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  1. 14 points
    I've had my 400 for a few months now, and I want to briefly share a couple of aspects of my ownership experience, so anyone thinking of buying an Evora who has come to TLF to do some research can find this. My Evora is my daily driver, and I do up to about 12,000 miles a year. Aside from short trips and early morning blasts just for thrills, I travel long distances with a decent amount of luggage for work and my sport, which is skydiving. And as you can imagine that involves a fair bit of kit. So how does the Evora cope with this life? How well does it meet the combined demands of short-distance blaster and long-distance hauler? In a word; flawlessly. The Evora is nothing short of brilliant. Miraculous even! I am totally amazed and massively impressed by how well this car deals with every demand I place on it. (Well, OK. Maybe not every demand. I drove it to IKEA once and you can't get a wardrobe in it. But, you should have heard it in the cavernous carpark there! Awesome!) I'll share with you two real-world examples of why I'm so impressed by the Evora. Firstly, luggage capacity. If you're thinking of buying an Evora but are worried that it can't carry much, think again. Wardrobes aside, 'lack of cargo space' is not a valid reason to deny yourself the pleasure of Evora ownership. I've driven to the airport with four parachutes in the boot and a full-size 25kg suitcase on the back seats, and I still had the passenger seat for more stuff. On the more domestic side of life, the boot plus rear seats easily swallows a massive Sainsbury's trolley full of shopping. Brilliant! Secondly, long distances. Yesterday, I had a 170 mile drive home from Milton Keynes to Exeter, which went like this; 90 minutes of blasting through Oxfordshire with the sun shining, windows down, sport button on and me laughing out loud at the sheer bloody hilarity of it. Followed by settling onto the M4 for 90 minutes of serene and comfortable motorway cruising with windows up, sport off and stereo on. I hopped out at home with zero aches and one massive grin. Seriously, I'm astounded by how the Evora 400 can be equally excellent at totally mental blasting and smooth cruising. I'm 6' 2'', and over distance I'm honestly more comfortable in my Evora than my previous C-Class Merc. I bought the Evora because I was bored with the Merc, and having owned (and loved) a couple of Boxsters before (sorry), I wanted to get back into something FUN. Before I bought the Evora, I looked at the Boxster/Cayman again, but was put off by the latest 4cyl engine. The 911? Too soft in my opinion. I wanted to get the driving experience back, unfettered by too much padding. My Wife has a Suzuki Ignis, and that thing is is a right laugh because it's pure driving. I wanted that, but not in an Ignis. I know the analogue driving experience isn't for everyone. I guess the majority of the marketplace wants the extra padding and tech in cars like the 911. But for me, the Evora 400 is the perfect car. I think it's miraculous that a small-volume, niche manufacturer in Norfolk has created a car that is this damn capable! I know this is said a lot in the Lotus community, but why the hell does every journalist use the Cayman and 911 as the benchmarks for comparing other sports cars? They're awesome cars for sure, but for anyone after a truly special driving experience - this is it right here. Evora all the way. Oh - final point for anyone not convinced yet. The drop-dead looks and rarity of the Evora makes you feel like a goddamn rock-star driving it around! This amount of head-turning usually costs £200k+ Right. The sun's out again. I'm off for a drive.
  2. 5 points
    Thought I'd say hi and introduce myself, my son and our recent addition to the family. As a 10 year old boy my son is car mad. At three years old he could recognise any car logo we showed him and he now takes it the the next level with models, stats and the like. Let's just say he put's his dad and grandad (former designer and engineer) to shame. As a boy who's face was constantly stuck against the glass of the local car dealership (who also stocked and serviced Lotus cars) and whose dream car was white and turned into a submarine it's great to have grown up sufficiently to finally own one. The look on my sons face when we revealed it to him was worth every penny. So we'd like to introduce 'Jeremy' (the name given to the car by my son). There's something a bit special about this car so we're going to have a little quiz. You have 10 attempts to guess why this car is special..... Hint there are two clues in this post.
