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  1. 3 points
    I thought I'd share some pictures of a trip El-Torro, Clive59 and myself did last week. Sadly, my eclat blotted its copybook and got left in Edinburgh, but the Elite S2 and Excel completed this rigorous journey with aplomb! Stunning scenery:
  2. 3 points
    Cars like that are now bought for two reasons only in my opinion (1) to show off how wealthy you are and (2) instead of or to complement Art/Expensive Jewellery/etc. They are now adornments - in times gone by people would count the number of rooms/windows in a house. The number of servants employed. The number of acres of land, etc. to judge someones wealth. Nowadays, it is the number of watches, the £1m hifi, the statement cars in the drive. These people are taking us back to the middle ages and before we know it modern medicine will be banned and we'll all die from the pox. There will be a backlash, just not sure when.... Right now though, I don't care. Had finished all I needed to do yesterday at 2000. So just picked up my Evora car keys, popped my head round the living room door to say "bye" to the missus and just went out for a 2 hour drive to nowhere in particular. The evening summer sun was lovely. The roads were even more empty than usual, and the sound of my ASBO loud 410 Sports exhaust, at almost 7000 rpm, bouncing back around the hills and in the forests I was driving in was just immense. Oh, and I used just over a half tank of fuel somehow! I'm enjoying it whilst I can. As often as I can!
  3. 3 points
    That's a new one. Mine hasn't been replaced and is in excellent condition. Good excuse for a picture though.
  4. 2 points
    Hi all My names Chris and I'm currently in the market for an Exige S3. This club is full of great info which has been useful. I've never owned a Lotus or a mid-engined car before, but after having spent 9 years with my dream car (modified Evo 6 TME) and being a couple of years without it, I'm now looking for something a bit different. Looking forward to getting an S3 and being part of the community. Cheers
  5. 2 points
    ‘56 Lotus 6 and ‘19 Exige 410 going out on track together . Usual GRRC track day
  6. 2 points
    I'm still a relative newb to the Esprit but with regard to the idle issue, that might be an effect caused by the throttle Jack and EBPV operating, assuming they're fitted still. Unless someone more knowledgeable wants to correct me on that. I can't offer any thoughts on the other two issues I'm afraid.
  7. 2 points
    As I'm in the UK, my clock is only correct 6 months of the year anyway. Too much hassle otherwise. Re: TPMS, it's just a nightmare. Mine fixes itself, then occasionally throws its toys out the pram now and again.
  8. 2 points
    Yep picked up the car on Monday and I'm pretty happy with the work they've done, car sounds amazing now and you can feel the extra power at the top end of the rev range. I'll make a new post with details of the work as its probably not appropriate on this thread. But regarding the questions you had earlier. Traction control - Basically put the Delta ECU that ES Motorsports use has ability to use what you want. You can put your own parameters or use the factory parameters and you can retain the race mode that the V6 Exiges and the newer Evora have. It is possible to add a rotary dial to easily switch between different modes but SCS (the ECU suppliers) or you will have to code this up on the ECU they don't have the feature currently but as far as they understand it is possible. The setting they have put on my Evora is a bit less intrusive than the factory setting even in non sport mode so should be a bit more fun and engaging when driven at the limit. Regarding CAM profiles - the profiles are defined by ES motorsports and sent to piper cams to get machined from blanks. They have been refining the profile over time and are pretty pleased with what they have at the moment. It shifts the torque further up the rev range so the engine keeps pulling in the higher revs, there is small loss at the lower end of the rev range but most if not all of that is regained by using the variable timing. They also said yes they can go more aggressive if that's what you want but as said earlier it turns it into a track day / race day engine and not so good for the road. The cam change required some other hardware changing to I think they said the followers or springs are also changed but did not mention the injectors. They know the Toyota engines well and run many race cars so think they know their stuff pretty well, have a chat to them with your requirements and I'm sure they can come up with a solution.
  9. 2 points
    More small jobs - brakes stripped and prepared for clearcoat plus the revised arrangement for the ECU and loom adaption box.
