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  1. Assuming it's the same as my S1, there is indeed. It's not obvious. Indeed I didn't find it myself. A nice Italian petrol station attendant showed me when I'd already owned the car for almost a year! It's hard to explain, but I'll try: It clips onto the filler flap. Turn the cap so the top (outside) of the cap is pointing away from you, towards the centre line of the car, and it clips onto the inboard side of the flap.
    7 points
  2. Driven the 410 enough now to compare to the V6 Cup….. Good bits; Covers the ground incredibly quickly - and now I've had a few dry runs on a 'known' road - it's noticeably quicker than the Cup. It flows more from corner to corner joining them up fluidly with a quieter sense of urgency, whereas the Cup tended to be in attack mode with a flurry of elbows and change up lights. The rear follows the front whereas the Exige always felt rear pushing the front. In fact you can take liberties with the rear that the Exige wouldn't allow and so sliding the rear , while not C63esque , is controllable but all a bit pistonheads. Already mentioned the steering on the test drive earlier but it's still yummy and despite the best of EPS you can’t beat a nice hydraulic set up. The engine is turbine like compared to either of the previous V6s , smoother with less mechanical noise, and delivers a lovely rush at the top end . Still not hugely torquey but enough that you can make better 'progress' in it than the lighter car with less gear changing going on. An Exige needs this engine. Its noisy. I like it ( but then I had a 2bular on the Cup) , didn’t think it was too bad at first but with the mileage its definitely noisy. From the outside. Inside its quite muted. Gearbox is precise, no missed changes etc but a bit notchy , and slower than the Cup. I miss the snick snick - yes I had a good one , adjusted with Russell's Lotus Motorsport special sauce. Low speed ride is more brittle than the Cup, but once over 30ish much better - I never touched the adjusters on the Cup as I just never got around to it in hindsight I should of really.One for you Mickey. Once motoring along the absorption is better even though I'm sure on track it'll be reversed roles. But for the road its really good and I’m told good enough for me on track. The brakes are brilliantly unnoticeable. The carbon really is very very good. It'll bimble along happily with the driver cocooned in relative comfort and quiet whereas the Exige was always more urgent and on a long drive tbh was a bit tiresome (I'm over 50 ok). Other things, so much easier getting in/out (see above) , people are convinced it's a Ferrari or Mclaren…...well ok they're not after the second look but I'm getting as many thumbs up and chats at the pump as I did with the other 2. Tho chap at the local BP took a look and said 'finally acting your age now'…. Controversially it seems I find the seats comfy, not achy or stabby , maybe I've a fat back and snake hips? Not sure about comments on them being 'lost' in the interior either....just means I can easily find all the change that pours out of my pocket onto the carpet . Mmmmmm carpet that's another plus. It has lights. Unless you've driven an Exige, at night, faster than walking pace , you'll not understand. Bad bits: Speedo is useless to read quickly but thankfully there is a digital one. No water temp or oil temp gauge - have a word with yourself lotus …. , there is nowhere to rest the filler cap, turn a key and push a button to start...how quaint. Electric folding mirrors…why?, ditch them for better looking manual ones and save the weight. But these are Evora issues really not +10 ones. Its too noisy for track. Solutions pending. It needs more torque. Whilst its lovely to have the chassis out performing the powertrain you’ll be left wanting for more. Not a huge amount just a smidge, I think the 430 will be spot on with its better weight ratio. There are 4 different yellows on the car , badge/wheel centres , stitching , yellow interior pack(which is nigh on an orange shade) and brake callipers, if only there was a colour reference chart they could use to match them…. The steering wheel should be totally alcantara. I have a squeak. It's very annoying but Phil at B n C just nodded sagely and said he'll sort it out. Lotus could save weight by deleting the 'rear view mirror' and replacing it with a 'mirror' that you keep in the glovebox as there is no view, out the rear, to be mirrored. That colour, Motorsport black, is a total utter pain in the arse to keep clean but when it is ...it looks fab, especially since Rob at Supercar Detailing worked his magic on it. Another oddity, the 'boot' is a) smaller than the Exige b) a lot hotter. Finally area behind the seats is just that . An area, like that bit of ground you have in the garden that's just....there. So overall happy with the move away from the Exige.The bits I’m not fond of are really relatively inconsequential and a bit Lotus ‘character’. As a driving machine its excellent and the chassis is sublime, especially steering weight and feel, and I really do just jump into it in the evenings for a 30min blast. Sometimes I miss that rawness and drama of the Cup but as I'll probably only do 3 track days, but 5000 miles abroad on fast roads, it's the right move for me. More track days and I'd have kept the Exige. True test of liking a car….it passes the keep looking back at it when parked. Next up is 2500miles around Spain and a Silverstone track day. And squeak removal.
