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  1. There's a familiar face in the midst of this, banging on as usual about how he knows Goldie Lookin' Chain. Blah blah GLC all day long, yes we know mate
    8 points
  2. Some pics of my Evora S with GTC bumper painted and fitted. The fitment is great and I love the difference it has made to my car - so much more aggressive looking. Many thanks to @YvoTuk from elise-shop.com for supplying (great comms and the delivery packaging and protection was amazing!).
    3 points
  3. I imagine that Lotuses will be sold via Volvo dealerships soon.
    3 points
  4. Chuffed to see the Sport 300 getting some love on Carfection!
    3 points
  5. Picked it up last night - finaly It feels very capable, but its been cold and wet so I havent really tested it to much... but I do happen to have a private runway, so... VID_20190119_135208_1344x756.mp4
    2 points
  6. A pox on all there houses. BJ just the same as JC. Only interested in his self entitlement to become prime minister. Sod them all.
    2 points
  7. Here are my orange calipers, upgraded with gold flakes. Color is derived from the AMG model calipers.
    2 points
  8. Difficult to say from a pic, but that one looks fine. However its not just how it looks, make sure its not one of the cheap 2 ply ally backed ones that are out there, You are much better off with the proper 3 ply steel backed version.. The rest is down to measurements.
    2 points
  9. High speed through the forest....:-) (Photo by Peter Gunnars)
    2 points
  10. Hi all, I've just joined the forum & picked up on this thread. I come bearing good news regarding TAC 101R. This Series1 Esprit has been part of my life on & off for several decades since March 1983 & after a long period of inactivity due to restoration work including a nine year spell in the republic of Ireland it is about to be put back on the road in the UK again. I'll follow this up with more details & photos soon.
    2 points
  11. 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.
    1 point
  12. Can't rush a good thing.
    1 point
  13. Spotted at Howards in Weston-Super-Mare today. What a stunner! Looks terrific in those colours, great job.
    1 point
  14. Hi everyone, fantastic to see the thread, brilliant car. The car with the original Marina door handles was the motor show car if I remember correctly? Back in the early 90s pretty certain it was for sale at London Lotus centre in Chiswell Green. We knew the MD of the dealership from the village pub and I loved lotus so much I did my A-Level business studies project on the dealer and ended up working there on reception during school hols while ther receptonist was on leave, which as a 17yr old surrounding by Esprit was obviously great. Pretty sure it or another sport 300 was displayed so sold and about to be shipped to Japan. After the original show car was shown, Lotus then announced the Esprit S4 and the 300 received similar updates so recall being told only one like that or at least not many. They seemed to have a great relationship with Hethel and get all the management cars to sell on. Great to see the Carfection video, the Esprit deserves more recognition other than those in the know and Hollywood and if had a Porsche badge surely be worth significant 6 figure sum.
    1 point
  15. I think this is the car of @Swiss380Cup . Great looking car. Very impressive from the back (I follow it at Dijon).
    1 point
  16. Just a couple of subtle, easily reversible additions to mix it up a bit 😉
    1 point
  17. I presume we haven’t seen Lotus cars in Volvo showrooms yet as the marketing hasn’t changed ie it’s pretty non existenant. So you’re only going to get people wanting a practical salloon or SUV ie your average Volvo in the showrooms and they’re not going to be instetested in a Lotus. So I don’t see the dealerships wanting to sign up to giving up space to Lotus. I imagine it’s an all or nothing approach by Geely. They’ll be working like mad backstage and get everything in place for the new cars and pretty much relaunch the brand ... but before that point we probably won’t see a lot change.
    1 point
  18. Dealers for Volvo don’t belong to Volvo so they need to negotiate individual agreements. In reality, they will go to all their large dealers (the one with money for extension) and ask them I feel they want to invest in a Lotus dedicated showroom. Before putting a Lotus in a Volvo dealership, you need to decide that you will do mai tendance and you need to look at the current contracts you have with lotus dealers (usually there are exclusive areas guarantees). The current product lines and production capacity makes it difficult for a dealer to want to put a Lotus now, they would rather wait for the new products launch. I guess the new dealers openings will be synchronised with the new product launches.
    1 point
  19. Seems a no brainer but why are we not seeing that already? I’m no logistics expert but even putting a single Lotus in every Volvo dealership would spark interest and build brand recognition. Edit: I guess the issue is they can’t build them fast enough with the existing production process?
