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  1. After an eight week COVID-19 shut down, imagine my surprise when it started first time. What was supposed to be a quick round the block ended up a two hour drive in the countryside Photo to mark the occasion. Good car!
    11 points
  2. A little 410 inspiration for my 400 Love the Carbon work from prodrive, that is lovely. Ohh and 11.5 kg saved just with the lid.
    9 points
  3. You can see two traces on the dyno chart. The black lines are from the full power run, which will be available in "Sport" and "Race" modes. The red lines are the reduce power setting in "Touring"/"Road" setting. This limits power to around 400hp and torque to around 450NM, which I figure is ample for most normal street driving and should hopefully improve fuel economy slightly. Switching to "Sport" mode gives me access to full power but still with full traction control. Going into "Race" mode retains full power but slackens off the traction control, which can be adjusted via the rotary di
    7 points
  4. So around 8 years ago, I changed a tacho on a mates Eclat. I asked what he wanted to do with the old one and as it was going to go in the bin I asked to keep it . seemed a shame to bin it as it had the lotus logo On the face fast forward now and I came across it in my old toolbox, and , used a scrap piston from a compressor at work to upcycle piston was machined with a flat to stop it rolling and turned out to accommodate the clock. new bezel made to fit Clock assembly and now on the mantelpiece Clock assembly and now on the mantelpiece
    6 points
  5. Picture envy here, so lockdown special
    6 points
  6. All dressed up with no particular place to go
    5 points
  7. 21. The Missile Bay Progress was waylaid over the winter whilst filming in Spain for Kawasaki, and on return the UK coronavirus lockdown took its toll in many ways, leaving the rear luggage area half re-trimmed for a few months. Apart from the rear bulkhead carpet behind the engine cover having rotted the original rear luggage boards and carpet were in very good condition, with only a little wear. Though the nearside inner wheel arch cover and the rear quarterlight window ‘shelves’ were missing. Three years earlier the carpet covering the bulkhead was removed in clumps using a paint s
    5 points
  8. How time fly’s I can’t believe it’s over a month since I posted progress on the car and a lot has happened… both on the car front, on the garage/workshop refurb, oh and I guess lock down! With finishing off on the interior, with the recent retrim and carbon internal sills, a few bits stuck out namely the passenger airbag cover. So, I decided to replace it with a carbon one. I couldn’t quite get the fitment right with tape as it seemed to add a gap due to the thickness of the tape. In the end I purchased the original clips from Lotus and it fits perfectly! It may be somewhat OCD
    4 points
  9. i have two grandchildren at completely different schools,and during the shut down one has had proper school work sent over the internet and sent back and marked and once a week a phone call from their teacher. The other one has had nothing and guess which one wants the children to go back and which one is putting up every barrier it can think of
    3 points
  10. A well respected dealer once told me that many Evora's don't appear for sale. Some dealers have buyers waiting and the right cars change hands without advertising.
    2 points
  11. The thing with the Evora as well is that it's not *really* competing with anything. It's a niche car with a group of buyers who generally only want that specific car that supports prices even through troubles. Not saying prices will totally hold but cars are expensive and crap investments anyway!
    2 points
  12. That’s the episode I’m in for about .5 of a second. Mike Brewer on line reviewing Autotrader adds at the start - pic of me and my 1st Esprit - scrolls past and not even so much as a phone call lol.
    2 points
  13. You cannot use the newer 400s as a comparison as they are still depreciating. Evoras have only really recently dipped below the 30k mark. The current covid situation will make not a fat lot of difference to the lower end prices but those sat in newer ones will feel a hit for sure
    2 points
  14. More info here, on this thread if I have got the link correct. Justin PS. This is the text from part of that thread if the link does not get you there: Get into top gear, and see if the road speed is 27.5 mph per 1000 rpm (CR), or 37.5mph (original cars, but not given to the road testers). So at 2,000 rpm, either 55mph or 75mph.
    2 points
  15. I struggle sometimes with the supposed "intelligence" of teachers, politicians, union leaders and journalists/broadcasters. Everything in this country feels like it is driven by confrontation these days. For example: Earlier this week, BBC breakfast news ran an interesting story on how younger children in Denmark where going back to school. We saw the "special Arrangements" - basically children were being told they had to socially distance, wash their hands, etc. Their class rooms were divided and children had to stay in their new "groups". In the playground they needed to stay in a "con
    2 points
  16. Looks like Silverstone has reached an agreement with Liberty to host a pair of races.
    2 points
  17. Spot on @Chillidoggy. I'm getting sick of the whinging from washout one trick pony politicians like Khan, Sturgeon etc. I'm also getting sick and tired of Starmer et al and the BBC and press criticising everything the Govt. Does to score cheap points. It's about time everyone just shut the f... Up and got on with making a positive contribution.