    7 points
  3. Stick your cup holder up your bum... I give you the take away holder ?
    5 points
  4. I thought the unveiling of the GT430 was exciting..... It's nothing compared to this!!!
    5 points
  5. A quick bit of research shows that you are "Mr D"/"MrDemon", infamous around the internet for slagging off Lotus whenever possible, and indeed Porsche. Your reputation sadly precedes you mate. While you've broken no rules on TLF yet, I'd imagine it's only a matter of time based on your past. Please be aware that myself and the mod team will be keeping a very close eye on your posts.
    4 points
  6. Got to be honest mate, I have known The Pits on here for a good few years and met him at the last festival. He so doesn't need me to do this but...........He is an upstanding and respected member here. You I notice have only been on here a month. I never get involved in this stuff but we had another going on about the essence of Esprits a while ago can't remember his name. Let's just get back to Lotus, I had all this nonsense on the Merc forum so left.
    3 points
  7. After 15months of Evora ownership, that pic has just got me way more excited than it should have
    3 points
  8. Just to confirm I really do love my 1981 dry sump TE. Sparky loved it to. just thought I would lighten the mood a bit and my wife really wants a 356 speedster and to be fair so do I.
    3 points
  9. Ha , brilliant ! Thanks Brendan ? Now about the squeak ?
    3 points
  10. My thoughts exactly.... Lost for words.
    3 points
  11. Hello Fellow Enthusiasts, This is all getting a bit silly if you will excuse me saying, this is "a Lotus Forum", so lots of my ( other than a Lotus ) is better than your Lotus is only going to bring lots of upset. I'm a sixty -three year old dyslexic, it takes me ages to write stuff ( and it's still rubbish usually ), so a few points, from my aged experience : It's a Lotus Forum, so don't knock the product. The Pits is the most knowledgable poster, he's nearly always right, although I think I well and truly trumped him on 'Danny Bahar' in period ? He's also a current racing driver, so he's probably the fastest driver on the Forums and therefore most likely to have an accurate view on matters Lotus and driving. He's also much younger and brighter than me . ( and Jonny, your lap time at Goodwood, I raise my hat to you, that is seriously quick in a standard road car, and a good bit quicker than I've managed around there, even in a McLaren F1 ). I've enjoyed many Lotus cars over my life, I've also enjoyed many Porsche cars too, they are both great products, I don't personally gel with most Porsche owners, whenever I'm at a track day , which is often, I make a beeline for the Lotus owners for a chat, usually asking if they are the "the playground'ers or Lotus Forum's folk", surprisingly few ever are either ??? The GT4, an example of which I own is definitely not as quick as an Exige V6 at a circuit in which you cannot carry momentum, Snetterton being the example when I first comprehensively experienced this phenomena.The GT4 is at the end of the day a very different beast, it's fully trimmed, it's a "normal' car, the Exige is not, and hence it's great weight advantage. I believe for motorsport use the whole tall installation, transverse engine arrangement is far from ideal, in this respect I believe the GT4 has a better fundamental layout ( if the Lotus layout really worked, everyone would be racing them world wide in GT racing in all it's forms, and they are not ). With some subtle modifications the GT4 can be improved, and can be made competitive with an Exige V6. For what it's worth Silverstone yesterday was track day forty-six for my GT4, and it's still running quite well, so whatever else, in my experience the German's build a pretty sturdy car. Wishing you all Good Motoring, Tim.
