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  1. 7 points
  2. The gear knob on a JPS Esprit is leather covered and differs from the wooden knob fitted to the regular S2. It no longer seems to be available as a spare part (e.g. from SJS) . The original knob on JPS #40 was suffering from perished and badly split leather. Fortunately, Paul Devine at Pride Car Customs was able to restore the original knob to authentic condition, and I can recommend his service. Before and after photos follow:
    4 points
  3. Shaped like a wedge, fast as you like and once driven by 007, the Lotus Esprit is everything a classic supercar should be. And it’s still a bargain 😃
    3 points
  4. There are some great British stoves. Our Clock stove was ordered and delivered in c5 weeks and installed beginning of December. It's excellent.
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  5. Considering the age of the model line up, that's superb news. Not many manufactures can't say sales are up during Covid. Just shows that Lotus have developed and improved their existing range into very reliable driver's cars. And with the steady hand of Geely overseeing things, that's reassured people Lotus is here to stay .
    3 points
  6. Nobody who supports Trump at this point is on the right side of history. They may be fine folks somewhere in their gooey centers, they may be nice one on one, but in respect to their critical faculties, those who still believe in their phony idol can only be seen as mean spirited delusional sheep at this point. Or at the very least, so very easily fooled. Tax the churches that engage in politics and remove their ability to preach such politics and pass lies from the pulpit without consequence. Let them follow the law. Make them follow the law! The failures and outright crimes and lies of the Christian right must now be addressed without fear or excess reserve. Murdoch and the Trumpets elite and enablers can't be left unmentioned either, but the politicization of the evangelical churches has to be addressed directly if they continue to engage in politics without any cost, monetary or legal. They incited this too.
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  8. https://media.lotuscars.com/en/news-articles/lotus-retail-sales-performance-2020.html (Hethel, UK – 8 January 2021) – Despite the many global challenges of 2020, Lotus Cars reports today that its new car retail sales increased by 4.4% compared to 2019. Sales increased in many key markets around the world as the transformation of Lotus continues. Highlights include growth in the USA, Germany, Italy, UK, China, Singapore, Netherlands and others. The most popular Lotus model globally was the Elise, followed by the Exige and Evora. Concluding 2020, Lotus Cars CEO Phil Popham said: “Last year was extremely tough in many aspects of business and life – the most challenging we have seen. Huge thanks to all our staff, retailers, partners and, of course, customers around the world for supporting Lotus through 2020.” He added: “Despite the many challenges, our sales showed positive growth in the year, underlining the significant transformation now underway at Lotus. Our recent performance also bodes very well for the future, as we continue to progress our Vision80 strategy with the Evija hypercar and our new sports car, which debuts this year.”
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  9. Does anyone have any further information on these models?
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  10. A prime example of why the police lose respect from the law abiding general public. 3 months ago and over Christmas they did nothing, claiming they didn’t have the resources, now they’ve suddenly found those lost resources so that a few can be deployed at just one location. Is the truth of the matter that these 2 ladies spoiled the coppers’ secret coffee meeting!
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  11. Lotus retail sales in 2020 up 6% in the uk and 4.4% globally, the uk is now the third best retail market for behind Germany and North America
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  13. Our news here said that one guy was arrested for possessing a firearm and had 10 pipebombs in his possession. Why do you go to a political rally with that sort of stuff unless you know something is going to happen? Either that or you are just a nutcase.
    2 points
  14. Friends, we should be ever mindful that it is among media's first priorities to stir the pot. It has ever been so. We should all take care to be as broad minded as is reasonable. With something like 74 million voting for the Donald it would be unsound to write them all off in a single stroke as clones. Working class folks throughout the West are in a mood of discontent, and not without reason. The Donald had the instincts and coaching to pull together his base on the back of that, and this problem remains no matter what becomes of the Trumps, Berlusconi's and whomever that is running the Hungarian show. Damned complicated world these days.
