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  1. Today was a good day at Bedford. The GT4 and Exige where very well matched on track and we had a few great runs together. I would say (and the GT4 owner did agree) I did have the lead. Even on the back straight the Exige held its own and created a leading gap which did take me by surprise. I didn't manage to go out against the GT3. Both owners where very nice chaps, approachable, and great conversation through out the day.
    3 points
  2. I still find it strange that Esprits are so well recognised and much loved by so many yet Porsche command much higher prices. Aside from the drive, just look at the how the silhouette of each has changed over the years... IMHO it's pretty obvious which is a better looking design.
    2 points
  3. just got in .engine and box in .Sorry about the delay Had to connect pipes from chassis etc.Bit. Stressed Eric lol...Only problem is one is cv drive shaft does not go I.n As far as the other .But all suspension bolts back in ....Any ideas .Might of been like it for years don't know .Anythoughts on this Mike
    2 points
  4. May take longer spannering with a mate rather than getting a garage to do it, But you will suprised how much you will pick up Mike, also think of the money you will have saved, but most of all will be the satisfaction you will feel when you hear the rumble from the V8 ! Knowing that you have done it yourself, that itself is priceless imo Also there are some fantastic workshops out there but for the many good ones there are sadly also many bad ones especially when it comes to conversions , who will not put as much love and effort in as you would do etc.
    2 points
  5. Hi Dan .You are right .Only problem being I am useless with spanners lol.I have been at the mercy of a friend who helps as and when he has the time .Asked a few garages local to me but they were all busy .But hey I have waited this long .But it's been frustrating ........If all goes well I will post some pictures laters ......Thanks for all your support .I need it .i admire any one that can do this type of work themselves.But from an outsider it's all very tired e consuming........Mike
    2 points
  6. I still think that the German V8 does it perfectly...
    2 points
  7. When I installed a braided clutch hose on my 1990 Turbo SE, I needed either an adaptor to suit, or I had to drill and cut thread in the clutch master. I chose the later, as it's one link lesser, one seal lesser. Works perfectly as the new thread in the slave is bigger than it came with. I use the Landrover 2b I believe it's called, in aluminium as well. No problems what so ever since cutting the thread and installing. Kind regards, jacques
    2 points
  8. It's a shame Lotus never made a limited edition JPS of the Stevens. It looks great in this pic (though the font needs to be smaller).
    2 points
  9. Yes. This is the problem. How many of us actually have factory spec? Although I'd say more than upgrades @alias23 is one of the best drivers I know and has the approach of a meticulous racing driver which will have far more impact on lap pace. I regulary "have the edge" on many a GT4, GT3 (and even once a 918 on Silverstone GP) in both the Caterham and the Elise. That certainly does not mean these are quicker cars (although I have no doubt are more fun). Lotus attracts better drivers I suspect because of the well discussed reasons. We really need to do something like @The Pits did at Com
    2 points
  10. Hi All, So i bought my first Esprit - its a 1990 Monaco white S4, navy blue / black interior. I bought the car from Mark @lotuseaters, car drives fantastically. Idle is a bit lumpy so needs a light tune but once going is gorgeously smooth and sounds fantastic. Given the car a once over and there's nothing major, only light paint work required on spoiler and rear bumper and refresh of the black trim. Doors need a slight adjustment as one sits too far back, but again very minor, Interior lights don't appear to work and there were a few fuses out, but some wd40 and tinkering it all seem
    1 point
  11. Bad first race meant started second race from 5th. Second place by first corner and the 4 way battle to the end for the win! VR footage of the race here (sorry about the sound): Channel 4 coverage 6:30am Saturday 2nd September.
    1 point
  12. Hi guys - Thought I'd say a quick hello. After nearly 10 years out of my Elise S2 I finally collected my Exige Sport 350 about 3 weeks ago! I'm looking forward to some road trips and possibly meeting to some of you guys and chatting to you on here at the very least... I'm based on the Manchester/Cheshire border and a huge fan of Lotus so glad to be back in the driver's seat!
    1 point
  13. Local car show today, my sprint with a +2 and an Elite. Best 3 cars there IMHO
    1 point
  14. Many happy returns mate! Hope you gets lots of new pairs of shorts
    1 point
  15. I may well be about and would love to join in! what colour have you gone for Jonny?
    1 point
  16. Just not Esprit special though is it. That's the point to me to be honest.
    1 point
  17. @Vanya here you go as promised. What surprised me is it is not that quick, I reckon the BMW on the right which is a 330d with AC suspension would keep up with it on the twisty bits probably wrong but that's what it felt like. Engine bay is a joke no space whatsoever. Not one rattle though. You can't even see the Esprit in the garage ?low is good
    1 point
  18. Just chop and modify to suit chap. Think I put 9" ones on when I did it
    1 point
  19. I much prefer running cars mike ? Once ive finished the current chicken shed I'm having some time off and sorting that S3 cant wait to see a pic of yours outside that garage running
    1 point
  20. Yes both running track orientated tyres. I think a 100% factory V6 would struggle. Wouldn't be able to comment on other specs as not driven a 380. Obviously a cup should be well matched but I see those as track spec from factory. I've got a few videos of previous track days on my Youtube channel this one is a favourite as it includes fire and tyre smoke lol... more fun than chasing lap times ..
