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  1. Deposit down this afternoon 👍 If I like it I have a decision to make, if not money back... win win so to speak.
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  2. a big thank you to all ?? recent times have been so very tough with family issues and personally my escape is a new passion and the lotus ownership and joining the lotus forum has just kept me sane of late !!! sorry if thats a girly thing to say and my arms arent covered in tats and sump oil but well again thank you to all x
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  4. More Lotus content (featuring Emira briefly😉) to get the juices flowing.......😎
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  5. Stopping a ferry from leaving, which is one thing that they said they wouldn’t do. There is now a video on Sky News showing a French fishing boat ramming a British fishing boat...........-.........so much for a peaceful protest🙄 My understanding is that the approach by Jersey is in line with what was approved by the EU in the negotiations. However, this all comes back to what a French businessman told me many years ago during an acquisition process I was involved in. Over dinner he said “the problem with the British is that they want to dot all of the “I”s & cross all of the “T”s when negotiating. In France we just agree to everything and then ignore the bits which we don’t like afterwards, including all EU directives.” How true!😠
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  6. Geely is giving Lotus almost complete free rein as to the partner they chose. Lotus has become one of their R&D centre and has the possibility to pursue their own agenda to a certain extent, which is a first for Lotus they have never had that many resources to work with. We could imagine that Cyan Racing and GGM may get involved with the future motorsport program but RML has a big advantage over Cyan right now, they are located on the same island... Beside that, they have no shortage of knowledge when it comes to endurance racing either under their own name or as a sub contractor. Having RML running a GT3 factory program internationally while getting Cyan involved in GT4 customer racing support for Europe would be ideal imo. The good news is that Lotus is going back to racing
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  7. I understand that this is regarded as the definitive tome on ACBC:
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  8. Sounds like a jet taking off at the end. Is that Dany flying off with the Emira blueprints, with plans to make an Emira shaped shampoo bottle?
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  9. Its a lot bigger than them. I'd just do a Clarkson "FULL POWER".
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  10. Hi John, so far ive only been out once due to this crappy weather. It got up to temperature and didn't stumble. I'm not holding my breath just yet as being intermittent it hasn't always happened every time. I will however get oput again as soon as i can for a longer ride and more often. Constant testing is the key (good excuse to get out and about lol). I shall report back.....
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  11. Lovely drive tonight. Roads empty again. Actually stopped to take a couple of photo's which is a rarity...
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  12. Well, I didn’t see this one coming! https://fb.watch/5irCtcVkqL/ Looks very promising at this point though Article on the subject: https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/354521/revived-radford-coachbuilders-signs-partnership-lotus
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  13. After a brief flirtation with Nitrons on my v8 (which I found a little to harsh for my kind of use) I decided to change over to the Lotac Bilsteins, however, I didn’t see the point of the Eibach springs as they are the same rate as the standard springs and my original springs are in good condition, so I only ordered the shocks. Fitting the standard springs to the rear Bilsteins needs an adaptor LOTAC05449, so be sure to order this if you are retaining the standard springs. See pic for the order the bushes and washers need to be assembled in – note that the two rubber bushes/isolators and their respective (thinner) cupped washers go on either side of the top spring platform. There are other bits and bobs in the box which can be discarded. While I was waiting for the Bilsteins to be delivered I had the old springs blasted to remove the old paint and crud and re-painted with primer and blue Plasti-Dip flexible “rubber” paint. I also removed the front ARB and loosened the wishbone bolts to take the stress out of the bushes. Next job was to assemble the fronts and once this was done I spent a lot of time swearing while trying to get them bolted up onto the car. In the end I used the following Heath Robinson method (don’t try this at home folks!!!) to take some compression out of the springs while I levered the assembly in place against the shock’s gas pressure. Don’t know if it was just me but this was a ball-ache to do (as it was for the Nitrons) so maybe I’m missing a trick here. I couldn’t get any of my spring compressors to fit with the spring/damper unit in the car, so the ratchet straps were the only way I could find to help with this (see pic) – not recommended, but a last resort, just mind your fingers when you release the tension on the straps! Next job was to fit the rears which was much easier