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  1. Hi Everyone Well, been thinking for a couple of months now about selling my lovely Esprit SE and Elan M100 SE and getting an Evora. After trawling through Evora ads for a couple of months i saw an Evora which made me say, in the immortal words of Will Smith, "i gotta get me one of these!". So after putting my cars out there to a couple of Specialist Lotus traders i agreed a price and sold my Esprit and Elan and to my joy that same Evora was still for sale. I put a call into the dealer, studied the pics carefully, got a video walk around from the dealer and decided that its the one for me and put a deposit down! It is what i hoped to get at the top of my budget, an (MY12) Evora S IPS with all the dogs dangelly extras in black with red pinstripe styling (as per the special edition WHO Evora that was auctioned off for the teenage cancer trust). An IPS suits me because i do a lot of driving and have discovered that in my middle age years changing gear is such a tough task 🙂 and if i want to wind the clock back to my boy racer years i can put her in sport mode and play with me flappy paddles 😀 I should hopefully pick it up on Saturday which will make my day so to speak! Peter
    15 points
  2. The Hunts is over. Healthcheck complete and only the usual advisories came up to was happy to proceed. (Slight front ARB play and boot struts weak) Just need to sort out picking it up or getting it collected. Still haven’t seen it in the flesh but current and previous owners seem excellent. 🧐 Previous owner was on here before and gave me some great history and ownership details so a big thanks to him. looking forward to wrapping it up in the garage and polishing it on weekends till the summer (don’t judge me 😂)
    8 points
  3. Put your mind at rest regarding the 'poisoning your daughter's mind against you', the ex might try but it won't happen. Kids are amazingly perceptive and they have unconditional love for their parents. Keep calm with your ex, don't be negative about her in front of your daughter, give your daughter as much time & attention as you can and she will see the truth - I'm certain of it
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  4. Private schools can be terrible places. I boarded from age 6 to 17, it was hell. Facilities are good, as you'd expect, but your kid will be bought up with a whole bunch of rich kids. Doesn't make for a wholesome environment. My kids go to the local comp. One went on to Oxford and got a 1st. Another went to Bath, got a 1st and is now doing a PhD. Academic achievement is as much about the child's attitude as it is about the teaching context and no amount of money can help the former, often the opposite.
    4 points
  5. Rachel works in education and from what I can tell from what she says, private education is more for the parents status than the kids learning.
    3 points
  6. A good buddy of mine has an ex just like this. My advice then was to let her frustrate you and just keep sending it back to court. She was a full on C##t - but in the end - the judge told her in no uncertain terms her behaviour was appalling and one more misdemeanour and she’s off to prison and they will place the kids with their dad. Sadly - the system is poor - but it is getting better and they are acknowledging poor female behaviour and the effects it has on kids. Keep that car and have some pleasure for you. That’s not selfish - it’s life enjoyment. Be there for the kids - they grow up and have their own minds. My buddy’s kids have a far better relationship with him than they do the mum.
    3 points
  7. Evening all. Yes was my old car for 5-6 years I think. Sport 350 has proper go and the Nitron suspension move it closer to the Evora in ride and handling but of course held back by an older design and less stiff chassis. I constantly did work on the car each year as preventative service and the car was all the better for it, complete suspension rebuild by @CHANGES not many miles ago. I wasn’t particularly looking to sell but work on the house meant it would be beneficial to move it on. I’d planned to get the turbos stripped and rebuilt, not that they were worn but again preventative stuff and did tell the buyer that’s what I’d do if I kept it. He ran it in to Hofmanns and had these rebuilt along with manifold studs and various oil and brake lines, no doubt other stuff too. Very little mileage since I sold it and a good buy I’d think which pains me a little to say as I’d like it still available for sale so I can buy it back at some point. As far as I’m aware it would be due a cambelt service now and that would need doing straight away if it were mine. Trevor.
    3 points
  8. Thanks everyone. Yes, it is the one that was a Sytner. I promise to post pics as soon as i collect the car. Can't wait 😀
    2 points
  9. A few snaps of the Essex Esprit gala evening launch party brochure pack:
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  10. Ran the scraper over the deposits on the exhaust port for number two and it's actually not turned out as bad as it might have been 😌. Long term it could probably do with machining but it will be absolutely fine for now. I'll give it a tickle with the wet and dry before the Alunox goes on.
