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  1. 5 points
    My 400 is two years old and is already at 19,000 miles. My old Elise made it to 175,000 and I'm hoping to beat that in the Evora! Cars are meant to be driven.
  2. 2 points
    Well they are on.....they fit nicely under standard S4S extensions. This is good as New Zealand requires the tyre not to extend beyond the arch. more (better) pictures to follow
  3. 2 points
    Did a roof inspection yesterday looking for leaks. Whole job took less than 30 mins! They'd also had contractors in late last year to paint the roof and after this are on the phone to them making sure them come back and finish the job they were paid for!! No-one thought to check their work but obvs Friday afternoon early finish was their priority rather than nipping out for one more tin of paint!!
  4. 2 points
    Harry @dsvitesse1 makes and sells the special tools I believe. They likely are pricey but its nice to have the proper tools. But then I am a tool junkie, I buy tools like my wife buys shoes and handbags.
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    Everything you could possibly want to know about Lotus type numbers and models (up to 2013) is here https://www.thelotusforums.com/shop/home/780-lotus-the-marque.html Loads of fascinating information and great pictures. I find it interesting that the V6 Exige is still officially a Type 111.
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    Awesome. I'll try to make time to stop by. I'll be at the PCNSW Supersprint tomorrow, just taking it easy and getting a feel for the car. I've not really had much seat time in the Lotus and I'm a little nervous tbh. I normally try to take a few long twisty drives, and do a couple of motorkhana's in a car before I take it to a sprint. I've just not been able to make time this time around. I have a feeling that the car's front end doesn't bite as well as I'm use to, and tends towards push understeer given the little drives I have done. But I'm not sure. I guess I'll find out tomorrow. Very cool. Make sure to say hi if you see me about
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  8. 2 points
    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 was mesmerized by this car. It was perfect. I didn't quite understand when the car went into the water . . . really, to a young child it was kind of confusing. I liked it better with wheels . . . was hoping to see more of the car after that, but there was only a little bit. Then it was time for dinner. Never forgot that car. Later that year for Christmas, my brother and I received a slot car set as a gift. It had a yellow car and a white car. The white car looked exactly like this: This photo is from eBay (not my actual car), but I still have the original actual car. As I grew up, I saw Lotus Esprits here and there on television. Rockford Files. Knight Rider. Miami Vice . . . Then in video games, like Test Drive and Rad Racer: (That's an Esprit on the left. Unfortunate that in playing the game you had to drive a 328...) By the late 1980s, I was reading car magazines like Car & Driver and Road & Track. Couldn't wait to read reviews that included the Lotus Esprit. When I was a freshman in high school, in our Public Speaking class, I managed to include the slot car as a visual aid in a speech, in saying that I hope to have a *real* Lotus some day, not just a toy one. Total car nut. As I read the car magazines in high school, I became fascinated with the technical aspect of the Esprit, and with the ethos of the car. In the 1980s and ealry '90s, it was a very advanced car -- 16 valves, DOHC, turbo charger, later a chargecooler, aerodynamic, and the body was made from some kind of a composite, not just boring old-fashioned steel. And of course it handled better than anything. And it made all that power and speed from just a 2.2 liter four -- that was impressive technology compared to the others who needed six, eight, ten, or twelve cylinders to go fast. It was cool. And the nature of the car as I understood it was a good fit for my personality; if I were to express my automotive values in a car, it would be the Esprit. I dreamed of some day owning a Lotus Esprit. Not long after getting my driver's license, I bought the "poor man's Esprit." "This is the closest I'm ever going to get to a Lotus," I thought: I had also been fixing things my whole life -- clocks as a small child, motorized toys a few years later, radio controlled cars, mini bikes, and then at age 15 I started learning to fix cars. I had owned about ten cars before even finishing high school. While I was in college, in the 1990s, the whole world changed. Pretty things, happy music, electric guitars and synthesizers, beautiful people, bright colors, and cool cars were out . . . and a general disdain for beauty, miserable "grunge" music, "unplugged" coffee shop culture, and olive drab were in. Affluent kids at colleges across the country went to Salvation Army and Goodwill stores and bought old clothes to try and look like they lived in hard times. And most of all, cars were very, very uncool. Especially sports cars. Especially exotic cars. If you liked or owned an "impractical" exotic/sports car, it meant you were