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  1. McLaren - vs - Evora 410 As promised at the end of this thread:- I thought I would give a review following my day of test driving both a McLaren 540C and Evora 410 Sport. I arrived at McLaren Ascot this morning in my V6 Exige with the top off as it was sunny and following the usual paperwork, we went out to the 540C sat outside. The sales chap said he would drive the car out and let me take over at a layby up the road, so I duly climbed in the passenger seat as the sales chap started the engine and ran through all the different controls. Suddenly there was mucho bleeping and the d
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  2. thank you for your positive comment. it is not a hasty decision. I was looking at Mclarens but depreciation too heavy at about £100k in 3 years! looked at the 911 thing but despite being excellent, too common. I am not anti Porsche having owned one which was brilliant but the lotus has so much more character and does not carry any stigma. so my Type 25 is green and will be the only one with yellow calipers.
    6 points
  3. My Ardent Red 2014 N/A Sports Racer 😁
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  4. Old English white looks nice also, but I'd go with the green if they'd sell me one here in the States. This one's LHD. I gave the Hyundai i10 back to Enterprise after 1500 miles, it wasn't bad for a 1.2 liter, plenty for getting around in the land of the speed cameras with the spoiler in the passenger seat.
    4 points
  5. Take off the wing. Increase value by £5k and ding, it's sold.... You can probably tell I'm not a fan of the wing.
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  6. I tried to get carbon fiber in place of the small black part of the 400 wing but Lotus said it wasn’t technically feasible. I went with black wing part, carbon fiber roof, carbon fiber rear diffuser cover (saves a lot of weight) and carbon fiber hood panel. I was concerned about black and carbon fiber conflicting. But they wind up looking great together in this pattern.
    3 points
  7. Whilst we're on the subject of sparkling Evoras, this is one of the photos Russell Gibbons of Lotus Motorsport sent to me when mine was approaching completion. He only used his mobile phone. Apologies if I have posted it before.
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  8. ......and a bit more 'no-Photoshop' lens flare from me.
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  9. How to make an Exige look small. Great run out with two friends, one in his brand new 911 GT3RS. Best sounding by far though was the Evora! Martin S
    3 points
  10. Thanks to all! Delivery in June and will most certainly post pictures. i will be doing the Lotus licence in July to learn how to drive the damn thing!
    3 points
  11. @GFWilliams - the plan with mapping my car was to keep it at around EX460 levels for the time being as stated in a few posts back as this is well tested to be reliable. We had the option to get much more but chose not to. I'm more interested in how it feels to drive and a lap time as a performance benchmark. The dyno was a tool for doing the job. I will be at Spa and other tracks seeing how my car compares to the previous set up and running with other EX460 cars. From my initial Euro trip on the autobahns and round the Ring I am very happy with the upgrade.
    3 points
  12. The lens flare is for reals... no Photoshop here.
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  13. Hi all, I thought it would be good to start a thread of my Cup 430 going into detail with lots of photos and anything I end up doing to it. It will be added to over time as photographers and I take more pictures etc. Enjoy!
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  14. It's all relative I guess. I just paid more for my Evora 410 than I did for our family home! Hope the wife is not reading this forum...
    2 points
  15. Here is the datasheet for them http://uk.rs-online.com/webdocs/0026/0900766b80026b3e.pdf IC1 is known to sometimes fail. It also uses current sensing to cut the power when the motors stall due to the pod hitting the stops.
    2 points
  16. Yes should be going to the factory next Tuesday to see the car on the production line Central Lotus, yes software to allow exhaust to open fully
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  17. It's actually just a case of removing the nut and using the chrome dome instead of the black one and the chrome nut. I have a draw-full of all these parts. Interestingly the Deezer car looks like it has a black aerial. Still, because the still image of Roger Moore and the car shows it as chrome with a black end this is what mine will be.
