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  1. 27 points
    Happy 70th Lotus! The Duke of Richmond, Lotus CEO Feng Quinfeng and Clive Chapman cut the cake! We're also very pleased to announce that the Lotus Festival will be heading to Hethel this year on the 29th September where we'll be celebrating the Lotus 70th Anniversary, more details to follow!
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    I was very fortunate to head to Woking today on the invite of a good friend to have a nose around the factory. It's huge, and incredibly clean. You could eat dinner off of the production floor which is all white tiles and spotless and it was rammed with cars, they're very busy at the moment. Very impressive place, lots of Ron's influence about there and some amazing historic cars on display plus tonnes more tucked around the place and the trophy cabinets go on a loooong way!
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    900 miles at the weekend, mainly based around the NC500 route in Scotland. Excellently organised by the team at Rev. Limits. Some pictures of my car from the event.
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    Hello All! Despite everything I've been told and read I couldn't resist....I have always loved Esprits! I'm not shy of picking up a socket and have built/modified/restored my fair share of cars in the past, so when this car came up I think the fact that it was modified, and that it has pretty high mileage under its wheels (78k) it put most people off, but I was intrigued. It is one of the first "facelift" V8s (built in '97, registered in '98) and is Nautilus Blue. I bought it from a lovely 76 year old Lotus nut (also has other Lotuses) in Cheshire and who had had it for a few years and had looked after it pretty well. Before he bought it the previous owner had modified it extensively with forged pistons, new liners, chargecooler, hybrid turbos, ARP head bolts, Forge waste gates new fuel tanks, Quaife LSD, Alcon 6 pot front and AP 4 pot rear brakes, OZ Novas, round rear lights and centre exit, as you can see its has been pretty heavily worked over. I had PNM look it over, and although there are a couple of (usual) things, it got the nod from Pete so I decided to give it a shot. Its with PNM right now having some of the jobs done (gearbox oil leak, new engine and g'box mounts and make the heater work), so I don't actually have the car yet and hope to pick it up next weekend. So, here's the rub.....and where I need the help of the forum if possible. At the moment the boost comes in with a bang at 4,000rpm. The guy I bought it off said that it used to be much more progressive, but its been stood outside (under a lean to) for the last couple of years and I think the lack of use has affected something. PNM are going to have a quick look to see if anything obvious is wrong, but if anyone has any ideas what may be causing this I would massively appreciate your advice. Boost control leak, sticking actuators? Also, if anyone knows anything about this car, or who modified it (or had it done) please let me know. Apparently it was a guy called Roy, who lives near Doncaster - so if that's you, please drop me a PM - I'd LOVE to talk through the history of the car with you and get it back to full fighting fitness. There isn't a lot of documentation with the car, and no invoices from the modifications so I'm trying to work back. Before you all agree too quickly with my self diagnosis of automotive madness, I should add that the car has run pretty well faultlessly for the last few years since it was modified (according to Barrie who I bought it off), and the boost problem is relatively recent, so it seems that the work was done well.... So any info, ideas and help will be gratefully received. Here's a pic (from before I bought it)....
  7. 15 points
    Ahoy Gents. thought i'd share some pics and learnings from my recent road trip in the Esprit. Route was Essex > Brussels > Luxembourg > Black Forest (Germany) > Liechtenstein > Lake Como (italy) > Paris > Essex Car was an absolute dream with no issues throughout the trip. I was particularly impressed with how cool the car stayed even in the super hot Italian days and stand still traffic. Only slight niggle is the windscreen wiper (slow speed) sometimes takes a while to turn off but im sure this is just a sloppy connection in the lever. We favored the twisty turny mountain passes over the shortcuts and tunnels and although some corners were a bit hairy it was well worth it for the views. The car has a non-standard exhaust on it and just sounds amazing through the hillside tunnels and small streets. The car was in pretty decent mechanical condition when i bought it, with the main issue being poor tuning and a few age related issues where the car hasn't been in regular use. We changed all fluids although both oil and coolant were decent but better to be safe. I fitted a new fuel filer, spark plugs and checked all ignition items which were in decent condition already. Tuned the carbs over the course of a few hours of slight changes but we got it spot on as it pulls smoothly with no hesitation, but also not running too rich as quieter on the motorways. Didn't loose any fluids or need to top anything up. so a huge success for the old boy.
