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  1. So recently decided to get the car all cleaned up and detailed. Might be slightly pic heavy but some OCD-friendly pics 🙂
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  2. Purchase a new GT 410 sport. Collection day next Saturday, sorry to see the Evora NA go it’s been a fantastic car, but time to move on. Can not wait so excited.
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  3. Hi all, I have just joined the “owning a Lotus” club by purchasing Mike Sekinger’s slightly bent MY02. The project was advertised on facebook with a recent price drop making it too good to refuse. I got up early on Friday, drove to Germany, meeting Mike and his wonderful family, squeezed a 186cms car in to a 186cms door (no angle grinder required) and then came back home. There were always two cars I loved growing up, a Lancia Delta and a Lotus Esprit. In 2016 I bought a bent yellow banana of a hatchback from a reputable dealer filled with hopes and dreams! John and I spent about 2 years and more money I care to mention turning it in to a very competitive and ultimately winning race car, both in the dry as well as the wet. I have documented the Lancia race car, plus other racing activities build on my youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGC1ARFyEFnu_vwqi_BATsg and here are some pictures. More can also be found here: www.lanciadeltaracing.com Before you all jump on me for it not being a real 350, there is no way you would want to take a working 350 and ruin it by racing it. Race cars get a hard life and generally always break and get tatty over time. I wanted to replicate a sport 350 to allow the fitment of an adjustable high rear wing and it still comply to “silhouette” rules. Clearly building a car such as Mike’s GT1 replica with sequential box and a wider track will ultimately be a faster car. The problem is it puts you in with classes where v8’s are shoved in to Ford Escorts, Honda turbos in to Elises and other nutter conversions and it raises the game quite considerably... and gets very expensive. The other great thing about the car Mike had is it is LHD. This is actually an advantage as most circuits race clockwise and a LHD car gives a better view of a right turn apex than it being obscured through the a-pillar. On the flip side, I am sure “sided” parts for a LHD will be harder to find but hey ho. As we are just at the start of this project there are some things we are sure of, and some not. Here is what we know or want to do: - Sport 350 silhouette, but with the MY02 round lights - Uprated crank, pistons and head bolts - Motec & Bosche motorsport electronics throughout, including ECU, power distribution, dash, TC & ABS - Owen Development m-spec turbos, nice and small with very little lag - External wastegates - Standard gearbox casing with dog ring gears - Gripper or other plated LSD - Target 450bhp & 900kg I am planning to race it in the Classic Sports Car Club Modern Classics series. I know several Elises and Nick Olson’s very quick Esprit S3 races in from time to time. Also want to do the odd 750 Motor Club’s Club Enduro championship if I can get an hours worth of racing out of the fuel tanks (they look very small...). Here are a couple of videos racing Nick if you are interested. Any advice at this early stage, particularly those who track/race, would be appreciated.
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  4. Has the IP been replaced? The mileage on the IP can be set within the first 50 miles of use - after that it cannot be changed. The max RPM probably wouldn't worry me too much, as they look like rev limiter, rather than over rev. Standing starts show some disregard for mechanical sympathy, as there are not really many scenarios where you would do that. I can check some cars here for correlation in mileage. Have to admit, I've never checked before! Dave
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  5. An Evora quite possibly (non S), been looking into them and all the revisions and packs, potential issues ect. Think it will be MY12 revised car as i think the CR box will be an essential for me Anything special i should look out for or things to check when viewing?
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  6. So thought I'd better post these to the forum now I've had time to take a couple of the new one and one of its predecessor..
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  7. Here's the tangerine dream waiting for detailing and PPF before it delivered next week. Hands off if you're at B&C
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  8. I appreciate it's not to everyone's tastes but I've done a bit of titivation to the Evora during the lockdown period, carbon bits and wheels/tyres (410 Sport GP edition)... About 5.5kgs total weight saving over the standard Cast 18"/19" wheels and tyre combo, which is less than I was expecting but can't complain as there's a lot more rubber. Can't praise the PS4S tyres enough, really impressed so far. Hoping to get some miles under the belt later in the year. Have had to cancel 3 big road trips so far which is gutting but expected under the current circumstances.
