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  1. Well, the wrapping has started. This also is a slow process. Once the wrap is completed, then the final carbon fibre accents, rear bumper, rear clam and wing etc get added. The last step will be a final body once over and engine run.
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  2. I was allowed to scan some folders full of photos and brochures from the 70s So I spent all Sunday in front of a scanner, and here's a preview! I'll rename, sort and crop/resize all files and then post it in a gallery/library. If of any interest, I also can offer the full 600 dpi resolution files for download (about 2 GB). As soon as I have some spare time... Now, enjoy!
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  3. Time to register! 2016 400: Metallic grey, tan leather interior, black forged wheels, black brake calipers, auto
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  4. That one reminds me of this from last year's Subercar Outing. We certainly made one gas station owner happy.
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  5. Finally joined the happy throng of you Lotus owners. Evora 400 tucked away in the garage - metallic grey auto with tan interior. Traded in my 600BHP Nissan GT-R so what do I do with the mountain of bags, tools, bits, bobs that won't fit in the Evora? Absolutely adore the Evora, had forgotten what fun corners were! I'm just 10 minutes away from Silverstone so bought it from the dealership there and so happy I did - fabulous customer service. Definitely recommend them. Peter
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  6. Get on with it man! I would have had the battery out of my daily sat in the boot with some jump leads if necessary. You are sooooooo slow patient
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  7. @Straightbend This is what happens when it is all about displacement and poooooowwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaa! As others have said, it's about the package and how it delivers. Funny thing is, that's what I tell all the girls too. Enjoy - I laughed so hard I wet my pants! Tenor here I come.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1lgJ7G2KaY
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  8. If the connectors I'm getting don't work will check out halfords. Had a missing side indicator lense L734 Lucas, easily found on eBay so bought some at a reasonable price. Hope the spares on this are easier to get than the S1! Am waiting till a few days off work then will try starting it after all the usual checks and the terminals arrive.
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  9. Methinks that they are all Porkers...
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  10. "Paul, ask me why they call me Swiss Toni" "Why do they call you that?" "Because I'm built like an alp and rich like a Toblerone"
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  11. Feck off calling my bluff Still... check my bad self with my pimp cane and bling!
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  12. Thanks again Paul Coleman and Mad-Wolf, All of the advice is much appreciated, and to answer your question; No not in it for money at all. The Esprit S1 will be one of my passion projects, have had many wonderful toys over the years a beautiful 1970 Porsche 911, Norton Commandos, 68 Triumph Bonneville. Sold all of them to pay the rent or pay for medical classes. The Esprit will likely be pulled from my cold dying hands. By the way selling this beautiful 1980 Ducati 900SS to help raise funds for the Esprit if anyone is interested. 15,134 miles, just went thru the top end, new valve seats, valve job, combustion chamber resurfaced.
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  13. Fast trip back to France today from Austria, via Germany. 820km in just over 6 hours, including 2 fuel stops and lunch. You've got to love the autobahn. The Germans know how to make things work. I squeezed out 160mph desperately chasing the others but at 201mph the Aventador won the prize. He swept past me and the dirty air was alarming. Still, my Evora was sensational. Seats truly remarkable- no ounce of discomfort and I was sad to arrive. Gentlemen (and ladies) we have a rare and very special car. I'm already counting down the days until I'm having fun in Europe again. Tell you're friends and neighbours to buy a 400. They won't regret it!
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  14. After a search lasting 18 months I'm finally the owner of an Evora. Absolutely over the moon. Wife already bored with me. Spent way over initially set budget but what the hell. Loving it. After 'lurking' for this time hope I can give something back. Tim
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  16. Displacement is just one thing - it is not the answer to everything. Handling, acceleration, cornering agility, driver feedback etc etc ....... you must have the package to have a Sportscar. Otherwise you just have a loud heap of metal. please do feel free to post up some pics of your motors..... @Vanya I've some more - but they are prancers and the like
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  17. Thanks to you all for your appreciation - I've got so much help and so many good tipps, advice and support in this forum regarding my Elite, I'm more than happy to contribute my part to this forum - This is what a community is about, isn't it?