  8. 14 points
    Miles. Bar the first 8k, all mine. 7 years.
  9. 14 points
    Happy Christmas to all our Lotus friends - hope you enjoy watching the video!
  10. 13 points
    Picked this up today. Only limited time in the car in rush hour, wet roads and running car in. Initial thoughts are very compliant ride , great noise from engine and exhaust, decent gearbox, interior feels special with great seats and all the mod cons on dash soundsystem etc, light steering but still communicative, feels like it will have some real grunt . Love the look of the car, especially rear three quarters. Will have better feedback tomorrow on dry roads. Gut feel is this is a hybrid equivalent of an Evora and an Elise/Exige. Will feed back more as I drive it. Some phone snapshot for the mo.
  11. 13 points
    Today I collected my new Lotus Exige Sport 350 in Vivid Green in Mendig from KomoTec - unsuprising I'am still overwhelmed and just totally happy Beside the cool colour above all I'am exited about the AIM KomoTec MXS Strada Display - the quality of craftmanship conducted by KomoTec here is outstanding - regard how their control buttons for the MXS are intergated in the cover of the steering wheel! Awesome!
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    Nice roadtrip done... More pictures here:
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    First start after rebuild (Essex 006 LHD) Only issue today-alternator belt was too loose.I will get the performance chart tomorow.Best present for christmas ever I can,t upload a short Video ,so there are only photos...
  15. 12 points
    Superdudes! And beardy types. I am about to return my Esprit to the roads of Britain and thought I would give you a bit of a heads up, seeing as you're into this type of thing. But, please note; a, this is not a restoration, and, b, I have not done any of the work myself (thankfully for all concerned, including the car). Background - two and a half years ago I decided to buy an S1 and modify it (on the basis that the car in original form could not be considered a daily driver). But, it became clear that to modify an S1 would be a bit like touching up the Mona Lisa, so I decided not to take on the sandal and pipe brigade and settled for an S2. Now, at the time, there were actually more S1's (one) on the market than S2's (none)! The market has changed muchly since then (there are now more S2's (and Sport 350's, weirdly) than bearded middle aged men to drive them!). Luckily, Bibs rode his keyboard to the rescue and I ended up buying a partially restored S2 from Bell and Colvill, which happened to laying low at their super secret workshop in Bristol; namely Tomorrow's Classics. And, there it has remained for the past two and a half years, being stripped and poked and hammered and bolted. And sworn at. The intent - To create a 'G' Esprit that can be used everyday, with absolute priority going to safety and reliability, without fundamentally altering the look. The work - the list of work completed on the car is, not unusually, quite extensive. So, please take all the elements of a standard 'body off' 'nut-and-bolt' restoration as read, including upgrading where practicable. In sum, the major work has included: Mechanical: Refurbished, powder-coated chassis Refurbished and upgraded engine to high compression 2.2 litre fuel injection system and stainless steel exhaust Upgraded suspension system, lowered and adjusted for larger wheels Upgraded brakes Upgraded gearbox and clutch with new gear linkages, lightweight flywheel, clutchplate etc Refurbished steering rack Upgraded cooling system with alloy radiator, triple fans, water pump, stainless steel pipes etc Added oil cooling system Replaced HV unit with integrated, compact HV+AC system (compressor, condenser, evaporator etc) Replaced windscreen wiper motor, arm and blade with uprated version Replaced fuel tanks with baffled versions, increase tank-to-tank flow, fuel pump etc Interior: Re-sighted/replaced 2 air vents with 2 circular vents (to side window positions) Added control panel to binnacle for HV+AC Added sound proofing / insulation (dynamat and dynaliner and lots of it) Replaced seat belts (change belt colour to tan) Replaced interior marcasite trim with brown alcantara Added S1 style central chrome ashtray (central arm rest 'de-ribbed') Painted new binnacle facia satin black, upgraded gauges, replaced switchgear and warning lights Bodywork: Replaced fuel filler caps with locking versions (S3 