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  1. Hi all. After waiting for nearly a month, I finally collected my Evora Sport 410 from Silverstone. Only had it a couple of days and now the weather has turned to [email protected] Can't wait until the sun comes back
    7 points
  2. My advice - go white and with plenty of light. Don't worry about all that other stuff.
    5 points
  3. The issue was made clear to me last Saturday on a track day. Take one mundane, boring looking Audi RS3 for around £50k (after the inevitable "must have" options). Four wheel drive, DSG, several hundred electronic aids, 5 doors, baby seats etc. Take it to a chip tuners and you have in excess of 600bhp. Then just turn the key and drive it fast! Driver doesn't give a fook about the "experience" other than he plants his foot, clicks his paddle and it auto launches faster than an Ballistic missile out of its tube. Young driver goes to the pub and brags about his 600bhp+ RS3. All his mates enthusiastically nod, smile and glare at him with envy as he is the guy who has the RS3 (and probably was the guy who had the scalextric as a kid and Dukla Prague away kit - a bonus point if anyone can name the band this refers too!) So you have something that looks like a cardboard box. It has an Audi badge (tick the aspirational box and the name check box). It is an RS (tick the aspirational and name check box again). And that has numbers to embarrass a supercar (tick the top trumps box) For the drivers? Yeah right. As Colin used to say, more power = faster on the straights, less weight = faster everywhere and I would add more driver involvement. We, are a dying breed. So to be successful, lotus will need to target a different market. Our last hope though is that the Emira truly delivers as the last real Lotus for the driver!
    4 points
  4. Unfortunately, a lot of the "new buyers" Lotus needs are from the XBox/Playstation generation. They want digital, not analogue. They obsess about numbers. They don't want to put time into "learning to drive" they just want to be able to press a button and go fast! The vast majority of 911's and R8's and probably GTR's sold will be automatics with flappy paddles. People want to pose and look good, minimal effort. The only real kick back from Porsche for manual, was with the GT3's (and a few GT4's) wasn't it. A tiny percentage of overall Porsche 911's sold (although they are frightfully common on the roads). This is where the market is. So, if Lotus wants to sell the Emira it needs to look good, go fast and be really easy to drive for these new customers. I can't see many Porsche GT3/RS owners ditching their cars for a Lotus (and I actually wouldn't blame them for not doing so). So what is the demographic of the new owners in this space? And of that demographic how many care enough about the "driving" over what the car in the drive/garage will, they think, say about them to other people? I could see converts from things like M3/M4's, Jag F Types, and maybe Toyota GT86, Audi TT, Alpine and Megane Cups etc. But again, can't see any Bentley GT owners handing in their keys for a Lotus. Or AM owners. So, your left with 30 - 50 year old, professional types, who like the thought of a mini supercar in the garage. And then the traditional Lotus owners - but if they do not offer, and very quickly, an open top Emira, I can't see many Exige owners rushing to px their 380/390/410/430's. It's a tough gig. I am sure the car will be superb. I am sure us fanboys will be drooling over it. BUT, will it SELL in the numbers required? Hope so.
    2 points
  5. Great Day at the Caffeine & Machine today.
    2 points
  6. Lovely evening drive.
    2 points
  7. And this is lovely to hear if it is true, as from what I can see this is Lotus at its absolute best. I think Lotus has consistently worked some absolute magic with not a lot over the years, and so your comment has actually excited me more than just about every other one! I think Lotus core strength has been the passion, ingenuity, resourcefulness and agility of its people who have over delivered on an always tight budget.
    2 points
  8. Nothing wrong with the Pirellis except they wear out quickly. When they need changing other similar grip tyres are available that don't wear so fast.
    1 point
  9. it is just the "t" that's being done - proper good fabricators doing it .
