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  1. So after three and a half years of owning an S2 K-series Elise, i decided it was time to cut my losses and move on In those three years ive had many issues from head gasket failure (twice), a hole in the radiator, brakes seizing, battery dying and even the engine not igniting on startup I had a few replacements in mind..Jaguar F Type, Ford Mustang 5L V8 or staying within the Lotus community. I will admit i was so close to walking away from Lotus until this beauty showed up on the works intranet one day. So i enquired and within a week the deal was done 2011, 32k miles, Tech pack, Sports Pack, Premium Pack, Titanium Tipped Stage 1 Lotus Exhaust, Upgraded Alpine units and the 2012MY dash ...and what a difference it is The power, the comfortability and even the smoothness. Its completely own league compared to the Elise and even many standard cars. The sheer power from the 3.5L V6 (Sports mode on or off) makes it great to drive on the country roads and noisy in the town while taking the corners at maximum speed with little effort Ive put on about a thousand miles in around two weeks and what i can definately say is i will not be getting bored of this anytime soon
    11 points
  2. Hi Here is a pic of my 1981 Lotus Eclat 2.2 auto which I recently bought from an owner in Melbourne. It was last registered in 2009 in Victoria and is now at my home in New South Wales. I hope over the next year or three to get it sorted and back on the road. It is a Domestic variant and was originally a private import to Australia. It rained the night it arrived on the truck (and we haven't seen much of that this year) so as you can see, the car got a bit wet being rolled into the garage! It has an electrical problem which flattens the battery quickly but I am working on that...There's more but one step at a time! George
    5 points
  3. After about 40 years of dreaming of owning one, a year spent researching and preparing, I finally took the plunge. There were other candidates cosmetically prettier with lower mileage but, after trawling TLF for buying advice, I went with one that was mechanically sorted, owned and cared for by an experienced enthusiast and had a well documented history. So yep, I bought Barry's S4 Having been besotted with Lotus for nearly all my life, certainly well before I could even drive, I kind of didn't realise that in addition to the engineering pedigree and beautiful aesthetics, how incredible they are to drive. There's a world of difference between reading how much fun they are and actually putting the pedal down. The wastegate chattering (like quite a few of the horses neighing) literally made me lol! Barry has been superb, what a gent and a great help. Sure there will be things popping up over the next few years that require attention but I've gone into this eyes wide open with wallet prepared. Better half thinks this is a mid life crisis. There is no crisis at all, just sheer pleasure
    3 points
  4. I do seem to recall the Labour PM Brown was not elected by the country , don't recall all the harping on about that from the Left...
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  5. I hear you, and thanks. I guess we all have our 'gifts' that come naturally. I can also spot if a thing is as little as 1mm out. Is Britain's Got Talent a show for me? 🤩 I am in awe of people who can sing in tune. My family would (I suspect) rather my gift was singing 🤣
    3 points
  6. If you have a plate or clutch type diff, yes. But with an ATB, Quaife recommend using factory spec oil. Dave
    2 points
  7. Ahh but that’s not how leftyism works - they are selective of their opinions and memories.
    2 points
  8. Well done for sticking with Lotus. The Evora continues to be so under evaluated. It is sooo refined compared to the Elise platform, but still has all the feel of the Elise. Nice looking car.
    2 points
  9. Lotus may inject a lot more carbon fiber into its sport cars to make them lighter and stiffer and lower the centre of gravity (windshield frames/ A pilars , roof...) but even if they don't the cars are top notch on these two points already. The good news is that Lotus overlord has racked in $49billion in revenues last year, they won't have an issue supporting Lotus for a little while, especially with Volvo now being totally self-sustainable, and $10b share in Daimler-Benz, Geely can focus on bringing Lynk & Co to Europe and North America, all the while Geometry will push EV versions of Geely cars in China, and in the Asean bringing Proton back from the brink. Geely can do it all very cost effectively. With Lotus as its crown jewel, avant garde division, two European luxury brands (Volvo and Polestar) 3 Chinese premium mass market brands (Geely, Lynk&Co, Geometry) and Proton positioned as entry level, plus the acquisition of Smart... Geely has built himself up à la VW Group, they are not quite there in size, but they are as big as FCA right now and a lot more cohesive in their market approach. Lotus is in good hands i'd say. http://autonews.gasgoo.com/china_news/70016185.html
    2 points
  10. Anybody care to be the first to jump in and buy one for their 4xx then let me know if it works???😉😁
    2 points
  11. What’s more scary is the very simple fact folks cannot respect the democratic outcome of a referendum
    2 points
  12. Ive designed and built many man caves garages , annex garages with rooms above, car lifts , pits. K Your budget of 25k is doable for a block built garage clad in timber feather edge with attic trusses, (depending where you are in the uk) you can do timber but to be honest bot a lot in it. Happy to give you advise, costings but so much easier on the phone. Shoot me pm if you like with number. Im away cycling in alps at mi but back at weekend I sell a few plans on Ebay of ones i have built heres an example eBay number 253204479693 Cheers andy Unless specificalky applying for an annex you wikk get a condition, to be used supplementary to the house, not rental, etc etc
    2 points
  13. 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.
