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  1. I've had my 2011 S since it was 6 months old, having had a supercharged Elise and an Elan before that. I argued it was a suitable family car when my second daughter arrived. It's served as dad taxi from when they were in forward facing car seats aged 6 and 10. I tested a Launch Edition with a rear facing car seat in the front and that was fine. There are some that will fit in the back too. My wife and I are both 5'8" and I drive with the seat on the front click, so plenty of room behind and my older one was a tall 16 year old before she moved to the front. Younger one still loves being i
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  2. Here's our cat, Sylvester! Looking at his surroundings from the conservatory roof.. And tolerating willow the dog!
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  3. Been there, done that ... ok not yet , but I have now got the T-Shirt
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  4. I've had an NA and have a Sport 410. With trepidation I have to disagree with @scotty435that the NA is underpowered. Despite having an extra 135bhp or so in the 410 I do miss the involvement of the NA. The 410 is blindingly fast, but the NA, to me, was more rewarding to drive fast on the road The damping on the NA is simply just wonderful. You can realy feel the car "settling down" and hunkering into the corner and as you apply the throttle on exit it just settles down further and provides more grip. When "on it" in the NA you feel and hear when the car switches its timing/cam and the
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  5. Here's Willow, our 3 year old Terrier/spaniel cross, great with the baby, and Sylvester the cat!
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  6. My oldest stepdaughter gave me this as an XMAS gift. Our dog to a "T" as they say 🤣
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  7. This sounds like it could save a lot of lives... https://www.uclhospitals.brc.nihr.ac.uk/news/uclh-doses-first-patient-world-covid-19-antibody-trial
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  8. Boxing Day - so time to sort the garage. Spitfire moved Pink car moved onto ramp - gear linkage bush replaced. It was really poor to select gears - and like all figaros the linkage bush had long since vanished. pink car dumped back in the barn - spitfire in front of it awaiting collection in a couple of days. finally - I’ve got two Lotus back in the garage
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  9. @geartox -- Nicolas, for track use, you are best served with the standard 1340cc engine. You can go much longer before refreshes than with the 1500. In fact, even though the factory may recommend 40 hours if using the 1340 for racing, we've seen them go more than 100 hours with no issues. Some people run them until they self-destruct (200-250 hours and maybe even more, if following good routine maintenance) and then look for a used 1340 engine out of a salvaged (wrecked) motorcycle with low miles. Also, if going used Radicals, post 2010 MY versions are better, as hardware improvements
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  10. Hi, As for the potential boost leaks I think it's always a good idea to check whether the intake is air tight anyway, and it's easy to test just by putting regulated compressed air at the turbo compressor wheel. You can use an old bike tube to make a cheap adapter (cut in half, a knot on a side and the other side plugged on the turbo housing at the compressor wheel instead of the intake hose from the filter, and using compressed air. It should be air tight, if it's not then you have a boost leak. You just have to be sure to regulate the air pressure you put in at the maximum permissible boos
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  11. Someone is worried, I may have rolled more than one reply in together so apologies. I just get a little fed up with some of the negative comments about the Evora. They have had problems and continuous upgrades and fixes as any car does but cup holders? Really? Having to pay car tax on a 80k and upwards car? Really?
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  12. @KIMUTAKUnew striping done on side sills, much better now 🤣🎄. @Jackthanks and looking sharp! New added striping on front and roof and some blue flamed clips and tips. I'm happy.... Now next project adding #komotec 😁
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  13. Except @Chillidoggy. There are limits.
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  14. Welcome to TLF. My 10 year old NA has been great in the 3 years I have owned it. Amply fast enough, even when I drive it back to back against a 600bhp alternative. But only you can decide what is right for you, power-wise. If you will resent the car for breaking down, you could be disillusioned very quickly. Modern Lotus are very reliable but you should not expect mass-production levels of efficiency. Evora is a niche product but at a relatively normal price point compared to other low volume sports cars (for a myriad of reasons). In reality, you are paying for the low mass, ride, h
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  15. Sounds to me you're being a little paranoid, by all means do the tests but if you don't have mayonnaise in the filler cap & aren't loosing water then I wouldn't worry 😃
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  16. I'm hoping to use one idler and one tensioner as well, but not a spring-loaded type - I'm going to use a second eccentric timing belt tensioner and manually tension the serpentine belt. So long as you can get pretty close to the required belt length the eccentric tensioners are really compact, unlike most of the spring-type tensioners I've seen so far. If you need a pulley with a LH thread fastener - Saab use them, but I don't recall which model. Pete
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  17. Is that part of the gin project
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  18. Still a lovely colour that!!
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  19. The .75 bar regulated pressure won’t really work as most of the air built up will escape past any open valves. So you have to just keep going until either your boost gauge reads or you hear something. I like the idea of the bike tube, it’s strong enough!
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  20. on my turbo (freshly rebuilt) I get a little on the dipstick but the car is driven so infrequently its not getting burned off. I did a compression check and they were all good (9.8 / 9.9 / 10.0 / 9.9) when cold. I did find if I fed the crank breather into a catch can rather than the intake the white emulsion got burned off quicker. As far as how much I have about 5mm worth right at the end of the dipstick. C43
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  21. Doh 😂 see it now, doesn’t half look like my Springers from the back 🙄
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  22. They don't make indestructible dog toys like they used to
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  23. I have two mid-engined 2+2s. The Ferrari has more room in the back: you could transport four adults if necessary. Not really possible in the Evora without a lot of complaining and contortionism.
