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  1. Lost a little something in changing it to a GIF but 10MB JPEG can't be uploaded!
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  2. Last corner of Lola fitted, you may think I've been slacking but this corner had been left off purposely for easy access to the engine bay and underneath through the wheelarch. You may notice a bit of a theme going on...  Just awaiting engine bay surrounds and trim now, then the fun can begin with mechanicals.
    4 points
  3. Stripped all ancillaries, turbos and exhaust manifolds - nice that all nuts/studs came away without any breakages or damage. Makes a very nice change. Turbos off for rebuilding
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  4. Charlotte's a very lucky girl, that's one hell of a school run car :D
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  5. If Jamie can work his magic with the numbers, this may be sat on my drive this Summer...
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  6. As I reflected on my own personal journey and order of the soon to be released model for the US, i want to share some perspective with the same passion expressed on this forum. It has been an up and down emotional roller coaster with Lotus on the Evora for the US market, as reflected in the forum for many of us who appreciate the uniqueness of Lotus, the cars, heritage and its journey to produce some of the finest automobiles driven on the road today. As a struggling Auto Manufacturing company, Lotus has made many mistakes but has managed to survive against incredible odds and hopefully will thrive under the new management team. I felt no pressure to purchase the car and while the changes of the specs from what was originally proposed were frustrating, I had every opportunity to cancel my order at any time! I opted not to do that after I considered the options for me to order another vehicle and speaking with Lotus USA. Brian @ Gator who I opted to order the vehicle from was simply phenomenal in providing answers they have and clearly letting me know about the answers they did not. Brian, deserves in my opinion, a lot of credit under extreme circumstances to maintain an open dialogue with clients like myself! The revised pricing for sure helps but regardless, for me, it was the car, the experience, uniqueness of driving another Lotus Evora. As an owner of a 2011 Evora, I cannot wait to get my hands on the US SPEC EVORA GT! With that, I have and continue to believe the Lotus Evora is a unique car in a market that buyers ultimately have many choices and lets be clear, buying a Lotus is a choice we all make with our own money and preferences. I am anxiously waiting to receive my US SPEC Lotus Evora GT and while I still do not have the specific details of the vehicle, I know it is going to be special, fast, phenomenal to drive and rare on the streets. For me personally, I want the look and feel of the Evora GT 430 and have taken steps to get my newly ordered vehicle to match the Euro specs by ordering the components that are not coming to the US market for various reasons including regulatory restrictions on the parts! So, here is the list of items that are NOT standard on the US SPEC Evora GT, front bumper, rear wing, jhook calipers, Öhlins, stainless exhaust. The good news is you can order some as dealer options and others as aftermarket parts if you choose to do so. I really am baffled by comments around not having the same vehicle here in the US and the criticism leveled at Lotus! I respect the diversity of opinions expressed here and the emotional response to the topic as everyone is clearly interested in the success and perhaps some in the failure of Lotus! I expressed mine with the purchase of a newly minted US SPEC LOTUS EVORA GT! I hope many others do as well! Pictures coming as soon as I get the keys! Kostas
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  7. Wow - seems like some of our cousins over the pond are feeling a tad unloved! Have you thought about: 1. The USA is NOT the centre of the world for everything and anything (we debunked the earlier comment about the value of the USA market for sports cars earlier in this thread) 2. The USA is a "fragmented" market with not just Federal rules to comply with but also local rules too making life difficult 3. To infer that to just bolt on a couple of airbags and away you go is a bit reckless really - really? In these days when a car has more computing power, sensors and an integrated data platform within it do we really think manufacturers can just "bolt on" essential safety items? 4. Boo hoo - the USA is not the focus of the marketing or product campaign right now - well, maybe, just maybe, that is because Lotus (and Geeley) are looking East and not West? Maybe they see better opportunities there? maybe it is easier to do business there (more commonality on legislation etc?). Maybe it is for a huge number of reasons that the USA is not THE focus right now. After all, you guys seem to buy more home grown sports cars than anything else, and then it's all German for you - based on real sales figures not my bias. 5. In real terms (Corporate world) not a lot of time has passed since the acquisition certainly as far as designing, building mules, testing, certifying, launching brand new car models is concerned. Maybe the web site and the US Market are not, right now, the priorities. 6. They are recruiting like crazy so obviously have a lot of work to do, a lot of plans for the future, a clear idea of where they want to get to etc. maybe they are getting their shit together before they launch products that they will never sell (Have we forgotten the Bahar approach already?) 7. New Hyper car to be launched soon. New model to be launched in less than 12 months. Let's give them a chance eh and see what they do. Jeez - i thought the Brits owned the world record for whinging and whining. It seems we've relinquished leadership position to the US too! :) Have a cold beer. Put your feet up. Worry about the batting stats in Baseball. Have some faith. Lotus will be back in the USA soon, with the best ever product it has ever made. Me, I'm going to have another cup of tea, keep calm and put the popcorn on...