because they can be offered up with the heavy duty spring compressor in place. Note that the Esprit parts bible is incorrect and shows a rear upper spring “Insulator, 12mm alloy, road spring to chassis” – part A082D4122F. This does not fit, and my car originally was fitted with rubber isolators, not alloy. The only place I could find the correct part was from SJ Sportscars, so kudos to them for knowing their stuff!! Ride Height First things first. My car runs 245/35 18s on the front and 295/30 19s on the rear so the front diameter is 9mm larger than standard and the rear is 3mm larger on the rear, so this needs to be factored into the ride height measurement. With the new assemblies fitted and the suspension settled (drive back and forth a few times) the ride height with the spring seat circlip in the TOP position was 188mm at the front and 180mm at the rear, so too high against the spec of 170/164mm (admittedly this was with 2 x 60kg ballast and half a tank rather than the recommended 2 x 75Kg). Because the springs are the original “used” springs I don’t anticipate them settling at all, so I regard this as representative. To my eyes the car also looks like the ride height is too high at this setting, and I know this has already been debated endlessly, but I decided to see what it was like on the lower circlip setting. Its not hard to change the circlips with the suspension in place – use the spring compressor on the rear and you should be able to lift the spring platform enough to get to the circlips. They aren’t very strong, so pretty easy to drop in to the lower slot. Again the front is more of a challenge so I made up a timber yolk that went around the lower wishbone and located under the spring seat and I used a jack from underneath to compress the sprint/damper unit enough to expose the circlip. Again the switch to the lower slot is pretty easy once you can get to the circlip. With the spring seats at the lower setting the ride height was 174mm (front) and 166mm (rear) ..….so pretty close to spec given the 4.5mm and 1.5mm increase caused by the larger tyres on my car. My garage floor isn’t perfectly flat (although not bad) and moving the car around leads to small inconsistencies so this is close enough for me, and to my eyes the stance of the car looks much better without appearing “slammed”. I’m not going to be looking for a ‘Ring record with this car (although it has been there), so for me this is the best compromise compared with the Nitrons which allow you to run a much lower ride height (but with associated bump steer problems if you go too far). Pics below for reference between the top and bottom circlip settings. Maybe the purpose of the two circlip settings is to use the top for the new Lotac Eibach springs and the lower one for the standard original springs, although I have never seen that written anywhere. The last job was to tighten up the suspension and shock mounting bolts at the final ride height, so I ran her up on four small wheel jacks, raised her up (with the weight still fully on the wheels) and tightened everything up. Job done. How Does It Drive Now? Definitive Bilstein vs Nitron Conclusion The car is definitely quieter riding than with the Nitrons, but not as “cushy” as the old Monroes. So, on an NVH scale of 1-10 with the Monroes at 10 I’d put the Nitrons at about 6 and the Bilsteins at 8. This isn’t surprising given the Nitrons have solid mountings with no rubber bushes in their bottom mounts and the Monroe’s had done about 70k miles! From a handling perspective its hard to tell on the road without going to a track. The Nitrons could be adjusted to give a quicker turn-in by going a click or two harder on the front, but at the expense of understeer. With no adjustment on the Bilsteins you get what you’re given (and what Lotus intended), but overall I’m pleased with the change and there is no doubt the car is still epic in the twisty bits! Of course, if you are intending to turn your car into a road-racer or regularly heading to the track then the Nitrons are probably the best bet becasue of the adjustability. Hope this helps if anyone is contemplating changing their springs/shocks.
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  14. I certainly wouldn’t be adding unless I robbed a bank! I’ve just bought an S1 Elise with my better half (pic below), as a hopeful future investment. Went for a rare coloured (Deep Purple) original S1 spec variant and now looking forward to getting it looking it’s best with some time and effort. So it would have to be the Exige that would be sacrificed, which the very thought of, makes me feel sick - but never say never😉 Will more likely wait and see what Emira looks like when pictures are released, and then see how long I can resist the potentially very dangerously expensive, test drive😂
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  15. I'm looking to place mine deposit also. I called Jamie Tuesday for a quick chat I'm having the same excited feeling about this!. I was told April delivery Is possible.
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  16. I know I’m sticking my neck out here......but I hope it’s better looking than the Type 62 as it’s got proportions only a mother could love! It ain’t the prettiest Lotus anyway! Am I on my own here with that thinking? Took me a while to appreciate the original Europa, which I now like but this is all wrong in my eyes😰
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  17. Hi, yes that's the Yellow 410 that I'm buying, hoping to be able to pick it up next week.