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  24. As it has been said before, peak boost of 0.75 bar not high and the T25s are really small and responsive. Unless you are somehow addicted to the noise, you can probably remove the BOVs and still observe no detrimental effect on in-gear acceleration.
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  25. Thought I’d post what I came across last week. On purchasing a V8 engine the seller kindly added that he had some technical drawings that he received from Brian Angus at Lotus. the engine was supplied by Lotus as a test mule for a Lancia Kit car company that never materialised and there was potential of lotus selling the uprights too so I got quite a few A0 technical drawings with the purchase that I thought you all might be interested in . I’ll get more detailed pictures when I get chance to open them all up but what a piece of history. Also has some of the amendments on them an
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  26. By looping out the solenoid @Karim I believe it stops the delivery of the overboost via the ecu. You will simply get stock boost that the turbo actuator is set to deliver.
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  27. You are going to buy the best driving car on the road that is a sports GT and you are worried about cup holders and car tax? Both my early dealer purchase S and my current later factory purchase, but first S built have had no gearchange issues. The early cars do need a cable upgrade to the later type as they go stiff very quickly- heat related and routing issues. Other than that the gearchange is dependent on correct adjustment. It's not difficult but you really need to remind your service dealer/mechanic to do it each time it goes in. The only other issue that I haven't had but more
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  28. I installed mine right above the license plate using double-sided tape to adhere AIM's camera bracket to the inside of the bumper cover — see the pics. No drilling, and it's basically invisible. It's lower than in most other cars, so you are actually much farther away from the objects you see, but that's a good thing.
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  29. SR3 running cost much higher than the CupR.....primarily due to the Radical factory's recommended refresh of the SR3 engine every 40 hours.
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  30. My post was to be read at a second degree of course. Nothing serious in that. There are very good things with Europe and some counterparts or abuse/arrangements with its laws sometimes. So I perfectly understand that people can get annoyed with it. Plus, the people have spoken and democracy has made its way. That's for me by far, the most important thing to defend in any case. Whatever what side of a border you're on. And of course, seasons greetings to everyone 🍾
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  31. I do have to agree with you there. Bloody irritating, on a scale of 0 - C8RKH I'd definitely say he was C8RKH. A couple of facts not correct, however, overall love his enthusiasm really and I can see if he is popular in the US this creating quite a bit more interest in the cars over there which has to be a good thing. Put it this way though, I would much rather have this guy than that absolutely annoying smug git that is Schmee, I mean, I reckon he's a C8RKH+2!
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  32. It’s all down to luck on some older cars. Mileage and price balance is key. Folks do seem to forget these cars are 10 plus years old now - so stuff will need replacement and fettling. It’s about the driving experience and that’s fantastic. I’ve had a few folks message me about mine - they’ve asked all the typical questions about clutches, windows and service history. Some information on forums is invaluable - but the plain hysteria behind some of the minor issues that so rarely occur is ridiculous. The stereo, reverse camera and boot seals are indeed shit however. An
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  33. If it's from the bay it's probably suffering the same thing as mine while it's been stood up. The cam covers or carriers are leaking oil down onto the exhaust manifold which the burns off as the engine warms up. As for the turbo actuator solenoid, one side should connect to the wastegate actuator capsule the othe side to the compressor outlet on the tturbo the diagram on the underside of the deck lid should show it. If this isn't connected properly the it will cause the car to run on actuator pressure only.
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  34. Sorry you feel you need to hide. The bullets are coming from a tiny minority and I am afraid the most vocal members of the forum, probably your typical school yard bully in there time. I do feel sorry for our European friends and members of this forum the abuse they have to read and digest. Some more positive news today with a Brexit deal. Me for one can not wait to travel and see our friends in the EU and see and experience some amazing cultures. The usually suspects on this thread will be will have there say they always do.
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  35. More carbon inbound... 3 new additions!
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  36. Sorry about slow reply Jason. It is much as @Barrykearley and @Escape say on engine bay temp ... But with the added effect of trying to reduce the pull forces that the compressor has to do ... The harder the compressor works to produce boost the more it will cavitate and generate heat.. The heat is a negative and will reduce VE . Much the same as a hot engine bay .. So the system I devised will give the least restrictive flow to the compressor and at speed will provide a ram air efficiency to aid flow at higher rpm. The main benefit of the ram air is to reduce pressure differences acro
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  37. As of today, the brake conversion kit has benefitted from a major upgrade to electrical fitting. In future, there will be no cutting, stripping or soldering of wires required, it will be a straight 'Plug and Play' which should take about 2 minutes rather than hours, making installation far quicker and simpler. I now have only 2 kits left, mail me at [email protected] if you want to bag one. Happy Christmas!
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  38. Just received my Christmas present to myself - absolutely love them 😊 If anyone’s interested, Dave Clark at Dave Clark Designs is your man!
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  39. Merry Christmas John. My membership had lapsed - back again now. The moulds are for the genuine GT1 arch set. This is the first part produced with the moulds in cf. More to follow:
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  40. I mentioned on someone else’s thread that my brother’s Maserati Ghibli SS was nearing the end of its renovation. It’s never needed to be fully restored, but has had plenty of work done over the years, both bodily and mechanically. This was the status 8 weeks ago. It’s a 4.9 litre RHD manual. One of eight, I believe. Apparently it’s finished now, but he doesn’t want to drive it home because the narrow country lanes leading to his home are thick with mud!
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  41. Bit late to the party on this one but hey... More dramatic carbon upgrade also inbound!
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  42. If you ever do get them scanned - I’d be happy to buy a set. I think that they would look fabulous as garage art 👍
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  43. Buy the cats a toy, they prefer the box.
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