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  1. Great view from the window this morning.
    7 points
  2. Hi Daniel, I have an S IPS (MY12) and love it, absolutely love it! !! Here are my thoughts, in no particular order IPS gear change with rev matching is great fun, quite addictive actually! It can be a little slow on downshifts, but if you're braking and downshifting its faster Gear changes / timings took a few weeks to really gel in terms of the timings, yes there is a delay between request and gear but the actual change itself is very quick I'm running 18/ 19 wheels and have not problems with firmer springs that the S has; every passenger I have comments at how amazed they are at the comfort (cabin) and smooth ride - its remarkable, though at town speed over broken tarmac it will obviously be bumpy At low speed / town speed the gear shift to down 1st when pulling up can occasionally be little jerky When crawling in traffic, the creep is faster than my other automatic, which takes a bit of getting used Fuel consumption - probably its Achilles heal, whilst I can (and have) gotten over 300 miles to a tank on a long motorway, on average though, I see < 250 to a tank, < 200 at times 🤣 urban driving is not great for it. Get it out on the open road 🙂 When you do that it will redefine what you thought possible! I've had no reliability issues I had one issue with the glove box where the cord snapped but that was soon fixed thanks to some great help on here Randomly - the central locking is one of the quietest I've had on a car, my Lexus is way louder! The lack of in-car tech plays to its advantage; it can't date the car! It gets a lot of attention when out and about - people will talk to you, especially at petrol stations! The S has a lot more torque than the N/A which swung it for me, still it likes to be revved, peak power is right at the top of the rev range The interior is well put together, aside from a slight lifting of the air bag cover at one side its faultless It gets a new Tubular exhaust in a couple of weeks 🙂 As well a new oil cooler and pipework which is more preventative maintenance - there is some corrosion on the pipework that's building up Lastly a subjective thing I know, but I think its one of the best looking cars of its era, I still look back at it when walking away Hope this helps!
    4 points
  3. Yes , I've owned a couple of Esprits too. Lovely cars to look at. 😉
    3 points
  4. Opinions aren't irrelevant at all. If they were we wouldn't buy car magazines watch top gear or even watch the news. Life is full of opinions, it's whether you choose to listen to them or not. For those who bought a car without ever driving it that was probably in the main driven by other people's opinions (I e. Reviews) I probably did ask other people's opinions on my wife when we first met... And no it's not why I am called goatboy. It is why she is now called goatgirl though
    3 points
  5. Hmm, maybe this could inspire a trend amongst Lotus dealers coming up with their own logo's? e.g. Leven = Edinburgh ring road JCT = Outline of a Yorkshire pudding Stratton = Outline of a turnip What others can you think of?
    3 points
  6. I had my first track day with a car Last saturday. I have done few dozen before, but with motorcycle. The stock Esprit V8 is not the Best possible tiil for the Job, but I had very enjoyable day. The car run as good As expected with no mechanical problems whatsoever. Tyres are not the best possible (Kumho ecsta sport) and the stock brake with brembo pads felt wooden. The track itself was familiar to me but the driving lines of the car and motorcycle are bit different. I was beaten by all the Porsche at present, four of them, 2 Caymans and 2 911 which one was Gt3. 2 porkers had roll cage In them so I was not really disappointed. Top speed at the end of the longest straight was about 120mph and I did not do late braking to the corner. 3rd and 4th gear was all needed and 5th at the long straight. I will make minor brake upgrade by changing the brake pads. I allready had the braided brake lines installed. I had so much fun that I will do it again at the next year.
    3 points
  7. Some small tweaks to my Evora LE which makes it look so much better. GTE front grills and new tyre with wider 275/35R19 rears. Thanks to Castle Sportscars for getting everything just so.