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  18. Holy crap! I've seen a bunch of 4Cs but this really puts things into perspective. (L) Tiny Esprit V8! Your other picture with those brick-shaped vehicles is also classy. The Esprit is simply gorgeous. I love its "it could be an old Mitsubishi lines". The old Stevens design even more so. Incidentally, there's some cracking pictures of the Evora 400 over in that models picture thread where one chap went on a European Tour together with an Aventador, Porsche something (911, Cayman??) and a 918. I don't dislike the Evora 400, but in that company, I just wanted to instantly buy an Aventador - it was the only car of the lot that looked the part. The rest were "meh", or, the result of chasing accessibility and driver friendliness. Too tall, too bulky. Granted only 2 of the 4 in that gang were meant to be supercars but still.... it's always nice to be able to head over here and revisit times of yore when Lotus had a bona-fide Supercar in its line-up. More pictures Barry!!!!! Keep 'em coming!
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  19. I can understand cleaning out the store cupboard, but shutting down the motorsport and R&D divisions does not seem to make any sense to me. They're revenue streams.
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  20. Dare I say it's slightly better looking than the Evora 400 parked just behind it?
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  21. Waiting for some EBay connectors to come. They have bolt on connectors on each terminal. Which ford ones did you use? When I get some spare time will remake the rear loom and get rid of all these bits using the wiring diagram.
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  22. Eureka! No not Archimedes in the bath, much better than Archimedes principle, a fitting Esprit Turbo battery!?????have noted the battery tray need a slight repair so will have to remove and fibreglass. Battery was £52 from Euro Car parts, bargain! 075 S4 and didn't have to do any sawing! But what is this bad boy??? It's linked to the Alarm buy one wire. Then other box is definitely an Alarm as there is a transmitter aerial on it. The Alarm is grafted into the loom, maybe factory fitted? Or maybe a very good alarm installer?I look forward to removing it all and reducing weight, Colin would be proud!
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  23. A 'handsome Irish/Greek'? Surely it is easier to find a unicorn?
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  24. Drop me a line if you want to have a go/passenger.
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  25. Hi David Well in that case you should be aware of the costs and work involved.. However if this is your first Esprit be prepared for a few surprises. Back to the Engine.. I have twiddled a spanner on the odd one or two and would suggest the best option would be full strip and rebuild , this will eliminate all areas of concern.. Anything less will leave doubts.. As engines go they are very good but do have their little quirks.. When built well will serve well, when just played with can give you all sorts of head aches.. Its pointless restoring the Esprit and not doing the donkey.. The seals and gaskets will leak if not done and the bearings will show ware , particularly #1 main ( top) . You can not asses the bores and rings without stripping and the cam followers will all need replacing.. You may even find cracks in the odd one or two.. if it has stood a long time you may wish to check the conformity of the valve springs as well.. also the guides.. As you see the list can go on and on.. It really comes down to what you want from the final product,
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  26. Is that your bentley in the picture @Barrykearley? Is it a Brooklands? Love the big old beasts Looked for a long time at a turbo s in auction a few weeks ago.
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  27. I get it! I really do! trump is a twat of the first order. But I also think that the Democrats to criticise him is laughable seeing as their candidate supported her husband after he abused his position to take advantage of young women AND then attacked the young women for their attitude and "Loose morals". Oh no. No one is clean in this Presidential election and American politics needs a MAJOR shake up!
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  29. Yep. And if we want to talk about fun, in the fun department the 4C is a lot more fun than the Cayman. But that is not a hard task.
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  30. Fixed it for you @JayEmm.
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  31. As far as I know, the one at KT got a performance upgrade (470+ hp and new suspension setup) and went to its owner a couple of days ago ...
