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  1. Here it is: my new Lotus Exige Cup 380 - Metallic Grey! I could not be more happier about it: the color is amazing, much better than what I thought or saw from other pictures. Car drives beautifully: the handling, gearbox, everything just perfect! and the sound.. AMAZING! Here some pictures from delivery and first weekend of driving at San Bernardino, in Switzerland.
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  2. She has arrived! Truly brilliant machine.
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  3. Not my first post, but the car has finally arrived so I can finally introduce it, although I believe the car is already known to the forum. I'm already gathering a long list of issues, so I'm probably going to be a regular poster from now on. Anyone on here local to me? And where is my nearest specialist? Cheers Rick
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  4. David's old Essex 005 had blue mirrors and bumpers when he owned it.
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  5. Some great reference pics there Fabian. Will be using those when the time comes for the underbody work. Until then here are some pics of final polishing stages of tailgate and one of the doors. Our cars are progressing very nicely!
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  6. Essex Esprit No. 100 More Essex 100..... ex Mark Thatchers car vin: 10949
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  7. Quick snap from my recent Road trip in Northern Spain
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  8. If you're asking me whether I want to drive around with a pair of skis on my roof pretending to be a fictional character from a film then I think you already know the answer
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  9. I did 50:50 on mine. And I got a deal on the price as well (noting that I gave most of it back on the paint job!). I was happy anyway. I'm not planning to sell my car anytime soon, so it's not a massive deal, but you can see on PH what a 2 or 3 year old V6 is worth (at a dealer - but I would sell mine through a dealer on SoR if I ever moved it on). That'll give you a pretty good idea on where a sport 350 is likely to be at the same age, sport 380 no doubt a bit more. I look at it like this - if you are buying a new car you are going to take the initial depreciation hit, it's a fact of life and the price you pay to spec a car from new and fart in the seat first. Alternatively, buy an older one and save some money (to spend on mods).
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  10. By the way: I made a first small video driving the car. Photos are from San Bernardino, while recorded driving is from another area where the car had already 800 km. Audio from GoPro 4 - not the best but quite OK I would say. I need to improve gearbox use: this short ratios are cool, but at same time they require a bit of experience, especially first 2 gears. I got the impression I should never go below 1800 rmps with a gear to have smooth gas.
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  11. The grey one is lovely. Nice choice (and I don't normally favour grey) but it works on the Cup. That olive one is truly awful. They should have refused to leave it in that colour.
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  12. Second Anthony's comments, I was up there a couple of weeks ago - now is a good time to go. And I can think of no better recommendation than Henry Catchpole's drive in the Aston Martin N430. This is a beautiful video. I drove this very route for the umpteenth time just two weeks ago. Even in my prehistoric Esprit, it feels special every time. If you do make it up here, let us know, the LEGS guys are a friendly bunch - no doubt someone will be about to lead the way if you want some company......
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  13. So after @JayEmm mentioned he changed his air filter to a K&N in his Evora 400 with positive results, I thought I would do the same. Its not difficult but its not simple either, so thought I would share quick thoughts on the strips to take. Ideally if you have the ability to shrink like Ant-Man this would be the recommended approach, failing that put on some gloves and be ready to lose some skin and assume all sorts of awkward twisting positions. Disconnect the air pipe between the airbox and the engine, un-tighten both ends and remove engine side first, then you can wiggle it off the air box. Its attached so just push up towards the rear window Now unclip the MAF sensor and tuck this down out the way Now top left there is a black plastic cylinder thing (not sure what its called), slide this up and it will come off the mount, again push this up our of the way as its still attache Now there are 3 clips to undo, the first one is easy its on the top right of the box, just under where the pipe was you removed. The next one is top left you can get to this by reaching up and down where the black plastic cylinder was removed. Then finally you have one bottom left which is a right pig to get to, so just carefully squeeze your hand through near the coolant reservoir, or over and down the airbox. Once done the airbox should pull off to the right (you can see the little slot mounts easily) it should move forward around an inch, then you can slowly raise it up and ease the paper filter out. Sometimes