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  1. May as well write this down. Who knows, maybe my children will be curious about their dad some day and want to read it . . . As a young child, about four years old in the late 1970s, I was with my family at my aunt and uncle's house for a holiday (pretty sure it was Thanksgiving). While waiting for dinner, I was sitting in the living room watching the color TV. At this point in my life, I was already a car nut. Loved cars. There on the TV was a white car. In beautiful scenery. I loved how it looked. It looked faster than all the other cars. I really liked the shape. I wa
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  2. I confess I was a bit concerned as to whether my wheels would seal properly on fitting the tyres, or whether they’d be more leaky than a government-arranged, post-Brexit, ferry contract. Took them to the tyre garage, they all fitted ok, and so far (an hour), there’s no sign of any leakages. I’ll check them again tomorrow but if it all looks good, the Sikaflex has done a decent job. I might have over egged it a bit, and the seals weren’t as neat as I would have liked, but for a first effort, it wasn’t bad. I’m also keen to see how the new Yokohama’s perform. They look the part, and have a
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  3. What a boring mini golf course, no obstacles or giant windmills??
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  4. Happy birthday @pete I nearly got a hole in one!!
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  5. No better place to spend my 71st
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  6. A snap someone took of mine on the weekend:
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  7. I thought it was the Polestar 2 that was the first with the Android ICE? Either way, same family as Lotus, so could be interesting! Also, the idea that a double DIN is better than a built-in ICE is laughable when one is actually trying to sell a new car today. It simply does not fly. Ask a "normal" customer on the street whether they want BMW iDrive or a an Alpine touch screen DIN, and I can guarantee 99.9% will say the iDrive, and correctly so.
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  8. Lotus Evil... https://www.carscoops.com/2019/03/thats-a-wonderfully-evil-vision-about-a-possible-lotus-hypercar/
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  9. Reading today that 2nd generation smart meters are now being fitted. 1st gen ones should no longer be offered (but you need to specify if having one fitted!) I simply do not understand the point of this govt initiative? In the paper, the cost of this plan if rolled out Nationwide runs into several BILLION £ (can't remember specifics) Average annual saving is claimed to be £30 per household but 'real life' figures claim nearer £11/pa with some claiming that consumption has actually increased. I don't need a smart meter to tell me that my wife and f**king kids are completely inca
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  10. I don't completely disagree, but most car company's don't make cars for people buying them used in 10 years. They make them for people buying them new now. Bugatti is one of the few companies I have heard that tried mot to put too much touch screen kind of stuff in their cars because they want them to be timeless. However comparing a Veyron to an Evora...its just not the same. Most Veyrons will be driven so little not that not having any modern conveniences isn't much of an issue. I mean...I guess what's Lotus' goal. To sell more cars or to barely sell any cars? They already tried the lat
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  11. Apart from the normal service items. I'd change the tensioner springs (inner & outer) as a matter of course - not expensive. I found my old ones were 'tired' and effectively coil bound before they could acheive the correct tension, which then meant that when the engine was hot the belt ran at very tight - solved with new springs
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  12. Phill you asked for thought and so far a good number and myself included haven't been that helpful, so I found this shot of an Exige for some ideas This small shot from the silverton website also looks good shame its not a larger picture
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  13. I think it looks great. However, I'm a big fan of when people make their cars "their own". Many years ago, when I was a small child, I used to sit with my brother on our front steps in the early evenings. We always had a friendly competition on who could name the approaching cars from a distance, especially as it turned to dusk and their lights were on. But, it was easy back then (even as a kid) with the varied look of the US manufacturers. Nowadays, all the cars look pretty much the same. Its refreshing to me when people make changes to their car so they don't fit in with
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  14. That's a Lotus special tool, it doesn't come with it!
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  15. It's scary, but easy. I've done it now on two cars, my old Exige S and my 380 Cup. Just take your time, measure and remeasure and then cut.
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  16. RaceChrono works fine for me. I think the best is to try the free versions for a drive or two over the weekend and then decide which one you like best. Either way ultimately you want to export the logs and looks through them in CircuitTools (available for free from RaceLogic)
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  17. I do use Harrys Lap Timer, I have tried quite a few others, but it is the one that I keep coming back to. It just works where I've found that others can be a bit of a faff to set up and suffered from disconnects etc.
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  18. The benefit of the watching highlights is that you only get a little bit bored. If you watch the whole race live, you’ll fall into a deep coma!
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  19. That's a story. 12 Esprit, WOW.
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  20. I've had good results with a Vgate OBD2 reader for Android, I believe their iOS versions are equally decent as a few friends use them. As far as fitting is concerned, it couldn't be easier...if you can put a plug into a socket, it's no more difficult than that. Locate the OBD2 port under the centre of the dash, remove the cover and plug in the reader, done!
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  21. Fabian, I've recently had this conversation with Steve at SJ about my 85 turbo that I currently have the engine out of. It has a stamp on the bellhousing indicating it should have one shim in the bottom two bolt holes but there were none present. He said when the engine is back in and the gearbox reattached (I do mine separately) measure the gap between sump and engine and calculate how many shims you need (details in the manual). Remove bottom two bolts, slide shims in and reinsert bolts. This may be easier than wrestling with the gearbox out of the car. I know the manual has a procedure for
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  22. Stefan We'll be making our annual MM pilgrimage. Also staying in Arundel Friday-Sunday at the Norfolk. Also hope the weather a little "warmer" than last year. Danny
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  23. Every mm the upright is shaved is good for an additional .25 degrees of camber.