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  9. Hi guys, I'm new to the site thanks. I've had my Deep Purple Elise S1 for 4.5 years or so, and am thoroughly enjoying ownership 😁. I have been lucky enough to meet a group of like-minded enthusiasts for drives out around Northamptonshire. It would be great if anyone is based in the Midlands that would want to join (socially distantanced of course!) Look forward to meeting some of you, Mike
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  10. Sold the esprit today, her new owner came and collected and like myself a true enthusiastic who will look after her as I have done, which is always reassuring. Will miss that car but onto the next Lotus now!
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  11. Panasonic Cockpit RM610 stereo... to add further detail 🙂
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  12. Thanks for the welcome 😊. Deep purple is an S1 colour and is a bit darker than aubergine which is an S2 colour. I actually prefer aubergine! 😂
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  13. Hi Mike Wellcome I’m on this already Steve
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  14. The Esprit uses a Zirconia type heated lambda sensor. The heater is used to reduce the warm up time of the sensor. It also allows the sensor to be mounted farther away from high thermal loads such as that created by the turbocharger and keep the sensor hot when it may otherwise cool down during times such as an extended period of idle. The Zirconia type can output a voltage between 0 V and 1.1 V and from some datalogs I have just checked it occasionally does go over 1.0 V.
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  15. Apart from setting off I only ever really use 3rd and 4th gear in my Evora. Mostly 3rd as she is right in the power and torque band on the road and is whaling like a banshee on heat! Ducking love it. It's like heroin. Crack cocaine. Chocolate even. It's so addictive. I am 99% certain that the launch cars that were used for the press fleet had the CR box in them as standard. The CR Box was a cost option from launch. https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a18739236/lotus-evora-pricing-options-announced/
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  16. I am currently testing positive for a nice Malbec, which was on offer today in Morrison's
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  17. Well that's made me feel really old
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  18. Yes, that blue line. It is a multiplier of the 'Base Pulsewidth' (aka BPW) and is derived from the lambda sensor input and is used to cause the switching of the A/F ratio about the stoichiometric A/F ratio. I suspect the lambda sensor could be cause of this problem. If the ECU is seeing a rich mixture that does not lean off as the BPW is leaned out it will keep on leaning out until you get the stall if this happens before the ECU decides there's a problem with the sensor. Check the datalog and see if this is indeed what's happening.
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  19. So Evora is back.....Pioneer Unit was sent to Pioneer Germany, it seems that the system has "hung up" like your typical desktop ;-)........ They said that they put it back to "base condition".....but the iphone connection remained, no need to engage the mobile again, v e r y suspicious the whole thing.... In the end the whole matter was managed by Lotus service Schuttenbach in a pleasant way! (very happy to have the Evora back, missed her a lot, even after 8 years the drive is a special one!)
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  20. Are you old enough to remember that advert with the Carlos Fandango wheels Dave?
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  21. The QDM-B error is probably due to the ignition being turned off and therefore not relevant. Note that the 'CL' LED does not indicate that the fuelling is being controlled in closed loop mode, merely that closed loop mode is permitted if the appropriate conditions are met. I believe the stalling is caused by the 'CL Correction Term' value dropping significantly, possibly to a zero value from that screenshot. This big question is, naturally, why is that happening.
