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  1. So my Evora is here. The Car is awsome!!!! "Blow me away" feeling? The quality is perfect an wonderful made. The Car is perfect family ready I am in love. Also so the kids ?
    7 points
  2. I feel I should apologize to my Turbo SE. Not only have I been cheating on her with the Excel, taking that one to meetings and runs over the past few weeks. But I did continue to use her to get to work and was rather annoyed when she let me down and refused to start on Monday morning (5.55am...). In fact, it was me who let her down. I knew the battery was well past its best, but as long as she struggled to life on a cold morning, I didn't bother. Last weekend I had to move her about on the driveway a couple of times to get to the other cars, and that was the final straw. Yesterday I finally installed a new quality battery. She immediately sprang to live. A bit rough at first, to be expected due to leaving the ECM without power for a few days, soon she was purring like a kitten again. A very eager and powerful kitten. And a very big grin on my face once again. Filip
    4 points
  3. Some pics taken when changing plates earlier:
    4 points
  4. I have a design for an EWP conversion for the Esprit, Paul an I touched base on this subject within the Elite Eclat and Excel section. I had previously considered this with the last build /mod on mine, as part of the parasitic loss reduction. Unfortunately there were a lot of variables at the time which I could not get past, so shelved it for a time. Since chatting with Paul I looked at things again . With new higher volume pumps now available and a fresh focus I now have a set up witch i am very confident in.. It will be thermo-mechanical as the std system, with the option of a secondary electrical controller if needed ( not pulse type.) All I need now is the time to manufacturer the bespoke parts, install and test. The prognosis is good , but as with all my changes I will not release details until full tests are complete and it performs as required under a stressful pounding from my engine.. So to answer Woldern's question, Yes it is being looked at for the Elite, Eclat and Excel by Paul and Esprit by myself .. Just a matter of time..
    3 points
  5. Careful with using one of those. You could end up doing some damage, like breaking a hub carrier, or something.
    2 points
  6. Day 2 of boot carpet installation by Shan. I have been relegated to passing her contact adhesve, scissors, Stanley knife, holding a lead-lamp and operating the lift. The good news is it's all done, and I can finally get in there and finish tidying up various bits and pieces. Neither of us would want to do this particular job again! I'm need the buy some wing-nuts for the rear lamp covers, because the twat that last touched them couldn't be bothered to. Actually, he couldn't be bothered to fit any kind of nut, as they were left simply shoved onto the fixing studs. We're hoping the cabin carpet is going to be easier to fit, so will be tackling that tomorrow.
    2 points
  7. A long read but this has to be the best written Ryan Air Complaint letter ever. Dear Sir/Madam, I am writing for the attention of your customer experience team. I am definitely a customer, and believe me, you didn’t fail providing us with an experience. My wife and I had booked to fly from Stansted on the Thursday 17th April, evening flight to Bratislava. After 2 hours of fun, fun, fun, stuck on the M25 doing 20 mph, we arrived at Stansted check in with just one hour until the flight. Knowing the strict Ryan Air policy on ‘check in closes 40 mins before the flight’ as you are the Low Fare Taxi of The Skies, we went straight to the Ryan Air assistant and explained our plight. She said we were still within the time and all would be fine but we had to make the attendant at check in aware and he would assist from there. We approached the attendant as instructed and explained. Unfortunately, in the main part, due to him being a child, and forgetting to bring his mother to work, he heard only half of the words before his brain fell apart like a wet cake. He led us to the line for closing gates, advised we should wait and all would be ok. We stood patiently in the line for 20 minutes. We got to the front of the line and the lady, who we shall from this point refer to a Vacant, explained that she had literally just that second closed the flight and we had missed it. We complained that we had done as instructed and she said it was the child’s fault because he should have advised her that we were trying to board a closing flight and that because he hadn’t told her it was therefore our fault we had missed the plane. Confused by this process of blame apportioning, another check in clerk, who we shall refer to as Not That Bright, tried to blame us for not responding to the last call for the flight as we should have made ourselves known. I argued that the last call had not been made. Not That Bright then questioned