    2 points
  15. So I thought I'd do a bit of a thread on my resto build of my Exige MY10 Cup260 - on the v6 area we had a build area, but its not something that seems to be here so I thought I'd just put it here. Its always useful for other owners to find what has been done before so they don't need to repeat the same mistakes. It's going to be pretty long so will come in chunks.Mods please feel free to move if there is a better place! First few posts set a bit of scene, so please forgive the wordy elements - what turned into a pit of a tart up, has turned into a rebuild with no end in sight… Anyway long time Exige/Elise owner: Elise Sport160, Exige S1 x2, Exige S2 x 2 and an Exige Sport 350 - there was a bit of gap between the S1's/S2's and the S3. I built the S3 into exactly what I wanted (thread here): And for whatever reason I never really gelled with it, I loved it and it was a great car - but for me an Exige needs a delicacy about it, and the extra weight of the v6 just lost me that connection. But this isn't an s3 vs s2 debate so I won't dwell on it too long! At the end of lockdown a chance to sell came up to a very enthusiastic owner and it seemed like the right time, deal was done and off she went So whilst good, I had no idea what to get next. Tried a GT3, lovely but too fast on the road, but I will get one on day though. Atom was always something I fancied, but I tried one and it was clear it was not something I would use enough (couldn't take wife or kids on a day out sort of thing), S1 Elise to get back to basics, Caterham, anyway lots were suggested, but nothing was fitting the bill. The Exige is pretty rare in that its fun, connected, but still practical you can drive on the motorway in the rain and its fine - not many fun weekend cars do that without being in the supercar category. So after all that I just thought why not get an S2 again, it was always my favourite and the one I have in my head in terms of feel - so why not just get another one and build what I want. Build it as a keeper and with the demise of the petrol car it would be a possible keeper for life - so I started looking… For those of you that have tried to do the same recently, the number of Exige S2's on the market has shrunk massively, and their price increased massively. So kept waiting for the right one to come up whilst working on the build I would do once I found the suitable car, nothing menta or cutting edge, l just building exactly what I wanted: Roughly these were: - Mint bodywork, which I suspected would be a full respray - Plenty of carbon: Big scoop roof, access panels, boot lid - Decent manifold, sports cat, exhaust - 260 map, TRD etc - 3way suspension, full refresh suspension on bearings , forged wheels - Decent interior, retrim throughout, carbon seats After looking at a couple of cars (just due to lack of volume) it was becoming clear that my version of a well looked after car, and everyone else's seemed wildly different so I thought I'd give up on my idea of an S2 and that would be that. Then a MY10 Cup260 came up, I car I meant to buy but moved to the states, and frankly had never seen one come up for as long as I can remember. Long story short: got tempted, wife told me to have a look, we trotted off to have a look. For those that don’t know the Cup260 was a pretty special model with some of the following features: - Carbon Roof - Carbon tailgate - Carbon access panels - Carbon parts in rear clam - Carbon side ducts - Carbon splitter - Carbon spoiler - Carbon Dash/Vents/Side sills - Carbon Seats - Forged wheels (lightest at the time) - Lightweight subframe - Lightweight flywheel, uprated clutch - Lightweight bulkhead (no window) - Lightweight supercharger pipes - Accusump - Additional sheer panel to increase lateral stiffness - Ohlins 2 way remote reservoir dampers - AP 4 pots +lots of other bits Found it looking like this: Pretty good for a 10 year old car, felt pretty special but still the S2 that I remembered. I had seen several people refer to the car in question as 'mint', 'immaculate' etc so went with high hopes - it was not beaten up at all, but plenty of stonechips, suspension needed a refurb (but pickup points all good just normal lotus suspension). Eventually we came to a deal with me knowing I would be essentially taking on a project. The car was loved and it was used, it was not kept in a bubble, but I know that I want my cars mint so pretending that I wouldn't go down that route.. It certainly was a world away from immaculate in my eyes - a winter project awaits For a cup it’s a slight more road spec, so doesn't have external cut-offs, or A-frame but does have Airbags and a Radio. Apparently if you wanted the radio you had to have the airbags at the time (loom change) and you lost the external cut-offs. They also deleted the A-frame as you can't fit the cage that attaches to it with the airbags. As said deal agreed and after checking for really serious damage I was on my way, ready for a deep clean and see where we were Downsides were mainly cosmetic so in a heart over head decision I went for it….
