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    Ahoy Gents. thought i'd share some pics and learnings from my recent road trip in the Esprit. Route was Essex > Brussels > Luxembourg > Black Forest (Germany) > Liechtenstein > Lake Como (italy) > Paris > Essex Car was an absolute dream with no issues throughout the trip. I was particularly impressed with how cool the car stayed even in the super hot Italian days and stand still traffic. Only slight niggle is the windscreen wiper (slow speed) sometimes takes a while to turn off but im sure this is just a sloppy connection in the lever. We favored the twisty turny mountain passes over the shortcuts and tunnels and although some corners were a bit hairy it was well worth it for the views. The car has a non-standard exhaust on it and just sounds amazing through the hillside tunnels and small streets. The car was in pretty decent mechanical condition when i bought it, with the main issue being poor tuning and a few age related issues where the car hasn't been in regular use. We changed all fluids although both oil and coolant were decent but better to be safe. I fitted a new fuel filer, spark plugs and checked all ignition items which were in decent condition already. Tuned the carbs over the course of a few hours of slight changes but we got it spot on as it pulls smoothly with no hesitation, but also not running too rich as quieter on the motorways. Didn't loose any fluids or need to top anything up. so a huge success for the old boy.
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    I had the same problem recently and Steve Fulcher from Fulchers coach trimmers replaced the leather and made a dye for it. Not sure if he has any left but it is a perfect match. Only did this two weeks ago. The original manufacturer no longer make it
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    I think it is good stuff. 6 years on mine still looks good. buddsy
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    You can change the colour using Gliptone leather dye and using a spraygun. I used a hobby one as it's much finer mist but took a long time. Back in the day I change another member's seat colour from all grey to black with red insert. See pictures below.
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    Oh and if like me, you have an early pre 85 front suspension and you don’t like any of the aftermarket damper options as originals are obsolete, make your own out of a pair of post 85 dampers very carefully using a 1mm angle grinder disc πŸ‘
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    It's not so bad when you're a $27bn company, that's a lot of cash to throw around. Audi for comparison has a market capital of sub $15bn.
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    They could have immediately offloaded Lotus, Β£51m to them is chicken feed. Remember they spent 175 times that to take a single digit shareholding (albeit a major one) in Daimler. Instead they didn't, they're ploughing large sums of money into them and the Chairman of Geely has publicly stated he wants Lotus toe-to-toe with Porsche. These are the beginnings of what could potentially be a real golden era for Lotus. They're not forgetting their core market and they're also planning on huge things. Embrace it, enjoy it
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    What an old thread to bump... there will be a proper update imminently... but for now, a photo with a clue...
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    New staff. In fact, Lotus pay pretty well by industry standards.
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    We will end up with the worst deal due to the Remainers remaining steadfast in embracing change. Oh the irony. We'll be crippled by the very people who predicted We'd be crippled.
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    Has anyone got a picture of how the S1 boot boards should fit.
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    Grimsel, Furka & Susten ticked off San Bernardino tomorrow on the way to Italy
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    It's possible it was modified because the S1 sensor was unavailable at one point. But you can now buy them from SJ...
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    I’m in. what a fantastic thing for Lotus to have done - hats off to the new team
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    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. 😁
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    @cbclotus hmm you might be forced into selling the wife and mutt first. keep the bloody car πŸ‘
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    Mine looking shinier than it ever has done (or will do). Spent the last three days at PW Pro, where Paul and Reiss have done a fantastic job - detail, ceramic all around and xpel fitted to the front, mirrors and roof. My BMW spent a couple of days there as well for a paint correction detail, and apart from a few battle scars (5 years of motorways and airport car parks will do that), it's looking fantastic.
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    I'd just shoot the dog
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    I believe the OE ones will last until about 5 minutes after you've saved up enough for your Ohlins/Nitrons/other preferred damper
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    Elise Sport 220 NightFallBlue, very rare.
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    Great thread and great venture. Really interesting flicking through the last 8 pages!
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    Wow - sorry, although I've often seen this Thread's title I just assumed it was regarding some breakdown service 🀭 Having just read the first post - what a fantastic idea πŸ‘
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    At the risk of overkill, here are a few more. Hopefully this thread can serve as a reference for others in the future. 155H - You can see the carpet is flipped up and smashed down where engine cover rests: Gratuitous photo just because the engine cover was blocking the view in all the earlier shots: 508H, built November 1977, has the same split in the middle as 155H (and others): (The left half of it is hanging down, not visible in the photo.) Full shot of quarterlight shelf carpet (508H): Closeup of binding and thread: And two shots just to show the texture and hairs in the carpet: Okay, I'll stop now!!