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  1. Collected my first Esprit today. Anyone know this car? The guy a bought it from claims it is the only GT3 in Nautilus Blue. Anyone know differently? And another couple.
    6 points
  2. Well it's been a bit of a while since the last update. The 410 went in for its first service but despite having a look I've still got one last rattle to get sorted. Oakmeres thought they had it but looks like we need another go. Im struggling to find time to get over. Other than that everything has been fine we are up to just under 5000 miles now which is a lot for me to cover in my own car as im usually tooling about in the van. It continues to impress. As previously detailed it genuinely outclassed the GT4 I was quite surprised. The next car was always going to be a 991 gt3 but I don't think that for me the steering will be good enough assuming it's the same as the GT4. Its epas and I just don't think it works. Recently I had chance to have a go in a surprising contender for the Evora in the shape of a McLaren 570. A chance call into the Manchester branch for a quick drool and it's amazing the deals they are offering on these things. You can be in a new one for about the retail on a 430. They seem very keen to shift stock which is no surprise in the current climate. I went over to the Leeds dealership. I really like these guys. Nick is ex Lotus some may well have bought from him. The 570 is quite a thing. Brutally quick. Super chassis and ride. Again for me that old thing of the steering comes back in and for all its other attributes I would still maintain that for a drivers car our humble Evora has it by a point. May be one to revisit but the stronger Lotus residuals are appealing plus the Mac running costs are truly next level. No Lotus have the best car on the market for it's price that's for sure.
    6 points
  3. Mine is still going strong with "New old stock" Sanden comp, OEM evap/expansion valve, new ally condenser, and 134a. These systems are fine with 134. Never had to top up yet either.
    4 points
  4. Can't believe this thread is now 5 years old. Anyway, as encouragement for anyone considering the work, here's today's reading: 2.3 at the vent 19 degrees anbient. R134, stock components and a £15 (presumably a fake Sanden chinese copy) compressor.
    3 points
  5. Upgrade to gold membership - and get a provenance cert from the factory as part of the deal. That’ll show you 👍
    2 points
  6. The previous owner of my car had a small engine fire which very luckily went out before it caused any damage. It was caused by the hose from the right-hand end of the crossover pipe to the pressure regulator coming off the pipe. I now have a long piece of hose which fits 100mm over the pipe and two hose clips!
    2 points
  7. Was just about to post a pic. Glad I reread the title with my glasses on.
    2 points
  8. This means the Esprit will make a come back soooooon
    2 points
  9. Today, 15 May 2019, is the 45th birthday of the Elite, launched on 15 May 1974 - also a Wednesday. Happy birthday Elite!
    2 points
  10. .... to start the ball rolling, here are two of mine...
    1 point
  11. Hi All, I present my car. It's a ECLAT 501 from 1976. We are working on this car since 2 years. Is now finished behalve the lights. I bough 2 solenoid valves by solenoid-valves.com but I need a scheme/diagram to refit all the pipes together. Impossible to have the lights closed ....They are closed when the light switch is ON ! Pufffff.... Thanks for help Have a nice WE, Etienne
    1 point
  12. I put this deck in 3 years ago. The gazebo went over it last year and makes it really usable late into the evening from about May until late September time. Infact last year we slept out in it a couple of nights. The main advantage of the composite I wanted was zero maintenance and perfectly safe and nonslip any time of the year. I think it was the B & Q composite. The gazebo curtains can be all mesh or all solid all round.
    1 point
  13. Found it....135” ...perfect! Dont know how I missed that before. Many thanks.
    1 point
  14. Richard - I recall posting the length in inches.... probably on this one if you trawl back
    1 point
  15. Good to hear from you lads, just excavated the garage workspace from under a load of building related materials so thick one could hardly see the Lotus. Just about to resume work on my own AC project. Cheers
    1 point
  16. I considered it at the time and it was priced similarly to the hardwood nearly 10 years ago, I dismissed it then because it just didn't seem right, a decking should be made of wood. However 10 years on I expect it would still look almost like new and wouldn't have needed sanding and treating in the meantime, I wish I had used it now. cheers -Chris
    1 point
  17. If you mean the M100 is not that fast please think again as a Mk 1 standard Esprit barely makes 120 mph and a M100 tops over 130 mph My Esprit V8 is remapped to 440hp and the M100 won't live with that, but it will go on without any reliability problems for well over 100,000 miles.