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  22. Hi all, I'll probably have to miss this one. Gutting, do nothing for 3 months and then 2 things at the same time (its been discussed a while and is a bit open ended so may not happen in which case I could be out but with limited numbers its probably better to leave it to the hard core). It would be cool to catch up, has anyone had ideas about were we could meet up if the pubs stay shut? we could easily accommodate a small fleet of Lotuses here, and plenty of outside space for social distancing (even have a hedge to pee behind) but I am right on the edge of Hampshire and may be a bit far for some. Paul, I think its still called dogging now its just a lot more popular😁 (as it probably counts as outdoor exercise) I once pulled into a remote car park near stockbridge to turn around and was surprised how many people were out walking their dogs at midnight!!! I've been out having fun in the Elise having unsorned it but then the weather turned nasty (sorry about that) so I thought I would have some garage based lotus fun instead. I had thought the steering needed looking at for a while but noticing a clonk made up my mind. So out came the rack and sure enough both track rods were floppy and the rack very loose. Its all adjusted back within tolerance and back in the car. The car feels so much better, I am however feeling a bit beaten up from spending time wedged upside down under the dash (when I was younger I did this sort of thing all the time with no real problem but now I've got a bruise the size of a cricket ball and probably a cracked rib its pathetic.) Check out my special technical equipment for accurately setting the rack friction/pull force. Not only did I use what you can see in the photo but I also utilised the entire planet. Hopefully see you all soon Tony
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  23. Why not just look for a different car? If you’ve gone to the trouble of getting an ECU dump and found data that you’re not comfortable with, then walk away. You will only inherit the “problem” for when you come to sell. Plenty more fish in the sea.
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  24. @C8RKH you can't say that and not clear up the ambiguity. So I've picked one at random and assumed it's the one unless you tell us which. Actually, I think that one#s quite unsettling anyway.
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  26. The spark advance rises to the value set by the 'Spark Reference Angle' parameter (74.9 degrees) because the engine speed dropped low enough to revert to EST Bypass mode where the ignition module determines the spark advance and remains there when the engine stalls.
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  27. I’ll do a scan of the S4s tonight from cold 👍
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  28. Well I wish you luck with the search and the move etc. 👍
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  29. A spelling one
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  30. The inspiration for the colour came from a certain 430 👍
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  31. I'm excited by the new tyre options Lotus are offering!
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  32. Coming from a 4C I don't think the interior finish and ICE will be a problem 😂 Also to note, coming from a Jag I think the Evora interior is pretty nice. It's no Rolls-Royce but it's good quality and good looking.
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  33. Jamie at Bell and Colvill (between Guildford and Cobham) will I am sure be happy to assist you. A 220bhp Elise should give you plenty to think about and is where I would probably start given your car experience. Exige is a bit more extreme and Evora a bit more grown up. Whilst Exige and Elise are unique in the marketplace, you argue I think correctly that Evora could be seen as having more competitors - until you drive one. And it has +2 facility in a mid-engined layout, which for many is significant. Starting your Lotus journey with Evora might be unwise, as some find the interior finish and ICE underwhelming, factors that are not really relevant to Exige/Elise. To those who adore Lotus USP, such trivia matters not. Get hooked via Elise....and don't look back! Justin
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  34. FJ11EVB was my old car it was on E10 VRA when I owned it. I traded it in a week before lockdown. It was a great car I did 40k in it but I traded it in as things were starting to go wrong. Don't let that put you off though, I recently did all the brakes, brand new air con condenser, brand new clutch master cylinder, new shocks all round, poly bushed front ARB, new drop links. Kenwood is Android auto and carplay the usb is hidden under the steering column. Bad bits, PPF has a tear on the front bumper. Front carpets are wet as is the boot (water is getting in somewhere) air con isn't working needs a new compressor I bought one and was ready to fit it and spotted an oil leak near the power steering pump. I sold the compressor once trade in was agreed. The front hatch was stuck shut after I didn't align the catch correctly after having the clam off to replace the seals and drier for air con. At this stage I lost interest. It doesn't have all the packs it's missing the tech pack. The parking sensors, camera, Tpms and cruise were all retro fitted by me only option that's missing is home link. If your interested I would check the oil leak is fixed it's not major and it's impossible to see unless the undertray is off. Give the passenger carpet a good check too. It's never had a clutch and the clutch was fine but the release bearing is noisy (it has been the whole time I owned it) Imo it's priced to high, I got no where near that as a trade in.