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  32. http://www.lotusforsale.com/ad-category/parts/exige-v6-parts/
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  33. Come come now Mr Kearley, Lotus owners should be more upmarket than that I believe. Get her in one of these: With two gallons of this:
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  34. This was posted over 3 months ago... https://www.thelotusforums.com/latest-news/lotus-cars-news/first-customer-3-eleven-and-elise-cup-250-completed/
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  35. As above - the 400 is very quiet and civilised if you want it to be. It's no exec saloon, but my friends with 911s say it is noticeably better than their cars. @Bibs have any customer 3-11s been delivered yet? I expect customers of those will be much less philosophical about the exhaust noise issue
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  36. Took the Esprit to Brooklands Motorsport Day today and drove in convoy with a friend in his Corvette. When we entered, we were "spotted" and Phil Ward (the organiser) directed us to be parked in the paddock next to the clubhouse, prime location!
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  37. LCE at a chilly Le Mans this weekend...
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  38. Not looking too shabby at breakfast club this morning
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  39. My comparison Spa times wont be fair - I was there only once (my first time ever) and I only had the morning dry on Corsas (not Trofeo) in traffic... ended up with a very low 3 min time ... With two more days there this year and hopefully better weather I hope to get closer to the cars potential. I know that a good driver (not a pro) can supposedly do a 2:42 time in the EX460 ... My Bilster Berg time will be a much better comparison - I think I am within a couple of seconds of the standard V6 CRs potential (for an amateur driver) there with my 1:581 ... hope I can break 1:55 with the EX460 ... Track Record for street legal cars is 1:467 ... I have a XGPS150 and use Harrys Laptimer to time ... works very well ... Thanks!!! Will keep you posted!
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  40. It's the only show on TV that makes me cry... so its not just me then
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  41. I put it back to original McLotus tartan. My car is an early one and was white/tartan from the factory. It's actually the 30th ever built.
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  42. There's an easy fix for anyone not happy with cars appreciating in value - just buy one that depreciates, there are plenty of those about! Also feel free to start a 'prices plummeting' thread. That should help us all deal with the daily misery coming from Aleppo and elsewhere! I've lost money on every car I've bought to date so if I did at least get my money back in the event of a sale (a £10k increase is effectively that when you take maintenance and running costs into account), that would be a first and would certainly help to justify any future purchases with the Commandant! Esprits were late to the classic car party and still have a way to go. I don't think we're anywhere near the point where they are so valuable that people are getting precious about them yet. However I think it's great that they are now worth preserving, restoring and maintaining properly. Part of the reason Esprit prices were kept low was because there were so few really well maintained examples. There are many more pages devoted to how great Esprits are to drive, these are easy to ignore if they are not to anyone's liking. I'd like to add that I believe that everyone here is 'in it for the right reasons' I don't think we have anyone here that could be considered a money-obsessed speculator. We all love the cars and did so long before values picked up. I certainly can't see anyone 'running for the classifieds to offload' any time soon. I understand the frustration caused by car speculators and appreciate that there are downsides to all this which have also been widely discussed on this thread, but I don't think this forum is where you'll find anyone deserving of that accusation.
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  43. Well done on the decision, but offer a couple of grand less cos the steering wheel's on the wrong side. That's gonna cost a bit to fix. ;-)
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  44. Nothing, absolutely nothing wrong with the manual v12v... drove this very car along the Route Napoleon recently. It kept pace with 3 Mclaren's.. Powertrain is brilliant, it would be a great upgrade car after an Evora. The V12's effortless torque is mind blowing, I absolutely loved it. 12c boring by comparison, haven't driven a 12c but have passengered in one at Silverstone, no doubt great speed and quality but pretty dull tbh. The Aston taps into your heart, bit like the prancing horse!
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  45. I think the only real looser in this campaign will be the American public sadly
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  46. "None of the above"?
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  47. It's valued at £1600 for a start. The man hours and costs that went into making it were much more than that and it's also an irreplaceable piece of History, commissioned by the most famous team at Lotus ever and built by a team no longer in existance. Frankly, and my view is matched by a couple of those who commissioned and used it, after I sent the link, it is just as bad as selling the James Bond car for £10k and disposing of all the other company heritage that was collected over the years only to be chucked in the 90's and naughties. (and it will prob be replaced with something "modern" from Ikea!
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  48. Still a slow process, but I do believe we can see progress being made. The car is now back from the body shop. Time for final assembly, including the wing and rear end. Then fine tuning and wrapping. But at least it's starting to look like a car again!
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