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  1. I wanted to give everybody an update. I’ve had some revelations since posting this. Truly a turning point as of Friday. I want to especially thank our fellow Evora enthusiast and our sister forum LTF. I believe there is a particular gentleman who went above and beyond and contacted the appropriate bosses at our flagship headquarter, across the pond. I also want to thank all the forum members who encourage me to maintain contact with Lotus and some of those who supported me during this process. You guys have certainly could have ushered me off or wrote me off as penitent consumer. I won’t say w
    10 points
  2. So Lotus put the pictures onto there face ache page of the 311-430. That was enough for me to become an ijot and place an order with a deposit. I have been told the car now has a chassis number and build will hopefully commence in April with delivery in late April or early May First RHD car and allegedly the first 311-430 confirmed order Going to be a looooooog wait
    9 points
  3. @Lotusfab could I please request you start a new thread about spare part storage, and wife evasion. Ideally, in the 'Hints and Tips' section, under the heading 'Divorce Prevention'. It's highly amusing to read of these antics, which I myself have partly undertaken. I currently have certain "valuable, and prepared parts awaiting immediate assembly" stored in my old boyhood bedroom at my dear old Mother's, as the garage is short of space. This system prevents me from posting photos, but imagine the Northern depot of SJ Sportscars Limited. I look at it as an lonely Lotus outpost. Airfix
    4 points
  4. http://europe.autonews.com/article/20180319/ANE/180319865/why-lotus-ceo-expects-record-breaking-results-from-3-new-models?cciid=email-ane-daily
    4 points
  5. I've probably got 90% of my car in my house. In the office, under the stairs, spare bedroom, under the bed, in the loft, in the shed, in the garage and in the other garage. Not to mention the Elite which is parked at a friends house! I even found some careburettor parts in the sideboard drawer which I'd gorgotten about.
    3 points
  6. After several days load hauling with the Range Rover (in dire need of an engine rebuild) and taking the Excel on Sunday, today I got to drive the Esprit again. Nice sunny day, cold but dry, one of my favorite local roads and light traffic. I was already quite happy after the drive to the job site. First 2 jobs went a lot quicker than expected, so high hopes to get home early. But third and final job was a bitch. Picking up where someone else left off and working my way through the various bodges, scrounging for possible replacements for vital parts. Ended up spending over an hour longer
    3 points
  7. Just to be clear, I understand that the Komotec figures are taken from data logging and not live timing. This is permitted by LoT.
    3 points
  8. In the past I have had er indoors slightly upset a couple of times. cant imagine why. Typical over-reaction. I found a cake icing syringe makes a perfect tool for filling up CV joints on driveshafts with grease. For some reason she seemed reluctant to accept it back again, despite having used perfectly clean grease. Also an Ikea table with tubular legs which was in the shed had perfect diameter tubing for cutting a piece off and using it to press out wishbone bushes.
    3 points
  9. Any Lotus owner is a friend of mine mate, and I'll always help when I can. Glad to hear they're on this for you and once resolved, I wish you many, many happy years of Lotus ownership
    3 points
  10. 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.
    3 points
  11. The diff's the easy bit! Who's going to sort those front seats, cos my gran wants her curtains back!
    2 points
  12. Just another hopeless example of someone who's stopped coming to TLF monthly meetings. What next @Buddsy ? Sell the Esprit??????? You need urgent help - we are there for you
    2 points
  13. I’m hoping to post more pics this week be but I’m having some upload issues which I’ll get some help with shortly. really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel.... it’s a complete joy to drive - and for me - with the big comfy Sparcos I could drive literally night and day in complete comfort. 250 miles for me on Sunday around some beautiful and amazing Aberdeenshire roads... hopefully with a bunch of other nice cars too. So fingers crossed I have some good insightful comments to report back with 👍
    2 points
  14. There you go.... Be interesting to see the alignment of wastegate to the downpipe, fingers crossed, I suspect it may be tricky. Still have not really twigged why the manifold cannot be offered up to the engine assembled asis - The alignment of the flanges looks good and its all rigid. I guess I'll find ot when I try.
    2 points
  15. It's a long process but have just finished the repairs to the radiator shroud. I am now starting work on the louvre for the tailgate. The undersheilds are good to go. So I could put the radiator back if I could sort the fan loom, the original went walkies! The tailgate louvre has lost a screw thread. The nut was seized and it broke off. This is not good, as welding would be difficult. The other solution is also not good, lots of work. You file off the fiberglass around the sheared bolt thread to reveal the round metal fixing that is embedded in the louvre. You take it out make another on
    2 points
  16. Haha.. I probably own the Lightest and heaviest cars in the village!! From the article below it's looking very promising! JMG gets his hands on Volvo parts bin!!! I used to own an XC60 before the X5... it was excellent. Clarkson always said his XC90 was the brilliant, so so promising for Lotus to nail this!! https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/lotus-suv-use-volvo-underpinnings-and-have-class-leading-handling
    2 points
  17. That's a lot of mpg indeed a lot of money saved that will contribute to a lot of refuels for your Elise no doubt. I'm pretty sure the car will get the best of what Volvo has to offer including some tune of the 2L Hybrid powerplant, we know the thing is good for 400bhp+. And with Lotus dynamics this SUV will give the Maccan/Cayenne a run for their money.
    2 points
  18. Timing could have been done offline. The timing equipment may have been out of the driver's sight. Don't know if it makes it "technically" acceptable, but it is in reality no different from taking times off a video which is fine to run.
