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  1. Well, following soldave's post about this, we took the plunge and completed the rally yesterday. For those who dont know about this, the Fireball Rally is an organisation that arrange various types of motoring holidays in Europe https://www.fireballrally.co.uk We signed up to James Bond's Switzerland one that is an endurance event planning to visit 8 countries in 4 days, totalling 1800 miles!! Many people buy cars specifically for the event, usually under £900 but we chose to take the Esprit. Now, my Esprit has never let me down ever, but the closer the rally got, the more nervous I
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  2. I had an unusual reaction today whilst driving up the M3. I was in lane 3 approaching what looked to be an interesting car ahead and as I drew nearer I saw it was a BMW i8 that had a kind of red chrome paint job. Rather a nice colour actually. Anyhow, he obviously saw me approaching in his mirror and suddenly decided to wrench the wheel over to the left, only just missing the front of a car he was overtaking. I then pulled alongside him and became aware the driver was waving excitedly. I looked over and he kept pointing at my car and giving me a big thumbs up, all the time with the bigge
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  3. Thanks Richard. Well thanks to Smithy111 on here and an accurate temperature measure there's nothing wrong! The engine wasn't hot enough To activate the thermostat. The gauge was overeading by about 30 degrees! New voltage regulator should fix the guage. Tuned again. Pretty good now! This is with the fans on.... About 1 or less difference. All level with no fans.
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  4. I’m sure it’s the media making a big deal of a throwaway remark but it’s a pointless thing to claim at this stage. Can’t see how it could benefit Lotus to do so. I’d rather hear about a renewed interest in Motorsport, some GT racing ambition or positive plans for the current range and how Lotus are going to manage the transition period. I guess if they can sell a few Evijas none of that will matter much from a financial point of view but the brand building (and repair work) should be well under way by now.
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  5. On both Esprits I have owned I had water circulation issues but on the current car when I rebuilt the cooling system I bought a pressure test kit. I found several leaks using the kit which I fixed and once the system held air for several hours I then filled it up and had no issues at all. Any leaks will tend to suck air into the system. The way I used the kit was when empty, and if the pressure guage didnt hold, I brushed soapy water all over every joint and looked for bubbling. Very effective method because once it holds air it will definitely hold water.
    2 points
  6. I would like to try and offer an explanation in 2 parts: 1) the forced induction system in a golf R will likely deliver >20psi at 2000rpm, whereas yours is probably giving about 4 psi. This is a big difference. This is partly why his car is feels rubbish to drive and I would never buy one. Turbos get to peak boost quickly, then offer very little reward for continuing to rev. Superchargers are more progressive and controllable. 2) I wouldn’t compare performance in uncontrolled road races because you don’t know whether his car is stock, when he pressed the accelerator, or what gea
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  7. I had attended a local car festival last weekend in small Leicestershire town of Hinckley (where Triumph & Nobel are made ) there was apparently 1200 or so cars and bikes and other vehicles on display in town centre, my Evora was parked on on of the main shopping streets next to vintage Land Rover defender and a heavily modified Subaru it was lovely day so I stood next to car as thousands of visitors filed by the reaction of folk was intriguing people didn’t realise I was owner so I over heard the comments also folk were surprised to see my daughter asleep in the bac
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  8. We have a law over here that if you assault either a paramedic or a police officer, you are facing a 1 year mandatory sentence. Or you are meant to. James Haberfield was allowed to walk free after bashing a paramedic there to help him. Two women bashed a male paramedic and were allowed to walk free. I fear that some judges are very lenient or maybe should not be a judge?
    1 point
  9. Congrats buddy! Been great to track your journey so far and you just can’t go wrong with Komotec!
    1 point
  10. Enough about bloody phone clips you say, what about the EX430 kit!? Okay, so here's my initial review; I picked the car up yesterday and drove it home to Peterborough from H111. The car was fitted with both the EX430 and the Komotec valved backbox system with carbon tips. Immediately on the way home the car was singing a different tune. The exhaust is far louder, deeper and more visceral, it's just sounds plain evil but not overbearing. Performance wise, initially, the most noticeable change was torque. The car now pulls harder regardless of gear selection, where as before you h
    1 point
  11. Yes exactly that too. No chance of any progress now 'til Monday. This is precisely what Geely needs to get involved with and sorted. Pronto.
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  12. Stunning pictures. The last one in Füssen with Neuschwanstein in the background could have been taken in front of our friends house.
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  13. Uh They don't need to solve world issues... They need to finish developing a model that has been in the pipeline ever since the previous CEO was in charge. JMG showed up at the gate in 2014, this car started its development in late 2015 or early 2016, spec got frozen way before the current management showed up... It was one of the 3 options JMG had planned. Geely called the shot on which model they should come out with first under Quinfeng. But by that time they knew exactly what the car required, chassis wise and engine wise. I insist It is a VVA platform car, essentially an Evora Plus or
    1 point
  14. He needs a verbal boot up the backside to remind him the part is in stock on the production line, or take it up with the MD.
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  15. That is a process that happens automatically at Lotus After Sales. @trcm it might be worth your dealer contacting some of the other (bigger) dealers to see if anyone has one in stock they are willing to part with. I have checked, and unfortunately we do not have one in at present. Central Lotus would be worth a shout, or maybe B&C. Dave
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  16. For me, this is 1001% on the money. You wont see the type of cars we have now, particularly the visceral V6 Exige. The only thing that would make me sell my 380 is a really really special final Exige. But lets wait and see. And funnily enough was at a dealers today and one guy told me there is a two day sales conference coming up, and that future sales targets for new models is off the scale. For instance he said that say lotus sell 1550 units/year, they are planning to sell that many within the confines of their dealership. So to me that means that the newer cars cannot be into 6 figure,
    1 point
  17. Sounds like an air lock or blockage but I’d expect some flow across the rad as the engine stat must have opened to heat to the front
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  18. Sounds like a thermostat issue, does the fan stat pipe at the front get warm?
