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  1. Yes you’ve hit the nail on the head. I’ve been bleeding on for years saying that the modern capitalist model of constant growth is simply not sustainable in terms of money (that’s why there are recessions) but more importantly for the planet. Everything is now designed to work for 12 or 24 months then fail and be thrown away rather than repaired. I work in IT and they are the worst. A computer is out of date in a mater of months. It’s destroying our planet. Actually the real elephant in the room. Is population growth. But every politician dodges/talks about other ways of saving the planet. There are already too many humans on it now! I can sleep at night as both my wife and I have not contributed to the increase, but adopted our beautiful daughter (now 14)! We need an alien invasion. this will 1. Reduce the population dramtically 2.force all of humanity to hamonise against a new enemy instead of fiting between themselves. Job done! Just hope my family and I will be part of the survivors! ...... assuming there is a decent world left to live in..
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  2. Been a bit quiet on the Esprit for the past month. I've had a big push on to get things ready in the house for the third and final installment of plastering which is scheduled to start a week on Monday, so I should then have a couple of weeks break in the refurbishment works do some spannering on the car while the plaster all dries up. In readiness for that I've been amassing a collection of repair and servicing parts for the car. Some more shiny bits that my wonderful wife bought me for my birthday 😎 Goods-in inspection! 😀
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  3. Me for one can not wait for next years new model , obviously based on the Evora platform and why not a great starting point and what looks like finally to put the brand where it should be with its competitors regarding the latest tech at the same time still having its core values.
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  4. can Lotus hurry up please....... I've just caught myself looking at a Porsche Panemera.............and thinking I could live with it please feel free to punch me if I buy a Porsche
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  5. We did indeed sell the Yellow 410 last year chaps - We have just taken her back in part exchange against our red Evora GT430 The car was originally registered by us and has had one private owner since. Simon Oakmere Lotus
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  6. My 16 plate 400 is not in the highest tax bracket - just renewed it at £300 for the year. Unlike my older V6 exige, which was almost double that. Man maths ahoy Andy, time to make the change. You know it makes sense.
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  7. The N/A was 3 down bands down from the top. The IPS S was in the same as the N/A. The manual S was 2 down from the top (which is where the jump is). The Auto 400's before the last changes were the same as the N/A, I thought the manuals were too, but not 100% sure. Now they will all attract the value charge. Not sure if the banding will have changed too.
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  8. My auto 400 is around £300 a year and my old manual S1 S was around £500/£550 from memory, as was my manual Exige V6. The auto's seem to just scrape under the 225g/km but unfortunately the manuals are just over pushing them into the next VED band.
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  9. Thanks Barry - I hope they don't look to stupid on the S4S - it has standard S4s V8 arches on it i recall someone had 315s on an S4S and seemed to fit ok It might slow the acceleration slightly but I am running most S4S upgrades and the 285s were spinning a bit much I do have some extended S300 arches but they will take work to fit and I hope I don't need to go there! photos soon - car has engine out / box out for overhaul at the moment
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  10. The people vote to leave the EU was not about money. I don’t understand when everyone boils it down to that!
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  11. I’ve now done the two front wheels, and had enough of bolts for the day. Earlier, I managed to damage the coating of one of the centres during a trial fit, when it fell out suddenly onto the bench. I was totally gutted, having just had them done, and may have used some harsh language shortly after the event. Thankfully, Shan took it back to the wheel guys and they managed to repair it perfectly. I’ve now torqued them up with a dab of Loctite, the rears will be next, and then I’ll seal them all in one go. I did see on the SSR website that Wurth Bond & Seal should be used, but I’m sticking with Sikaflex* *No pun intended.
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  12. New owner of an Elise Sport 220, and new to the forum. Well, I have driven 6cyl, 8cyl. 12cyl, sports cars but I have to say this car is the real deal, maybe not as fast in a straight line as some of the others, but the overall experienced is exceptional...Love It!