    1 point
  10. 600 LOT was a Bell and Colvill plate and I think was on the first turbo they did, a white S1. Justin
    1 point
  11. ***** I like my Evora now as I did with my Esprit for 28 years and find my personal motivation typically reflected in talks with other Lotus car enthousiasts.... Imho people buying / interested in Lotus are a kind of car enthousiasts (generally with a financially "limited" budget / versus a top budget over 150-200k GBP) and with a rather specific taste, different as the potential buyers of several other sport cars. I truly hope that the Emira will be a succes for Lotus, however I doubt if the real world sales finally will find it's way outside the borders of the typical Lotus enthousiasts in considerable numbers. Frankly speaking, if the new Evora shows to be successful outside the typical Lotus crowd it is not a Lotus any more as they were...... I hate to say this, mainly because of the fantastic work of the Lotus manufacturing crew, however I feel it can happen (again). People which in first instance consider a Porsche and finally switching over to the Emira will be very limited.......imho.
    1 point
  12. Not really, you can't shift, you can just ask the computer to shift when you want it instead of when it wants to I agree with a lot of what is said above, about new sports/fast cars just requiring a lead foot (and a good waddle of cash) and offering little involvement. The only real way to be happy when you accomplish something, is if there is a genuine chance of failure. The Esprit doesn't exactly know for its gearshifts, so if I get it right, I can smile (grin) because it was because of what I did. Where's the satisfaction when it's a computer doing what it was programmed to do? Again, I subscribe to the dying breed theory, I know I am a dinosaur for sure (or mayby a mammoth). I also realise to sell cars, you need the gadgets to impress. And make it possible for everyone to go fast, with enough electronic aids. Same story in 4x4s: the new Land Rover Defender is hugely capable, it will do things it's illustrious predecessors never could. But there's no fun to be had, no satisfaction. Great if you want to get your horsetrailer across a muddy field, not so much if you want to go offroad for the fun of it. Interesting observation on another forum, all these electronic aids are great for getting you closer to the limit, but will also get you in more trouble when things do go wrong, as you'll have far less of a feel of what's going on and less chance/options to react. If anyone can get the best of both worlds, it must be Lotus. Regardless of all the above, I am very excited about the Emira. And this thread is only adding to that. 🙂 Filip
    1 point
  13. Gotta love Sport 410. A gem ...carbon seats just perfect. Don't let the rain and muck stop you - it's a car not a sculpture. Justin
    1 point
  14. Ply is expensive for boarding a garage,sterling board as good and it you don't like the face of it put plasterboard over it. Easy to fix anything anywhere then..
    1 point
  15. got my valetpro pack today many thanks😃
    1 point
  16. And it doesn't look so set for fine weather on Sunday. However... screw that, what's a bit of rain on a Lotus? I'm still planning to be there for 10am, at least to get out of the bloody house, at most to get to see the Hereford and Worcester Lotus contingent!! Umbrellas anyone?
    1 point
  17. And the classic lines loved by all: Me and my girl – sealclubbing Me and my girl – out on the ice Me and my girl – sealclubbing Me and my girl – ooh paradise To stop us getting told off Michael we need to stay on-topic! Do you think the Type 131 stereo will still be a double din electric warehouse Alpine wee jobby?
    1 point
  18. Like it! Subtle. Thanks for the heads up.
    1 point
  19. I think I prefer the original ones.........🤐
    1 point
  20. That's not a garage, that's a huge display cabinet . I do like it though! I'm thinking white or grey interior but it's going to get quite dirty with the strip down (of the car I should add).
    1 point
  21. FWIW, it doesn't. It allows for a bit more slip but it is still definitely there. From the Service Notes: "In order to cater for the preferences of some sport oriented drivers, a Sport Mode selector button is provided to deliver quicker throttle response, increased wheel slippage thresholds, no throttle reduction on detection of understeer, and a maximum continuous engine speed raised from 6,600 to 7,000 rpm."
