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  1. i loved my evora i really did.., but after a while found it underwhelming for my needs.. i kept it 4 years , i dont have work place to go so i drove only at weekends for enjoyment. attending shows etc etc. but it was really just too fast to extract any sense of speed thrill legally on teh roads.. almost even boring to a point.. its just too good.. did every thing perfectly, never went wrong, cost me peanuts to run (thank you H111) but i just used it less, and got less sensation from doing so.. i modded as much as i could, keeping it oem, red leather , stereo, exhaust , wheels.. it was splending condition.. a wonderfull looking car. always turned heads, made me feel good.. not a car from getting satisfaction of working on or fixing.. nothing goes wrong.. or didnt on mine! i did worry about the clutch and gearbox a bit, and not being able to fix myself was an annoyance. i like fixing things I did have an elise Early lightweight S2, which i used more for the driving thrill. & stupidly sold it thinking id drive my evora more.. i didnt, i just missed the elise.. so i eventually decided and sold the evora too...needing something to hit the spot, and wanting to see what all teh 7 type cars were really on about I hired a westfield from https://www.snettertonsportscars.co.uk/ .. I knew after about 5 mins down the road i wanted actually needed this type of car in my life.. its just an overload of sensors, exhilarating, the cliche of nothing else other than a single seater comes even close true.. i spend all day in that car , and had just the best time ever.. after looking at them all I purchased westfield kit car, zetez engine . threw some goodies at it, to get it to 204 bhp, LSD throttle bodies cams, ultrlighte weight flywheel.. it is the best thing ive ever done. its a real pleasure driving thrill.. it commands utter respect, it scares you, it brings out the total child out in you, but leaves you feeling like a fighter pilot when you come back from a drive.. Yes it really is that good.. if you into cars, and youve not driven a good seven type car.. you really are missing out .. its easy to work on and very satisfying to do so.. ive loved every minnute of the last year with it, more so than any other car ive had.. & ive had a few! i gps timed 0-60 at 4.1 secs at the 2nd attempt in a fluster of wheel spin, and fumbling 2nd gear its steers like a go kart, and is controllable just as easy.. power slides and donuts in abundance.. where is this going in the lotus forums i hear you ask.. well strictly speaking westfield isnt a lotus, and neither is a caterham.. so i didnt post anything on here, i even let my gold membership slip.. but thats not to say i didnt pop back in alot.. In all honesty i missed the lotus connection.. i love motorsport especially classic motorsport, and have always hankered after a classic lotus, nearly getting an elan sprint back in 1992,.. sadly as the years have passed these have crept up to really high values.. especially for factory sprints, there are many converted s4s and these also seem to achieve high prices.. I do like to use my cars , so a concours or mint example would be no good for me . , i looked at esprites also but didnt fit in teh cabin plus i do prefer small lightweight cars.. I then had a lead on proper lotus 11 replica Historic lotus recognised with genuine parts , climax engines , . (not a westfield kit) whilst tryng to work out what value this car and whether to make the owner an offer , A 1973 lotus elan sprint popped up for sale.. it needed some TLC as been stored since 1995 no brakes, no clutch, and isnt quite the example for teh purist in its current form.. but the price was right, with movement for me to tinker to get it mechanically perfect and operational. and ell for a profit if needed.. as a bonus its how historic, so no tax and voluntary MOT.. every single part is available too.. I didnt hang around and was first in line of 20 people who were interested . in that position i couldn't say no, so at last after 29 years of nearly purchasing an elan , i now have one.. its by far the highest ive ever paid for a car, that essentialy doesnt work , and that ive not driven, or even driven another of same type ...lol . but considering the esteemed reviews, given by owners Jay leno, adrian newey, gordon murray, harry metcalf and the likes .. I think it should be fun!! so if you have me back, and your interested in my adventures and re commissioning of my elan sprint ( i do know there is only a small elan section and that other forums are better suited but ive never found a nicer friendly enthusiastic bunch as you lot ) I will post up some pictures of my two funs cars,, just as soon that is a I resubscribed to allow me to do so.