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  18. Anything by William Taylor and Coterie Press. I've got several of his Limited Edition Lotus books, all excellent. But for a really detailed look at Chapman, you can't beat Jabby Crombac's, above. Peter Ross's Lotus The Early Years is also a good read. And if you are really in to the engineering, Karl Ludvigson's Inside The Innovator about Chapman is a must. http://www.coteriepress.com/subject/lotus/
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  19. http://www.chaters.co.uk/cat/15300/lotus have a good selection. TLF helped Coterie launch this a few years ago at one of our events, it's the most updated version... https://www.chaters.co.uk/prod/19077/lotus/lotus-the-marque
    2 points
  20. do you reckon they may do a tv/ you tube series on the build ? Ant is a tv personality and be great pr for both radford and lotus for sure
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  21. Hey guys, Still waiting to hear back from Matt about next Tuesday. Says he's checking with the wife and will let me know. Pete
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  22. Full press release here... https://www.thelotusforums.com/latest-news/lotus-cars-news/lotus-aid-jenson-buttons-radford-to-engineer-new-car-based-on-lotus-tech/
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  23. Agree - great day. Ian from Absolute Lotus was a machine, never seen someone work so fast in the face of impending weather hitting! Article will be 8 pages or so, out in the next issue. Excited to see it!
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  24. Do we get credit for the critters that roam the grounds? I pester the lions, bobcats, wolves, coyotes, bears, moose, elk, beavers, skunks, marten and deer that pass through my place with a fleet of game cameras. We'll watch the deer and an occasional bear but wouldn't know the rest were there if not for the pictures, and I don't have to feed any of them. Our pair of black cats come in at night, my wife carries bear spray.
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  25. 410s in the Peak District.
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  26. Well that was a fun day! Great to meet @jerzybondovand his lovely Evora. Ian from Absolute Lotus was an absolute professional. The shoot was just about finished before the heavens opened.
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  27. Whoaaa, spoiler alert. You mean those Dino's are not real? Get away with you.... If the green cover in the original photo is eArt then I have to admit it looks damned good. Keep your straw hat ready just in case you need to it.
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  28. Just putting this out there now so that you can put it in your diary. We are waiting to hear back from a location, so not 100% sure yet, but the venue will probably be in Essex (I can hear Wayne from here) Hopefully will be a sit down breakfast (outdoors) - and it is somewhere we have been before. I'll update this thread with more details when we have them.
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  29. New Book brought for me for my Birthday. Will enjoy ready. What are the best Lotus books you have or have read?
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  30. By all accounts @stephenwhyteyou’ll be part exchanging your Exige Were taking cheque book to FoS, Emira is going to be one hell of a car, certainly as excited as we were when we knew we would be getting the GT430
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  31. I haven't changed the fuel line before but in relation to the fuel weep at the banjo bolt, this should be cured by replacing the copper washers either side of the bolt.
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  32. Fancy a drive out? Come and join us.
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  33. I don't understand this need to champion Hydrogen as an alternative/better power source for cars. There are massive problems with trying to use Hydrogen. I used to think it was THE answer, but then I looked into it more it was obvious how impractical it actually is. Expensive to produce, really hard to store in quantity, cannot be simply piped around like natural gas, just what is its supposed 'advantage'? Range? No doubt convinces many, but what is currently being touted will soon be surpassed by batteries and more to come with further battery development. How will the range of Hydrogen cars increase beyond what is now offered? Bigger tanks? Better Hydrogen? Ha. Re-fuelling speed? With the latest BEVs and 800v charging, capable of 80% charge in under 20 minutes, is that really a problem? Especially when the majority of cars will only ever need to be charged at home, overnight and never actually take advantage of any rapid charging ability of their car. Easier to find somewhere to refill with Hydrogen than recharge? You're having a laugh or haven't done the maths. There are already more re-charging points in the UK than petrol pumps. They're so easy to implement everyone can have one in their home and commence every journey with the equivalent of a full tank. How many homes will have their own personal Hydrogen production plant? I think we all know the answer to that. Better for the environment? Nope. So the car doesn't use power directly from the grid, but where do you think the energy to produce the hydrogen comes from? Hydrogen production is not a simple or efficient process. It requires a lot of energy and from where is that going to come? So it really comes down to what seems to be an irrational hatred of batteries. Well, as I've said before, Hydrogen cars also have batteries so you're not avoiding them anyway. Admittedly, fewer batteries than a BEV, but with batteries being re-cycled it'll make little to no difference. Does a hydrogen car provide the same aural thrill as an ICE? Nope. They're exactly the same to drive and listen to as a BEV (although to be as fast means more batteries). So I say again, just what is driving this desire for hydrogen (with battery) power rather than just batteries.
