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  1. After reading others' ownership thread I thought it was worth up dating this one as it will be 10 years of ownership soon!! Time has flown and Evora life has been super easy, reliable and inexpensive. Since the last post, I've done quite a few more road trips and only had service expenses, so nothing out of the ordinary has cropped up. Managed to do a couple of magazine articles for EVO and Octane which was very interesting... One of the EVO journalists commented on how the Evora clutch was a lot lighter than the GT4 and the gearbox surprisingly slick. This tickled me some what. I think it was a very complementary article too. Same can be said of the Octane piece... I can't praise the virtues of the Evora enough, if anyone is in 2 minds, they really should give one a go. Still in stunning condition at 10 yrs old!!
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  2. Lotus Evija, my first attempt with Promarker Pens.
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  3. Thought I'd add these. Did quite a few miles on freezing damp roads, 410 bhp and CUP2s is fun!..
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  4. Well I thought about this now for many weeks. If I wasn’t such an enthusiast I would get Dave on here or one of the other professionals to build the engine. However, I have decided regardless of time I will rebuild this again. There’s not much to do as the liners are being professionally installed as are the piston rings and gapping. The head will be as new. So it’s just reassembly. But I will be paying great attention to the oil pump and auxiliary housing. My replacement housing is already in bits awaiting new seals and a new rotor. My next job is to remove and replace all of the oil cooler hoses and exchanger. Hope to be driving again within a month or two. Then a I plan to rapidly build miles!
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  5. GRP lights fitted! So far I'm loosing the war against the new relay module though, it's like the existing one is fucking glued on!!??
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  6. With the continued poor weather the car isn’t going anywhere so sorted the shortened plates today Thanks to @MrP for the spare front bracket. Random carbon shots:
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  7. Not the same lovely, blood curdling noise though! The Texas Chainsaw Massacre wouldn’t have sounded half so scary with a battery saw!😂
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  8. Fair enough. What I was trying to say was ‘if loud mode is actually safe mode’ then having it loud more of the time may be safer more of the time’. Open, shut, schmopen, Schmut, ...safer. 👍
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  9. Just watched this Film available now on Netflix. Superb. Highly recommended. Very Inspirational and a must for anyone who even slightly enjoys Motor Racing. Uppity https://youtu.be/XKwfDjfO9Pw
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  10. brands hatch dtm lotus cup europe
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  11. Look at this bit of awesomeness Mark has done for me. Should arrive in the post this week. 😁👍
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  12. Not to get too bogged down with backstory: I've been on an endurance racing team that runs a heavily modified Elite for about 9 years now. The Elite has grown near and dear to my heart, so I've had an eye out for a half-way decent, road-going one for years. Last March, I had a work trip to the North Carolina/Virginia area (to drive a Radical SR3 at Virginia International Raceway, but that's another story ). I have two brothers, one of whom lives in that area, so rather than a quick out-and-back trip, as my coworkers did, I scheduled my trip a few days early to spend time with family. Not even 48 hours before I was to start the trip, I saw this post on Facebook: It just so happened that my *other* brother (I have 2) lives a couple towns over from the seller of the Elite; and that was about a 5 hour drive from my work meeting. When I landed a day or so later, rather than visiting brother #1 as planned, I pointed the rental car south for 5 hours and visited brother #2. A few hours later, I was the proud owner of one of the brownest cars you've ever seen. As luck would have it, brother #2 had room to store the car while I went back to work and arranged for it to be shipped to its new home in Los Angeles. Timing wasn't great, as I was in the middle of a DIY home renovation (one that took over a year, but that's yet another story), so the Elite has sat mostly on the back burner until recently. Now that the house is complete, the Elite is getting more attention, so I thought I'd start this thread as a place to store updates as they come and while they're fresh in my head. More to come...
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  13. So nearly 4 years in, 18.5k miles (mostly boys weekend road trips - Zolder, Spa, Nurburgring, Le Mans, Duns, Jura Mountains, Lotus Festivals etc) and £2,102 in costs (4 x services, 1 x MOT, 3 x Road fund licence, 2 sets of Rear Tyres, Sports Exhaust etc) and still absolutely loving it. Have had the usual warranty claims that others have had, the only unique one seems a random failing of the Jaguar fuel filler flap actuator. Best mpg I've had - 42mpg, worst - 17mpg. My 2 young children fit in the back and are crazy about it too, so any excuse to go out in it is met with universal approval. A few photos of the journey so far.... The obligatory kerbed rear wheels... Felt like Dad amongst the Elise's even though I was probably one of the youngest there... A good win at Brands... The car is treated like one of the family and mollycoddled accordingly, I'm fastidious about how I keep cars, even down to the paperwork! I have too many photos so won't bore you with more. I'd be interested to know if any of you on here have had their's as long, as I get the feeling people move on after as couple of years (apart from Allan who I think is on his 12th Evora now! - good chap)
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  14. Gonna bin these unless anyone's interested? May 1996, March 2000, January 2003, January 2006.
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  16. So this how it looks with the diffuser back in place: And here it is with the cable from my solar charger connected: The great thing about this connector is the simplicity of it. It only lines up in one place so you can’t do it wrong, which is great as you can pop it on without having to get down on your hands and knees...AND the magnet actually switches it on inside the plug so it’s essentially dead when disconnected.👍🏼 Next post will be some solar panel fun, which hopefully will be useful for anyone away from the mains like me...
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  17. Bought one . Car started instantly well impressed
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  18. This is more like it, England are dominating Ireland who themselves are making a good number of mistakes that have cost them this match.
