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  1. Opinion: why Lotuses ruin you for other cars https://www.topgear.com/car-news/opinion/opinion-why-lotuses-ruin-you-other-cars
    7 points
  2. Only one car worth looking at in the company car park today
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  3. Talk about plagiarism! That second link is word for word the same text as the one the OP linked to!
    4 points
  4. I tip my hat to Russell Carr and the design team at Lotus...has there been some kind of divine intervention from the tips of those Hethel pencils? With the Evija we have witnessed a huge leap forward in hypercar and automotive design, I haven't been this exited (and shocked) about a car since they unveiled the Lamborghini Countach 48 years ago. Well done Lotus/Geely you are now the benchmark.
    4 points
  5. A lot of the time Trevor, it is the politcians making the rules, you are right. But its the minority groups who are PC who are "Informing" the Govt as Lobbying or Pressure Groups. Because Parliament is in London many of these are London Centric. Because Politicans live in a bubble they consider Lobby Groups to be a representation of the Public. What these groups are, are often minority groups who are well motivated and organised and have lots of time to Lobby MPs. What does that mean? they are often not employed or employed by a minority group to further its goals. He
    3 points
  6. If your multimeter has a continuity setting use that rather than ohms for checking the continuity of the orange wire between the ECU and the speedometer. Otherwise use the ohms setting. Checking the black ground wire is, as you say, a check between the speedometer connector and a known good earth (not the engine block or inlet manifold as they usually have a layer of oxide that affects the resistance). Rather than checking the continuity of the green ignition feed, set the multimeter to DC 12 volts and see if you get 12 volts when the ignition is turned on. You can also use your
    2 points
  7. Aren't hydrogen fuel cell cars essentially EVs? Instead of power being stored in batteries it using electrons from the hydrogen atoms? Also I am not convinced with hydrogen, mainly because electricity is everywhere. People can fuel EVs in their own homes. This is a huge advantage over liquid fuels. Hydrogen may be most common element, but its also very combustible. There always seems to be trade offs no matter which way you go. No perfect solutions (yet).
    2 points
  8. Hydrogen fuel cells are coming. They will exploit the existing infrastructure (garages), peoples unconscious behaviour (i need fuel I go the garage), and protect the current business models. In Aberdeen, SGN has modified its existing gas network to take hydrogen from offshore to the bus depot to power emission clean buses. I've said this for a while but EV will be localised, hydrogen will be national. EVs are the Betamax. Hydrogen the VHS.
    2 points
  9. Wow, and I see someone brought an excavator too!
    2 points
  10. Sunday 28th July sees our race team heading to Snetterton for the latest round of the Elise Trophy. This season we have partnered with Scholar Engines to sponsor the series, so if you haven’t seen our three cars in action together at one race meeting this is your chance. All three feature a number of the proven products and are well worth a look if you are thinking of using your Elise for the track or racing. In addition, we will have our EX460 demonstrator on display that features Komo-Tec’s extraordinary power upgrade, Carbon Fibre aero modifications and JRZ Race Suspension. You ca
    2 points
  11. I like how this topic is currently tagged by the forum as “Hot!”
    2 points
  12. Still a fair way to go, but it did make it to its first show!
    2 points
  13. Great. Another country being led by someone who has a hands-off relationship with the truth. E.g EU rules on shipping kippers. I can't see me voting to keep him as PM, if he lasts long enough to make it to the next General Election.
    1 point
  14. Just pull that Japanese rubbish out and drop a Lotus 918 in there.😀
    1 point
  15. You'll need to hope the planners look favorably on your plans. I've just got planning for a detached garage. My original submission was for 9.5 x 6.8m with a 4.5m ridge height. This was refused and the biggest I could get was 7 x 6m with a ridge height of 4m. Much smaller than I had hoped for. I would however mention that I live in an end terrace house in the middle of an estate, so its quite built up. I'm going to have a 4 post parking lift which requires C35 concrete and 2 layers of A193 mesh. My garage is also going to be insulated double skinned blockwork with render. Garage doors wil
    1 point
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  17. Search is your friend: When you refer to lack of choice, don’t forget that you are dealing with a very limited market - only approximately 500 of the original Evoras were ever sold in the U.K. Once you’ve changed the hardware (which your car seems to be mainly there), then the tricky bit will be the software. Lotus started encrypting their ECU software in 2012-14 so most tuners don’t bother trying to crack it. The market is too small to make it worthwhile.
    1 point
  18. A guy who has 54 cars sent me this one from a local meeting. He has a turbo Esprit, but the clutch failed as he was backing it out of the garage for the meet.
    1 point
  19. This conversation belongs more to the future of Lotus but thread I don't know if we'll see a price jump in our lifetime, I do think that the so called Vision 80 is fairly conservative in terms of price variation, it does include, a halo hypercar and did so from the get go, but for the rest it is pretty much Lotus' own and time delayed version of Porsche development from the early 90's with a few variation and much higher tempo. Porsche was able to stretch its brand thanks to part sharing components with its group brethren back then... Well a thorough look at Evija will show you that Lotus
    1 point
  20. I use OBDLink (Wifi for iOS in my case) on all my cars following the recommendation by @TBD a few years ago. It has its own app for iOS and works smoothly on the Evora S. http://www.obdlink.com/
    1 point
  21. Enjoy, https://www.topgear.com/car-news/opinion/opinion-why-lotuses-ruin-you-other-cars
    1 point
  22. Ok all the behind the scenes stuff is complete. Now the problem of pipe routing. In particular if any one has pics please post them! Vacuum pipe, servo pipe clutch pipe speedo brake cables etc. Ok all the behind the scenes stuff is complete. Now the problem of pipe routing. In particular if any one has pics please post them! Vacuum pipe, servo pipe clutch pipe speedo brake cables etc.