    2 points
  14. Long overdue update time! New sunvisors have been located (tatty - but will send them to be retrimmed: Plus, headlining has now been redone, so no more gaps at the back: I have also refitted the waistline trim, much better with it back in place. I used the lotusbits trim with back tigerseal. Went on very easily - the trick is just to take you time and use lots of masking tape.
    2 points
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  16. 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.
    2 points
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  18. Of course the other elephant in the room is the charging infrastructure. A handful of EVs fine but we would (probably) need to double the capacity of the National Grid and power sources if the stupid things became widespread. I get the point about hydrogen being "dangerous" but the energy packed in a cc of petrol is pretty astonishing as well. We manage to not blow ourselves up with that and have done successfully for many years. Hydrogen liquid would have to be at very high pressures or cryogenic temperatures for transport and fuelling to be liquid - with associated extra costs perhaps - but once it is in the car in a ruggedised tank then it must surely be comparable. Hmmm. Fuel injection conversion to hydrogen. I might do my V8...
    1 point
  19. You've touched on the elephant in the room, which everyone seems to avoid mentioning, at all costs, whenever EVs are discussed. Long before 8-10 years, many batteries are going to hold less charge, drain more quickly and lose available power and range. The car industry is being forced into making vast investments to make the 'electric dream' a reality, and I think one way they intend to recoup that costs is to vastly reduce the lifespan of future models and/or provide £multi-thousand battery replacements, likely with not-inconsiderable fitting fees, not to mention charges for taking away/recycling the old ones. So many (especially younger) people buy cars on hire agreements, far beyond the quality and type of models they would have been buying only a few years ago; I think car manufacturers are counting on future generations keeping cars for 2-6 years and then upgrading. Despite what we hear about battery technologies improving, the second and third owners of many of those cars are in for a shock (if there's enough charge left in their batteries to provide one!)
    1 point
  20. Or jobby brown as @LazyDonkey calls it 😂
    1 point
  21. Actually it may be the other way around. EV may be a mainstay for your normal consumer because of its ability to allow you to fuel your car at home and the access to electricity. Hydrogen may be better for professional applications such as buses and trucks.
    1 point
  22. I now have only two brake kits left for allocation, if you want one, then please message me at [email protected]
    1 point
  23. Wouldn't go as far as an expert! Give us a shout when you are back, hopefully I'll get some time at home soon!
    1 point
  24. haha.Yep ur right. I took it to the local Lotus race shop and got a list of upgrades I am going to do. The list is long and involved the shop here works only on Lotus and McLaren. Im going to do this progressively because I don't want to be without the car too long since I'm addicted to driving it. I said f*** it n never bought a beater I just drive the Elise all over the place its to much fun to save for weekends its my daily and now that I have it I want an Evora too. I love this Lotus brand its so unique and different. U see so many vetts and mustangs and even Ferrari and McLaren here but I have never seen a Lotus ever I really like the rarity of it. Im sure u guys all feel the same. Once I start updating the car with the new custom stuff ill add pix so u can see the progress.
    1 point
  25. I think it's because installing the manifolds is a much bigger job than an CAI. Something that the average person at home with some spanners may not be confident to do and will cost a bit more in a garage. The CAI kits on the other hand are relatively easy to fit for someone who is not experienced. So I think you tend to see people performing the mods in the following order: Exhaust back box > CAI > manifolds > ECU tune So you won't see many if any results from power tests with just the manifolds changing. There are a few posts round with CAI + headers / full exhaust mods + ECU tune and are able to get ~300 bhp from the car after all the mods. I've just got Larini headers + BOE fab CAI + new ECU and custom tune on my NA car al installed by ES motorsports and they were able to get 313bhp out the car, although I think their dyno is optimistic as they managed to squeeze out 285bhp on the base run which is a bit more than normal. Also the car is temporarily running without any cat converter at all so is probably running a monster tune that would not be suitable for cars with cats. All to be rectified later on this year ... I have a spare set of standard manifolds available if you want to experiment bashing out the interior of the cats without ruining your current ones.
    1 point
  26. On the plus side - the Esprit is actually saving you money already. one nice new heat shield made of food grade stainless steel 👍 now about those rivnuts
    1 point
  27. My wall calendar view for July is this picture. Apt with the Evija launch this month, I'm tempted to think, "Lotus leading the way". From the ever wonderful McKlein Motorsport Classic calendar. https://www.rallyandracing.com/en/mcklein-store/calendars/motorsport-classic-2019-calendar-mcklein?c=1589
    1 point
  28. Just going back to Harry’s Elan, my brother had one in central London for several years and it was an ideal city car. Easy to manoeuvre and park, quick away from the lights with the Big Valve engine etc.
