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    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.
  2. 5 points
    GT430 on track at Portimao. This car’s natural home!
  3. 4 points
    This one - looks beautiful and Mica Yellow is beautiful and is my preferred yellow but I think the Sport 300 maybe suits Norfolk Mustard better
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    Talked enough about it... need to post a picture!!
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    I saw this beautifull 400 this weekend, a friendly driver who leave 10km from m'y house! I will try to have a shooting with him soon
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    In my biased opinion I think it was the best looking Esprit, having a strange combination of SE side sills, updated engine cover, boomerang wing, Toyota headlights, framed in the ridiculous arch extensions and O.Z split rims. I can't imagine another Esprit to top this one in my garage so it's for keeps. I'm acutely aware of its provenance so will be taking extra special care during its restoration. My friend is looking after it for me while I'm away. He gets to feast his eyes on it every time he's in the garage, a very lucky man!
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    Stereo is crap, so probably not. Perfect!
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    Hi All, I'm back from my Bronze level training day and I had such a great time and highly recommend it! The hospitality was great, a big thank you to Guy and the whole team for making us feel very welcome, keeping us fed and watered all day. I really enjoyed the factory tour and seeing the assembly line and the cars in different states throughout the build process. The Team Classic Lotus tour was fantastic too, the smell of the workshop as you walk in was amazing, its a proper old school engineering place with lathes and metal working machines. Was amazing getting so close to the classic F1 cars and seeing inside the gubbins etc. Guy was very knowledgeable too and it was really interesting learning about the development of Lotus and F1 cars thought the ages. The track driving was SOOOOOO much fun. I'd never been on a track or driven a car in anger before so the first session was a massive eye opener for me. The sheer grip of the Elise is amazing, the track was quite wet from the previous evening's rain but that amazing little car just stuck to the road. Totally agree with the comments above that the Elise is definitely more than enough car to have a LOT of fun with. The instructors were really good, they are taking notes as you drive and correcting any mistakes you make or encouraging you get on the brakes later or accelerate faster (within limits of the car and driver of course) and you get a briefing before you start your session and quick debrief afterwards and then a proper debrief at the end of the day. You get the same instructor through out the day so you build up a bit of a rapport with them and the notes they take during each session means you get a real personalised experience. The demo laps at the end were amazing, scared the crap out of me, the line through the chicane was crazy and their ability to play around with the weight transfer of the car using the brake and throttle to go from understeer to oversteer was amazing! To summarise, the whole the day was very good, I learnt a lot and enjoyed my self throughly. I really recommend singing up for the scare your self sensible experience or if you want to learn how to drive a car round a track then sign up for the driving academy courses. Thank you to all at Lotus for a really amazing day!
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    Yes but I think we're in danger of missing the point entirely here. There's a woman in France with a Daytona Blue Sport 410 and a detailed understanding of its on limit behaviour. Not sure how I'm going to break it to Vicky Butler Henderson but I think I she might have to step aside!
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    Hi, I haven't drove one of them but a friend did the same way, from an exige sport 350 to Evora. Her first contact with an Evora was my GTE just for some kilometers but that make her taking that decision. She got the same feeling as you when she test drive the 400, great car but not for her who like to trackday. After test Drive a 410 she bought it immediatly The power is nothing but the suspension work was like she was. Also she told me the car is less easy at the limit than the Exige but she really love it.
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    First test drive yesterday, and got back in one piece. Result.
  13. 2 points
    No. Please don't shoot him. The green is not that bad
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    My copper fire is for sale on Car and Classic, open to offers! PM me if anyone is interested. I can always get another S3 turbo and I have a stack of Compomotive CX500 split rim wheels in storage. Sport 300's on the other hand....
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    Very sad to hear this, the MBW days have been fantastic and along with the Brands festival one of the highlights of the year. I'm pretty sure most here would rather pay an entry fee than lose the event altogether. Still, must be a lot of hard work for very little financial reward (if any!) I can understand taking a break for a year. Thanks for all the days we have had.
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    What about Lotus? Surely they would look at it like they did previously? Plus they may sell some cars and even heaven forbid, some merchandise etc. Stupid question really when they aren't even having a 70 year celebration why should they care about a hundred or 2 of their best customers!
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    Would it be better with drums ?
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    All Lotus cars are "limited editions" if you think about it due tot he volume of cars Lotus produce. I mean, for Christ's sake, Audi owners go on about the R8 RWS being a limited edition, yes limited to 999 of that one model - well that's nearly the entire output of lotus across ALL models for a year! 996 GT3RS - only 140 RHD cars made - Lotus world wide distribution of the Evora Sport 410 was less than that! Which car is rarer? 997.1 GT3 - 1,000 of these sold in the US and Canada alone - more than Lotus made of the Evora's for all markets in the same time period 997.2 GT3 - 600+ sold in the US and Canada.... Need I go on. EVERY Lotus car is special and unique.
