cars. Although it has S2 seats these were only covers as the original frames are still used and marked 1989 like many other things on the car. Lotus wrote a letter to the DVLA stating it was a development model and newly registered. It still wears the original plate showing the first owners initials. I have loads of information and photos thanks to all the great help digging into IB10's past, I am sure anyone from the factory will remember this odd Elan which stayed with Lotus for 7 years. It still only has 33k on the clock and spent many years in storage, I am just finishing its recommissioning so should be back on the road soon.. One of the many labels, when parked next to another Elan there are so many slight differences, I have photographed many as have a S2 as well. I do believe it was the last Elan to leave the factory and certainly the last SE spec car to be registered. ? Dave ?
    3 points
  4. Build plate fitted to car this week A
    3 points
  5. I sent this photo to Keith Vaz, as I heard he was paying good money for 21-year old Escorts, but apparently it's the wrong type.
    3 points
  6. Hey guys, I had Alps tours for the last three years with my Exige V6 (Ex430) together with 4 Porsche mates (991 GT3, 991turbo s, ...). It has alway been a pleasure to chase these PDK beasts up- and downhill! 2017, it will be on my 3-Eleven, which is due for the the next couple of weeks (hopefully!!!). My experiences are: Switzerland is expensive and they have ugly speed limits and more ugly speed limit fines. Austria and Italy are much more attractive. Stelvio is a masterpiece of road construction, a must see - but, to be honest, not a real challenge for driving (hairpin - straight - hairpin and so on). If you run it nevertheless, combine it with a trip to Livigno to fill up fuel for extremely low budget. There are much more challenging tracks, e.g. Gerlos, Gotthard, Pordoi, Passo Rombo (Timmelsjoch), Karezza (Kara-Pass), Passo Nigra, Pennes (Penserjoch), Grödnerjoch, Sellajoch, ... and a lot of more of less nameless but excellent roads. It's paradise! Gotthard: take into account to spend the night uphill; so you have the road in the evening and in the morning on your own, unless you are running out of fuel ... My suggestion is: for your way south, chose German highways down to Füssen, passing to Austria in Reutte and then start with Namlos, Hahntenjoch and then to Merano via Passo Rombo (opens normally on last May weekend). Avoid Merano itself and go east via Giovo (Jauffenpass) and then via Pennes (Penserjoch) to Sarentino (nice village, great food). Next day via Ritten eastwards to Dolomites: stay in one hotel for 2 nights close to Sella round. Down there, you can ride >300 miles a day (thereof > 200 miles passes). If you are interested, I could sent some GPX-tracks of my last year tour. In 2017, I will be there for sure, but don't know yet when. Would be a thrill to meet some of you down there. Take care of my solid red 3-Eleven! Peter
    2 points
  7. @RudeDog come to Newlands corner on Sunday morning. always plenty of cars to nose around and a decent bacon roll. 9am or there about, every 3rd Sunday of the month, so this coming Sunday.
    2 points
  8. It is indeed my car. Happy for you to come and see it if it's closer than the one for sale. I am in Chelmsford. I have removed the rear seats. Honestly, it's not bright and in your face and offers a lovely colour contrast.
    2 points
  9. I'll tell you what's baffling me with 'new' Evora buying at the moment, the people who have been joining to complain about the cars which they seem to have bought without even test driving. While I sympathise with things going wrong, I've had my own issues, who lays out that amount of money on a 400 blind? It genuinely blows me away.
    2 points
  10. Right - we need an action plan. Professionally, I work in project management - so i'll take control of next years event! To start with, @CocoPops - I'm delegating organisation of this to you. To help you get started: Actions: @PaulCP - Please can you provide Lee with suggested routes, hotels, and your lessons learned from this year. We need a name for this upcoming event, so we can get cheesy t shirts and stickers. I suggest something unique like "Switzerland Driving Holiday In 14 Different Lotus During 2016" Or alternatively, "Aggressively Looking for Panoramic Scenery - TLF 2016" (or ALPS16 for when @Bibs puts up a 20% discount code to celebrate the inauguration of this trip. - We need suggestions for dates - given I already know of one participants commitments, i'd suggest during Summer holidays. - We need a rough route - once mapped out, we can start pinning hotels/stop offs/photo opportunities and adjusting accordingly. - We need a max participant list - i've no experience in this, but I could imagine too many would limit the hotels and routes, but too few and @CocoPops & I could be stuck with @JG220 for a 3 person romantic meal. Not ideal, as i've seen how I have to battle for JG's attention when Coco's involved. - @Bibs - I'll invoice you for my invaluable consultancy services.
    2 points
  11. I had this discussion with an Esprit Guru last night who said that Only Lotus OEM head gaskets should be used. Period. Anything else and there's a high probability of an engine rebuild on the horizon.
    2 points
  12. The Lotus specification for the thickness of a used head gasket is 1.25 mm if that helps put Alex's measurements into context.
    2 points
  13. You're funny, I'll kill you last. I often get asked to source cars for people, this is one of those cases. I'd desperately love an LF1 but sadly running websites for Lotus nuts doesn't make one rich!
