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  1. 36 points
    Sadly not, the gaps were too big to count as a continuous display of cars. While I'm broken and can't walk, I feel very proud and privileged to have played a small part in making some Lotus history yesterday. I had the best of days, we couldn't have been luckier with the weather and the culmination of a lot of planning and organising by the fantastic, dedicated, hard working gang at Lotus resulted in an event which will be remembered and make those who came smile for a long time to come. Thanks to Lotus for letting me be involved, the all the owners and enthusiasts who came and to the clubs, the 'One of every Lotus' display cars, the track display teams and everyone who asked me a question, what a great day it was! #Lotus70
  2. 33 points
  3. 29 points
    I had a call from JMG yesterday (from his office, he was still there!) and he explained that the new CEO is ideally suited to taking Lotus forwards from this point. With his strong R&D background and intimate knowledge and experience of Geely, he's the right person for the role. JMG has spoken with staff and made it clear that the turnaround the company has seen in the past 4 years is a team effort and everyone who works there has been involved is this, it's their work that has made the company what and where it is right now. When he took over, the company posted a £60m loss on an £80m turnover and he leaves the CEO position with turnover up to £100m and a 8 figure profit (before charges etc) and a positive cashflow, the company pays for itself. While staff were down to 800 in order to save money initially, they're now back up to 1,000 with another 100 staff required by the end of this year. Lotus was in a very perilous financial position when he started, cuts did have to be made for Lotus to survive that period. JMG still be staying on (expected 1 day/month) is his role as Chief Strategic Advisor to the Chairman, he still has his company email/phone etc. He's been very keen to let the new boss understand that everything they do must focus on 'Lightweight, handling and aerodynamics' as the core principals of the cars and in his advisory role will be pushing these principals ongoing. The USA will be a focus for the later part of this year and there are other developments in the pipeline for the existing range (carbon fibre wheels anyone, 8kgs lighter than forged and in-car adjustable 3-way suspension?!). Also, he will also be adding a new Lotus to his own garage shortly, either an Evora GT430 or Exige Sport 410. I've had very regular contact myself with JMG during his time at Lotus and I've enjoyed working with him and the company throughout this time, as I have with previous CEO's. Personally, I thanked him for making sure Lotus is still here and in good financial health and congratulated him on what I believe are some of the finest cars Lotus have ever made now coming out of Hethel. I also thanked him for his faith in TLF and for what he's done for us over the years too. We do get a lot of support (NB never financially, as some people seem to insist on believing) and offer support back which I think is pretty unique and very special for a car club, long may this relationship continue.
  4. 27 points
    Well after a bit of a wait the 410 has finally landed! I thought I would leave a musings thread here as it may help some people go have a look at these cars and see what they are all about. I'm into the Lotus brand in a big way of course as a trader in this arena but I'm not a fanyboy and will offer here some unblinkered views. Its booked in for a new car detail/ceramic coat/PPF but first impressions on the coachwork and carbon are very good. I think Lotus have been doing a great job on paint for a while now (go look at a new beemer for comparison!) Carbon bits are first class. Inside the general feel of it is very good. The seats are great very good lateral support and haven't been too bad on a 4 hour drive back to base the other day. It has the Alcantara of course which is good and the yellow detailing really sets it off. Points of note in here - plastic on the shroud over the bank of switches either side of the binnacle and the rear of the steering wheel feel a bit cheap. Slightly unfathomable why these parts are not to the same standard as the rest of the dash which is pretty good. Also as previously mentioned by me on another thread the steering wheel is offset to the left by around 10mm. Exacerbated on the 410 by the centre ring on the steering wheel being out of line with the small speed readout in the middle of the clocks. Small point again but irritatingly pointless when they just redesigned it all! Having had a second drive yesterday its all good not too distracting but if you are a bit picky like me it will bug! The one thing I do feel a bit short changed on is the stereo! Its absolutely offensively crap for a car at this price point in fact I would be genuinely disappointed if I bought a van with a system of this quality! I know the old hairy chested argument that in a car like this you listen to the engine (which I will come to later) but no sorry there are times when if you are using the car regularly as I plan to you want a