  3. 5 points
    My personal experience with 2bular. 1. Me “I want an exhaust for my V6” 2. Jim “will you track it” 3. Me “occasionally” 4. Jim “in that case you want the track system as I don’t like valved systems in track use” (I argue I want the valved one but he insists it’s not right for track) 5 exhaust arrives and I fit myself and love it. 6. Me “Jim, it’s probably going to be a bit loud for my local track” 7. Jim “no problem, take these development add on silencers free of charge just let me know the dB readings” 8. Add on silencers arrive (107db with / 98 dB without fyi) 9. Me “Jim, I don’t have the bracket to attach the spring to to hold the add on silencers to the exhaust” 10. Jim “no probs let me get the brackets I use posted out to you and you can get them welded on yourself locally” What more could he have possibly done. I have no affiliation with 2bular but based on my experience I can’t help but speak up on this topic
  4. 4 points
    Hi all you guys! Let me introduce me and my better half. I'm Kuba from Warsaw, Poland and I've been a relationship with Lotus Esprit s1 for almost two years now. We get along pretty well but not perfectly - we do have some issues that we will try solve and hope for support from reputable Lotus therapists at this very forum! This is 1977 s1 and interestingly we are exactly the same age. As you can see in the pics my partner had interventions at some point of hmm... her life. ok, seriously. I know about a half of car's history. I bought it from Mr Rzepecki (Rzepecki Classic Auto) famous for restoring astons, e-types etc. who owned it since around 2000. He's responsible for converting it to LHD and, sadly, the leather upholstery that replaced the suede one. So, the car has been in Poland since around 2000 but no history before that. I assume the car was facelifted to look like an s3 back in the past (it's already changed at pictures from around 2000). It's got s3 bumpers and air ducts on the sides (blind) and s2/s3 front spoiler. The bumpers and ducts are easy to change or remove. However, the front section under the bumper looks as a more complicated job. Unless, there is a chance it's been originally that way?? I've seen all kinds s1/s2 combinations on the web and I realize Lotus made a lot of exceptions that depended on the available parts. I fitted it with Vitaloni mirrors instead of S2 flag mirrors that were attached to the triangle finisher. It looked stupid and made the passenger side mirror useless. It looks better now but these things are really small and make driving in a large city quite stressfull as turning your head is not helpful at all (but you probably all know that more than well). Anyhow, I think about getting it back to original (whatever that means, probably classy and sleek original s1 look) but no rush. Sometime in the future. Or not. We'll see. I've got other babies to take care of. My impressions - absolutely incredible! This is pure driving, pure expierience. I also own Porsche 928 and Bmw 635 Csi - great COMFORTABLE and fast cars that can probably oupace Lotus. But man, only the Esprit makes me feel that I am really, really driving! And fast in a way not available in any other car i have ever driven. Even if it's not so fast Couple of weeks after the purchase I managed to damage the radiator on a underground garage driveway that was a bit too steep. Somehow the spoiler made it. Much more careful since then but not enough. The spoiler finally gave up after another speed bump. I've just had it restored and i really have to plan my trips wisely. I also have a cooling issue that I will continue in another thread - my fans fuse keeps blowing after working for a while. All the best for all of you and your loved ones. Cheers, kuba
  5. 3 points
    Hi there. Interesting concerns regarding colour as I thought the exact opposite! I went for a relatively ‘safe’ colour to fly under the radar in London. The metallic grey is classy but shows off the car’s lines perfectly imo. Here’s a video of the car from the dealership I bought from - will show colour under a different light:
  6. 3 points
    Speakers, subwoofer and reversing camera were all pre-installed at factory to my surprise! The head unit is the Pioneer Avic Z710DAB. Sure, big decisions! Let me know if you need any other info
  7. 2 points
    Just back from the ice hotel in Sweden. One of the activities we had booked was having a go at Ice Sculpture. Not for me a heart, ball, initials. how old I am. No, I had to have a go a making my Esprit! The instructor was a bit sceptical with me having absolutely ZERO artistic talent but I insisted. He was quite complimentary at the end,(I suppose he has to be!) and I was pleasantly surprised that it actually did vaguely look like an Esprit. However I'm not giving up on the day job!
