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  1. Inspired by GrandThriftAuto’s latest video, I thought that I would try and take some aerial photos of my Elite. Despite the slight problem of not having a drone, I was quite pleased with this effort which was taken using my phone whilst hanging out of a bedroom window 😀
    8 points
  2. Outdoors last week for the first time since 2018 -
    8 points
  3. 🥳🥳🥳 finally picked mine up yesterday afternoon. I really don’t think it’s going to take long to get the first 1000 on the clock 😝 near enough 250 already the kids keep getting me to take them out in it 😁 first thoughts are it’s flipping awesome 2nd thoughts are 4500-7000 must be mind blowing. It’s really to fast for the road 🥴 3rd thoughts fire red is absolutely awesome pictures really do it no justice at all. But here are some anyway 😍
    6 points
  4. Running a blog series at the moment at work on 'Demystifying Electromagnetics' (we provide simulation software to model this kind of stuff, and fluids, thermal, stress etc.). Very happy to have at last been able to include something Lotus oriented after having picked up a spare Relay from @Barrykearley so as to try to explain its operation (not sure for what circuit though, anyone know?). Maybe of interest to this community? (Feel free to click through to improve my blog stats! ) https://blogs.sw.siemens.com/simulating-the-real-world/2021/06/28/demystifying-electromagnetics-part-6-relays/
    4 points
  5. Have you noticed that Horner et al seem to have suddenly gone quiet on how F1 is becoming a procession with pole leading to win? I for one think that this season, from a strategy perspective, is going to be one of the most fascinating for some time and the spark for it all was Perez to RB.
    4 points
  6. so an official looking letter turned up today and im thinking what now ?? 🙄 but it was my daughters school writing to us to say she's worked so hard she's one an award and that due to covid we cant go watch her pick it up lol !!! im never bothered by exam marks for the kids only that they have tried their very best, dont feel you can ask anymore than that !!! (proud dad today 😁)
    3 points
  7. A pal just filmed this... https://www.facebook.com/1592305112/videos/10223345875787106/
    3 points
  8. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/355036/goodwood-festival-speed-2021-preview-whats-and-more
    3 points
  9. hi, heveryone! i m owner of my Lotus exige 350sport(my 7th lotus) from italy,very entusiat driver and great fan Lotus cars
    3 points
  10. Yours was a definite inspiration. Pictures of yours with everything that you’ve done to it are brilliant. Which says a lot to me because in the flesh the colour takes on a whole new life. They really are awesome cars. And zero rattles or squeaks so far 🥳 🤣 This pic from outside the holiday lodge 🤣(caravan) as the light fades it’s just an awesome colour
    2 points
  11. The key issue is the locking mechanism. You have to squeeze more to unlock, so it's bad news for nipples or whatever it's attached to. Various parts of me are quite sore.
    2 points
  12. Ask Matt Hancock - he's also unhappy today 😍 - but not as unhappy as his Missus. 😡
    2 points
  13. I got the rear suspension support brace over the weekend. Installation is straight forward - two jam nuts and you're done. Hardly worth an entry here other than to say that, now that I've seen it installed, this seems like an incredibly important part. Observations: The brace didn't fit, initially - it was too short by about 1/4". (Coincidently, 1/4" is about the same distance that the diff was out of alignment the first time I installed the rear suspension). I entertained the idea of enlarging the holes in the brace until it fit, however, with the rear nuts and hardened washers removed, I could see that the conical bushings in the chassis (those that support the bolt through the diff & lower links) were heavily loaded on the outside edge and not touching the inside edge. In other words, the bushings were being pushed towards the sides of the car - away from center - by the through bolts. I guessed that those bolts (or threaded rods, as the case may be) were pointed outward at the back and inward at the front? In any event, I went with the assumption that the brace was right and my non-braced setup was wrong, so I put a ratchet strap between the two bolts/rods and pulled them together the extra 1/4" until the brace could fit. With the brace partially on, I could see that the conical bushings in the chassis were now centered - no longer obviously loaded on one side or the other. It seems, then, that this is a critical part, and that the dimensions of the part are also important - which is to say that fabbing one up to fit the existing setup is probably not as good as getting one properly dimensioned. Thanks to @Neil D. and @Tony D for pointing out the fact that it was missing - I doubt I would have addressed it otherwise. 👍