    5 points
  2. Frustrating weekend as the timing belt SJ sent was the wrong length and should have been a standard 133 x 1โ€ type so preventing the engine going in. Still managed to spend a good few hours both days doing lots of odd jobs; Oil pump primed, temp belt fitted and timing marks now position with pulleys turned for U.K. spec. New Carbs built up on manifold Rear brakes built up Rear shocks fitted All new fastenings fitted in there tapped holes ready for final assembly Lots of painting and tidying New number plate fitted ready for its first drive I estimate to be early next year once interior is back and electrics sorted. I picked up a Gates belt tonight and fitted on the engine, getting good with tensioning by feel as spot on with gauge when checked so good to run then check again after. Itโ€™s going in this weekend....I hope๐Ÿ˜ Dave
    3 points
  3. Now its well known on this forum that my other half detests the Evora and in my 2-3 yr of ownership we have one major weekend trip and about a half dozen short trips to shops however last Sunday went to B&Q so I had to drive Evora and knew it was going to be uncomfortable journey with all the screams and moans that I was going to get as I drove too noisy and too fast (ie 50mph) on dual carriageway I was shocked to hear her pointing out as we pulled into a Aldi car park that she saw a dad with his young son in pushchair almost fall over with excitement as we drove past them. my partner actually said it was so nice to see the dad and his young son get thrill from seeing the Evora ! Small wonders
    3 points
  4. I'm sure many of you know what I do part time. Just recently I had an experience that changed my mind a little on this subject. We were called to a truck with "Movement" being heard in the back, by the driver. On opening it up we found 6 illegals who had sneaked into it maybe at a truck stop he parked at overnight before crossing the channel. 5 of them were young African men, of course they all said they were under 18 didn't have any ID etc etc. Normal situation. However one was a early middle aged woman who I dealt with because I was the only one with a female crew partner. She could understand what we were saying to a point, using pigeon English and French. I won't and can't go into details here but she was genuine. She had left her kids behind to try and get a new start and then bring them over, because of abuse and discrimination (she was a christian in a country that doesn't allow freedom of religion). What she had been through in her own country was horrific and I know this won't necessarily make me popular but I agree with what she did and how she did it 100%. All she was trying to do was get away! You see, we forget here, with our jobs, money, freedom of expression and religion etc, just how bad it can be elsewhere. And when people say how bad it is we say " Well leave then". But many people don't have the resources and where would she go? We are very lucky in that if we wanted to leave our country we can just up sticks and leave. Many of us have resources or could sell our houses and use the monies to relocate. She's a seamstress which isn't a required skill here or anywhere really. She's poor and relatively uneducated due to her countries gender laws. She was force married into an abusive relationship and if she left her husband or had an affair she would be killed. So she fled. I Don't agree with the huge number of young males illegally entering the country but I do genuinely think our view on these young men colours our view on genuine cases to a point where we refuse entry to those who need it most. I would genuinely have helped her in any way I could. I would have given her a place to stay, somewhere safe which she hasn't had for the last 15 years and I would even have used my own money. Luckily we have things in place and she got a warm bed for the night and food. However I know the next day she would be picked up by immigration and moved to a Immigration centre. All I could do was write a report saying what she had told us and that I believed she was genuine. I am no longer an Immigration nay sayer. I am an Immigration believer as long as its the correct kind of people.
    3 points
  5. Posted this on another forum but it's worth posting here in these troubled times. I'd must like to report that I drove the Evora yesterday and loved it. Dark thoughts with Covid an' all have stopped me using the Evora as intended and it has sat in the barn for the best part of 2 years, and I've been thinking of selling it. The BMW had to go in for some work and yesterday I took Mrs Bruss 20 miles to drop her off and pick it up. On the way back I properly drove the Evora. Summary is Local town with the worst road surface I've encountered outside of Belgium, makes the car crashy. Top speed 25 mph if you are lucky and never more than third gear. It's like driving an Elise on konis. Every pothole, tramline and raised manhole causes noise, but unlike an Elise its still smooth in the cabin, just noisy. On to the motorway and it's a proper torquey, sixth gear cruiser. I could just drive it all day and not get tired, and then About 10 miles of what in the UK would be empty b roads. Just sublime. Fast, smooth and not a hint of a crash or bump. The Evora just glides along at speed. Sweeping curves or narrow twisties, just back off the throttle and let the torque pull you out as you press the go pedal on exit. Did I say fast? Make that supercar fast. Time over distance on these roads must be hard to beat in anything. I think I'm in love again. This is not what it deserves. This is ๐Ÿ™‚
    2 points
  6. Great run in the Peak District this morning with MLOC, cold damp roads can be challenging this time of year.
    2 points
  7. My wife loves mine. It gets used every day as I believe it should. It's currently parked here, at a hotel in the Cotswolds.