a simple minded, insecure, egotistical jerk who was "compensating" for his three-inch thingy. Pop culture had taken a complete 180-degree turn from the halcyon days of Miami Vice and Cannonball Run. I never cared too much what other people were into, though. I still wanted a Lotus Esprit, and still liked my cars. I probably owned another dozen or so cars through my four years in college. All of them were uncool -- mostly sports cars. Did not care. I was browsing a news stand at a big box store one night in college, looking at one of the magazines where they sold exotic cars (Robb Report or DuPont Registry), hoping to see a Lotus Esprit. Found a few. Strange, though, I thought -- there must be some mistake on the price; they cost no more than a new Lexus or Infiniti. On subsequent trips to the news stand, I began to realize that those were the actual prices. The Esprit SE that was $100K when I was in high school had fallen to $24K-$35K. At this point in my life, I had already been involved in a few car clubs. When I started to ask car people I knew about the affordability of a Lotus or other exotic car, the line I most often received was "It's one thing to buy them . . . but servicing them is where it gets expensive..." I thought to myself . . . "People who do well in college and get good jobs can afford new cars like Lexus and Infinity . . . . so if I do well in college, I should be able to get a good job and afford that kind of car . . . and I've been fixing things my whole life and taught myself to fix 'regular' cars; I don't see why I can't teach myself to fix a Lotus . . ." So I decided that the dream of owning an Esprit was a lot more within reach than I had thought. All I had to do was work hard and get a good job . . . So to motivate myself to study and do well, I bought one of these, painted it white, and put it on my desk: I also bought books and buyers guides about Lotus and Esprits, and read them cover to cover multiple times. Still have all of them. When I finished college, I got an entry level operations job at an investment firm. I started saving for my dream car, a Lotus Esprit. I invested and saved, and also bought more broken "regular" cars and fixed them and sold them. Like these, for example: As an intermediate step on my learning curve of teaching myself to fix cars, I bought a Porsche 944 in mediocre condition and needing a clutch to learn from and use as a daily driver: That was the first of about ten 944s I owned, racking up over 350K miles driving them daily, and servicing dozens of them for others. Then, after about a year at my job, I sold 2 or 3 Fieros, added some cash I had saved, and bought my first Lotus: In the months leading up to it, I couldn't decide between a Turbo Esprit or an S1/S2. Every buyers guide at the time (late 1990s) told you to avoid the S1 at all costs, and that you should only buy something S3 or newer. Buying a notoriously unreliable, rare exotic car that everyone says to avoid, at the age of 23 on an entry level salary -- what could go wrong? On the other hand, I thought it would make a good first Esprit, as it was simpler and might be less expensive if I did have a catastrophe. And while not fast like a Turbo, it did fulfill the imaginations of my young childhood, of that magical white car that I saw on the television so many years ago. Indeed I had every catastrophe that S1s were known for. But by this time I had been fixing cars for 7 or 8 years, I received some good guidance from a few club members, and I understood that with something like this you have to be careful, not heavy handed, and most of all READ AND FOLLOW EVERY WORD IN THE WORKSHOP MANUAL. So I enjoyed every moment of it. I enjoyed every moment of servicing, fixing, improving, washing, waxing, and most of all driving my Esprit S1. That was twelve Esprits ago, twenty years ago, sixty-five thousand miles ago, many journeys and adventures ago, and most of all it has been through many great times with the many great people I have come to know and call my friends along the way. Cheers, Tony K.
  9. 1 point
    Hi guys, I picked up my first Lotus yesterday, and I'm still buzzing. Shocked, would be an appropriate adjective to describe my experience with these cars. The car is so good. I can't wait to get it on the track to see how it is. Our Aussie spec differs slightly from the UK spec. The side pods aren't the larger CF ones (I plan to change this), front splitter isn't CF (I don't mind...I would be worried that a CF splitter would explode on me), and non CF seats as far as I can tell (bummer). Otherwise, all else is the same. I was looking for a car that was fit-for-purpose, that didn't compromise for the sake of luxuries someone else would need, and didn't make my wallet tremble every time I was at the track looking for tenths of seconds. This car ticked all the boxes. Well, a couple of 2013/2014 Exige V6S's ticked most of the boxes but both got sold out from under me, and I'm a little impatient. So this is where I ended up. Hopefully I don't ask too many stupid questions. I'm very very green when it comes to Lotus's! Below are some pics I took as soon as I got her home. (temporary number plate location)
  10. 1 point
    It was the belgrano......
