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  1. 7 points
    I know I keep saying this, but getting close now. I have taken the opportunity to get the seats retrimmed as they were looking a bit tired, other pictures are of the black detail being added to the body, as well as the referbed wheels, and the reassembly of the body.
  2. 4 points
  3. 3 points
    You make a well argued case Andy. As an EV owner I also frequent a forum of theirs. The evangelists there are very evangelical and I've seen many put downs of the Hydrogen power verses battery power. I've no knowledge myself, but have cross posted one of the better argued positions on hydrogen albeit put in a slightly different context in answer to the "why not wait for hydrogen?" reason to not buy electric. Do you find it convincing? I'm intrigued about the argument on how hard it is to get hold of the admittedly abundant hydrogen around the planet - that, if true, sounds like a killer to me. Why not wait for hydrogen? You'll probably have heard that hydrogen is "less efficient", but let's put that in real terms. Clean hydrogen is made with electricity (again you may have heard "hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe!" - but it's always attached to something and requires energy to separate). Because it's so inefficient, you need three times as much electricity to drive a mile in a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle than an electric vehicle. This means that on most electricity mixes, an HFCV produces more CO2 than a combustion-engined vehicle. You can produce it from renewables, sure, but you'd get three times as many miles from putting that electricity into a battery instead. But most hydrogen isn't produced cleanly, and is made by steam reformation of natural gas. Being a fossil fuel, this means CO2 is produced as a byproduct. This is why hydrogen tends to be eulogised by petrochemical companies and countries with lots of natural gas deposits, because they stand to make a lot of money by exporting gas if it becomes the oil of the future. There are also cost issues - the main reason we haven't seen hydrogen take off, despite some reasonable cars being on the market, is that filling stations are exorbitantly expensive. It would take £20bn just to make enough electrolysers to fuel all the country's car miles, before accounting for all the electricity generation required, storage and kiosk facilities, maintenance etc. So if it happens, which wouldn't make much sense for the aforementioned reasons, it will be a long, long wait. And the conscience-related reasons for ditching combustion engines, whether geopolitical, health or climate change, all worsen the longer you wait.
  4. 3 points
  5. 3 points
    just let me tell you a story. a french reporter interviews a french winemaker near Bordeaux. reporter : are you worry about the brexit ? winemaker : we sell wine to british since 800 years... LOL
  6. 3 points
    Sun out today so took the old girl out for a spin to a local classic car breakfast meet.
  7. 2 points
    Were the brakes especially good?
  8. 2 points
    This was re-shown the other evening/morning. The Overhaulin' lot say it was their most ambitious build ever. A 1972 Europa gets chassis, body and engine mods courtesy of Chip Foose. First shown in 2013 (approx 45 minutes long)
  9. 2 points
    Afternoon! US dealers have schedule meetings with Lotus Cars US this week (20/21). We should have specs and pricing in hand for US 410/430 by end of week. If anyone wishes for me to ask any particular questions during the meetings, please send me a pm. -Brian
  10. 2 points
    Your sealant pattern is fine , There were / are pic's of the sealant and other bits on page 4 of S300 No. 25 Restoration resumed also of the sump page 12 of 412 BHP...THAT WILL DO NICELY...... As the MBH and the block are pattern parts machined as one , this if as you say may indicate the whole engine is of later spec and not original to your Esprit.. Even though the machining is very similar between engines it is very rare to get an MBH from one engine to fit another perfect without line boring and fitting outsize bearings, These bearing are no longer available and the MBH and engine would have been stamped with outsize adjustment.. Before you torqued up the MBH the threads should have been lightly oiled. Some people use loctite as the lubricant. I prefer to lightly oil the threads and then also use loctite blue as extra precaution.. Maybe you were not aware of the reason for this , so mabe this will help. When a bolt is lubricated - less torque is required to achieve bolt axial load or tension. Reduction of torques for lubricated vs. dry bolts are indicated in the table below. Lubricant Torque Reduction (%) No lube 0 Graphite 50 - 55 White Grease 35 - 45 SAE 30 oil 35 - 45 SAE 40 oil 30 - 40 Example - Reduction of Torque when Bolt is Lubricated The maximum tightening torque for a slightly lubricated 1" Grade 5 coarse bolt is 483 lb ft. Dry bolt torque is approximately 30% higher - or 628 lb ft. Tdry = (483 lb ft) (1 + (30%) / (100%)) = 628 lb ft If the bolt is lubricated with SAE 30 oil - the torque compared to a dry bolt is reduced with approximately 40%. TSAE30 = (628 lb ft) (1 - (40%) / (100%)) = 377 lb ft Note that if torque specified for a dry or slightly oiled bolt torque is applied to a lubricated bolt - the bolt may overload and break. Referring to the last paragraph, in your case you may well not have reached the required torque , It may be worth just undoing the nuts and big end bolts applying a bit of oil and re torquing.. I only suggest this, as it is such and important area where the extreme loading's are the reason for that level of torque.. I have been fitting them for years without a tool or leaks.. I normally apply a liberal amount of Graphogen to the crank and the seal and it slips on quite easy.. Slide the cover and seal into place against the block , it with self center . then tighten.. NB these are very low torque so I apply smear of welseal to both sides of gasket to ensure no leak... it also helps keep the gasket in place when doing the job..