Vacant on whether she had done a final call. Vacant did what she does best and looked, well,…… After establishing that the child had not informed Vacant we were here, and Vacant had forgotten to do a last call and that all of this was irreversible, and my fault, Not That Bright and Vacant conferred to agree this was not a problem they wished to deal with and told us to get in a very, very long line of very, very unhappy people at the quite wrongly titled ‘Customer Services Counter’ as it was in fact a Customer Shouting Desk. We complained and requested the attention of a manager. Out came Colin, a man so angry all his hair had literally fallen out. He was so aggressive I can only assume he had accidentally inserted something sharp into somewhere private and been unable to remove it before he came to work. He was definitely a middle Gimp. I know this as Vacant and Not That Bright were clearly quite scared of him, and he can’t have been a Big Cheese as he was talking directly to customers and we all know from the papers that no-one in Big Cheese management at Ryan Air has ever seen, let alone spoken to an actual customer. Middle Gimp had clearly listen hard at Ryan Air Middle Gimp school as he managed to take two perfectly calm and sane adults and in a matter of seconds reduce them to angry people considering violence. ‘Check in opens 3 hours before the flight’ he barked repeatedly as if it was the answer to every question in life. We tried to ask Middle Gimp direct questions about why it was necessary for us to miss the flight because the Child had forgotten to do his job, and Vacant had forgotten to do hers. ‘Why is this our fault, and why should we miss the flight because Ryan Air staff have admitted they made errors?. ‘Check in opens three hours before the flight’ ‘Do you acknowledge we have just cause for complaint as we tried to do the right thing and the only reason we are not on the plane is because of communication failures with Ryan Air Staff?’ ‘Check in opens three hours before the flight’ ‘What colour are my trousers?’ ‘Check in opens three hours before the flight’ ‘Do you think economic sanctions on Russia will diffuse the escalating situation in Ukraine?’ ‘Check in opens three hours before the flight’ ‘Were Man Utd right to fire David Moyes?’ ‘Check in opens three hours before the flight’ ‘My tinkle is hurting, could you take a look if I promise not to tell anyone?’ ‘Check in opens three hours before the flight’ Middle Gimp then conferred with Vacant and Not That Bright, and agreed that this was all our fault as we should have noticed that Child had made an error and we should have called the flight ourselves to assist Vacant in doing her job because she was clearly busy being, well,…… Middle Gimp then insisted we go to customer the Customer Shouting Desk, as he was definitely not going to do anything else. This was handy as the queue was very long so that by the time we would reach the front the plane would be half way to Bratislava and the problem would be solved. We waited patiently in line as customer after customer stood at the desk to hear the same song; ‘No, no, I can’t do that, no, there are no Middle Gimps available, no, no, sorry, no, give me all your money’ We got to the Customer Shouting Desk and explained our plight to the lady there (who was actually very nice and clearly should not be working for Ryan Air as a result). She apologised but explained that Middle Gimp had finished being angry for the day and had returned to his padded cage and there were no other Middle Gimps around. We would have to book in to the flight for the next day and we would have to pay £110 each to change the ticket. When she tried to re-book the flight she said that the flight we had tried to get was actually delayed by 1 hour and still at the air port and that what we should do is run to the gate with all our luggage, she would call through and they would check our bags into the hold at the gate. We ran as fast as we could, which is not very fast because I am fat, to security to do as instructed. Security advised us that because our flight should have left, even though it hadn’t, the ticket machine would not open the barrier for us and we would need to return to the Customer Shouting Desk. We waited patiently in the very long queue yet again for about 40 minutes to discover the nice lady had also gone home now so we had to explain the whole thing again to a new lady that looked like all the joy had been removed from her life at birth. She recited the Ryan Air customer services song with a sterling level of apathy and dreariness, I am surprised she could muster the will just to breather and stay alive. ‘No, no, I can’t do that, no, there are no Middle Gimps available, no, no, sorry, no, give me all your money’ She recited it with perfection, Middle Gimps across the world would have been in awe and the effectiveness of the techniques taught in Middle Gimp School. Seeing no other option but to hand over all our cash and come back