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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. Hello everyone, I'm pleasure to show you the shifter I've made by my self. The 1st step was increasing the stifness of the system, so I made a new ergal base and hand brake stainless steel frame where I fitted the other oem components. Here some pictures: https://photos.app.goo.gl/dxUDn371JaeMzZPq7 The improvement is impressive, more precise gear change and no shifter movement; it remained only a little coupling imperfection on the cross cable mechanism. Unfortunately, after some month of use, I had an issue on the blu ball on the lever… it started to broken A new Lotus lever is more than 200€, and probably I would still have had the same problem in a few months, so... The 2nd step: I decided to realize a complete new mechanism to guarantee more durability. While I was designing it, I had the idea to improve a sort of "short shifter", so the final result is a complete custom made shifter that has also the possibility to adjust the lever stroke (from standard stroke to shorter stroke, in continuous way, not only 2 or 3 presetted positions). In 1 object I have togheter a new shifter and some Letsla benefits Here the final result: https://photos.app.goo.gl/oTEkJ473f8JrxJXV7 The step1 can stay under the oem shifter cover. I think also the step2 but never tried, it's so beautiful to cover it. I also realise a new switches support. If someone wants more info, feel free to contact me. Manuel PS: this is designed for Toyota engine elise/exige, LHD
    1 point
  9. 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
  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. It is, that’s true. Epoxy paint, you could bleed out and it’ll wipe down in a jiffy.
    1 point
  15. I’m not the right man to ask about that. I probably haven’t listened to recorded music in any car since the aftermarket stereo in my Hillman Imp chewed up my Half Man Half Biscuit cassette all those years ago. The Emira is going to be brilliant, whatever stereo is installed.
    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. I think I prefer the original ones.........🤐
    1 point
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. Brilliant @KennyN ! 😅 Should be able to get there for that time, nothing like an early start! See you then.
    1 point
  24. Well, that was easy. Next!
    1 point
  25. 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
  26. GRP V3s fitted....... She needs a wash and I need to take some better pictures!
    1 point
  27. It’s 10x4m, a decent size. I dug the footings and laid the slab myself so all the builders had to do was assemble the Meccano kit on it. Clueless!
    1 point
  28. 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
  29. Love the pop-ups.
    1 point
  30. Hmmm, if only we had someone who correct all of those inaccuracies and then publish them somewhere… 🤔🧏
    1 point
  31. 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
  32. It was great to see everyone last night, I had just about thawed out by the time I got home. @Simon Gooding Here's the Castle Combe track day prep centre on the left and the meetup lay-by on the right... @Techyd If you fancy joining the convoy of Kevin, Simon and myself we were aiming to meet at the lay-by in the pic above (just before Ludgershall) at 07:15.
    1 point
  33. @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
  34. I agree, but I think some people were hoping, this being Lotus' last ICE, it would be something newer with more investment put into it. From the sounds of it, this wasn't the case, at least when it comes to the power train since it sounds like their is little to no change to the engine and transmission. Obviously you are being a bit more pragmatic, but I think other Lotus fans were hoping for something more. I have a feeling Geely didn't want a lot of their investment going into an ICE car at all, so this is probably more of a Lotus project using whatever resources they can to make it happen.
    1 point
  35. 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
  36. i had children because i couldnt work the tv remote anymore !!! 😆
    1 point
  37. Having worked with software developers as a Product Manager for ~25 years, I'm looking forward to going beyond my basic VBA coding skills into C++ and Python coding when I retire (albeit in quite a few years hence). Got a few applications I'm interested in implementing; non-linear dynamic system response and fractal geometry. Hopefully will keep the mind active during the dotage
    1 point
  38. One or two bones of contention but a pretty entertaining video. Military grey too 😍
    1 point
  39. 1 week to go before the inaugural Hereford and Worcester meet and the weather looks to be set fine. Got a Lotus and want to come along and talk cars? 'Come on down'!
    1 point
  40. i did like the point where he stated the evora is the best car lotus has ever produced !!! 😁
    1 point
  41. I've just realised they've based it on the Evija-shaped cake I had made
    1 point
  42. Was looking through PC and came across this one of the old girl.
    1 point
  43. 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
  44. I use air con units that can run in reverse and heat aswell fir garages and garden annexe generally. Run off a 13amp supply and self fit is so easy. Unit goes inside on wall , compressor and fan outside which does look pants so beed out if site. Have a look on sircondiy.com.
    1 point
  45. I second that of Ian, as I called Lotus and Castrol asking which of the many variants I should use. They both said Castrol Syntrans Transaxle 75W90. Been doing that for 4 years now, and changed that gearbox oil 4 times. Kind regards, Jacques.
    1 point

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