    2 points
  14. Agree with Dan, I reckon it will come up as a Cat C or D write off as well. It would be interesting to see what this went for on fleabay without reserve, a genuine description as per Barry's investigation by just chatting to the owner and better photos. I think it would give us all a clearer view of the current market and how desperate people are to buy early Esprit's. I think with current prices more people will bring out their dead...?? I never noticed the paint all over the carpet, it was sprayed by a blind man or by someone with no idea in his own garage, I bet the photos make it look 10x better than reality.? Dave ?
    2 points
  15. 7 years is not a long time, and the current owners have done nothing with it. ? The past owner used to be an alchoholic and had everything repossed ? No number plate fitted............ I would strongly suggest that people find the number plate and check for finance on this one. Otherwise could be a chance of someone knocking at your door when you register it maybe. What with logbook loans and car finance etc .
    2 points
  16. I took the car out today for a bit of filming:
    2 points
  17. Bit of good news...my S2 is almost on the road again after a year in its lair asleep . Slow progress was made taking the tank out cleaning it then putting it back in (with my mate`s back nearly put out in the process) ...then the valve clearances found to be out - fingers crossed that was the cause of the running problems / issues to be tackled...more delay...then finally last night at 8.15 after a wrestling match / swearing session with the cambelt tensioner screw spring, the cam covers went back on . Fingers crossed it will run nicely now, what with new radiator, fuel pump, battery, coil, earth, brake fluid reservoir, cambelt......what could possibly go wrong ?
    1 point
  18. Ford Torino The Big Labowski
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  19. Certainly my plan Steve. My reasons so far will be: 1. Window frames made of Unobtainium 2. Will always live in the shadow of the Esprit 3. Tyre sizes no longer made 4. Rear seats not quite usable for everyone 5. Four cylinders not always enough for some! And it's a thirsty bugger
    1 point
  20. The BMW S54 is one of the greatest engines ever put in a road car, it's phenomenal. 343PS from a 3.2L NA unit, revving to 8000rpm. Major disadvantage is it is a very heavy unit, being an iron block.
    1 point
  21. I'll be honest. I really don't think the Hethel Edition warrants a plaque. I'm sure it's lovely if you have one but it seems a bit excessive for what amounts to a slightly discounted Evora with stripes that nobody likes
    1 point
  22. Jeremy Corbyn is simply superb. He is brilliant - not a bad word to say about him. He principles are completely to cock, he talks bollox most of the time, no doubt wears sandles and socks. But - most importantly - he's ripping the Labour Party in half and is completely unelectable. He helps to provide a tiny bit of balance though. keep it up Jezza - and keep that numpty Owen out - he's an even bigger bell end imho. He's obviously much more educated than the rest of us as we were all wrong to vote for Brexit - and clearly knows it's in our best interests to be ruled by folks walking in Adolfs footsteps........
    1 point
  23. No cat markers against the car. I've done a hpi check old number plate. WSA333Y - plate changed in 1993. Last time it was MOT looks to be 1997 - and it's got a mileage discrepancy flag against it as at some point it was tagged as having 500k on the clock !! no finance or anything like that either. still looks to have been badly painted by a blind mans disabled dog though
    1 point
  24. The factory units are about 3.5lbs for the set, the TransForged set weighs in at less than 1lb.
    1 point
  25. @Kalli I'm looking at a 2001 NA car with lowish miles. It's had a lot of work done on it including a full suspension refresh, adjustable shocks, larini exhaust and cat delete, new manifold, recent new chains, and m-teck discs, and is fitted with a rear spoiler (lip on clam) and diffuser and front splitters. Wanted something to look after as a track car that wouldn't be a catastrophe if I binned it - not that that means I'd be driving like a [email protected] or dickhead on the track - just something to help improve my driving skills and ability. I was looking at Elise S1, but their prices are going north and the VX seems like a good alternative, with some Lotus dna, at a very reasonable price. Thought if I kept it for 18 months, looked after it and treated it well, I'd probably lose hardly anything on it as prices seem quite firm for non abused models and then go for an Elise 250Cup or equivalent on the 50:50 as an upgrade! So the VX for the track, and the Evora for the Alps. Sorted!
    1 point
  26. Good question... The entity called Chadwick Motorsport is caring the project. but the website is "in construction". It all sounds a bit dreamy, I only know of Judd Power to still have/manufacture 4L V10. The name on the chassis Rodin, is probably Rodin Engineering a Surrey based company led by Mr James Edward Spires according to compagniehouse.gov.uk
    1 point
  27. Thank you all for your best wishes and interest! I will keep the forum updated on our 2017 season, Bibs... I will be sure to send press releases to your indicated email above, future news on our 2017 season will be coming in the next month or so. Thank you very much for your support! Dennis Hanratty Jr. https://www.facebook.com/dennis.hanratty4 http://krugspeed.com/#race
    1 point
  28. Order placed! My kids will appreciate the rebate! :-)
    1 point
  29. Since I've never been, might be an idea for someone else to organise such a trip but I'm very happy for it to be organised and will most certainly join you all
    1 point
  30. Cheers Dan - will take some pics this weekend - if she starts up!! If I recall the cambelt was circulating the oil spray around the front of the engine - my hunch may be the front crankshaft seal - as this was the only seal I didn't replace, as it looked ok, when I rebuilt the engine - flawed logic!.