style) and painted body colour Removed original aerial and painted hole in bodywork Replaced wheels with Woolfrace styled highly polished, wider replica 17” special build wheels Painted engine cover and hatch gold Replaced front and rear screens with 'special build' versions Electrical: Upgraded electrical system with high capacity battery, alternator and wiring etc Added reversing camera and 2 reversing sensors (flush into the rear bumper) Replaced speakers, relocated to rear bulkhead and added tweeters to A pillars Replaced stereo with double din Apple Car Play mechless system (Sony XAV-AX100), including phone preparation, integrated radio aerial and USB power socket to glove box Added central locking / remote boot release / alarm and immobiliser Replaced all bulbs everywhere with LEDs Added LED DRLs to front air intake (in front of grille) Added side indicators Added high rear LED brake light Replaced headlights with bi-xenon There's still a little of this list left to be completed, but the car is on the home straight, with just the electrical installation, ECU programming and road testing to be completed. The workers - as I have said, not me. Tomorrow's Classics, based just north of Bristol have completed the work (both before and after change of ownership), and I can not praise them highly enough. Nick, Rory, Steve, James (their leccie superdude) and Keith (on upholstery) have done a superb job and come highly recommended. But don't take my word for it, Bell and Colvill use them for their restorations and currently there are (I think) seven Esprits in the shop being worked on. Can't praise Nick and his team enough. They've been fantastic to work with on this project. And it's not been quick, or easy (apparently fitting air con to a non air con Esprit is a bit of a job - who knew?). The engine, incidentally, is an 'everything on the menu, please' LotusBits rebuild. You name it, LotusBits threw it in. The money - I'm all at sea about whether to reveal the cost, suffice to say, it's 6 figures and a whole lot more than any S2 is worth, or is likely to be worth anytime soon. But, that isn't the issue for me - it's my car, for me. So, in five weeks time (as I am away until early August), the car will be ready for the road, and I am superly turbo excited. I attach a montage of pictures from throughout the build (because pictures, right?) and would appreciate your thoughts (noting that it's too late to change anything, and I wouldn't anyway). Awe. Some.
  16. 12 points
    Well, following soldave's post about this, we took the plunge and completed the rally yesterday. For those who dont know about this, the Fireball Rally is an organisation that arrange various types of motoring holidays in Europe We signed up to James Bond's Switzerland one that is an endurance event planning to visit 8 countries in 4 days, totalling 1800 miles!! Many people buy cars specifically for the event, usually under £900 but we chose to take the Esprit. Now, my Esprit has never let me down ever, but the closer the rally got, the more nervous I became and sure that I was about to make a monumental mistake. However, with my son about to start at University, it also seemed likely to be a rare opportunity to bond (over some Bond) that may not arise again for some time. He got the grades, freshers dont start till next week and so we were on!! Planning is everything they say and this is no different. I went over the car with a reasonably fine tooth comb, finding a few minor faults and the need to replace all 4 tyres. The week before we were to go, I also managed to slice my index finger to the bone trying to remove some sealant on the rear quarter window. It really needed stitches but we used some superglue in the end (no different to proper skin glue but not really recommended!) Other things needed - check with insurance company that they will cover ALL countries to be visited. Adrian Flux were great about this and confirmed in writing but others had difficulty. The last minute covers are expensive so better to do ASAP. Add to that European breakdown for a classic car - the best cover will get your car back, provide a courtesy and cover all reasonable costs, along with providing some valuable peace of mind. Satnav provided by Google maps was great, as the destinations were given as global coordinates (mountains dont have postcodes) and worked very well. As we were camping, packing the esprit was not easy and infact as you will read later, created one of the