    2 points
  11. So the car I’m buying had a healthcheck at Oakmere today. Just not sure if I collect it after lockdown or get a delivery company to pick it up. Definitely stuff happening in the lockdown but it’s certainly not easy and takes a good and cooperative seller.
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  12. Some BOVs also make more noise, my HKS units came with different inserts for the output that change the sound dramatically. I tried the noisy inserts and very quickly removed them, they were embarrassing.
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  13. Do you want me to stop calling you "Bazza 14 Sports Cars" now then?
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  14. Private schools does seem to be a woman thing. Just because you pay doesn't make them better unless they are on the top ten
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  15. Antiques Roadshow, Series 43: Christchurch Mansion 1: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000rhgq Starts at 35:05
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  16. @cdm2018 we thought about Private School and were so GLAD we did not. Let's just say my kids have turned out real nice. Are really happy. Are a real credit to us. Both have good jobs. Well balanced and the most important thing of all, they are dead happy! It's not about the school. It never is. It's about giving your time to them, them knowing you are there for them, and you letting them know you'll support them to be the happy. My very short view. Complete and utter waste of money and many state schools provide just as good an education, if not better. The one advantage some of the private schools have, is the network your kids might generate. But then, if that is what is really important to a parent then no wonder so many kids from private schools are so fooked up!
    2 points
  17. That's brilliant. I couldn't even see that white car in the first picture.
    2 points
  18. Lotus gives a 3 year warranty
    1 point
  19. Personally, I would get a company to pick it up and deliver it. (shiply.com can give you plenty of options). This lockdown might not be over for another month (at least) so a couple of hundred quid extra can give you plenty of 'essential journeys' in your new Evora.
    1 point
  20. Well done chap - you won’t regret it.
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  21. Lol Andy I was glad to escape out of the marriage and keep my house that I owned so had a roof over my head ! My ex remarried two years ago and got a new sugar daddy , again I dodged the bullet when she asked me back some 4 years ago and I was and still am happy with my present partner who is lights years better person than my ex
    1 point
  22. Oh, so out of stock then and on a 3 year back order? Or is that just the essential bits?
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  23. I certainly never experienced any depreciation on my evora. The 400s may well do - but the NA have already done there slump
    1 point
  24. Apologies, this is a fairly delayed 'spotted', but I've only recently become a Lotus owner and found the forum 😎 There used to be a yellow Elan parked up in the Paddington area of London, and often driving down Westway/A40/A501 at commuting times. I escaped London life in 2017, but if this was your car I just wanted to say what a cracker it was. It's part of the reason I ended up with something from the Lotus family, and previously drove Japanese imitations (MX5..).
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  25. No intention, but if I put my Sport Racer on the market today I would get what I paid for it over 2 years ago. This a a zero depreciation car 👍😊
    1 point
  26. Surely this known, but surprised not here, so my edited note version for elsewhere. No time to write another version, but link to article below. From good source (Nature Energy) but no guarantee. If this stands up, a spoke in many wheels. Nature Energy: Penn State University: EV batteries: charge in 10 minutes - travel for 250 miles. Lithium ion phosphate batteries can quickly heat and cool - key to rapid charging and long life. Professor Chao-Yang Wang: “a pretty clever battery for mass-market EVs with cost parity with IC engine vehicles; affordable." To recharge, batteries need to heat to around 60C then cool when not being used. Despite their small size, the batteries produce a large amount of power in a matter of seconds and have a lifespan of 2 million miles, the researchers said. EV with this battery could go from zero to 60mph in three seconds and would drive like a Porsche. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/01/18/new-electric-car-battery-can-charge-10-minutes-keep-going-250/?WT.mc_id=e_DM1326472&WT.tsrc=email&etype=Edi_FAM_New_ES&utmsource=email&utm_medium=Edi_FAM_New_ES20210119&utm_campaign=DM1326472
    1 point
  27. Both my wife and I went to private school. In fact the same private school, just one year apart. Yet we never spoke to each other. We met up by chance in a club 35 miles away, 10 years later. Neither of us recognised the other until we got talking and realised we shared a common history. That gives us plenty to chat about! She had a music scholarship and I was an “assisted place” (= part scholarship). My parents somehow managed to put my brother and I through until O Level in his case and A Level in mine. But it was noticeable that all the family package holidays dried up during these years. My brother moved on to the local state 6th Form and did perfectly well in his A Levels. We seriously considered putting our two boys through a (different) private school and the eldest even passed the entrance exam. But rightly or wrongly, we just couldn’t bring ourselves to commit to the financial burden and kept putting it off each year until it was not worth it. Having said that, we live a comfortable life with decent holidays, nice house, nice cars, no mortgage etc. We’ll have to see how things turn out for the kids, but they’re good guys and have plenty of local friends. That was certainly not the case for us two when we were growing up: contact with our local community was negligible. You couldn’t just walk round to your mate’s house for a kick about on the park. This is one aspect of many people’s private education that rarely gets mentioned. I haven’t been in touch with anyone from my home town since I left shortly after starting work.