  11. 2 points
    My custom splitter arrived from Eltech today. Very happy! Quality is great, no flaws in the clear and no damage! Box is huge and weights more than the splitter hahaha. Keen eyed among you will notice it has the exige S/350 style front and the newer 350/410 style winglets on the side. Very happy with this - but we will see how it fits in about 2 weeks
  12. 2 points
    Bad thing to say when restoring an Esprit, When they know you have feelings for another car they will cause trouble, Enjoy the the extra dramas during the s2 restoration now you have jinxed it ! lol.
  13. 2 points
    @MrP_ Please do some modifications to my car, loving your work!
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    I have used a shim cut from a plastic bottle to help center the seal housing whilst I tighten the bolts.
  15. 2 points
    I've said it before and I will repeat it again. EV's on their own are merely a transitory technology and a reason to push battery exploration and innovation. The real commercial future will, I believe be in Hydrogen powered hybrids. Why? 1. The cost and complexities with rolling out national infrastructure to support the charging of EV's at scale is too high - it will cost upwards of £30bn-£40bn in the UK alone to support and there is little real appetite to pay for it 2. The conditions on the UK streets are not conducive to large scale deployment of EV's charging posts and they remain open to "blockage" (so you can't access them), vandalism, etc. The vast majority of people in the UK do live in the country or "private housing estates" with space - they live in congested streets and estates where parking is a battle, not a right 3. Despite the increases in range, the range of pure EV's is still insufficient for a longer commute or journey (say 100 miles each way, plus leaving the car not on a charger for a few days) to get over the range anxiety for many 4. As the TESLA Model S shows, the cars can be phenomenally quick, but only for a few short bursts and then the batteries heat and they need to recover. Not going to be a hoon or track day weapon any real day soon then 5. The biggie - habit! People are not used to having to plan ahead for their journeys, they are used to the convenience of just jumping into a vehicle, starting, it, driving off and when they need more fuel just putting it in, quickly, usually at the same 5 minute stop having a pee, getting a coffee and a yorkie bar! Even with fast chargers of 20 minutes as the number of EV's grows the chances are your wait will grow. So for me, the real alternative will be Hydrogen hybrids. Hydrogen pumps will be added to current forecourts much like LPG was (indeed, probably replacing the LPG ones) and with Hydrogen cars already capable of a range in excess of 300 miles they will be combined with a hybrid electrical engine/recovery system to provide a total range of around 500-650 miles from a single fill-up and no need for thousands items of additional street furniture to be installed, of holes to be dug in roads, etc etc. EV's will be like the betamax video - a short term technology winner that was first outdone by the volume ease of VHS and then by a different technology (CD's/DVD's). Hydrogen is coming - the most abundant element on earth. no need to mine/extract it in one country to export to another. More self sufficiency and less political risk due to fuel crisis caused by war/politics etc. The only thing holding it back right now is the fear of destabilization that it might cause in areas such as Africa, South America, the US and the Middle East through the shift away from black carbon based fuels.
  16. 1 point
    I'm happy with that being the owner of a nice XC60, a Dry sump turbo, an Elite, 2 x Excels and of course the unusual Lotus Ecup. Geely and Lotus. Whats not to like.
  17. 1 point
    Commenced in 2013 and finalised in Dec 17.