    1 point
  23. I have an alunox set up - 3 inch from turbo and twin tips - I love it. It has even flow to both tips ( a major problem with other units and it looks silly with just one pipe steaming) and a great sound - not overwhelming or annoying.
    1 point
  24. hi - i have one here in NZ ..... its from an S4S so not 100% stock for your S4 ..... text me or watsapp +64210519518 The picture attached is an example - i can send more pictures if needed.
    1 point
  25. Penetrating oil every day for a week would be my first choice.
    1 point
  26. The immobiliser isn't factory fitted, I'd take it to an auto security fitter & see what they can suggest, probably replacement.
    1 point
  27. John, Good idea, one will be ordered today, watch this space. Thanks John
    1 point
  28. I've attended 5 times and to be honest the day was not as exciting as the timed events. But this is the first time for a supercar day and all in all plenty of cars to see and always lucky with the weather and never seen so many people attend so gives you an idea of usual attendance figures We all enjoyed the day and some cracking roads on the way home on Sunday thanks Nick
    1 point
  29. Don't know if you can get a nut-splitter on there, but that can work, especially if you can rotate the shaft and hit it from both sides and open up the ID of the nut. Or use a cutoff wheel (or rotary tool) to completely grind away one flat of the nut carefully until you just see the tips of the threads starting to show. Then hit the nut with a sharp cold chisel to rotate it anti-clockwise, or gradually peel it away from the stud. Not really a spot where you can hit it with torch....
    1 point
  30. Not true. This has been a problem that has afflicted the farming sector for a few years now (hopefully now resolved but the only way to check will be time). The EU in their wisdom insisted on a change of preservative formulation to the tanalising process (up to then treated wood could be expected to last years, some of our old fence posts still standing are probably over 25 years old), the old formulation had been used for decades. The explanation I was given when we had other timbers inspected (fence posts only lasting 2 years) was that the nasty chemicals, such as Arsenic, were removed just
    1 point
  31. My garage is 2400mm ceiling height with four post ramp.
    1 point
  32. Great article. I think the author will eventually get what they want from Lotus. As the Lotus CEO said, "The Evija is a statement of intent." I am sure Lotus talked about this a lot. I think starting at the top and whittling down is the better way to go. You create a poster car, you gain attention back to the brand, and you can trickle the tech and knowledge learned down to the new Esprit, Evora and Elise-like cars. Not just electrical knowledge and tech, but aerodynamics, interior, ICE, production methods, etc. I think if Lotus unveiled a new electric Elise. Even if it looked great, and great
    1 point
  33. After 4 sets of fronts over 8 years I put in powerflex ones in in April. Back to silence. I also replaced the ARB as I had done 115k miles then and it was wearing under the bushes. Its a nightmare to replace. The lower arms MUST come off. Believe me I tried every option. This means geo needs redoing. So its a pain.
    1 point
  34. I seem to remember that Barry mentioned once that he thought that S4 might be haunted?
    1 point
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  36. No problem @jcx its in the TDV section of the service manual - attached below sn_tdv_Exige_S_&_Sport_Cup_vehicle data _0.pdf
    1 point
  37. True, although will it not have to have some form of synthesised engine noise...... All new models of electric cars sold in the European Union must now make artificial noise under certain conditions. Acoustic Vehicle Alert Systems (aka, AVAS) will need to be installed in new models of hybrid and electric cars introduced from today onward, and all existing models by July 2021. With an AVAS installed, vehicles will need to make a sound while travelling under 12 mph, or while reversing. Maybe, just put one of those reversing soundtracks that lorries have on them...... 'this hyperc
    1 point
  38. Good video from Charlie Drives.
    1 point
  39. I absolutely loved this. Nice one Greg!
    1 point
  40. Given the current state of politics I woukd suggest Europa will not be reused.
    1 point
  41. Ok I don't want to post this in the Evija thread, but the new sales, marketing and PR team just nailed that launch... They just nailed the level of coverage is unprecedented for the brand in the internet era.If they nail the execution as well as this launch they will have no problem selling these 130... Actually no way this car is not going to sell out... Now if they decide to just pull Valhalla, the same car but with an ICE propulsion system and call it the Esprit in a 0.95 scale... They will kill it... Bring on the next models guys. Kudos to Carr, Kershaw and Co.
    1 point
  42. It's obvious that electric cars won't help with congestion as they would just replace the fossil-fuelled cars that were being used. My son uses a wheelchair and a bus is not an option. It has to be a car but it seems ther disabled don't get a mention when these people talk about congestion, traffic, pollution, etc.
    1 point
  43. Mike loves to help out, here he is holding down some carpets for me.
    1 point


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