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  1. Deal all done looking like handover on May 22nd just need car cover
    5 points
  2. Tony Margareto (ex-Factory technician and training manager) has just started his Evora series on YouTube :- Worth a watch - there are several more general Lotus videos on his channel too.....
    4 points
  3. Can't recommend this road trip enough. Started out in South Wales at a travel lodge in Merthyr Tydfil at 4:30am. Just get on the A470 and stick to it, it's called the dragons spine. It will lead you through the middle of both the Brecon beacons and Snowdonia. It's 180 miles of totally amazing fast road and incredible scenery. I literally only came across 5 or so other vehicles on the entire length. The road is of excellent quality and varies from tight but smooth hedged country lanes to sweeping high speed bends which twist and turn through the valleys, Forrest's and mountain passes! Totally exhilarating and completely recommend! I ended up in Colwyn bay on the north coast for a fry up sitting outside a local cafe at 8:30 😁
    4 points
  4. Almost ready for the roll cage, many new parts getting in. started with some cage modeling
    3 points
  5. Not sure what sort of special occasions would be better met by an Esprit or baby Elan than the GT430 Evora. Old stuff can be great for many things including all of the reasons you say aren't important to you. If you just want it to work and drive well/enjoyably then you've already got that with the Evora. The Turbo Esprit is a great drive on road or track - but much slower and less refined than a GT430. The Elan is properly old but if well sorted can be great fun - eg Dave Merlanes red S2 coupe is great to be in while he attacks Castle Combe - fully controlled 4 wheel drifts, amazing cornering, but slow on the straights. A well driven GT430 would leave it for dead. You could get a soft top I suppose which would at least offer something different. Classic cars are mostly about pootling about, going to shows/events and enjoying some nostalgia. For serious no effort daily transport and proper speed anything modern is better. Oh and having voted with my wallet, I think the M100 is a better car than the baby Elan and a perfect companion to a Turbo Esprit!
    3 points
  6. Thanks all, I was aware of those used ones on autotrader and pistonheads Greg. I test drove the red 380 at stratton and was close to buying that one. In the end I've bitten the bullet and put a deposit down on a 410 sport. Hopefully, collecting it next week.
    3 points
  7. Thanks, I’ve landed the Ultra Violet 410
    3 points
  8. I've just realised they've based it on the Evija-shaped cake I had made
    3 points
  9. Hello, short presentation: I live in Switzerland, I am over 30 years old but under 40, I really like cars and I am the proud owner of an Exige 410. before the 410, I had a 350 for 8 months. I come here to find tips and share mine. good road to all! TheShur
    2 points
  10. Welcome TheShur, my new 39 year old friend
    2 points
  11. Mine are satin gunmetal from the factory. I think it works nicely on this wheel design.
    2 points
  12. Like others on this thread I'm 6'1" which means the shift lights and indicators are obscured by the steering wheel, I can only imagine the designer at AiM was a shorty. Anyway, with an idea shamelessly stolen from fellow Elise owner Josh Laurence I took my dash out yesterday and dropped it on the mount by around 8mm, it can easily be put back to its original position if required at a later date but I can now see the shift lights and indicators. It does leave a small gap at the top between the binnacle and the AiM unit but I easily filled this using a shaped piece of modelling foam painted black which is hidden by the steering wheel anyway. Very pleased with the result and the fact that I no longer have to sink my head into my shoulders to see the whole unit is great.
    2 points
  13. If by agreeing to disagree you mean I have to accept Ben Davidson is a reputable source of information then I'm afraid not. This is a man who reckons he can predict earthquakes and is nothing more than a charlatan and purveyor of snake oil. Happy to end the discussion. Hopefully at some point she will find boys and move on !