    2 points
  18. Technically you dont need the aerial as the tape aerials you can get on Ebay are ideal for inside a fibreglass body. But all of that extra weight being carried around for no reason got the better of my OCD! Apart from the faff of getting the aerial out/in, the actual fix was incredibly tricky and made no sense at all to even attempt. But thats the wonderful thing about classic car ownership, nothing makes sense!
    2 points
  19. Go underneath the backbone, until you have the engine out next time. Get's you mobile, so you can enjoy the car during the best parts of the season and start your love affair with the Esprit all over again.
    2 points
  20. An unusually large number of Esprit S1s for sale in the ph classifieds currently. The asking prices are definitely getting more reasonable, nothing over £100k anymore. To be fair a number of other collectable cars have seen corrections recently. They're still way over what many consider they're worth, I'm sure some would argue the same is true of the S1s but many such as Testarossa and 911 Turbos have all dropped back. Just shows you how much is pure financial speculation and a lot are cashing in, without ever having driven the cars I bet. At times like this I'm quite glad they largely left Lo
    2 points
  21. I spoke to a dealer in the last 48 hours who said the new Esprit was coming. Can't wait to see the official pictures. Hopefully they will have an "affordable" version around £130k.............! Looking to see how many camels I can trade the missus in for right now and also the value of redundant internal organs on the open market.
    2 points
  22. I greased the gears, not the rollers. They are delrin and don't need grease. There's probably a tiny bit anyway. They are supersmooth. The grease came with the kit. I think it would be great id we could establish a sort of rest and repair procedure for everyone to benefit from, if at all possible. Kind regards, jacques
    1 point
  23. Think it was about 5Nm. What ever the equivalent of what the book says in ft/lb but my smallest torque wrench doesn't do old money.
    1 point
  24. Maybe it's just me, I agree with the performance of the 430 cup, but how does it have the usability of a 350. I would think all the exige range have the same usability. What's more interesting is the the 430 cup never got the option of the bargeboards but the 410 brought them back. So far all photos of the 410 have been without.
    1 point
  25. I'll be bringing along my Lotus Sport 110 as well as the Evora
    1 point
  26. For what it’s worth Fabian my view would be to use the chrome dome if it fits and use all the other new bits you’ve got there already. I personally think the chrome aerial housing is one of those things that needs to be there otherwise it stands out as not being quite right. Your call though👍 Feck that!!!😳
    1 point
  27. SJ sell the original Lotus part which is identical to mine but £235.
    1 point
  28. It's fun though! I can wait to have both Bond cars next to each other and take a very nice picture! I will probably take it to the NEC when it's done so you can all have a close up look.
    1 point
  29. Andy and me took his door off a few weeks back. It wasnt that difficult but you need a plan and two people. A trolly jack to support the door weight is a very good idea. Easy to damage the paint though! I did my S1 doors on my own and wouldn’t advise it. It’s ok if you strip the door completely to get rid of the weight. It would have taken two people and a lot of time to assemble the fresh air Flap with the windscreen in. I had learned the windscreen is the very las5 thing you should install when the whole car is running perfectly!
    1 point
  30. 😕 He's back, and this is dinner I think! I also let the delivery guy know that these doorbells record everything so he doesn't call me a 'F**king pain the arse' next time I'm out when he calls! He was quite embarrassed and apologetic!
