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  1. Yep, that was me Probably loads of us from here all wandering around without a clue who everyone else is 😄
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  2. Hi there Matt just send me the conversation. I bought the car from Matt a few years ago and its under restauration. I tried to keep it as it was with all Special Features it had. I hope to have it finished soon. I would be interested in more of its history. Thanks Regards Dan
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  3. 🤣🤣 A Day in the Diary of a Audi Driver. "The other day I was cruising along as usual coming onto one of my motorways, which was very busy with inferior cars. First off, I couldn't believe that the volume of traffic DIDN'T slow down for me AT ALL as I came off the slip road! I had to squeeze into a barely big enough gap between two cars in order to get onto my motorway! The driver of the car behind me did realise his mistake though and honked an apology to me with a long blast of his horn. Unbelievably, I had to do the same again before I could get to the Audi lane. Anyway, once I was in the Audi lane and posing along at 110 mph enjoying the adulation that the inferior car drivers were giving me, I noticed an inferior car ahead of me which was not only in the Audi lane of my motorway, but was driving at a ridiculous 70 mph! Naturally, I got within a foot or so of his rear bumper and flashed my headlights to remind him he shouldn't be in the Audi lane of my motorway and to get out of my way. Of course, once he realised it was a Audi behind him, he did just that, but I could hardly believe it when he pulled straight back out behind me! He also tried to keep up with me and when he realised I would out-run him, he put on some blue lights in his front grill and urged me to get onto the hard shoulder so that he could congratulate me on my excellent car. Needless to say, I was eager to oblige and when we had stopped, the man gave me a piece of paper confirming what I already knew - that my car goes fast! Apparently he wants everyone to know what a superior car I have, so I had to take my driver’s licence to a police station to be sent away to have some points put on! (They're not free points either - they're £20 each and I was only allowed 3.) But the man at the police station said that because I drive an Audi it won't be much longer before I earn the full 12 points, and then I won't even NEED a driving licence, so they will take it off me! See, now THAT'S the sort of respect you get when you own and drive an Audi."
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  4. Popped along in my Elan Plus 2. Just 50 years behind this tech 😆
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  5. Hi everyone I'm new to the forum having bought my first Esprit - an '87 HCITurbo - right at the start of the pandemic. It's a low mileage car, that spent much of its life sitting still in collections - not what Chapman intended IMHO. I've replaced all the obvious belts and hoses and she's running well enough to daily drive in rotation with my Plus 2. Reading the forum, I see the Citroen box is a significant weak point, and as I intend to use the car as much as possible, I wondered if there is any advice on preventing wear and damage to the box? A specific oil or additive? Also are there any warning signs of failure like diff or bearing noises - or do they just explode without warning? Lastly if the worst happens, can anyone recommend a gearbox rebuilder? I'm in Los Angeles, but would be willing to ship it if the best experience is in Europe? Many thanks and I'm looking forward to learning more from all the experts here. Meantime here's a picture... Best wishes Simon
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  6. Hi Nik, No 3D printing required now that I've done the test fitting. Although you'll probably want to use some masking tape and a sharpie to get the positioning fine tuned to your car. More on that later. MAJOR CAVEAT: This is only a mod for those with good practical automotive modding skills. I've built a Caterham, I've got a masters in Engineering and I've done this kind of stuff a lot. It still took me a year to bite the bullet. I really disavow any responsibility for you messing this up. This is documented here to help out fellow practical types who no longer have a warranty to uphold. Bodger Beware! Parts used: (mobile centre links) MAGCODE 12V MAGNETIC POWERCLIP AND POWERPORT KIT 15 AMPS CTEK 56-382 COMFORT CONNECT LED M8 2x red 6.3mm insulated blade receptacle connector The powerport is the low profile flat connector that mounts to the car. It fits into a 28mm circular hole, with a small notch to key it. This lines up opposite to the cable on the powerclip. That's the "plug" that magnets onto the port. First up, attach the CTEK comfort connect to the aux battery terminals under the front cover. Make sure you remove the 15A fuse from the holder in the CTEK cable. You'll be cutting the cable to length which other wise would short it out and blow the fuse. The 28mm hole for the powerport needs to be positioned very precisely. Too low and the powerclip will foul on the slanted windscreen surround, too high and it'll foul on the front cover itself. The notch needs to be positioned so that the powerclip cable emerges through the wiper arm cutout. Also be aware that the powerport retaining nut actually compresses the creased tray wall almost flat, since the crease is included within the hole diameter. Probably the best approach