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  1. Yup a Lotus with a big development budget was always the dream. Though it’s often been said that we’d never have had a creation like the Exige from a big company. It would have been watered down by committees, too much money at stake for anything so extreme, the need to appeal to a wide audience would have resulted in a more conservative, more sensible, less exciting outcome. Other hateful nonsense like being restricting the engine to ‘protect’ the Evora and allow future token power upgrades. Regardless, expensively engineered thoroughly developed and optimised versions of what we alread
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  2. Well well well. I'm sorry I havnt read all 1768 posts but I'm sure you are all correct!! Working in a specialist hospital in the northwest has given us challenges. I came back from leave mid march to all of this and then promptly caught the virus (no test but for gods sake, what else could it have been?) Off for a week but took a month to be anywhere normal. And thats a mild case. I have colleagues who were really sick. All of our elective work has stopped and we are doing the trauma for the local hospitals to give them some breathing space. learning how to fix hips, femurs and
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  3. First day out for a what seems like ages
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  4. Didnt Common Sense buy a 70s lotus that had been in a hedge for 20 years? Oh no that was his second cousin once removed "Hopeless Optimist"
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  5. An Obituary printed in the London Times.... Says it all. Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: - Knowing when to come in out of the rain; - Why the early bird gets the worm; - Life isn't always fair; - And maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and re
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  6. No. All depending on how many they sell those. Such products have been very profitable for McLaren and Aston Martin.
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  7. In your face!
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  8. @stephenwhyte I'm having a battle with the planners for my new double garage. If all goes well, that will be built later this year. Then I should be able to make a proper start. Sorry for the thread hijack!
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  9. In fairness, the most important criteria for the house is how good the garage is...
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  10. Next update: As I know two Esprit S2 owners who have cooling problems with their engines I decided two install a larger radiator with improved fans. My car has originally the small radiator like S1 not the later inclined one. I got a radiator from an Esprit SE which fits in the airduct of the S3 NA. As the lower shell of the S2 body is the same in the front area like the S3 everything fitted well ......hope that cooling issues won´t come up. As the aluminium tubing of the cooling system was very corroded I had to renew every part. I will use Evans non water based coolant to avoid cor
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  11. TopGear: This is how we'd spec a 1,972bhp Lotus Evija
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  12. @C8RKH - just stop trying to break world records and you’ll save a bit
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  13. So, it seems no tours this year. Shame. I've been away for a while, what with Covid -19 etc etc but hoping everyone is OK. Looking back today on these posts, I can't believe we did this! My son got to university and was hugely enjoying his fresher year until Sheffield shut and he got sent home. Terrible end to any first year. But looking forward to second now. The Esprit is on SORN at the moment - too much going on to get things sorted after the Trip but am now starting to work through the issues. These are Coolant leaking - bottom pipes to heater - not the replaced wa
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  14. I thought i would post this in an effort to get everyone's opinion on the comments made about the Evora platform. I prefer the platform the way it is a transverse layout allows for a smaller footprint thus a lighter car. There aren't many transverse v6 engines out there so not really sure how much choice Lotus would have had at the time. BONUS Interview
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  15. Don't really agree. VCs don't generally make their money by taking small companies to successful big ones. That is a long slow process and they want to profit and turnover their cash. They will be looking for an M&A exit to sell the company so loss making halo is exactly right.
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  16. I think they do better maybe 2 better... they should ask Toyota if they have the V10 they used for the Lexus LFA! I think was developed by Yamaha too?
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  17. Exciting idea but would probably end up with a huge price tag and there’s something about uncontrollable savagery that doesn’t quite sit right when it comes to a Lotus. Isn’t being over-chassis’d part of the Lotus way of doing things? I guess Evija is about to change all of that. The speculated 500bhp sounds instinctively like it would make a better balanced package than 640bhp V8. But very happy to be proved wrong on that!
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  18. Bought some new carbon for my Evora 410 Sport. Official Lotus carbon and thanks to TLF's own store! Nice and easy transaction. Parts in stock. And the old, balding store owner (think Arkwrights in Open all Hours) is none other than @Bibs Remember, for official parts it's the place to go and FFM's get a great discount too! It's just paid for my Gold Membership! Simply stunning value add from THE best Lotus owners forum in the galactic universe of life. Yes, yes, yes, I'm a creepy old arse licking whatever... But sometimes we can forget the value the forum can deliver!
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  19. Lots of good value bits appearing on ebay here https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/lotusbitsltd/m.html?item=283876774956&hash=item42185fd42c%3Ag%3AO6wAAOSwJZVeu8ON&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562
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  20. Complete agree Jonny @The Pits with both your most recent posts, but the above is the one reason I was underwhelmed with the Elise announcement. I very much believe there is a market for the Elise, its more relevant today than it was when launched so wouldn't have cost too much to bring up to date, surely? Your imaginary Elise above would have been epic.
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  21. No. You don't need to read the distructions. Far more entertaining to just dive in. Years ago I did an aptitude test for engineering apprenticeship and was told I "learn by doing". All the excuse I ever needed to treat instructions as a last resort. Tony
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  22. Hope he wasn't gay as could get really messy.