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  13. I had previously written a spiel. I have deleted it. I just hope that no-one we know has been caught up in this. Thoughts to the families of those that have lost relatives. RIP.
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  14. I was a January 2018 Autocar interview with JMG
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  15. Managed to put my test intake together today and fit to the car. It continues to surprise how big and what appears overly complicated the OEM box is from factory. The intake design worked a treat with very little need for any changes to what was planned. After running the car idle the ECU seemed to take the new intake no problem. Ive then done about 15 miles today of general driving and medium pulls with no issues or error messages to report. Initial thoughts... the enclosed ITG unit I’m using doesn’t make as much noise as the HKS (this I guess has its benefits but I understand some folks want more NOISe). The ‘volume’ may change as I start to test under some hard pulls but at the moment I’m keen to take it easy to ensure the ECU learns. Throttle response/power again too early to comment and to be honest anything I say could be pure placebo... everything depends on the dyno which I’ll be measuring not only the usual power/torque but also air/fuel ratio to ensure all is safe.
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  17. A cull? FFS Didn't Hitler try that?
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  18. Engine now shimmed and all inspec, just need to final fix the cam towers. Much more time consuming than I had anticipated, but now spot on. Here you can see I amin the process of replacing all of the exhaust studs. Slowly coming on.
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  19. I have no idea how much the tax is on my GT430 and Cup 430.
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  20. Completely agree. You only need an economy to support the population and the population is too big. I’ve been saying this all my adult life. However I always have to admit that I am also a hypocrite as we have 3 kids. This tickled me and is slightly on thread so thought I’d take a picture for this thread.
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  21. For about a nano second I thought about one as well when they bought out the estate version (as it wiped off some of the FUGLY). Went to look at one and it was parked next to a Cayenne. The Cayenne didn't overhang the kerb and had about 12 inches at the front of the parking space. The Panamera however overhung both ends of the parking bay. They are rediculously long. (5.2M compared to a Mondeo Estate at 4.8m)
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  22. As is our new GT410 Sport in Italian Flag Green …… Very eye catching !
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  23. Makes sense although there's a lot of typical Autocar guesswork in that article.
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  24. Article in Autocar - new car before new architecture https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/all-new-lotus-model-due-next-year
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  25. https://www.ft.com/content/a889f410-467e-11e9-a965-23d669740bfb
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  26. I've just been reading about it, how awful. Thoughts with the families indeed, what a terrible event.
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  27. From April 2017, basically anything with a list price in excess of 40k gets slapped with £310.00 onto the base rate of £140.00 The rate of £140.00 sounds OK, but as list prices of cars keep increasing, I doubt the 40k TAX threshold will do at all or or by that much, so bit by bit, anything remotely interesting will be dragged into that area of cost.
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  28. They did sell it last year and it’s been taken back as a part exchange.
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  29. Iv just put a 74 deg themostat in my excel it was running at 99degs and runs at 80 deg
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  30. It is 2018 model. Until now I don´t have a time to take a proper foto. When I compare it to my previous BMW M3, I must say it is fabulous car.
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  31. i recently did the 3rd cat delete..on my lotus sports exhaust worth doing for sure ,i think i got it from lotus spares for about 165£ worth doing for sure , still keeps the lovely v6 sound , slight popping on overrun can be heard..and no drone at any speed... aj
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  32. I'm trying for this too need to sneak out before the wife gets up 🙂
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  33. Well it is national steak and blow job day today...and I must say that rib eye was delicious 😋
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  34. For the greedy and disgraceful it’s all about money. for the normal hardworking folk - it’s all about principle. The MPs and business have sold out to the greed and money chasing unsustainable constant growth. come the revolution
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  35. I’m trying to sort my morning out and will be there if I can. Trevor.
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  36. Sent a friend to look at a Renault Spider for me and he looked at it then told me to buy an Elise that was at the same dealer!!