    1 point
  28. I'm obviously in the minority in this community as far as schooling is concerned. I went to private school and it was the best thing for me and was quite a sacrifice financially for my parents. In terms of extra curricular activities, private school offered me experiences I'd have never had access to or considered if I'd gone to a state school.
    1 point
  29. Putting some balance back, I've found that for some children private education is absolutely the right thing for them. The parents I know who send kids there do so for the best of reasons and it is genuinely financially painful for the vast majority. Yes of course there are exceptions but to generalise that those who send their kids to private school do it for bragging rights is like saying that those who buy sports cars are doing it because they're lacking in the trouser dept. Clive, sorry about the issues with the ex.
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  30. Narcissists want engagement - best thing you can do is to try and remain as removed as you can emotionally from it and let the courts do the talking, if it's possible.
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  31. I would agree and fit the softer green springs. You are running stock boost, so don't need the stronger BOV springs.
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  32. It should have been 20% cheaper to buy though as he wouldn't have been charged VAT at source if that's any solace!
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  33. Cheers Andy & Barry for your thoughts yes private school don’t necessarily make good people when they emerge and I worry as my ex a narcissist the image of your child going to private school promotes her ego and it’s nothing to do with getting a good education as for my daughter she loves the Evora she told my adult sons that when she learns to drive it will be Evora that will be hers ! lol 🤔😀 I will be writing an email to my ex clearly stipulating what I am going to contribute , however as usual my ex will ignore it as she does with court order , I remember she called the judge an idiot when he declared my court order with daughter
    1 point
  34. Likewise - bought mine last August in the "lull" between lockdowns simply because it came available (and not many do), was local/at my trusted dealership, and the right spec/price for me - at that time test drives with masks on were allowed in Norfolk (those were the days....) - it hasn't been far since, mind..... 🤨
    1 point
  35. It’s a consumable 😶
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  36. @Cdm2018 - just enjoy your beautiful red Evora. It's not really an extravagence so don't feel guilty and be their for your kid(s) when they need you. Enjoy people's reactions to seeing your car and enjoy, when you can getting the kids in it so they can enjoy your not so guilty pleasure too.
    1 point
  37. Sorry to high jack the thread I think I will start a new thread in general chat subject : Ex wives pain in my life
    1 point
  38. Three weeks in and so far I’ve had... First time I parked it in a car park a man walked across the entire car park just to say he loves the car. I’ve not been out yet where someone hasn’t stopped to stare or ask me something. Maybe it helps I drive with the exhaust open I guess 🤭
    1 point
  39. Copper Fire Red that one - was supposed to be a modern day take on Bond’s Turbo Esprit😎 Apologies James back to topic....you’ll get used to this. We’re a friendly vocal bunch here😂
    1 point
  40. What's the paint warranty on a Lotus car? 3, 5 or 7 years?
    1 point
  41. I think you may be right. And that young chap now is a bit older now, and has a son who is typing this message out. Showed him the listing and he said he’d buy that car in a heartbeat if we could track it down. Time to get to researching I think
    1 point
  42. Desperate people (the EU) will do desperate things and to be honest the EU "punishment" of the UK is still going on now. I love Europe, but I really cannot stand the politics of the EU. It is full of free loaders, snakes, worms and self serving back stabbers who don't give a flying fig for the people of Europe, it's all about them. Crazy how so many so called intelligent people and self proclaimed future see'ers in the UK have been duped and are drunk on the BS of those unelected cronies.