    3 points
  8. I originally thought the factory speakers were inherently terrible. All I ever got from them was shrieking highs/mids with absolutely zero bass. Honestly, the speaker on my Samsung Galaxy S10 sounded better. It turns out, the factory Alpine INE-W960 HU must not have been communicating properly with the factory amp and sub, because all of those issues were solved after installing a new head unit. Besides the sound issues, I have been really bothered by the fact that this car does not have a Temperature gauge. I live in Texas and our summers hit 100 degrees F, and my biggest concern is how hot the engine and coolant get since this is my first mid engine car. With these things in mind, I decided to install an Android head unit to address them. There are a ton out there, but I chose the Atoto A6 Pro for $259 on Amazon. Post install, I'm glad to report that the RCA jacks for the backup camera/amplifier/subwoofer plug up directly to it just like on the stock Alpine radio and all work properly. Miraculously, after installing the new head unit, the factory amp and subwoofer are working properly now! There is deep bass coming from the sub as well as balanced mids again! It sounds like a totally acceptable OEM radio, and I now have zero desire to replace any of the speakers. For whatever reason, even though the factory amp and sub were plugged in properly on the Alpine unit, they never seemed to be on or working. On top of that, this HU also gives me access to essentially any app on the Google PlayStore (Google Maps, Spotify, Netflix, Youtube, Torque, etc). I use an app called Tasker which turns on WiFi tethering on my phone automatically so that there is always internet for Spotify, Maps, Youtube, Netflix, etc while I'm in the car. Lastly, for car status monitoring, I also bought the Veepeak Mini Bluetooth OBD2 reader from Amazon for $11. With it plugged in and the Torque app running on the radio, I can get access to a real-time Coolant temp gauge, boost gauge, intake temp, etc. After a few days of spirited driving in the Texas heat using this, I can report that the coolant temperature in my Evora 400 never rose above 190 degrees. It seems that the cooling system in these cars is up to the challenge, and I no longer have to rely on a blue light, no light, or red light on the dash to tell me if the car is overheating. As for the boost/vacuum gauge, it seems to max out at ~18in/hg (~9lbs) of boost from the supercharger at WOT. Overall, this install is no more difficult than in my old Honda Civic, with the hardest part being the need to modify the plastic brackets and bezel with a dremmel for fitment. If anyone else out there is disappointed by the OEM sound system or their factory amp and sub do not seem to be working properly, try changing the head unit out first to rule it out. It might be easier than replacing the amp in the backseat.
    2 points
  9. 2nd Thursday coming up this week on the 12th September. anyone going to be at the Bird in Hand
    1 point
  10. Finally got around taking photos and sorting my models. So far, 234 of them are published on my blog. Another 40 or so to come during the next weeks. The blog is in swedish, but you can look at the photos and get an idea of what my collection consists of. You find it at https://stefansmodellbilar.wordpress.com/ What do others have in their small scale collections?
    1 point
  11. Hello everyone, I've just come back from a holiday in Sardinia where they filmed The Spy who Loved Me. Went to visit a few famous lotus car chase/submarine locations. Firstly the famous pier, then the beach where the car drives out, and also the area where he spins the car round under the helicopter. Really amazing to see those locations. I went scuba diving off the pier and had a search around for anything of interest and found this metal item. The film was made in 1977, so quite a while ago but it does look like the sort of painted metal item that could be from a prop car. Would love to think it was. Thought I'd ask if it looks like anything that anyone might know of from an S1 Lotus! James
    1 point
  12. Hi all, going to sell my 410 , I was thinking about 60K for it (13K miles), it has the Sparco seats, all options. Do you think people would buy private at this sort of price bracket or am I gonna take the 3K (ish) hit for SOR? Any experience welcome. thanks
    1 point
  13. You're a top man in my book then! Or is that goat. Or whatever....
    1 point
  14. Not at all, I just think that there are not many people walking around with £60k in their wallets or purses. Some people prefer buying from a dealer for the warranty and cover especially with "toy" cars like ours. Some prefer to part use finance, again, for the added cover. I think your price is OK to cheap for a lovely, rare machine!
    1 point
  15. Just an update to this thread for anyone having similar problems with the electrical side of the a/c system these seem to break a lot in the same way. Ive repaired my acu control unit completely for less than £5! Bought a new correct resistance range and type potentiometer and led and repaired the pcb and housed it in a junction box. Now operates the compressor clutch and fans and have a working led. Now just to see if it will hold gas (I’m not confident in this!)
