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  1. Weather depending....... collection this Saturday. Christmas has, literally, just come early ?
    8 points
  2. I'm assuming you want intake trumpets? I'm guessing you may have a problem closing the boot. . . . now back to this serious thread.
    6 points
  3. @Barrykearley then you better walk the talk and hurry up and buy one ;-) ...
    4 points
  4. @C8RKH the only one that seems to be wind up here as soon as any comparisson is made seems to be you. And your tone is a bit to unfriendly for my taste... I appreciate an open conversation and comparisson and we all should. ?
    4 points
  5. Had to have a go. Noticed something in the foreground that might explain the trouble you've been having getting the Esprit finished Barry
    3 points
  6. Thanks, had the LSD fitted there Steve is brilliant in helping to decide on what seats are best, I've enjoyed my experiences dealing with the company! I'm actually changing to B6, they're lighter and offer more support which would be nice on track, especially when sliding about! I'll get suede pads this time. If anyone is after GRP B5 seats please let me know. On a different note, I got my Christmas tree today...
    3 points
  7. Be a good chap and photo shop the engine back in for me
    3 points
  8. You want soup www.thelotusforums.com/forums/topic/87932-soup-my-new-series-about-my-series-2/
    2 points
  9. Buddsy its a heat paint, i dont know the name of this product at the moment.Everything is in its place.It wasnt too bad with my brothers help.But i must wait for the turbocharger.The new turbo unit was slightly leaking The gearbox is a reconditioned one.Sadly in black colour
    2 points
  10. Exige cup 380 in Italy fitted with sequential gearbox
    2 points
  11. Yes a bit of Photoshop can sort things out. Adjust shadows / highlights and levels. Hue levels and crop.
    2 points
  12. OK guys I'll butt out respectively. My reading of the way the thread was going was that it was going to be another GT4 v Exige, Nordschleiffe times are the god of determining how good a car is or is not etc. TI'll admit the many references to the GT4, the NS, "kit cars", and what I read as sarcasm re the wing and 200ibs of downforce wound me up. Apologies for any offence, but maybe, just maybe, we can reduce the Porsche love-in a little at times. I'll restrain myself.
    2 points
  13. The car had it's first track outing on the TTX at Silverstone GP at the end of last month. I'm suitably impressed by how incredibly flat the car stays, this much was evident even on the exploratory sighting laps at pootling pace. The car seems a bit more 'physical than it was before, but whether that was the dampers, the revised geo or just the fact that the last 'arm day' at the gym was probably in 2016 remains an unknown I had no time or inclination to start messing with damping, as no specific issues were immediately evident, though I'm sure fine-tuning can surely be made. I was just happy to enjoy the car on track again, especially at such a great circuit. Probably more notable was being able to catch up and meet with fellow Lotus owners from TLF and beyond. If more events in 2018 could be like this one I'd be very happy. Apart from the sheer volume of cars present, that was absurd at times, but didn't ruin the fun.
    2 points
  14. Took delivery of my new Exige tonight - terrible photo and will get better ones once the frost subsides.....maybe around March then. Love the colour and really do like these cars. Still super keen to get a 380 model at some point but for the moment feeling super happy taking in the green-meanie!
    1 point
  15. It’s been booting it down all day - and it’s still coming. feeling somewhat festive - here’s the front drive - couldn’t get the fiat up to the house
    1 point
  16. This is WOW. I thought noone can beat my Christmas tree delivery in an open boot of the red Evo9 last weekend, but this definitely tops it!
    1 point
  17. I now have a LSD fitted. Only driven it on the road in very slippery conditions. So far I can't conclude if it helps with traction at all, but I can conclude that it's made the car a LOT LOT more fun!!
    1 point
  18. Lucky you. Was my the last car ever built with the old ones....
    1 point
  19. Again, in 2018, we will book a "private" session to the "grand sambuc" next year with the lotus academy (dedicated coaching on your car, or license plan). if you don't know this "little track", please watch the video below : if you are interested, let me know.