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  19. Hey they really suit your rear!! More than any other car I have seen with the grp lights. 👍
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  20. I'll get you a doggy bag for the black pudding Chris
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  21. I think you are right in that it has to open above 4K revs to let the engine breathe. Hence opening it sooner May also help with breathing.
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  22. I thought it was more to do with flow of gasses? Can't block it off or the engine will have serious issues. Much like revving the piss out of a car and sticking a potato in the exhaust, and duct taping it shut.
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  23. @C8RKH That's some store of wood you have! We're only just getting used to all this wood burning stuff, this is half of our store at the moment: @Spinney Yes, the life of the chainsaw and axe has arrived for me too. I opted for a battery chainsaw, 16" bar with no stinky exhaust and mixing of oil and petrol. Just cutting up and collecting fallen trees at the moment, not felled anything significant yet. Oh how our lives can change!
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  25. I need to change a bulb in the dash 🤭
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  26. 509 (or 518) or Wellseal are the Lotus recommended for the bearing housing to block.
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  27. Welcome and good luck! See my S1 blog for info.
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  28. Hi Eric, there are metal clips on the clock that are a V shape and compress and fick out when you push it in. You can prise it out and pull from the front but it can be tight and cause damage. It depends on the car and fit. A much better way is to remove the trim holding the sun visors and clock. Lower it down a bit, unplug the clock. Once its off the car the clock is easy to removed by compressing the clips and pushing it out from behind.
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  29. Yes because both your gas struts are aligned! 🤣
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  30. The sh-t weather adds to the anticipation for some hooning around this coming summer. Pic taken while B road blasting last Aug:
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  32. An update on this issue. AIM sent me a firmware update to try to resolve this issue. After applying the update the flickering has gone and the unit would appear to be in good working order. I am really hoping that the issue is permanently fixed, I will need to spend a bit more time in the car to see, but fingers crossed as I really like the new dash. Other observations were it looks great at night! But, in digital mode on the road the rev bar is virtually unusable, changing gear at 3-4k revs the bar has hardly moved. The talked about reduction of max revs to 7.5k is much needed. On track, at higher revs it will be much better, but I found myself switching the unit to analog mode for my road driving. Still can't decide on blue or yellow.
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  33. Yes, people actually spend real money on small sticks of wood that they take home and set fire to. 'Kindling' I believe they call it... Personally I can't bring myself to do it. Plenty of wood in the skip at work and offcuts lying about at our place.
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  34. Would a spacer on the brake pedal to bring it further out be better? The accelerator pedal would be in same position but relative to the brake it would be lower?
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  35. 🙂 ... I will now start my long weekend ... ending with a reasonably accurate CAD model and mfg method for a mould/toolless CBU ...
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  36. oh.....I forgot to mention.......ITS FREE
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  37. I would favor the KomoTec close ratio final drive over any power upgrade without chargecooling - feels like a significant power upgrade. So if money is an issue my essential Sport 350 modifications are the suspension, transmission oilcooler and PFC brake pads whereupon for road use I recommend the Ohlins because they are not as noisy as the uniball-joint fitted Nitrons. If that's done and still money left go for the final drive or the chargecooled EX460.
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  38. Stage 1: Fit the cheaper TVS1900 kit to achieve 410. Fun for a while until u get used to it and realise it can deliver so much more, so then: Stage 2: chargecool the above for 500+. As above, then: Stage 3: rods, pistons and ECU for god knows what. Start a trust fund to find a gearbox solution. Makes perfect sense on the holy upgrade path to enlightenment. 😎
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  39. That's a great print! Here's some old Esprit art I've collected over the years.
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  40. Yes they would they would also send what ou need to remap it I think
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  41. Agree that the right comparison is actually vs the 430 kit. I think we would need to see back to back dynos on the same machine, how much each one heat soaks vs the other, and then driving experience (sound, pull, etc). Regarding heat, I’d recommend going to Eaton’s website and having a look at the efficiency maps for their different supercharger models. They each have an efficiency zone (which is quite wide) which keeps the charge air temps down, which is dependent on the spin speed of the charger. On our platform, the 1900 produces similar boost pressure at slower spin speeds, keeping the charger in it’s efficient zone. The important distinction here is we are talking charge air temps, not engine bay temps! Therefore we need to avoid talking about hot cats being removed etc. Engine bays will be hot regardless of whether the cats a 10 inches closer or not. Ultimately if you have a charger that’s inside it’s efficiency zone vs one that’s outside, that’s going to have a bigger effect on your charge air temps. Charge air temps are the key because they allow SSC to lean out the tune, which is where the extra power comes from. Did you see the AFRs on your stock V6s before you tuned it? They are ridiculously low. Why.... because the stock 1320 charger (without a charge cooler) produces hot air very quickly. Lotus needed to make the tune very rich for safety purposes. I’m sorry for the long post, and lack of effort on my part not getting the efficiency maps for you. But.....intuitively you shouldn’t spin the TVS1320 any faster without charge cooling it. Now, whether that compensated for the extra up front cost of a TVS1900 is an individual choice....
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  42. The TVS1900 has its advantages as it’s a good power upgrade which is a simple bolt on/bolt off and tune. It produces less heat than the stock supercharger, but more than a CC’d komotec car obviously. It doesn’t require manifolds and new cats to provide more power. The dynos are out there, I’ve seen them on this forum multiple times. Just over 400 calculated engine power, with a big bump in torque. So you get a simple solution with a decent power increase which doesn’t involve installing charge coolers or routing a water cooler radiator to the front. It may suit some people not others: for example, mainly road use, occasional track, and may want to easily convert back to stock.
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