    1 point
  31. Fingers crossed here Simon An ex VX Evora tour sounds good. I suppose we could also consider allowing @Kalli & @JG220 to tag along as outsiders Seriously though, a TLF Alps tour would be great!
    1 point
  32. Oooh good news on horizon? Must catch up soon then.
    1 point
  33. Great video, Also like the happy smile,grin that comes on your face when you start describing how the esprit looks But you also mentioned the lotus of trouble usually serious....... now go wash your mouth out with soap lol.
    1 point
  34. Hey Mick! I was great dealing with you, thank you for processing my order quickly. Now if all the other vendors could be as efficient and accommodating as you!
    1 point
  35. Sad Sad day... Last run for the Esprit today... stabil in and a little ride in the mountains to mix it well. I will keep the other one on the road for october though... just in case. Just cleaning it and polishing it before the cover goes on is an event in itself... the car being black.
    1 point
  36. Thanks @Bibs for my Birthday Card. Is that bonnet mascot available in the shop, it looks nice on a Silver Esprit. Had a great day today. Currently in Switzerland and drove through Mont Blanc tunnel, Lunch in Courmayeur and return to base via Col du Grand Saint Bernard Pass. Brilliant day and the Elan performed well and we had the roof down all day.
    1 point
  37. Do the front indicators not just pop out? seems a shame to mask them off for painting.
    1 point
  38. Thanks for all the nice comments guys! Here the first video I've done on it, hope you enjoy it..
    1 point
  39. Greetings everyone, this is Mick the founder of TransForged. First and foremost thanks for the kind words and a special thanks to Chris for setting me on the path to this thread. I have to state we're not official sponsors here on TLF so we don't want to intentionally break any forums rules and respect that those are in place for obvious reasons. If you do have any questions please let me know and I'll be glad to help. Here's just two pictures that identify the two versions:
    1 point
  40. Mmmmmmm ?????? It looks like bit if a hash. Assume a full chassis up rebuild including the engine and a respray. At bare minimum £15k doing it mostly all by yourself for parts and the spray job. This will produce a very nice car but the total price would be £25K. For that you can get one done with all the correct history. I'm waiting for an early Esprit turbo dry sump with compomotive wheels. Someone who just discovered it in a barn at the end of the garden and is about to contact me after reading this! ???Lets face it if there's a Yeager clock out there there another 1980s dry sump!
    1 point
  41. I've done the move. New gear change is great, very click clack but better. I feel the quality of materials - the leather in particular- is better on the early cars. The new stuff feels thinner, almost faux leather (talking dash / sills, not seats). Also not a fan of the plastic switch buttons, but at least the a/c button lights up! The Clarion radio isn't as good as the Alpine in my old one either. Noisier than the old car too - less NVH material and thinner panels. At first, I wasn't sure about the rear louvre, but actually like it now, and rear vision is ok. All in all, I think unless you're getting a great deal on a 350 and your V6S is getting on a bit, then it might be worth the swap. Swapping for swappings sake though, I don't know... All said and done though, I'm loving mine edit - is the diffuser different?
    1 point
  42. Big thanks to Lotus Silverstone! Just as I had about given up on ever sourcing replacement inner track rods, the lovely folks at Lotus Silverstone have gone above and beyond the call of duty. They've had a batch of replacements made up by an engineering firm somewhere. I'm pleased to report that after all these months, my car steers like a proper Lotus again!
    1 point
  43. I have a few scanners Gendan etc but bought a WIFI dongle off eBay for less than a tenner and it connects to my iphone using dashcommand and works perfectly. At first I originally bought a Bluetooth dongle but these don't work on apple products due to data etc so I have a spare Bluetooth dongle if you are looking for one. When looking, the dongle has a blue and orange sticker on the side. I now have one of these in the glovebox in each of my cars. I've even helped other people broken down on the roadside! I would recommend other owners do the same.
    1 point
  44. Since this is a technical question I've moved it from the thread in general chat into its own topic.
    1 point
  45. They were delicious... Next meet i'll bring some with me
    1 point
  46. Hey everyone, Here are some pictures of my Esprit from tonights classic car meet in Earls Barton Northampton... was great to see a couple of other lovely Esprits too, Robington's black one and Paul Colemans white S1.
    1 point
  47. had to crudely edit to ensure its not offensive !!
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  48. Thanks everyone, engine now running nicely from direct fuel feed, now got to fill `er up a bit and see what happens ! Then I will try to make it to a show and remind people that the esteemed Chapman`s, Kimberley`s and their crew`s ingeniously-designed, forward-thinking, great British achievement of a low-drag, economical, 4-seat high performance GT is still out there and catching the eye !
    1 point
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