decent sound. The 410 I am told has less sound deadening than normal but interior noise levels are better than the 987 Cayman it replaced so no excuse for the stereo. Subwoofer needs some investigation as I'm not convinced it's working. But the whole stereo has to be removed its literally so poor quality it was hurting my ears. Will get some proper speakers and a better head unit in. The lack of a DAB head unit is not even funny in this day and age. Seriously Lotus come on! 95k RRP. We want Bose/HK even Cambridge audio from richer sounds would be better! OK Onto the good stuff and there's a lot of it here that Porker owners reading this need to know about. Firstly the noise. Its properly naughty! Interestingly it was a video of the startup noise that first put me onto the 410 as I Was trying to decide which P car would replace my Cayman. Its great on the motorway with the flap closed and just about ok for starting up and driving away from your neighbours but with the flap open it's a well engineered sound for sure. Very different to the flat sound of a P car but just as fruity in a different way. On the road wow the body control is superb. I've had chance to drive it on some pretty challenging roads already. It's firm and one of biggest concerns having not driven it before was that it would be too stiff which is a personal bugbear of mine for a road car and it could have seriously affected my being able to gel with it. Thankfully it's perfectly judged and is literally as stiff as it could be without becoming jarring. Firm but fair I would say. Little bit of initial roll on turn in but acceptable for a car of this weight. The chassis is absolutely world class as you would expect. Steering....oh boy. How? How is it this good? Why are all power steering cars not this good? My old Cayman was exceptional having ceramic brakes which improve the feel but the Evora is truly exceptional in this area. Having experience of the V6 Exige and how that thing tramlines all over the shop and feels a bit sterile in the steering department it makes me wonder why they don't put this PAS system in the V6. Anyway superb couldn't have asked for more on that front. Feels properly engaging. Still obviously running in at the moment bit very much looking forward to being able to use it properly. It hints at being a bit of an animal even up to 4k on a gentle (ish!) throttle. Feels appropriately exotic though looks fantastic and a very worthy successor to the Cayman. Other potential replacements would have been a 981 GTS or possibly a Turbo 991 S but the Evora feels much more of an event than a 981 and its much cheaper than a 991. Porker owners stuck with a choice of the new Turbo stuff should certainly take a look at the Evora. It's really very very good properly special car. I'm delighted and relieved in equal measure!
  5. 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!
  6. 27 points
    So, as the result of some furious man-maths, this happened: I have absolutely loved my Evora S. As an introduction to Lotus ownership it's been everything I hoped. I won't go over old ground, as I've posted several times on the various stages of my ownership experience. Great car. I test drove the 400 pictured above just over a week ago, and picked it up on Saturday. I am still grinning.
  7. 25 points
    Huge thanks to Bibs who spent the day in dreadful traffic and weather to pick up and deliver this stunning Sport Racer to Devon. I am so happy to be have found the perfect Evora and the perfect car I’ve desired for the last couple of years. It is a mint 4 years old normally aspirated car with 7800 Miles. I know I’m going to enjoy this car immensely. Big thanks also to the seller who is on this forum - it’s been a long fortnight for me since you agreed the sale Just the dry roads and good weather required now. Happy Happy Happy 2.5 hour sleep now and alarm call at 4.15am to get Bibs to the airport.
  8. 24 points
  9. 23 points
    Hi guys, I picked up my first Lotus yesterday, and I'm still buzzing. Shocked, would be an appropriate adjective to describe my experience with these cars. The car is so good. I can't wait to get it on the track to see how it is. Our Aussie spec differs slightly from the UK spec. The side pods aren't the larger CF ones (I plan to change this), front splitter isn't CF (I don't mind...I would be worried that a CF splitter would explode on me), and non CF seats as far as I can tell (bummer). Otherwise, all else is the same. I was looking for a car that was fit-for-purpose, that didn't compromise for the sake of luxuries someone else would need, and didn't make my wallet tremble every time I was at the track looking for tenths of seconds. This car ticked all the boxes. Well, a couple of 2013/2014 Exige V6S's ticked most of the boxes but both got sold out from under me, and I'm a little impatient. So this is where I ended up. Hopefully I don't ask too many stupid questions. I'm very very green when it comes to Lotus's! Below are some pics I took as soon as I got her home. (temporary number plate location)
  10. 23 points
    Just been to the launch of the Black And Gold book. They had the biggest selection of JPS cars ever put together. The book is awesome and available now.