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  23. You've reached 'peak youtuber' now. it always goes something like this: "I can't believe I'm buying my dream car".. Next video: "I'm selling my dream car" Seriously though, it sounds like a worthwhile change in priorities, shame as I was really looking forward to seeing the respray. I agree though, track use is the absolute killer on these in terms of running cost. Ok, it's a drop in ocean compared to tracking other marques, but with pure road use, a Lotus costs next to nothing. It's actually been really nice having cash available during this lockdown period to get
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  24. Boring update... I've decided not to respray the car at all and gearbox rebuild will be delayed as much as I can. Priorities in life are changing, I want to buy a house and need to spend less on the car to do so. I'll still use and enjoy the car, but there will be less(maybe no) track use I think. It's the track use which costs a fortune in running costs and I can't justify it until the house is sorted. I do have something new coming for the car, a suction bike rack so I can go for a drive, then go for a bike ride after...
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  25. Inconel was invented in the UK in the 1940s for the very first jet engines. It would be fantastic material for making exhaust valves although its difficult to machine.
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  26. Got those comfort connectors on the batteries of all my lesser used cars in the garage for easy use of my CTEK.
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  27. I've got one of these and a CTek MX5.0 https://www.halfords.com/motoring/battery-maintenance/battery-accessories/ctek-comfort-battery-charger-connector-166622.html The cigarette charger ones only work when the ignition is on as you mention.
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  28. Thanks Jorge, I appreciated the continued support mate
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  29. Thanks. Will try later today.
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  30. What about tinfoil pants ??
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  31. The Faded Beauty of Abandoned Cars Across Europe and the US These are quite nice - and thankfully not a Lotus in there https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-52632396#_=_
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  32. I was thinking twin .50 cal
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  33. I had the Evora 400 clutch out into my Exige 350 under warranty a while back and it has been good. I also had a Quaife LSD fitted at the same time. We will find out pretty soon if the clutch can handle 490hp and 530NM of torque from my new TVS1900 kit! Nope, not worried in the slightest... @Bravo73 What were the other upgrades each time the Exige got more power? I thought that it was essentially the same clutch used in all the 4** series Exige/Evora cars. Thanks I would highly recommend an LSD, but ideally you also need adjustable suspension so you can play with the balanc
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  34. Corona virus excuse will be used to get them out of jail with Geely who would be giving them some serious hairdryer treatment. The numbers must look apocalyptic. It’s very unlikely that they have sold many Evijas to date, lovely as it is. But delays and inactivity were well underway long before the virus showed up. Anyone who buys a Lotus must be an optimist almost by definition! I still hope for the best and always will but Lotus racing and road cars have been a lifelong passion of mine. I happen to believe that Lotus are capable of making better drivers cars than Porsche and Ferrari. Th
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  35. I had this issue back in January. Its not possible to change the master cylinder on RHD cars with the clam on. You have to remove the clam and you need two people to remove the master cylinder as its held in with nuts and bolts that aren't captive. We did it with an easibleed on the master cylinder pushing the fluid out the slave cylinder. It took my dealer a couple of days to get a master cylinder they told me Lotus had plenty in stock at the warehouse. If your doing it I would also recommend replacing your mud flap brackets if you haven't already as they will probably be dust
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  36. Hey Pete. Yes . Have one running and for sale. Thanks
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  37. Any thoughts to when you’re going to get going with your green Turbo @TAR? Would love to see that one restored
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  38. One jack, four axle stands, ta da!
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  39. New wheels and summer tyres on ready for tomorrow
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  40. Great new US LOT podcast today with Gordon Murray. One of the most respected designers in F1 history and a massive Lotus enthusiast. Take forty minutes out your day and have a listen it’s just superb.
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  41. Ok, off to the garage attic to measure the spare "cracked" crank. This from a 1985 910, history unknown, presumed original to the car. The flange in question is tapered and has a fillet on both sides, so "thickness" is a vague concept. It should not take much bulk metal to resist clutch loads anyway. Your working dimension is going to be the distance from flange to flange spanning the crankcase web, and you have some wiggle room in the form of the different thrush washer thicknesses available. I can't say if my thrust faces have been machined in the past, but mine is about 1.344"/34.16mm.
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  42. hi Mike thanks for your help please see some pics ,I have had this car for about 10 years but sat around till last year when i started her.
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  43. I must be mad as offered £8k Not sure what he wants but don’t think it will ever see the road again as full of water, it was even flooded around the RH fuel tank which I managed to release by unblocking the drain hole. My thought was the same as Paul really knowing the restoration will be £20k plus with trimming and paint even if you could find the missing rare parts like rear screen, seats, door panels etc. Body sections are available so quite comfortable with that task and the mechanics. If he doesn’t decide soon this post will die for another decade The blist
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  44. A new Lotus using the Evija body shape, albeit on the brilliant Evora chassis but also showcasing Lotus engineering innovation; is what i'm hoping for.
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  45. Having spoken to a few of the long time Lotus guys still at Hethal i can confirm my LOVE for Lotus is back on the straight and narrow, Jaguars/McLarens are not for me! I just need to have more patience like my good woman!
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  46. 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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  47. Wow so not many actually produce anything
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