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  1. More crazy cars from today in Monterey.
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  2. Very nervous morning here at team Lewthwaite along with many other households in the UK (A level results) Anyway, my son has been accepted into an engineering course at Sheffield so we can relax a touch!! Also means he can come on the Europe trip
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  4. So I’m back for another Monterey Car Week in Northern California. As in previous years I’ll post a few pictures of the exotics and rarities of the four wheel variety for your viewing pleasure. A selection from this morning...
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  5. Those top-arm ones were originally designed for the Elan, as far as I recall. In that use they may well have been adequate, but just aren't designed to hold the arms on the pivot rod, so as Barry indicates they cannot do the job. Their movement would mean that the front alignment is meaningless, as it would change when the bushes move. As for the other bushes, they are designed to operate in the same way as the original ones, but the amount they deflect may be very different to OEM, or may be very similar, that will depend on many factors especially the shore of the material. The new Lot
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  6. Last images from today. Hope y’all enjoy.
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  7. The new toy! Really fancy the Alias side sills for it.
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  8. This discussion crops up regularly not only on this forum but on the Ferrari forums where people try to shortcut by fitting cheap semi-solid bushes which are actually bearings as they have moving parts. They change the suspension characteristics as they offer no resistance on wind-up, they squeak after a while and wear causing play. They give a harsher ride and on some suspensions they can be dangerous and cause cracking because they dont allow for any non-rotational play. I am not sure why SJ are selling these. I'm sure if Roger Becker were still around he would cringe on seeing p
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  9. Hello everyone!! I'm so excited to finally be a part of the Lotus family. Picked up my 2018 Evora 400 last week. It came in bespoke Kawasaki Green with matching interior stitching. I absolutely love it. Definitely a head turner. Right now I’m still getting through the first 1000 mile break in and trying to find a solution for a cup holder hahaha. I’m also trying to find out the actual paint code for touch ups if and when I need them. I looked in the maintenance log book and they just wrote “Kawasaki Green” and the label under the passenger side carpet doesn’t have a numb
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  10. Nuts! Changing the subject when your rebuilding the chasis and you find some bolts and hub threads arn't long enough to get the nylock nuts on past the thread the reason is the Lotus Nyloc nuts are reduced width! Fortunately you can buy new ones from S and J sports cars. I should have the throttle connected and the brakes back online within the next few years days. (Oh and the bring back in- thanks Phil!). I fitted a new high torque starter motor. The problem is the brown alternator wire is no longer long enough to reach from the alternator tomthe starter connection! There's always
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  11. Death Star plans revealed by Liberal Democrats to stop BREXIT!
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  12. Unfortunately not. Been putting other car back together and almost done. Hopefully on road beginning of September. Then the local agreement (With the wife) is some work on the house and then I can take on the gearbox challenge!!!!!
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  13. Hi the seats are from a BMW Z3 I removed the runners from the lotus seats and made a framework to fit them ont the new seats The trim is indeed from the ebay seller it is good quality but must not be fitted too tightly as the sun causes it to shrink into place .Dont worry about any tiny creases as these tend to shrink out as well
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  14. Agreed re the tyres against black wheels, but it’s easily fixed with tyre shine.
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  15. The taper may well be, but the steering rack arms are IIRC a Ford based rack so may be a different thread than Triumph used. If you can find an old QH parts book (or similar) online ten you can probably work it out from the specs. That's why I think that power steering Excels use QR1773
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  16. Probably triumph herald /gt6
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  17. 50% for wireless recharging? Might be ok for a phone. Seems to be a big step backward for a car and the environment though?
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  18. Yes. Very environmentally friendly as 50% of the energy is lost in the conversion. How f***ing great that will be for the environment.