    2 points
  8. Hello. Greatings to England. Here some pics of my GT 430 . At last my one of one 1/60 plate original lotus 🙂 who finds the error
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  9. Short Video from the Evora with exhaust sound and acceleration
    2 points
  10. To avoid the drag of 20 seconds of Googling, I've pasted the link here: Page 447 section MB, same as my manual... 'Service Notes Turbo Esprit and S3 1980-1987 https://meinlotus.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/lotus-manual.pdf
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  11. Or, they rejected the lot, were compensated and told to destroy them???. I've no more idea of the reason than you have. Gerald said he was told it was because they leaked air and resulted in huge number of warranty claims. Doesn't detract from the fact that it happened.
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  12. If I get a look in on my replacement car! Very pretty! Gm77 has other options as you all know. I can not wait to drive this new beauty. Xx
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  13. Pah - that cars never getting out the garage again. too many rolls of carpet and templates in the way
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  14. Ah yes - I see you have joined the club 😆.
    1 point
  15. It was a celebration of the highest density of privately owned Evora in the world! All within 2 miles, and we were missing one...
    1 point
  16. Just because it was a nice day really. Although it might end up being a very expensive afternoon for @Gm77 and @andyj007 ...
    1 point
  17. So pleased for you Fabian, in the final stages now ! Interior looks awesome
    1 point
  18. Lars, someone will post up soon, I cant remember who it was, but one of the guys actually took the time to colour co ordinate a lotus s2/s3 wiring diagram, i know the the turbo has a few extra bits, but hopefully the s3 one will cover your needs.
    1 point
  19. Sums up the actions (or should that be inactions?) and rhetoric of the main political parties for me -
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  20. One more, a bit more moody shot of the #311
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  21. Just listening to the politicians I don't think they have learnt anything from this. All parties were thrashed by a party that is a matter of 6 weeks old lead by someone who many don't really like or trust. The Lib Dems got nearly 1/2 of the seats the Brexit Party but are claiming a total victory (just waiting for them to start claiming PR is not fair), the Labour party are going to demand another referendum with the option to Remain, the Conservatives are still ripping themselves apart (Rory Stewart demanding No Deal is still off the table and has been nicknamed 'The suicide bomber'). The Green party are saying there is no mandate to Leave the EU after last nights results (don't know what they have been smoking). What is the bet we are still in the EU at the end of the year? What a bunch of self-serving self-delusional whatnames. One quote was that the parties do not need to worry about the Brexit party as they will suffer the same outcome as UKIP did with no real impact on UK parliament after the last election.
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  22. If I had the current reg numbers or chassis numbers of all the white dry sump cars it should be possible to HPI check them, which should show up all previous plates they've been on. @The Pits car must be on a different plate now as SAV176X isn't registered with the DVLA at all. One potential issue is this was the pre online 80s and it's possible that number plate was never 'officially' on that car. Wouldn't be the first time more than one car was running round on the same number... My hope is that one of the white dry sump owners here has enough history of their car to know if this is their car or not. I'd just love to know where it is now.
