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  1. It’s not possible to say who is the GOAT because they all raced in different eras, but I think a case can be made for Fangio, Clark, Senna, Schumacher and Hamilton. Either way, Hamilton is right there with the greatest. To claim that Hamilton has had an “unfair advantage” ignores the fact he won the title in 2017 and 2018 when Ferrrari had the faster car. Mercedes titles in those two years were down to the fact they were the best team and had the best driver, but not necessarily the best car. To be fair to Sir Jackie, he’s perfectly entitled to his opinion and if I was forced to pick one from the above list I’d probably also go with Fangio - 5 titles with four different manufacturers and a win ratio of virtually 50% in an era when you were very likely to be killed.
    5 points
  2. Covercraft do a bespoke sun protector for Evora but it is not listed on their European website. I think you have to call them and they will order from US. Evora owner Nick did set up a group buy on TLF but there were no takers at the time. I bought his sun shield when he sold his Evora and it is brilliant. Frankly, essential for all Evora owners. Good item for TLF shop. Justin
    3 points
  3. Nice article from Road & Track magazine about the Esprit they bought.
    3 points
  4. Never met JYS, but a mate of mine did ca. 1984. My mate was an apprentice at the specialist subcontractor near Wellingborough who were developing the very first RS200s for Ford. He has some great anecdotes, like when they jacked one up in the workshop and ran it at full chat in top gear. Anyway, every now and again, the Ford top brass would come up from Essex to review progress. They sometimes bought Jackie Stewart with them for advice: he’s often been associated with the blue oval throughout his career. One day he asked my mate to join him on a shake-down drive along the local roads in the still secret prototype. He wanted a mechanic on hand it case it broke down. It was an incredible experience: this was back when most people were dawdling around in 50bhp hatchbacks and my mate was being driven around at speed by a multiple F1 world champion in a 350bhp mid-engined 4WD rally car. Eventually, when the prototypes were complete and the design had been signed-off, Ford ordered the company to scrap any excess parts, tooling etc. and so, being the apprentice, my friend was tasked with chucking the lot into a skip!
    2 points
  5. Would be an interesting piece for you Essex owners. I just spotted this.. https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/extremely-rare-1980-Essex-Team-Lotus-signed-Mario-Andretti-helmet-Monza-look/224177998961?hash=item34320ccc71:g:zKgAAOSwGihfdsrz&frcectupt=true
    2 points
  6. Confirming that the new firmware fix my odometer reading. Also, like Rudygon, my HVAC lights up now!
    2 points
  7. My wife made a fitted dash cover for mine. Seems to do the trick perfectly. It covers the whole leather dash including the centre stitch. Seems to work perfectly, just take it off when you go out for a drive (it folds into a nice little package) and you don't notice it's there walking past unless you make an effort to stare in the windows... Maybe we can sell some to Hoffman's for their forecourt stock
    2 points
  8. That's why I'd do anything to avoid domestics in Russia, much of Africa, South America... I flew on a Venezuelan domestic years ago, and there was a goat in the cabin. Better looking than the cabin crew though.
    2 points
  9. This is all ready the 3rd batch of 11 sets !!! Brand new correct “reversed “ ring and pinion sets Lotus Esprit Giugiaro. 23 sets sold!!! Unbrake-able so far! And byond. #lotusesprit #lotusespritturbo @ HML
    1 point
  10. Looks great Bibs As per my signature I am a member of the Crrow777radio forum. (Basically what many people would call conspiracy theorist ideas) Its quite a large text heavy forum which struggles with the size. Ive pointed him to you on numerous occasions, Maybe one day he will come knocking for your skills.:-) buddsy
    1 point
  11. So the RS200 then? That car had such potential. Looked superb. Just did not have the time it needed to develop as Ford were late to the party IIRC. Would love to have one today!
    1 point
  12. Had a mooch around the Evora today at Hoffmans. The cover is definitely lifting. It's not too bad I don't think it's popped it's clips but it's definitely got that curl started. It's got lots of finger prints on it at the moment so looks like someone has been investigating what they can do about it.
    1 point
  13. Once Covid is over take a trip to Deezerland. Remember Miami motor museum had the Bond collection, well some of it has been moved to Orlando. Deezer Action Park, awesome cars in the collection. Heres a preview... www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkxN39Vqd-Y&feature=
    1 point
  14. Hi All, I have the Lotac Bilstein/Eibach suspension kit fitted to my car and need to go down a different route. The TÜV here frowned upon it for an Historic plate despite it being an original Lotus part. I have spent so much time and money now that I will just do what they say. The historic plate means I can drive it anywhere so is worth having. With that in mind, would anyone be interested in buying it from me? I have not advertised the kit yet and not removed it from the car, I just want to see if there would be interest and then I will post in the classifieds. It has only done a handful of miles (twice to the TÜV station and back) around 100km in total. It cost me the thick end of 1700 so I reckon 1100 would be a fair price. Cheers Nic.