the next morning we happily paid and got new flights. As the new flight was at 6.25am in the morning we decided to get a hotel, we paid £79 for a room and got a taxi. So, our customer experience was insightful and liberating. From the incompetent Child with a brain so full of girls and Vauxhall Corsa modifications he couldn’t actually listen or speak, through Vacant and Not That Bright who decided on reflection that anything they did wrong was our fault for not pointing it out to them, right through Middle Gimp who made a Tasmanian Devil look calm and Zen like, and the sad one, oh so sad, having every last drop of life sucked out of her by her chosen career at the Ryan Air Customer Shouting Desk. I very nearly jumped over the desk just to give her a cuddle and tell her everything would be alright if she could just muster the will to leave the Ryan Air Customer Shouting Desk and find a more fulfilling job, like starting the very first Israeli pork pie factory, or being a parking attendant in Tower Hamlets, or in fact just resigning herself to a slow and uncomfortable death would have been indistinguishable from the current position and would require much less effort. The net result of this ‘experience’ was; New Flights – £220 Hotel £79 Taxi x 2 £50 Worlds most expensive sandwich in the only hotel we could get £35 1 x significant breach of Tort Law (2008 as quoted by Lord Atkin) by Ryan Air, Google it, it’s a cracking read. I will leave you to decide the monetary value of this. 1 x very angry and upset wife, in particular with Middle Gimp for being so unbelievably rude. 1 x Missed wedding reception for our Slovakian family (sorry, forgot to mention this nugget earlier) who all turned up from all over the country to see us for an event we were forced to miss, because Child and Vacant are clueless at best and Middle Gimp has anger management issues. So, thank you Ryan Air for a comfortable and enjoyable experience. I have watched a program called the news so I fully expect this to land on the desk of the customer services team underneath the empty bottles and sandwich wrappers that you also file there. You treated us badly, you cost us money and made us miss our wedding reception through a display of incompetence I have not seen since Greece was allowed to have money and a cheque book. I sincerely doubt you will do anything about this, compensate us, apologise, or even respond according to the news, so I have sent this recorded and sign for delivery to absolutely confirm my opinion of Ryan Air and that it is not just ‘lost in the post’ Regards You bunch of……………. P.S. Maybe Middle Gimp in particular, but Child, Not That Bright, and Vacant should purchase one of your reasonable priced tickets and go to Slovakia (assuming they were actually allowed on the plane. The Ryan Air employees there are smart, clever, bilingual, helpful, and polite and they should in my opinion experience an example of how they should do their job. The Slovak staff could explain it to them, but they wouldn’t be able to understand it for them, so it may be a waste of time after all. ?
    2 points
  8. Hi Folks I've done it! i orderd by Lotus Munich a brand new Lotus Evora 400. The 400 will replace my Exige S V6 because i would often drive out with my kids (2 and 4 Years) and my lovley wife . My Evora will look like the yellow Sport 410. At the beginning I was not quite sure if the Evora is the right thing for me. But after a few test drives the 400 convinced me fully. I was afraid that I have too little performance against my exige. But then I drove the 400 with automatic and I was totally excited. it was mind blowing for me and i would carefully say that your are pretty faster with the 400 automatic then a normaly Exige S V6 with 350BHP. The new automatic is not comparible to the old IPS. it's must faster and more precise than the old one. Big thanks to Stephan Carsten and his team Lotus Munich for the greate support. also thanks Lotus for realize my special wishes. Also thanks Jayemm (James Martin) for the greate youtube channel. you made my decision much easier . And also bibs for your test of the 400 My Order: Color: Solid Yellow with black pack and black stripes on the site. i also orderd the rear Spoiler in full black paint and the service pannel at the front. Transmission: Automatic Wheels: Black forged wheels Interior trim: Alcantara with yellow stiching an yellow parts (same as 410). Steering wheel also in alcantara Other options: yellow brake calipers, lotus and lotus evora letters at the back in black. BR Stefan
    1 point
  9. I was the second to last Lotus out! Fantastic day out once we finally got in! Went in all the museums and I thought it was great value for money.
    1 point
  10. What made me happy today. Just picked up a stonking S3 turbo, two owner car with a recent engine rebuild but been in long term storage and this one is for meeeeeeee. Back in the land of Lotus. Now just to get the LotusRescue cars completed. Couple of excel's for sale.