    1 point
  43. Howdy guys, I have a NA car with a couple mods to the gears and drivetrain: - Evora 4XX gear shifter mechanism (plus new cables and hardware required for that to work) - Evora 4XX lighter flywheel - Evora 4XX clutch All the work was done by the very good people at ES Motorsports, (please give Dave a call and tell him Jay sent you). I got a whole bunch of other work done at the same time so I don't know the cost of getting the individual bits of work done. My thoughts on the gear change My original gear change mechanism would shift fine when bimbling about but would baulk everynow and then when pushing the car or on the track, it was mainly shifting across the gate ie gears 2&3 or 4&5. I asked Hofmans Lotus to look into and according to them it was as good as can be, further investigation required taking the gearbox out which I didn't want to do at the time. I learnt to shift calmer with out rushing the change and that helped a lot but sometimes when you come in hot to a corner hard on the brakes and you really need to engage that lower gear it was still possible to rush the change and get some baulking. The new mechanism felt night and day difference you could feel the sturdier mechanism and has a rifle like quality to change, clicking and clanging like a well engineered machine. The shift feel was so much smoother and much more positive compared to the previous version which had a little bit of vagueness to it. I haven't tried the mechanism on the track yet and I've only driven the car a little bit so not really stressed the change mechanism yet but it so far it does feel very good and a big improvement on before. My advice if you have some problems with the gear change, talk to a good Lotus garage and ask for the cables to just be adjusted. This is a pretty simple job (even I managed to do it my self, and I'm an idiot) and shouldn't cost much and has a huge effect on the gear change. If there are still issues then maybe look in to new cables next and only if feeling crazy go for the gear shifter mechanism. New shifter mech is not an extortionate amount extra but is a reasonable amount of money so you really have to want it, its not a straight decision that applies for everyone. My thoughts on the clutch The clutch on my car was charged around 55K miles when I first bought it but something went wrong again around 70K. It started with a sinking pedal so I thought it was master cylinder issues but turned out it needed a new clutch too. The garage that fitted the first clutch while experienced in supercars and high end sports cars was not experienced in Lotus cars and their work was not executed well, so it's plausible they did not install it correctly hence the early failure on the second clutch? Also possible it wasn't the actual clutch as when it engaged it felt good with no slippage, so possibly the bearing or something else needed replacing and by the time everything was stripped back I might as well have replaced the clutch. I didn't question ES much about this, in the past they have been pretty good in telling me what can be nursed to go on a bit longer and what really should be replaced so I took their word with no issues. I found the new 400 clutch felt heavier on the pedal, it is slightly harder to depress the pedal and requires a bit more effort when in stop start traffic than the previous clutch. I have no idea what was fitted before I assume a standard NA clutch maybe the S clutch? The harder action could also be due to the lightened flywheel (more thoughts below). The difference in feel is not a deal breaker at all and it could just be the clutch plate springs bedding in, maybe after a few more miles then soften a little bit. My thoughts on the lighter flywheel This also was very noticeable straight way, just blipping the throttle in neutral, the engine revs quicker and is definitely more responsive than before. Heel and toe shifts are easier to get bob on and makes shifting an even better experience than it was before. The pedal box is very comfortable for me no issues on that but the heavier flywheel required a little a longer jab on the throttle to get the rev matching just right and this is sometimes hard to judge instinctively. The lighter flywheel allowing the engine to be more responsive means a little stab on the throttle is just about perfect and allowing very slick down shifts. The downsides of a lighter flywheel are well documented and are 100% applicable to the Evora. The engine may speed up quicker but also slows down quicker so slow lazy shifts while cruising on the motorway are a bit jerky as the revs drop. Crawling along in traffic is not as smooth as you don't have that heavy mass smoothing out the torque and the vibrations. It is definitely harder to engage the clutch from standstill as risk of stalling is higher and I think that has the biggest effect on the clutch feel rather than the pedal effort. If you are daily driving your car maybe think hard if you want the lighter feature. The car is still very drivable just requires more effort at slow speeds, it is not race car levels of un-refinement by a long way. How much of a compromise this is will depend on your personal preferences. For me the compromise is well well worth it, the engine was already amazing and begged to revved to the redline but with the extra response its even more infectious chasing those sonic rings and the satisfaction you get from silky smooth down shifts is amazing and I can't wait to try it out on the track. But if your car is smooth cruiser then this change might not be for you. ***edit: I have an aftermarket ECU and custom tune (also installed by ES Motorsport) so no idea if the lighter flywheel will cause problems on the standard ECU.
    1 point
  44. @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 😁
    1 point
  45. Attached a link to the LED bulb which I expect to use in replacing the fibre optic feed. https://www.classiccarleds.co.uk/products/ba9s-bright-green-t4w-233-led-opticell-fibre-optic-upgrade-bulb-llb233-llb989?_pos=1&_sid=75c1688cf&_ss=r Cheers
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