worst problems we encountered on the trip!! This is with no clothes etc etc. The sleeping bags actually went in the front compartment in the and and our coats went on the little shelves but you can see the space issue. As we had just replaced all 4 tyres, we ditched the spare (gulp) to get more space and took a puncture repair kit, tyreweld foam tyre filling thing and crossed our fingers!! The Mustang that came got a flat on the first day but a French garage repaired it for free. Despite Brexit, they dont hate ALL of us!! The other fly that hit the ointment was reports of 50cm of snow on the passes the weekend before we were to go. Hadnt really expected that so, after a moment of panic, bought some snow socks. Didnt need them in the end so I now have a brand new set of AutoSocks to fit an Esprit should anyone want a bargain!!! Thursday 12th Sept and we are ready to go!! Ferry crossing to Calais at 0640 the next morning - smooth and event free. Then a 500mile run for the sun towards Switzerland, through France, first stopping at the Reims-Gueux abandoned GP circuit The main road just runs though the old start/finish straight/pit lane and is a must visit if you are anywhere nearby. The next 4 days saw us visit Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Liechtenstein, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium. Amazing. Here are some of the highlights. A thing near Verdun Verdun Ossuary Piz Gloria restaurant at the top of the Schilthorn - On Her Majesty's Secret Service Grimsel & Furka pass (Goldfinger) Goldeneye Dam Stelvio pass Castle Neuschwanstein (get the Bond link???) I could go on and on but hopefully have illustrated the Lotus in places you might not expect it!!! Well, it performed very well indeed. Never broke down. Never failed to start. Was really quite comfortable, the GT as it is. We did encounter some issues though. Traffic jams around Nancy, Bern, M25 etc caused some overheating and coolant loss through expansion. I think this is due to the radiator fans failing to engage above 90 degrees - bad connection somewhere I think. The exhaust also started to blow. We lost a little power as a result but the roar in the tunnels made up for it, particularly when coupled with another roar from the sports exhaust of the MX5 we were in convoy with. The final issue we had was unexpected loss of all headlights whilst in the middle of the Black Forest (aptly named) We think was due to the overloading of luggage in the front compartment pushing against the mess of wiring/relays etc when taking a tight right hander. Not great losing light at this point!! Came back on but was very unnerving each time it occurred. Overall, an incredible trip, great people, amazing sights and putting paid to the notion of Lots Of Trouble etc etc. Everyone we encountered were amazed to see the car and Brexit has not altered attitudes as far as we could tell.
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    Log in to your account on lotus70, you can check your order there. If it says it's processing then that's exactly what's happening. Seriously, sorry everyone hasn't had the email but we're not Ticketmaster and there was unprecedented demand on Friday. I'll be dealing with orders manually on my return from holiday on Thursday. It wasn't my decision to go live while I was away, just bad timing. This has been around 6-7 months of trying to have an event at the factory in lieu of the Brand's Hatch event and my holiday was booked several months ago, an unlucky coincidence.
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    Actually a body and chassis and a bit more. The body was originally silver according to Richard. Anyway I’ll do a full full write up in due course. The car was acquired almost 5 years ago believe it or not and the restoration is almost complete.
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    Many greetings to everyone here as well, new member from Germany with a battleship-grey GT430 Sport. The car is still at the dealer, I will finally take delivery of it end of this months after having a PPF and some custom hifi installed (thx to @JayEmm and your very helpful tips in the hifi upgrade thread). Just took some pictures while the car was still being worked on, so more to come in about a week. Looking so much forward to having it, hopefully the weather will play along... What is the overall opinion on the lack of the exhaust button - is the GT430 "loud enough" to have fun also below 4500rpm?