    1 point
  29. haha yeah - Mr Fusion right?!
    1 point
  30. He’s a politician - I’ve not much love for any of them. If he doesn’t implement it then he’s gone as well. I really don’t think anyone should underestimate the sentiment of voters over this. The last euro elections gave a very clear indication. funny how all the media hate Trump - yet his poling in the US has been very consistent throughout his term. Let’s see if Boris can replicate that. I would not be surprised if we have an election soon - as Boris needs to sweep aside the remain MPs to be able to move forward. It’s all going to be very interesting
    1 point
  31. The car listed is a non S launch edition in the UK. There is no known tuner in the UK. I'm not even sure that Komotec has anything now. I think it will need some trawling through old threads to find anyone who tried airbox or cat and exhaust manifold (header) changes. I don't remember seeing any dyno runs published on the na cars. ES motorsports have played with various configurations on the Evora and may have something, but again I haven't seen anything published as a 'kit'.
    1 point
  32. Thanks guys. Agree in my experience plusgas is far superior to wd40. Anyway my solution was to carefully drill down the side of the nut then split with a chisel. Came off fairly easy. Did nick just a tiny bit of thread but the dampers are so rusty i will probably replace them even though they seem ok. The springs seem ok. Same length and dont see any issue with them except a bit of rust. Is there anything paint designed for springs i can use to brighten them up?
    1 point
  33. Heating - an indirect paraffin or diesel heater is the way to go, with the exhaust gases ducted outside. You’re gonna need one in Scotland!
    1 point
  34. I selected a roll-up door with a row of windows, and placed a LED fixture on the ceiling to align with the windows in the up position. At least there's some down light that way with the door up. LED shop lights are cheap enough now to put them all over for no-shadow lighting, and they come on instantly when cold. Watch the color temperature though, the most efficient ones tend to be a bit blue, with a "warm white" light giving better color rendering to our eyes.
    1 point
  35. 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
  36. Talk about plagiarism! That second link is word for word the same text as the one the OP linked to!
    1 point
  37. Only one car worth looking at in the company car park today
    1 point
  38. Congratulations Robin and welcome! I see that Barry managed to get the front number plate on straight for you. Or did you do that? Enjoy!
    1 point
  39. 😆 From Pistonheads: someone has called out the usual PH anti-Lotus negativity: PH'er Otolith: "Really, all the negativity round here, and it could be avoided with one small styling change."
    1 point
  40. There is quite a bit of negativity and sniping creeping in and a few smart arse comments re Lotus ability to pull this off. Seems to be a pattern. Before we had seen the car quite a few snipes and scoffs about whether Lotus could create something that wows. Well, I think they answered those emphatically when the car was presented and generally the motoring press and journo's have been extremely positive. So Lotus 1 - 0 Doubters. Now, we're getting people whinging about build quality on a pre-prod model and comparing the build of a £2m Hypercar to an £80k sports car and again doubting Lotus ability to pull it off before the game even starts. I just personally find it disappointing, and probably a sign of the times, that some people just want to focus on the negative or spend time poring over pictures to take delight in spotting issues on a pre prod car. FFS, really? Why can't we celebrate a brand and it's people, one we are supposed to be fans off, and their attempt to reach for new heights and achieve great new things? As for the paint comment on the Evora, go and look at the video on here of a £300k Ferrari 488 Pista, brand new, that from the Dealers was needing an estimated 3 full days for the paint correction. I suppose the math adds up. 3 times the price of the Evora and 3 times the time to correct the paint. McLaren, Lambo and others all criticised too so not just a Lotus issue and those cars are 2x, 3x, the price of an Evora or Exige. There has been a definite increase in the negativity on here in the last few months which I find disappointing. Personally, I'm going to focus on the positives. Lotus have developed an offering that figures wise, blows the opposition out of the park. It's a real game changer. Lotus has created a stunning design that has moved the Lotus game into another league from the exterior, and matched the best and most recent (e.g. Valkeryie). There is no valid comparison re build quality re what has come before to this. This is 18+ times the price and aimed at a whole new market (yet some like to point out how it will be sold from an industrial unit 🤪). Save your grumps and groans re your Evora's and Exiges (Elise owners deffo seem the happiest of the current cars) to your model specific threads as some of us woukd just like to discuss and marvel about the 130 and where it might take us. There's already enough negativity in the world for everyone, and Lotus over the years has had to deal with way more than was really justified in my opinion.
    1 point
  41. Just found this thread and I'm loving your excitement Be warned, these little cars get right under your skin, they quickly become an addiction that is near impossible to break. I'm on my 6th Lotus and now eagerly eyeing up a possible change to my 7th. No other car, regardless of budget (I'm not joking), floats my boat like the Elise and Exige
    1 point
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  43. heres the first owner having some fun
    1 point

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