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Showing content with the highest reputation on 21/02/19 in all areas

  1. We all know Lotus cars are built in Hethel, but from my experience over the past few days they are properly finished in Mendig. So Sunday saw me drive the not incomsiderable distance to Germany via the Chunnel as I was advised to be there by 8:00am. I duly arrived about 30 minutes late on Monday, as I really did need to give the car a clean. As perhaps you know most places, including car washes are closed on Sunday. First person I met was Marcus, who showed me around the workshops, dyno and show rooms. To be fair, I was really impressed, everything I looked at was impecably clean, well or
    5 points
  2. Very cool! Well thanks to Thomas, our American connection I have the two Aircon knobs. One for Andy one for me so we can both complete out cars. Cheers Thomas. The graphics panel should arrive today in the US! This resto knows no geographic boundaries!
    2 points
  3. Better that way than a girlfriend in bits indeed!
    2 points
  4. I'm the opposite. I have a very reliable girlfriend and a very understanding Esprit.
    2 points
  5. I don't think @Lotusfab is going to get much sleep tonight... What are the chances of another one of these in this spec appearing at affordable money?
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  6. 2000 S1 Lotus Exige 38,000 miles approx (New Stack unit at approx 31,700, so now showing 5853, therefore approx 37,553 miles.) MOT to 13/09/2019 Azure Blue Black leather seats Part Alcantara dash and Alcantara door cards 190 upgrade Bluetooth stereo First registered in Jersey and then brought back and registered in the UK in 2004 Having owned Lotus for 10 years, I finally bit the bullet and bought an S1 Exige in July 2016, my favourite Lotus of all time. I purchased from Snows Lotus, but
    1 point
  7. Had a brilliant day out at Silverstone today. Came along to have a natter and some passenger rides with @alias23, but ended up doing a few laps in my car too which was a bonus. I was very impressed with Imran's car, the setup on the Ohlins is noticeably better on track than my 3 way Nitrons, his car felt a lot more planted! Machined hubs on the front also helping I'm sure, although my car doesn't have a problem with front end so not sure if it's something I'd want to do really. Thinking about it though, as the Nitrons are better on the road and still very good on track, I'll stick with
    1 point
  8. I try and get into both of mine as much as possible
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  9. @swindon_alan it isn’t sadly. I do however need a reliable tool box to take to site with me - and since the Vauxhall is now having its third engine installed under warranty - I’ve had little or no choice but to fork out for a decent truck
    1 point
  10. Couldn't afford both, so I made the only sensible decision... aaand now you know why I sleep with it. Sleep next to it.
    1 point
  11. I’ll agree with that, even on track I find I don’t use all the revs as there’s so much torque with the kit!
    1 point
  12. One coming up for auction https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1079908
    1 point
  13. The MoTeC kit we developed operates all of the OEM functions faultlessly and has been used by Simply Sports Cars on their Australia Production Car championship winning race cars which were also operating the charge-cooled TVS1900 supercharger. The charge-cooled TVS1900 Exige 360Cup that has been converted by Back On Track runs one of our MoTeC kits and the customer is very happy. The ECU drives as smoothly as a stock car, largely due to the advanced fuelling strategy that the MoTeC M1 system operates which works by accurately modelling airflow. On the TVS1900 conversions the MoTeC ECU oft
    1 point
  14. I have one here in Las Vegas as part of a collection. Let me know if you're interested, if you want ANY more pictures I'd be happy to get them to you, just tell me what you want. We're looking for $25k for the car as it's in great condition. Feel free to give us an offer!
    1 point
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  16. There have been a few such events over the years. I went to the first FoS, then first Cholmondeley, first La Vie en Bleu Prescott, first Coventry Motorfest, first Chateau Impney etc. They all follow the hill climb theme, rather than competing wheel to wheel. FoS is still the daddy, with major manufacturer and F1 teams in attendance, but is now too big and busy for me to make the effort. I don’t know if Supercarfest will be any good, but it’s good value, so worth a try.
    1 point
  17. The sweaty hands have returned! Unfortunately money and the divorce costs have priced me out of this one!
    1 point
  18. I'm pretty sure Lotus will be there this year
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  19. It isn't very Evora shaped Barry?!?!?
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  20. Not too different from my own machine? Trevor.
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  21. Pete, cant help with this myself, but... I was down in the SouthWestLotusCentre last week and James and Phil showed me around a lovely dry sump Turbo Esprit that they are recommissioning to "as new" condition. Its stunning and was ready to back out under its own steam for the first time when they found they couldn't get reverse. Further investigation revealed symptoms almost identical to those described above including the snapped/welded lever. The guys were actively making a good lever assembly from two or three others, each of which had some sort of issue. Maybe you could give James
    1 point
  22. I believe the cooled TVS1900 is offered by Back on Track and Hoffmans. I know of one kit installed by Back on Track, but otherwise it has been very quiet regarding this system.