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  23. 11 points
    What I really need now is an Elan..... off to ask the missus
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    Just back from a short rather epic over night trip to Scotland so thought I'd share some pictures So went up in my Exige and experienced a few stunning roads and scenery.... some great roads, then on the way back ah yes as per opps, @DaveC72 after some man maths I swapped my Exige with this rather lovely 400 over the moon, was looked after very well by Ian at Murray's so big thanks to him and Brandon for finding a deal that worked for us both? Sad to see the Exige go as it's a fantastic car, did try the lottery so I could own both but just ended up down £50? Flying back to Edinburgh tomorrow for work too!
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    Today was a good day in the New Forest: Although, we did have an interloper...
  26. 10 points
    Hi Folks, Thought it only polite to say “Hi” and to share a pic or five of my new car bought from Central Lotus in Nottingham. This is my first Lotus and I am thrilled with it. I hope to share my experiences as I rack up the miles with a big road trip planned for early October through France to enjoy the Spanish and Andorran Pyrenees roads. Thanks in anticipation for all of your welcomes and assistance as I get to grips with this great marque. Oh, and how about this, I observed the speedo with 130 miles recorded on the day that the Evija, Type 130 was launched. Cheers all Joe
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    Well that was fun ! The Evija is awesome in the flesh - almost conventional supercar from the front until you start looking at the detail, but the completely jaw dropping sculptural holes through the back really show its something well beyond. The "parade" was great fun if predictably shambolic in London traffic with very few of us knowing the roads. This not helped by a late change of route due to roadworks on the Brompton Road. As an ex-biker commuter, I'd have managed OK with new route details....but turn left instead of right at Buckingham Palace and follow the yellow Lotus in front was way short of passing on where to go. As the lights there allowed us out 2 or 3 cars at a time the party inevitably split and we all made our way back in small groups by various circuitous routes the final two arriving a full 40 mins after the first two! What it did do was create incredible interest around the streets of that part of London - particularly when we were all together - with hordes of tourists and regular workers stopping in their tracks and watching us go by - literally lining up along the pavements to get a better look - and there must be thousands of phones now filled with short video clips of yellow Lotus. Others will have better pics that will appear idc no doubt but this was (most of) the fleet that assembled at the start in generation order : Baby Elan Sprint; Elan +2 130/5; Elite; Eclat; S2 Esprit; M100 Elan; V8 Esprit; S1 Elise; Exige RGB; Elise 220 Cup; Evora GT410 Sport; Exige Sport 410. I followed Harry Metcalfe around in his Sprint and he was videoing the whole thing so that will presumably be released on his channel at some point, and Lotus had some photographers on a bike with us and static on the mall so hopefully they got some money shots too. It was such a laugh to see the public's reaction we all did another quick run up to Parliament Square and back before the evening show started. There was what seemed like genuine interest from some of the "big names" (I didn't know any except MJK!), journos and other hangers on as they arrived for their presentation. But of the ones that spoke to me, they shared surprisingly little knowledge of the Lotus back catalogue - given their professional involvement and presumed interest in automobilia. It was a privilege to help enlighten them! Just awesome to be given the chance to have a tiny involvement in such an event - the grin will stay with me for a very long time...
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    Technically this was yesterday, but as it was only a few minutes before midnight when I got home from my mission to deepest darkest Lancashire, I'll call it 'today'. Our house has been somewhat empty since the sudden passing of our 'boy' Shadow 2 months back. Not any more!!!! We have welcomed into our family, this big adolescent. She came up for adoption due to her owner's deteriorating health and we couldn't resist giving our old 'girl' Alaska a new (hopefully) best buddy. Say "Hi" to a total live-wire (for that read "complete nutter") - a 19 month old Utonagan called Macha (her name is that of a goddess in ancient Irish mythology to save you some Google time, )
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    Been very busy this last month trying to finalise everything before her first car show. However everything has come together and we had a brilliant time at Lytham Green car show this afternoon. (see separate thread). Car looks the dogs... !! Well she does to me anyway. Even my partner, daughter and son in law seem to approve! I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone on here who has made suggestions, argued, supplied parts etc etc like @Paul Coleman, @Fridge, @jonroberts, @drdoom, @GTK Special thanks must go to @Lotusfab and @Rolls who's threads I have read and re-read over the last year. Just so, so helpful to me. Perhaps I'll should now start a new thread called My Esprit S1 import finally drives about! Of course just because Ive got it driving doesn't mean the hard work isn't going to continue. Watch this space...……………..