    1 point
  31. I’ll get you a photo of mine shortly Fabian by way of further comparison. My thinking is the rubber bit at the bottom is black, the dome is chrome and the aerials themselves are silver but that’s just from memory and can’t remember what the top looks like - photo to confirm later. Hoping this is helping not hindering progress😬 At least yours will operate electrically up and down as it should......mine is more of a manual operation - don’t have it in me to have the door off to fix🤔😰
    1 point
  32. Thank god they used a calibrated iPhone App - that would have snapped otherwise
    1 point
  33. Thanks for the feedback guys, appreciate it. Always use premium fuel so 98/99 RON. I thought this was fine? It’s only when you use lower RON fuel that you could run into problems? Could possibly be a dirty or faulty MAF but after the initial hickup the engine was running smoothly. I would have thought if faulty MAF related it would stay constantly rough? Or at least oscillate between smooth and rough? I’ll try clearing the codes and idling for a few minutes. If no error codes appear, I’ll take it for a gentle spin to see if the problem arises again. If not, I will just put i
    1 point
  34. I do try! I loved my S1 NA. I love my 410 Sport. I even love my bastard child VX. I even like the 410 ICE. The air con. And the fact there are no cup holders. Some people just like to moan. I prefer to celebrate the achievements of a medium sized British automotive and engineering company. Others just prefer German. Hey ho. We're all different and shoukd just celebrate that but yes the internet generally provides a safe platform to moan, groan and try to influence. Anyway. Whilst my 410 was in Leven I saw a beautiful blue Esprit V8 (they still look awesome) and an Emerald G
    1 point
  35. Funny isn't it? I don't remember any complaints back in the day that the Esprit Sport 300 was just a jumped-up S4 with a wing and huge price tag. But we had no internet to moan on then. Not everyone sees car forums as a place to celebrate a shared passion for cars with like-minded people. Many see it as a place to vent their frustrations, fix problems, name and shame and so on. I think many post on here in the hope that people at Lotus are reading and will take note. Hence all the marketing and business advice, the 'I'll never buy a Lotus again' threats and such like. While the broken rec
    1 point
  36. @The Pits - sounds like you got the VIP Lotus headlight option. Us mere mortals can only dream of owning a Lotus which allows us to actually see when on dipped beam at night.
    1 point
  37. Whilst I totally agree with you about 'affordability' - the fact is that McLaren has so far registered 268 cars this year - whereas Lotus, despite being significantly cheaper, has only registered 92. So maybe a 'Super/Hyper car will help the sales. But I do hope to see Lotus develop a portfolio along the lines of a £30-40k 'basic' sports car; a £60-70k 'road focused' sports car/coupe; its much talked about SUV; and the Esprit replacement
    1 point
  38. Although brilliant to possibly see a New Esprit, I think it’s rather depressing that the price will be out of the reach of most “Lotus” enthusiasts. I am of the opinion that while lotus cars have never been cheap, they have been “affordable”. Thus supporting the whole Lotus thing in the future may be more difficult unless an “affordable” performance car is available. For me, my next Lotus will be an Evora GT(something) as I get a bit older and softer. Anyway, here’s to the new Esprit 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍 cheers
    1 point
  39. I just want to know where the damn canards went! The Cup 380 had em, but not the Cup 430. Is it cause of the new clam? Does it really perform that much better now?
    1 point
  40. @C8RKH as somewhat of a Porsche fan, I would completely agree with you that the modern Porsche customer, 9 times out of 10 they buy it for the badge and have no idea how it drives etc... Same sadly goes for a large proportion of McLaren and Ferrari owners too. What's particularly sad about the Marque, one reason I left them and one path I do not want Lotus to go down, is this whole super limited run BS where they're trying to inflate used values of new cars because speculators are buying them. Genuine enthusiasts are being priced out of the cars they want. Those are the customers Lot
    1 point
  41. Pick my 380 up tomorrow - I can’t wait and still happy with my purchase whatever Lotus decide is out next!!😎 Pictured here waiting and ready for collection!!👌
    1 point
  42. You couldn't give away S2's when I was looking for an Esprit. I turned down around 5 of them at around £4500, some in good condition. S1's were more like £6-8k. But I was told they weren't well built, no galvanised chassis and the rear suspension was hanging off the gearbox. They said they need regular maintanance and I should get an S3 or X180 for trouble free motoring. And they were right, my car starts first time and keeps on going, without constant fettling. But trouble free motoring takes a side line to nostalgia in a classic car bubble.
    1 point
  43. The little white dot in the middle, it's an atom!
    1 point


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