    2 points
  14. The Elan must have been seriously bad.
    2 points
  15. There was I thinking the planet went through it’s own climate change periods of getting warm and very cold, and warm again, I’m sure when I was at school we did projects on the ice age etc. I agree where you can build solar powered generators (wind turbines, PV and solar HW panels, Hydro and tidal) then this benefits the human race, if persons want to purchase electric or hydrogen powered cars instead of petrol or diesel for whatever reason then they should be able to; and yes Sue very much wants to purchase an electric Lotus SUV in the next few years me I’ll stick to my petrol ICE if in future years it is proven that me/others have f**ked up the planet by using inappropriate vehicles then I apologise to my grandsons now
    2 points
  16. The important thing is, what does Greta say? I mean, she's a world renowned, widely published, highly qualified scientist and researcher with years of experience behind her. Courted by politicians. Heads of State. Musicians. Grannies and middle aged middle class knobs the world over. I'm with Greta the Great. Soothsayer and saviour.
    2 points
  17. Just found this image again. I do like a dark bronze....
    2 points
  18. It took a day longer than planned but the lights are once again functioning. I cleaned up the pod lift arms and fitted a quartet of new ball joints since the original set were shot. These are slightly different to the OE fitment and are a slightly tighter fit in the bottom of the pod, but they function perfectly and I'm hoping their slightly larger size will mean they'll outlast me. I also whipped out the pod lift motors and refubished them too. They were actually fine internally, but since I had new parts I cleaned them up and fitted the new torque pins and regreased them anyway. Reassembling the motors wasn't as bad a job as I'd expected from reading about it in advance. Here is the PNM LED kit all ready to go on. I decided to fit the backing plates to the pods before refitting them to the car because I could do it from the comfort of the bench. In this photo you can see a before an after showing how much you have to open up the holes in the pods to accommodate the large heatsinks on the back of the LED lamps. Before I could fit the pods for the last time I had to address the previously identified issue of the tight fitting drivers side pod and the lack of room for the washer against the newly repaired hole on the outboard side of the pod. I initially looked at spacing the balljoint on the inboard side of the pod inwards to give me more clearance on the outboard, but when I tried that I found the inboard side of the pod fouled on the body when they lift, so that didn't work. After staring at the car for a bit I noticed that there was a noticeable inward bulge of the bodywork around the area of the outboard mount which isn't present on the other side. I think what has happened is that when the front bodywork has been repaired around that pod well the fibreglass repair and a thick layer of filler has robbed me of the precious few millimeters needed to get a washer between the outboard side of the pod and the ball joint. The bodywork is noticeably thicker here than on the other side of the car and there is quite a layer of filler here too. What I ended up doing was using my Dremel with a routing bit and depth stop adapter to rebate the area in side the tape by a few mm to move that balljoint outboard ever so slightly. A coat of chassis black paint was applied to protect the exposed fibreglass. Not sure if it was necessary, but it only took a few minutes to do and gives me peace of mind before the balljoint covers it up. Pods all refitted and down positions set flush with the body; the lamps are primed and ready to fit. All powered up and working The operation of the pods is now considerably smoother than before and the lamps don't end up pointing in a different direction every time they're raised now everything is tightened up. Here is a quick video of them in action. I've left the pod masks off until the headlight aim has been setup at the MOT, whenever that happens. There's also a lot of old overspray on the pod masks that I need to remove. I've tried acetone and that doesn't seem to want to budge it, so if anyone has any other ideas how to tackle it, please let me know.
    2 points
  19. Have a look at the Evora clutch pole on here. Not everything you read on the internet is true. Far more cars still on original clutch than not. A small number of people have had issues with their clutch, but far more have had no issues. At around £2k to fix from a good independent, it is a big bill for sure. However, some "service bills" for other marques could be that every year.
    2 points
  20. So! Finally getting round to starting a 'build' thread on here for my 1979 Lotus Esprit S2 'garage find'. Bit of background: I bought this car almost exactly a year ago after it had ben found in a garage after at least 22 years after the owner had sadly passed away. It turns out that the length of time in this garage could be as much as 32 years based on the last time it was taxed in 1988. This garage was your typical concrete sweaty/damp/floodable type and the condition of the car is pretty bad with every metallic surface corroded and the interior mouldy to the point the carpets had disintegrated ...... So bringing you up to date, I've had the car for a year and I've started the disassembly (with covid causing a bit of a hiatus during various lockdowns) and I'm trying to document what I can on my YouTube channel 'granblogismo' . The playlist is below if you fancy catching up and I'll post updates and new video links in here as I release them: Latest video released yesterday, quite a bit of progress looks-wise getting the rear stripped down and removing the wiring loom was easier than I thought but obviously refitting is different (that's future-me's problem though haha):