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  37. I have been around Lotus for most of my life. My parents took over a pub in Wymondham in 1974 when I was 7. Lots of the customers worked at Lotus and some of them would take me to the open days. I remember Donny McLocklen (not sure of spelling) coming to our junior school and giving a talk about Lotus, the next Friday night he came into the pub and became a regular and a good friend of my parents. He was the coolest bloke on earth, driving through the town centre in the dark in his brand new company Esprit with just the side lights on, and parking it outside the pub, I think he also used to drive one the white James Bond cars. At 21 I started work at Lotus, a lot of the customers were still there, which was strange, they remembered be a little boy. Lotus owned my Esprit for 10 years before I bought it from them, it was always around somewhere, I never expected to own it. My colleague Peter was telling me I should offer to buy it for about 4 years before it came up for sale in a blind auction along with a few more cars. I put in my bid then went on a long working trip to China, I hadn't heard anything for a few weeks so emailed Scott Walker who was running the auction saying that as I had heard nothing I assume I have not won the car, he said on the contrary, its yours. I collected the car August 2014 and took voluntary redundancy from Lotus after 26 years in the November and have worked for JLR ever since. I returned for the 70th party last year.
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  38. Never in our history have so many been stabbed in the back by so few
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  39. Thanks for the kind comments. The weather has been really bad around here since I took delivery. Storms, and hail. So I haven't been able to drive her since delivery day. The weekend is looking like more of the same :(. I do have one regret. I regret not getting the whole car wrapped. I only had the entire front clam wrapped in PPF, and sections of the rear bumper. Everywhere else I noticed the dealer installed swirl marks. Seeing as I don't really want to drive it in storms I figured I'd get started on removing the swirls. (before anyone comments, I know the foam pad isn't on the DA polisher! ) I also took the front access panel for the first time since I got her home, and took a pic of one of the remote reservoirs. First track day was scheduled to be on March 23 with my local Porsche club. But with the weather looking horrible this weekend I don't think I'll be able to drive the car enough/get enough kms/seat time belt before then.
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  40. Shan to the rescue ........again 😂
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  41. Sunday was a lovely day for swimming... before the black flag
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  42. 01 CH Blue Cognac LHD IPS 2+2 02 UK  21gg_ Blue Cognac RHD IPS 2+2 21GG 03 UK domguy Black & Gold Black RHD IPS 2+0 AU64 CJV 04 UK LotusLeftLotusRight Starlight Black Sports Racer LHD MAN 2+2 X4GTE 05 HK Sold Solar Yellow Sports Racer RHD IPS 2+0 06 HK Sold Starlight Sports Racer RHD MAN 2+0 07 CH Sold Sport Yellow Sports Racer LHD MAN 2+0 08 UK bingoking Black & Gold Venom RHD MAN 2+0 FII0TUS 09 UK adfer Carbon Carbon LHD IPS 2+0 L7VGT 10 UK BigErch Black Sports Racer RHD IPS 2+2 X10 GTE 11 DE TBD Aspen White Sports Racer LHD MAN 2+0 HH-TD462 12 HK Sold Aspen White Sports Racer RHD IPS 2+0 13 UK JeffK Military Grey Black/Alcantara RHD IPS 2+0 J 1000 14 UK Trevsked Metallic White Sports Racer LHD IPS 2+0 V60 GTE 15 FR sold. Arctic Silver (covering chrome red with Black stripe) Black/Alcantara LHD MAN 2+0 temporary french licence plate 16 UK sizona Arctic Silver Sports Racer LHD IPS 2+0 LOT3S 17 BE sold Aspen White Sports Racer LHD IPS 2+0 18 AE Sold Gold/Red Sports Racer LHD IPS 2+0 19 CH For Sale Black Sports Racer LHD MAN 2+0 Classica Motors S.A. 20 UK Ishy Motorsport Green   Black/Alcantara LHD IPS 2+0 NR20GT
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  43. I also run a business but disagree with James, above regarding Europe. The reasons I have for voting leave are more a matter of principle and are as follows: The EU changed without anyone in the UK being consulted, from a common market to a progressively federalist body. This was not what was originally promised. EU membership promotes a massively discriminatory immigration and skills transfer system. Its almost impossible for a small company to employ someone from outside the EU despite having the required skills. I know as I have tried and failed. Whereas anyone from the EU can enter freely regardless of skill or lack of. The EU is a self-serving organisation which is run in a manner which would not be acceptable domestically. For example expenses are kept secret. This is not acceptable here in the UK so why should we