  11. 22 points
    So around a month ago, the engine of my Exige S blew randomly out of the blue one morning on my way to work. It was depressing cuz the weather had been amazing and I loved my car. Now a few months earlier my friend who posts in these forums under the name @BAS ordered a 380 Cup. But by the time the car arrived to Kuwait and the dealership cleared it from customs, the 430 Cup was released. So my friend told the dealership he no longer wanted the 380 Cup and instead placed an order for the 430 Cup. So I was with my friend when he told the dealer he wanted the 430, so the dealer turned around to me an offered me a deal on the 380 Cup with the contingency that the deal only applies if Lotus approve the engine swap under the warranty. The offer was too good to be true, but I didn't really care for the cup since I loved my car. I mean thought the 380 cup was super hot but I was really satisfied with my S. But I also didn't want to wait 2 months for the engine to be shipped over and then to be installed. The dealer had three 350s, all in colors I didn't like and no 380s. So if I wanted a car now, the 380 Cup was my only option. So I decided to pull the trigger and finally last week Lotus approved the engine swap under warranty and my dealer set the process in motion to buy back my Exige S and upgrade me to the 380 Cup. I just picked it up from the dealer awhile ago and I'm so in love already. I had been driving the Evora 400 loaner for the past month and the Cup is just insanely faster and I haven't really stepped on it. Also random little cool things like I can now tell which buttons are on in my car, the blinkers make the click click sound, just random little fixes over my Exige S. I'll be posting A LOT more on the car and I'll take a ton of picture this weekend. But for now here are some pictures I took a short while ago while picking up the car. Thank you @BAS for ordering the 430!
  12. 21 points
    Just put a deposit down on a lovely 15 Evora Sports Racer from Leven Lotus in Edinburgh. Can't wait to pick it up! I used to own an S2 111s and I absolutely loved it. Not sure what it is about Lotus but they are a hard habit to shake! Good to be back :) cheers Michael Doris
  13. 20 points
    I've had my 400 for a few months now, and I want to briefly share a couple of aspects of my ownership experience, so anyone thinking of buying an Evora who has come to TLF to do some research can find this. My Evora is my daily driver, and I do up to about 12,000 miles a year. Aside from short trips and early morning blasts just for thrills, I travel long distances with a decent amount of luggage for work and my sport, which is skydiving. And as you can imagine that involves a fair bit of kit. So how does the Evora cope with this life? How well does it meet the combined demands of short-distance blaster and long-distance hauler? In a word; flawlessly. The Evora is nothing short of brilliant. Miraculous even! I am totally amazed and massively impressed by how well this car deals with every demand I place on it. (Well, OK. Maybe not every demand. I drove it to IKEA once and you can't get a wardrobe in it. But, you should have heard it in the cavernous carpark there! Awesome!) I'll share with you two real-world examples of why I'm so impressed by the Evora. Firstly, luggage capacity. If you're thinking of buying an Evora but are worried that it can't carry much, think again. Wardrobes aside, 'lack of cargo space' is not a valid reason to deny yourself the pleasure of Evora ownership. I've driven to the airport with four parachutes in the boot and a full-size 25kg suitcase on the back seats, and I still had the passenger seat for more stuff. On the more domestic side of life, the boot plus rear seats easily swallows a massive Sainsbury's trolley full of shopping. Brilliant! Secondly, long distances. Yesterday, I had a 170 mile drive home from Milton Keynes to Exeter, which went like this; 90 minutes of blasting through Oxfordshire with the sun shining, windows down, sport button on and me laughing out loud at the sheer bloody hilarity of it. Followed by settling onto the M4 for 90 minutes of serene and comfortable motorway cruising with windows up, sport off and stereo on. I hopped out at home with zero aches and one massive grin. Seriously, I'm astounded by how the Evora 400 can be equally excellent at totally mental blasting and smooth cruising. I'm 6' 2'', and over distance I'm honestly more comfortable in my Evora than my previous C-Class Merc. I bought the Evora because I was bored with the Merc, and having owned (and loved) a couple of Boxsters before (sorry), I wanted to get back into something FUN. Before I bought the Evora, I looked at the Boxster/Cayman again, but was put off by the latest 4cyl engine. The 911? Too soft in my opinion. I wanted to get the driving experience back, unfettered by too much padding. My Wife has a Suzuki Ignis, and that thing is is a right laugh because it's pure driving. I wanted that, but not in an Ignis. I know the analogue driving experience isn't for everyone. I guess the majority of the marketplace wants the extra padding and tech in cars like the 911. But for me, the Evora 400 is the perfect car. I think it's miraculous that a small-volume, niche manufacturer in Norfolk has created a car that is this damn capable! I know this is said a lot in the Lotus community, but why the hell does every journalist use the Cayman and 911 as the benchmarks for comparing other sports cars? They're awesome cars for sure, but for anyone after a truly special driving experience - this is it right here. Evora all the way. Oh - final point for anyone not convinced yet. The drop-dead looks and rarity of the Evora makes you feel like a goddamn rock-star driving it around! This amount of head-turning usually costs £200k+ Right. The sun's out again. I'm off for a drive.