    1 point
  20. Clear your cache mate and that'll go away.
    1 point
  21. Sorry, been doing this today and it's been much harder than it should be, last time it was simple but no so much this time! Normal service is back, I hope your families enjoyed seeing you
    1 point
  22. I’m a classic car man chap - you lot just look after them well for 20years
    1 point
  23. Just to reiterate what everyone else is saying, it was great night and enjoyed the company. Getting home was OK despite the threat of lots of snow, there was very little on the M25 towards London City Airport. Merry Christmas to all.
    1 point
  24. Now confirmed from Lotus HQ, Exige/Elise MY17.5 has different runners that can not be retro fitted. The chassis structure has been modified (machined) to accept them.
    1 point
  25. Lovely car that and I love the colour combination. Striking! @Cristiano - the point about the wing and downforce is moot given that a lot of owners who buy an Exige CUP do actually take their cars on the track where they do actually use the wing and the 200lbs of downforce. Let's stick to talk about the 380 CUP as per the thread title. There are plenty of other forums and sites where you can talk about Porsche's and their merits all day with people who actually give a shit about Porsche's. Unsurprisingly, on a Lotus forum, I prefer to hear about Lotus cars. Of course you can continue to wind us up on here about how the GT4 is such a superior car but I feel the responses you get will be less and less friendly as you push the point.
    1 point
  26. 0/10 for the pic, 10/10 for the car! Nice colour
    1 point
  27. I'm at work, watching the snow turn the streets white. Traffic has almost come to a halt, delays 3 times longer than usual. I'm sure the ride home with the Esprit will be just fine.
    1 point
  28. at a charity event(Telethon), I had the opportunity to meet the owner of this brand new Cup 380 ... He was pleased with his purchase, and I was impressed by the CF parts quality, and even more impressed by the fact that I found the CF seats quite comfy and adapted to my quite large hips ! I won't have chosen this colour combo, but each to his own ...
    1 point
  29. Where I am, there was a bit of snow mixed with the rain/sleet but not really any lasting beyond contact with the ground. My mate was 30-40 miles away and he and the kids were making snowmen and snow angels. I'm not upset at there not being snow on the roads around here.
    1 point
  30. Greate evening, it was always nice to see old and new TLF members. I just back home CPH. Thank you Bibs for organising and again many thanks for the Lift Andrew Yasuo
    1 point
  31. I hope i have read this correct Mark, You have only covered 1000 miles in your 380, and want to trade up for the next new model. Something sounds amiss there. If you are susceptible to marketing and have to have the latest greatest without even using the one you have then unfortunately this is going to cost you. I bought a V6 new for 62k and then due to circumstance had to sell with 2,000 miles on the clock. It took quite a while to sell but sold privately for 46,500. On both my previous S2 Exige i had managed to sell for more than i paid, which was a strangely new phenomena, to me. All my previous new cars lost 10k, the second they handed me the keys. Even if they gave you 75k by the time you had your 430 run-in, the all singing 450R will be lapping Hethel at warp speed. If you can afford to keep changing and ultimately feel the need to, then you can't really complain how much this costs you personally.
    1 point
  32. We got some snow today. And for some reason it seemed like a good idea to take the Excel instead of the Range Rover. No drama, bit of tire-spin but only when provoked. I did see an oodi have a hard time turning out of the same street...
    1 point
  33. Saw it, read the following at your own risk and in the voice of Sir David Attenborough ......... The mating ritual of the Lotus mechanic, a very rare event, and one never before captured on film.....incredible.....usually the Male (the mechanic), will only perform his mating ritual with the female (the Lotus), under the most secret of situations with no other males of the species around and with the garage doors fully closed.....however, under special conditions (several shots of Gin) it would seem that the male can be fooled into performing his ritual and even assuming the Lotus position for all to see, but we still don't know how the male fertilises the female, and I'm not sure that's something that we would ever want to see, as once seen it can never be unseen.