  18. 1 point
    Having owned both marques, I think the two brands would complement each other fairly well. Lotus seem intent on moving up market so will often be viewed as a natural progression from the rawness of the Caterham. I had two Sevens and much as I loved them at the time, I would never go back. They are just way too compromised for my tastes now and I know quite a few who have done the same as me. Caterhams dealer network is sparse, to say the least and given how quiet Lotus are at the moment, regarding new models, it seems a logical move to me to have another British sports car marque to help boost sales. After all, Bell & Colvill have Morgan.
  19. 1 point
    The car industry does seem in a bad way... Could the following be having an effect?:- Higher road tax, The changing of diesel from loved by the government to hated by the government Council increasingly squeezing motorists from the city centers with higher parking and and emission controls. The Gov seems to be doing all they can to hit motorist then they wonder why the car industry is in the doldrums?!!!! I am with others comments ref Honda.There was a time when people bought Honda's but they just don't seem to have relevant designs at the moment. Even the Chinese MG seems to be making ground along with Ford and even Vauxhall. buddsy
  20. 1 point
    Hi Dave, excellent post. I wasnt aware of your other blogs. I have already copied the sump picture and shall read the rest! Im lucky in a way. The MBP is indeed a later spec as is the crank and block. I traced back through the receipts, in 1988 the owner blew up the engine and paid to have a new 1/2 engine and rebuild. The car then had just over 40000 miles when the engine blew and went off road at 66000! This may explain why there is not much wear, coupled with all the new bits bought in the last 10 years of restoration. Like many this one has gone on long before I started on it! i wasn’t aware of the torque being affected so much by the friction level. There are a lot of errors possible when torquing up like the wrench used! Some just don’t work very well. I snapped a camber castor suspension bolt on the Disco by trying to torque it to 270 nms. It snapped before I realised the Teng wrench, which was new had broken! I shall revisit the big end bolts and ensure correct torque. Thanks. As I said it’s a learning process!
  21. 1 point
    Enough about the wife, what about the car?
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  23. 1 point
    Not that I remember Haven't driven the car for almost 5 months because -20 degrees and polar bears on the street
  24. 1 point
    @dsvitesse1 may be able to offer some words of wisdom, I think he's taken one or two to pieces in his time!
  25. 1 point
    If it gives me any trouble I'll drag it off the mezzanine with the RR
  26. 1 point
    If Honda Swindon is only selling 32,000 cars to the entire EU each year, then there really isn't any point in Honda retaining 3500 jobs at Swindon with or without Brexit. They're clearly not a significant player in the EU marketplace at the moment, so they can easily supply European demand from Japan and the EU/Japan trade deals makes this easier still. To be honest it's probably just "convenient" timing to announce what they were going to do at Swindon anyway and divert attention from Honda's own failings. And this is from a Remainer! I wonder if Toyota, Burnaston will be next?
  27. 1 point
    Later 360 has the 350 refinements as they are built on the 350 platform....Mine was number 25 and was a 350 platform built car
  28. 1 point
    As someone who owend an Exige V6s and now a 380 (similar to 350), I'd go with a 350 over the 360 Cup. There are a lot of minor refinements to the car in terms of quality that I prefer. Also if you're going manual the naked gearbox is always gonna be hotter looking than the 360 Cup's gearbox.
  29. 1 point
    Interesting the Daily Mail has completed its about-turn on Brexit. They reported the Honda Swindon closure today by blaming it on Brexit, not one single mention of the real reason which is the EU-Japan trade deal which means Japan no longer needs production in any EU country.
  30. 1 point
    Thats very naughty as any strands there would have ended up blocking the turbo oil feed.
  31. 1 point
    Hey Fabian, not very scientific but I put the casting on a surface plate or something very flat and stable and then use a couple or blocks of wood to tap into place. Oil the mating surfaces of course. but with out a large fly press I couldn’t find another way. Other than that find a workshop that can help I suppose. Hope that helps a little.
  32. 1 point
    The other killer is long intervals of none use. Having all the tension on the belt in a condensed area can be equally as damaging to the rubber as heat cycles. If your car sits a lot and your using normal grade belts I would not go beyond 3 years. If you want more life then fit the TR104 (blue belt) it’s only $60 USD and IMO worth the extra pennies. My Esprit S1 sits for extended periods due to work commitments. I fitted the blue belt feeling it was the safer option. i reaquired my S1 in August 18 and the belt at that time was 7 years old. The chap I purchased it back from only did 600 miles in 4 years. He was a total hands off owner and had no interest in getting dirty. First thing I did when I got it home was do a belt service. The rubber on the 7 year old belt appeared in good condition with no visible signs of wear. Just looking at it you would say it’s good and doesn’t need changing. The belt was a higher grade one than standard and was supplied by JAE. But prevention is better than cure and no way was I going to risk it.