    1 point
  18. Decking under construction in 2010, I can't find any of it when it was finished and looking good. It is a pain to upkeep and is currently being wire brushed before trying another new product to look after it, nothing so far has worked as advertised. cheers -Chris
    1 point
  19. The delivery guy who went base over apex would not agree. He was warned and not hurt. Good job he could not see me laughing.😂
    1 point
  20. Im not sure I would want to meet many more Dangerous for sanity, mental health and my kidneys 🤪
    1 point
  21. If we told you what Snailgate is about, we'd have to kill you.
    1 point
  22. There's a big party for (M100) Elans 😍
    1 point
  23. Congratulations - but can't you come and join us? Richard
    1 point
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  25. I also recently had the TVS 1900 conversion done to my 2015 Evora S sr at Hofmanns at the end of April while I had the car in the UK for its annual service and MOT. It was my first visit to Hofmanns, and I found the guys were great to deal with throughout, and did a great job all round. So Why? I’ve greatly enjoyed my car since I bought it new from Hexagon in 2015, I was their first lotus customer!. I had thought about changing the car for a 400 at some point, but having tried a couple, decided I didn’t like it as much as the one I had. Until you get right up the rev range, there was also very little noticeable difference in the performance either. I use the car very much as a daily and GT, I’ve never tracked it and have no intention of doing so in the future. I did like the idea for more power though, to be more precise, more torque. Having looked at all the options, I decided the simplest way forward, and most straight forward for me was the TVS1900 route. I picked up the car from Hoffmans mid morning on the 1st May. Visually, there is no change as the bigger blower fits nicely under the engine cover, a point I rather like. I then drove directly to the Tunnel and on to Ghent for the night. The following morning I drove down to Heidelberg, which was the enjoyable bit once on the unrestricted autobahns. It really is a worthwhile conversion, the increase in performance really transforms the car, it pulls hard throughout the rev range and is as smooth, if not smoother than the original setup. It really is very easy to cruise at speeds of double the UK limit and more, without any drama. The most noticeable difference is the way the car accelerates, at pretty much any speed, when you put your foot down. I don’t know exactly what the BHP figure is, I’m told 410/420, but the greatly increased torque makes it a very much quicker car than before. The supercharger makes slightly more noise than the OEM unit, but it’s never intrusive, unlike the Mad Max soundtrack from the Jackson Racing blower on my Honda S1 Elise. After a night in Heidlebfrg, in a hotel built into a brewery!..which was fun, I had another rapid cruise down to Luzern. At low speeds, around town and in heavy traffic, the car is quiet and smooth as any other Evora, in fact, you wouldn’t know the difference. From Luzern, over the Ghothard pass and onto Italy and back home to Tuscany. The car ran perfectly all the way, and interestingly, seemed to run a bit cooler than before, it certainly didn’t smell as hot when stopped for an Autostrada services stop. So, all in all, I’m impressed, and very happy with the conversion. Thanks to all at Hofmanns for your good work and excellent service. I’m a very happy customer.
    1 point
  26. Hi Ken This is so disturbing, I have been a ‘Lotus fan’ for 56 years, started at Hethel in 68 building Elan, Europa’s and +2’s. From 2000-2014 I worked on the Driver Training Academy and ran the factory tours. The Bahar period was ‘interesting’ for sure, the Gales period.....I have nothing positive to say but I’m hoping once Geely get a hold of things, things will improve. It doesn’t excuse the way you have been treated and hopefully someone at Hethel will pick up on this and get back to you. Its a shame we couldn’t have contacted each other when you were over........next time, or might see you at the Lotus Owners Gathering in August. Good Luck Richard
    1 point
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  28. Yes they have come off back order now. Dave
    1 point
  29. Just an update, mine turned up today at the lower price and is in A1 condition no cracks or blemishes 👍
    1 point
  30. I'd like to meet @Bibs sober. Both of us at the same time would be a bonus.
    1 point
  31. I am happy to meet anyone and everyone, though obviously the answer to your question for most members will be "Kimbers" of course! But I know secretly I am only used to get at my dad 😟 @Bibs especially has used me...... and often..........sorry what were you talking about again? In all seriousness I have met so many members here and formed close friendships. The Scottish Members especially.......I can't get rid of....following me around....Christ on a bike, I even bumped into @bingoking in Geneva! @C8RKH I bought his car! and that other Scottish bloke with an Orange Wannabe Lotus @Andrew C just keeps Facebook Stalking me There are too many to mention but one I do want to meet is my Brother from a Different Mother, who, when my father had his seizure and had to be resussed twice, called me all the way from Australia. Never forgotten it and would love to meet you @ramjet
    1 point
  32. @silverfrost - Yep - Quad Webers 45 and 48's were put in the works TR7 / 8 Rally cars. Should sound awesome too, downside is 4 to 5 mpg when full throttle. There is a lot more to do on the engine yet but am getting there.
    1 point
  33. The TR is that little bit closer to being race ready once more. Last rallied 39 years ago progress on the engine is now heading in the right direction 😎.
    1 point
  34. Sorry for the late response, I just got the car dug out of the corner. It's Lagoon Blue L12. On a good note, just before i put her away last fall, i managed to put new wheel cylinders on the tears. Wow what a project what was! Those clips that hold them in and the brake lines are a real bear to deal with!. She fired fight up and is running strong, brakes feel perfect, I'm hoping to get it out during the week for a few shake down runs.
    1 point
  35. Sneak Peak, just delivered to Lotus Silverstone, It's certainly very orange
    1 point


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