  8. 2 points
    10K to move to the 410 sport is little compared to making yours into a 410 sport, so man maths already wins. Opinions on looks? Very personal, but I prefer the look and the interior of the 410. I might want to lose the stripe down the side to make it less 'brash' but that's about it. Plus 2 isn't needed unless you have young kids. Manual vs IPS- again personal preference. Go and drive the 410 and see how it feels. (DON'T forget to take your cheque book)
  9. 2 points
    I’ve just been advised of this thread and quite timeley too as I’ve just published a detailed video yesturday on the new 2bular manifolds and exhaust system plus some other updates I’ve installed on my Lotus Elise Cup Race Car for this season. If you want to see the quality of this system in detail check it out VIDEO >> New Exhaust & Manifolds for Lotus Elise Race Car!!! + Build Update | Racing Diaries #4 In regards to Jim / 2bular, as a paying customer, my experience with him has been nothing but informative, honest and helpful. Just a few weeks ago I called for advice on a system for my race car (to be used on track only). He was very detailed, steered me in the right direction and offered a solution which he thought would work best. He was honest with noise levels and offered and sent 2 de-cat options one which includes a very well designed silenced de-cat pipe. He advised about options on the silencer and offered me the choice of single skin lighter weight options or heavier double skinned but more durable... Overall it was very refreshing speaking with someone so passionate about his product and so honest. There really was no sales tactic at all and really didn’t want to waste my money on something he did not think would work. There was absolutely no hint of him outsourcing to crappy chinese suppliers as the opp suggests or leads you to believe, in fact it felt quite the opposite and judging by the sheer quality as demonstrated in my video and the fact they were made to order and took a few weeks theres absolutely no way anything was scrimped or saved on this system. I know if a Elise Cup Car running his silencer during the last half of the Lotus Cup UK Season last year plus multiple test days and havn’t heard of any issues from him. Of course, I’m happy to update this thread in a couple of months time after some hard testing and racing but I certainly don’t expect any part of the exhaust to brake after a few trackdays! P.S This is just my personal experience so far and I think it’s good to add some balance to this as one sided threads on a clearly isolated case can really ruin a reputation of a small business.
  10. 2 points
    The spare is held in by a very thin, long bolt which will shear in any impact of significance, nothing else holds the wheel in place. The spare tyre was never factored into any impact protection.
  11. 2 points
    @[email protected] I really don't have an axe to grind in any of this, but if and when the time comes for me to consider purchasing an exhaust I will appraise the market and spend my money where I see fit. My decision will be based on a number of factors, this thread is only one example of where a vendors style may influence my decision, but it's certainly not an isolated incident. It would appear that Gekko has failed to disclose/confirm all of the facts, I'm not disputing that, but as a business owner there are ways to address such claims from a disgruntled customer and come out of the situation with dignity intact and quite possibly a few more orders if it is done with a level head. Equally, this applies to a customer, if there is an issue, discuss it with the vendor in a constructive manner and allow them to work with you to resolve the issue. As far as I'm concerned, they're both at fault, getting into a name-calling exchange on the internet achieves nothing more than amusement for the bystanders.
  12. 2 points
    Thanks! Need to get a trackday in so I've an excuse to wear it. There's only so many times I can get away with wearing it sitting at my desk! The filler cap surround is pretty straight forward. Remove the filler cap, then get all the bolts undone from the surround. (Make sure you double check your allen key is properly seated within the bolts, they're quite tight and easy to round off). Get a flat plastic trim removal tool and work your way round the outer edge of the surround prizing is away from the bodywork being careful not to damage the cork gasket too much. The surround will eventually pop out. Don't be alarmed when you see the filler neck drop away slightly, it won't go far. When you're doing everything back up again just be careful not to cross threads on any of the bolts. You'll need to pull the filler neck up to meet the surround and hold it in place quite firmly.