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  16. It sounds like you already know more about them than the rest of us (save for any embargos). What can you tell us?
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  17. Yup, that was Trevor's Esprit I'm sure and also @LOTUSMAN33 owned it for a while and it's now with @Lex Templar in Australia.
    1 point
  18. Funny seeing a car that has the next number plate to yours...
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  19. GCL 269Y for the Active Car. Apparently Stuart has started work on the car👍👏🏻👏🏻
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  20. If you want to take a drive and meet me somewhere, you could compare your dip stick to mine
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  21. Drive home was good, exactly how I expected it to feel It feel so light compared to the 350, despite being only a few inches smaller it felt much smaller - back to the B-road blaster that I missed Engine felt good, pretty much noise free (apart from a badly adjust roof) Happy days A proper clean (you can't not clean a new car): I then started to go through some of the 'unique features' of the car. I found this wiring after trying to make sure my Accusump preoil the engine as it didn’t appear to be. No one seemed to know what it was, so I thought I'd find out as I didn't want to just tuck it away. I seemed to have: a connector that just looped itself back, a connector that I could select one or two feeds by flipping a connector, a random lead I had no idea what it did and a fuse for something So after searching to death on the internet I started to piece it together, I'm putting this here in case anyone else follows the same confusion In the end the leads turned out to be (from top) Loop back to immobiliser (for the cup260's they put it back here, I presume to link into the cut-off switches, which I don't have) Fuse for Immob and Interior light (relocated from front fusebox for reasons unknown) Another link to immobiliser, you can invert the connector putting it in bypass this was to allow FIA compliance for the battery cutouts fitted to some cars Earth for accusump (not been connected for a while it seems) Rear 3rd brake light connector (left over from Elise loom, they have an extra connector where we have our 3rd brake light Tidied it up as an interim, but not too much as I know that the clam will come off later… Result, Accusump now working! Pre charged to 20 PSI and it now fills, and discharges when the fuel pump is primed exactly as needed I found info on the Accusump a real challenge, but got there in the end
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  22. I have a log burner on order coming from Norway .it was turned back before Christmas at the port due to the french COVID episode.just heard today all the stock they have, now has to have all the CE labelling removed and a new label applied as we are no longer in Europe - anyway roaring fires in June are underrated!
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  23. It’s the resistance of the switch and it’s contacts - they get warm - that’s a voltage drop - window is slower
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  24. I'm no electrician but my understanding is the original wires are too thin to allow enough current to flow to the motor so it runs slowly. 😀
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  25. I don't see this as a surprise at all. The driving experience is valued by the Germans. In the US we dont have access into the affordable Lotus market, not even a little bit. Accessibly is a problem here, and the Dealers have a very low margin to work with. That creates what appears to me, even less accessibility. Otherwise I suspect the Elise would be the "Canyon Rat's weapon of choice". But Lotus isn't being marketed towards those people here, much of the adverts are focused on the "Lifestyle Poser" types, which in my personal opinion doesn't portray the creation. What do I know though, I've had the Opportunity to drive some very cool cars in my most recent hobby. I've met some amazing people, and I dont work for Lotus, I'm just a fan. I'm sure the USA marketing team knows what they're doing. Me? I'll just wait until I can find a reasonably priced used one, that some scene poser traded in for the next greatest thing. I will admit my frustration though I've never been asked "Why do you want this car?" In such an authoritative tone by a Salesperson. That moment is why I dont own a Lotus. But I hope to in the future
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  26. I'd say that even just a bit of condensation on the inside will take a lot more than 35 miles run at the current outside temps. In fact, if it was no worse after the run then take that as comfort that the pressurised coolant didn't get into the oil, and it probably is just condensation that needs to dry out.
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  27. Yup But I had it right at the beginning almost 12 months ago. Anti-bodies drop off a cliff after around 9 months they think, like the Flu. Hopefully not but I feel rough. May be a chest infection.
    1 point
  28. TBH I know several Trump supporters well and they are normal people like me and you. He does attract a higher % of right wing extremists and conspiracy theorists though and feeds their desire for publicity in a dangerous way.