    1 point
  16. Well in my opinion I would never buy a Porsche!! 🤣
    1 point
  17. I was at the Hampton Court Concourse over the weekend (fantastic event BTW) and was struck by the almost total absence of Lotus. There were a coupe of Elans, a Lotus VIII and a single Evora 410 that I saw. Every other major sporting marque was represented by lots of examples, but Lotus was more or less none existent - not a single Esprit, Europa, Eclat, Elite, Elise, Exige, etc. This is so sad and shows how the brand has fallen into the backwaters. Without appearing at these kind of high profile events and building on the amazing heritage that Lotus has they will never reach the same enthusiastic following that Porsche, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Mercedes (and now) McLaren have. All these brands were there in abundance with historic racing cars, concourse classics and modern examples all being adored by the crowds. Lotus has every bit of provenance, history and engineering innovation to stand shoulder to shoulder with these other manufacturers and I really hope that Geely capitalise on this in the future. The Evija is a great example of Lotus innovation although purists may cringe, but without a halo, high value car like that Lotus will never attract the wealthy collectors and "trendies" that help sponsor the development of more realistic cars for the wider market. And its up to us, the enthusiasts, who love the brand to also do our part and get our cars out there and let people see them.....come on guys, lets spread the word show the world how fantastic our favourite brand is!! Now for my admission - I didn't take my Esprit to Hampton because I needed more than 2 seats, but it has been out and about a lot this summer! Here are a few photos of the Hampton Court as an example (spot the Elan), but there are lots of nice events to go to!
    1 point
  18. Well part of the focus of the PR team is in Japan right now. The company remains small and the staff is still limited... With that many projects going on concurrently, I would understand if the staff of every department decides to skip an event or two. Some guys and gals are burning the midnight oil. Sure not having more presence in a Geely sponsored event is a bit of a snaffu... But they just rocked Japan Lotus Day and are in the final stages of product release planning for next year' sports car. Not to mention all the training that the production staff must be taking at Hethel caused by the new procedures connected to the retooling, procurement procedures... I'm surprised they haven't asked or managed to get a dealer to ensure a larger presence. However it can also be pointed that this reflects the last few years of Lotus underproduction. Hopefully Lotus will reach its first objective of 5000 cars per annum within the next four years. The company is still mum about their dealership expansion whether in Europe or North America... But things are certainly moving behind the scene at high speed in China... I heard of staff being hired and currently being trained to sell Lotus in Shanghai... I guess the Chinese factory set to open in 2 years time will also have its own customer experience centre or something along these lines.
    1 point
  19. M25 on a daily basis - I’d go IPS. Big fan of the NA but as a daily around here the IPS is a better proposition, which is why my current Evora is an auto. The M25 in a manual is not particularly pleasant VOE.
    1 point
  20. But our opinions are irrelevant. Go for the car that you are most attracted to. After all, did you ask other people's opinion about your current partner, or, ooops, is that why you are now "GOATBOY"!
    1 point
  21. Did someone say Ketteringham Hall??????
    1 point
  22. It was sponsored by Geely!? 🤦‍♂️ Obviously Lotus can't do every event, it would shock many here I think if they knew how much the Goodwood FOS cost and it was great to see Lotus back there with what I thought was a terrific stand. However you'd have thought that Geely would have insisted upon more of a presence at Hampton Court.
    1 point
  23. I read an interesting piece from a constitutional expert who basically says that the Benn bill has not been written too well and may, in fact, be it's own undoing. You see, love them or loathe them, that ERG bunch headed by JRM really are the sort of bunch of saddo anoraks who would have absolutely read every sentence of presidence and form re the constitutional toings and goings of Parliament. I think the next couple of weeks are going to be fascinating as events unfold. I actually don't think that Boris is as fooked as people think. I do think he has played them and the EU. I may, however, be very wrong.
    1 point
  24. Also bought mine unseen privately from a Forum member here. A very easy and pleasant experience and exactly the car/spec I wanted.
