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  1. Thought you would like to see the finished article installed in the car.........
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  2. Not driven the car much recently and haven't done any upgrades, but here's a quick snap from last weekend...
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  3. So is this how they're presenting an order of Provenance from the Factory? If it is, what a great way to feel part of the lineage! What an amazing touch that would be if so (I'm becoming a bit of a fanboy, please excuse me being giddy).
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  4. Saenz rods on order - these have design changes developed by Greg Dollimore for his build and are rated by Saenz for 750bhp. Parts getting vapour blasted in readiness for the engine build. Saenz rods on order - these have design changes developed by Greg Dollimore for his build and are rated by Saenz for 750bhp. Cleaning work done by the ever helpful folks at Vapour Blasting Service Kent https://www.facebook.com/Vapour-Blasting-Service-Kent-131193930921107/
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  5. It may seem like a trivial but spending time and effort on small things like this will elevate the brand in the minds of customers at relatively small cost and effort. It’s pleasing to see.
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  6. Update: Lotus Cars and my dealership have agreed to fix the car as a goodwill gesture under warranty! It goes without saying that I'm very pleased and a big thanks to everyone in the Lotus community involved in helping me out. It's things like this that make me glad to be a Lotus driver, rather than the owner of less friendly make of car.
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  7. To anyone who finds themselves reading this little thread of mine, I wanted to introduce myself and start a new thread on my purchase and ownership of my new to me 2019 Exige V6 350 Sport in Solid Red. I have been a Lotus enthusiast since I was a child due to my dad having many lotus’ since he bought his Elise S1 111S in yellow, which was a brooklands edition. I was lucky enough to finally buy my first Lotus, a 2004 Elise S2 111R in yellow with black alloys from Stratton Motor Company. I had this about 18 months before divorce meant I had to sell it. It was then a long 4 years before I finally was able to purchase my second Lotus, a 2009 Lotus SC using the same high revving 2ZZ engine from the 111R with a Larini full exhaust system. This was purchased from Williams Automobiles near Bristol, they were brilliant and really looked after me. I had been on the look out for a series 2 exige but prices were too high for me to part with that amount of money. The SC was a great car and I really enjoyed the look of the optional sports bucket seats as well as the forged wheels, but I knew I really wanted to get into a V6 exige. I sold the Elise SC last October and started to look through all the car sites (as we all do) on a daily basis if not a hourly rate. It’s taken a while as I really wanted to try and push my budget to get a 380, but I just can’t afford that as well as being a single parent...using man maths and speaking with Tom from TGE TV who put me in touch with Mike from Charles Dean finance company who did me an amazing deal on the car in question. I noticed a really nice 2019 solid red exige V6 350 Sport with 2,994 miles on the clock. What attracted me to it was that it came with the optional 2 piece floating discs all round and the newer style open gate gearbox and most importantly the tweaks under the body to go with it. Unfortunately it was still too expensive but fate was on hand with the coronavirus giving me the opportunity to agree a deal with Jonathan at Howards Lotus a few weeks later. With the country still in lockdown it meant on the plus side I’ve been able to research the previous owner another lotus enthusiast who bought the car from Lotus Silverstone, he decided to sell it 6 months later as an opportunity arose for him to buy a 410, in red again. I was also able to find pictures of him collecting the car too, I shall attach below. It’s nice to be able to see the short history of this car already. As well as This I spent a lot of time reading readIng your threads on current projects Like MAG and Mr P as well as GF Williams to get some ideas of what I wanted to upgrade on mine. I was also able to speak with Alias23 and purchased some items from him before I had even collected the car 😂 1. Extended side sills 2. Alias23 air intake 3. Front splitter rubber lip 4. Black vinyl headlight surround (380,410,430 style) This all happened back in May and since then I have enjoyed being in Lotus ownership again already having some great drives around the Peak District as well as meeting up with some fellow Lotus owners and friends. I’ve already undertaken quite a few upgrades I shall share with you and post over the coming days. Hope this little thread is of interest to you and you enjoy some of the upgrades etc I have planned on this journey. Kind regards Duncan
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  8. You do realise this is Lotus forum
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  9. Damn it @Bibs you are a massive tease!