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  24. It was the fooking EU. No. Not another rant. This all started about 12 years ago. The EU decided that all countries needed to install smart meters. It was passed as an EU rule into law and the target was for all homes to have a smart meter installed by 2020. If the Government had not have done it the UK would have been subjected to heavy EU fines. It's not an iniative from your energy supplier. It has cost them each hundreds of millions (the big 6) and has been a right royal pain in the arse for them The cost of smart meters and the rollout is being fully passed on to consumers thr
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  25. Yes the side needs more yellow if the wing mirrors are to stay, so the Exige example above with yellow 'piping' would help the side profile and balance it out more. I still think a yellow stripe down the middle would be a great look.
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  26. What, you use Virgin media too?
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  27. Given that virtually everything is done online these days, why the need for estimated readings anymore - if that is the reasoning behind this then surely (and unsurprisingly!) Govt is behind the curve? I send a meter reading every time a bill is due - if this needs to be validated the supplier still sends someone out but I could just as easily send a photo with the reading and the Meter ID number. Not really rocket science is it and it costs nothing. Like you, we also live in an area with crap broadband and mobile coverage - surely the billions spent on this daft project could h
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  28. Used to watch every race live, but I gave up on it years ago (back in the "Oh, quelle surprise, Schumacher won and if he didn't they changed the rules so he did" days). BTCC all the way
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  29. When I was about 14 we went on holiday to a caravan park in Wales and parked in the staff car park each day was a Europa. I just fell in love with it immediately. It was like no other car I had ever seen. So I decided there and then that I would own one, and in the end a JPS Europa was my first car. It was with great sadness that I sold it but this was somewhat alleviated by the car I was replacing it with, which was a 2-year old dry-sump Turbo Esprit. I bought the car from "Fearsome Freddie" Davies, not sure if anyone else remembers him, he ran a Lotus service agent in Richmond, S
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  30. Brain still adjusting to an early pulley on a late crankcase...
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  31. I know to pull the one out of the spare headlight assembly I have the lens had to be separated. It was fairly simple with a heat gun on low, moving it constantly in a sweeping motion. Others have said they've replaced theirs without opening the headlight, and I don't know how that would be possible without cutting a hole in the fixture.
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  32. Let me express my pleasant surprise, as a retired lawyer, that you draw a distinction between the two.
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  33. Might be stating the obvious, but have you tried Mark at LotusBits for an original one?
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  34. I have this on my car and it would work on the 430 Cup. To explain a bit more, this replaces the factory valve control, so still uses the vacuum from the supercharger, but you control it from the remote and is simply open or closed. It’s not connected to the ECU anymore so won’t open automatically at certain revs. In theory, you need to be careful not to drive hard with the valve closed at high revs as it may break the valve.
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  35. Ummm, people spend lots of money and effort removing those from classic cars including Esprit!
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  36. My new favorite song! buddsy
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  37. Go take a look at the PCM/ICE in a 996 Porsche. A COMMAND system in a merc SL500 from 5 or 10 years ago etc. All were state of the art at the time, all look and operate like shite now. £3,4, 5k options when new. I quite like how Lotus use a non integrated Double Din system as it means you can easily change it for something else.
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  38. It's probably me then, (angry old technophobe). I prefer an old banger with state of the art tech, like intermittent wipers and remotely adjusted mirrors.
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  39. I completely get what you're saying; however, if the stop-gap car's/new cars' ICE offerings don't at least match up to the opposition's, then it will be the big 'BUT...' on every other review, group test etc. and we'll see phrases like 'old Lotus bugbear' and 'not there yet...' Realistically, assuming a £110,000-£130,000 price it will be largely compared with the new 992 model 911, AMG GT and Audi R8 so as well as hitting 60mph/100kph in around 3.5 seconds and matching handling etc. it will need interior quality and technological toys/ICE of equivalent quality to those cars if it w
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  40. Washer then circlip. The key is to take a time out, grab a beer and come back to it... like everything on these things. Patience is key Wear goggs too!
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  41. After a considerable delay, we now have the replacement sidelights in stock in our shop - link below https://shop.lotussilverstone.co.uk/collections/lotus-accessories/products/evora-sidelight-led-disc
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  42. TonyK called me on a Saturday morning and told me to go on eBay and hit the ‘ Buy It Now ‘ button.......so I did. That’s how I got 165H.
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  43. It’s a damn awful colour
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  44. Oh dear, it was a nice one I didn't mind the thought of the studio chopping some old nail about. Flipside is that increases the models visibility and the £worth of those that are left, just a bit of a shame to lose an apparently perfect xample to do it IMHO
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  45. Lotus Esprit Essex Commemorative Edition..........€ 120.000,- .....(GBP 102.240,-) From AutoScout:.............."Lotus Esprit Turbo Essex commemorative edition No. 100 This is a very rare opportunity to own the rarest and most sort after of all the Esprit models. The Essex Commemorative edition was launched to commemorate the launch of the new Turbo Esprit in collaboration with Essex petroleum who where the main Formula One sponsor at the time and was unveiled at a party hosted by Essex in London's Royal Albert Hall. However the planned 100 commemorative cars where cut short
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  46. So true. Ferrari for example have the permanent fight with rust which the Esprit doesnt have. Parts availability on the Lotus is worlds better. For example if I were to break one of the front lights on my F328 the chances of finding one at all is slim and they usually go for at least £3000. When I needed a new targa roof rubber seal I resorted to CNCing a mold and a foam rubber manufacturer making some. I have supplied enough of these now to other owners to get back my £6000 outlay but it took 4 years.
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