    2 points
  14. Almost a reason for me to sell my car! FFS!
    2 points
  15. I am in almost exactly the same position - but it's Yellow or Nightfall Blue for me. I remember the Exige Roadster launch promo stuff in Nightfall blue, and saw one in the flesh at the Valet Pro day hosted by @Greg | ValetPro (which was excellent) and it looked stunning. I've been at either end of the colour choices with a Carbon Grey S and a Metallic Orange 400. It will also be my first brand new Lotus but as I haven't been that fussed with the colours etc when I've bought the last two - it's been more about the right price, right timing, let's see what's available - I would rather get the car than worry about any custom stuff. There's also a little matter of a European tour I'm doing with my Oppo in September next year, so if I'm overly picky I might be pushing the timings...😰
    2 points
  16. I didn't realise that other cars had problems too.....wow....and there was me thinking it was just Lotus. Porsche having engine problems. .....surely not. Maybe we should discuss those.....hold on, this is a Lotus forum isn't it? I'm getting the impression that the self appointed 'forum police' only really want to discuss positive Lotus content, regardless of how constructive any negative opinion is presented. And before you say it, I got mine new over three years ago and put my money where my mouth is. I still have the car over three years later and intend to keep it for many more, so I think that entitles me to an opinion, even if it dares to suggest Lotus could do some things better. I think you know my view on this. Good luck with the car....
    2 points
  17. A nice morning out today. Got snapped and linked on Facebook.
    2 points
  18. Finally finished restoring the boot floor this weekend. During the week I'd spent some time working out how I was going to recreate the textured finish of the OE paint and finding a suitable colour match. With very little to go on I ended up giving these two products a go. After applyng a couple of coats of primer and letting it dry I applied two coats of the Mipa fine structure spray which left the following finish. And this is it with the final matt Anthracite finish. I'm not sure how good the match is yet because I ran out of time to actually fit it today. This is the main area of repair all painted up 😃 Then this afternoon I spent a good two or more hours fitting the closed cell foam edging tape and Thermal Velocity stuff to the underside of the boot floor. It was quite a game cutting the stuff to the appropriate shape and sticking it down. Part way through... And all done 😌 I then had to punch the necessary holes through the Thermal Velocity to refit all the other parts that hang off the boot floor, including a new header tank bracket since mine was missing - the header tank was previously only secured on one side with a random bit of flimsy bent steel 🤦‍♂️ On the other side i fitted new bolts and buffers for the engine cover - I'll need to check and adjust these when I refit the boot floor.
    2 points
  19. A bit more progress and nearly finished now, all running with just final carb balance to do and a little fettling. The bonnet and light pod are away at paint so hopefully back on in around a week or so. This car has been a labour of love and swallowed endless hours up but worth it now. I even treated the underside to a good Lanoguard coating to protect it. Dave
    2 points
  20. The lock on the tool box, so I can't get to any of them
    1 point
  21. You can topcoat it to stop uv degradation. Probably not necessary for a chassis but I top coated mine.
    1 point
  22. The person who invented these spring clips needs to be hung up by his scrotum with fish hooks. Just trying to change my expansion tank on the VX and one of the buggers cost me 2 bloody fingers trying to contort my hands and pliers to get the bloody thing off! Bastard!
    1 point
  23. I think any improvements from Merc must be down to setup. According to this article from BBC Merc have stopped development for this years car. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/57632228
    1 point
  24. Sorry, I don't know of a fix on the earlier HVAC units (I notice that they are now "E" spec and cost around £1600). With the evaporator icing on my Evora, it usually has quite a bit of a wee-wee after a run of over half an hour with the aircron on. By the way could be worth checking when you look at the drain tubes that you have the SB 2010/03 drain tube routing/length modification embodied.
    1 point
  25. Hi Steve, Is it worth getting a new slave cylinder first and to see if that fix's the issue? Just a thought?
    1 point
  26. Welcome Stex! Love Retignano, so beautiful up there. I lived in Zola Predosa for a while as my father worked at Lamborghini in Sant'Agata Bolognese and I was working at Ducati in Bologna.
