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  1. DOOOO IIIIIIIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You know what you're getting, you won't be disappointed! And you'll be able to flog it in no time for that money. Think about it. Money sitting in a bank account, or placed in a car - it's a bit like gold bars under the floorboards. It won't make a dent on your net worth, although your net happiness will shoot through the roof.
    4 points
  2. Well, it's what I bought the car for and, as a long distance tourer, it doesn't disappoint. This time 1950 miles through France firstly to Poligny taking in the local Jura region vineyards and sampling their wines, then on to the French Alps for a few days before joining the Lotus on Track French Frolic group in Orange for the Ledenon track day (although didn't track it this time). Lastly on to Evian les Bains to sample their local speciality (nice town) before heading home. The Evora has now done a little over 12,000 miles in the past 2 years, 8,100 of which have been whilst touring overseas. The car has performed excellently but oh that transmission chatter in hot climates, it really does get worse when travelling and getting stuck in traffic in 35deg heat. Maybe next year I should join the tour of Scotland to see how it sounds in the cold climates
    3 points
  3. Browsing through, just found some more piccys from the time we had the photoshoot that I should have posted earlier.
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  4. Just for the fun of it....... Not the best pic as it makes the orange look different on each gauge but I can assure it's constant throughout. They also look redder in reality
    3 points
  5. Parked my Esprit in Tescos today and someone came running up and said "fantastic looking Esprit, Calypso red isn't it." Made my day
    3 points
  6. So the Red Devil is finished and on the road. See you at Brands. The car will be sitting on the AIB insurance stand. I'm assuming the 2 young ladies from last year will likely be near by. ?✌️ Just figured it out.... 10 months from start to finish... not bad. ?
    3 points
  7. Just in time for the Lotus Festival on Saturday, I picked up my Lotus Sport 110 after it's restoration to 1994 World Time Trial Championships specification and thought I'd get a quick snap of it on the car. I still want to try and find a decent background that shows off both the car and the bike - I couldn't get down low enough to get the trees out of the picture! And if you think an Evora turns heads on the road, this combination is in a different league Funniest moment was on a dual carriageway with a 911 hammering past in the outside lane (think he was trying to prove a point - bit silly in a 50 limit with cameras) then almost standing it on it's nose as he braked hard just alongside as his passenger spotted the bike. They maintained position alongside while he took pictures then blasted off again!
    3 points
  8. Oh hi !!! First of all this topic is only to discuss about the experience I had ,this week end, that some of you had in the past, maybe will in the future, or more interesting, would not be cause of a couple of reasons. Of course here the point is to explain why the doubt is legit, but most of all why you have to override it. So last wenesday, I decided to go with my friend to the green hell, I went back home for lunch, passed the expired MOT, booked the train for the evening, packed up and left. The drive is certainly long, but if you are not alone, it is not insurmountable. Arriving early in the morning, after a night of driving, the feeling when you get to the big Nurburgring illuminated sign is awesome. What followed was a light night in term of sleep, only because of stress created by the track apprehension, the financial investment you have in the car, others people on the track... Finaly came the time to swap the card at the gate, the stress was at its best ... This is the part that all of us, having no idea how this really is, are going throw, that gut feeling which makes you stop thinking about going there. Now I have to say in the background, I use to play some sim racing, when the first lap started, I was amazed after a couple corners, that I felt confident about knowing the place, Assetto Corsa is unbelievably accurate, car and track wise .. And from this point, the all thing was bloody awazing. First I have to precise that the car just had the nitron 2 ways and Dan at HPE did the geometry. The car stability is just awasing, and it finaly made sense for me to own a V6. That car with the suspension, the strong braking system, the balance now, it was such a pleasure, and the feeling of achieving something at the finish line, is so much higher than in any other Gt I think. I had the time to manage 5 laps in the 2 planed evenings, every laps the car push you to give more and more, on the opposite of the feeling of the road, the v6 can be intimidating some times. Now here is the feeling, the apprehension of the place, the value of the car, the break down fear, this all should not incite you to not try and go to the most famous track in the world, specialy for us, compare to most countries in the world, this a close place. The car there with the set up was just at home, so nice to drive, so communictive ... Now this was the first time for me on track, the car had its small faults, gearbox when hot is not always the most convenient, never missed a gear, sometime you have to look for the 2nd ..the blip on heel and toe sometime was eratic as ou will see.. But this all pushes me to improve myself and the car, and is this not what we all look for ? So here it is, I just felt like I had to write something down, just for the guys who rather to not even ask themself about the possible trip, and live with the infinite doubt about the possible outcomes ... (yes it was bloody hot ^^)
    2 points
  9. Scroll down to Sat 26th. http://www.drivingandlife.com/2017/
    2 points
  10. @The Pits, I believe this is what Porsche speculators call "free money". Hesitating over it is akin to looking a gift horse in the mouth. Just think about those rims. I recently had the opportunity to buy an S4s with something like 27 000 miles on the clock for a cool 40 thousand quid, but some dumbo had put AWI Monoblocs on it. No deal. Futuras or nothing.