  10. 2 points
    Now fitted. Just need to retrim the rest of the car in yellow thread! Goes well with the gold wheels though First impressions are that they are firm compared to the Recaros, but at approx. 1/3 of the considerable weight of the Recaros then its worth it. Being the original 6 stone (all right 11 stone) weakling I wouldn't want to carry one Recaros mre than around 50metres. The cf on theother hand, both can be stacked and picked up one hand and hardly notice them.
  11. 1 point
    Being below the windscreen I’m actually a little concerned about glare. Hopefully the grills cover them enough, if not I’ll have to get creative and find a solution... @Daveb99 - I also have the cheap Kenwood sub in my passenger footwell. Unfortunately it seems that the better quality subwoofers are all bigger and therefore won’t fit! i decided to leave the rear speakers for now, I might even remove them as I’m not sure they’re needed when there’s a sub, plus they’re fitted into a thin bit of plastic trim which can move a bit which won’t be helping sound quality!
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    So I sent the seller a message through Ebay asking if he had bought the car at the auction and he replied that he had and he had bought his missus a Porsche on the same day but he has had a low offer on a house accepted and now needs cash to renovate said house. Could be true.
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    I know that, you know that, a very very strong and numerous majority minority of people down south don't know that and yeah... Oh and you absolutely don't have to like pumpkin pie or sugar pie, if you feel iffy about it just bring some apple pie, apple pie is the great peace maker I found.
  14. 1 point
    https://www.coys.co.uk/cars/1981-lotus-esprit-essex-turbo
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    2019 -- annual update......"still crazy after all these years".....that is to say, crazy about the 2-Eleven.
  17. 1 point
    Nothing more to add other than from what I understand about the system I think Chrome Orange is correct. The sensors don't need to be programmed with a position the system is self learning in this aspect. I think the manual says to drive for ~7miles for it to detect everything etc ... but for me when I replaced all 4 sensors it only took 3miles for the system to be up and running. If you have faulty sensor(s) that need to be replaced have a search on here there is thread or two about replacement alternatives that cheaper than the ones from Lotus. Also I know your pain about changing the clock, how did they manage to make it so annoying to change the time!
  18. 1 point
    "Sorry Jody......Chrome just wouldn't suit you.................."
  19. 1 point
    Awesome photo Bazza Stephen - No.017 will be in the Coys Auction at Blenheim Palace later this month. The photo you posted shows the car being driven by the journalist Martin Buckley. It was for a road test review comparison Classic and Sportscar did back in 1995 - I'm sure I have added this before but this is the complete article - https://www.lotusespritturbo.com/Lotus_Turbo_Esprit_Versus_Ferrari_308GTB.htm Paul who owned the Essex (now sadly no longer with us ) can be seen 'thrashing' the 308 - one of my favourite memories of him
  20. 1 point
    If the tell tale is lit, there may be a fault code from the TPMS that the dealer can read. For example, there are different codes specific to tire/wheel location (LF/LR/RF/RR) for malfunction or dead battery. There are also separate codes for other malfunctions/communication errors. And, don't feel bad, I don't think you did anything. But on a side note, I do plenty of stupid things every day
  21. 1 point
    As per Chrome Orange, drive it for a bit, you'll probably find that they sort themselves out eventually. It's good because if you need to replace a sensor you don't need to get them programmed.
  22. 1 point
    As I replied to you in the other forum, I do not think you changed the pressure locations for the tires as they are not user programmable. The TPMS will automatically identify the tire/wheel configuration by interpreting the signal strength as a distance from the individual sensor to the receiver.
  23. 1 point
    Of course you must have been in second Gear at best @C8RKH. As anything else you would be far exceeding the speed limit at 7000 revs
  24. 1 point
    I never did discover the root cause. however a new short motor from lotus is circa £10k supplied but the identical item from Toyota is under £3k Didn't put me off .....now in a 400
  25. 1 point
    You are completely right I got mixed up! It’s still a good one though.