  13. 2 points
    Not here to defend Jim necessarily, but if someone takes to social media to have a pop at him regardless of the reason then his right to reply is fully acceptable, albeit maybe not too everones taste. Too many people post up ridiculous unfounded comments which get misinterpreted just like Chinese Whispers . I am sure Luca has good reason and is probably exasperated but not the way to do it . Other people pile in with opinions and naturally the self defence senses kick in of the person who is being criticised. Most people would not express their critical opinion Face to Face, so why feel when you are a hundred miles away it’s ok !! Always better to confront the issue or person without turning to Social Media at the first opportunity I should know as had my Thread partially removed by Bibs recently
  14. 2 points
    Nothing wrong with spinning, I believe... Jokes aside, for me it is simple - even if 2bular is THE best exhaust for Lotus in the world, I will settle on the next best should I need one at all. And not because of Gekko and Gekko's experience, but because of Jim
  15. 2 points
  16. 2 points
    @Lo2zz, but he surely can express his views and share his experience with regards to the product? And surely it is not acceptable to turn the discussion into being person and not product orientated? Adoption of the story of high speed spin bringing an end to everything in the car is just ridiculous - a spin is not an impact, it normally causes no damage. Your judgement and formulations (e.g. "look rather silly", "wouldn't be tolerated", "without evidence", "with any level of intelligence", "angry wild stab in the dark", "based on 2+2=5 logic") are utterly disrespectful and not adequate in exchange between any reasonable people.
  17. 2 points
    Thanks to Thomas(USA) and Andy I have the Aircon bits. Now the centre consol .can go back together. Thanks Chaps!Pete at PNM has been invaluable in helping with parts and the engine. I have reached a milestone. The Cylinder head is going back in today with a new gasket. I have new shims and should be able to get on to the valves soon. I have had to invest in a new torque wrench that can do 6 ft lbs and upwards. There's a lot of kit required to assemble the engine correctly.I have been enjoying the engine build.but as I say without Pete who has been doing this for forty years it would have been much more difficult. http://www.pnmparts.co.uk/ Their online shop. The shop is new. Although parts are being added daily there is only a small fraction on there. You need to call if you can't find it. Also they have many many used parts that arn't shown. Call Pete or John. Pete has a real passion for this, has been doing it for forty years. He literally knows everything. More importantly after forty years he knows everything that's not written in the manuals! I hope he writes a book! These guys are so helpful it was a pleasure to go and spend a day up in the Wirral, near Liverpool (Beatles Contry - for you US guys).
  18. 2 points
    That's why the S1 is fun. It's all simple.
  19. 2 points
    Hi there that’s my car at Hoffman’s It was an ex press car for pics/ media only as the black one at B&C was the one driven by journalists (see YouTube videos on 410 sport). It’s been an absolute joy to drive and everything in prestine order with no squeaks, and given it’s age and mileage, wants for nothing. I know the owner before me (like me) kept it garaged, did not track and put little miles on it. I added the headunit to replace the blank silver plaque. It was serviced at Leeds Lotus last year with zero faults/ advisories found as part of their inspection. Let me know if you’d like any info, I’d be more than happy to share! Hoffman’s also know the car well. V
  20. 1 point
    Hi folks. New member of the forum, long time fan of the Esprit and finally got my hands on a late V8 in Black / Magnolia. Might be a car known to you or maybe not pic starched. It arrives next week and is in need of a service in the coming months. I’m in Oxfordshire / any recommendations on who to take it to?
  21. 1 point
    I could only give you details about an Evora (3 hours, ish). @Hangar 111 could tell you about an Exige though.
  22. 1 point
  23. 1 point
    Would you be buying the car for YOU or ‘the market’? Exactly. Case closed. End of. Buy the car.
  24. 1 point
    Thats my video I miss my Exige S, the 2bulars sounded good but they also looked great.