allow it? Why do they move their entire HQ to France and back every month at huge cost? The EU is geared to big business and corporations and has more than 20,000 corporate lobbyists operating in Brussels. They care not at all for small business. In contrast with the USA which has a policy that every rule they make must be audited for any extra work caused to business. The EU facilitates tax avoidance on a massive scale by failing to prevent free movement of capital. Some of its tax avoidance deals were set up by Juncker who was later rewarded with the presidency. Just Ebay and Paypal alone have avoided paying huge amounts of UK tax by being allowed to invoice in Luxembourg. Apple recently shopped around for tax avoidance, settling on Jersey, all with the permission of the EU and we also lose their VAT revenue. They have also failed to close down the method whereby fake royalties are paid across borders, mainly involving Holland, as used by Starbucks. All of this because the corporations lobby hard to maintain these dodges. Then they have the gall to give the illusion they are anti tax avoidance, which many remainers appear to believe. The VAT system within the EU is hugely complex and facilitates fraud on a massive scale. The UK has lobbied for years for the system to be changed because we lose out the most, all falls on deaf ears. I could go on, there is so much wrong. I would be a remainer if there was any evidence we could change any of this behaviour, as we did with MPs expenses, but this simply will never happen. In my own business I find the USA is a delight to deal with compared to EU countries who seem to be obsessed with paperwork and process rather than innovation and getting things done. Although I have to admit the products we sell are all tariff-free in the USA which does make trade very easy. I am in the process of turning away a big order from Germany as they want us to sign a 5-page agreement, in German, which I will not do.
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  44. You have made a valid point by saying you do not have the experience to do this first time , spending more time on it is important.. When you have done this quite a few times you will realise it is not a science , but engineering in practice. Once you get your head round that you will find the results are repeatable and consistent.. A group of random mechanics measuring your valve clearances may show some very slightly different readings , but i would expect a group of engineers to all be the same . It all about the people doing the job and how they address it.. I would also go as far as to say many of the members on here who do the job regular , would also get the same readings.. That comes from experience not qualification.. Most of the work building cars is to to with application. Understanding a design and the principals behind it is very important . Far to many novices strip clean and reassemble cars like leggo. At this point the car may still work but will have lost all its refinement.. Its all the small insignificant details that get overlooked that compromise the quality, or as you previously said when I pointed some out to you , some pretty boring but essential tenchnical stuff. I commend how hard you are trying with this project and recognise you have limitations which is why these problems arise. My intention was only to point out some of the areas to help you along, not to get into debates about them . No one else seems to do this which i find strange , for eg, no one pointed out that you seemed to overlook putting any Welseal around the oil seal on the head gasket when fitting , even though many have done this job and it is clearly stated in the manual.. Another point is your head to manifold studs. These do not appear to be OEM so should be questioned .. 'Reason behind this is.' straight thread like those you have tend to be just mild steel , not 8.8 spec.. Although when tightening these up they will except the torque , they will be on the limit and start to stretch.. The exhaust ones are of most concern , the heat expansion will stretch the stud and it will then come loose/drop out, causing the manifold to blow.,. A small insignificant but essential bit of technical stuff. Just because it fits don't make it right , NB some of the SS studs used to replace the originals are A2 spec which is also not good enough even though sold for the job.. Always go A4 or pref A6 spec on exhaust studs when going stainless. Bringing your attention to all these points can seem very petty, especially when you are trying so hard , but they were not meant as a criticism , purely observations to help.
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  45. 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.
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  46. 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.....)
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