    1 point
  29. have you spent 2 weeks looking at that and trying to figure out how he did it😋
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  30. Stopped counting the number of times I've heard quotes from his supporters stating that the folks in the Capital were not MAGA protestors, but were instead BLM and Antifa agitators. You really have to want to believe to be among the faithful! But drdoom is correct, there are lots of fine, frustrated good people here that support Trump, perhaps while holding their nose, in part because our partisan duopoly leaves them only one choice, and in good part because Government(corporatocracy?) does not seem to represent them, is beyond their control, and is plainly more interested in self promotion than bettering the common good. So why not pick the spoiler?
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  31. Hi Bibs, Tried that, but my pocket camera looks like s..t indoor in neon lightning. So please wait for a blue skies day. No fuel on the car now, so hard to push uphill into the garage, certainly so as there's snow and ice outside and trying to turn those narrow 315 tires. Meanwhile at the mancave, I undid the fuelhoses and the fueltube. Need to bringmore tools to undo the rubber flaps, the ring clamps and the rivets holding them in place - 8 in total. Guess' I am officially now a rivet counter ;( Kind regards, Jacques
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  32. My vans just had an oil change - routine - 33k on the clock - third oil change. some emulsified crud under the filler cap noted by the tech. Almost certainly condensation.
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  33. @Simon GoodingI think I read something about Hendy opening a Lotus dealership in Eastleigh, it may already be open? I'm not sure if it's just a few cars in their "performance showroom", or a proper full dealership with servicing facilities. B&C's new service centre at Guildford is a bit handier than their original site and a lot more modern. I got the grand tour when I was having the Exige serviced in August, it's a nice setup with specific areas for Lotus, McLaren, Morgan and Subaru. The Service Manager mentioned that they'd acquired the unit behind too and it would be getting developed at some point. Whether that's going to be a new showroom, or more service bays remains to be seen, but they seemed really busy on the servicing side of things...unsurprisingly, there were many McLarens in many pieces 😆 Stay safe and we'll get back to a pub meet eventually!
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  34. The breach of the Capital building was no different that of the breach of the Benghazi compound in 2012, and should of been met with the appropriate force. In many ways the authorities were very lenient. The death of the 35 year old women was unfortunate, but the simple fact is she would be alive if she had not chosen to follow the mob into the building. We have the right to peaceful protest but not to cross the line.
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  35. What is a dump valve? PH Explains | PistonHeads UK It is possible that your valve can open, if the manifold reference is not correct but this would only happen when the boost pressure overwhelms the spring. The principle purpose of the BOV is to remove/reduce any stalling of the compressor when the throttle closes between shifts. There is a theoretical chance that the turbo response is also better as it is still spinning. In practice with fast gearchanges, the turbine is being driven again very quickly, especially with small turbos.
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  36. Happy New Year All! This lockdown, now work has slowed down and as long as home schooling doesn't get in the way too much, I will mostly be reassembling my engine so that the car can be used for 'essential' trips. Managed to helicoil a stripped exhaust cam carrier stud thread that resulted in oil dripping all over the manifold and get all that back together at the weekend, having started the job at the end of November 2020...
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  37. It took me a couple of moments for me to twig when I was asked this from a Euro based Exige owner recently. The effort to ask in English should be appreciated, though However, it did make me smile.
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  38. Driver involvement, IMO. It's no longer about absolute figures as everything goes so fast these days it doesn't matter. It's about trying to engage the driver in a way that they feel connected to the experience, as opposed to removed from it - which is the case with a lot of 'normal' cars made these days.
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  39. Good to see some new photos of the car Andy - thanks for sharing! She’s looking well😎
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  40. Still not got anything if anyone is thinking of selling up due to lack of use due to the winter months / lack of us. I have noted the Green 410 at Oakmere keeps coming down. Was £70k when I first saw it, then £68k, now £64k. Who ever specced the interior needs to get off to spec savers (red stitching with green accents). Even with that and being a demo if they did another £4k drop would bite at £60k on that.
