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  1. Flying the Elite flag amongst the moderns! ... other than the lovely Esprit of course.
    8 points
  2. Taken last year on my trip "oop,North" (well from Blackpool to Duns anyway) Didnt miss a beat.
    6 points
  3. Okay, so today was service and tail pipe fitting day at HPE Automotive. Everything went quite swimmingly which was great. Fortunately because of the way my Komotec exhaust is constructed you can actually remove the Y shaped output section in one lump. This meant it was fairly straightforward for Dan to lengthen one of the pipes creating more space between them by weld in a 20mm extension and a wider spacer between them. I'm really happy with the look and finish of the new pipes, they fill out the exit space just right! Car went through service with no issues which was excellent 😊 Place called MZ speed store on AliExpress
    3 points
  4. Grandson’s test came back -ve. Good news.
    3 points
  5. Weirdly, that’s what the missus said to me when I showed her! 😆 Is it wrong to like the multi-coloured one above or shall I hand in my man-card now?
    3 points
  6. Just want to say a big thanks to Scotsdave for all his advice and info and to everyone else for their advice. I'm still mulling things over but I think a price of around £23,000 would be fair and if I decide I want the car then that is probably what I'll offer. Thanks again all, Dave
    2 points
  7. Meanwhile in the UK, 3 people were killed in a religious/racially motivated act that has been "branded" as a terrorist act and hardly a murmur from anyone in the scheme of things. It seems some lives do indeed matter more than others!
    2 points
  8. So no boot then at the back. interesting. I do like that back end there, but then I did and still do like the original MP4 back end (well, all of it really)
    2 points
  9. Sorry for the McLaren pic, a reliable source as said expect a exhaust similar to this on the next model.
    2 points
  10. Echo the above, great to finally do a meet in the nice weather. Paul beat me to it on the pics but here is one of mine:
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  11. First meeting since lockdown in a beautiful New forest setting, lovely to meet everyone again even if we couldn't 😘
    2 points
  12. If the o2 trace ain’t wobbling - the sensor is knackered. @RobinB5 I’m sure closed loop is based on coolant temp
    2 points
  13. Definitely just bought an S-Cup!! Thank you for all the advice. In the end it made sense to buy as new as I could, within the Cup Elises. I kind of also liked that the S-Cup was the first variant of what is now the 220 and 250, directly from the S-Cup R. During the test drive, I never felt it lacked power on the B-roads and even on relatively worn tires, it felt like serious traction forces were in action! I’ll throw some pics up when it’s on the driveway! Unbelievably excited to become a Lotus owner. Dreamt about this for decades! Thanks again 🙌🏻
    2 points
  14. Black88, One more thing, I installed a heat resistant sleeve on the last 3 feet of the line to ward off engine heat.
    1 point
  15. If you do so, do wrap in the braided line with something else to protect it where it passes holes in the chassis. First you add new gromets from the slave end on to the new line. position them to make it easier to reach to pressfit. attatch the old and new line. Pull through. Old gromets may be needed to undo and remove or just pressed back in the end. Instead of suing an extra adapter fitting, redril and cut the fitting thread in the slave cylinder. No need for extra fitting and extra sealing rings. I filed down the new fitting a little bit to make it pass, rather than drilling and filing holes in the galvanized chassis. No problem ever in that. Kind regards, jacques
    1 point
  16. An estimated 500,000 flock to the beach at Bournemouth 😮 Time to end the furlough scheme, if people are happy to put themselves at risk crowding on to a beach then they should be happy to go back to work and the teachers & kids go back to school. Just taking the piss with the scheme now, should have nay been extended on a rolling week basis
    1 point
  17. Hi Russell, On PNM's website, it discusses the occasional need to dremmel the holes a little larger for the larger high flow braided hose fittings to pass. Andy.
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  18. Yes I’m a little surprised, given the ingenuity so often displayed by lotus drivers, that no one has tried this yet!