  11. 1 point
    If there was the possibility of a remain vote - rest assured we would already have had it. my gut feel is the outcome will be just the same - possibly a bigger leave margin - since many remain voters actually respect the democratic process and have also seen the reprehensible behaviour of the eu over the last few years
  12. 1 point
    The bank of Spain has warned that the new government after the forthcoming general election should expect an economic downturn due to certain events such as brexit
  13. 1 point
    Emo. Only available in black.
  14. 1 point
    Ejaculate. Standard cream colour, sticky tyres, comes in a range of options, fast acceleration, puts on a spurt when needed. Driver needs balls.
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  17. 1 point
    A fellow tool junkie! Vice or Virtue, that is the question......
  18. 1 point
    Much much easier to do uprights. I looked long and hard to do the arms, just not worth the hassle. Uprights really easy to machine and Still plenty material left for the threads the bolts use
  19. 1 point
    From the posting history I think @Techyd has the 18/19 wheels so would have gone for the Pilot sport 4 as the 4s are not available in the correct size for the front. The original handbook says 33/36psi for normal load, higher loads it goes up but I can't remember what too. I have read on the forums that Lotus then revised the figures and lowered them slightly to around 30/33psi. Many Evora owners running the Michelin tyres are preferring the lower pressures. I've still got my winter tyres on but as soon as I switch back I'll be trying out the lower pressures. For track work you want to use hot temperatures similar to your road cold temperature. So for example if you run 33/36psi, then head out for a couple laps to warm up the tyres, come into the pits and reduce the pressure back down to 33/36psi. Head out again for a few laps and check and reduce if required until you are running 33/36psi when your tyres are hot. Be careful when heading out after a break as the tyres would have cooled a lot and the pressure will be significantly lower so take first few laps slowly to build up the heat and pressure back to correct hot settings. Also take care when heading home at the end of the day. The tyres will cool under normal driving conditions compared to track driving conditions so remember to pump the tyres back up before heading home. I've only been to Bedford track and they had an air line to inflate your tyres, I'd imagine this is quite common so you would get away without having a compressor but I'd recommend getting a pressure gauge as they only cost £10-15 so not a great expense. *** Edit found the forum post about the revised tyre pressures:
  20. 1 point
    Bookmakers offering 20/1 no deal
  21. 1 point
    Anyone who will pass it's
  22. 1 point
    @Buddsy, I think you have a great story by the sounds of it. Speaking 2nd hand I know someone who knows someone I was told one way was to first have a book done, or a documentary and use that to pitch to a film company. Lots of Channels now do their own Documentaries from UK Terrestrial TV to the Big Sky Channels, Netflix, Amazon etc. We were looking into it because my Brother is a writer.
  23. 1 point
    I often take it to the local council MOT station. (There is one at the Ketteringham Depot, which I think is reasonably local to you). That way you’ll know that they won’t find/make issues which you are then obliged to get fixed there. Otherwise, Highfield Garage in Swardeston has got plenty of experience MOTing Evoras. That’s where LMS used to send their cars to get MOT’d.
  24. 1 point
    Agree 100% except all the polls are showing it yet again too tight to get a fag paper between. I wouldn't support another vote and have already sent emails to my local MP, but would love for them to have another and lose by an even bigger margin!! I for one will vote leave again and if they get a minor result to remain then will be demanding another vote and will Vote UKIP until I get what I want despite them being a one trick Pony. I genuinely think that will be the only way to get a real Exit from the EU. However the Govt know they will be facing civil unrest should they suddenly remain and I know many people who will take to the streets.
  25. 1 point
    I put my system together with parts from summitracing.com and got the tank locally since nobody will ship them by air. It’s a 6 litre foam system. Mounted it in the back of the boot and connected it to 6 nozzles (4 atop the engine cover and 2 from the boot side). Actuation is via cable pull from the cockpit. It’s a (car)life insurance since no insurance company covers fire here for older cars despite charging a small fortune for bare essentials.