    1 point
  19. Fabian, Have you checked the coolant return from the header tank to the water pump area ? A blockage in this is possible if you have been painting things and will result in boiling over ! Make sure you have flow or the expansion has no where to go and boils like a kettle !
    1 point
  20. updating in-case anyone else is coming up to changing p-zero on one axl only. Went for a full change out to PS4's (not PS4S). Don't like spliting tyre makes on my cars Did my 1st track day event on Donnington's old circuit yesterday. Last track day event was a couple of months back at Rockingham on p-zero's So although 2 different venues and not by an expert driver. Both days were dry and hot. And as we are doing PAX rides for charities i'd say we at 8 tenths Both events I start of with PSI at 30. When p-zero got upto 40psi due to heat rears felt slippy, like on ice and
    1 point
  21. Jack the back end up and fill/bleed the system and run with the cap off to clear all the air only way ive found that works well. Have you bridged the two spade connectors that go to the fan thermostat to test the electrical circuit is ok? and check/reset the otter thermal cut out on the left front wheel arch? Since sorrting the cooling system on mine it runs at about 88o (checked with 3 different electronic thermal probes). Fan stat should cycle fans on at 92o and off at 82o (green dot for temperate climates) Also check if yours has the revised curved pipe inverted so the fan stat should
    1 point
  22. Mine indicates less than 90 on a run (regardless of speed) I get paranoid if it gets any higher than mid 90s! (but thats not to say all guages and senders read the same). Bear in mind it will tend to run hotter if you have fitted new rings/pistons/liners. I also think that 110 is far too hot (if accurate). While the engine is running, go around the car and repeatedly violently squash as many hoses as you can get your hands to - e.g. to 'burp' the cooling system.
    1 point
  23. I would not run it at 110, most seem to run about 90. 110 is to high, not drivable yet until you do some checks!
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  24. I think it goes from the bottom screw on the accelerator pump cover to the nut holding the intake manifold to the head. Mike
    1 point
  25. I do love forums , where true enthusiasts care was reading a post from a guy who suggested deflating tyre to about 10psi and then re inflating, hey presto!! Problem solved
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  26. Evija continues World Tour in Middle East.
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  27. Took my car on the ferry for a tour of the Black Forest. The car drew a lot of attention. Several people asked whether they could have a photo of the car. I had to leave it on the street in Freiburg one night. I went to the car to get something, to find half a dozen people taking it in turns to pose with the car having their photos taken. I hung back until they went. Best one was taking a diversion to see the World's biggest Cuckoo clock (who wouldn't want to see that?). I parked up, then a club arrived of 6 or 7 911's. This Italian couple took a look at my car and the husband got
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  28. Leaving work on time, for the first time in over a year.
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  29. Had a great day at Silverstone on Thursday. Hadn't driven there in a few years, but managed a 2:34 with a 90kg passenger so pleased with that. Next steps more power, EX480...….
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  30. Taken from G techniq website. Mine has Exo on it soooo... Q: Can I use a wax over Gtechniq paintwork coatings? A: You can as the wax will not damage any of our coatings. But we recommend you don't for a number of reasons. Firstly, if you have an extremely hydrophobic product such as EXO or C2, the wax will dull this effect. Also all our coatings are designed to prevent contaminant bonding and are non-yellowing. Wax on the other hand is a soft finish into which contaminants easily bond and wax is not optically clear.
    1 point
  31. You can see the shim here... Have you got them on each half shaft?
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  32. Give it to somebody else to do ? Where's the fun in that Paul ? You absolutely need a balljoint splitter to break the grip on the upper joint to hub attachment in order to be able to adjust the camber and its a lot of p*ssing about I agree. I have a copy of the Esprit S3/Turbo workshop manual and they go into a little more detail about the suspension alignment in there, in as much as their method specified to use two steel bars absolutely parallel to the hubs and measure the toe in/out from the wheel hubs. So my 'string rectangle' method mirrors that and I found it quite easy to do.
    1 point
  33. Are you certain the front and rear hub->hub lengths are the same ? I know the book says the track is the same (59.5") but the wheels are 6J and 7J sizes. Just wondering if your method is right - if I've understood you correctly I used two wooden poles of exactly the same length spanned widthwise front and rear resting on axle stands set at wheel centre height and stretched nylon fishing line front to back them to make a kind of rectangular frame. Got the 'frame' set exactly around the four wheels measured as close to the centre of each wheel as I could, then measured front and rear
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  34. Have finally managed to get the roll hoop out of the car. For reference the hoop is held in place each side by a large Nut/bolt at the bottom of the door pillar and a smaller nut/bolt at the top of the door pillar. It is also has two bolts/screws that go through the door striker plate through a bracket welded to the roll hoop and into a plate which has captive nuts welded to it. The striker plate bolts took some getting out. To get it out you need to push it back towards the rear of the car then lay it down you will the be able to manoeuvre it out. Looking at the hoop in the car it ap
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  35. Think the quickfit data base is slightly off for the earlier esprit. The difference between the handbook and the workshop manual is:- Rear suspension in the handbook toe in 8 to 10 mm, In the workshop manual 4 mm, max. All other data is the same. Surprised this has not come up before? I remember in 1977 there were no lasers apart from in Star Wars, so Lotus probably gave mm at rim edge so you could set up the wheels with a string rectangle?
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