  14. 20 points
    Bring back Dany. I love Dany. Lotus was awesome when Dany was in charge. There were girls and helicopters and country pads and cool stuff like that. Who cares about steady ships and lightweight labs and maybe 3 future cars, maybe. Dany had 5! Which is more. And therefore betterer. And his hair was literally the best of every other automotive CEO. Even the German ones. You can’t buy that.
  15. 20 points
    Very big day for me today. This is now in the garage. Really special car. Looks very low and compact. Didn't take up the garage space I was expecting. It has massive presence with those wings but actually is shorter overall than the Evora 400. Absolutely delighted with the colour and quality of materials inside and out. Incredible looking car from every angle, immense effort from Russell Carr and Lotus Design. The famous 'canoe factory' smell is present and correct, I have to say I love the smell of a new Lotus by association, reminds me of how I felt when the V6 Cup was new. GT430s really are bespoke for each customer and Lotus and B&C have been first rate in all regards. Nothing has been too much trouble and everything has been done with utmost care and attention to detail. For example, the exhaust tail pipe was very slightly wonky, a replacement was sent down without delay and they have reviewed with the supplier how they are made going forward. Yes all of this is as it should be for a car at this level but credit where its due. Coming from an Exige it all seems very luxurious and well appointed in there. The impact would be greatly reduced for an Evora 400 owner of course just because so much will be familiar but it feels like a major cabin upgrade to me! Spent an absolute fortune on PPF but when you see how vulnerable many of the panels are there's just no alternative. The factory put a lot on to be fair, mainly on the sides but I've added full front, roof, wing and full rear bumper. Seriously pinching myself at the thought of what's in the garage tonight. It's the realisation of a dream. Feels very like my chance to own the modern equivalent of the Esprit Sport 300, it's that special for me. An enormous privilege and humbling to consider how fortunate I am. I just can't look at it without imagining plunging down the hill towards Eau Rouge. Spring of 2018 can't come soon enough!
  16. 19 points
    Wowsa. I said to many of you that I could easily have spent the whole day just on the track. All of the (our) cars were amazing. And OMG what a noise some of them make. Walking the full length of the track I was thinking "I need to sell my kids and build a large air con'ed barn for all those cars I want to buy!! Bibbo, you never ever disappoint. have a great night tonight and have one for me. To everyone I saw it was awesome to see you all, I never feel more at home than when I am with you all and I have so many friends from Denmark to Germany, Belgium to Netherlands and all over the UK! Big Love!! My favourite moment.....well 2 actually. I was watching MJK on the big screen being interviewed and there was a guy standing there watching the screen avidly. He looked at me and said "I worked with him in India when he was working for Tata". I said "Thats my dad and I'm sure he would love to see you again". he said "He won't remember me"......."I bet he would" I said. So we walked over to MJK and just before we got there a totally different guy with a walking stick and 2 sons helping him walked over. My dads face lit up and he called him by name (can't remember now....Mike maybe). Dad gave him a big hug and the guy burst into tears. He said "You don't know how much this means to me!" and there was a long conversation and much hugging. the guy had had a stroke and just wanted to talk to his old mate again. He choked up again when they parted. It was amazing to see what dad meant to someone. So my man from Tata steps up and I say to dad, someone wants to say hi. Dad looked puzzled and the guy said "You probably don't remember me, it was 17 years ago....." and my dad said "In Pune, you were working in the office when I came in and I can still see your face and you saying "What are you doing here". The guy was amazed. I know he's my dad but for someone to have touched so many people and still remember a guy working in an Office at Tata who he met briefly for 3 days of coming and going is amazing and humbling.
  17. 19 points
    This is my new Evora GT 430 with special painting ( Gold Leaf) by hethel factory. The car is waiting for me at Komo Tec Germany. You can see the car this weekend in the KOMO-TEC Box in Nürburg /Nürburgring/Nordschleife.