    2 points
  8. The long term squeeze enjoys all the Lotus, especially Evora. Trips to Germany and Scotland amongst many others. She drives the 340R, M100 and Elise. You fellas need to choose more wisely, the clue was in the name - Lottie. Justin
    2 points
  9. 2 points
  10. I genuinely think the Elite is the worlds most gorgeous car. If you have a car for sale please pop it in the free classifieds - Cheers buddsy it doesnโ€™t get much better than that with Borrani wheels ZF & Webberโ€™s.
    1 point
  11. Near impossible to do that level of work whilst still in the car. Good decision.
    1 point
  12. Thank you Dave ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘ Evora GT410 Sport ๐Ÿ‘
    1 point
  13. @Arregueti I went Excel, Evora NA, Evora 400. A while ago I took out a 220 sport, but the cash Iโ€™d free up didnโ€™t make sense and the Evora is more me, so not worth making the switch. An M100 has an appeal.
    1 point
  14. Cant quite compete with the pic above but from todays local paper web site. "A woman driving an Audi tried to park in the space next to it. But she misjudged the width, and the car began running up the side of the low-slung McLaren."
    1 point
  15. I'll post a pic this evening Just a propane torch. I was afraid I would blow it out with a real torch. It took it a bit to get it hot enough to bend, and never got red hot, but it worked out fine. Note: I thought I posted this earlier, but I don't see my reply. Hopefully I'm not posting the same info again A little more info. Here are the end to hose fittings: 800106ERL - straight to hose Amazon doesn't have this one for some reason 804606erl - 45degree to hose https://www.amazon.com/Earls-804606ERL-Swivel-Seal-Hose-End/dp/B0002M9GZ6 I've also posted this on the turboesprit list so that it'll be out there when someone needs it.
    1 point
  16. Little progress on the car since last post . Decided that I'll retrim virtually the full interior - just leaving the bulkhead panel and the door trims which are both fine. Should be dropped off in the next 2 weeks . On balance I think a full respray is on the cards too. First box of bits arrived from SJ - amazing how all the little bits add up . Spend a long day building the parking lift . Twin Busch and very good quality - I'm a bit limited on what I can put on the left side due to the roof slope but sportscars will fit lol. So I now have a bit more space to take the body off and find out how the chassis is and get the engine out. Roo -trim pic as requested
    1 point
  17. Over the last 7 years we have fostered 4 refugees. 3 told the imigration officers at their substantive interview the same story almost word for word ( I had to sit in and listen as the adult). 2 were under 16 just 2 were very much over 16 and confirmed it to us once their time in foster care was over. One I have "supported" through ( since he left us) 2x no insurance on scooters, one assault on a friend, one criminal damage, one assault of an out of uniform police officer, with the latest 3rd no insurance and assault I cut him free to deal with by himself. They all have very different views on life over here and seem to think like home our rules should be flexable or " they dont matter". One I attended a hospital appointment with as he had hep c where he was told if he infects a partner it could be considered assault. His view was" its not a problem every one at home has it". Im very grateful I dont have daughters!!! After being told "give me my money it my right" or words to that effect by 3 of the 4 we no longer foster refugees, I simply couldnt put up with it any more. English kids are much much more damaged but the feeling of acheivement looking after them is worth every bit of stress. Most of the "refugees" have had happy normal childhoods , their problems started on the journey over and yes it is a horrible journey. Im sure there are some genuine ones but from the 8-9 I have met I think most are economic refugees or dont want to do national service at home. They all have a false view of life in the uk provided by the trafficers who advertise there services like a package holiday in their home countrys. We have a 2nd rate asylum system which needs a total overhaul. Its creating the problem not solving it.