    1 point
  21. Hi Barry .Just finishing a big breakfast lol .Waiting for my mate ...E T A.....Mid day ........One small step for mankind ....Oh all right me .......Be nice to see it out side of its garage .....Watch this space in a few weeks .....Be good Barry .still think you have great car na s3 ......Mike
    1 point
  22. Excellent, it seems to be the best way to go then. Stupid question, is it 'pull' or 'blow' fans that i need? I also have the rad from SJ which is a Serck Motorsport manufactured one. Im wondering if the 5 holes on the brackets are meant for Spal fans as Serck also suggest using them too. I shall email them to ask..... you never know...forward thinking....
    1 point
  23. Amazing lap @Win911. Love the sound of your down changes at Stavelot section too.
    1 point
  24. Agree Alan, it is well balanced regarding decals and is just about right, like you say though the wheels kill the desired outcome The five spoke alloy of that American v8 that Steve posted at the top of the page would of worked a treat on this car imo.
    1 point
  25. So I got a PM from Mike and I have exerted, but not greatly. Thread topic changed.
    1 point
  26. Proper man cave Wayne, and even a pit Car looks stunning btw ,
    1 point
  27. On my S I ditched the fiesta units. Recored to three row - and used some spal copies for kit cars off eBay. They were amazing. the cowling was cracked and busted - got put in the spares pile and that was that
    1 point
  28. SSC do a harness bar that fixes to the factory harness bar points behind the roll hoop. Cannot rotate. Enables seat to go all the way back, bar clears the speaker covers and only small openings need to be cut in rear trim. Easy to fit - without removing the rear trim panel. Fits S2 Elise / Exige and V6 Exige. http://www.simplysportscars.com/shop/track-and-safety/10439-harness-bar-kit SSC also has a longer bar for the latest V6 Exige which has a different roll hoop. I think the roll hoop ( frame seatbelt anchorage ) change starts with the Exige 380, but not in the Lotus literature
    1 point
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  30. Mr Danger US has inspired several owners to install SPAL fans in turbos (which use THREE fans) In those cars the fans will fit right in the old shrouds. http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/2335273-post5.html The fans: Spal 30102057 10" Paddle Blade High Performance Fan : Amazon.com : Automotive
    1 point
  31. Happy Birthday Ian. Hope you had a great day
    1 point
  32. Hi Dan, of course your right! The problem with these restos is the intermittent nature. Just as you get into it something happens then a few days later your trying to figure out what you were doing. What also doesn't help is incorrect assembly from previous owners or the wrong parts! No my music collection is totally random. I subscribe to Chaos Theory. Somewhere a butterfly flaps it's wings and causes me to leave washers out! . Fortunately I have a robust checking procedure, laborious but effective!
    1 point
  33. Fabian you really need to spend a bit more time looking at the detail of this rebuild. This slap dash, anything will do attitude is not good enough. I bet your cd collection is in alphabetical order isn't it ?
    1 point
  34. Congratulations and answers my question from earlier. Hope you manage to have a good celebration.
    1 point
  35. As promised pictures of the garage. Very used ATM. Needs a good clean after I have finished the car.
    1 point
  36. I did a road trip in my Exige (when it was standard) and a friend had a GT4. On the twisty roads they're both pretty evenly matched as there's a limit to how fast you can drive on the road. When I rode in the GT4 as a passenger he was quite bored, the car was so capable that he was a bit bored at road speeds. I personally dislike the carbon bucket seats too as you sit so upright, although they're better from the drivers seat. On the autobahn on the way home we were pretty much exactly evenly matched and I had my roof off which makes the Exige a lot slower at the top end. I hit an a
    1 point
  37. A mere stripling!! Have a good one,Ian....
    1 point
  38. Yes welcome aboard! Hope to see and hear the 380 in action. How about @RJB? Are you in the UK on 28th Sept? I have a 410 on the way but not due until Nov now. Always nice to see the car responsible!
    1 point
  39. On my S1, I removed one of the little springs that 'fires' the flap open to introduce some 'added lightness' to the system so now it just pops up clear of the bodywork enough to get a finger in and open it the rest of the way manually. Colin P's photo 'stolen' and edited to save me going out in the rain to take a pic of mine.
    1 point
  40. Want to keep your car looking modern but not break the bank, simple upgrade for large alloy wheels and modern ultra low profile tyres, cheaper than you think to get that modern look
    1 point
  41. 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 c
    1 point
  42. 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 d
    1 point
  43. They do look nice, all you need to do now is fit some mats to keep them clean.
    1 point
  44. It's not louder than the standard pipe so will see how I get on with noisy days to begin with. Since passing up the chance for a GT430 I'll have to find some other way of getting one-upmanship over @Stubox, if that means restricting myself to Silverstone, Donington, Spa and the 'Ring then so be it!
    1 point
  45. Right that's done it. Given there's no obvious reason why a 410 wouldn't sound just as good as that with the Ti silencer, I'll be having one of those. @blindside does yours sound any different? If it's 10kg lighter, goes blue and sounds like that, where do I sign?
    1 point
  46. Back from service and successful MOT but also had some additional work done. Springs, suspension and wishbones dismantled then sand blasted and wax oiled, put back together. A great job done by Maidstone Sports Cars and it all looks very tidy underneath now.
    1 point
  47. I changed my derelict R12 system to R134 by looking at youtube videos and asking basic questions online... Made my own hoses using a modern non-porous versions and replaced the compressor, added the appropriate amount of PAG oil and recharged - Its still fine one year on....
    1 point


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