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    As I said when I introduced myself, thank you all for making everyone welcome; it’s increasingly rare for an online forum! Picked it up yesterday and had a wonderful play today, oil warm, half throttle, up to 3500 - the noise, the sensation, just wow. Cannot wait for the brakes to bed in a little more, but getting there. They said in 1997 if John Major had met everyone personally, he would have won the election, I’m not sure of that, but if everyone who wanted to buy a sports car to drive and not pose, then all Lotus have to do is get them in one for 45 minutes - job done. A couple of questions and observations - Does anyone have all season/winter tyres on the OEM rims? If so, what brand and tyre - struggling to find some at the moment? - it seems like the rubber strip under the front splitter is no longer supplied, is this right, or should I mention it at it’s run in service? - is the supplied radio the most complex bit of IT in the world, or am I getting old? Overall it’s just great. A couple of photos Thanks Stewie
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    The first V8 Esprit being assemembled - posted by Morris Dowton (right in pic) retired Head of Lotus Car Manufacturing on LinkedIn tonight
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    I never really thought the cars looked quite right with the roof out until I saw Harry Metcalf raving over the fact you could take it out. So removed mine clipped in the wind deflector thing and have to say it was really ace. Buddsy
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    So end of last year I ordered a set of Halo rear lights from GRP. I wanted more of a stealth look at the back of the car , keeping the black theme going, so went for smoked lenses, amber indicator and central reflector (to keep the rozzers happy ) Taking into account the holiday season, it took about 3 weeks for lights to be sent out. Greg was always super attentive to emails, with returns often within the hour. On opening the package it was to good to see the lights are of high quality. Plug and play meant it was literally ten minutes to change the lights over. It should be noted however that the 380 has a different relay to the V6S and possibly the 350. On this note Greg has been working tirelessly to establish the right replacement and will be sending out shortly. I could have gone the resistor route, but wanted to keep to the full plug and play concept. In the meantime my flash rate is a little faster than norm Anyway, enough words. Time for some photos to show how the lights look when switched off .... ...and lights switched on at dusk ...and finally at night Overall very happy with the result and impressed with the service from Greg. Recommended. Dave
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    I’ve wanted a Lotus for a long time, ever since trying to buy an original NA 190 S2 Exige. Finally I can say I’ve joined the club after picking this car up from Charlie last week. Over the moon with it. Im away this week with work, so frustratingly I won’t get to drive it again for another week! Look forward to seeing some of you about. Plus a big thanks to @GFWilliams for putting up with my questions Oh and @alias23 I’ll be in touch
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    On the advice of other members. I'm starting a Evora GT thread. Feel free to post your Pictures, Mods and questions. Here is the my Evora GT. Luckily, it was the first one sold in the America. Lotus officially says "First in the World"!