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  34. Interesting point SwissBlue, more thought required perhaps, thanks. jonwat thanks for the thoughts, I saw the episode of wheeler dealers and was erring towards the Mick Miller conversion, but of course wheeler dealer have a hydraulic ramp and not doing same under axle stands laying on a lock up garage floor 🤣🤣🤣
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  35. Dick Strawbridge summed it up well when talking about listed buildings and building control. His Chateaux isn't listed, he wont list it because unlike the UK it is up to the owner to decide. If he doesn't list it he can do whatever he wants to it because, and I quote "the French are a bunch of anarchists at heart". I must say, a low level frustration with their behaviour has turned into downright outrage over the last 6-9 months.
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  36. Andy you are right. The service notes are written to support correct positioning of the outer tube, which also needs to attach to the rear of the RH cam cover. On the amount of oil, the service manual states an oil refill of 6.5 ltr but you must remember that when performing an oil change the oil coolers do not drain. When you are performing an initial fill of the complete system you will require something much more like your observed 8.5 ltrs.
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  37. I spotted the wheel caps had come off both fronts as I was cleaning the car the night before. I can only assume it was a thorough lapping of Snetterton the week before which did it! Remains to be seen whether they have the time to photoshop one back in again
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  38. I’ve got ~5700 on the odometer right now it’s my daily driver hehe. About to hop on down to the office actually.. makes the commute something special.
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  39. Bodywork on the pods is pretty much done now. Got the reinforcing washers suitably secured in fibreglass - I don't think I'll be getting any lateral movement in the pods now! Pods all masked up ready for primer after some minor application of filler. I decided to paint the whole of each side of both pods and blended the paint in around the corners. The paint finish has come out so much better than it did on the bumper; no idea what I did differently this time though 😕 They will need a very light wet sand and polish to get them looking their best, but I couldn't be happier with the finish I've got straight out of the tin. I also gave the insides of the pods a light tickle with sand paper and gave them a quick coat of satin black to make them look a bit more presentable too. Before After Tomorrow I'll be rebuilding the motors, for ~£20 for the parts it seemed stupid to skrimp on that given all the other work I've done and then its onto reassembly at last.
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  40. Welcome to the internet 👍
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  41. Also on Youtube if the link above doesn’t work
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  42. Hi everyone! I'm finally in a position to close this topic: I followed Michael recommendation and had a look at my indicator stalk. It was indeed partially melted. Ordered one (plus a bunch of other bits) from SJ and replaced it. Everything now works! I take this back: everything related to the lights now works ;) At the same time, I realized that the stalk on mine was not the original version , so the replacement also addresses that. Thanks all for the support, moving on to other issues now! Cheers!
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  43. Hehe, thanks! Always good with a record right!? 😀 Onto my third Lotus right now, started off with an Elise 111R, going raw with an Exige S1 and now back in an Elise, a late Sport 220. Apologies for topic drift..
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  44. First of all, good to see you again on Sunday CaptainSlow! For the rest of you, I have been a long time lurker on here... Maybe one should not disregards Lotus' links with Geely and Geely Motorsport also. Could it be the way forward?! Geely motorsport are closely linked to Cyan Racing and their joint efforts with the successful Lynk&Co 3 in WTCR, hence they do already have a quite significant experience from international racing "within the group". Also, Cyan Racing flirted with going racing with Lotus already back in 2018 when they took an Evora out in the Swedish GT4 championship..
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  45. Ooh, ooh. What did I miss. Which Porsche won this time?
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  46. Fits perfectly without a rear clam. HTH
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  47. Its really hard to say as they all have different numbers on them, other than buying a complete unit for £200 odd from SJ, its a case of trial and error i think. I used the ref GM 1875990 that Scott mentioned as a guide.
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  48. That's number 82 back from the paintshop today, looks achingly good when it's that shiny.
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