    1 point
  34. I didn't use any cord or beading at all with mine. @Final Editiondid a good guide on here. Mine have been perfect for 5 months or so with no leakage. Just thorough cleaning of all old paint, silicone etc on sealing surfaces and plenty of sealant on reassembly both while bolting together and a couple of extra layers once they're all back together in the groove between the face and the barrel. Home sanding/ polishing took a while but came up really well in my opinion.
    1 point
  35. Don't know why the discussion went on the GT4 comparison. But if I go back a few pages I see first all excited about this NS lap going to be shown soon, then all pissed about the actual lap, then all discussing why this car is great or not. Now, my point of view, a benchmark is relevant only when it is meaningful, and this is the problem with Hethel lap time: it does not mean anything - we have zero references. NS is the place where all major car builders goes, so I think Lotus should go there (and not send a car magazine to do that work) and record the best lap time they can. There are all the possible type of turns there, uphill downhill, and a long straight. It does not require humoungus preparation, and for sure they can do better than any magazine. Then I suggest they check all cars on the dyno before shipping, particularly 100k+ cars because, a lack of hp is a real major issue and cannot happen systematically. If they do not do that, then they have to live with consequences...
    1 point
  36. Another great get together organised by Bibs. Great food, great to catch up with familiar faces and meeting up with new people.
    1 point
  37. Was a great eve, so relaxed and interesting. As Trevor says; could have spent so much longer chatting... and sinking 'em. Thanks Bibs for everything. Edit: Oh yeah and if there's one thing it's important to take away from my lecture... it's that you should watch my videos
    1 point
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  39. Ah! I see that Paul has prompted me to say hello! Indeed, Paul's old car is now here; my fourth Evora. And Paul is completely nuts to have sold it, because it's so clearly the perfect Evora. Indeed, I missed out on exactly the same car back in November 2013 when it was up for sale briefly at Paul Matty's, and so I ended up with my white NA IPS. I've been looking out for it since! I went Evora Manual -> Evora IPS -> Evora 400 Auto -> Evora S IPS. But as noted on another thread, the 400 just wasn't for me. And I much prefer the IPS/Auto ratios and lack of gearbox chatter. I agree that the new Auto is a step up from the IPS. But given a choice between my 400 and the S IPS, even at the same price point, I'd take the S IPS. As mentioned elsewhere, the 400 has lost the fluidity of the S1. In fact, Paul's car wasn't quite as fluid as my old IPS when I first drove it. But now I have it on my 18/19 (winter) wheels and tyres rather the 19/20, and it's now near perfect. The exhaust sound is less brash, the interior feels so much bespoke, the Recaro seats so much more comfortable than the squeaky Sparcos. I'll miss the 400's extra rear seat space for my kids, and I recognize that for the vast majority people the 400 manual > S1 IPS. But Aimee was exactly right in saying that we got the shoe that fits now. Good luck to the new owner (Richard, I think) of my (not very old) 400! Also I think Aimee's found someone for my NA IPS and so it looks like I'm back to just one Evora! (But still 2 x Elises . . . ) Cheers, David
    1 point
  40. I'm not so sure you must also include the resale value and that will be a catastrophe at the 380 cup because the car is a blender. It is probably cheaper if you drive through the city and throw the money directly out of the window.
    1 point
  41. O ring worked much better than several attempts with more modern methods. Totally airtight since. I have black stainless bolts with nyloc nuts. I have been told that the high tensile steel bolts are better due to the material being more ductile but no issues so far. They are worth taking off and re tightening after 100 miles or so. A bit of a pain but well worth doing. I did it all by hand because several nuts were threaded by a Refurber using power tools. Labour of love these wheels but worth it if done properly, they’ll behave themselves. Good luck!
    1 point
  42. 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...
    1 point
  43. Really they would need to pipe in the smell of petrol to the cabin to make it totally authentic.
    1 point
  44. That is absolutely stunning Jo. You've come a long way from that Final Edition my friend! Thank you once again for saving my V8 with your timely interjection
    1 point
  45. Looking good Joe. Passed you 2 fridays ago on the A14 at Bury St Edmunds. It had the Y reg plate on. Pitch black but still looked great in my headlights and when I went passed.
    1 point


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