is to apply masking tape to the creased wall section where the powerport will be mounted, then mark that up and use it to check clearance, by offering up the powerclip. You can hold it contact side toward the masking tape and draw around the powerclip. Bear in mind that you need a bit of wiggle room between the powerclip and the slanted windscreen surround, otherwise it won't be able to fit over the edge of the powerport. For reference, I did a drawing of the hole in relation to the top edge and the edge nearest the front cover latch lever. Unfortunately I drew it from the front of the car, so not the face on which your masking tape would be. Sorry. Anyway the centre of the hole, on mine at least, is 33mm from the top edge, 31mm from the latch mech access edge. It looks like this moulding is at least partly hand trimmed, so don't take my measurements as gospel. It occurs to me that I've no idea whatsoever if this is compatible with the other, "Cup" style of front cover. To make the hole, I first used a small centre drill to start the hole, then swapped to a step drill which I held in a socket, on a socket driver handle. I had to bend the wall downwards toward the latch to do the cutting. Access is not great. It's probably a good idea to use some card or such to protect the windscreen glass. I dare say you could use a 28mm hole saw or some other shallow cutter. Once you've got the hole marked out you could even use an Exacto followed by a Dremel to tidy up. This is the bit that took me so long to work up the balls to do. In the end I figured I could always fill the hole with a closed gromet and it would look reasonably decent. Once you have the hole, then check that the angle is correct for the powerclip cable to emerge nicely through the wiper arm cutout. The notch will want to be 180° opposite this. Look at the threaded part of the powerport and you'll see how big the key is, so how big the notch needs to be. Of course this gives you the option of making it slightly wider and hence having a bit of wiggle room. The nut should end up tight enough to keep it all nice and stable so it's down to you. The powerport comes with two "filleted" plastic washers, but you only need the one with the single notch, which goes on the nut side, not the top washer that has a notch on the top side and another key on the bottom side. Assemble through the hole, with the washer on the nut side. Tighten it up by hand until it's good and solid. I imagine if you have amazing hand strength you could over tighten it... so don't do that bend the blade contacts down a little to increase the clearance from the latch. This will help both the wire routing and fitting the blade receptacles on the blades. Now you know where the blades are you can cut the CTEK lead. REMEMBER, make sure the fuse is OUT! I found I could cut the lead to length and still have enough tail on the comfort connector to wire it into the powerclip. Crimp the blade receptacles onto the lead ends and attach to the powerport blades. Make sure you get red going to the + on the back and black to the - (see below) The powerclip is simple to wire, it has its own screw terminals. The CTEK cable fits it nicely. There is a small plastic cable clamp provided and the rubber strain relief doesn't need any trimming to fit the cable. Make sure you don't have any stray conductors when you do the screw terminal or you'll cause a short and blow the fuse, or possibly damage the CTEK if you're unlucky. I only mention this because the terminals are close together so it's worth double checking before applying power. That's pretty much it. As I say the hole is the trickiest part. A 28mm panel hole punch and die would be ideal, but I couldn't be bothered to source one for a single job. Somebody else may have one or know someone who does. I hope this is useful, but if you have any doubts at all, maybe just leave it to a pro. A proper auto engineer or custom trimmer ought to be able to do this with ease. In th eend it only took me about an hour, with a plenty of pauses to stop and check things.
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  7. It will be a sensor issue, so read the code(s), follow the diagnostic path, and all will be revealed, no doubt. Dave
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  8. I also ordered one in laser blue, expecting it around end sep / beginning of October, with LHD spec as I'm planning to go back to Spain EOY 2021 AFAIK they are going to be limited outside UK, not sure in the UK
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  9. Did they start the engine? Any update on deliveries?
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  10. Well I just had a lovely 25 min run out to Essondon and wondered where people were, then it dawned on me "one day early" never mind but I can't make tomorrow, sorry chaps have fun, lovely location
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  11. There was a thread on VPW 941X on here in 2017, I think ? https://www.thelotusforums.com/forums/topic/92203-very-strange-pre-production-esprit-turbo-prototype/?tab=comments#comment-749838
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  12. That is my Evora GTE. The Evija was truly stunning to behold. According to the host, it was painted Solaris Yellow. It looked similar to Renault Liquid Yellow, which everyone knows is one of history’s great colours. I think Lotus should have used it as the Launch colour last summer, particularly after that all yellow convoy through London to the original Evija launch.