  26. 1 point
    I hope so Andy - mine is going in next week for service #9 with 69k miles on the clock, although I can already hear in my head Craig telling me (again) that the clutch pedal is heavy, . I've no plans to reduce my usage of it, in fact I've just upped the projected annual limit on the insurance to 12k. I've got a daily that I can use but it only does about half the miles the Evora does.
  27. 1 point
    Nah, Macron just does as he is told to do by Merkel. No backbone, he just likes shooting his mouth off to try to convince others that he’s a somebody. This was the point behind my “weak muscles” post above. The EU are still trying to engineer the Brexit process towards a further referendum by hoping that Parliament will still vote May’s deal down and then vote for a long extension rather than no deal exit. The EU will then stipulate that a long extension will be conditional on a new referendum. The EU are now firmly in the driving seat!
  28. 1 point
    Awesome - thanks guys.
  29. 1 point
    It all comes down to money doesn't it? Our car buying habits/prejudices are driven from years ago where the average car would struggle to do 60k miles in its life, then it was 100k miles. So, cars with 50,60,70k miles are viewed as coming towards the end of their serviceable life. Modern manufacturing techniques, tooling, materials and quality has really turned this on its head, car's generally last much longer, are better all around, but our prejudices remain. There is no reason why any Evora could not go for 150k miles, with proper maintenance, before any serious mechanical overhaul was needed. But, I doubt any will get there as owners will just not use them for fer of the financial loss.
  30. 1 point
    Radical SR1 Season 2 - Here We Go Again! Hi Everyone, So this is a question I get asked a lot, will I be doing another season in the Radical SR1 Cup again this year? So I am pleased to say that yes I will although I did think long and hard about it as last season ended up being much tougher than I ever imagined it could be to be honest, I ended up being no where as fast as I thought I would be although I did love the whole experience, but I have been told by so many people that I’d be mad to abandon it after one season as the first season is such a big learning curve that the 2nd season will be much more straightforward and most people are always quicker in season 2 so fingers crossed. We have moved teams to 360 Racing who are based at Silverstone, these guys run in the European LeMans series which is pretty epic so they really are a serious racers and I’ll have a team mate this year which will be a great yard stick, they’ve even got a truck with a meeting room to look over data and somewhere to get changed, really feels like we’ve gone up a level already, and I’m really pleased to be working with Darren Winter again and Tom Gladdis who is still trying to coach me to going faster, poor lad, he’s really got his work cut out. https://www.360racing.net/elms I’d like to thank our sponsors who have stuck with us for another year so thanks to, in no particular order, PMC, Atlas, Rega, Chord, Trilogy, HiFi Pig, Naim and I’d like to welcome dCS as a new sponsor, still waiting on a couple more that we hopefully can announce soon. Goals for the year? So it looks like the grid for the SR1 Cup is going to be much bigger this year which hopefully will lead to much more close racing, there is almost more pressure this year as I can no longer hide behind the Rookie status of last year so I guess my main goal is to definitely be faster than last year, in all honesty it took me till the last 2 rounds to really feel like I was getting on top of the car so hopefully we can carry that into 2019. It was the last race at Brands that really did help spur me on to this year as it was the first meeting where I actually felt I was racing so I want to attack more and be more aggressive, by the end of the year over 1 lap my times were OK but my racing still left a lot to be desired so I really need to work on that also, I’ve also decided to insure the car this year as last year I took my chances and got away with it but I did feel it was holding me back a little as these things are not cheap to mend so now I’ll be insured that is another excuse gone Losing the Fangio Cup by 0.2 Second I really meant to post this last year but it has been extremely busy lately but here is the last lap of the last race, basically at the start of the video the car that is 2 ahead was my main title contender for the Fangio Cup, David, I beat him in race one so it came down to whoever won between us took the Fangio crown, as you can see I had plenty of opportunities, unfortunately I just didn’t realise it was the last lap so I have fitted a countdown stop watch in the car for this year, but as you can see I definitely need to toughen up for this coming year, so in the end we lost the title by 0.2 of a second which I felt was a fitting end to any season of motorsport as it went to the wire but congratulations to David, the best man won in the end. Testing at Snetterton So yesterday was my first time out in the car since the races at Brands and boy do I ache today, my arms are killing me, Snetterton is a pretty fast circuit and the last part of the lap really does have you holding on for dear live but it was good to be back in the car, in the end we went 1.5 seconds quicker than my best lap last year and there was plenty of potential to go even quicker, I just never managed to link up all the sectors but happy with that, the next stop is the first race of the season at Oulton Park, this will be interesting as last year when at Oulton I hadn’t driven the car before the race weekend so hopefully I should be much quicker there. 2019 Calendar All the best, Regards, Paul.