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  12. I thought my fetish for orange instruments was well known. I was hoping the answer would be green! Heck I only sold the Exige on Friday! It would appear that I really do have an incurable Lotus problem!
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  13. A purist would have said "fantastic looking Esprit, Calypso red wasn't it", assuming it was painted more than 12m ago.
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  14. Takes that long to get a plumber to come around
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  15. OEM pads are £200 + VAT, same price front and rear. It's actually cheaper to buy these than the pads alone, man maths win
    2 points
  16. What would you possibly sell it for? Anything else will just be a disappointment. Like the cavernous interior of some kind of Evora 400 variant? Think of the cozy confines of the low slung S4s is with its giant boomerang instrument cluster, soft leather everywhere and all those dials and gauges!!!! And that wing!
    2 points
  17. Your best course of action would be to message @sailorbob on here, I reckon he will be able to help.
    2 points
  18. I didn't know that Porsche had consulted on those rocket engines? Oh well, suppose they need a new market after Brexit! Hope you and the misses had a nice cup of tea once you realised all was good.
    2 points
  19. OK everyone. Lotus are selling off evora calipers and pads at a bargain price. £475 inc. VAT for the set of 4. I just snagged a set which I will keep as spares. Only 30 left so get in. https://www.motorsportauctions.com/index.php?a=2&b=39430
    1 point
  20. Hi All, Happy to say I am the proud owner of an Evora 400. Been doing my research on here for several months prior to purchase, thought it's about time I joined. Looking forward to some drive outs and meets. Peppermint
    1 point
  21. Good grief I really have been staring at pics of you interior far too long! On second viewing it does indeed look unmistakeably like Raven! Time to call specsavers!
    1 point
  22. How very dare you.......that's not Monarch Green that's Raven (I've been assured by Andy Graham, mine is the only Monarch Green leather S4s and confirmed on letter from Lotus attached) and that S4s is Norfolk Mustard (much more custardy yellow than Mica) with the less pretty glass sunroof! Turns out there were only 92 S4s models made for the UK market - I had thought it was 95
    1 point
  23. Wow - impressive photos!! Definitely one of the best Esprit variants money can buy!
    1 point
  24. All one needs is a Highwing. Done and dusted.
    1 point
  25. Has just as much presence if not more than an Evora Jonny ! Looks stunning and think about the extra money you can keep in the bank by not buying the Evora
    1 point
  26. There's always the Destination Nurburgring track days if you're worried about lack of insurance on Tourist Days. It costs a lot more of course, but you can buy track insurance if you don't already have it as part of your policy. I've done both and will stick with DN days in future. Another benefit is you don't have to come in after one lap so can fully utilize the main straight on a DN day
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  27. You have the money, the opportunity, the desire........ my god man - go and get the car ?
    1 point
  28. That's in poor taste @andydclements.....I've seen It - he rubs it really hard to keep it shining red ?
    1 point
  29. I have been through three switches. I think that the earlier cars which have all four lights on on both dipped and high beam put too much current through the switch. On mine the black plastic internals which press the copper strips down to close the connections, melted. But the aftermarket plastic ones are also not as well made - the plastic bits which press the copper switches are thinner and break more easily. I managed to find a genuine new switch recently which is much better quality than the cheap repro I had before. all in all, I would add additional relays to reduce the current (or get an auto electrician to do it?)? and keep an eye on ebay for an original switch.