    1 point
  20. Power is the same on V6S and 350 Main differences between V6S and 350 are Gear change (350 has visible 'terminator' gear change) that is a bit better Rear hatch is louvred (Glass on V6S) There are also a number of revisions under the skin inc new cooling package with revised radiators and heater circuits, new buttons for DPM system etc
    1 point
  21. Unless I've been looking in the wrong place, i couldn't find any mention of this event on the forum.... .... anyone who is also a member of Club lotus should already know about it, as it is their anual Track Day event on the Saturday of the Bank Holiday weekend. There is no entrance fee to the event (as a spectator), and it is just under £100 to get on track (2 specified sessions, then 'open pit lane' later on). As I say, no requirement to get on the track (but you can do a free parade lap or 2 at lunch time) as it is a good social gathering. LEC are trying to get 50 M100 elans together at the event (unashamed plug here!) as it marks 30 years since the car was unveiled, and 20 years of LEC... and Clemo's simple maths means 30+20=50. We have been offered the 'preferential parking' along the paddock edge grass area as the 'featured model'...... ....... but obviously, it is a Lotus event and any model is welcome (or even anything else).... but they only allow Lotus cars on the track, so no XR3s or Ferarris to worry about.. We'll be making a weekend of it and eating/drinking too much - all welcome.
    1 point
  22. Rjandern, i did not. When the shop who did my audio upgrade opened up my car, they found that there was a factory subwoofer/enclosure, even though it wasn't on my options list (and i could never hear it work). Either it wasn't hooked up, or it was so bad that i couldn't tell it was even there. Long story short, they reused the enclosure and put in an aftermarket amp/sub, which sounds 1000x better.
    1 point
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  24. One benefit I see to a high-selling SUV would be the opportunity for Lotus to have more, viable dealerships in the US which would help sales of the Evora and future Elises/Exiges. The lack of dealers and the resulting distance many potential customers are from those dealers must hold back sales badly. The current range doesn't sell in big enough numbers to be attractive to dealers but a high-seller would change that. The more people seeing the sportscars in their local showroom, the more will buy, methinks.
    1 point
  25. It’s the lotus owners club based in the south east you know the one ? I’m not sure if you’re allowed to mention the name on here!
    1 point
  26. New ductile liners from Westwood liners 😎
    1 point
  27. The door card is held on with 4 3mm Allen keys and a plastic fastening on the front edge of the door panel. If you undo these you will be able to see if the switch is connected fully. If you need to remove the door panel completely the panel needs pulling towards the rear (it will become clear why afterwards). Let me know if I can help further. Not sure why anyone would say tricky parts.?
    1 point
  28. Does anyone know if the Red and Silver Essex decals are available for the side of the car. If so, where from. TIA.
    1 point
  29. Yes, thats right. All the matt black bits have been colour coded. I think the matt black works, i actually quite like it, but i prefer the colour coding. I was a bit extreme on this one as it has the carbon aero kit, and the carbon spoiler has been painted to match the colour coordinating.
    1 point
  30. @MrP_ I don't disagree with anything you've said in your last post except the message of the Ad. In fact I agree with pretty much all of it, I completely support equal opportunity and anti discrimination, treating people with respect, not making them feel uncomfortable and having a diverse team to elicit different views and opinions. Unfortunately I experience a huge amount of "Anti discrimination" or "Diversity and Inclusion" being interpreted to mean "Actively and openly discriminate against men and make them feel like second class citizens". This ad plays right into that space and doesn't hit the measure of "treating everyone with respect" and is absolutely not what we need. Balance does not equal swinging the dial from one end to the other, or opening up a demographic to being an acceptable target for pot shots, because they are collectively portrayed as being guilty of past sins.
    1 point
  31. * update * ... I gave my MAF sensor a spray with cleaner today and now the car is running nice and smooth! I even have more power and better economy! There was a dead spot in the torque low down that's been filled in nicely and feels more powerful all round. Win, Win situation and it only took a couple minutes to sort out! 😁 Thank you all for the help and advise, it was very appreciated!
    1 point
  32. Turbos refurbished and ready to go. Actuators were kept as they were as they were working fine.
    1 point
  33. (found on Internet but I can't remember where, sorry)
    1 point
  34. Another area lotus do well at present is cost of ownership. This was a major consideration for me when I bought my 400 as against a host of Italian secondhand cars. For the non lease market, this I believe is rather important. The use of generic type engines helps a lot the only real drawback is they are designed for life not so much tweekability. What lotus need is a reverse engineered power plants in the way McLaren did, cleaver, not so the gearbox, Queue Quafe. Volvo have the experience to make some great engines, look what was achieved with the original Koenigsegg. My wish is Engine designed with the collaboration with Volvo and Cosworth or even Koenigsegg, An engine that has the production flex ability to be in a Hi Torque engine for say a Lotusified XC40 (I for one, want one to replace my XC60 in 5 years) and High output for the next Elise.
    1 point
  35. Small boring update... Car was serviced at Back on Track today including gearbox oil change. Also had geo checked as the car felt a little unstable at high speeds, which was due to the rear toe being set to dead straight on one side. Toe in set correctly now and the car feels a lot better because of it. Car all running nicely at the moment, 48,800 miles on it now! Being daily driven at the moment which I'm enjoying. Winter tyres are great fun, although will be nice to have some warm dry roads on Cup 2 at some stage.