  26. 1 point
    Maybe the oxidised ones are the replacements
  27. 1 point
    For anyone who is interested this is how I set up the gearbox. Selector fork 1/2 no gear synchro with no synchro gauges I used the tool in the previous picture. The Ferrrari method won't work as the synchro touches the adjacent gear wheels when engaged. I kept adjusting the spacer tool and moving the fork until au had exactly the same clearance on each side. Time consuming but effective. 4th gear stop adjustment I found the synchro slider touched the 4 th gear pinion with slight pressure to the fork. So I spaced it at 0.5 mm as I consider Y in the calc yo be zero.(see manual) reverse gear The wording if the manual is wrong. All you need. To do is space the reverse idler gear 3 mm away from the 1st intermediate gear. I used a 3 mm shim. now I'm setting the bearing one load on the drive shafts and the pinion backlash. Im using a balance guage with the diff clamped in position and a piece of string( method 2 in manual). Then luckily I have a dial guage to measure the backlash. All in all a satisfying job. I am tempted to take apart my S1 gearbox and rebuild it , trouble is is working perfectly! I may rebuild it out of boredom when this car is done.
  28. 1 point
    I'm helping organise again this year so will post details of a nice discount for the tickets shortly. Sadly it's very flat there @BatMobile so no hills to go up!
  29. 1 point
    Andy, I'm sure you're not. You may have seem some like that but it doesn't mean that those in good condition have all been replaced.
  30. 1 point
    Soft paint and being low means they get hit a lot. i was wrongly advised by a dealer not to get it but will respray the front when it gets really bad and put self healing ppf on. track days at places like silverstone where you get race teams who inevitably spin off and then shed gravel onto the track, make it a must have; I found this out the hard way.....
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  32. 1 point
    I don't think consistency with decals was Lotus's strong point in the 80s!
  33. 1 point
    I was at Nissan at the time of the Qashqai launch and I can tell you first hand that they never had any idea that it was going to be such a massive hit. It was a total punt to nothing after years of struggling to gain C-segment market share! The timing was more luck than judgement.
  34. 1 point
    I would argue that the Evora is a successful car. It is well loved and has a whole raft of new customers who haven't bought Lotus before. I don't know your history but have you owned one? Driven one? Because it says you have a Panther Solo..... Which I had to look up. It may just be the Evora isn't for you. However it is definitely for me and it is the First Lotus and numerous American muscle cars and other sports cars I have owned that my wife will drive. So another new convert. After being in the Motor Industry a mere 25 years at various OEM's Dealers and other positions (Including Consultations for the Govt a while back), I can honest say you are wrong. Lotus need a boost of income right now and to do that they need a profit base. That has never come from Sports cars due to the high development costs compared to the numbers they will sell. Ferrari do it because they charge £200,000 + For their cars. Porsche do it because they have the vile Boxer, which is sold in huge numbers....plus an SUV which is really popular (And expensive) especially with Football typed. I just drove round London last week. The number of Porsche and Maserati SUV's I saw in Surrey were off the chart! Lotus can absolutely do this and will do. If it's based on the Volvo SUV's which we assume it will be, then it will be from an excellent base unit that is already hugely popular. Add in Lotus DNA, a nice engine, handling and ride, some aggressive looks and Bob will be your uncle and fanny your aunt! I'm not saying it will be for everyone. I wouldn't want one. But I do think spreading your wings to make money is a good thing to do. Good luck to them.
  35. 1 point
    To save money on huge new infrastructure costs, tackling this new crimewave sweeping the country will be the responsibility of an elite new Government department called the Noise Police. Recruits will receive expert audio training to enable them to tell the difference between standard and after-market induction and exhaust systems. These gifted individuals will then each be issued with a Hi-Viz jacket and a cassette recorder and told to stand next to speed cameras in known hot-spot areas of high Daily Mail circulation. It will be entirely self-funding on a commission-only no appeal basis.
  36. 1 point
    Cover for the flux capacitor switch.
  37. 1 point
    Cars & Coffee in Stockholm last Saturday. Great weather and some 140 cars outside the maritime museum. This was the 4th year in a row. Some photos from the Lotus club area below: An Exige S at another part of the field.
  38. 1 point
    I'm finally on the road. Finally picked the car up at the wrapper at around 5pm on saturday and managed to put 600km's on it this weekend. Time to get rid of that run-in period! It does seem to lack a bit of the oemph I'm used to but I'm sure some modifications to 300hp will do just the trick for me. I must say, I've never had as much fun with a car driving slow but the little Elise is something else. The AMG is only really fun when driving like a madman but this is just fun all the time. Since this thread is worthless without pics, prepare to scroll a lot I already modified the fuel filler to a full black one as it is all in the details.