    1 point
  19. The long 8 minutes taken for Robin's car to go into closed loop strikes me as problematic, expecting that a '95 era car would have been required to get there more quickly though I can't speak to that with certainty. An O2 sensor is more than the sort of heat varied resistor affair that is typical of coolant temp sensors, though it must attain a significant level of heat to function it works via an ion exchange from the surface of some rare earth metal within. Such sensors are quite susceptible to failure by corruption of the core surface due to leaded fuel, anti-wear oil constituents ( eg. zinc compounds ) and even water native to the exhaust stream in cases where the sensor boss is wrongly located where condensation will accumulate. It is reasonable to assume the ECU will have failsafe protocols for when any engine sensor delivers readings out of range, all else being normal, and reversion to open loop state is among the likeliest of outcomes in such cases.
    1 point
  20. Ah, fair enough. I thought your issue was the long time for loop closing. For interest though, has your exhaust back pressure valve been removed? I had one instance where the car would not run closed loop, occurring after I washed the engine seeking the source of an oil leak. It would sit and idle, but not take any fuel. Threatened to stall every time I touched the throttle. I let it cool to get it home, and replaced the O2 sensor with one of those Bosch 13030's. My O2 4-wire connector is long gone and a couple of the single connectors were more than dodgy, so I suspect getting the wires wet caused the issue though I can't confirm as the issue never reappeared. I'm betting your new O2 sensor cleans up your issue.
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  22. S Cup itself only lived for about 3 months before it became 220 Cup. Not sure if the lairy bodykit was changed for MY16 (when Sport 220 appeared) or slightly later (when Cup 250 first appeared)... I think it might be the latter, but pre MY17.5. Dave
    1 point
  23. As the dealer is getting some flak, some clarifications are in order: was the ECU-dump done by the same (respected) dealer as the maintenance, or by a different dealer? Was/is the car sold by a dealer or privately? As above, Lotus is not to blame, especially if it is a privately sold car. It would be different if it was Lotus approved or something. Also as above, if you liked the car, I do not understand how 50 or70k miles could be a problem. Unles you're more concerned about resale value than actually driving and enjoying the car? The more miles I can put on my Espirt, the happier it makes me, adding up the smiles per galon. 🙂 Filip
    1 point
  24. this was a couple of years ago when just built. It is a little more cluttered now.
    1 point
  25. I got to the end of the car park and those blasted Lucas headlight motors suddenly decided to cycle up and down independently of each other, so had to keep turning them on and off until they settled down. That combined with a dodgy o/s rear light fitting and you get disco fever!! I really must spend a bit of time on it instead of just buying more projects 😁
    1 point
  26. I don't think Gav used it on track....he has dedicated track stuff for that. Track use is to be expected though with any modern Lotus
    1 point
  27. Do you mean they were working?
    1 point
  28. Review of GT410 in Autocar might help you make your mind up
    1 point
  29. Car manufacturers just love dishing their own immediately preceding models or MY variants. McLaren have taken this to a new art level, making you wonder how the previous model was ever signed off. It is of course nearly all PR BS but clearly works as for years afterwards people become obsessed with Model Year 'improvements'. All this made worse in the internet age. To be fair to McLaren, they do at least pass on any changes that can be retro-fitted FOC to previous models. Unless a car has huge faults initially, MY improvements are just tiny tweaks at the margin, the natural order of progress. I would say early Esprit had issues with NVH and the S3 was a genuine huge improvement but that is so long ago that it is now irrelevant: early Esprit are bought for very specific reasons now and NVH is frankly never mentioned but was an issue back in the day. Evora, like Elise, was spot-on out of the box. Justin
    1 point
  30. Agree with the lads points above, would add that the ECU is programmed with quite a number of maps from which it correlates things like O2, coolant, throttle position, manifold absolute pressure, intake air temperature and other sensor inputs all for the resolving of when to fire spark and what size squirt of fuel to deliver for a given cycle. Some maps are baseline, the one for fuel being set as suitable for a fresh engine working at normal running temperature as read by the coolant sensor. There will be maps for compensating both fuel and spark for conditions other than that, and on it goes. The O2 sensor is central to keeping air fuel ratio in the narrow range amenable to maximum catalyst effectiveness, once the ECU refers to its input so going into "closed loop". The oxygen present in the exhaust produces the voltage at the O2 sensor used to inform the ECU on fuel compensation and there is a dithering either side of ideal target as successive, ever so lean or rich combustion events result in varying exhaust gas compositions . Regulators permit the open loop state for conditions such as full throttle and, more pertinently here, a cold engine. For all the considerable processing power inherent in the ECU one must remember that the thing is dead blind, absent inputs from the sensors. If there's nothing fundamentally wrong with the engine then it's routinely a case of faulty input(s) misinforming the ECU when strange operating conditions manifest. Cheers
    1 point
  31. Did not mean to imply yours Simon, I was thinking of some of the 2m x 3m x 5m examples that some have had to wedge their wedges into...