    1 point
  36. I am very close to pushing the button on this. I would do it with my 18 yr old son before he goes to university (pending grades!!!) as its a week before freshers. Good to bond without pressure of time, as happened with my dad and I. If 2 or 3 from here went, pooling of resources would make a big difference for the luggage-poor of us!! Thoughts chaps?
    1 point
  37. Maybe, time will tell. I am starting to think that I am out of kilter with the majority (nothing new there I suppose) but all this talk of electric, luxury, etc and I can't help but feel we are going to get more of the same - i.e. 500bhp plus barges (you need at least 500bhp to move the bloody things as they are that heavy) with leather everywhere and cupholders and heads-up displays and every gizmo under the sun. Do we really need all this in a Lotus? I do hope I am wrong. I use a Renault Clio for daily driver. It has keyless entry (which is a right fcuking pain in the arse at times as sometimes it decides to lock the doors when you don't want it to etc). It has friggin' stop start technology that means if you park up to make a call or listen to the radio then at some point the car decides to turn itself off - argh - halfway through a bloody bluetooth conversation. But then it could be worse i suppose. The wife has a Qashqai and that has a sodding "automatic handbrake". I mean, really, wtf is all that about? Is it really so hard to just pull a freakin' lever that you need a computer to do it all for you? Hill starts - well, maybe it will release, maybe it won't. Stop start technology that decides to switch of the engine just as you want to pull away from the lights - at best, a delay to progress, at worse the friggin' car stalls. It also has keyless entry, but woe betide you if you pull up and let the engine switch itself off (that lovely stop:start tech again) and then open the drivers door - argh - bing bing bing, bong bong bong, friggin' thing. You need to close the bloody door, hit the bloody engine start button, let the engine start, then hit the button to switch it off, then open the drivers door a second time. Argh!!! It used to take me less time to reboot a mainframe in the 80's!!! FFS, really, is it that hard to just insert a key and turn? And then to top it all, the bloody keyless systems are so easy to scam and copy cars are flying off drive ways stolen to order! Wonderful, talk about moving with the times. 80% of this so called luxury tech is just absolutely useless. When it works its OK, possibly a minor irritation, when it doesn't the cars shagged! And expensive to fix. And off the road whilst they order in the special parts for the tech as they are never in stock. I had a hire car with the radar cruise control - argh, hated every minute of using it. Just did not see the point and it would over zealously slow you down on the motorway - driving on the inside lane (as one should when not overtaking) and you come upon someone in the middle lane usually in a day dream, so just as you continue to pull out to "fast lane" -whooo, steady on there - the friggin' radar detects the middle lane hogger, gently applies the brakes and cuts the throttle - argh - really - FFS - Nooooooooooooooo! If you want toys, go to Smyths or Argos, now that Toys R Us, Woolworths and Beatties are long gone (ooooo, Beatties, the hours I used to spend in their on a Saturday morning as a kid drooling at the scalextric, Hornby trains, Airfix and Tamiya models - swooooooooon). If you want a car to drive, and feel part of, then go to Lotus. I do hope it stays that way. My god I haven't had such a good rant since before Christmas. That's better......
    1 point
  38. I got all excited until I saw the tents.
    1 point
  39. Have been camping in the Esprit before. It’s tight but can work!
    1 point
  40. Here you go ... love matte black ...
    1 point
  41. Thanks for the thoughts. To be fair, my Evo in Japan was upgraded and tuned up to a shade under 600bhp and was held together with rust, zipties and Duck Tape (note, not duct tape. See below!). The waterless coolant is an interesting idea (think I first saw it on Wheeler Dealers back in the day), although I've not spoken to many people who've done it themselves. Sounds like you're enjoying it though, @rjwooll. Looks to be around £120+ for 8l of coolant and prep fluid.
    1 point
  42. Not a fan of Matt Black personally but each to their own - for me this is how you do black on the Exige👌
    1 point
  43. I can confirm @Loquacious Lew does indeed get a big kick out of his 400
    1 point
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  45. The carpet at the end of the passenger footwell IS the fuse cover. Held in place by 3 (or 4) quarter turn screws. Fuse MC7 on the bottom right is the one you need to pull.
    1 point
  46. And to think Trump hammered Hillary Clinton for her home email server. Here an except of his recent behavior Sunday night, CNN reported details of the moment that Trump, joined by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, learned about a missile launch in North Korea. Trump and Abe were enjoying dinner at Trump’s exclusive Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida at the time, but, CNN reported, began to discuss the details of this international incident right there at their table. [A hastily called news conference caps a surreal day for Trump in South Florida] “As Mar-a-Lago’s wealthy members looked on from their tables, and with a keyboard player crooning in the background,” CNN’s Kevin Liptak reported, “Trump and Abe’s evening meal quickly morphed into a strategy session, the decision-making on full view to fellow diners, who described it in detail to CNN.” The man is totally incompetent for being the President. (he probably almost tweeted what he was talking about, but someone probably clued him in !!! )
    1 point


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