    1 point
  15. Yup. I had one and found the emergency release behind the drivers seat on the back bench no problem. It was last year and yes think it was under the covering, but I have a +0 not a +2 so no idea the difference other than mines better has it does not have manby panby rear seats
    1 point
  16. Another one, really like how this site turned out https://www.worldtractors.co.uk
    1 point
  17. Welcome to @x.l.r.8, you're our 20,000th member!
    1 point
  18. HVAC lights working after oct. update. Sweeet!
    1 point
  19. @TAR> I once went to a shop (in France) and the guy told me they only did diesel injectors and that they needed to ship them somewhere anyway, so ... Maybe I was out of luck. Anyway now I have a ultrasonic cleaner so I will probably do it myself anyway. Any cross reference about the filter baskets and o-ring seals? (I already asked it a few days ago there https://www.thelotusforums.com/forums/topic/111473-rochester-fuel-injectors-o-ring-seals-and-filters/ but had no answers yet :d — when I come to think to it maybe it's not posted in the proper section anyway, to me it was related to the induction but ...)
    1 point
  20. Free litre of Redex with every service.
    1 point
  21. @C8RKH - have a watch of my posting of Airplaneski on 26/9 on the previous page
    1 point
  22. That was after the service on the return leg. Sparkles said the smoke was a bit of moisture in the exhaust
    1 point
  23. Oh my god @Barrykearley. You kidnapped Percy Pig!
    1 point
  24. Only because they shot more of our own jets down than the Iraqies did in Desert Storm. Convinced they were paid a commission by Lockheed for every Tornado they downed! When you go to war, safest place to be is behind an American GI with a gun. Never in front.....
    1 point
  25. Surfex HD is very good stuff for engine bays in my experience. It can be used at various dilutions for other kinds of cleaning jobs too.
    1 point
  26. They are strong but you must buy them coated as they can gall. chromium nitride (CrN) is a good coating ....and make sure your guides are copper bronze. Titanium suffers from very hot flame temps over time as well as elongation of the stem. There is much more maintenance when you use Ti valves to make sure you don't drop one "unexpectedly".
    1 point
  27. Or even helicopters, that would be a right hook on the chin!
    1 point
  28. ....and here's that Essex Sunbeam in the background of this pic of the 1980 Monaco GP paddock, with my Essex Elite and an Essex Mini.
    1 point
  29. Thanks folks. It's really been a joy. Many downsides to running a busy website like this but the upsides make up for that and then some! All being well, we should click through 20,000 registered members this week. We did look on target for hitting 1,000,000 annual visits too but that may have to wait until next summer now - either way lots of people are getting a lot from TLF and that's what counts
    1 point
  30. Had a few issues with paint work on the nose cone. Over the winter it bubbled looked like it had acne. There must have been some moisture in got into the fibre glass. Been back twice now for this problem plus issues with the colour match. Got it back today looks good so let's hope it stays that way.
    1 point
  31. Changed the pulleys to HTD and fitted a blue belt. Little more reliable tooth profile. Manual tensioner from Kemp. 45 degree twist method. When it warmed up was a Little noisy so backed off a bit. Gary Kemp informed me these belts are 100k no problem. You would have to tension it with a scaffold pole to break it.
    1 point
  32. Buddsy, It is physics infact: frequency measurement vs tension on a belt has only a few variables : And the only variable , that changes using a different belt (fe the blue gates belt) is the mass of the belt. So for the same lenght and tension frequency reading will only depend on the mass of the used belt. Lotus specified for the HTD belt (OEM round toothed belt) between 100hz - 110hz spec on 30°BTDC . I weighted this standard HTD belt at 164gr. If you use another belt ( lighter or heavier) , weigh it and use the formula below I have an old S2.2 with the older square toothed belts so in the example below I calculated the lower/upper frequency for two types square belt available : The trapezoidal belt lotus A907E191Z and the trapezoidal belt gates powergrip 5146. You will see the lighter the used belt the higher the frequency to become the same belttension. Think of it as a guitar snare. For the same tension a fat heavy snare will sound lower then a thin snare. I never had a blue round toothed belt so I don't have its mass to calculate it for you, but you can do it yourself. To be honnest, I assume this blue belt will be heavier then the original HTD belt, so it will likely need around 95hz-100hz. I think the reason why people describe whining with the blue belt is because they tension it to high using the 110hz frequency, but this is an estimation. I have to weigh it to give an accurate answer. Use a simple digital kitchen scale to weigh the belts. If you cant weigh it anymore because it is in and you don't want to take it out again. aim for 100h at 30°BTDC , listen if it does not whine when engine warm and you will be fine for the years to come.
    1 point
  33. Car just rolled down hill and hit my Swift, definitely a write off 🤬😢 Gutted as looked after that car for years and immaculate before this
    0 points


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