free hit
Leaderboard - The Lotus Forums Jump to content


Popular Content

Showing content with the highest reputation on 13/08/17 in all areas

  1. 3 points
    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.
  2. 2 points
    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.
  3. 2 points
    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
  4. 2 points
    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.
  5. 2 points
    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
  6. 2 points
    I still think that the German V8 does it perfectly...
  7. 2 points
    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
  8. 2 points
    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).
  9. 2 points
    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 Combe with the cars and a similar driver.
  10. 1 point
    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 seems to be coming together. Interior has some . . unusual upgrades and the plan is to get it as original and period correct as possible. So to my questions: 1) What gearknob would this have had? 2) What steering wheel would this have had? 3) Carpet was replaced at some point and is currently black, its good condition but should the carpet be navy blue? Other work: 1) I plan to do is rebuild electric window rails, motor etc. 2) Seat leather has softened up well with treatment, but some seams are apart or loose, so i may get these re-trimmed. 3) Trim around rear window is sun bleached, so requires fresh trim. 4) Engine bay matt black tidy and carpet retrim. 5) Get correct heater panel (currently a carbon fiber sheet) 6) Get period correct (and cool) stereo, likely tape unit I've been on the forum for years, and have restored an early grey bumper Excel earlier in 2016 - but we are primarily a Porsche household so any advice would be much appreciated :-) Some pics
  11. 1 point
    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.
  12. 1 point
    Local car show today, my sprint with a +2 and an Elite. Best 3 cars there IMHO
  13. 1 point
    Many happy returns mate! Hope you gets lots of new pairs of shorts
  14. 1 point
    I may well be about and would love to join in! what colour have you gone for Jonny?
  15. 1 point
    Just not Esprit special though is it. That's the point to me to be honest.
  16. 1 point
    @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
  17. 1 point
    Brett Looking at the design of the alli rad, I cant see why the support latts cant be removed ? You could always email Steve at sj and ask him to ask the supplier. Yes it will affect the warranty but i would put the question across as it looks to me like the rad would be fine without them as when its bolted in place on the esprit bodyshell that will act as support also. I would get the grinder out, but that is just me and i have not just forked out for a new radiator But i cant see a problem Just depends on where Steve gets them from, if they are made locally i.e UK in a smallish set up they may take them of for you hopefully !
  18. 1 point
    Just chop and modify to suit chap. Think I put 9" ones on when I did it
  19. 1 point
    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
  20. 1 point
    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 ..
  21. 1 point
    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....
  22. 1 point
    I swear the front of my car lifted when them fans kicked in
  23. 1 point
    Amazing lap @Win911. Love the sound of your down changes at Stavelot section too.
  24. 1 point
    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.
  25. 1 point
    So I got a PM from Mike and I have exerted, but not greatly. Thread topic changed.
  26. 1 point
    Proper man cave Wayne, and even a pit Car looks stunning btw ,
  27. 1 point
  28. 1 point
    I saw this topic and was going to exert my mods powers, but I could only think of calling the thread B.
  29. 1 point
    Yes we do Tom, when is the Red Baron going to be run-in?
  30. 1 point
    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. The fans: Spal 30102057 10" Paddle Blade High Performance Fan : : Automotive
  31. 1 point
    Happy Birthday Ian. Hope you had a great day
  32. 1 point
    Yup. And here's the big downer... because I was witness to some nightmare incidents in the first race and being called to the stewards with video footage I forgot to replace the memory card in the VBox. That means my first ever race win is also the first ever race I did not have he camera rolling! However the race will be on Channel 4 and Motors TV in the next week or so... hopefully with me balling my eyes out cut from the broadcast!
  33. 1 point
    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 ?
  34. 1 point
    Congratulations and answers my question from earlier. Hope you manage to have a good celebration.
  35. 1 point
    As promised pictures of the garage. Very used ATM. Needs a good clean after I have finished the car.
  36. 1 point
    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 aero barrier at 272kph and he went on to top out at 290kph. I have since done 290kph (GPS) in my Exige with the hard top on when standard so I think they're very evenly matched in terms of speed. Of course a nice ex460 package and you could nicely wave goodbye... The big question is would I swap my Exige for a GT4? Not that simple as my Exige was second hand and about half the price of a GT4 so it would be swapping my Exige plus about £40k... For that kind of money I'd much rather stick with my Exige. If I were in a position to get a Sport 380 or 380 Cup which is similar money to the GT4 I think I'd rather be sitting in a car with the build quality of the Porsche for that. But my ideal situation is my car plus £40k in my pocket (or not in my pocket as the case is in reality!)
  37. 1 point
    A mere stripling!! Have a good one,Ian....
  38. 1 point
    @LF1, was the GT4 a good tow car up there?
  39. 1 point
    And no doubt there'll be a bill from Europcar for non-existent bodywork damage to the Peugeot hire car on its way to you......
  40. 1 point
    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.
  41. 1 point
    Let's be honest here. Both cars capabilities are far beyond the reach of 90% of the people likely to buy them, so the buying decision is purely subjective. 'Better' is largely irrelevant, you will buy the one you most desire. For the vast majority that will always be the Porsche. Their scale, their (perceived) quality, their reputation, their marketing budget (and skill!!). I don't know why people get hung up on which is better. As driving machines both are clearly superb and while the 'racers' may have their preference, for the rest of us it's an emotive choice and the Porsche is, and likely always will be, the safe choice.
  42. 1 point
    Hi John .Happy birthday .....Have a good one ...Mike
  43. 1 point
    Happy birthday Moley! Have a fab day buddsy
  44. 1 point
    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
  45. 1 point
    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 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 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.
  46. 1 point
    They do look nice, all you need to do now is fit some mats to keep them clean.
  47. 1 point
    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!
  48. 1 point
    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?
  49. 1 point
    Last week I was out with Magpie at Donington Park. I was able to spend some time on track with a Komotec KT460, for those that know Blinky (Eric) this is his car under new ownership, for those that don't know the infamous Blinky... his car is potentially the most modified Exige V6 I know of in the UK, its had a lot of money spent on it, including and not limited to full CupR clams, CupR Aero, TTX Ohlins, charge cooled Komotec 460 kit, upgraded final drive kit, and lots more... When it was for sale in my opinion it was the best track day bargain for the money. Here's a brief video of Magpie vs KT at Donington. I thought it may be of interest as I had hoped for a larger gap between the two cars, that said I did feel quite happy with how Magpie compared ... A small disclaimer in defence of the KT car, first the car is under new ownership and im not too sure how many track days the owner has done, I know it was his first time at Donington (the video is from the afternoon session), the owner was getting driver coaching throughout the day so it was great to see him investing in developing his skills. At the time of the video I am not sure who was driving, owner, or coach. The lack of braking at McLeans suggests it could have been the coach, but I can not confirm.
  50. 1 point
    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.

  • Create New...