    1 point
  11. Great morning Martyn and my day just got better and better. A fun drive back with Pete's new toy filling my rear view mirror for half an hour, followed by lunch with my daughter and a great win in the last NLD at the old WHL, then back to my local to collect my winnings from 3 of my mates.
    1 point
  12. Cheers Martin for organising another great day.... just to emphasize on what the others said about trying to get in.... did make me laugh as my queue pulled away a Marshall said "I think we'd better open the gates earlier next year".... No s**t Sherlock.... I was the last Lotus left as the rest of my family had come and really enjoyed the day so I seized the moment.... 2 British icons
    1 point
  13. There are some pics in my detailing thread. This is my forth Lotus now, I get to a couple of meetings mention on here, used to go to MLOC meets alot back in the day, but don't get much free time these days.
    1 point
  14. @4exige Your car looks stunning! Many congratulations and health to drive.
    1 point
  15. Nice post Colin, totally agree with the 400. I just came back from a short blast in mine, I love it, the sound is AWESOME.
    1 point
  16. My caphead screws in the hubs were complete bastards to undo, like yours. And one side required a 5mm socket, the other was 6mm. Good old Lotus, eh? Those rear wheel bearings will need a big torque wrench on them.
    1 point
  17. The QH rear wheel bearing part number is QWB467.
    1 point
  18. Be careful not to buy the really cheap ones - made in China with dubious tolerances and life expectancy. QH are good.
    1 point
  19. I saw, a Hethel one I think. It did sound nice, I never get to hear them from outside
    1 point
  20. nice car Jayemm, only one other 400 a green one looking equally as nice
    1 point
  21. Wow - looks awesome. Great purchase. Have fun......
    1 point
  22. The wheel bearing is a standard one for Renault fronts, therefore not expensive. Can't remember the reference but a factor will match the old one.
    1 point
  23. Yes. LOTUS Exclusive do a great work. Looks perfect.
    1 point
  24. Neal, my overriding first impression is that they are quite different cars in terms of approach and resulting appeal if that makes sense. The 400 is definitely more GT oriented, comfortable & easier to use on a regular basis. Although I loved the 400 I really wanted something more uncompromising and performance focused. No back seats, no heated seats, no cupholders. Also more evident use of tech to reduce weight, as the 400 is not fat, but not particularly thin either! With the 410 Lotus have really pushed it more towards the Exige Sport & Cup cars. It is not quite full-on enough to be an out & out track car like the prepped Exiges, but definitely the initial driving feel is its more in that direction. The bucket seats are lower in the car improving the driving position. The suspension & damper settings are much firmer. There appears to be a shorter gearbox throw, which is really sweet and the engine map, even at low revs, has been noticeably tweaked. However, that said I'm still running the 410 in and want to try to be as objective as possible, so will not comment further until it is. But based on early indications I do not expect to be disappointed. Both cars are really great to look at. I am a carbon fibre nut so the outstanding quality of the carbon parts on the 410, (I believe Prodrive are producing it for Lotus), made it impossible for me to ignore. The louvred ducktail engine cover in particular is an engineering work of art. (Absolutely no exaggeration here). Whether it is worth the extra £15-20k overall cost from new and more if you are trading-in is a personal judgement & decision. I will try to post something a little more objective and better considered as a side by side comparison in a few months time.
    1 point
  25. Fab looking car and colour combo ?, enjoy it on your roads Jimmy.
    1 point
  26. Now that looks superb! Did you have to go lotus exclusive for the contrast stitching and yellow interior trim?
    1 point
  27. I live in West Cumbria. As a favour, I will collect your new 400 and run it in for you and sort any niggles. Only when I conclude the car is perfect I will deliver it to your door. I won't even charge you for my time or the ferry ticket
    1 point
  28. Hi, Photo shows the unit removed. As you can see, two nuts retain the unit. The bulb holders are the four square protrusions. Turn them a quarter turn anti-clockwise to remove. The bulbs are 891, 11 watts. Probably best to change all four. They are halogen bulbs, so avoid touching the glass with fingers when inserting. S.