  18. 19 points
    Getting there! Another meeting at Lotus yesterday, another few emails to work through but we're well on the way. This is going to be even more awesome that I thought it would be before yesterday, some major and wonderful announcements will be made soon
  19. 19 points
    Time to come clean. The Evora 400 Hethel Edition at central was mine.First of 4 in Essex Blue so we where told ahh but let's just make 6 now. Not that that was a problem for me as I just loved the colour combo. Traded in for this super car McLaren 570GT what Lotus should have made by now. Time just to short to wait. Have been and always will be a Lotus enthusiast still have my first love Esprit V8. I am not going to get into what's not right at Lotus or but !! Andrew most definitely living the dream
  20. 19 points
    Mine has been delivered yesterday
  21. 19 points
    I've just got off the phone with Neil Turner at Lotus, he's the head of Customer Services and will be looking into this with LCU as a matter of urgency for you Jim.
  22. 18 points
    Hi all, I know a lot of you will be interested in my new restoration. I recently bought an Esprit Sport 300, the original Lotus press car no less! It's been laid up for a few years and needs a full engine service and suspension rebuild but is in fantastic original condition. I'm living in America nowadays and will be away for a few years so it'll be stored away until I return. It was always my dream to own one of these so whilst the timing wasn't ideal I couldn't pass on this opportunity. I'm especially keen to restore the split rim OZ's after all the Compomotive rebuilds I've done. I'll keep you posted on my progress, I think I'm in Lotus heaven! It was originally on this plate, I'm currently enquiring with DVLA to get it registered back to its first number. Looks like it's on the original paint so I'll try to compound the shine back into it. Window frames have faded so they'll need a re-paint. Interior has stood up well. The drivers seat needs new side bolster alcantara but the original paisley sections are in perfect condition. Engine will have it's belts replaced before I attempt a fire up. I'll compression test it before deciding whether to do a full tear down. Tyres are cracked and require replacing, looks like Toyo offer the only matching set for these cars nowadays. The rims have never touched a kerb, a testament to it's previous owners and only require a good polish to remove the corrosion. Some old Sport 300 brochures and magazine articles I've been collecting.
  23. 18 points
  24. 18 points
    21 years in October! Bought as a 21st birthday present for myself in 1997. Loved every minute of ownership, the downs as well as the ups. We've had some great adventures. Still makes me smile, laugh, scares me occasionally, frustrates me sometimes but totally looking forward to the next 21 years! Happy anniversary gorgeous!
  25. 18 points
    UPDATE! I'm delighted to say that I have had confirmation today that my 410 will be receiving a new roof panel! I'm having the car back soon and have agreed that the work can be carried out over winter as the car would be off the road in any case. Williams advise me that Andy French (now Sir Andy French) is responsible for pushing for it so I will be writing him a personal note of thanks. I am assured that the new management structure is making things like this progressively easier for the staff and dealers to resolve so it was basically JMG's fault So there we have it. I'm saved from the doom of having to run about in a boring Cayman GTS I'd been eyeing up and very much looking forward to getting my lovely 410 back for a celebratory drive out I think. Hopefully get the love affair back on track. Back to happy customer I'm really really pleased. Hopefully get the new Prodrive stuff on there as well I guess.
  26. 18 points
  27. 18 points
    Hi all, Well after two and a half years I have finally finished, and once again have a complete car, ready for the spring. Thanks for the questions I have put on here, that have been answered, and a massive thank you to Matt, and all the staff at Silverstone, with supplying most of the parts required, and information, along with factory staff, who answered many questions, and found many parts not listed. Also SJ Sportscars for many parts that were no longer serviced, and also South West lotus for the same. Carbody Banbury for the use of the ovens, of which we were using three at one time. This all started when I MOT'd the car, "slight play in bushes" and an engine mount not secure, and ended with a full nut and bolt rebuild, it was a nice car before I started but just a little neglected on the underside, as previous owner had spent a lot of money on it, but to my mind in the wrong places. I have really tried to keep the car as it left the factory, and the only upgrade is the 360 bearings in the blowers. Boy has it been a vertical learning cure at times, pulling my hair out more than once, but you can see there are some design features that are pure brilliance and on the other side "how stupid" ideas that got through. Thanks for taking the time to read this! Andy
  28. 18 points
  29. 18 points
    Guilty m'lud! Motorsport Green. Carbon race seats, sound deadening, air con, no stereo, black diamond cut wheels with black wingstays. Impossible to believe but it should be sitting in my garage within 2 weeks from now. Here's a photoshop to compare the real thing to:
  30. 17 points
    Big-wing buddies. and before he says anything......
  31. 17 points
    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!
