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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. Here's a classic case I can give because I WAS part of the "think tank" as an expert. Govt and HMRC wanted to look at Company Car Tax about 15 years ago. Partly because it was too cheap (it was) and partly because they wanted to make it more real world and reflective of the enviromental issues at the time. So you would think there would be a nice split of experts, car based, Manufacturers, Enviromental scientists, Engineers, HMRC and Accounts/legal based. The list of Contributors went something like this: Me: (Working as independent consultant) Expert in Company Car tax, manufacturer based and specialist in Corporate/ Fleet Management Friends of the Earth Greenpeace Owner of Green Energy Company Member of Enviromental Lobby Group HMRC (Only interested in raising taxes) 3rd Rate Enviromental Minister so I was the only person actually advising from a real world. expert point of view. My Point? The Govt aren't interested in hearing what the Issues REALLY are. Instead they bow to pressure from Lobby groups and believe everything they are told (Or pretend to agree because it's PC to do so!). This is why we have ended up wit Electric as our "Go to replacement for Fossil Fuels" instead of the really viable Option Hydrogen fuel cells.
    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 multimeter to check for the speed signal being outputted by the ECU; set the range to DC 12 volts, connect it to pin B8 and see if you get a varying voltage when driving. If you get nothing try DC 5 volts (probably the more likely voltage).
    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. I like how this topic is currently tagged by the forum as “Hot!”
    2 points
  11. Still a fair way to go, but it did make it to its first show!
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  12. What’s more scary is the very simple fact folks cannot respect the democratic outcome of a referendum
    1 point
  13. 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 will be traditional opening and insulated. It''ll have water, gas (heating), electric and waste connected. The reason for this is so that it could be converted to an annexe if the need for a garage ever changed. The build cost will be quite expensive but it will last forever and be suitable for conversion if necessary. I've just got to build it
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  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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 is gearing up to do just the same ; If you look at the Evija seats, well they are a volvo designed seat, not a Recaro, a Sparco or Sabelt but Volvo's own concept seat: Lotus made it look racier by exposing the carbon shell and playing with paddings, but it is very much the same seat that Volvo has been developing with for a while. I do think the same happened with the AC vents, they are pretty with that aluminium piece of trim but I could sware I have seen this very vent design on some Geely products. The Evija being a halo product it will enjoy maximum level of "bespokisation" but all future models, while retaining a good amount of Lotus design will incorporate a lot of Geely group DNA. The devil will be in the details but the Volvo Geely parts bin will be raided over and over till Lotus find the exact part they need. Some of it maybe on display for all to see and will be fettled with to look the part (engine, gearbox, seat, toggles...) but most of it will be away from prying eyes (AC/HVAC system, pumps and other angine/gearbox anciliaries, wiring loom...) and will be wholesale dropped into the lotus chassis to perform their job. So there would be economies of scale and marginal gains made that would make pusching the price up secondary. But back to Evija, I do think that the design team was at its best, and that the engineering team really pulled it out of their ... to engineer that marvel, Now CMC will have to deliver the chassis and the factory floor crew will have to hone their skills to assemble this beauty flowlessly, but that is the way things have always be done at Lotus assembling parts of various provenance to create something special and this time we can say truly special. Now I know Lotus has been working with Prodrive on their carbon fiber body parts but has the factory been upgraded so that they can now produce them in house?
    1 point
  18. 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
  19. Thanks fellas - I have to say the carbon work is amazing. If I was spec'ing a new one I would never have picked grey but now I've got it I think it really works well with the carbon roof, engine cover and front panel. I'm still adjusting to the performance, which is rapid to say the least 😮
    1 point
  20. Enjoy, https://www.topgear.com/car-news/opinion/opinion-why-lotuses-ruin-you-other-cars
    1 point
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  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. Harry had a 340R from new. When Evo did the 100 best drivers cars ever, the little Lotus came.....2nd to......a Zonda. I think Harry owned both of them at the time and was the Editor but I'll take it. Bizarrely, he sold the 340R in I think 2014. I know the current owner. I do wonder if Harry is a real Lotus devotee, I reckon he is, but has to big up the obvious stuff as it sells mags when he was at Evo and gets hits for vids. I know he don't need the dosh but I think he likes his vids to be viewed heavily. I have driven a few F words and Stuttgart metal...I'll take a Lotus any day, be it Excel or 430 or Elise or..... Justin
    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. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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 in case kids would spend their days licking the posts (as far as I am aware no cases of this type of poisoning have ever been recorded). The resulting concoction was found to rot wood at ground level quicker than if no treatment was present. I still have posts rotting out all over the farm because of this. Some farms and wood mills went bust over this. This change has cost me (well the farm) personally and I would never recommend anyone using softwood timber frames anchored into the ground until such time that it has been proven this issue is fully resolved. You have no idea how demoralising it is spending weeks fencing and spending thousands fencing materials for it only to be falling over in a matter of a few years.
    1 point
  30. My garage is 2400mm ceiling height with four post ramp.
    1 point
  31. 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 specs, etc. you just wouldn't get the attention from the mainstream media or even mainstream car media that Lotus wants. I mean, I have seen Lotus on CNN and Bloomberg recently. IMO there is no way they make it on such shows and publications with just a new Elise. I get it, I am not super patient either and would have rather saw something closer to my affordability window, but from a business stand point I think this is the right way to go. It makes me more excited to see what they can take from the Evija and put in more "affordable" models in the future. Hopefully we will see some combustion engines in the mix as well. Plus with the new mid engined C8 throwing a wrench into the sports car market it will be interesting to see what Lotus and other brands do to differentiate themselves. Mid-engined sports cars are about to get way less exotic once you see C8s on every corner. Time to start thinking outside the box.
    1 point
  32. 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
  33. I seem to remember that Barry mentioned once that he thought that S4 might be haunted?
    1 point
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  35. Spannering already about to start. Didn't even know what a rivnut was until yesterday Screwfix is going to love me in the coming months. Looking forwards to learning loads from @Barrykearley
    1 point
  36. 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 hypercar is reversing...this hypercar is reversing'' 😆
    1 point
  37. Good video from Charlie Drives.
    1 point
  38. Given the current state of politics I woukd suggest Europa will not be reused.
    1 point
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. Mike loves to help out, here he is holding down some carpets for me.
    1 point
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