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    I have oil pressure! Thanks to Jeremy on here who kindly came over and assisted. Well what was the problem. I tried priming everywhere with a 12 v oil pump, no joy. The best place to prime is the centre of the oil filter screw thread. The gauge even registered pressure when pumping and oil came out of the Turbo feed. RPM 1500, no oil pressure. Yesterday we tried the cooler connections. When I went in this morning the oil level had decreased, so I guess I was correct, the thermostat opened and the oil pressure dropped. When I restarted no pressure???? After this I could only assume the pick up pipe or the pump, the rotors were checked so what else? If the pipe was on wrong I could not have got 75 psi. So I figured it must be the pressure relief valve stuck open in the pump housing. I removed the housing leaving the plenum and everything else intact. Jeremy and me took it off and it didn't take long! . The valve looked suspicious. Jeremy pushed it with a screwdriver and sure enough it was jammed! We cleaned it with brake cleaner and compressed air. Then flooded it with oil and removed all the very small debris. Put it all back together without priming. Just filled the filter half full. A few seconds of cranking and 75 psi. Now consistantly good oil pressure. Happy days! Thanks Jeremy! thanks to all you guys on here who have been helping me with advice and the lads who came over yesterday! Its running very well considering I have rebuilt everything and even the carbs! The adjustment isn't far off and it started very easily. The gearbox is working in first and reverse! Haven't tried the other gears yet. Im having a brake from the car now for a while! Thanks everyone!
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    Et voilà!!! One year of bodywork but the photos speaks for me! Gorgeous Essex Blu in all his glory . My effort has been
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    MJK was asked what he thought Colin would think of the Evija - He said that he thought Colin would love to own one!
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    Body on chassis to check that everything is ok prior to drill new body to chassis holes for fixing point as the chassis is new and needs to be centered and drilled. just a 2mm misalignment on the left front point, better than the old original ones!
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    So, I am a long-term admirer of Lotus and the Evora specifically is a car that I have wanted to own for many years. And the time was right in Feb this year as the right car in budget came up (2015 2+2 IPS) I have 1 child (4yrs old) and a wife, therefore the 2+2 is used by the 3 of us and he has plenty of room in the back for him and some his toys / backpack on the 4th seat. (The way the seat is higher in the back with a raised roof in the back, ensures he is sat safely via ISOFIX and he has a great view of the road, plus he loves being near the engine in the back and so close my me at the same time) I still think the Evora is the world’s only mid-engine 2+2? I am mid 30’s and my last few cars have been Automatics and the last was a Jag 3.0d Auto. I like Auto Transmission as my daily commute for work is approx. 100miles, and therefore I do a lot of Motorway miles then slow town traffic at the end of the journey. Therefore, this led me towards the IPS gearbox for the Evora. When I first drove the IPS on a test drive and even since ownership my view is that the IPS gear box is great, it changes gear at the right times, its smooth and Its not too different to my previous 2014 XF gear box for ease of use. BUT, this is a big BUT, when you select the ‘Sport’ mode, the car is AMAZING, its so different to any other car that I have ever driven. It downshifts the gears so quickly and gives you so much speed and excitement. The car really fells like a Super car when in Sport. The quick downshift, the responsiveness isn’t all that’s positive, the noise is great as it opens up the exhaust and also the downshift ‘blips’ are very addictive as the car makes a ‘blip’ sound and revs when downshifting which sounds great and the excitement of that isn’t wearing off! When driving with friends (Who have owned sports cars, including Porsche) are amazed at the quality of the leather, the seats, the dash, the door handles, the way the door closes with a reassuring soft shut, and not a clanky bang, the ride is comfortable. The Sat Nav and the Stereo work really well and a smooth connection via Bluetooth. As I say above, I could drive 100’s miles in one sitting with no negative side effects in comfort. I’m currently on 29.5mpg which I think is amazing (As above, I do a lot of Motorway miles, which helps) To summarise, there was no reason for me to wait all these years to get an Evora. Prices haven’t gone down, it easily can be used as a daily car and I love driving it every time. There’s a lot to read on these forums, and this will help us all make the right purchase, and being patient is key. I wanted to write the above as I’m sure there’s other people like me, in a similar position who are pondering and reading this forum every day multiple times (As I was!!) – Which actually drove me to a point of frustration and a addiction of searching classifieds on every possible website. So to now own a Evora is a welcome ‘relief’ (Not sure if relief is the right word, but I’m sure you know what I mean) I recently parked the car at a restaurant and when leaving followed a few mid aged male friends who I didn’t know, and I heard them look at the car and comment that my car was a nice model of Ferrari. To make the purchase even easier / smooth, I purchased via Silverstone and Aimee who were brilliant. Very supportive in the sales process and providing information and detailing etc. I’m certainly not a lotus expert or a technical / mechanical expert, but If anyone has any questions, please ask me, Ill be more than happy to help. Loving this website and forum and always a joy to read and even today I saw 003a make a post introducing his new great looking Top Gear car and he also shared a Evora transfer sticker, which is great!