    1 point
  18. Sadly @kimbers - probably 99% of the individuals claiming asylum are not genuine. Thatโ€™s the very problem we have.
    1 point
  19. Lol, I love my 1980's lightweight retro carbon slats!
    1 point
  20. @jep you are absolutely right on pointing out how difficult a proper 2+2 midengined car is to design - tastes are different but I think a F Mondial is an example how proportions might not be in the end of a car design process. I think there is just the F 308 GT4 and the Lambo uracco as proper styled 2+2 midengined cars (the R Alpine 310 has the engine in the back) Also interesting in the design context is to me that the new T50 of Gordon Murray has a more or less "simple" desing, meaning not that much agressive lines (esp compared to other super or hyper cars or whatever they are called now....)
    1 point
  21. Alunox updated price lists and options. Please see some information below regarding our updated price list for exhaust manifolds and systems. We have tired to keep the costs the same but after 7 years a price increase is unfortunately unavoidable. As you can all imagine operating costs, material, labour etc have all been steadily increasing but we have kept the price the same for over 7 years. All the new pricing is effective from the start of October 2020. The manifolds have evolved over the years and various improvements have been made along the way. These have included changes to the spec of the 321 stainless steel used, changes and upgrades to both welding equipment and processes, the CNC collector/turbo flanges have been remodelled and a new flange is now fitted to the Stevens manifold. Wok has also been done to improve the fitting kit as we know some of supplied parts needed work. We have tried to simplify the options for exhaust systems as we have quite a range now! These are detailed below, more pictures to come! Option 1: Twin, rolled tailpipes that exit to the RHS of the car (as viewed from the back) with a 2.5 or 3โ€ system diameter. Option 2: Single exit to the RHS of the car with a 2.5 or 3โ€ system diameter. Pic to follow Option 3: GT3 style single exit to the LHS of the car with a 2.5 or 3โ€ system diameter. Option 4: Dual exit with one tailpipe on each side of the car with a 2.5 or 3โ€ system diameter Option 5: US Spec Federal cars, we can supply a kit for these cars in component form, again in 2.5 or 3โ€. These come with all the parts required for you or a good fabricator to make a system to complement your manifold. Mandrel bends, clamps, flexible section, silencer, brackets, wastegate flexi and corresponding pipes. Single exit to the RHS All options (apart from the N/A) come with a de-cat pipe as standard. If you wish to add a Catalytic Convertor this can be added for ยฃ400. Being fitted on V-bands means swapping the Cat in and out is very easy and requires no gaskets. All prices are plus VAT (where applicable) and shipping. Stevens manifold 1500 G external gate manifold 2200 (with new wastegate) N/A manifold 950 Stevens & N/A 2.5โ€ Stevens & N/A 3โ€ G 2.5โ€ G 3โ€ Option 1 750 850 900 1000 Option 2 750 850 900 1000 Option 3 750 850 900 1000 Option 4 850 950 1000 1100 Option 5 400 450 Catalytic convertor 400 400
    1 point
  22. One for sale at Paul Matty's if you have 85 grand to spare.
    1 point
  23. Cost saving. As @EuropaSman says Colin the GT410 (not to be confused with the GT410 Sport of course!) does not come with the "black pack" and has the 400 rear hatch with the glass and the three piece spoiler. I think it was called progress. ๐Ÿ™ƒ
    1 point
  24. UPDATE: Mike Taylor read the email, and rang me.
    1 point
  25. As well as Gavan in the one lap shoot out, lots of CTL/private race cars, lots of Lotus cars adverts on the live stream. A good weekend for Lotus fans, including the Evija taking Lord March junior to the circuit Thursday some epic old style racing as well
    1 point
  26. Thanks @JayTwo. Luckily the garage is large. 12 feet wide and 23 foot long. The opening of the garage is about 90 inches but the frame on the current door robs about 4 inches a side making entry with an Esprit, as you say, very tight. Shaun
    1 point
  27. No Jimmy itโ€™s not my old Cup, itโ€™s one off the very few full Carbon aero kit cars to come out the factory. Stunning in the flesh ๐Ÿ‘
    1 point
  28. Three cups is good, bar small, but plenty of seating up at the back!
    1 point
  29. Did you mention Fire Red Evora's @EuropaSman? Only RHD Fire Red 410 Sport in the world. There is a LHD one that was shipped to Italy. As rare as the wisdom teeth in a Hen's mouth...