    1 point
  32. Great colour for a Cup congratulations on your new purchase you will love it 👍
    1 point
  33. That was pleasure. That red finger end was superb..... ET really stands for Erotic Therapy
    1 point
  34. So - after many tests, and re-tests, and tears of sadness, thrown wrenches, etc., it turned out it was the stupid 5 amp ignition fuse in the frunk testing good for conductivity but not letting 12v through to about half of the relays in the ignition box. 😐 now on to the original reason for being in there, which was to make my radiator fans work. thanks, gents.
    1 point
  35. I managed to get a few replacement parts from EUROCARB, Reading and fitted them carefully - now my engine is running great and perfectly balanced. The main problems were: 1) I was somehow missing a mixture screw spring (£0.67) 2) Broken pump rod spring (£1.98) I lavished out on 4 mixture springs and 2 pump springs plus 4 x O rings - really pleased to have resolved this. This episode has taught me much about Dellorto DHLA45 carbs
    1 point
  36. Works OK for us - but it tends to be just a monthly meeting/PM/event - the PM & event are not really reliant on the Regional Group. You have to join the Group before posting, which isn't a bad thing, - as I can add them to the PM list, so my view is leave as is. Would be nicer if the events were further up the right hand side of the page. They used to be at the top of the page. Now towards the bottom. I'd like a feature where you can lock a PM so that no-one can reply to it, as every reply sends an email to everyone on the list, which gets bloody annoying.
    1 point
  37. New set of Pirelli’s and the sun’s out - the perfect vehicle for some essential shopping - I may be some time😊
    1 point
  38. Love those early wheels on Excel but sadly they are wrong size to retro fit to my 86. The wheels fitted to Elite/Eclat are probably my all-time favourite fitted to any car ever. Justin
    1 point
  39. My Excel had been put aside about 2 years ago, rough running and with a failed brake booster. Something else always came first (like the JPS Elan) and she didn't get the attention she deserved. Until the lockdown that is. I gave the ignition system a refresh, did the timing belt, fixed an exhaust leak, some wiring issues and fitted a modified Land Rover brake booster because I couldn't find a correct new one. A 70 miles test run to take my better halve to our favorite pub when it finally reopened seemed to confirm everything was working as it should. So we decided on a roadtrip to Cap Gris-Nez, along with a friend in a Spitfire. About 400 miles, including some very nice winding roads near the coast, with magnificent views as a reward. The Excel performed great, I was pleasantly surprised how planted she felt through the corners.
    1 point
  40. These look lovely - thank god they're not doing 50:50 right now...
    1 point
  41. Yeah, I think the design of the interior has aged well
    1 point
  42. Cheers Pete - Thank you for your kind words. No, they haven't been re-covered. I have re-coloured them myself using Gliptone Scuffmaster, dabbed on with a sponge. They were in pretty good condition, just scruffy and tired. Will attach some 'before' pics later
    1 point
  43. Our two Coons now at just over 6 months and still growing at a formidable rate! The male, Lando (red silver) is already over 5kgs and a great tree climber. Amazingly he has become very adept at getting down again backwards, unlike our previous cats who were hopeless at it. They could go up ok but always needed help getting back down.
    1 point
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