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  1. Well after waiting over 4 years with my deposit down for a new TVR and no car in sight I started to look around, and eventually settled on an Evora. looking forward to it arriving on Thursday.
    8 points
  2. At a multi-club breakfast meet yesterday, I give you "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" - with the latter closest to the camera of course, . In the 'My rear wing is bigger than yours' contest, the winner is.................. OK, OK - the Supra has it, but mine is much prettier! For 8½ years old, and 70k miles (112k km) on the clock, she (oops, am I allowed to say that?) still scrubs-up quite well I think.
    5 points
  3. New owner and member as of this weekend
    5 points
  4. I spent all day Sunday sitting around at the 14th annual St. George's Day British car show, put on by a car club I'm involved with over here 🇨🇦. Being Scottish-born, albeit raised in Canada from a young age, I had to find some way to deal with the rampant English chauvinism inherent in a St. George's Day event . So I made sure that my car was properly displayed:
    3 points
  5. As I said i really thought about it for a long time and from my point of view there are some arguments for upgrading. I will mainly rely on KomoTec and have already spend really much money on upgrading the car so a 380 will probably not be faster. Cheapest 380 here in germany is still about 79.000 € so I can spend more than 20k on upgrades till I reach the point were a 380 would be cheaper. Also I hate the 6800 rev limit and a EX460 upgrade would still be needed on the 380.. I will do this as the very last step I think. Next thing is: There is neither 380 in a bright colour for sale nor a carbon grey one (I love the looks of carbon grey 380 Cup with yellow accents soo much) Even a 380 would require some updates, some of them don´t even have the track pack.. Often, upgrades like the breaks or battery etc. can be achieved just when the original parts start to fail, for me thats a bit of a win win situation if you know what i mean. Last thing is: I would cry if someone drives away with my loved car... maybe a new 380 or 410 would ease the pain but i still remember when i sold my Z4M and that was no good day for me..
    2 points
  6. So back to business. Next topic on my list was a gearbox oil cooler because I had some moments where i thought the gears won´t change.. Lotus refused my guarantee application so I thought I had to do something myself. I went to KomoTec again, just got no pics of that upgrade 😑. I think it really helps on track when temperatures rise. After some more trackdays my front break disc cracked and i thought it was time for another upgrade. Got the KoBra Brakes for the front axle and PFC pads all around. Really great, recommend it for track use but sqeaks really a lot in town.. Love that sqeaks too If my rear discs fail again I will upgrade them also, couldn´t think of better breaks, even saw them on Cup Porsches..
    2 points
  7. Thanks Fabian, all sorted and sealed back up👍
    2 points
  8. There's a notch on the backplate you have removed that holds the drive gear in. I used a blob of grease to keep in place whilst refitting the plate. Pete
    2 points
  9. The old man came round and demanded a picture while I was cleaning the car. He was chatting about it all and how he signed off every stage personally and how he cocked up because he doesn't have a single picture of him with the design team and engineers who did the car from start to finish. he considers it a total Team effort but secretly I think he considers it his swansong from the Motor Industry he loved so much and all the designs he has either personally been involved in or that he instigated/oversaw. And didn't he do well. It's a stunning car with amazing engineering from top to bottom. Very proud to own something so personal to him. Also interesting to note that he considers both McLaren and Ferrari to have used the design for the basis of their cars. true when you look at them!
    2 points
  10. Saw him live at Stevenage Locarno 1967 I think. Those were the days
    1 point
  11. Upon further reflection, I have decided more is less, that is, less orange accent. Any and all opinions welcome...good or bad.
    1 point
  12. @RoflOnMyWaffle - I think the rear spats are like the side skirts, once you have them, the car would look weird without them. I like how visually they make the car look wider. Regular cleaning makes it easier to clean wheels. The performance friction pads leave quite a lot on wheels, but if you keep on top of it with regular washes it's a lot easier to shift it. I think a ceramic coating will make the washing process easier, plus it gave the wheels a nice deep black, which is another benefit. The shine is from the detail, it really looks great! Especially when you consider it's a 50,000 mile car.
    1 point
  13. A 380 sport, with a KT 460, fitted with full tubular and standard back box kills them all.... imho And its here.... cheers
    1 point
  14. I doubt the ECU would complain too much, it's already been updated from stock. The ECUs have a small amount of learning capability. Might be worth emailing Daniel at Komotec and asking his advice.
    1 point
  15. Well... You didn't did you? Anyway, it doesn't matter whether you did or did not, most important is now I know...
    1 point
  16. You were lucky. I had to change the wiper motor on the S1 after I had assembled it. Brain surgery is probably easier and much much more comfortable. I had many bruises after that particular job! I learned from that. The Turbo wiper system was fully tested before the windscreen and dash were built up!
    1 point
  17. Oooh. Looks just like the guy that played The Punisher.
    1 point
  18. These are the relevant pages from the Service manual. You need to follow the decision tree. The code will clear once the condition is no longer present
    1 point
  19. I fully agree. The only part I had to change in the wiper system was the wiper arm. All other parts were the same as in RHD, just assembled in a different order. The way Lotus designed the car is mostly the work of a genius. It´s just a shame that the way it was built is not at the same level. Whose idea was it mix metric and UNF nuts and bolts in the same car? Or even the same parts assembly?!?!