    1 point
  25. The Hangar111 is actually quite a bit quieter than the 2bular and is good enough for places like Silverstone or Snetterton. What makes a real difference are the silencing pointed add-ons for the 2bular (not road-legal so for track use only) - you can relatively easily put them on whenever you need and they make your car quiet. You can also point these away from the mikes if you know how to locate them. The Hangar system got me kicked out of Brands for tripping the drive-by while the 2bular stayed consistently below the limit The 2bular exhaust note sounds a little better than the Hangar's but both are crap compared to the stock pipes in that respect
    1 point
  26. Er, yes. I think that you need to read my post properly. I can highlight the important bits, if you need.
    1 point
  27. Greetings Lotus bros, I've been racking my brain for months trying to find a way to charge the battery without opening the trunk lid. Finally after months of research and planning, this is what I've come up with. Hope it helps anyone else who finds charging through the trunk lid annoying. First, the materials needed. 1. A drill bit that can cut a hole 3/4"-7/8" 2. An SAE extension cord. You only need around 3ft. 3. This flush mount SAE connector: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GVSY3CA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Next, cut a 5/8" hole near the interior trunk latch. There's a crease there which I lined the hole up with. I've included a reference photo to show approx where this hole is being made. Don't worry, any cuts you make in this project are only through fiberglass and plastic. There are no wires nearby to interfere with, and no metal cutting. From the outside, measure where you'd like to place the connector and make a 3/4"-7/8" hole. Remove the license plate light to assist you in visualization and routing the cable. From here it's pretty self explanatory. Route the cable through into the boot of the trunk and connect it to your SAE battery terminal connector. I used some waterproof silicone to keep things water tight (although prob unnecessary as it was all very tight) and a 5/8" rubber grommet for the trunk interior. Tidy things up and enjoy charging the battery without having to open the trunk. From normal standing height, you can barely notice it's there. **Note**: I couldn't get one of the mounting screws on the exterior connector in. There may be metal under that one, but the other 3 were def only in fiberglass/plastic.
    1 point
  28. Ah Soul of Porsche...........I understand now.......
    1 point
  29. It looks better than a Panamera but then so does an elephant's arse. "The first electric sports car with the soul of a Porsche" apparently. Along with the Turbo and Turbo S nonsense it shows complete contempt for their customers intelligence to me but that seems to be the way they like it.
    1 point
  30. Unfortunately, you are confusing the issue (slightly). People put Nurburgring stickers on their cars to show that they have been around the 'Ring. Silverstone Lotus put the stickers on the cars to show that they have sold the car. However, the flip side of that is that people think that all the cars that they have sold have been tracked (around Silverstone). Doh!
    1 point
  31. I'd like to welcome Endeavour Lotus in Colcester to TLF 👍 https://www.endeavourautomotive.co.uk/lotus/
    1 point
  32. Great stuff @Mattmahope!! Sounds brilliant. Looking forward to another day out together.
    1 point
  33. Hi Paolo, You will find no bar codes on a G car i can assure you VIN vehicle identifaction number is on a plate that you can see when looking under the front bonnet, the wheel arch area from the inside, always on the passenger side on uk cars, i presume the same on export cars also. This will have the chassis number, engine number , paint code and transmission number stamped on in IIRRC. The chassis number is also stamped on the chassis on the last upright at the front right by the radiator it is on the drivers side, but if export it will be classed as the passenger side. Obviously the engine number is stamped on the engine also and the trans is stamped. 7000 euros ! i personally would snap someones hand off without even considering the cars condtion for that figure. But just make sure the numbers on the paperwork match up.
    1 point
  34. That's Silverstone circuit. Lotus Silverstone add one to each Lotus they sell :)
    1 point
  35. Swung by to see the wife’s new best mates at Polar Helicopters... Took the lads up the road for a quick ride, think they now require clean underwear.
    1 point
  36. Relocation done, time to unpack the collection. I might have bought a few more during the Summer, ooops...
    1 point
  37. Imran.... are you going to be supplying the enlarged side scoops in the future... or do you have any info on them please ? Regards
    1 point
  38. I stopped watching when he claimed the last models had a 6-speed gearbox...
    1 point
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