    3 points
  12. Damn I sold my Evora before getting chance to try this
    2 points
  13. Deserves it's own thread probably esp if it applies to all Evoras. TLF Member Of The Day - Brendonian.
    2 points
  14. Tell him I said "Hi" ? https://goo.gl/maps/rYqpQYbex6m It's a lovely area to visit. Quite close to the Mugello circuit, and there were 5 Lamborghinis filling up last time I was there. Of course the petrol cap tip was the best part of the trip.
    2 points
  15. Put away the cameras chaps, I think I pretty much nailed the Pic of the Month here, will share spoils of victory with Brendan.
    2 points
  16. New thread required " who's wife want a 356"
    2 points
  17. here is my old Elise and Exige I am still a Lotus boy some where ;-) the Elise was Motorsport car number 008 and the Exige was the full 46mmOhlins + AP set up. both great fun and peanuts to track. People think I am anti Lotus, but that's far from it, I am a realist and that's upsets a lot of people ;-) I hope you dial in that GT4 as it is not great out the box lol. you only need a set of rear toe links mind you and then you can get a nice geo. I run -2.5 up front and -1.8 at the back camber. I hope the car has Cup 2's as the dunlops are shit imo if it's on those. my Elise was the first S2 to have >150BHp from 2001 and waspy came after mine was a 135R look well befor the 135R came out. my Exige on track just the 190NA one, but it seems to over take all the S1's in my vid ;-)
    2 points
  18. This is the only time I'm acknowledging this bullying. Shame on you all. I will be professional and keep this thread to my genuine observations of the car *once* I've had opportunity to formulate them. For now all I can say is the $*&^*** parking brake is doing my nut far more than the dodgy seat rails ever did on the V6.
    2 points
  19. Look on the bright side. You have a red skip for all that rubbish in your office!
    2 points
  20. So, I went to Snows yesterday and put a deposit down on their Orange 400 manual, formerly a Hofmann's demo and owned by @mcx - I figured I'd try the manual and wait & see what next year brings to the spec party, before deciding if I want to keep it or swap into a new auto... My ideal car would be a dark blue, silver-wheeled, leather interior, auto. And I'm buying an orange, black-wheeled, alcantara manual. Go figure, eh? The purchase will be dependent on Lotus having a look at the car next week and judging if the transmission chunter can be silenced somewhat - after an initial TADTS diagnosis, I asked if we could drive Snows demonstrator - a 17 plate manual with 4k miles - straight after, and it was noticeable how much quieter the transmission is at low revs. Having read various other threads on here, I don't rate the chances of the factory being able to work miracles on the noise - but if they can't, then I'll find another car.
    2 points
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  22. Hey Jim - Can you try a simple experiment? Remove the small top covers secured by 2 screws, then swap 1 & 3 idle jet holders with 2 & 4 idle jet holders (including the small idle jets at the bottom, of course). As suggested above, set all your mixture screws at a 3.5 full screws out from closed as a starting point. Then repeat your balancing and idle 'stall' tests and report back.
    1 point
  23. I'll send you details once i have them
    1 point
  24. We were in contact with @Foxy already about that issue. I never drove the Evora on PScup2 actually and Lotus did the test on their side not like for the PSS where they joined test on our site. But for Porsches (Yes I know ) we do make them run on pretty low pressures also on PScup2. Maximum to keep not overheated tires would be 2.3 bars hot. Still depending of the driving style, if you push too much your front axle ( too much steering angle) , this value will be a bit too high already. On many cars for track use, best to target 2.0 to 2.1 bars hot with cup 2s. And as already mentionned, never forget to rise back the pressure before leaving the track. On Foxy's issue I am still a bit cautious about the way things went on... For me, the underlayer should have been taken appart with the summit compound as it sticks during curing and we should see cables there instead. Im no post analytic technician, so official answer is what it is...
    1 point
  25. Sorry, I don't quite understand why you expect another member to jump through hoops for you. Back off topic - my wife also wants a 356 speedster.