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    Thanks Steve and Gis, for taking the time to post and the info which all helps. Hi Dave, thanks yep I'm lucky I did them for the S1 and posted it all on my S1 blog - which I'll have to look up myself as I don't remember a lot about it!
  20. 2 points
    You know I engineered that breakdown just to see you.
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    Bugger. Does that mean I'll have to come out and recover you?
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    My Aqua s2 over tan Aqua Elise by andrew james, on Flickr
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    Not a huge amount of Lotus stuff this time but a really interesting insight into Land Rover from a JLR guy and a nice development in the story of the last Europa ever built [that's near the end].
  25. 1 point
    Right - I can’t believe he found this one. im gonna put this out there right now. If anyone knows of another like this - let me know please so the missus can put you on the divorce petition
  26. 1 point
    Exactly! I don't think you'd get a chance of buying a car like this again for a long while. I'm surprised others didn't try. Seems like a no-brainer to me.
  27. 1 point
    Totally understand your thinking Jo - you’ll never find another Esprit as worthy of restoring as this one. Having said that bodily a restoration doesn’t look necessary - it looks to be a wash away from perfection! I absolutely love it......but I won’t be alone. This was the inspiration for my S4s purchase. As nice as it was the Esprit Sport 300 in Yellow is a whole lot more special. Is the colour Norfolk Mustard? I remember hearing the Sport 300’s in Yellow were Mica Yellow but the more I see photos the more I think this wasn’t the case......?
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    Oh yes .......what he said^
  29. 1 point
    It is your V8 for sale on Car and classic ? What a hard decision, looks stunning
  30. 1 point
    Just leave it a year, still call it the 70th celebration and tell everyone it has been on back order. Problem solved
  31. 1 point
    my evora has been serviced at lotus dealers, up until last year (when lotus closed the service department) it has annual trip to the factory for it service. it now goes to the excellent hanger 111.. it certainly was one of the reasons i choose it a couple of years back over other examples that lacked a little main dealer service love... especially in the warranty period as noted in a post above fully stamped, all the receipts, all leads me to think the car was pampered and treasured... the bonus of a decent main dealer is that all little niggles get sorted... some of the issues the early cars had, were tweaked / upgraded with each visit to the factory.. im not sure things like this woudl get undertaken and normal garages.. for instance, my gear change is sublime, it was updated tweaked and set up properly during early services & warranty period.. its on par with any later edition evoras ive sat in and tried. up to the current model.. yet others i tried were quite different... its little things like this that can make a difference between a main dealer/ specialist or a halfords, / quick fit general service having said that outside of warranty a specialist would be just a good... there pretty bullet proof to be honest.. engine oil, (clutch & brake fluid every two years) isnt rocket science.. something you could easily do yourself... and i do on my other non performance cars.. i think providing that the items as listed in the service booklet are complete and up to date then all good no matter who undertook the work.. i would check very carefully through the paperwork, checking milage, against mots - online mot history etc , and against when it was in for the service.. if it was carried out at non specialist... my only thoughts, if its not a lotus specialist/ or main dealer , then id be looking very carefully and checking all teh paperwork corresponds and matches with mots etc etc, because some of the specialist garages labour rates are very competitive, so id want to know why someone wouldnt service their pride and joy at least at a specialist if cost differences were negligible if it got a stamped history for the basics which check out , then cant see a problem especially if its a little cheaper........
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    That’s fantastic - am on it - it might be the Essex though - hope that’s ok?
  34. 1 point
    These sounds /squeak/ creak come and go by themselves ... it's unbelievable ... every now and then you discover a new one ... from who knows where ...
  35. 1 point
    The one video that everyone that intends to drive the 'Ring should watch at least once. From simple information like where you buy your lap tickets and what to do in case of an accident to more complicated matters like how to handle overtaking and what to do when encountering yellow lights. Combining the years of experience RSRNurburg has getting people safely around the Green Hell, we tried to answer some of the most common questions we get and at the same time address some of the common problems we see daily during public sessions. May this video serve as a reminder that the easiest way to make the 'Ring a safer place is to educate ourselves and respect each other on and off the track. For more information visit
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    Thanks Bibs. I certainly doesn't feel like a compromise. That said, it did take a lot of effort pre sale to nail down with Lotus what the actual spec would be. Neil in customer service was very helpful in that regard and as a result probably pushed us towards the Lotus. IMHO there is still a lot of rubbish written about current Lotus interiors and coming from a 2015 Cayman and a 911 (997) before that, I've been pleasantly surprised how well the interior is finished off and it certainly feels a nicer place to be than the mainly plastic interior of the Cayman and it actually feels closer to our old 911 with it's more bespoke feeling leather dashboard and trim.