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  23. I see the self proclaimed first President of Europe also had a good kicking in France. Maybe time for him to concentrate on his own country’s problems rather than using Brexit as a diversion to forward his political desires.
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  24. Saw this on youtube...god, I still love the look of these, they’re timeless:
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  25. Must be some truth in that. The CX500 were clearly designed as 5 stud wheels as the pattern repeats 5 times. The only reason for milling away the pattern in the centre would have been to drill 4 holes instead of 5 as the pattern does not allow for 4. Phils wheels are possibly the only set like this. Maybe the original buyer specified that he wanted comps as a condition of the purchase. I have always found the story about a skip full of new CX500s impossible to believe. Lotus would simply never have thrown away brand new wheels. They would have sent them back for re-sealing or had some guys in the factory doing it. Also at that time Lotus used to sell of all the surplus factory stuff out the back door to Derek Dean or Bernard White and neither of them had any CX500s. Maybe they had a pallet load of them for return and its got tweaked over time.
    1 point
  26. Congrats!....Great car, excellent color. I currently have an Evora 400 (same color but all red though, silver wheels) but I had a 2011 Evora NA in black, beautiful color too.
    1 point
  27. A little update, been working on the design in CAD! It's not 100% final yet (although close) as it needs to go through stress tests before I'd sell to any friends. My goal with these is to make them as durable as possible, but at the same time, to reduce the thickness of the design as much as possible. It's a fine balance! The stalks will be made from Aluminium and CNC machined. I've gone for a sleek design which points up slightly which gives the ball joint a bit more movement for adjustment. The threads will be tapped into the base, meaning that the original M5 bolts (from factory mirrors) can be used making installation easier. The finish will be bare aluminium, although I will be getting mine anodised black, so if we do a batch in black we can share the cost of this. Alternatively, people could get them painted if they want them in bodycolour for example. Costs are of course very important, at the moment, it looks like it'll be around £260, per pair, if we can get 5 sets made. (this is just the stalks, Magical Racing mirrors must be bought separately) A few people have already expressed interest, please respond on here / pm me if you're provisionally interested. Payment will be required up front before the production process starts.
    1 point
  28. Thanks again Richard for coordinating the display, and it was fun chasing you around the circuit with my rear-view mirror full of Paul's brown car. Who knew you could get up to 80mph on a few parade laps? Why wait for the 40th Excel anniversary in 2022 when it will be the 40th anniversary of the S2.2 next year!!!!!! My new camera-phone did a half decent job of a portrait of my car. Leigh
    1 point
  29. The old Bat out of Hethel eh? Good to see you...
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  30. Yeah I agree try them without the center painted first. Just mocked one rear on the car and it sits 1 cm further out from the shock for reference shouldn’t be anti issue?
    1 point
  31. Just going to quickly chuck this one on here from today's event at Castle Combe. A previous Esprit of mine, the first car I'd ever bought new and my second V8 Esprit. Good to see it still looking striking in the sunshine and a real surprise as it was the first time I've seen it since I sold it almost twenty years ago. Centre exit exhaust is new, but the rest of it is pretty much as how I remember and from my understanding it's still the only Chrome Orange V8 GT in the UK (unless someone knows different?).
    1 point
  32. Been at club lotus day at castle Combe,made me feel young😆
    1 point
  33. My window drop on opening the door stopped working last week and I investigated today. I took the inside panel off but it was unnecessary as I managed to free the micro switch using silicone spray lubricant (although WD40 would probably work too) through the latch on the back edge of the door. I’ve attached 2 photos below in the first, I sprayed diagonally down through the gap at the opening to the latch slot. In the second photo I used a bolt to move the latch to the locked position which gave another 2 access angles, again I used the straw on the van to spray in and down onto the mechanism. I opened the latch using the exterior handle and repeated the spray lubrication a couple of times and it started working again. Only thing to remember is to make sure the latch is in the open position before trying to shut the door.