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  10. I can order from production for you... https://deroure.com/diagrams.asp?TBL=11990&MAK=1&MDL=40&SMA=0&SMO=0&ST=&SC=0 Gary @ Deroure / Bell and Colvill
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  11. Wait til you see inside! 👍
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  12. Being 6 foot, or near as damn it, I have the issue that I cant see the Indicator Telltails or the Shift Lights in the digital dash as they are obscured by the OEM steering wheel. Both of which are a pain TBH one from a safety standpoint and the other losing a significant driving aid when on the track. This Shift light module solves the shift light issue but not the indicator issue. Two potential options. 1. Move the indicator telltails to the bottom row of telltails on the dash and move two from the bottom to the top of the screen that are not require whilst driving, perhaps the seat belt warning light and the air bag light. See below 2. See if AiM can configure the left and right most Shift Module LEDs as Indicator Telltails whilst having the remaining 8 LEDS for the shift lights. As an obvious point of note, the binnacle in the picture posted by seriouslylotus is not the AIM binnacle which has a flat top surface which will make the sitting of the Shift Light module on the binnacle a much more palatable affair. My only wish was that the cable for the Module was a permanent fixture exiting the unit at the bottom and not a 712 connector on the back of the unit. This would enable you to permanently attach the module to the binnacle without any unsightly cables hanging out the back and seeing the routing of the cable under the lip of the binnacle hood. Yes it would involve drilling some holes in the binnacle but they would be underneath the module and out of sight. The Module connects into the dash either through the GPS 712 port on the back of the dash or a data hub if you want to keep the functionality of the GPS which I am sure most of us would, so it isn't easy to have it as a temporary fixture as taking off the binnacle would be pain if one was doing it regularly. (Here speaks a man who has spent hours searching for the Binnacle retaining springs under the cars dashboard which have pinged off when the binnacle was removed). I am sure that most would have the Module as a permanent fixture unless you are happy having everything hanging out in the open. Whilst I am on my Soap Box my only other gripe is the graduations on the rev counter and that they go up to 9K RPM and its fixed. I know that this has probably been designed this way to accommodate all Lotus types but my 380 Sport tops out at 6.8k so I am only utilising just over half of the visible scale as it is linear. Now difficult would it be to make the scale customisable through RS3 so its not the image that changes but just the rev numbers and the bars showing the revs are the adjusted programmatically to accommodate. Perhaps a couple of options for different car types which have different rev limits to accommodate all. See below My 2Ps worth....
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  14. Hi Fabian. DRILL THE HOLES. FIX THE RACKS. DRIVE TO THE ALPS. You'll always regret saying, "Ah, I'm glad I made 95% of the car and then pushed it into a garage under a cloth to occasionally look at" It's your car. you know every inch. It is beautiful and I've seen it close up. It tells a story - but it's not complete. The skis make that car look utterly awesome and even better to drive around in the summer through Britain's leafy south east villages to turn a few heads. Consider how people would admire a fully polished replica batmobile or delorean time machine parked up outside a pub. It's all context. no-one is going to mutter "is it snowing", and if they did... er... this is an issue how? Having drilled holes in my car, I can't wait to get going to the Alps and something I was ready to do in March and then the world stopped... so I'm' itching to get going. So are you. If in the future, you decide to do something else with the car then it comes with or without the racks and it becomes someone else's problem. Carpe Diem! Andy (owner of a S3 that sits in the rain, driven often. I thoroughly enjoy looking at its dents and scratches and took pleasure in drilling 16 holes in the tailgate)
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  15. Oh bollocks I am not allowed to quote. But yes after an afternoon with the Bibster ( all business obvs 😀) and an outing in his Evora which was my first time in one I genuinely cannot believe the damping on that car, genuinely blew my mind. What a thing for 30k odd it has me thinking a lot
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  16. So for years the missus has insisted we need a better outdoor space. This weekend Ive finally relented and agreed to get it redone and a mates doing us a grand design. We removed a big tree a few weeks ago in preparation for a hot tub relocation - but now it’s the whole bloody lot that needs to be done so this came out and left us with this today I managed to find some pallets and the old patio block paving has come up - even got the girls gently slaving then had a tidy up in preparation for the site to be marked up on Wednesday for the digger man to come and level and clear the site in anticipation of starting let’s see what the next few weeks brings - well other than bills...
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  17. Nor me on a personal level but like you, I'm white. When Obama was first running for president and I was living in North Carolina, there was plenty of race-based opposition to his election on local radio. One point not discussed in this thread is that many US policemen are effectively immune from prosecution for killing people in their custody.
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  18. Well done for the sale But unfortunately a very unscrupulous company in Collecting Cars to deal with. Very Low Morals and very poor Terms and Conditions for the Buyer. Best avoided if possible
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  19. A book about the origins and the history of Lotus.
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  20. This, your man here states it perfectly
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  21. It's a picture of a box. There's stuff inside it. I think you'll like it
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  22. I was more thinking that it was something along the lines of an improved certificate of provenance I don’t believe that it is trivial. I am of the opinion that Lotus is a very special brand and should be regarded as highly as Porsche, Audi etc. It is in my eyes but alas not everyone. Spending time, focus and effort on even the smallest of items ensuring a quality product creates atmosphere in the company that drives standards - it’s infectious.