    1 point
  30. Due to commence in November I believe. There may be more word at the end of the this week as GT430 customers have been invited to the Factory this Thursday for a Presentation and look around the car.
    1 point
  31. Esprits have had many different wing designs and positions, same with the Elise Exige range. Only poor aero design need wings ! None of Chapman's road cars had wings. possibly explains the popularity of S1 and S2 Esprit. Simplicate and remove the wing. Neil
    1 point
  32. fitted new seat diaphrams ...these are for a classic mini so they needed longer metal clips. I had to do extensive welding and reinforcement on the seat frames both sides, they had snapped at the bottom of the seat backs, someone had already had a go at welding the cracks with the covers still in place... so while they were stripped i inserted tubes and re-welded the joints. you can see the welds just behind the cross beam. door panels used new rubber inserts in the glassfibre (where the metal pins go in) which i got online, they are the same as used on a land rover rear seats and tunnel needed a proper clean and came out ok, new seatbelts fitted too, I rebuilt the B pillar panels by peeling back the top headlining, brushing out the powdered foam, sticking a new 2mm foam and re-stretch the headlining material. i didn't have the lovely original lotus branded coat hook so i used a bolt rounded off the head, bought two lotus lapel pins, ground off the pins and glued them to the rounded bolt...voila...new coat hooks ! had to fit speaker grills in posts to fill holes cut in the past... you can also just make out my blasted and painted door straps... i thought they were missing but found them in the boot... needed new bolts to fit them to the sill bobbin.. phil at "christopher neil" now "oakmere" sent me all my parts for this build
    1 point
  33. That would certainly be the very long, scenic route home Jonny......I live 200 miles South of the Highlands between Glasgow & Edinburgh - did I mention each have airports!
    1 point
  34. I had a look around as I need to try doing the final bleed again and this seems to be a good description of the bench bleeding procedure I eventually did, and the potential problems with this type of dual-piston master cylinder: http://www.classicperform.com/TechBook/BrakeBleed.htm
    1 point
  35. (sorry, I cross-posted this video in the "Evora 400 pics &videos" as well, as I messed up and think it is wiser to put it here )
    1 point
  36. So. What is Donald frump going to do now. Send in mass troops, push the big Red button or scurry off to the golf course and leave his generals to make he decision so he can then say it wasnt me. Had the same thing on my Discovery the other week, right through the side wall. Bloody new Goodrich tyre at 200 quid a pop.
    1 point
  37. It is seen as sacrilege today, But we have to remember way back then it was the norm, as like any cars today you try and make your car look like the modern model that has just left the factory ! They even went to the trouble of fitting side repeaters on your old car Dave ! You can also tell its the ebay one is an s2 as the fuel caps have no key hole ! I purchased a race car rear end for my project years ago, and that has the duck tail inc, it was moulded that way, but sits just after the tailgate and has no gap like the normal turbo does so the rear end looks shorter than the normal turbo also, I actually really do like the turbo spoiler but will delete the area where the lights are recessed and flat panel that area with the lights sticking out as on the n/a cars
    1 point
  38. wheels were dipped, powdercoated and diamond cut new spinners new filler cap fitted to original down pipe as the one it came on was a smaller diameter... new rubber seal, new angle hose in to original tank which i had blasted and painted. tank was refitted with rebuilt straps as originals had rusted away... thats it for today.. run out of upload allowance
    1 point
  39. new stub axle due to melted bearing... central locking fitted... while i was there i needed to remove driver side window mech as it was not working... and had ripped itself out of the door.. so reglassed mounts, tested and refitted... rebuilt door trims with new hardboard and redyed the door carpets... a tip from a trimmer to save me having to retrim them... rebuilt wiper motor to fix auto park.... which turned out to be a simple corroded spade connector. rear end built up..notice koni adjustable shocks..since replaced with avo adjustables and shortened springs...a saga initself... new disks and pads all round btw... notice spyder twin wishbones at the rear ! did you spot my body in the background with cracks circled ?