    1 point
  26. I love your Esprit too. My wife also wants a 356 Speedster - One day I'll buy a Chesil
    1 point
  27. It's just an old joke Tim, makes me giggle still
    1 point
  28. Next job was the heater return pipe, another T hose between the inlet manifold and thermostat case (this does work but the flow isn't great so I might just pipe it to the front of the new waterpump). I have also added the extra blue water temp sensor to the inlet manifold...more of this later All will be revealed!
    1 point
  29. Check out the cam belt tensioners at Garry Kemp's in the UK. He has an eBay shop here http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Kemp-High-Performance-Engines
    1 point
  30. Clutch is easily available - it's a Renault unit from sj no matter what anyone tells you
    1 point
  31. You could try starting the engine without the box attached - That 'should' recreate your noise condition (assuming the box is innocent.) Then you should able to fiddle about to see what going on
    1 point
  32. They aren't exciting - far too common. once a few years old - very affordable as well. For some they are great - and that's fine. For me they are just to brandish elitist for those that want to flash it out there. but then what do I know - I'm getting old, going bald and want a 20 something slut in my life ?
    1 point
  33. One of the best looking Exige's I've ever seen!
    1 point
  34. Took our pad and pencil along yesterday to the Supercar meet at Beaulieu and did a few sketches Cheers, Paul.
    1 point
  35. Took our pad and pencil along yesterday and did a few sketches Cheers, Paul.
    1 point
  36. Just heard from Lotus Silverstone that I should be getting my Cup 380 this month so hopefully I can bring it to the Lotus Festival, starting to get a little excited now :-)
    1 point
  37. The cakes were very nice, especially the bread pudding I did look out for you @a7esk. Here are some of the cars in the actual museum...
    1 point
  38. Big to @CocoPops for organising, cracking day out
    1 point
  39. Lovely line up and my favourite car was the white plus2!
    1 point
  40. Lovely lovely car... congratulations
    1 point
  41. Really? Looks like a facelift Mondeo to me and however clever/quick they get, I can't get excited about such cars. I'm also not convinced by the 2040 or electric is the only future statements because a) the country hasn't got the capacity to fuel 20+million electric cars, b) hasn't got a credible electricity generation plan to keep the growth in existing lights on let alone provide for a whole new sector of this size, and c) even if it had, it hasn't got time to build the infrastructure in the intervening 22 years given that they've known about the end of life of the existing generation plant (coal and nuclear) for 40+ years, but have failed to upgrade/replace the necessary plant within the timelines that were set out when it was first put in place... Hydrogen cell wont have a future because no-one will face up to the costs of setting up the necessary distribution infrastructure - in much the same way that LPG has remained niche. So my prediction is that we will keep kicking along with modifications of what we have with a series of reprieves and delays to the "final ban" on internal combustion engines. The biggest threat and where it may not be the case is in larger cities where many have less need for a car and there are at least some public transport alternatives (which are currently more polluting than cars). Electric cars here would seem an more valid answer, but it is in cities where housing density is at its highest and therefore private driveways/garages at a premium. I just cant see there being 10 million roadside charging points on London streets and car parks by 2050 ... but maybe I'm just being blinkered.
    1 point
  42. I've just been sick in my mouth....... my utmost condolences to you both
    1 point
  43. Silverstone have sold 4 of my Lotus's on SOR, so highly recommended. End up with more dosh than selling privately, with none of the hassle. Win win
    1 point
  44. Day 7 Maidens to Newcastle... You need to drop a little further south on the M6 to Penrith and cut back 'north-east' towards Newcastle on the A686 via Alston (you can see it on the map above). The route takes you from Penrith to Alston over the Hartside Pass. Then from Alston town centre head towards Nenthead, immediately as you leave Nenthead village there is a small hidden left turning on the brow of the hill sign posted to Carr Sheilds which then takes you through to Hexham. This is a truly brilliant bit of road you'll be missing else, my regular stomping ground!! Certainly be able to join you on the last leg if nothing else...
    1 point
  45. Garry Kemp = 4 cyl legend. He has a 912 in a Sunbeam which hits 170mph in 8.2 seconds. http://www.lotusespritforum.com/forums/ind...hp?showuser=210
    1 point
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