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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. 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 can find out more information on our website: https://www.hangar111.com/lotus/snetterton-elise-trophy-sunday-28th-july-2019/ Dave @ Hangar111
    2 points
  11. I like how this topic is currently tagged by the forum as “Hot!”
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  12. Still a fair way to go, but it did make it to its first show!
    2 points
  13. What’s more scary is the very simple fact folks cannot respect the democratic outcome of a referendum
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  14. 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
  15. Just pull that Japanese rubbish out and drop a Lotus 918 in there.😀
    1 point
  16. 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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  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. Yay now get on with it 👍
    1 point
  20. For me, kind of an odd article. Trying to re-make a point that's been tried before. Manufacturers build what people buy. The Toyota GT86 was a car they thought people would be want by the bucket load - with the emphasis on lower power and superb handling. It was critically acclaimed. It didn't sell that well. It wasn't what people wanted. Similar applied to the Honda CR-Z, which was a great little car again - a bold experiment by Honda, responding to a trend they thought was emerging but which wasn't. What the article does lend itself to though, perhaps without meaning to is that it shows EV is not the answer - but it is responding to the market. The engineering issues of EV haven't been overcome, shy of some wondrous invention or a change in the laws of physics. I'm not usually pessimistic but I think we're a few generations away from that sort of thing. By then of course, peoples expectations (and memories) of cars will have changed and so will the way these things are evaluated. Naturally, anything is possible in the future, right but I think all we'll really see is a jump in price points to a level of un-affordability for the masses combined with a new system of buying a car and then buy your batteries to go in it (probably lease your batteries). Oh and Mercedes product range will comprise more models than there are species left in the rain forest. Personally, I think hydrogen fuel cells were a much better proposition, despite its own challenges. That being said, its clear the Evija will be a huge accomplishment for Lotus, and a very capable vehicle with its technologies and concepts filtering down the range...just minus the affordable bit.
    1 point
  21. 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
  22. Enjoy, https://www.topgear.com/car-news/opinion/opinion-why-lotuses-ruin-you-other-cars
    1 point
  23. ALIAS23 Engine Plaques now back in stock https://alias23.com/products/cnc-machined-engine-plaque
    1 point
  24. Excuse me if this has already been mentioned. Let’s hope it is as comprehensive as it should be in light of the title they’ve chosen. They still fail to list the Evora GT 430, GT 430 Sport & Sport 410 models in their knowledge section, but manage to cover every Porsche known to man!
    1 point
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. Tony How true, The public perception is driven by BS and its happened before, as we are currently in a situation the same as the 70's ( yes I'm an old fart) we were then A running out of oil, B headed for an Ice age! Oh but you cannot be a climate denier its against the science religion This is an old video interview Colonel L. Fletcher Prouty highlights just how the influencers manipulate things
    1 point
  29. Penetrating oil every day for a week would be my first choice.
    1 point
  30. The immobiliser isn't factory fitted, I'd take it to an auto security fitter & see what they can suggest, probably replacement.
    1 point
  31. John, Good idea, one will be ordered today, watch this space. Thanks John
    1 point
  32. 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
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  33. 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
  34. My garage is 2400mm ceiling height with four post ramp.
    1 point
  35. 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
  36. Did a tiny mod today while work was slow. Much better having the fuel cap surround in black, and the silver contrast of the bolts is actually very nice. All it took was a bit of time to prep the part and paint it. Primer, then 5 light coats of satin black, and a coat of clear. The clear really helps avoid chips and damage. I now have a spare surround, in silver, if anyone wants one? Bought it as spare and sprayed it while the original stayed on the car, which is now surplus. I realised I've never added photo of the Eltech splitter either. I never reviewed it as I'm not 100% happy but at the same time don't want to slag off Eltech. The quality isn't up to Prodrive/OEM standards - the weave is bigger/wider and the underside hasn't been finished so it's still rough with resin. Also it's very thin, probably 3mm or less. It's not the end of the world, but if I had known the issues and effort I'd go through to get it I wouldn't bother again.
    1 point
  37. I seem to remember that Barry mentioned once that he thought that S4 might be haunted?
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  39. No problem @jcx its in the TDV section of the service manual - attached below sn_tdv_Exige_S_&_Sport_Cup_vehicle data _0.pdf
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  40. I absolutely loved this. Nice one Greg!
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  41. Given the current state of politics I woukd suggest Europa will not be reused.
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  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
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