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  35. I believe there were comparable test done many years ago , not sure of figures . However I found improvements when setting up with 104/104 over 100/110.. You need to remember 100/110 was done for emission reasons for the USA market . To save on costs Lotus did a one fits all policy , this mean't the Esprit was built to meet the tightest emission laws it would encounter in the markets sold in. We did some back to back on an S4, which after fitting verniers with 104/104 cam timing and Alunox exhaust manifold , managed to achieve 300 bhp using oem ECU set up and 1 bar boost and not much else . As Ian said , any cam timing is only an approximation based on where the closest dot alignment at TDC can be achieved .. The moment an engine no longer has the original factory head gasket format , the cam timing goes out .. only slight but not perfect .. The only other way to keep this spot on is to measure your original gasket , get the crushed dimension of your new gasket , and then skim the head for the different thicknesses ..... Assuming the new gasket is thicker, and the timing was cock on before. When you consider the allowance on the original head skim and gasket replacement was 0.018'', it does not take much working out to realise , with what is available in gaskets , and how many times a head has been skimmed , chances are cam timing will change .. When i do a customers engine, i always do a cam timing check before disassembly , In most cases the cam timing is not to spec.. This gives me some idea on machining history before i start , I always recommend 104 /104 and verniers on rebuild , as a result those all get spot on cam timing . They all seem to run smoother , i expect this is to do with timing accuracy and the 104 set up .. On emissions , i have not had any issues with 104 set up on MOT's in the UK .. Great job @Chillidoggy , well thought out and executed with precision .,.
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  36. I expect someone has dyno tested, probably @CHANGES The only way to be sure the engine was timed @ 104/104, in order to eliminate any variables, it had to be properly checked. Fitting the Vernier sprockets eliminates variables, and allows cam timing can be set perfectly to whatever is required. With fixed green dot sprockets, there's no adjustment, so it's a gamble.
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  37. Fascinating thread and I just wanted to add something which always fascinated me. Around 1984 I was working special events at Eastbourne Council and the Lotus Esprit Turbo 'a real James Bond car' was the star of that year's motorshow. Thrilled that I got to sit in and actually move the car a little whilst setting up and it has always been one of my few claims to fame. I believe it was plated OPW678W and had the Olin skis mounted, tan hide interior and steering wheel and what I remember most was the roof mounted stereo (either Alpine or Blaupunkt but leaning towards Alpine from my fuzzy memory). Gorgeous looking car and I treasured the photos that I took of it for years. Alas I have no idea where they might be now, but will make an effort to find them. From reading most of the thread It sounds as though this may, or may not have been used in the film but would love to know for certain
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  38. WARNING Do not attempt to bleed the clutch hydraulic system when the catalytic converter is hot - spilled hydraulic fluid could initiate a fire. Wait until the engine and converter is cool to the touch. To replace the slave cylinder To remove: Remove the rear undertray (see sub-section a - introduction for details). - - - From underneath the vehicle, disconnect the clutch pipe union and immediately seal the open end of the - pipe and the cylinder port. Release the two fixing bolts and withdraw the cylinder. - - Take all necessary precautions to guard against contamination of painted surfaces with brake fluid. - - To refit/replace: Is the reversal of removal. - - Refit the the two M8 bolts securing the slave cylinder to the bell housing, torque to 12 Nm. - - Re-connect the clutch pipe union to the cylinder, torque to 15 Nm.- - Bleed the system of air, tightening the bleed nipple to 5 Nm.