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  23. Working as I do and have in the industry for over 25 years and doing what I do now we see the whole picture (not small sections) from every manufacturer as we deal with them all. JLR just doesn't make cars people want anymore. They invariably have large thirsty diesel engines and their cars are too heavy and cumbersome to do what everyone else is doing and use small, high output Turbo charged petrol engines. (Kia have just released a 1.0 Engine in the Rio with 118HP and others have similar sized engines at 130hp. Which is crazy! Plus their most recent Disco is widely considered the Ssany
    1 point
  24. More to the point, you're missing 2 throttle bodies. Seriously, I do love the V8s, it's a terrible shame they were limited by the gearbox. In Flanders, the larger capacity makes the V8 a lot more expensive for road tax, so I settled for a 4-pot. And extremely happy with it I must add, especially with a V8 Range Rover (commercial) to satisfy my need for that lovely V8 burble. On both the MAP is in the intake of course (hence the name), and the BOV should be before the throttles to be able to vent with closed throttles. I'm sure we mean the same thing, just wording it differently.
    1 point
  25. Pilots get bored pretty quick here.
    1 point
  26. This is the high tech super duper upgraded version of the Sherpa, I had a Somerset mustard yellow version, it was the ugliest van available at the time but beggars can't be choosers , it did have character and the A series OHV had that wonderful farting sound on overrun.
    1 point
  27. Discovery channel, Sky 161, Monday 25 Feb.
    1 point
  28. I’ve actially had one of them - utter shit - but like a 2cv strangely satisfying to drive. Smoked like a sixties steam train on start up every morning
    1 point
  29. Thanks @BatMobile Going by your username this was yours?
    1 point
  30. Dash panel back from the trimmers after being trimmed in Alcantara, I had initially wanted a yellow stitching piece on the big curve, but found the reflection too much. It did make the dash easier to trim as it was in two parts. But in the end it was removed and replaced by a single piece without stitching Here it is with the speakers mounted back in ready to put in the car. At this point in time I am using the focal grills, but may switch back to OEM - haven't decided yet And back in the car
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  31. Just seen your car at bell and colvill. Wow, it’s even better in the flesh
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  32. ...they'll take all your money too if you let them, but they have those flirtatious eyes. To be fair to the Esprit, when it has a problem it usually requires you to go in the back door
    1 point
  33. Jean, I'm convinced there all females. They need special care or will throw a tantrum. And men can't stop looking at them. Yesterday, somebody walked up to me as I was parking to ask if my silver one was a Lamborghini. He had heard me drive around the block looking for a spot and came out to see just what exactly it was. He did know Lotus and congratulated me on my choice.
    1 point
  34. Were the brakes especially good?
    1 point
  35. 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?
    1 point
  36. https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/norwich-woman-repay-date-gin-and-tonic-1-5893453
    1 point
  37. Hasn't made me unhappy, but has made me angry. Young girl goes off to become a terrorist. know's exactly what she is doing, apparently likes the life, has no regrets, totally unfazed with seeing "heads" in a bin and no regrets at all. Wants to come back to this country as she wants her baby to have the best health care. It's not about her, it's about her baby. She "know's my baby and I will get the best care back in the UK" yadda nadda. Father on TV in tears saying we should let her come back. She was young. She didn't know what she was doing, yadda nadda. Bloody made my blood boi
    1 point
  38. Meant to have added earlier that if you still have worries about damp in the garage, don't ever leave the car standing for any length of time in there with the handbrake on.
    1 point
  39. Agree completely. For me the Evora has to have the black pack, otherwise I think it looks too fat from certain angles. And for no other reason other than you all love photos, here was the photo I referenced earlier to make the point. A great looking car against one of the most iconic designs ever:
    1 point
  40. I think the above sums up the situation very nicely. The Prime Minister and the government have spent the past two years desperately trying not to leave the EU. I can only hope that their incompetence results in the thing they fear the most - a no-deal Brexit.
    1 point
  41. My s2 Eclat rear brakes were the same 1 flexi to one side and a link out of the bled screw appature across to the other side and then a link to a remote bleed screw on the diff frame.
    1 point
  42. interesting... mine is different.. it has one flexi from the main line, to the right cylinder, then from the outlet on the right cylinder a pipe crosses over the diff to the other side and that has a bleed from the outlet on the that cylinder, so one bleed for both rear cylinders.
    1 point
  43. Hi to all, They will of course be rusted solid, a good soak in wd40 for a few days is required, its a total pain when they snap. John
    1 point
  44. As seen in a public car park in Llangollen yesterday afternoon. Not parked together, don't know if they were associated or not. Great to see them being used though!
    1 point


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