  31. 1 point
    The 400 was originally my daily, but with a conscious call that I didn't want to put more than 10K a year on it, because as you say this does make it an outlier. The N/A was on 44K when I sold it (I think) and I recall it being at the higher end but not especially more than the others being sold at the time and that was 2.5 year ago. Personally, I'd rather have a 50K car in use regularly as road mileage than a 15k car which has done it all on track or a 5K one that spends most of it's life sitting about. That said, the mileage doesn't really seem to hurt the cars too much. Even the 80K milers are only £2-3K less, which is nothing really.
  32. 1 point
    Hi Martin I was originally planning to be there and take some photos (without taking the lotus), now I guess I'll need to bring mine along!
  33. 1 point
    A bunch of us lotus guys will be at SMP on Sunday 24th at the NSW Supersprint, I'll be running in a 430 cup. Come along and we'd be happy to share track info and recommendations.
  34. 1 point
    I would have thought the poly will speed up steering response a little (but not much), will last longer but might transmit a little more vibration. Not a deal breaker either way.
  35. 1 point
    That's (retard timing) was only for idling emissions. Running timing was kind of conventional. The table setting out the specifications looked deceptively Excel like.
  36. 1 point
    It's still there. Uncle Bob must have forgotten to rename it. I used to stay with friends who lived on Princess Drive when I visited Harare, although I preferred Bulawayo, especially going to Eskimo Hut
  37. 1 point
    Well worth it. Mine came as a kit from JJC Race & Rally for about £130. They have changed to an ebay shop, and it looks like they don't do the same deal anymore. Think Demon Tweaks is the same company, they have a website rather than ebay. Looking at my invoice, it's a 2.25l Lifeline mechanical plumbed in one and it came with a 2kg hand held. The plumbed in ones they now offer are 4l and I don't think that they will fit in the same place mine is. Here's my installation. Had to make a cut into the cover to let the gauge fit. The 2.25 l is quite big - much larger than the halon one I originally had.
  38. 1 point
    What on earth would be the point of a self driving Lotus? Maybe the computers will be talking to each other and comparing the driving experiences of each other’s cars. If it ever truly does get to the point of self driving or autonomous cars, you might just as well be sitting in one of those ugly box like things Apple were developing. I mean, who would care how good it is for the computer to drive?
  39. 1 point
    You misunderstand the point I was making. On here and another site the debate is reasoned, calm and informed. On Twitter it's OHMYGODTHESKYISFALLINGDOWNWEREALLDOOMEDNASTYEVILTORIESAREALLRACISTS over and over again. Hence the reason for avoiding such nonsense on that platform.
  40. 1 point
    I also used a viscous coupling spanner (Ford) - that's how I recalled it was 36mm
  41. 1 point
    When I got my S1's Citroen gearbox overhauled it required a thin 36mm spanner to undo something inside. I can't remember what, as I had the item restored professionally. The special Citroen tool was unobtainable, but the transmission specialist was able to thin down this tool easily and continue the work: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Land-Rover-Defender-Discovery-Td5-Tdi-Td-N-A-V8-Viscous-Fan-Spanner-32mm-36mm/230620797702?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D20190212102350%26meid%3D6fe4222274a44a5da8e30125e00cea28%26pid%3D100012%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D142246694013%26itm%3D230620797702&_trksid=p2047675.c100012.m1985
  42. 1 point
    I'll measure my 'special' box spanner tonight if you still need it. I recall you are correct with the 36mm 'nut' securing the speedo drive
  43. 1 point
    "Some of our roads are quite bumpy here" Same here in the USA. In fact, I want one of these stickers for my Daily Driver. (Sorry for the off-topic post, had to share. )
  44. 1 point
    Enjoyed that drive home tonight


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