  32. 17 points
    And I am the proud owner of a well know Evora Collecting it next weekend and can't wait!
  33. 17 points
    The street was clean today so I could not wait and drove it for the first time. Its amazing! Its also time to say thanks to some TLF members !!! And many thanks to SJ Sportcars,Pnm engineering and Lotusbits,they do a great job!
  34. 17 points
    I’m new to this forum, but I took delivery of mine today.
  35. 16 points
    Well, just to put all you guys minds at rest. This car is now mine. I originally put the previous owner in touch with Stuarty almost 2 years ago via LotusRescue. He spent a fortune on her on a full mechanical rebuild, then had a change of plan. Having known this car while Stuart owned her and knowing all the work that has just been completed , I wasn't happy at the prospects of her going to another dealer and then them taking the piss with a price as happened with my Yellow S3. So after having silent discussions with she who must be obeyed. I bought her and she is now firmly parked at the front of my house. Went for a short drive in her late yesterday for the first time and other than a bit of a misfire on 1 plug, due I suspect to damp as its been pissing down rain all night, she runs fine. Current issue is with having several other projects on the go I will have no chance of doing any further work on her until time and funds allow. However, she will be in regular use once I complete and oil and filter change as she is now coming up to 1,000 miles since her complete engine rebuild. This is in fact her 2nd rebuild. Invoices showing £19,800 being spent over the first 58k of miles by her original owner, and now a further 20k just spent on her again, only 10k miles later. So, she now has a freshly rebuilt engine with new pistons, shells big end bearings, all ancillary's, stailess steel fuel tank's, carpets, boot liner and bag, boot carpets, sun visors and a bonus of a complete set or original compomotives fitted with nice new tyres, two of the compomotives require a bit of a refurb before fitting. Steven, if you have any further pics of when you saw her in the garage, a copy would be much appreciated. Stuart, likewise. I have some I took when I was at your place a couple of years ago, but would like to start a history for on her.
  36. 16 points
  37. 16 points
    What a fantastic day. Huge thanks to Bibs and all those involved in making it such a brilliant day. Just got back home having stayed overnight in Suffolk. Funniest moment with a doubt was when the F1 cars were on track mid afternoon. We saw them go off before heading back to the car which was parked in the line on the track. On the way we walked passed the Classic Team Lotus marquee. Mrs Bazza (who has owned the Elise for 16 years) stops and says "hang on a minute that jacket looks nice, let me have a quick look" Not one to say no (years of training) I agree but highlight it's all roped off/closed as the guys were all on track demoing fettling the F1 cars. Undeterred and with years of retail experience she spots a bloke and calls him over. After a brief chat he unclips the rope, lets her in and shows her the jacket. After a few minutes she say its not for her but then I hear hime explain "it had been modelled on the one my Dad used to wear". Mrs Bazza; "Oh, who's he?" Bloke: "Colin Chapman".... I desperately tried not to laugh and have to say Clive was the perfect gent, very gracious - top, top man
  38. 16 points
    Having been a Lotus fanboy for many more years than I care to remember, not surprisingly my passion has rubbed off on my son. I’ve owned many Lotus cars throughout my adult life, which he has also loved, then at 11 years of age he was helping me build a Caterham 7. By this time I felt the die was cast, which was confirmed when he later gained a 1st in mechanical engineering, leading on to working for a well known transmission designer, first in F1, then a few other formulae. In recent years he has shared track driving with me in some of my Loti on a few famous British and European circuits and ended up faster than me on quite a few occasions. Then last year he got a job in Motorsport in the USA and moved over there. His first purchase confused me slightly as it was a Ford F-150 truck but I was secretly pleased when he told me not to worry as he’d chosen the Raptor version! But now, the crowning glory, he has just let me know he’s placed a deposit on his first Lotus, an Evora 400. The boy’s done good, hence I can now say my work is done as he is continuing the family passion. Brought a tear to my eye it did!