    1 point
  20. https://paultan.org/2019/04/29/lotus-suv-gets-rendered-based-on-patent-drawings/
    1 point
  21. Definately don't put the dash in until all the electrics are perfect. Especially the wiper system. If it need attention do it know, especially the motor change or any parts of the mechanism. Two people helps if the screen is in!
    1 point
  22. After 5 weeks, I finally got my car back yesterday! So as mentioned above, whilst it's been away it's had: - New track rod ends due to wear - 3 way Nitron Dampers Rebuilt as one of them had seized adjustors - Front springs changed from 550lbs to 750lbs - Front uprights machined to allow for 2 degrees of camber - New Cup 2 tyres - 215/45/17 & 285/30/18 I got the car back and at first thought "what the hell have I done". The car was all over the place over bumps, tram lining badly, and just not pleasant on the brilliant Surrey roads... This morning I went for a drive and stopped a few times to adjust the dampers and got things to be really nice. To give reference, it was set as 10 clicks of rebound all round, and 8 clicks each for both high speed and low speed compression. I have only adjusted the compression as I need to jack the car up to do rebound, but I changed the high speed compression to 16 all round (so softened a lot, which gives more compliance over bumps in the road), then on low speed compression I did 5 clicks on the front and 8 clicks on the rear(so stiffer on the front for compression in cornering). My reason for stiffening up the front was in an attempt to change the balance of the car to get more grip on the rear. With 2 degrees of camber the turn in is absolutely insane, so the back comes round quite readily. I feel like softening up the rebound (more so on the rear) will make the car feel even better still on the road. Being honest, the stiffer front springs, plus more front camber, do make the car worse on the road, meaning it follows bumps in the road more and has less ability to absorb bumps. I knew this was likely to be the case, and on track I believe the car is going to feel a lot better now. Of course, I can't make a judgement on this until I've done a trackday. For track (depending on track and conditions), I will stiffen the dampers up a load and learn what settings work best. Overall, I'm really happy with the changes, the car feels more "alive" and sharper, so I have no doubt that on smooth roads, and on track, it's an improvement and I think it will make me faster on track. Still got an annoying rattle coming from the front of the car which will be investigated next week. One of the joys of having a higher milage car I guess. I try to replace bits when needed and over service it to sort problems before the occur. I'm a regular at Back on Track!
    1 point
  23. Turning on the ignition might help... Wipers work perfectly...
    1 point
  24. Took the Evora to Hunstanton yesterday for a bit of a test run. Let's hope for better weather next weekend!
    1 point
  25. Both of the children back at home after winter hibernation!
    1 point
  26. Conneted the battery for the first time in five (or was it six?) years. No fires, lights work, but the winshield wiper does not. Better trouble shoot that before installing the dash..
    1 point
  27. Absolutely, Lotus is on the launch pad with a multistage rocket, their job is to make sure that they can reach orbit, and in a way that hypercar is just the first stage of that rocket, just here to provide the initial jolt, then it will be the new sportcar - really curious about that one - that will provide the momentum... A new sport program will help greatly I believe. I'm really confident in the ability of the new management team and the ownership to deliver. The only thing that can be a thorn on their side is another major economic downturn, but I think the ownership has already taken some measures... And with group sales exceeding 2M units sold last year and Lynk & Co about to reach cruising speed, Polestar gearing up to start production on #2, and Proton sales looking up, group sales should reach a higher mile stone if only marginally. I want to put a "penny" on a brand new V6 turbo and electrified powertrain in the next sport car... Because its development was done more under JMG and more importantly Feng Qingfeng the project leader behind Geely Emgrand GT and the first serious luxury car powered by a V6 that Geely ever produced.
    1 point
  28. This is why the are going for a HyperCar to try to hit the reset button but it also means a new esprit carrying the name will béa important soon before the history is all forgotten.
    1 point
  29. Apart from my OCD insisting that the tyre pressure numbers on each axel must match, Ive never had issues with the TPMS. Gav
    1 point
  30. The outer CV joint is made by GKN Lobro.
    1 point
  31. Well, part of the rear "hub" is part of the bearing which is a Renault front wheel bearing (since the Renault transaxle is used for Front Wheel Drive in its native vehicles). The wheel bolt flange part is likely specific to Lotus. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Front-Wheel-Bearing-Renault-21-25-30-Fuego-Espace-I-II-7701462020-/321807391334 The output shafts are Renault and the outer ends must (see bearing comment above) be the same outer dimension as a Renault splines or likely are Renault, so it's quite likely that Lotus used either standard Renault items off-the-shelf drive shafts, or a modified length version of something off-the-shelf.
    1 point
  32. That must’ve been me, apologies for the late reply. I was in a hurry to get to the open pit lane before it shut, would’ve gladly said hi had I known!
    1 point
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