  25. 1 point
    I'm slowly replacing every bolt . Most if the bolt sizes are in the parts manual. The two that hold the sprockets on the camshaft are 10 mm x 35 mm 8.8 grade. If your building an S1/S2/S2.2 then have a look in the Turbo manual. A lot of the fixings are the same, butbthe Turbo manual gives you the sizes where they are missing from the other manual.
  26. 1 point
    Noticed that SJ now sell the seals: https://www.sjsportscars.com/parts-and-accessories/SJ754.htm I spent ages trying to find the right size when I replaced mine. From the picture they are using 12mm ID, as I ended up with, which is pretty tight on the shaft, 22mm OD, but 5mm thick whereas I used 4mm thick.
  27. 1 point
    tough choice indeed both lovely colour combos both fantastic nice cars ..
  28. 1 point
    Honestly its hard to predict. If Geely is able to make the Lotus brand something desirable then my guess is the current generations of cars will hold a respectable value in the long term. However, that's a big IF and could take years. That's why I think Geely wants to make the Lotus hypercar. Its a quick way to bring the Lotus name mainstream again, then you have to bring out some new quality cars, better dealer network and advertising. Easier said than done of course.
  29. 1 point
    Re quality of work, A 2bular EPK as fitted to a 380 sport during a KT 460 upgrade, with super dyno results, torque especially. Super quality, super fit, super sound. I have my opinions on this thread, but I'm keeping them to myself. Out of interest before this thread started, Jim's fitting instructions specifically state not to use the intermediate exhaust hanger. To be fair I always treat as I find. cheers Mark
  30. 1 point
    Going one further it was only rage after: - Buyer ordering wrong exhaust - sending a replacement exhaust (FOC from what I can gather) - Using the exhaust on track - which isn't warrantied - Spinning off track and ending up in gravel at high speed - Driving back on track after the spin and not noticing there might be an exhaust leak - Incendiary posts on this forum - Claims of Chinese manufacture How would anyone else react? Like to think there has been an element of balance brought to the thread by people that have known Jim for years and had nothing but great service
  31. 1 point
    I am glad you clarified the 'I' there Kevin. I was beginning to feel somewhat ashamed at consistently relying on my wallet to get me out of trouble; I really don't do dirt under the fingernails. Justin
  32. 1 point
    Late January Bedford went well yesterday....sent home after 3 laps for blitzing the noise meters. | I knew Bedford is stringent on noise but having read a build thread over on the Lotus Forum where a chap had no problems all day in his Exige, I was at the time, surprised at the banishing! However, reading further into it, it turns out the early V6 S variant of the Exige has a quieter exhaust. When Lotus updated the V6 platform, they seem to have made everything loud! You live and learn... This week A quick update to keep the thread alive... After being booted off Bedford, I hastily booked Silverstone as a bit of retail therapy. This was supposed to be on Sunday the 3rd of March. On Saturday the 2nd of March (the weekend it snowed) I was out walking with my girlfriend enjoying the crisp winter air when a text came through from Javelin saying Silverstone has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.... Oh dear. It seemed there was some unseen force conspiring against me to keep me off the track. Never mind.... Anyway, I'm one of those people who was too tight to buy my own helmet. It occurred to me however that adding up all the £10 notes I'd spent each time I hired one, I could have actually bought something of reasonable quality. So I set about Googling and landed on a few well priced examples. Then a flash of carbon caught my eye and I ended up going berserk and purchasing this: It does look awesome though and at least my feeble neck muscles won't come under too much strain during hard cornering... An added bonus are the HANS Device brackets. In other news, the roof has recently started to make a ticking sound. Like plastic rubbing on plastic. I whipped it off one evening last week and lined the brackets with felt tape which seemed to have cured it. However after a weekend thrashing about up in North Yorkshire, the ticking has returned, albeit less frequent. One to revisit this week. Here's a picture "mid-thrash" just outside Reeth: More next time, when hopefully I'll have been round a track more than 3 times... ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I've since pulled the gear-knob surround and heater control surround off to be sprayed Mazda "Soul Red". Should brighten the interior up nicely. I also had another crack at the roof after speaking to Lotus. They favour using Vaseline on the rubbers...? With the car suitably lubed up and felt stuck everywhere, I'm hoping the ticking has gone. I'm yet to perform a test drive though...