    1 point
  21. And others were so hen pecked by their wives they were only ALLOWED to buy a sports car if it had 4 seats!
    1 point
  22. Ah but @Bibs you must remember some folks bought a 4 seater Sportscar that only had two seats
    1 point
  23. It’s getting silly now- power and prices ridiculous
    1 point
  24. LH gets his 100th pole, just a sliver ahead of max, how many more can he get...
    1 point
  25. or as anything else ... 1920 kerbweight, base price £376,048 with options of £39,360 for Fiorano Pack, £20,160 for racing livery, £19,200 for carbon wheels, £5,760 for carbon seats, all to lose 100kg of weight, quite a cost /kg! - but it is a 1,000bhp hybrid so you have the advantage of driving electric for 15 miles... I kid you not! https://www.topgear.com/car-reviews/ferrari/sf90-stradale
    1 point
  26. I wish I could find the colour spec for these original wheels. The inside is a gunmetal fleck and the outer surfaces are a silver/grey/chrome style.
    1 point
  27. Fingers crossed you have sorted it. It was similar on mine and the garage failed to diagnose it, I just changed the AB14 as I could not think of what else would fail so repeatedly after a set amount of time. I guess its the electronic components inside the unit failing under heat soak.
    1 point
  28. Thanks for all the suggestions folks @Suddabym
    1 point
  29. Apologies if this done and disposed of previously, but just read these two pieces. Any connection? Words that stand out for me: "powertrain option" [as opposed to engine+power train?], "cutting edge tech", "works like it came straight out of the Hethel factory". TLF Daily News 28 April ‘21: “Emira …..the last time Lotus will launch an ICE car – with an exciting new powertrain partnership. The additional powertrain option will be new to Lotus, highly efficient, use cutting edge technology and be tuned to help deliver that distinctive Lotus experience.” And from TLF front page: 21 April ’21 “ JUBU Performance launch DCT gearbox for all current Lotus models …. Every car with our DCT looks and works like it came straight out of the Hethel factory. ….. It was initially designed for up 650Nm of torque by VAG and we even use it in a slightly modified version for our JP ZERO race cars which come with up to 750hp and 800Nm. Mechanically, it’s kind of bullet proof…… [gear ratios fit perfectly], works great on track as well as for road driving and feels like it comes as a Lotus OEM-option.“
    1 point
  30. @Colin Pyou could try a game of bluff. We, along with 3 neighbours, had a reverse type situation a few years ago. The local planners approved an “industrial type” development on rural land opposite us and it was clear that they had failed to follow certain procedures. (Fortunately one of our neighbours had previous experience in legal planning matters) Since it is not possible for objectors to appeal a planning decision we wrote to the Senior Planner, recorded delivery, stating where they had failed to follow procedure and informed them that we were putting the entire matter in to the hands of a barrister to gain a recognised legal opinion. The Senior Planner quickly reviewed the approval given and withdrew it. Planning depts do not like going to court, especially if they believe that their decision is not 100% water tight. It was a bluff that we were prepared to follow through but fortunately the bluff worked.
    1 point
  31. Thanks for the offer but I’m feeling this is beyond me so may have to Farm it out to a specialist if I can find one. Perhaps have the HTD cambelt changed too at the same time. All sounds expensive but will give me some peace of mind
    1 point
  32. Mission creep...not a 400, not an IPS. That is a beautiful car. And unique. Welcome AD to Lotus ownership. I hope you have as much fun, joy and entertainment from the marque as I have these past 30 years. Justin
    1 point
  33. Was talking to Connor at Central Lotus yesterday, CL are taking and have taken a number of deposits so I assume in answer to @PARoriginal post a good number of people are buying the Emira
    1 point
  34. Does anyone else think the SF90 looks like an Evora?
    1 point
  35. As I said I'm not a climate denier far from it, Google NASA's temp graphs ( not NOAA) on what happened when the C-19 pandemic shut down industry, did the earth cool? no it went up due to the lack of irradiatience reflection caused by the lack of pollution. Ive been studying this for 12 years and there is far more to the science that any media out let will discuss as it doesn't reflect the current scare mantra
    1 point
  36. You do know who Ben Davidson is don't you ? Described as a 'Pseudoscientific doomsday cult' and is a well known conspiracy theorist and science sceptic. If that is the sort of information source you consider credible you are very misguided. So the science does support what I said - the science doesn't support what the crank Ben Davidson says.