    2 points
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  19. All belts now on and tensioned. Heat shield sorted. Engine pretty much ready to lump back in once it’s been steam cleaned fettling with intake this afternoon - I’m changing the setup there. So new header tank ordered along with a catch tank. managed to extract this. A nice new airfilter unit ordered as well. Chassis chap is coming up tomorrow so things are slowly moving.
    2 points
  20. Great numbers there. Love the idea of switchable maps to the track and on the track. I was booked in with Komotec pre virus, for their 490 package (using the 410,430 supercharger unit). Would be interested to hear your reasoning on opting for the 1900 unit and price differences. When I contacted Hoffman’s, just supplying the unit was pretty hefty.
    1 point
  21. And they wonder why increasingly children, and many of their parents, do not have many good things to say about them. Their response in your instance above is just pathetic and they should be ashamed to call themselves professional. And whilst they have been, I am sure many of them at least, doing fook all they've happily taken their salaries and benefits.
    1 point
  22. 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
    1 point
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  24. Oh my gosh - chap have a whiskey - make it a massive one. Retreat, regroup, drink more and beat it
    1 point
  25. I have a CTEK MX5.0 and the same adapter as Bibs linked to earlier. The adapter is permanently fixed to my PC680 battery, and I have the CTEK suspended from the ceiling so the cables don't drag over the bodywork. Once a week I plug the CTEK into the adapter harness, leaving the rear lid slightly ajar, and just leave it overnight and the car has been fine all winter.
    1 point
  26. My apologies. I should have said that no-one pays for me to go to work because I’m retired.
    1 point
  27. The install looks interesting, I thought the CC TVS1900 needed the slatted carbon hatch for clearance?
    1 point
  28. and don`t give councils the option to reduce council tax on second homes make it a compulsory double
    1 point
  29. Which is why they should simply whack up the council tax on all the properties in London to fund the roads.
    1 point
  30. @C8RKH It’s cos you are old and cantankerous with a complete lack of empathy while being slightly pudgy... which possibly explains why I agree with you
    1 point
  31. Thanks guys. I'll see when I drive it and do some investigation on the issues with the CR box as well. I really like the colour and spec and it looks like a nice car so if it's totally clean then I'm not worried too much about the price, bottom to top of good condition early NA cars is about a £3k spread so I feel that it's ok as long as it offers what I want and is a solid car...
    1 point
  32. It would be ace to see party politics put aside and the House of Commons actually be a place for constructive work rather than childish arguments for the sake of arguments.
    1 point
  33. "Mayor Sadiq Khan accused the Department for Transport (DfT) of “making ordinary Londoners pay the cost for doing the right thing on Covid-19”. Oh, please. The rest of the UK shouldn't have to pay for Londoners to get to work. No-one pays for me to do so.
    1 point
  34. all in 6th gear Standard 1850rpm - 70mph 2150/2200rpm - 80mph Sports 2850rpm - 80mph 2500rpm - 70mph
    1 point
  35. We did get him in eventually but I think butter was involved to a large extent
    1 point
  36. Thats a lovely looking car - and a great back-story
    1 point
  37. @scotty435 - yeah, it will be good to see how the teams are shaping up - and whether Williams have made significant improvement. I have to say though, that I think its a shame that the grid size is now so small to what it was in say the 80's.
    1 point
  38. When doing a repair like this you are not mixing different resin types as the composite has cured. Any new lay up is relying purely on the resin behaving as an adhesive and forming a mechanical bond between the old and the new. When looking for maximum strength in a composite the choice of resin is usually determined by the reinforcement material.
    1 point
  39. Indeed, and do you know, I just happened to have some laying around. My boats have to put up with a bit of rough stuff, and use it extensively in their construction. Here’s one I project managed earlier.....
    1 point
  40. Posted this little clip already at the restoration room. I was testing some new equipment and how to record Esprit engine sounds. Not there yet, but I have a plan...
    1 point
  41. I had an F355 briefly it was utter pants. The S350 is several times better.
    1 point
  42. I think this is what I was thinking. Lets face it every one can make a fast car today, but its what you feel when you see it and drive it, I will try one but I have a feeling "I will be shaken but not stirred!" Pardon the Pun.
    1 point
  43. I have driven a V8 and it felt massive compared to the S2. Naturally the perfomance is leagues apart but the S2 feels so much more chuckable and go kart like that in the real world I think you can have a bit more fun with the older car. If speed limits and traffic weren't an issue I'd love a V8 or S4s in the garage but would never get rid of the S2. If you have the cash and the space to get a V8 as well then I say go for it and then plan a nice trans European jaunt! Pete
    1 point
  44. I've driven a few V8s . . . and they are fantastic cars! . . . but they don't feel like Esprits to me any more. I think the V8s are awesome, but for me they are getting too far away from everything that made the Esprit what an Esprit is -- a lightweight, 4-cylinder supercar. If it's the performance I'm after, I'd go for the S4s. If the V8 is the attraction to you, then absolutely get one, as they very much live up to their expectations!
    1 point

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