  39. 1 point
    Just spotted on the sea front just by the grand hotel
  40. 1 point
    Hmm sounds like what you need is a Racing Green 400 Auto with red leather. Preferably a Hethel Edition. There are 2 of them.
  41. 1 point
    Changed color, added GTE front and Evora 400 rear on my MY11 Evora S. Courtesy : Winace
  42. 1 point
    Nathan, @jonnyboy's brackets are what you needed in the 410 - they tilt the seat backwards and the fix the position issue you had as you can poush the seat forward for the legs but the recline of the back helps to not shorten the arm reach. However, I do understand why the carbon race seats do divide opinion. Personally, I love them, but if I wanted a super GT for 2k+ Euro road trips then the carbon backed Sparco's would be better, I can see that. Whichever Evora you go for, I hope you're able to make it a keeper as they really are fantastic cars.
  43. 1 point
    That rather assumes Lotus knows what they are doing.
  44. 1 point
    Owen Jones ? He really is a full on thunder
  45. 1 point
    Just found some old images of my HC Turbo along with Essex No.017 - IIRC this was at the Shuttleworth Collection down near Bedford - early/mid-90's............................. The first and the last of the G Turbo's......
  46. 1 point
    Car charging systems are often pretty basic, but if the voltage across the battery is >14.7 then you probably have a problem as said above. Extended periods of charging at 14.7V will cause gas(hydrogen) to be created, and the battery could also get hot, if the charging source/alternator can supply lots of current. Usually, once the voltage has reached 14.6-7 V then the charger should taper off to about 13.7, which is perfectly safe for extended periods. Sometimes, if a battery has been severely discharged, and has been jump-started. it may not hold charge until it has gone through a proper charge cycle. I had this recently on a battery, and it had been dead flat, and jump started, but after about half an hour I stopped the car and it was still almost completely flat still, so had clearly gone into a high internal resistance condition. I charged it at a constant 1 amp for about 36-40 hours(it was a 36Ahr battery I think), where it finally tapered off to about 100mA at 14.6V, then I reduced to 13.7V for a few hours to fully charge it. Now it seems fine. (Admittedly, I have a power supply which allows for constant voltage/constant current operation, so a bit lucky I guess). But any decent battery charger should do that sort of thing automagically, possibly allowing for variable current charging. Not sure where the voltage meter takes its 0V/GND from, but when there is current flowing, as you had with fans and lights on, it doesn't take much resistance to cause a variation in earth voltage around the car of a few volts. Say 20A was flowing with lights and heater fan, then only 0.1ohm will cause a 2V drop. (V=IR). Your volt gauge may just be reading 2V low, as it has roughly 2V difference for both high and low current. So, that is possibly a calibration issue. The dimming of hazard lights will be an earth resistance issue, but may not be possible to pick up easily with a normal multimeter, as low resistance measurements are difficult, and you may be only looking for 1 or 2 ohms or even less. But worth a go. And finally, the alternator regulator may be damaged. I don't think it should put out over 15V for any length of time, certainly if a battery isn't to be damaged. But I am not an automotive engineer, so it may be normal for some instances, but I haven't seen it when working on my cars. Good luck with the detective work.
  47. 1 point
    You mentioned the lights at the rear are dim, are you getting dimming at the front? It’s worth checking the condition of the earth connections as well
  48. 1 point
    Hi Dave.Whats the battery voltage with the engine running.ie the alternator charging the battery.It should be at least over 13.8v.If you rev. the engine the battery volts should increase.It's worth checking the alternator belt.If the alternator is doing its stuff then you have a faulty battery.
  49. 1 point
    Well I was, until last July... Dad told me "if I ever see you on a motorbike you can pack your bags" so I got myself a paper round, saved hard, and a few weeks before my 16th birthday bought myself a little FS1dx off a mates brother for £25. Here she is and that's me the long haired scruffian on the right. That first ride, the freedom, all of a sudden the world is your oyster, I was hooked on bikes for nearly 40 years have owned, built, raced, and customised many over the years...here are a few of them.
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