the clips rest back down which will stop it sliding, so keep checking those clips and wiggling. If replacing with another paper filter be careful not to crumple it going back in, but if you are using an aftermarket K&N or Green it will manipulate abit easier and slot in Reverse the steps, the hardest bit here is sliding it all back on into the mounts and a nice square fit, doing up the clips is alot easier than undoing, but make sure everything is tight and sealed Reconnect the pipe, hang up the cylinder and reconnect the MAF sensor cable. It will take a little while for the car to adjust as the airflow will change slightly, you can speed this up by disconnecting the battery, but thats probably more hassle so just let it adjust over time. The K&N replacement panel filter is part number K&N 33-2355 and costs around £50 I will add I think these cars are getting hard and harder to work on My Elise I did all the work on, as with the Exige S which was slightly trickier, then on my S1 Evora I fitted the exhaust and a Radium Induction kit. So I am confident in what I am doing, but man some of these things are a ball ache
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  14. Hello... I have a bunch of Qatar Air miles that I need to use before December, however I can't due to work etc.. I can though "gift" them I think, so if anyone has a Qatar Airlines Air Miles account and wants some give me a shout. Maybe enough for a one leg trip to the UAE. cheers Mark
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  15. I just had to share how truly impressed I am with the genius of Lotus.... Mrs P and I are currently enjoying a driving holiday in our Evora 400. We have been enjoying some great roads in the highlands of Scotland. Blessed with mostly dry empty roads we are getting a chance to enjoy the full performance of the car. Many of you will no doubt know the challenging nature of some of those roads (NC500 amongst others). I have to say having driven a wide range of different performance cars on challenging roads before, the ride, balance, composure and adjustability of the Evora surpasses all expectations, and by far exceeds the capability of any other car I have driven on such demanding roads! I always drive with traction and stability control off (I learned to drive high performance cars long before such things existed so prefer to 'feel' the car and drive accordingly), I find once the tyres are warm the turn-in is precise and steering feel exceptional making it really easy to place the car and define your line, the rear faithfully following, the balance and feedback is insanely good giving loads of information and thus providing options on the way in, mid corner and at corner exit to adjust the line in a non dramatic and reassuring way. The way the car changes direction on the throttle is ridiculous and trail braking into a tight corner offers so many options from calm and controlled to exuberant needing a touch of oppo' - Choose your style and the car can accommodate! The car never felt short of pace and never broke traction without being provoked (even on damp roads), just how early you can get back on the throttle out of a corner without breaking traction or moving off line is fantastic. Most impressive though is the cars composure on bumpy roads: With the car loaded in a very fast sweeping bend, on the throttle, hit a bump or even a series of bumps mid-corner and the Evora just rides them, no drama, no deflection off line, there is amazing capacity and control in the suspension to just absorb bumps and undulations and carry on with its business of maintaining balance and body control to maintain and maximise the grip of the tyres - Lotus engineers, you're genius! And to add the icing to the cake.... Oh that soundtrack from the exhaust! Mrs P has never driven with so much pace and confidence on the road as she is now in our Evora 400 - What an amazing car! (Of course you will all know this already!) ?
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  16. In that case maybe a carbon Sport 380 Cup big ass wing!!
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  17. You need to check with your dealer but I can't imagine why not
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  18. Well done on your purchase Rick, glad that one came to a forum member. ???? Dave
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  19. 430 will be available for the USA market shortly mate on both full fat and Sport (which coincidentally can come as a +2 as long as you spec the Sparco seats and larger (stronger) wheels).
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  20. I first saw the car in 1977 and was blown away by the styling as my Dad was driving around in an Austin 1300 at the time and this was a world away. But the thing which appeals to me is the styling it's more about art than horsepower or handling. Although I own a white S1 I think the orange ones are the best colour and I would have been happier with an orange one but wouldn't devalue a white one by painting it orange. If I had a Bond fetish I would have green headrests, black door handles and a rocket launcher button on my gearstick... but I haven't
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  21. That Dutch Lambo owner, Peter Pelgrum (53) from Rhenen-Holland, recently swapped his Diablo (upper picture) for a Gallardo and was spotted on the German Autobahn on his way to Italy............