  39. 16 points
    Goodwood today! A last minute plan, but like all last minute plans, they are the best Up at 04.30, 2 hour drive followed by parking in a dustbowl! At that point I thanked myself for using my DD for the trip, not my newly washed SR! Pretty well straight to the LOTUS stand... great collection of cars, complete with a gorgeous blue Evora GT 430. Having drooled over it for a while, Jamie Mathews of B and C comes over and we got chatting... as Jamie does so well! I had heard on the grapevine that rides up the hill were available, so I thew the question out and sure enough, another Evora 430 had been pressed into duty, dressed to impress! And I bagged the first 10.30 am ride! Things got better when I met up with the driver, none other than ex F1 driver, Martin Donnelley! MD! In typical laconic Irish style, we bumbled off towards the start line, the V6 SC sounding so much different to my N/A! Martin dropped a great 'donut' at the turn about to go back to the start... and at some point tried to put on an Australian accent when I told him that I live in Perth! Maybe more successful the other way around! We sat chewing the fat for about 10 minutes... A/C on, lumpy idle... I noted the absence of the water temp gauge 430 owners bemoan and had to agree! But then again, if it's not broke! "Race' mode selected, flag dropped and we were off! Blimey! SO much more torque that the N/A and the urgency above 6,000 was manic. Martin was muttering aloud about 'track limits' as we dipped the inside wheel into a Verstappen like cutting the apex on the first corner... by the next I had given up my idea of how fast this machine would go around the second! Eyes like you see on James May as a passenger as we dabbed the brakes into another 'track limit' apex, this time onto the grass which provoked just a tad of oppy as Martin snuck it into third gear for the blast up to the chicane. He was out for a nice Thursday drive, I was wondering if my understanding of late braking had evaporated... way past where I would have been! Unfortunately, a 'portable chicane', in the form of a Sunday driver blue Civic appeared in front of us, despite departing a god 30 second earlier the our launch... and at this stage we had only been going about 30 seconds! Geez, did that Honda leave the handbrake on... perhaps Alonso has a point! That kinda ended the exploration of the 430... but left me in no doubt that unless you were a driving 'God', aka MD, this power was way past me now as I head into my retirement years! 10 years ago, fresh from throwing Exige's around the track, maybe, but not now! However, as a machine, visual, sensory, quick, the GT 430 is a weapon. Put it in the 'Supercar' paddock and it's looks belong. It can hold it's own with no worries IMHO. If I had the ££, I would buy one and enjoy it, knowing my limits would always be way below the cars! And what a looker as well. A big thanks to Jamie for making this happen... and especially Martin for re-aligning my understanding of just how brilliant these F1 guys are, and what they can do with such a machine! Cheers, Pete.
  40. 16 points
    and I couldn't be happier!Some may recall my dilemma in another post about whether or not I should opt for the McLaren 540C and having tried one with a err little gear selection issue, I finally decided the 410 I tried the same afternoon, to be the more sensible option. Reasons for this decision may seem crazy to some but, to me anyway, they were perfectly valid. First, the 410 rode better on poor surfaces which, let's face it, are the majority of surfaces we have today in the UK and had steering feel that was at least the equal of the McLaren. Second, the salesman at McLaren Ascot irritated me with several of his comments relating to his perception of how Lotus compared with their cars. The morning after I'd tried both cars, he phoned me and the first thing he asked was "how disappointed were you with the Evora in the afternoon after trying our car"? I explained that despite what he may believe, in my view the Lotus was actually better in some respects and proceeded to let him know what they were. Yes, the McLaren is also better in some respects, but I questioned whether it was actually £50k better! His next comment was "but it's only got an old Toyota lump in the back" and I'm not quite sure how he expected me to respond to that one, but maybe slightly irrationally, that irritated me intensely. Funnily enough, I later discovered a little gem of information that would have been the perfect rebuttal, if only I'd known it at the time. During my recent trip to the Indy 500 with my son, we met up with one of his pals who at one time worked in the team at Ricardo Eng who developed and built the V8 engine now used by McLaren. It turns out that engine was originally funded by Nissan who wanted Ricardo to develop a turbocharged V8 engine for them to use in a Le Mans type race series. Having designed, built and tested prototypes, Nissan then pulled the plug, leaving the engine without an eventual home. Enter Ron Dennis who, at the time, was looking for a company to design, build and develop an engine to power the forthcoming family of cars in his then fledgling McLaren Cars company. This search led him to Ricardo who, coincidentally, had just the thing already designed and built with a couple of running prototypes in precisely the right architecture Ron needed. So there you have it folks, McLaren road cars are powered by an old Nissan lump! Oh how I wish I'd known this when the Macca salesman said what he did to me. It has to be said the McLaren chap was rather arrogant and had a quite unfortunate manner that rather grated with me. If I'm spending the sort of money we're talking about for a car of this type, I want to like the chap I'm dealing with, to be able to trust him and generally feel he's the sort of bloke I could probably enjoy a few pints with in my local hostelry. This brings me, rather neatly, to Jamie at Bell & Colvill from whom I've bought a few cars now and have a very good rapport. He's never pushy and has always just shared his knowledge and advice in, well, a matey yet very professional manner. Business should be done in this way but, sadly in my experience, rarely is and guys like Jamie almost make it a pleasure to part with your hard earned. So, spec for the new car is C214 metallic blue with tan leather interior, silver wheels, Sparco seats, auto 'box, upgraded head unit + sub woofer, amp and soundproofing kit, plus a few other things I can't now recall. I'm really, really looking forward to this car. PS did I mention I'm just a little bit excited!