    2 points
  19. Said the man with the bright red Cayman
    2 points
  20. Ah man. Great that Neil is on the case and support from those up high. I had trouble with mine and the response/support from Neil will leave me a life long fan of the brand, and that was long before the “Geely Factor”. All this @Bibs love is making me gag on my cornflakes though. You know he drives a VW right?
    2 points
  21. Love it. I managed to sneak all the bigger parts under the bed in the spare room. Bumpers, Spoiler, Skirts, Cant rail's etc.
    2 points
  22. Thanks they look really good. my wheel centres have been blasted and are going to my painters. I have decided against powder coat, we are matching the gold decal colour. The Barrels have been powder coated in satin black and the lips have already been polished. The centre caps are also ready just needing the black and silver decals to go on. I hope to have the wheels assembled by next week. I have got new hubs to fit all the way round and Lotusbits have already fitted the new bearings. I have decided that I will keep the wastegate original, so that means a new £600 wastefpgate
    2 points
  23. Boy I screwed that up (don't ask). I will be ordering shims tomorrow. I have 9 total (intake and exhaust) that are just out of spec. I was able to swap 4 (2 on the intake and 2 on the exhaust). Yep, I plan on a video per day of working on this until it is back on the road. Fingers crossed I will be done by the weekend. Would have been sooner if I didn't have to order shims.
    2 points
  24. Welcome to the forum! I got a sport 350 because I wanted the geo, slatted engine cover, and exposed gear shift. My other requirements were cruise control for road trips (can be retro fitted for not much cash), and air con. Done a few trackdays in mine and the only thing I’ve done is replaced the brake fluid for Castrol SRF. Happy hunting
    2 points
  25. @directordanw - please can you send me your dictionary. I can burn it to keep warm in my workshop!
    1 point
  26. On watch. Don't tell the wife.
    1 point
  27. 1 point
  28. utterly tragic, and whilst not privy to full details its obvious to any person with even a little intelligence this is going to happen ... autonomous vehicles are not needed full stop... trams, rail cars, airport parking pods.. yes, but not on public roads where the variables are to huge.. an example where an autonomous vehcle would fail every time.. i took my son to work on friday in a heavy snow flurry, some bits of road were wet some were tracked snow, when i approached a roundabout i could see tracks in the snow where cars had locked up approaching the junc
    1 point
  29. A new delivery expected to arrive tomorrow and will near enough complete the winter diet! The body part weighs 1988g!
    1 point
  30. No brush needed. Looks the business with blue silicone hoses!
    1 point
  31. Hi Mike I Vapour blast my engines I then paint the outside of them so they stay looking good for years. I've had lots of Esprit's and driven most models but I prefer s1s and S2.2s I finished the car 16 months ago I just never got round to posting anything up Short walk around of the car The car will be at the restoration show at the NEC this weekend Matt
    1 point
  32. @Registered All the parts you'll potentially need are listed here : https://www.deroure.com/diagrams.asp?TBL=6692&MAK=1&MDL=20&SMA=0&SMO=0&ST=&SC=0 #8 is the part that @Miguel manufactures, so it's #9,10 & 11 that you're interested in.
    1 point
  33. A call out to Neil Turner from Lotus Customer Service. I have had to request help from Lotus on a few occasions when I have received the dreaded “it’s on back order” from dealers and just now from Autoglass. Neil has ably demonstrated that this was not true but more importantly, sorted everything out such that I am huge fan of Lotus’ Customer Service. If only every company was half as good as Lotus in this respect. Thank you Neil !
    1 point
  34. “ Lotus SUV, as imagined by Autocar” #morefakenews
    1 point
  35. Seconded. First thing he should do is order a wall to be built around Stuttgart with no openings.
    1 point
  36. I as a new owner are warmed by the outcome, and it also confirms my belief that LOTUS is moving in a positive direction.
    1 point
  37. Shhhhh.....don't tell the Mrs.....she hates it when I borrow her tools.
    1 point
  38. 1st Pics of my Beast... unwashed, sent to me from Hethel now let me know what you think of this One Off paint.
    1 point
  39. Hi and welcome Scott. I'd perhaps get a 2nd opinion on the battery or just buy a new one. They don't last long on the Evora and your symptoms do sound like a dead battery to me.
    1 point
  40. I’m gonna pretend I understand that above picture. Can I have a red square please
    1 point
  41. @Sizona massive congrats! Color compliments the carbon parts perfectly!
    1 point
  42. 1 point
  43. I would advise not to get the head skimmed even if it appears to be warped unless a major ding is on the mating face.The head is made of ally and will straighten when clamped down to the block. If a head is skimmed to make if flat the cam carrier faces will become out of true as these were originally machine at the same time parallel to the face of the head. People often come in to my work and ask me to skim a head and when I ask why they usually don't even know why!!??? buddsy
    1 point
  44. See for me, this reads as I am beyond pissed off but it is saveable before he leaves the brand....probably for good. This is where Lotus should be rolling out the red carpet - doing whatever it takes incl flying over a competent engineer to resolve/sort it and designating someone to be the liaison instead of him dealing with this Cody chap. You rectify this, you probably have a guy for life who will happily talk of how lotus went the extra mile and what other brand would do this etc etc. If they dont then its a big red cross in their column. If you have a great reliability rep
    1 point
  45. A stunning GT430 was collected yesterday. I'll let the owner (who's a member) post his pics here but it's another one-off colour which works really well. While we're waiting here's couple more of the MSG one.
    1 point


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