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  22. So, Titanium Exhaust, airbarg delete and they don't put the fire extinguisher and engine cut off?? Weird configuration.. The inside in that color does not work imho... especially with the red contrast.. I was also in doubt with the grey initially.. and also I am not a big fan of grey or silver cars. But this grey is really sportive and on the Cup works perfectly! When I saw it on my car first time I was speechless for 10 minutes.. above all my expectations! Live is better than photo, but this is true for most of the colors..
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  23. Decisions Decisions lol... many people on here taken up Lotus on the 50/50 2yr 0% finance deal? Any pitfalls with it? Seems too good to be true lol... They say they will sign up to purchasing it back for the remaining 50% balance after 2yrs should you struggle to find the balance at the time... However I'd be hoping a 2yr old Exige with 10k on it was worth a bit more than 50% as a dealer buy back!
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  24. After a quick look, I can't find a decent sticky tyre in 285 35 18 and the choices on the front for 225s are ZZR or Cup 2 (can't find Trofeo R in this size. On the rear I can only find the Cup 2 in 275 35 18, so that narrows tyre choice down to Cup 2s or slicks. Matt bronze, diamond cut or brushed silver, am thinking of a colour change on the car to Arianco Borealis Orange over the winter - gulp!
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  25. Roads start to close any time from Nov through March...... sporadically, and all efforts are made to keep them open to support the ski centre at the top of the mountain. However...... when it does get to that stage its not Lotus driving weather anyway. Spring time and Autumn are truly best.... despite many many miles of open perfectly sighted corners there are also mile upon mile of twisty narly stuff (which despite being amazing) prove to be a bit of a chew if you get sutck behind a camper or a caravan. Early morning or late evening spins also recommended! I live 15mins away from the route which Henry C drives in the video above..... could almost drive it blindfold so if you ever want a guide then give me a shout.
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  26. rrrrohhh ... "that I CAN'T get myself..." ! @stephenwhyte : Ooooh ... this is not the intercooler filler then ??
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  27. My back yard. I know this road so well...... its lovely and open and I would encourage you all to come and try it sometime. You cant quite believe how quiet the roads around Scotland can be once north of Perth..... but at times it like you are the only one around.... and we can enjoy the soundtrack and the whole driving experience without that slightly guilty feeling you can sometimes have when driving in the more populated parts of the UK.
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  28. I prefer the Lotus badge on the engine and the covers. Are you buying the parts from Lotus so you can replicate Olivier?
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  29. IMHO, If the leads are old, don't bother wasting time trying to determine the correct resistance, just replace them with a set of quality leads.
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  30. Absolutely not, please feel free to post away
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  31. Sorry to hear that David. I hope Jennifer feels better soon.
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  32. Yip Lotus will match the interior accent colour to the exterior colour - I've seen it in person on this one at Murray Lotus in Edinburgh......Essex Blue on the one in the link but have seen it in other colours too. https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/lotus/exige-s3/lotus-exige-sport-350-new/7377842 All this talk about speccing is driving me nuts (In a good way clearly) as I had hoped to have sold my Esprit S4s by now..... and deciding my own spec at this point.......but the no patience is the name of my game Enjoyinb watching someone else enjoy the process though......
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  33. I heard he was a ringer as well ?
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  34. Not yet ... cant wait to test it there ... have been on the Autobahn on the weekend just to see if everything is stable at high speeds (> 240 kmh) and was very impressed how stable the car was ...
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  35. I've joined some friends for a lovely long weekend in Belgium & Germany for a visit to Spa and to watch the Lotus Cup Europe season finale. Been a great drive so far!
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  36. Popped the drone up for a few short clips on Sunday morning
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  37. IMO the 430 is the best looking car Lotus have designed since the M250. And I think it looks better than that too. Good job Lotus
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  38. Had another long chat with the owner tonight. Agreed a price we are both happy with and will be inspecting and collecting this week if the car is right. The fact that it has been run, serviced and mot'd for 20years after said claim sort of swung it. Thanks for the responses.