  41. 16 points
    Just picked up my first V8 esprit. After having a N/A Stevens model I've never really lost the lotus but and after a stint in Mercedes Sl, TVR cerbera and Porsche 911's I finally took the plunge to buy another esprit. Here she is.
  42. 16 points
    Essex 006 LHD is now ready for the road!Two years with a lot of work but i am very happy to see this icon shine again!
  43. 16 points
    Having bought my first Lotus earlier this year, an Exige, my interest in the Evora has grown. I had a drive in a 400 in the summer and it lived up to my expectations. The arrival of the amazing GT430 and GT430 Sport fuelled my interest and I have found myself looking around dealers at Evora's for the past month. I have no desire to sell my Exige, I love it and especially enjoy taking it on track every now and then. I wanted a GT car which would be useable, something that could almost be a daily, so I kept coming back to the 400 as it ticks the box for what I want and it is also great value when compared with a 911, for example. I wanted a car which I will really enjoy driving whether it is to the local shop or for a blast out to the North Norfolk coast and I know that a Lotus can deliver on that front! So, this week I bought a stock 400 from Lotus Silverstone. Aimee has been excellent, I know many people on here speak well of Lotus Silverstone and they are doing a great job of getting the car ready in quick time. The colour is the new dark metallic grey; the same colour as the launch GT430 car. I think Evora's look great in brighter colours and I was eyeing up an orange one but for me I wanted something that was more discreet, so this was perfect. It looks amazing with the metallic flecks in the paint. It is manual too which I also wanted as I've been using autos for a while now and I enjoy the gearshift so much in the Exige that it made sense to continue with that level of engagement with the car. I'm really looking forward to picking the car up next week and getting the running in period out of the way! I will share some photos when I collect, I hope it is not snowing!
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    I like to say thank you for the great information available with thelotusforums which helped me a lot the last few months to get into the GT430 matter. Santa Claus arrived just in time in a yellow GT430 Sport - I can assure everyone who will see, drive, or get one, you will not be disappointed! For those who like to see pics of a bright coloured yellow one I can present you my ‘fire salamander’ ... and enjoy your Christmas dinner the way our idols did ?
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    For the same recipe but with much better ingredient
  48. 15 points
    Hello Evora people. I’ve upgraded / gone soft (delete as you see fit) from an Exige 350 Sport. As you can see I have no imagination when it comes to colour choice.
  49. 15 points
    About a month ago I decided to sell the Sport 380 and buy another car for the summer. However 3 weeks ago I suddenly got the call that my Alpine would be ready end of July, whereas I had expected it to be end of the summer. Add into the mix the fact I had an IOM road trip booked for end of May, I was suddenly left with the dilemma of no car for IOM and risk of buying another car only to sell again for the A110. i was also struggling to find a worthy replacement for the Exige in a similar price range, plus my petrolhead friends kept pointing out the Exige seemed to be the perfect car for me. So 3rd week in May I took the Exige back, took it to the IOM and fell back in love with the car. The fact I was out playing with Supercars on the mountain with a car a fraction of the price, but holding its own; the fact the other drivers loved the looks and sound of the car, to a point where they were on Auto Trader checking Exiges out, all helped the decision to keep the car for a little longer. The announcement of the Exige 400 made it a bit easier too, as similar spec car to mine would be around £100k. As I had decided track days really aren’t my thing, I couldn’t justify jumping back into an Exige 400 down the line. The 380 suddenly seemed a bit of bargain in comparison. So anyway some photos from the trip , which once again was epic and thoroughly recommended to others Just a few maccas this year .... Excuse the parking, but I was trying give guys clearance for their doors. Shows how small the Exige is though What it’s all about. Just love the mountain road ! The sea is somewhere between the land and the sky ...... Obligatory light house shot
  50. 15 points
    Weather depending....... collection this Saturday. Christmas has, literally, just come early ?


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