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  13. Parked next to a Evora GTE Dave?
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  14. I saw the Evija this evening at lotus Lotus Silverstone. I must say it's a fine looking machine, I was very impressed and was grateful to the team at Lotus Silverstone for putting the event on and giving people the opportunity to see it. A nice end to the week !!
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  15. A few people had asked me if Im selling my Eclat 521. Im never going to restore it now Ive got my Esprit. Ive just put it on eBay starting at £750.00. Would prefer it to go to someone who is going to restore it rather than break it. They are too precious these days! Only 170 odd still driving on British roads. Complete car but needs a full restoration. Its been stored since 2009. Check it out here:- https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1980-LOTUS-ECLAT-521-SPORTS-CAR-for-RESTORATION/114344557251?hash=item1a9f777ac3:g:OJUAAOSwhDBfLagt Moderators, if this is in the wrong section. sorry. perhaps you can move to correct one. Cheers.
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  16. Well the general advice on track limits days is that if you spin in gear select neutral but do not use the accelerator when you restart the car.
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  17. Just a short post to show a mod that I've been planning for over a year, but had to work up the determination to get it done. Shortly after getting the car I fitted a CTEK Comfort Connect dongle to the battery extension terminals under the front cover, such that the socket tail ran into the wiper/washer rain gutter tray. That way I could fish out the socket and plug in a CTEK charger which hangs from the garage rafters and is always on. It works OK, but can be fiddly to fish out the connector, which sits behind the washer stalks to keep it out of the way. I always thought that a break away solution like the Apple MagSafe connector would be great, and I found a 12v, 15A solution called MagCode, by Rosenberger (stocked by Mobile Centre, who I've always had good dealings with for JW Speaker LED headlights etc.) I fitted one to the Caterham, which was using a Hella connector, and it proved ideal for easy connect/disconnect. So, onto the Exige. I designed and printed a dummy receptacle to mock up positioning in the rain gutter, and found a good site on the vertical wall of the tray, so that the cable would emerge from the wiper cutout. I tried it with the spring loaded cap they provide, but the clearance was way too tight, so I intend to try printing a low profile cap in a soft TPU plastic and giving the connector surfaces a light coating of contact grease. But now for the reveal...
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  18. Must be a strange feeling 😂
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  19. Astonishing the big players are not where they think they deserve to be. But like in any walks in life if someone lower in the pecking order gets the jump on you it’s all sour grapes nothing but admiration Racing Point and what a drive from the Hulk. Is Mad Max as good as people think? Well Nico was the better driver today in a inferior car.
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  20. Nice one Fabian, i have just ordered a set :)
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  21. Stunning photos Dave thanks for posting, happy to see your plus 2 yesterday, shame we never got the opportunity to chat 👍
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  22. So it seems that I'm not alone in my views then. Nice to know.
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  23. MotoGP is very predictable - Marc Marquez is going to win (unless he has a broken arm). F1 has been here before not so long ago. The 2018 Haas was a direct copy of the 2017 Ferrari (the fastest car of 2017) - They bought everything they could from Ferrari and designed the car in the Ferrari wind tunnel. They happily admitted that it was a direct copy. The paddock muttered about it but no one protested because it wasn’t terribly successful. This is all about a bunch of midfield teams being pissed off that someone came up with something better than them, led by Renault - a manufacturer team who have been doing a consistently shit job since they returned to the sport. It’s nothing to do with integrity. As for Ferrari joining the protest - that almost beggars belief on several levels.
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  24. @bibs fill your boots 🙂
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  25. I blame Claude Palpatine.
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  26. This thread has turned from what appeared to be a trainspotters number gathering exercise into something really interesting. The power of the t'interweb! Congratulations! These development cars are compelling for anyone interested in the original engineering behind our cars. Both in chassis, power train as well as the interior/exterior styling. From my brief ownership of a Lotus it's one thing that sticks out about them. How much effort went into the basic components that makes a good vehicle.