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  41. Hi Yes I can confirm it's not going anywhere. I'm very happy with it. I purchased it without even seeing it and on a bit of a whim. I have never owned one before but always fancied one and just loved it in the green and black. It looks just as good in the flesh as in the photos and drives fantastic. I can see why people have been a bit suspicious of the way it seems to have been on sale for a long time and then put in an auction, but the guy who owned it was just a trader and classic car collecter. I went to his house and he had just about one of everything that were all for sale for the right price but he was in no rush. He sent it to a lotus specialist to be checked over and serviced for me before I collected it. So very happy with the whole purchase..😁
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  42. A huge thank you to my good friend @CHANGES for taking this one on. Every aspect of the restoration carried out has far exceeded what I thought possible. It is true...this car is my pride and joy, owned for 29 ish years, so want it to be as good as it can be as I only intend doing it the once! The original shut-lines were particularly bad in areas on this one (even allowing for what’s normal), so when i found out this could be corrected then I was more than happy to let Dave work his magic, and then some! The journey so far has been fantastic and I have learned a lot about paint (and the 910) along the way. This is why it pays to entrust certain areas to people with experience, who really know what they are doing, and I was fortunate to be able to engage the very best in the business. Dave will confirm blood, sweat and tears (scraping the underside no doubt) have gone into this one but the end result speaks for itself. Its over to me now and I hope my part of the restoration will compliment the standard achieved. No pressure then! 😁 ....and then its onto the rolling road to see how many horses are still in the stable 😬....but until then....there is work to do! Richard PS....those white BBS are not staying! Got a nice set of Compomotives to go on complete with roof stereo! Just had to be done!
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  43. Part 16 Home stretch .. Well all good things come to an end and it was time to draw a line under this one , The chassis was shot blasted and re- galvanized to give it fresh new look along with decades of future rust protection. Before After Needless to say , other than dimensional check and reaming out the mount points, plus tapping a few threads , that was as far as I went with the chassis on this restoration ... At this point is was passed back to @RichardJGC for him to do the assembly work .. On return, I dropped in the engine and Box which I had rebuilt while customer was fitting up the chassis .. The more observant among you will notice the few belt/tensioner upgrades along with the verniers... I thought these were good additions that the customer requested to refine the older unit.. Finally the parts I had to do were all pieced together and the Esprit shipped back to the customer @RichardJGC for him to complete the project... This was a hard long job, but a pleasure to do, ( with the exception of scaping the bottom ) . Its only when I look back in the pictures and at this thread do I appreciate how fortunate i am to be allowed to do this sort of work for customers .. It really is an honor to be allowed to work on a customers pride and joy and be trusted to do the work required .. Thank you. To close this thread here are a few of the pics showing the point it was passed back to @RichardJGC who will now finish the project..
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  44. Part 15 To get a Naked Bottom , '' in the pink'' Part 2.. There are a lot of totally naff jobs that have to be done in a restoration, some have their own rewards in the finish or function which help balance out the effort that goes into it .. But scraping the old seal off the bottom of a car takes the biscuit ... Excuse the pun but its a real bummer of a job ... So there you have it , something I don't like doing . !!! With jobs like this, they have to be done , so just do them... Many years ago I used the YTS students.. The one job i did not mind delegating.. It did not make me a popular boss , but i told them it was character building .. But as with all things , it can always come back to bite you , so i had to build some character and do this one myself.. one bit at a time , Once in the pink, it can have a light sanding to give it a good key , before applying the Raptor Tough job when done right , but usually gets a seal of approval .. Next up chassis is back from galve and final fitting of parts .. TBC
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  45. Part 14 To get a Naked Bottom , '' in the pink'' .. Before we can start getting the bottom sorted , we need to remove the Chassis .. So first set up the lifting frames. Next locate in position with all fixtures and fittings removed . Then lower the chassis from the shell in one smooth action . Job done . just need to park the shell in the upper position so most of the frames can be removed and we can get down to the dirty work .. As you can see from the above picture some under-body protection had been previously applied which was showing its age.. Before we can apply coats of Raptor , all this crap has got to be removed... Leaving it is not an option , it will only peel off over time and be a real let down . So do it right and do it once .. Unfortunately there is no easy way of doing this ... it needs to be scraped off a bit at a time .. But we do start to see the bottom in the pink. Next more of the same ..
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