    1 point
  29. Not necessarily..... Measure when hot and drop to 30
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  31. We've booked a hotel nearby and aim to be there at 8.30h, so happy to help out. Dunc Sparky Choppa Martyn Escape Ben
    1 point
  32. Thanks Steve, but these calipers Work in a different way. The cables are going into a common arm that eases the force you have to use pulling the parking brake. Tehn it splits into two cabel holders, each having a cable adjuster to it. Then the two cables directs to the calipers, and they have no self adjusting mechanism as per ordinary rear calipers. It's an entirely separate mechanism, not interacting with the 4 pistons in each rear caliper. Instead the cable pulls an angular arm on which a small separate brake pad is attatched, plus the arm protrudes via a bolt and locknut to the other side of the caliper, which also have a similar arm and a small pad attatched to it. To adjust this, you can adjust the cables at the handbrake lever manually, and likewise on each brake caliper. Anway, still needs good advice, so I can make it Work propperly. In Lotus Service Notes it is described, that there should be a specific distance from the cable reaching the cable holding arm, to the end point of the cable - if i remember some 60mm. This is go give the right reaction momentum, I suppose. This is not really the same on these rear calipers, although there may still be some truth in it, idea-wise. Kind regards, Jacques.
    1 point
  33. I had a drive of Trevor's 4C a while back, he kindly let me take it for a little spin just after he'd bought it. I found it did dart all over the road, although I wasn't aware this was a general criticism of them. Under braking especially, it felt like the steering wheel really was being tugged out of my hands. The exhaust sounded awful at high RPM changes and brakes were very wooden. Although I liked the cabin, the driving position meant I couldn't see most of the dash (inc what geat I was in) behind the very thick rimmed steering wheel. Other than that, I found the chassis to be very communicative which I liked, and it was a nice colour
    1 point
  34. The black & yellow combo looks fantastic. Looking forward to your thoughts on how the 410 differs to the 400.
    1 point
  35. Thanks Martyn, see you tomorrow! All ready to go!
    1 point
  36. I dont want to upset anybody but I am doing an electric water pump conversion on my elite.
    1 point
  37. Cheers Jonny, Yes there have been a few passing glances. I parked it outside the local Halfrauds earlier while they wired in my dashcam and came back an hour later to find a small crowd around the car. The guy doing the wiring was lapping it up and the store manager asked if I could park out front more often as it was good for generating business. Fast cars, bikes and any form of motorsport is massively popular in this part of the world. People love to see something that is out of the ordinary and a few of the young guys who spoke to me knew exactly what they were looking at (spec etc), which is encouraging for Lotus & their somewhat random & erratic social media marketing effort.
    1 point
  38. No problem; car has been put to bed but I'll fire a pic of the battery & trickle charger up over the next day or so.
    1 point
  39. Out for a drive around Essex this evening. Nothing better than B road blat ending at nice pub.
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  40. So basically Simon you have a few quality niggles concerning paint and trim and that's it? Nothing fundamentally serious like catastrophic engine failure ( well documented Porsche failure on some models, Lamborghinis and Ferraris at 3 times the price have been known to turn into mobile BBQ's etc). 1)Badly fitting door with air leaks audiable from 30 mph. They fixed this only for me to find another air leak from the engine bay. So you had a problem with the door that was fixed and fully resolved. You now have a different issue and have asked them to fix it? Likely outcome = fixed 2) Sub top coat swirls and scratches on roof and rear quarter. They sprayed over this so thick it is no longer flat. Appalling quality control. However paintwork rework on new cars is not uncommon and surprisingly more common than you would think. Ask anyone in the know. No impact on driving the car otr performance, purely cosmetic. 3) Transmission rumbles in low torque situations make the car sound like a tractor. Not even a atempted fix for this one. No they have not as they all do it. As said above. Did you not test drive forst? You would/should have spotted this then. No fault here. 4) Supercherger squeaks due to rain being able to drip onto its bearings and belts. Not heard this complaint before. Are you sure the cause is as stated and not an installation issue at nuild time? 5) Drivers seat moves and squeaks. Replaced by them bur I've only driven the car once since I got it back. So you have no idea whether this has been fixed or not? 6) Power steering squeal on full lock. Er. Just about every car I have owned does this and no issue to driving etc. 7) Mirrors don't allow a tall person to see out of the car propperly. FfS, really? Why buy a car that does not fit you. Did you not test drive it? Over all the car feels like a kit car or prototype. You should try my 2010 S1 Evora. Build quality is impeccable and even wowed my Aston Martin Vantage owning neighbour and my Fezza, Lambo and Bentley owning neighbour. Would have been a awesome car if they had developed and tested it properly! Not a complaint I've heard from any road tester or owner. To be honest, if that little list above is what it takes for you to label your car total shit and only worth axing into pieces then Lotus really is not for you. You're buying a car from a very low volume, handbuilt manufacturer. I have had a mate with a McLaren that had real issues compared to what you've posted. Does not mean the Mclaren was an undeveloped piece of shit though. Best reject the car and go and get something common from a high volume manufacturer. Not worth getting so stressed? Life is too short mate. All the best.