- - Finally, ensure that the heat shield is returned to its original shape in order adequately to protect the slave - - cylinder and hydraulic line. Hydraulic Pipe A 2-part rigid steel pipe is used to convey the hydraulic fluid from the master cylinder to the left hand front corner of the engine bay. The pipe is routed down the LH 'A' post to run along the outside of the chassis LH main siderail, within the composite sill member, and is supported, together with other pipes and hoses in foam blocks. Another pipe is used to connect the rear end of the chassis pipe to an NVH clutch damper mounted on the transmission. A short rigid pipe then connects the damper to the slave cylinder. The clutch damper was introduced as a running change and contains a flexible diaphragm to damp out pressure pulsations in the line caused by frequencies generated by crankshaft that are isolated from rest of chassis via engine mounts etc, but when the clutch pedal depressed the frequency travels through the clutch cover, release bearing, slave cylinder and through the fluid line up to the clutch pedal. These pulsations give the symptoms of a ‘roaring’ noise and vibration which can be felt through the clutch pedal when it is depressed at high revs, typically 5000 rpm. ‘12 MY vehicles from VIN CH_10179 have been fitted with additional protective heat wrapping positioned around the clutch slave cylinder pipe to provide insulation from potential excessive engine bay temperatures. The brake fluid contained within the clutch pipe may exceed its maximum working temperature especially if the vehicle is subjected to either extreme ambient temperatures and/or regular continuous high speed driving. Vehicles subjected to these conditions have experienced difficultly in engaging or changing gear combined with other symptoms such as very little or no resistance required to depress the clutch pedal or the clutch pedal has failing to return to its original position when released, Also see Technical Service Bulletin TSB 2011/29 for further details.
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  39. Got the #6 RHD manual recently. Not an ex lotus owner. Only rented an Elise at Nurburgring and SPA before. Superb car. Though the gear change seems a bit sloppy😅
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  40. I went back onto fallout just after the update, a lot better than it was. Has made the lockdown a bit more bearable haha
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  41. Managed to finish off the gear linkage overhaul this evening having had a parcel of parts delivered this morning. When I took the exhaust cradle off the car I noticed one of the bolt holes for it in the RH mounting bracket had stripped its thread. When I went to helicoil it I noticed evidence of a welding repair, and fearing that may also have been contributing to the misalignment of the gear cables, along with the exhaust frame so I decided not to take any chances and ordered a new one. When I compared the old one with the new one I couldn't see any measurable difference, but as you can see its clearly been repaired and based on the success rate of all the other previous 'repairs' I couldn't trust the quality of it. New exhaust mounts fitted to the cradle The cradle all fitted back to the car and the gear linkage successfully set up as per the manual at last. Most of the centre tunnel has also been reassembled, but I haven't gone any further with the interior because I need to run some new wiring through to the centre console and its going to be a lot easier to do with the interior partially stripped out.
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  42. I presume that you’ve got the 18/19” wheels? ISTR that @rallyesax recommendation for those is PSS on the front, PS4S on the rear. (They are much closer in performance than PS4 & PS4S).
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  43. Here it is in ‘bloody-hell-that-is-very-orange’ orange. Should have it in a couple of weeks. Getting paint correction, PPF and fully sealed before delivery.
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  44. ...after eight years still like her lines.......
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  45. Updated pics. So far this car has been running perfectly since it was finished. Always starts easily and the engine doesn’t miss a beat!
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  46. yes please - that would be great!
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  47. Today is a sad day. I’ve had my ups and downs with this beautiful vehicle - probably in equal measure. I bought this with every intention of keeping forever until I was offered the S4s. Otherwise there’s simply no way I would have lavished the time and energy I have on her. My stewardship of this car is now over - and the baton handed over to another enthusiast whom I’m sure will take her to the next level and love and cherish her. Im sure he will pop up on here shortly, isn’t a million miles away from me, so I’m sure I’ll see her again👍
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  48. Few more pics from ValetPRO The car was treated to snow foam, then a shampoo, then clay bar, followed by DA polish and finally the new wax. It's still sparkling now, it's a big difference having a good final coating applied. Thanks to Bloss at ValetPRO for the pictures
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  49. Well - ticked over 90k tonight. Hope I haven't just made it worthless
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