    1 point
  22. Ease of use has helped sell more cars, unskilled £s are worth just as much to car makers as skilled ones. Ease of use will help sell more Emiras to those who always fancied an Exige but just couldn't get on with getting in and out. The looks will help convert those who liked the idea of the Evora but never lusted after it sufficiently to write the cheque. I fear Mr Cayman buyer will remain wary of Lotus and what his friends might think. Mr 911 will no doubt consider it a lesser car. Mr Boxster won't be interested until there's a soft top version. Mr M3 couldn't give a toss for power/weight clearly, he'll probably think it lacks firepower for the money. Mr Alpine will be interested but also very weight conscious and it's almost certain to be closer to the Evora in weight than the Exige. It could well be heavier than the lightest Evoras which will be an issue for some, particularly Mr Elise and Mr Exige. Mr GT86 will want one for sure but it might remain on his 'one day' list. Mr V8 Vantage will give it a very serious look I reckon. Best selling tool that all car makers have now is 'the last ever...' Lotus could keep that going for some time.
    1 point
  23. Yep, in layman's terms a smaller master cylinder means the pressure from your foot is concentrated into a smaller area, therefore higher pressure at the piston. A larger cylinder means more foot pressure is required to create the same pressure at the piston. Also if the pedal travels the same distance with the larger cylinder it will move more fluid. So, the summary of both effects is more force required at the pedal and less movement to push the same amount of fluid.
    1 point
  24. The prices of everything have risen; steel, wood, insulation, even fresh air costs more these days. I've heard that it's a supply and demand thing, with companies making less through the pandemic and people using more of it, as you say either during the pandemic or kick starting their projects after covid. Hopefully prices will settle back down but we'll see. I was always going to board the walls, perhaps not all of them. I like the look and practicality of slatwall but don't see it much in this country unless it's a shop! The program I use is Sketchup (https://www.sketchup.com/try-sketchup#for-personal) and is free for the online web version but can be a bit limited but useable. Other versions can be quite cheap (non-profit, academic). Some kind souls have already made models for the Esprit, I just changed it's colour to match mine . Almost anything can be downloaded from the 3D Warehouse; tool chests, air compressors etc.
    1 point
  25. As one who's spent many a happy hour laying underneath an Esprit on an uninsulated concrete slab, in an uninsulated garage, I'd be fitting all the insulation I could possibly get. There's three things that have to coincide when working on cars - time, money, and enthusiasm. And if one of them is lacking due to a freezing cold work area, then it ain't gonna happen.
    1 point
  26. Brilliant @KennyN ! 😅 Should be able to get there for that time, nothing like an early start! See you then.
    1 point
  27. Sadly, I do acknowledge the scenario you describe (from better knowledge than mine). But I hold to my key question of what is the hook to capture those customers? Going fast and being easy to drive are provided by many. Yes, it's possible, even likely, that the Emira will take "looking good" into a new era in its price range. But merely matching the competition otherwise? Enough? Absolutely share your hopes, gear stick or no, but ....................? Delighted if EVO has spilt one important bean though!
    1 point
  28. I have a Mini digger so that helped. Constructing the shuttering accurately and with sufficient support was the most difficult part, especially as the plot falls away on one side to about 400mm depth. Pumped concrete was a godsend, especially as our access wasn’t great. More expensive than barrowed or poured mix but so much easier and the concrete company guys did most of the work on the day. Just me, a pal and a 4.2m plank doing the final level/tamp down. Mine has a DPM under the slab but it’s not an insulated building so no point insulating the floor as it’s only an agri store. Regarding erection of the kit, even though the builders were largely useless I was still glad I used them for the bulk of the build as there’s a lot of heavy, 2 or 3 man jobs in there. Although it’s a bespoke kit there’s plenty of cutting and trimming of panels and supports too. My builders quoted 3 days but were here probably 2 weeks over the course of a month so I doubt they made any money on the job!