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    Little parcel from JAE today. They have been really good to deal with and hopefully next week I can pick up the liners from Westwood and the engine build can commence. have just dropped the turbos in at AET turbos for a stripdown and quote on rebuild.
  44. 9 points
    Now at 500 miles (travel and weather has not been kind) and I have found out some very interesting things about my Exige. People are much friendlier to you and want to chat more than in the M4 Fewer idiots want to race than in the M4 - seems they are content watching it from behind Even on half throttle and 4k, the acceleration is great and the accompanying supercharger whine is tremendous Power gets to the road MUCH better than the M4, even in Cup 2's that don't like the cold compared to MPSS Never leave the windscreen wipers on when you get out, or at least close the door before turning the ignition on otherwise a bucket full of water will get in to the cabin Sometimes the mist on the inside of the windscreen arrives for no reason Never open the window before you've got some speed up to clear the standing water from the roof, otherwise, water in the cabin! Finally, there is always a squeak which cannot be identified - Mods - is it worth putting a sticky on squeaks, rattles and bangs somewhere which can help people identify and fix (apologies if I have missed it). I cannot wait until late December when it gets its service and the fun commences Once again, a great forum that engages and is very friendly.
  45. 9 points
  46. 9 points
    A couple of photos from our visit to Gotland earlier this Summer. Beautiful island, although a bit dusty due to being a limestone rock...
  47. 9 points
    I've personally requested MJK has VIP access to the event. It's with the EO at the moment but after he visited the factory (for the first time in 10 odd years) a couple of weeks back I'm hopeful he'll have the red carpet rolled out for him
  48. 9 points
    The S1 looks still the best.. ..totally unbiased of course..
  49. 9 points
    GT430 put went spectacularly well at Castle Combe today. Very interesting to compare with the Exige Cup 430 which is a total weapon. Ideally I'd have one of each but, of the two, the Evora has the edge for being such a great road car on top. I drove home very happy with my choice but anyone who thinks that Lotus haven't done much to the Exige or Evora (a popular view currently) really needs to drive these two range toppers. Exige Cup 430 is a major step over my original V6 Cup in all regards and the GT430 drives like no Evora before it. Exige definitely has the edge in a straight line and on the brakes but my word the Evora does a convincing job of staying with it over a lap. Lotus has the Exige 1 sec quicker around Hethel and that feels about right around Castle Combe too. Exige has the edge into and out of the slower corners but the Evora was handling the bumps significantly better. One particular corner (Old Paddock Bend) was flat out in 3rd where I was shortshifting to 4th in the Exige with a lift on the way in to settle the nose. Brakes on both are proper race grade stuff. The way the Exige stops was utterly breathtaking and you can feel the 200kg weight difference there. Some videos to back all this up coming soon but will take me a while to edit the footage. Bloody fine cars these. Yes bloody expensive too but seriously capable and rewarding trackday cars. Oh and one more thing. Noise tested at 102db static today. No issues at all and confirms that the Ti silencer is actually quieter. An Exige 380 tested 105db. The Exige 430 is also a lot louder inside, proper ear plugs stuff but sounds fierce as hell. Very aggressive car. Loved it!
  50. 9 points
    Just moved from Excel to Esprit ownership. 1984 A34 blue.

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