  33. 1 point
    Diameter = 258 mm Thickness = 20mm Height = 26 mm Bore = 76 mm PCD = 100 mm
  34. 1 point
    Just to follow up on this, TFL have formally accepted my Certificate of Conformity and my 1998 Elise will be exempt from this charge. I would imagine the same would apply to any K series Elise (certainly the ones not with uprated engine specs) but you will need to find the certificate for your actual car- I have mine from new and the certificate came with the car documents. Lotus should be able to provide (whether they will is another matter).
  35. 1 point
    Last September, en route to the '70th' event, I drove my 2010NA from Murcia in Spain to Millau in France (almost 1000 km/620 miles) in just over 8 hours driving time and got out at the end of the journey feeling like I'd only been around the block. Over the following 2 days, I covered a further 1250 km/780 miles to get to Norwich and still felt as fresh as a daisy, albeit famished as a Eurotunnel delay meant I'd had to skip lunch on the final leg but that wasn't the car's fault. Only downside is that all those hours of running at high motorway speeds (like Valencia to Barcelona in 2 hours, ) with a CR box and a valve-open 2bular may be the reason why my tinnitus is now a bit more pronounced, .
  36. 1 point
    Dammit, you're making me regret parting with my 400 now I wonder whether I could justify running another as a daily driver alongside the 250 Cup (wanders off to Pistonheads with calculator to look at the listings.....)
  37. 1 point
    Stocks coach work shas just put aset of comps on ebay 2k , Like buses, non around and then they all come at once lol Great work on the rims Fabian, pain to keep clean and not factory finish but they will look the nuts
  38. 1 point
    Great post Phil. I did 240 miles in my Evora yesterday. Country roads, motorway, town. Easy. Thumbs up from an Audi RS driver and pleasant attention from others. If the cricket had not been on, I may not have bothered going home...…… Evora: why anything else? Justin
  39. 1 point
    Dropped my car off at B&C for repairs. Saw Jamie, always a great guy and super friendly. Must remember to bring him a thank you gift next time for all his help!
  40. 1 point
    Oh. After listening to many view points I have decided to use paint and ACF 50 on this engine. Paint peels but has its place. I have used it on the block. I can't bring myself to paintnover the other castings as they look stunning. So I have turned to the aircraft industry. ACF 50 is a corrosion inhibitor. I plan to coat all the parts with it. Now for the great Reveal! These are the rarest wheel lips you are ever going to see. Polished to perfection by a Chap called Angelo in a little workshop just south of Horsham in a village called Cowfold. I think your agree it's a stunning job. Of course the original were Anodised. I like most car guys in the USA like bright shiney things. So this is my one deviation from the Bond car purists. I think your agree it's a pretty stunning deviation! https://m.facebook.com/AM.MetalPolishing/?ref=hl Thanks Angelo! Bit heartreaking to dismantle my front wheels but it's a job that has to be done!
  41. 1 point
  42. 1 point
    Notebthe P clips fitted to the chasis that hold the wires.
  43. 1 point
    I'm having trouble finding pics. The wiring follows the same route as the Turbo. As you look at the bay from the rear it goes to the right and passes through the body. Then under the deck and around to the lights. It's held by P clips back to back, with a screw through the body and a nutbon the end between the two P clips. Quite a cheesy method! Some of the loom peels off onto the chasis then acrossnto the Alternator. Mostly self explanatory an the wires arntblong enough to route the wrong way. Good luck. You can see most if the wiring is hidden. Here's the Turbo. The wiring is very similar it's riveted with P clips under the lip then passes through the bulkhead, so you can't see it.