  33. 1 point
    I believe they do it because of the number of 400 in dealers' inventory. However if Lotus was gearing up for a new model year it would probably be a MY2020.
  34. 1 point
    thanks for your thoughts and opinions, I have chosen the colour for my 410 ,ill post some pics up when it comes at the end of march.
  35. 1 point
    I might be able to provide a switch and joystick for the mirrors since I've just brought Rolls Royce ones!
  36. 1 point
    When I were a lad, I used to work as a petrol-pump attendant at my old man’s garage. That was in the days when there weren’t anywhere near as many cars on the road, but long after things were still horse-drawn (just in case @petecomes swinging in). Five-star petrol was freely available, and no sign of any of those smelly diesels. I remember looking forward to seeing a girl who drove a very orange Bond Bug pull onto the forecourt, but in truth, it wasn’t the Bug I was interested in. For a young lad, it was an education just watching her get out of the thing, skirts being as short as they were in those days.
  37. 1 point
    Had a spare one anodised, but you you can get them from Elise Shop: or Elise Parts: Black bolts here: You need M5 Countersunk 25mm
  38. 1 point
    Found a picture of my old MG Midget in the loft at the weekend, thought I would check and hasn't been taxed for 20 years! IMG_1270.HEIC IMG_1270.HEIC
  39. 1 point
    On the V8 the non-return valve in the filter is not necessary because the filter is mounted vertically (nice for pre-filling with oil before fitment) unlike the horizontally mounted filter on the four cylinder engine.
  40. 1 point
    Agreed, and although I'd love to see Lotus do this sort of thing from the ground up, we have to remember that so much of this is new territory for them - £million+, electric/hybrid hypercars are not really on their CVs as yet! To develop the next generation/s of cars, they are going to need to develop a very significant number of technologies and this sort of partnership makes an awful lot of sense in order to develop the skills and expertise within their own staff. It is also, surely, the only conceivable way to do it within a reasonable timeframe. A Lotus hypercar that is blisteringly quick, looks outrageous but still like a Lotus, has enough Lotus handling characteristics for the press to note that it 'feels' like a Lotus, and is a bit of a track monster - well, that will surely be a fantastic halo car for the brand. It will be assumed - rightly, I'm sure - that the expertise will filter down to the next generation of Lotus road cars and develop a great deal of hype for the brand. At the end of the day, they are only going to sell a very limited number of these things; how many members of this forum are likely to have a £million+ Lotus hypercar sat in their respective garages? Hopefully, they can cut their teeth on the hypercar and then use the experience to give develop - from the ground up, 100% their own chassis etc. - a new generation of Lotus sports cars.
  41. 1 point
    The Range Rover is the boss in the room
  42. 1 point
    I'm not engineer, so thought I would qualify that point up front! I'm struggling to see the issue here. Lotus get the flat bed chassis from Williams with the batteries and electric engines all plumbed in as a package. There is nothing stopping them from agreeing with Williams that things like suspension mounting points etc are either supplied to a unique Lotus spec, or, Lotus make their own (just like the lovely alloy ones from the Evora etc) to give them the freedom to "play" with the tuning of the chassis and suspension to get the Lotus feel and superior characteristics. That would give the Lotus engineers plenty of scope to "play and tune" to their hearts content and would not take anything away from their "expertise or skills" especially when the worlds motoring press consistently say that the Lotus interpretation of the williams chassis is the finest handling version in the world! Wow, what great praise for the Lotus engineers, take a boggo standard platform from an established F1 and Formula E constructor and make it better. :) We're all armchair warriors with no real clause as to what is going to happen so instead of crying into our porridge that it's not fair for the Lotus engineers and writing the whole thing off why don't we just wait and see what they come up with and IF the Williams flat pack chassis is used without modification. I think Lotus will, once again, surprise us and the industry and the press. I feel the momentum is building.