    1 point
  37. My NA did 68,000+ miles on original clutch and was probably good for longer - the gearbox gave up 4th, 5th, 6th - so clutch was renewed at the same time. Hopefully good for another 68,000+ miles. Justin
    1 point
  38. Just watched the JayEmm review of S and it was interesting given the time that’s elapsed from when he first started his channel the last closing comments from J he did seem very emotional I might be wrong but he did feel as if he was saying goodbye to an old friend ?
    1 point
  39. You could say that 👍
    1 point
  40. Just sharing my short clip from a trackday two weeks ago. I took my Elise Cup for some fun, but decided to publish a little bit more than just lap video.... I must admit, it was fun and I'm keen to try to do more stuff (and maybe a bit more professional too)
    1 point
  41. 410s in the Peak District.
    1 point
  42. The “large platform” collection.
    1 point
  43. To check the applied differences on our own we ran a GT430 Sport and a GT430 side by side on a race track with exactly the same Ohlins settings, same ride height and same wider wheels/tyres. It was amazing how much distance the GT430 Sport gained against the downforce dragged GT430 on longer straights. Of course, as expected the GT430 Sport was losing some time in high speed corners. But in our case the GT430 couldn’t compensate its additional drag with more cornering downforce. As always, there isn’t a general significant benefit for any track with fixed aeros. Race track characteristics seem to be pretty essential for the lap times of the two GT430 variants.
    1 point
  44. Photobook From Shakedown of new Race Lotus Elise at Silverstone! Hi All, I just wanted to share some pictures from our shakedown drive of the new race Lotus Elise at Silverstone last Friday, back there again this Sunday for one more drive before the season starts at Donington on April 23rd. The day went well other than it raining most of the day but the Elise drove beautifully until the end of the day where we got a bad judder on the front left corner and also realised that trying to drive on a track with traction control switched on isn't the best idea but luckily that could be switched off which made it a lot more fun to drive. Still nowhere near its limits but the Elise is such a confidence inspiring car I really feel I will be able to get on top of it's performance easier than I could with the Radical, well here's hoping anway. Cheers, Paul.
    1 point
  45. If you just want to see the rings, pull a few sensors from the engine, it'll go to limp mode and the rings will turn up within your 5k driving style. Problem solved! It's a sports button replacement for the slippers brigade 😜
    1 point
  46. You can hear the engine note (not the exhaust) change when the VVT kicks in. Also, when you are driving at the higher revs the ECU "sharpens" things up for you and holds the VVT for longer. I do remember someone talking about this a few years ago, the ECU basically wakes up (like it has taken a few caffeine tablets) and anticipates you being on it. Then, after you have clamed down for a wee bit it reverts back to its more docile setting. Not surer what this is caused, but it definitely used to happen on my NA. Funny, this discussion is making realise that to be honest the NA is just such an accomplished, well sorted, well balanced, drivers car. You listen to the car more (not the exhaust). You feel what the car is doing more. It rewards you more. You need to drive it to make a decent pace, but boy it does reward you on the road for it. The S, the 400, 410. Yup, super fast cars, but they lack the subtlety of feedback and response that the NA has when you tickle it's fancy on the road. Even 3 years after I sold my NA for a 410 Sport, I still miss that NA hugely and have massive fond memories of it. Not often a car gets under your skin like that and again, on the road, not much rewards you more.
    1 point
  47. It's a sports car Clive, wring it's neck a little. If you'd like to emulate pretty much the entire effect of the Sports button on the throttle, put your foot down really fast. All it does is change the map for the throttle position.
    1 point
  48. So there you go... Nicely done and we all know. Excellent and thank you
    1 point

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