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  19. What a ball ache! So, today I decided to fit my rear canards bought from eliseshop. First job was repainting as I wanted them to have a similar finish to the diffuser. I scrubbed the red stripe off using a mix of sand paper and wire wool and resprayed them in a tough matt black spray paint. Next was trial fitting, this was simply done using a bit of masking tape to make sure I could get a good fit. When I was happy with positioning I just used a sharpie to mark the drill points through the pre drilled holes on the canards. Next I took a Bosch drill to my beloved car! And
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  20. You'd get mostly track related commentary from me, but they're almost as talented as the ZZRs I was running before in terms of outright dry performance, but with additional capacity for wet running and better longevity. I'd say 6 days on track would result in 'just' legal tread depth on the rears but they'd have had enough heat cycles in them to be considered shot anyway. You definitely feels when the compound's past its best. Sidewalls seem to lead to a bit more comfort but little consolation for me when I drive everywhere on my track setup on the TTX dampers! Another point to note is I've n
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  21. Chassis and engine bay look stunning Fabian, will be a shame to get it dirty ! Do not worry you will soon be Mr Bond, Will keep my fingers crossed for you it snows in the winter months in Blighty, so you properly look the part lol. Keep up the great work, keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you also on the engine start chap.
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  22. It would be interesting to find some data to back this up one way or another, all the comments seem very opinion rather than data driven, which is not how good engineering should be done. I have a friend at Brooks University so I will ask if any undergraduate has done a project on the subject. The added problem is not all OEM bushes or Poly bushes are created equal!
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  23. Can't wait to get @Sparky to do mine next month. Sounds like my ABS is in a similar state to the one just done i.e. system works but throws ABS light. Most importantly for me is that the brakes feel absolutely appalling and totally fail to inspire any confidence at all. I will keep all the parts just in case a future owner wants them.
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  25. After the wedding - I’d fully expect the thumb to go down and no Evora then you’d need to wait about 12 years until you finally get hacked off with the general moaning and fun vacuum whinging and then you just go out and buy one
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  26. The Lotus OEM are a pain in the backside to push in, like most OEM bushes on other brand cars, but for a reason as it means they are stiff when fitted, a split poly bush is easy to push in as it is two bits, they will just not bite into the suspension like the standard ones, maybe for a few miles but after that they will loosen up, in fact giving the same feeling as worn/perished oem ones imo. I personally would stick to the Lotus ones, the suspension set up on the Esprit is what makes the car, going away from this is not a good idea imo.
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  27. I think it works as Senna drove the Lotus JPS 97 and 98 T and also went onto drive for McLaren , just a combination of the 2
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  28. Why does that matter if it looks good,take it as a compliment
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  29. Okay, so spoke to Hangar 111 today and they have now got an EX430 kit in stock as a customer has cancelled their order. This means my upgrade will be imminent as soon as we can get some dates arranged quite excited!
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  30. Michelin PS4 and PS4S both have extra protection for the rims. The Super sport I’m running on the rears at the moment have less protection. Ive switched to SS from PS4 as I’m hoping they cope better on track days. But so far with the used PS4 on the front the balance seems fine on the road driving I’ve done so far. Hoping to squeeze in a track day soon. PS4 were fine for track but overheated after 15/20mins. Great on the road same findings as Dean says above . For such a low use car I’d consider the cup2. If it’s fair weather car then why not? Can’t see many downsides for your
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  31. ok ok ok - I'll get out there with the black shoe polish
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  32. My wheels are grey..... So a good compromise
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  33. Simon, be careful if you let your girlfriend go for a drive in an Esprit with another guy. Best scenario, she'll push you to get an Esprit. I wont mention the other possibilities... Seriously, most of us owners are very happy to indulge people who are interested in the Esprit. Though I wouldn't let somebody else drive mine. If you're interested in cars/Lotus yourself, hiring one is a very good idea. It may not be cheap, but if you make a day out of it, you should have a great experience. Filip
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  34. Phew. I was thinking “wow - he really is a bad photographer”
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  35. I presume you’re in an Evora then? Not sure what the recommended pressures are for that size but 2.4/2.6 sounds high for that weight car. Not tried on Evora so could be completely wrong! That’s what Lotus recommend (2.0 and 2.2), and seems to work
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  36. I drive the michelin ps4. I tried 2.2 bar and 2.4 bar. that was terrible. I almost threw the car away on a b road. when I had drained the warm pressure at the front and back each 0.2 bar, it was ok again. So, for the road are cold 2.0 front and 2.2 rear optimal.