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  27. I agree, Matt sold it a couple years back Lex 👍🏻
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  28. Lots of work but good starting base and price, like you if I had the space I would be very tempted to do this one as like the Eclat. Good luck and hope it goes to someone on here so we can see the work going forward 👍🏻 Dave
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  29. Andrew we think it might be an S2 with a Turbo body on it - there was an S2 that was used for the Turbo Body prototype. It's unusual for the car to not have its stripes so early on in its life so this might explain it. Maybe you can ask your father if this rings a bell?
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  30. I'll have to contact my printer to see what he can do, but it's not going to happen until Monday. Anyone else want in on this? With printing and postage to the US, I'm guessing $20 will cover it, but I'm just guessing here. WIll have to see what the printer has to say. Bill
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  31. Bill, I too would fancy some way of refreshing the AC artwork for my restoration if you can help. That top right switch is, I suspect, the fog setting for the brake lamps.
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  32. You’re GTE also looked stunning 👍
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  33. What a wonderful insight into the mind, heart and soul of an engineer Gordon Murray grants in the opening video of the T.50. I found many – most – of the comments already made respect that insight, Murray’s frankness, admissions and the free exposure of his motivations and dedication to producing “the ultimate driving experience”. Some of the previous comments however imply deficiencies – in their opinion – of the resulting appearance. Gordon Murray was clear: that there is no part of the T.50 that is not strictly necessary, and that he has maintained an intense focus on it being as light as possible, concerned even about tens of grams. Its shaping and appearance is the result, as well as forming an intimate part, with the fan, of the overall aerodynamic package - complex and adjustable. I venture to suggest that any change to its minimalist appearance would involve addition. Whatever curvatures, scoops, holes, bulges, size changes some would like for pictures on their walls would surely unavoidably either add weight, or change the functionality of the aerodynamics, or both, and hence reduce some aspect of performance or driving experience. The T.50 it seems to me is an example par excellence of form following function; concerns about appearance surely do not rise to match the vision represented by the T.50. Would Chapman have made them?!
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  34. This should be on the unhappy thread but I am on the @Sparky drinking course so can’t be arsed. Does anyone else notice that everyone is driving at 25mph at the moment.
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  35. Little Princess Trust Little Princess Trust We provide wigs to children with cancer to restore their confidence and identity. Just a quick update. Betsy had her hair cut today and she ended up with over £12000 in sponsorship, which is enough to make 2 wigs for children with cancer. Can I just say a very big thank you to all who sponsored her.
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  36. That design is the best design of any car in I don't know how long really... Regardless of being an EV, an hypercar, a mid-motor layout or a bank robbery in the making. It is a masterpiece.
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  37. Goodyear tyre decals I have paid for the tooling these are perfect, the best copies you can get and made in England order here https://tyrewallstickers.com/?rtwwwap_aff=fabiansteele_5 Once they are on my tyres I shall post pictures. I am still working on the ski racks. I a, having problems with the second mechanism. Third attempt to get it right! Should be prepping them for spraying and drilling the tailgate very soon! Almost covered 500 miles. When I switch tyres I will get a lot more in!
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  39. Don't dismiss NA Evora - plenty fast enough and a late 13 or 14 NA is a rare car, so will depreciate gently over the next few years before I predict an upswing as buyers seek out the last version of the purest Evora. S more likely to be in the shadow of 400, as the latter's values approach those of S. Justin
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  40. @NedaSay these are the ingredients G Murray wanted to avoid — he defined the t50 as a GT not a track car
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  41. Try these folks, well regarded by most. https://www.sjsportscars.com/parts-and-accessories.htm?act=nav&from=200 Cheers
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  42. Love all the design suggestions from the armchair designers pointing out what a master has done wrong. I bet Monet suffered from the same when he was in the park painting his water lilies, lots of other lesser artists telling him his work was pointless....
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  43. Funny you should say that, but after some serious research I've found the whine can be cured by wine.
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  44. Brave man. My wife had her credit card stolen by some drug addict who has been spending hundreds on it to feed his habit but I've not reported it lost as that's far less than she spends on it.
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  45. Cheers @Bibs and in my defence, when searching for info about tail lights without any knowledge of what they are called, first thing I’m gonna search isn’t going to be “Transforged Racing Afterburners & GRP Halo Lights” 😂😂
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