  38. 1 point
    Tbh, the red GTE was very good on track even before the Ohlins were fitted. The first drive I had in it was on a trackday at Donnington Park. It surprised, no, shocked me just how good it was. After fitting the Ohlins, I'd actually go as far to say the stock Bilsteins are better on the track than they are on the road. The smoother surface the track has lends itself better to them. The real difference the Ohlins have made is on the road. If you think the Evora drives good with the stock bilsteins, you should try one with a set of TTX that have been set for the road, the difference really is night and day and instantly noticeable. The std Evora setup feels somewhat 'crashy' by comparison, and that's saying something! I'm only going from my own experience but I had to do a couple of mods to the red car for track use which was some heat management issues in the engine bay and replace the front discs and uprated pads. I've already said the std discs don't stand up to much punishment on track, especially if used with uprated pads. I also found the boot compartment was getting frightfully hot. The Swindon back box is big (it's not just the engine you get, it should have a full swindon exhaust system also, manifolds, cats, link pipes and back box), which has nimbus heatsheild around it but it also seems to act like a heat blanket and doesn't let any of that heat out. Coupled with the very fine mesh that mansory used for the diffuser trim it's basically an oven in there with no airflow and was getting far too hot for my liking!! I swapped the glass engine cover panel out for a GT4 louvred panel to allow heat to escape from above and I also changed the diffuser out for a GT4 one (both reversible mods). This also required a new exhaust backbox to be made (single tip, straight though, side exit like the GT4 cars run, rather than the centre exit of the stock evora). The backbox was very easy to make and fit upto the Swindon centre pipe, the Swindon system is all on 'V' bands for quick change and the diffuser swapped straight over. Problem solved.
  39. 1 point
    Have agreed first refusal on the car planning on visiting the workshop, drive their demo and meet the guys building the car. they are full GTEs with upper and Lower suspension. the Swindon engine has its own ecu so putting out between 420-430 bhp. Everything is original, seats, interior etc. Starting to get excited, just need to check the warranty fine print and negotitate price/trade in?
  40. 1 point
    I’ve got a very annoying squeak/ creak coming from the passenger side arounds the plastic trim area. I’ve try a few time now to source the issue. But failed to identify the culprit. I originally thought it was the roof but it happens with the roof off. I also thought it was the area where ther rear clam and bodyside meet but I tried fixing this with no results. Any suggestions on fixing it? I've just booked it into the dealers so but can't fit me in until first sat in June! Other than that no much much has changed, just the usual wash, polish & wax.
  41. 1 point
    All ordered! I hope this resto blog is helping people save time. Some of this info is a nightmare to find out! Why don't they just give you these connectors in the bag with the cable? What the other two unions are for I don't know! Oh, and a sketch of where to put them and the washers!
  42. 1 point
    Hi, Bit of a newcomer/imposter here (as a VX220 owner) but Imran/Alias23 I was hoping you might still have some fire eaters available? Would really like one for the VX220 but if you have more I'd take two of you (for one of my other cars). If it helps (it probably doesn't ) Cocopops knows me and hopefully can vouch for me being a genuine person/buyer. I'll drop you a PM anyway. Graeme
  43. 1 point
    I’m very partial to an early Giugiaro Turbo but you might actually be right. Desireability way beyond its power and performance. I have to say it looks pretty damn fine all dirty!
  44. 1 point
    What a car .Wow The best looking s car ever made .Glad it's gone to a good home .....Mike
  45. 1 point
    Thats stunning!! Great find!
  46. 1 point
    Update: TTRS was a nice drive. A sporty car that is rapid, but unfortunately doesn’t drive and feel like a true sports car. Nor does it feel special enough. Test drove the hethel edition auto at Silverstone yesterday. Was blown away by it. The Evora is my next car...time to sell the Cayman V
  47. 1 point
    And I am the proud owner of a well know Evora Collecting it next weekend and can't wait!
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    Finally installed the harness belts into the car. Wasn't an easy install, for some reason everything was giving me an issue, even things that I wouldn't usually have problems with like installing the hard top was giving me problems today. But everything is fixed now and I'm glad. This will be the only mod and last mod i'll be doing on the car.

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