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  38. BBC ? Whatever they say is horseshit these days
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  39. First, some maths. 400ppm is 0.04%, not 0.4% (or 4%!) I'm sorry you find my response trivial, but the reasoning you present is more religious in nature than scientific. Just because one can imagine that all our activities must be somehow damaging the planet doesn't mean that they are. That is why we need science based on observation of actual conditions. The observational record shows that, repeatedly during history, temperature rises are followed by increased CO2 emissions, not the other way around, thus there is no strong evidence that CO2 concentrations are a major contributor to globa
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  40. Well, it didn't take long to hit a dead end on Farnham Ales. No joy at government run outlets, private sector stores in Vancouver or a couple of places I checked out south of the border in Washington State. Lotus IPA appears to be made of unobtanium, at least in this part of the country - too bad since it looks like an Esprit V8 on the can. Maybe they use transmission parts in the brewing process. I suppose I could hop in the car to go get some but even buzzing straight through on the highway it is a four or five day drive. Each way. I like the idea of taking a cross-country road trip, an
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  41. we do as Ian......overnight Weds.......drive down to Le Mans via several coffee shops, cafe and restaurants.........well we dont bother with breakfast on the boat so need breakfast and lunch...... arrive mid afternoon.....pitch the tents.......assemble the kitty........send out the 'shopping team'.........open beverage and relax........ overnight ferry on the Monday........stop for breakfast.........home........
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  42. Yes, Kei car, 600cc. It has the Suzuki 3-cyl DOHC turbo engine but the car was originated by Mazda under their Autozam sub-brand. The standard exhaust which I have makes a great sound unlike any 4 cyl engine, like a cat with a very loud purr. It drives like a go-cart. Very light and nimble despite not having a huge amount of power. Colin Chapman would have loved this car. The attention to lightness even extends to not fitting seat sliders to the passenger seat! Everything manual including the small windows. The build quality is typical Japanese, excellent. The panels are plastic an
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  43. I imported an Autozam AZ-1 from Japan! This is a really cool car. It makes the Esprit look huge, its actually 100mm less tall than the Esprit. This is a great car with an excellent chassis and really solid to drive despite only weighing 720 Kg which is the same as a Lotus 7. It was designed in Basildon. Not many people know that
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  44. The calipers have returned from being refurbished at long last I was intending for a colour close to the Lotus green with a candy finish but they have actually come out a bit lighter than I'd envisaged, but I can't fault the finish on them, its excellent. If the colour was too much darker I think the effect might be somewhat lost in behind the Futura split rims, so being slightly brighter might actually be a good thing; I'll soon find out. The purists might turn their nose up at the colour choice, but I figure the car already has the stigma of being a write-off, so what the hell, g
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  45. Hi Guys, Sol Bell & Colvill delivered my new toy on Saturday, thanks guys, great service have to say it just looks epic, I normally wouldn't choose this colour as I normally go more lary but it really does suit it. Hopefully after the stitch up that was the 380 Cup(that really did leave a bad taste and nearly moved me away from Lotus) that this will be a keeper, I'm hoping it's title as the fastest Lotus Production car will stand as the last of this analogue era before the Hybrid models kick in next, as I would guess this is the way Lotus will head with any new models. Now
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  46. I'm sure this is true. The only time my S3 has let me down is when it didnt start - no battery, poor earth to battery. All at home fortunately. 8 months, a project in reliability
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  47. Simon, I regularly bring my Esprit back to UK for a trip. Usually prefer the ferry, but the train works as well. The Esprit isn't that low so you needn't worry about the ramps. Most of the time the crew will avoid putting you on the second level in the train. Still in doubt to join or not... I must be getting old, wanting a nice B&B every night. Filip
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