  43. 1 point
    Met 2 more Esprit owners yesterday and couldn't resist posting another group photo:
  44. 1 point
    Saw this on face book and thought you guys would like it! ;-) buddsy
  45. 1 point
    We're now in the thick of the build and progress is being made... we have unfortunately had a few folks not pay (after multiple promises) which is frustrating but opens a few of the build slots if anyone wishes to take one. Thanks
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  47. 1 point
    I am not an experienced race / track driver at all. I've spent 3 days at Lotus driving academy driving the Elise 220, demoed a few sports cars on the road and 1 experience day driving a 911 GT2 so I don't have a wealth of experience to compare it to but .... The car is standard no track day upgrades or changes and I found it pretty good for sure I was the limiting factor on my speed not the car. The engine did not over heat and stayed around the 50% mark on the temp scale, the brakes felt solid and never faded one bit, even over a 45 min session. I was very surprised how much later I was able to brake compared to the other cars running much faster than me. Even the gear shift was pretty good for an S1, I missed a gear shift only twice all day and both times was me trying to rush the gear change. On the road I sometimes find the box baulks when downshifting form 5th to 4th but I had no problems on the track. You can feel the extra weight of the car compared to an Elise and the feel that the weight bias is slightly more rearward and the suspension is a bit softer and allows more roll but the handling is very stable and predictable. I had one spin at the start of the day which was due to my inexperience, thinking I can follow the same lines as other cars and went over a damp kerb and got some oversteer which I over corrected and spun out on. After letting a lot of air out the tyres, giving the slightly damp conditions more respect and accepting I have little experience and skill and cannot keep up with the track converted Ford fiestas and Renault Clios I had no moments after that. It was hard to push the car close to the limit due to a mixture of lack of experience on my part and not wanting to spin off and damage my much adored car which is a daily driver for me, but possibly the front end could have been a bit more pointer it didn't feel quite as direct as the Elise. Maybe a geometry change could fix this or maybe more experience and skill would have fixed it too? on the road I find the seats are very good indeed but on the track I think they could have a bit more support, I'm slightly cuddlier than the average person and there was a bit of room for me to slide about. I think I will also look into a harness for next time too as in the big braking zones I was having to support my self by pushing back on the steering wheel. I didn't notice this being a problem while at the Lotus driving academy and using their Elises with normal seat belts. In summary it was a great car, everything worked great and consistently no its not as nimble as an Elise but its still very good fun.
  48. 1 point
    Hi again.. This week was mainly taken up fitting things for the last time, with some final tweaking on a few parts to get just right. I am now working my way down a final assembly list which always seems to take longer than expected and has a habit of growing as you go down it.... At this stage there is not a lot of progress that can be seen visually but a great deal of satisfaction as each part connects and fits where it should. next week more of the same...
  49. 1 point
    Back again, Stage 4 started this week which was taken up fitting the engine into the chassis, Once off the engine stand i was able to fit the new fly wheel and clutch assembly. After one final spanner check the complete unit was lifted and lowered into the chassis, the next task was to start fitting all the peripheries and connecting up the matching sections. The wiring loom will be the next part to fit to the engine which should complete that area . after a final check on all areas I should be ready to lift the chassis engine assembly into the body next week.
  50. 1 point
    First may i thank you for your comments it is greatly appreciated. Last week I was busy putting things together, i first completed the shims which are now all set centre of tolerance with the graphogen assembly compound, when this gets washed away by the fresh oil i expect the gap to increase very slightly then settle back once everything is bedded down. To get all the shims exactly the same required each one to be surfaced ground which i was able to do at my local engineering company who very kindly let me use their machines.... Once i was happy with the shims sizes I heat treated them to prevent the valve stem eating its way into the shim which will happen if not done. Once all the cams were fitted i moved onto the auxiliary oil pump housing. this was built as a sub section with the charge cooler pump. At this stage i also finally sealed all the oil tracts on the block. when complete it was fitted to the block and followed up with other components and brackets etc in the same area. Water pump and power steering pump went on next followed buy the cam belt, the cam timing was set and checked, engine rotated a few times and rechecked. When completely satisfied with this area i continued to fit parts such as the exhaust manifold which had returned from crack testing with a clean bill of health. The next parts were the A/C and the inlet manifold followed by the throttle bodies and plenum, The charge cooler and turbo were fitted in place as a mock up to ensure all was in order but they will be removed prior to fitting into the chassis and refitted at later stage. Finally alternator went into place along with a few smaller component such as fuel lines and oil feeder pipes. As the gear box has also come back from its rebuild this pretty much concludes stage 3 Stage 4 will start with the assembly of stages 2-3 as one unit then reuniting them with stage 1 the body.

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