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  23. I could be tempted next year... I'd rather go to Komo-tec though I think
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  24. Fitting a soft top is fairly easy DIY but you need the confidence to measure carefully and then take a drill/dremmel/file to your roll hoop cover. You also need to buy the two plastic grommets (about £20 IIRC?) to finish off the holes and that's it. Whole job took me about an hour when I did it on my Exige. It is possible to find a s/h roof but you might be waiting a while and prices range from £400 (if you are very lucky!) to £750ish.
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  25. Lovely car! Nice to see diamond-cut BBS wheels. All S3 and Turbo Esprit should either be fitted with Compomotive or diamond-cut BBS IMHO. The original factory BBS grey detracts from these cars.
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  26. I made Stainless steel mudflap brackets, now sold on X8r, my next part was going to be the stainless steel hinge, unfortunately i had to sell my car so i have nothing to copy. If anyone has an old one i'll happily get it drawn up and manufacture something that will never rust.
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  27. There's only one thing for it Fab, and that's to also buy a Monaco White Turbo Esprit. Then you can have a summer and winter Turbo and keep everyone happy. You'll then join a very select bunch of 3 who own all three Lotus Bond cars. One of them being the Deezer geezer. Only Little Nellie and the Aston's to collect then.
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  28. I love the Elise and Exige, and if I was 20+ years younger I would probably still be driving one. But as an old fart in the making the Evora, and particularly in its modified state is perfect for me. It is faster than I am on track, and waaaay more capable a road car than any drive can deliver. Sorry Lotus, but you made too good a car and mine is a keeper
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  29. Also depends how you drive the thing, getting on it at the right time/gear/revs. Have you seen Kimbers driving, i have. 🤪 chipp
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  30. Adding final auction price for later reference: A bargain, in my opinion.
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  32. July 1 is Canada Day - national holiday - but this year was a bit different as the vast majority of events were cancelled or had some sort of a virtual alternative. I normally alternate between two events - either volunteer work with the local RCMP to help out with the crowds at the beach or at a car show put on each year by some friends who run a high-end restoration shop called Jellybean AutoCrafters (shameless plug, but their work is good enough to have been shown at Pebble Beach). Both were cancelled this year but my day was saved when I got an invite from Jellybean to join a max 25 car one day tour, lunch included route not known til the start, all gratis. So away we went. Took the Esprit and were one of two European cars in a group of 22 hot rods and muscle cars. Despite some crappy weather, it was great fun. The first shot, assuming I can get them to upload in the right order, is us at the start. The Jellybeans car show is always held at the Langley Speedway, a now defunct 1/4 mile paved oval that was used for stock car racing from 1965 to 1984. I went there as a kid. It is now part of a regional park and has largely been taken over by the nature and horse crowds, but our hosts got approval for our group to get onto the old track for a few (slow) laps. Still a lot of fun; I could remember where the pits and grandstands used to be and imagine the crowds. Especially when I managed to hang back to create some space and give the Esprit a bit of wellie through the east end of the old oval. The second shot shows the cars stopped on track after a few laps. Our hosts had a photographer there taking video and drone shots so I will look for that on their Facebook page in a few days as it will undoubtedly have better pictures than I took. After that it was off along the back roads to Chilliwack for lunch and then the long route up a stretch of the Fraser River and back. The spring flood is on and the river is almost as high as I have ever seen it. Great drive, if not quite as brisk a pace as I would have done on my own. Great day nonetheless. The last two shots were taken at the end of the day - one shows that we weren't the only Esprit there after all .
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  33. So we have had a brainstorming session and have a draft - but pending wife approval. the artist impression is this.... looks like bloody centre parcs 😂 let’s see what I can get past the missus. I would very much like to sneak in some of their artwork. My mate Ross and his Dad Neil are incredible guys - check out this they did a few years ago
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  34. More of a track-car solution -- move the buttons to your removable steering wheel for easy reach with a wireless system. Clearly, this is a more expensive option, but putting "buttons" on the dash or binnacle cowling would not work for me once on track and strapped in, if I wanted to change "pages" on screen for example---I guess my arms are too short. Of course, with this system, you can also handle other functions like radio, traction control, even paddles mounted to the steering wheel.
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  35. "Provenance is everything"
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  36. This site is brilliant for anyone who wants to learn about various paving methods: https://www.pavingexpert.com/ Managed to do this based on their advice. I have pretty much zero building experience and just tip tap away on my PC for my job. Was a very happy day when this was completed.