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  39. Someone took a pic on a trackday as seen below. I have the harness bar/harnesses fitted which are great (aftermarket), thoroughly recommend. It will be for sale at Murrays in the next few weeks as I'm trading it in against the 380 Cup. No doubt the nitrons will be the biggest difference on the new car, especially for road use, so interested to see how these affect the car in that area. For track I'm sure they will be superb. Also looking forward to the Cup 2's as these seem to be a step forward. I believe the 350 Sport does not have the sound insulation as standard, so not expecting a lot of difference there, but I have not included carpets on the Cup so expect NVH levels to be higher. I've spec'd the titanium exhaust so very much hoping for a big step up in audio feedback For colour I've gone for military grey in combination with yellow calipers/highlights, but also I've had the interior components also done in military grey as I felt yellow was too bright for inside the car. Deleted the airbag as well, so have the alacantara wheel though I do have the removable wheel here ready to go (not a factory option now ). I have some vbox times from my 350 from Knockhill so will do some back to back comparisons asap to see how the new one compares. The 350 was superb around Knockhill though. In respect of the long term ownership question, I have had a lot of luck with many of my other cars when considering whether to spend money upgrading one or going for a manufacturer special (I have a 993 GT2, 430 Scuderia, had a Diablo SV) and in the long term they have been much better investments than sticking with a regular production model and spending less money to upgrade. I think (hope!) the 380 Cup will be similar in the long run, but it's always a leap of faith as well. That's not my main motivation though, I do rate the V6 Exige as one of the best cars I have ever owned, and that makes it justifiable to go the extra mile for a long term keeper. DJ
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  40. So as some of you have seen on FB my GT430 has arrived at Silverstone! More pics and stuff to come when I finally get my hands on it.
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  41. Can you get a Sport 350 Spoiler in Carbon? (any pics?) I don't think so, plenty of aftermarket big wing solutions but I haven't seen the standard wing in carbon. Can you get the little side air vent matt black pods in carbon? (any pics?) - option list implies "Carbon look" i think? Yes, but the ones I've seen aren't the nicest quality carbon. https://www.reverie.ltd.uk/exige-s3-v6-carbon-fibre-side-scoops-pair/R01SB0466 So what are peoples views on the 350 vs 380 when it comes to more road biased usage? Both great cars, the biggest things between them IMO are the lower rev limit on the 380 and the silly loud exhaust on the 380, which sounds awesome, but means you can't do trackdays without changing the exhaust. Can you spec the larger 380 fuel tank on the 350? (Would help on road trips) The 380 never ended up the claimed size of fuel tank. It's bigger than a 350, but not by much from what I gather. Your best bet is fitting a pro alloy 60l tank. I'm planning on doing this. My personal advice would be to buy a Sport 350 with the lightweight forged wheels (one of the best things I've changed on my car), then put in the bigger fuel tank and go to Komotec or @Hangar 111 for some power improvements which are genuine without a big torque dip and low rev limit like the 380.
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  42. Nice run over the top of Dartmoor today after the @SWLC open day - the weather matched my Evora pretty well.
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  43. Ok a few people may have walked away but that roofline also means that much taller drivers can fit in the Evora while a lower roofline would prevent that. I think MJK himself wanted a car in which he could seat without having to chop his own skull off, So the design serves a function as it should. And I for one do think the car's proportions are just right.
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  44. Roofline looks pretty damn fine to me! An attempt at Canyon Red.
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  45. I am crap with links, but blue Stevens esprit the other week, Just over 10k think it was 10250 ? Some very good upgrades with pnm front uprated brakes etc, standard interior, standard paint, Showing difficult gear selection, which could of been box or linkage adjustment. looked very nice. Your car looks nothing like a GT3 ? i LOVE CHROME ORANGE gt3s it is one of my all time favorite esprit models ! You talk about trolls and you have just posted that above ? Enjoy your maserati, you must buy decent cars if you have to fork out yearly bills of 15/20k I suggest you watch a film called a FEW GOOD MEN, skip to the court bit were Jack Nicolsen says " you cant handle the truth" Good night
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  46. Funny... I actually really liked the Olive colour lol
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