    1 point
  34. BBQ FACTS We are about to enter the BBQ season. Therefore it is important to refresh your memory on the etiquette of this sublime outdoor cooking activity . When a man volunteers to do the BBQ the following chain of events are put into motion: (1) The woman buys the food. (2) The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables, and makes dessert. (3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces, and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill - beer in hand. (4) The woman remains outside the compulsory three meter exclusion zone where the exuberance of testosterone and other manly bonding activities can take place without the interference of the woman. Here comes the important part: (5) THE MAN PLACES THE MEAT ON THE GRILL. (6) The woman goes inside to organise the plates and cutlery. (7) The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is looking great. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another beer while he flips the meat Important again: (8) THE MAN TAKES THE MEAT OFF THE GRILL AND HANDS IT TO THE WOMAN. (9) The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauces, and brings them to the table. (10) After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes And most important of all: (11) Everyone PRAISES the MAN and THANKS HIM for his cooking efforts. (12) The man asks the woman how she enjoyed ' her night off ', and, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there's just no pleasing some women 🤣
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  35. Nice night in South Queensferry😎
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  37. Passed MOT no advisories, you lovely brilliant little thing
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  38. I went for it and I have the skinned knuckles to prove it; I put the car on axle stands and eventually managed to pull the vacuum line out of the chassis from the engine side. From here of course there was much anxiety as to whether I'd ever be able to get a new line in, though I was happy to see that my faffing around with the vacuum gauge (and despite miss diagnosis from a professional) had led me to the right place ...clearly the decline will have started many moons ago and I have obviously rather got used to less than optimal brakes..! The replacement pipe from Lotus is no longer available, so I had one made up by Pirtek, a hydraulics company in Edinburgh. In the end, despite the minor injuries and some expletives along the way it was no worse a job than I had feared and it went in, eventually, as the old one had come out. And yes, my braking is much improved. Now that I'm on a roll, I'm thinking I might fit a non return valve in the servo line.. can't do any harm right..? Near the manifold?
    1 point
  39. The new manufacturing hall is going to be heavily automatized and Lotus Lightweight Structures (Worcester) and Lotus Fabrication (Vulcan Road) are also getting a cash, tech and staff influx, they can manufacture the stamped and casted parts to have an all alloy chassis and body. The next generation of cars will probably be all alloy and will possibly add something akin to the Volvo/Polestar carbon fibre spine to help getting maximum stiffness.
    1 point
  40. What a dream to have found this
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  41. <sigh> Yet another Lotus Esprit repair willy-waving competition...
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  42. European Federal Superstate ? Really ? The last time I looked this country Did not have the Euro, Is not a Republic, Does not have proportional representation in elections, Does not have a centralised police force, Drives on the left, Keeps different summer/winter times, Has completely different personal tax rates, Finances local government completely differently, Has the highest bus and train fares in Europe Has way more liberal employment hiring and protection rights than most other places in Europe, Allied itself with the USA not Europe in the last major military operation, Has nuclear weapons along with only one other European country, A completely different criminal justice/ legal system. I am leaving out all those scare stories about straight bananas, "vegolate",bent croissants and having to eat horses (oh sorry it was Tesco`s made us do that not the EU). They are tabloid press nonsense. ...the above disinguishing features are surely enough to be going on with to argue that there is obvioiusly European cooperation (or maybe not these days ) but a "Federal Superstate" ? No. The European Parliament has very little power to affect the decisions that matter in Europe. I hate allying myself with our Public Relations Professional Prime Minister but I am for staying In the EU not because it is perfect (far from it, it certainly needs reform) but there are matters of principal aimed at keeping the peace and social justice that Europe subscribes to which must be conisrered along with the quest for cold hard trading cash.
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