    1 point
  40. The Jota is much more comfortable than any 916 I've ridden as is demonstrated by bar/peg/seat relationships in the photo of your (very nice!) bike. The egos are different between those two. I could ride a standard Jota for hours and probably still could. On the other hand, a 916 is (and I think we agree on this) more specialized. Far be it for me to tell anybody what should be comfortable for them, but the 916 was for me one of the most uncomfortable street bikes I have ever ridden. Way back when (2000) I was interested in getting something that special for fun blasts and looked into buying a 996 (916s had just been discontinued) or a good used 916.Who could resist such a beauty? I also looked at Japanese race reps and even an R1100S but I ended up with an Aprilia Mille because it had the performance I thought I craved but the ergonomics suited me better than any of the then current top line sporting Ducatis. Even though it fit me better than a 916, I ended up not riding it as much as I'd hoped and sold it on about a year later. I replaced it with a Falco (love that Rotax) which gave most of the performance of a 996 or a Mille but had much more relaxed ergonomics. I'm not knocking the 916 or the Mille for that matter. They're handsome classics but as I said, they're really quite specialized. My observation at this point in our conversation is that your definition of comfort seems to favor feedback, road feel and suitability for very high speed whereas mine suggests the ability to cosset a rider sufficiently to enable more than an hour or two in the saddle. I currently ride a Multistrada 1200S and (curiously!) an '05 Boxer Cup Replica. Either of those strike a good balance of comfort and prowess for me, but I thoroughly understand why some folks want to experience the maximum degree of handling dexterity and performance available. I sacrifice the last 5% of that to allow me to feel relaxed and fresh after four or five hours of riding and can no longer submit my aged body to the rigors of a Panigale or a 1098, let alone a 916! But for those who can, I say "Bravo." I'm 72 now and it's a wonder I ride at all. But it's in the blood. I'll probably never sell my Multi even if I give up riding. Motorcycles have been a primary passion for me since 1964. It all follows form of course. My Lotus is an Evora 400. Hey....72 years on and I still think I'm a sport! Just a sport with the rough edges sanded off!
    1 point
  41. re veneered dash usin envirotex from USA after removing all old varnish using hot airgun and spatula. reglassed bonnet, blasted all metalwork and painted...
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  42. Drove to a friends in Brede this weekend and stopped for an impromptu photoshoot at Bodiam Castle... Realised i'd left my Sony A7 in my black grip in the house - the iPhone 7 Plus is actually pretty good considering! Bodiam Castle (iPhone 7 Plus) by Simon Cox, on Flickr And a quick snapshot of what's left for this part of the year (front tyres and pads subjective as today i noticed they are in far better condition than initially assumed when this table was drawn up) - not bad considering it's a 2011 coach built car. I've had far worse mass built cars. Most of the items left are routine maintenance or 'wants' for the next trackday. 2017 Worksheet by Simon Cox, on Flickr
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  43. On track at Dijon Prenois circuit. Incidentally I had my first ride in a 400 on track (thanks Nigel). It really is a cracking car. The interior finish and the ride quality even being pushed on track by a very experienced driver was impressive. Well done Lotus.
    1 point
  44. The price of green Lotus cars is probably already going up fast, with the this latest 'celebrity' connection. Congrats!