    1 point
  30. How old is yours? Sure the rubber hasn't just hardened?
    1 point
  31. Out of interest, I fitted some of these anodised aluminium screws in place of the standard ones on the under tray of both my Elise and Exige. Never had a corrosion problem with them after that. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/M5-Aluminium-Socket-Cap-Screws-Allen-Key-Bolts-Hex-Head-Anodised-Unanodised-/282771602905 If you want to be a complete tart (ok Iโ€™ll hold my hand up๐Ÿ˜) you can choose a colour to almost match the cars bodywork.
    1 point
  32. my old Esprit looks to have been part of the same batch contact Andy Graham <[email protected]> for initial history, but given that it is in a batch of "factory" registrations...
    1 point
  33. Thatโ€™s the key comment. Iโ€™ve learned from bitter experience not to mess around too much with the factory recommended road & track settings. Lots of trial & error & invariably Iโ€™ve messed up the handling. Best to stick with the recommended settings. Unless of course you have plenty of knowledge & experience in setting up these cars.
    1 point
  34. https://www.instagram.com/p/CGcwBvUhsRi/?igshid=1xa82pxo5iygp
    1 point
  35. @Snoopy1969 I could not agree more. I think the original Evora (pre-facelift) is one of the truly great car designs of all time. I cannot fault the profile - and it is a +2 mid-engine configuration, probably the hardest layout to proportion. The interior is a sanctuary of style and the driving experience is achingly good. Justin
    1 point
  36. time will show that esp the first design of the Evora with her "smooth non agressive" lines by Russell Carr was a great shot ............(although a lot of complaints about the "not agressive" lines....)
    1 point
  37. Mine actually doesnโ€™t mind the Evora at all. More than happy to go out in it. As for the esprit - she just wonโ€™t consider it - she hates it This covid situation has only galvanised my opinion- as soon as this is over - and road trips are on - then Iโ€™ll be off like a rocket and leave her at home ๐Ÿ‘
    1 point
  38. @Cdm2018 - I have had my 2018 Evora Sport for 2.5 years from new. My wife has sat in it once. She has never been out for a drive in it. Do I care she hasn't? Hell no. Do I want her in the car with me. Hell no. Do I feel selfish when I go out for several hours, alone, in it? Hell no. Do I want to change it? Well, hmm, certainly not the Evora
    1 point
  39. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ That quote made me laugh hard. I can relate to your love "affaire". I do use mine less than I would like, but this year I have taken it out as often as I could, both on my own, with Club Lotus France (to Schwarzwald) and with the Luxembourgish club on a few shorter runs in Luxembourg's excellent b roads. I can go as fast as anyone else on the road and then cruise back on the highway in full comfort, perfectly fresh. I always come back home firmly in love. Nothing beats the Evora for me. So much so that this year's trip to Schwarzwald was the maiden "car weekend" for my girlfriend (she does not like cars or speed at all and drives an Audi ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ˜‰). I was really skeptical about her enjoying the experience and was really tempted to go "solo", but decided to give the car (and the relationship ๐Ÿ˜‚) a fair chance. During the weeked she saw some "teams" wearing "uniforms" (eg. some couples wearing the same T-shirt or same caps). At the end of the weekend she asked where she could get a Lotus T-shirt. That sealed the deal. She is a keeper now. ๐Ÿ˜
    1 point
  40. Evora S goes and a GT430 arrives. The GT430 is my 10th lotus.
    1 point
  41. Welcome to @x.l.r.8, you're our 20,000th member!
    1 point
  42. There has been a lot of talk about antifreeze so I decided to ask Lotus directly. Since Castrol Antifreeze or ShellSafe Plus is impossible to find now. Here is what they said:
    1 point

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