  44. 1 point
    When I was at Komotec about two weeks ago, Alex told me 4 hrs to take out, 4 hours to put back. Alex also told me he can also open up a box, do for example a main shaft repair, box up, also in 4 hrs. So maybe 14 hrs is pretty good? I’d take that rather than a standard Lotus change. My clutch failed in my V6S after 300 miles, sure it was 40+ hours. Give them a ring. cheers Mark
  45. 1 point
    Did you tell the instructor to chill out?
  46. 1 point
    Why? I don't imho. On the playground I only wind up folks about Brexit, without me getting sweary or name calling like almost all the others. I currently have that thread on ignore. As for TLF, it is a great forum. I may pull the odd leg now and then, but that's about it. I have commented about yourself on this thread, once to confirm gear ratio's, and now as you are thing of replacing the irreplaceable. I did contribute some thoughts to your dilemma over the carbon roof defects, but those were all positive and sincerely offered. Happy to be pointed toward the error of my ways if you like? Maybe best in a pm to keep this thread on track?
  47. 1 point
  48. 1 point
    Had a terrific day at Snetterton 300 yesterday (Sunday) despite (or perhaps because of) the horrendous conditions. Some thoughts: 1. Javelin organised a great day. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Admin dealt with quickly and painlessly. 2. My car passed noise test no problem. The chap said I read 101 at around 6k. 3. It was wet. Really wet. Wetter than an otters pocket wet. Cars were going off all over the place and there was more sideways action than a Tokyo Drift day. I spun on standing water coming out of the slow hairpin early on, but managed to carry straight on without causing any delay, so was a bit more careful after that. I had more than enough power (EX370) to light up the wheels on demand, pretty much any gear at any speed. Car generally felt reasonably predictable and it was certainly a lot of fun sliding all over the place, but definitely a handful and quite hard work to get the right amount of steering lock on quickly enough. Also snappy/bit ragged transitioning out of the slide, which I am sure says more about the driver than the car. 4. Although hard to tell too much about the balance of the car in those conditions, I think the nose noticeably pushes wide coming out of slow corners under power, probably more so now with the LSD fitted than the standard car. I can sense that some suspension changes may be on the cards before too long to dial some of that out... 5. I need a new windscreen wiper so have ordered a PIAA silicone one, along with a bottle of Rain-X to boot. Current visibility in the rain is appalling. 6. I experimented with all the traction control settings, including off - see spin above. Race does seem to be good, although it didn't seem to deal with massive puddles of standing water very well - just cutting power back rather abruptly. I imagine it would be amazing in the dry, but then I would probably just switch everything off in the dry anyway. 7. New helmet (Arai GP6) was very comfortable and just about fitted in the car without being wedged against the roof. I did feel a little pushed forward in the seat though because of it. Currently working with JLF Designs to finalise my design before get it painted - which so far is taking ages, although giving them the benefit of the doubt because Jason seems like a great guy and I know that this is peak season for them. 8. Snetterton 300 is a great track. Long at around 3 miles, especially compared to Brands Indy circuit. Terrific mix of slow/fast, left/right hand corners, a couple of decent straights and plenty of run off. Only thing missing is some elevation changes. There were a lot of stoppages for people spinning off etc but all dealt with very efficiently. Good food in the café too! 9. Track day insurance is expensive. £300 with Adrian Flux was the best quote I could find. I know that the long-term answer to this is to have track day cover with my regular insurance policy, but I wasn't sure how many track days I was going to be doing when I last renewed my policy and I have a very reasonably multi-car policy with Admiral at the moment. Will re-access once I have a better idea how many track days I am likely to be doing each year. So in summary, a great day out. Learnt a lot about myself and the car. Love the fact that I could slide round the track all day, then simply remove helmet and drive home in (relative) comfort. Exactly what I bought it for. Looking forward to the next time already!
  49. 1 point
    On a cruise and am having to get used to people calling me “young man” again.
  50. 1 point
    And if that fails, drill a hole in everyone elses car when they aren't looking.


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