    1 point
  45. Thanks all. So the quote came in at £7-10k. Seems a lot to fix a bit of rust but then from the 10 minutes I spent underneath it there is a lot of rust to fix! Nothing chassis related but fuel pipes, oil pipes, coolant pipes, oil coolers (not the coolers themselves, the fittings but apparently tricky to remove without damaging the cooler), one of the wishbones, probably a load more that I've forgotten.... All to be expected on a car of that age I guess but odd given I had work done on the turbo pipes not too long ago and none of the other stuff had been flagged. George - perhaps you're right. Anyway, pretty much made my decision on the drive home as I delayed gear changes and enjoyed the pops & crackles on the overrun. Where else am I going to get a car that looks, feels and sounds as cool as this for £7k (OK, maybe £10k plus whatever I could get selling a car that needs potentially £10k of work doing on it!) Man maths aside this is a car I've wanted since I was about 10 years old and whilst I could consider that I've ticked the box it's still my dream car and nothing else comes close. And then reverting to the man maths, anything spent is effectively an investment, right?! Dan, Daniel, Vanya - I hear you on the do the work yourself point but I dont have the tools or the time to do it myself. And even more importantly I'm a complete mechanical novice and dont have the skill! Now I know everybody has to start somewhere, but then see my point about the tools and the time. Anyway, I'll provide some brief updates, not least if any useful information pops up while the work is being done. The garage is busy until October so I'll be off the roads for a while. Cheers Tim
    1 point
  46. So it started with a few symptoms: First was a slight hesitancy at 2400rpm, barely noticeable, but enough to warrant some investigation. Secondly the popping noise on the bank 1 exhaust, which has been attributed in several posts to various things ranging from bad exhaust valves to leaky secondary injectors (as above) to ‘they all do that sir’. The V8 works on the wasted spark principal, so I did a continuity check from the corresponding HT leads: (thanks CaptainBigleux) Cyl 1-4 was 36MOHms, and increasing (similar to charging a capacitor…not good) Cyl 2-3 was 33KOhms…OK Cyl 5-8 and 6-7 were not able to be tested as the electrode detached when I took the HT leads off. Obviously…not good. Suspect some water had got in there at some point…as CaptainBigleux mentioned. So, at this stage I ordered a new set of HT leads from JAE, sulked a bit, and started to look into how to remove the plenum chamber. Then I called my local mechanic, then I sulked a bit more then whipped the trunk out decided to have a go at it myself. Fortunately, there was a fairly well illustrated post on LEW (http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f164/plenum-removal-injector-upgrade-178353/) that helped back-up the brief description of the plenum removal procedure in the service manual. I wouldn’t say it was easy, but it came off eventually with the help of a Jedi mind trick to detach the Idle Air Control connector. I tried mirrors, headlights, flashlights but nothing worked. Your hands always get in the way, and you have to think backwards….better just to do it blind. I eventually removed it using 8” long nose curved pliers. It was a case of feeling the connector and then locating the pliers on the wire loops. Fun. I replaced the HT leads one at a time and labelled them with those clip-on numbers. When I got to #8 the coil connection felt more loose than the others. Closer inspection revealed a rusty terminal that obviously was not going to heal itself. Back on the phone to JAE for new coil packs. Decided to change both as I did not want to go through this joy again. The new coils measured about 11KOhm on the secondary side (15KOhm via the HT leads), and 0.8Ohms on the primaries. Satisfied with the electrical side of things I set about installing the new coil packs, only to discover that the 6mm hole patterns didn’t line up. I opened the holes up to 8mm and they went in OK. The coils sit inside the ‘V’ and there is very little room for all the wires. It took a bit of trial and error to get them neat and tidy. I would recommend replacing the M8 bolts with allen screws to make installation easier. I managed the re-installation with a short section of ¼” stock to drive an M8 socket. During this process I noticed that the spiral wrap that protects the HT leads had disintegrated. I verified the melting point by testing it in the oven. The existing stuff meted at around 250°F. Tried the cheap crap from the local auto parts store (“oh this can withstand any temperature…”), melted it at 200°F in the oven, then sourced some Teflon (450°F) spiral wrap from Brown Aircraft Supply. I ordered 8ft, which is plenty for the HT leads and enough left over to do the O2 sensors (different topic). “Re-assembly is the reverse of the above…” or so they say. I had good notes on everything, but after spending two weekends trying to get the plenum back on I gave up and had it trailered it to my local mechanic, which I what I probably should have done in the first place. So, back on the road. Ran it through the OBD drive cycle today and it is running as sweet as a nut. The hesitancy (suspect this was coil connection #8) and the popping (unburnt fuel in the cat) have gone away. This has definitely been a learning process and hopefully there’s some info here that others may find useful. As always, YMMV and as with everything Lotus your best friends are patience, a magnetic retrieval tool and ibuprofen. Cheers, Graham.
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  47. 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
  48. Excellent . aimee has done a few 400s recently. as for black wheels, DON'T do it.
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