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  37. Just recieved back my modified Binnacle from Carbonwurks in Bournemouth as I was very disappointed with the quality of the binnacle that was shipped from Aim. I understand I was buying a dashboard really and not a quality binnacle but I was keen to replicate the standard of finish Lotus have achieved in the cabin. I had Carbonwurks remove the four Aim switches from the binnacle and make good. (I replaced the four Aim switches in the binnacle with two rocker switches either side of forward part of the rear steering column shroud which gives me the same functionality but are effectively out of sight). Daniel and his team at Carbonwurks carbon skinned the top of the binnacle matching the OEM carbon pattern I have on the rest of the car, whilst leaving the dash surround as is. A finish that wasn't possible if I had it dipped. Finally they covered the 'wings' in black perforated synthetic leather.... ...to be honest i am absolutely delighted with the result...not the cheapest option, I must admit ,but it has delivered a quality look whichI am more than happy with.
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  38. Well the s4 passed its mot. After a couple of years all it needed was two rear tyres and the rear brakes binding was as advisiories. So pretty happy with that
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  39. Apologies @jep for the pinching of the picture. I do prefer still the look of the original MP4, it just looks so much cleaner and like it is not trying too hard....
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  40. I've been looking to make a version two of the intake to integrate an air straightener, I want to do this properly with a physical hold in place in addition to just the simple approach of epoxy. Some folks will remember that the pipe work I use is not a size which is 'off the shelf' and therefore the straighteners available online are too small (I tested them from three different suppliers!). So I've taken the step to make my own and today I got a few samples laser cut from scratch to ensure a tight and correct fitment. I'll be looking to have a few prototypes finished to test in the coming two weeks
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  41. Finally finished a weeks worth of 3d printing. Ran out of black, hence the weird base, but will just spray it black. 60cm long from tip to tip.
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  42. I hope not to get enmeshed in further arguing my following observations. I really wish to state my opinion and be moving on so I am not addressing the following to anyone in particular, rather to a more general audience. I hope!!! I think many of you are not keeping up with what is going on in the USA or are relying on questionable sources for your data. I also think many who have commented are either unaware of how oppressive the situation is for people of color in this country or don't really care. It's easy to disparage the "protestors" in sum but doing so suggests ignorance of the scope of the events. Actually, the Floyd situation is quite common, happens weekly and has for years. For decades such events weren't even reported or were whitewashed and filed away. Being black in America means you will get stopped and searched because a cop doesn't like your taillight. If he finds your weed or anything he doesn't like, you go to jail. Consequently it's common as chips to meet a perfectly fine black man with some with some sort of record If you're white, you won't get stopped or be sent off with a warning to fix the light. As a black youth, you are five times more likely to end up in an institution than a white person. The stage is set very early. This is known and has been accepted as reality but was equally ignored by the law for generations up to and including my own. There is much reason for anger. Of course nothing excuses destruction of private property and it's regrettable, also criminal. But who to blame?   Assuming this latest mess, including the criminal behavior of the mobs is all a result of left wing agitation is a gross simplification of the problem, not to mention naive regarding the state of our union. There is so much misinformation on this thread that it's hard to know where to start given the complications, the fake news and different reactions in various parts of the country. Meanwhile, Trump's administration only pours gasoline (this is America....we don't have any petrol at all but lots of gas) on this smoldering dumpster fire. And he both creates and promote lies, some of which have been repeated and even seconded or applauded in this thread. I say many of you aren't seeing the full picture. And just as frankly you must understand that the legacy of slavery is alive and well in this country. Changing that is going to be painful and always has been. In the process, much china is broken. There is so much more to say but I truly hope somebody else will say it. I don't even know where to start with some of you guys!
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  43. Plating work is excellent. Really looking forward to getting it all back together.
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  44. Bit harsh @Francisco Franco. I think we do need to have a proper debate about and around racism but just as there are many who refuse to accept it is an issue, there are many who seem to revel in a state of almost martyrdom about how life is unfair to them due to their race/colour. What I find strange is that for each of those in their perpetual state of martyrdom there are an equal number who have got on with their lives and have hugely successful careers whether in the arts, in professional jobs, in managerial positions, in sport etc. So just like with every one, regardless of colour and race, you can either sit around proclaiming how unfair life is or you can get off your arse and make the best of it.
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  45. had both these renault 30 and renault 11 turbo ,haven`t seen either for years
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  46. I had two SL 128 and three 128 3P. Wonderful cars and I used one 3P every day for 10 years from 1992 to 2002 and it did not rust (much). Quite amazing, it was out in all weathers and just stayed in good shape. I would run it to 6500 in 4th (top) gear for hours and it loved it. My mate had a 128 Rally. That is very rare RHD. Justin
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  47. I had one of these (Fiat 128 Coupe) when I was a lad, haven't seen one for many years now. great little thing 'till it turned to dust!
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