    1 point
  41. Some more Pics sent by my dealer to me. It´s easier for me to wait till staturday
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  42. This was my thought as well as soon as I saw the post about a German sticker as well. Hopefully, people won't need to attach their iPad or phone to the screen as well.
    1 point
  43. Got over to p/x my 400 pick up the new 410 with Central Lotus in Nottingham yesterday. All in it was around 800 miles for the round trip with the ferry journey providing a break both ways. The Lotus focussed set-up at Central is impressive and really provides everything you could need for road or track car prep. Some great expansion plans as well! As for first impressions of the 410 (bearing in mind it is stillat early stage engine run-in). It's a 400 on steroids that have been injested while drinking copious amounts of Red Bull! ? At 3000 revs in 6th gear it does 87-93 mph depending on road anglel. At that speed the downforce is noticeably better than the 400. The suspension ride & travel is also firmer, but not uncomfortably so. The ti exhaust has got a slightly different sound quality, although this may in part be due to modified engine map. It is still manic. Finally I absolutely love the carbon bucket seats! 4 hours solid driving with no discomfort (& no creaks). They do look a little smaller in the cabin than usual, but the bonus is more floor space to make up for the lack of door compartments. I'll put some more considered thoughts up, together with a few pics later this week.
    1 point
  44. This: TWO pranksters who posed as cops were nabbed after pulling over a police civilian worker and demanding to see his licence. James Boland flashed his force ID when Nile Rashid, 20, and Usman Sarfraz, 21, accused him of running a red light. The pair made off at speed but James clocked their registration number and they were traced the next day. Glasgow Sheriff Court heard Rashid and Sarfraz pretended their motor was an unmarked cop car and used a blue flashing light to stop drivers on the city’s south side. They had already pulled over Ciara Heath, 19, who drove off terrified, before quizzing Mr Boland. Fiscal depute Adele MacDonald said: “Mr Boland took his wallet containing his licence and Police Scotland ID.“This was presented to Sarfraz who on seeing the badge claimed all was in order before simply returning to the vehicle and making off.” Despite the scare, Rashid and Sarfraz then went on to pull over a third man and asked to see his licence before letting him go. The pair pled guilty to impersonating police officers between December 21 and 22 last year. Sheriff John McCormick deferred sentence until next month after Sarfraz — an engineering student — has completed his exams. He told them: “You must be aware a custodial disposal is likely.” Especially this bit: Sheriff John McCormick deferred sentence until next month after Sarfraz — an engineering student — has completed his exams. WTF - why the special treatment for this toerag? No body forced him to break the law and deceive people and put the fear of god into them. This was a well planned con and they'd put a lot of thought and effort into it. Get the freak sentenced and put away now. Up to him what he does about his education when he's paid off his sentence. Why oh why are we so bleedin' soft! Argh.....................................................
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  45. Sorry, not going to answer your question but a properly rebuilt water pump should last for years, i can recommend pnm engineering, they do a proper job!
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  46. Very few realise the Evora exists, many who do just dismiss it as an overgrown Elise. This will be a feature of a next video of mine. Sometimes you can't win - they don't like the Evora because they think it's the same as an Elise, then you show them it isn't, then they moan it weighs much more than an Elise, so they moan... I am guilty of some of the above but am happy to be enlightened now
    1 point
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