    1 point
  29. GRP V3s fitted....... She needs a wash and I need to take some better pictures!
    1 point
  30. Hear, hear! Doubtless much market research went into the overall infrastructure of the Emira to aim at the admittedly essential target of getting more buyers from a wider, less committed range of people. Hence “easier to access, better equipped etc. etc.” No argument there, but are those the unique features that will make new prospects fall for the special, unequalled, memorable experience that is driving a Lotus? Surely not! My three headings for assessing a sports car are appearance, lap times and the driving experience. And the greatest of these, by miles, is the last. That experience is not a one-way street though, something the car gives you. No, it’s an interactive process, a multifaceted mix of what you put into the driving and how the car's responses feed back to you. The more put in, the more got out. Many test drivers and potential new long term owners will surely not start at the £90K plus level of the 6 cylinder version but the 4 cylinder at £55K. What will be the hook that will embrace them? The appearance? So it’s a car for the posers? The lap timers? So it’s a car for the track rats? No, of course, it has to be the driving experience, always Lotus’s magic. I said “the more put in, the more got out”. I should have said “the more the driver can put in, the more they get out.” Given that, is it not true that three pedals and a gear stick are hugely important components? To feel the stick slot home from one gear to another, matching the revs to the gear change, blipping the throttle just right for downshifts - hearing the bark of the engine, heel and toeing to do that under braking. Timing everything according to your line around a bend. So what will these new test drivers experience? None of those above anyway. Never mind, they can slip in and out easily, play with the infotainment, relax with the help of the driver aids. Oh, and turn the steering wheel and press the brake pedal. The less you can put in, the less you get out. And yes, I’m very disappointed.
    1 point
  31. I bought a k series superlight last year with the aim of doing some more trackdays. @jerzybondovyou moved into our garage at Snetterton a couple of weeks ago! Looks like you had a good evening
    1 point
  32. Hmmm, if only we had someone who correct all of those inaccuracies and then publish them somewhere… 🤔🧏
    1 point
  33. Take Two…… I hope I’m not tempting fate here, but found another, identical spec and trim. Paid for and collecting By end of the week. PS, Plate not with the car, my son pointed out that ‘Fisting’ was not a good choice😂😂
    1 point
  34. Finally succumbed. Catering pack size for our café. Hand for size comparison 😁
    1 point
  35. @TomE - I've just watched the Lotus Guru video as recommended by @JAWS. One thing feels certain to me, and that is that the top end V6 Emira will be around 450/460bhp. This output was proven in the 311 and the engine seems to be bullet proof at this level with no further mods needed. So, as I am expecting the Emira to be lighter than an Evora this could be quite a machine if my guessing is correct! Around 3.5s to 62mph and must get to almost 200mph top speed. Again, I am just guessing, putting 2 + 3 together to get 87! However, if I am right, wow!
    1 point
  36. Great value. Love the LG. Well i learned my car has a transmission cooler and that the engines are rock solid! What's not to like there then? Great video.
    1 point
  37. My “No Oik” Thursday tickets just arrived.
    1 point
  38. cant follow that in that you feel later models will hold value but earlier models decline ? if we wana be daft "all" second hand values rose at just over 7% recently (weird) why would early ones decline ? and late ones rise ? i dont follow that (and yes ihave a launch edition)
    1 point
  39. i had children because i couldnt work the tv remote anymore !!! 😆
    1 point
  40. Hi Chaps I would like to come along and talk rubbish to those of you that have a better knowledge than me My only problem is i will have to come in the Westfield as the GT3 is all tucked up in her garage.
    1 point
  41. One or two bones of contention but a pretty entertaining video. Military grey too 😍
    1 point
  42. I've just realised they've based it on the Evija-shaped cake I had made
    1 point
  43. Was looking through PC and came across this one of the old girl.
    1 point
  44. I really love it. Just listening to him talk about what he likes and dislikes really resonates. It should appeal to Lotus owners too as basically I would argue Lotus has followed a very similar design philosophy with no gimmicks. It's why the Evora S1 from 10 years still looks so good and fresh. Compare it to Audi's, BMW's, Merc etc of the same time and there "fashion" styling has well, errr, gone out of fashion! I could listen to Gordon Murray all day. His encyclopedic knowledge of every nut and bolt on the car, every item, just incredible. No flash. No chav. Just brilliant form and practical application. The fan is the only contentious bit but we'll have to wait and see how that ages. I think this is a real classic. I mean, when you get the shots back to the F1 then even now, what, 30 years later, it still just looks OMG drop dead gorgeous. Loved the video. Thanks @au-yt for sharing.
    1 point

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