    1 point
  27. I'm planning on spraying it rather than brushing it but I have seen that it's supposed to give a good finish even when it's brushed on. Thanks. More time for 'playing cars' hahaha
    1 point
  28. No real progress lately as I'm concentrating on finishing up at work as I retire on Wednesday. So after that I will hopefully have more time to work on the mongrel. I pulled the fuel pump and fuel lines off today. The pump wouldn't work so I took it apart and cleaned the points and hey-presto it now works fine. So I then cut all the fittings off the original braided fuel lines so that I can just buy some fuel hose and clips and re-make them as per the originals. The question is am I going to go down the plating route on this only to find in 4 years it's all rusting or am I just going to reuse it as it is and not worry about it? I've decided to use POR-15 on the chassis and all the suspension components and I'm going to prep them myself so that I can follow their instructions as it's important to prep it correctly or it will not adhere properly. I don't really want to have to throw £30k at this think so I'm thinking about just recommissioning it rather than fully restoring it...
    1 point
  29. Another area is flexing wings to reduce drag at higher speeds. This leads vibration in the structure. How long before it leads to stress fractures and structural failures? Going back to tyres @C8RKH, it was notable that Verstappen's tyre failed but Perez did not.
    1 point
  30. Unless this is truly a variant of the Evora with a facelift then surely the V6’s appeal (sound) will be hobbled by particulate filters anyway, that begs the question as to what this will really offer over the 4 pot for road driving if it doesn’t have the V6 howl?
    1 point
  31. Agreed the yellow car will probably have most boggles sorted now too. It looks fab and I love the colour.
    1 point
  32. That story is two years old and is about the “45” 400bhp engine. We’re talking about the “35” engine with 300bhp aren’t we? Otherwise why would Lotus bother with the Toyota V6?
    1 point
  33. I reckon with a decent hammer we could fit a Spitfire engine in there.
    1 point
  34. Cool , will watch on my lunch brake.... pun intended.
    1 point
  35. Ha. true. It is bad enough now but come July I will need to take some tranquilisers 🤾‍♀️
    1 point
  36. So mine has come into silverstone 😍 in which is amazing but a bit frustrating as well as my garage won’t be ready until wk/c 21st so due to pick up 26th 😁. Although I need the garage to be done the car will be spending a lot of time at our caravan in the wyre forest near Bewdley, a gateway to many fun roads off into mid Wales😬 👍. One thing I’ve noticed on my everyday motor t5 when we stop at the van is we do get a lot of detritus from all the lovely trees and they’re inhabitants 🤦‍♂️ So looking for a good cover for when it’s not being ragged somewhere out in the wilds 🤣 I’m presuming the ones on sale from the shop will be fine out under the trees?
    1 point
  37. Sure we will see more as Lotus will have to bring it out on the streets and not just their track. I have a drone.. ummm. We need a digital countdown clock at the top of the forum June is going to be a freaking long month.
    1 point
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. I bought a pair of the new Dunlop Classics like @Rudi K They're very good, but also very expensive. Though I think they've come down in price from when I bought mine in 2018.
    1 point
  41. Hi Dave, hope you are well. Sounds like you did up the dry sump that was in the garage with the Mini when I bought IB10 off you...boy I was in two minds whether to offer to buy the Esprit that day. My brain said IB10, my heart said dry sump. Really enjoying reading about this JPS, I’m very jealous 😁 The interior looks great. I’m going to see a Esprit S3 on Sunday. Garage friend for IB10. Wish you lived closer to me to look at this Esprit with me, would have paid for your Knowledge of Esprits! Anyway, please keep up the updates 😁 Regards Justin
    1 point
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  43. @Gadzooksyou will probably have to go aftermarket if you want to do lots of trackdays. I have a 2bular lightweight on mine with some enormous additional slip on cans, it just about passes Snetterton on the driveby if you are careful. There's also a full QP option along with the Hangar 111 equivalent version (plus no doubt some other manufacturers). Having said all that, the car is far too lovely to use on track as much as I would like to so I've bought a 7 to go with it! Still got the 2bular fitted because I think it looks better with twin tailpipes.
    1 point
  44. I do track the Evora 400 1 or 2 times a year. Tyres can be the issue if you're doing very long stints or do not take care of lowering their pressure when hot. Apart from that, brakes, etc are very effective and long lasting.
    1 point
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  46. Not in shopping centre car parks @drdoom Especially with today's oversized cars in UK parking spots. Park your car at your peril! Or socially distance as I tend to do. https://www.instagram.com/p/CAV7TukBqBb/?igshid=qa8b56gk06im And the size our of tiny parking spots. https://www.instagram.com/p/CIn8xIohJXx/?igshid=4c91g7xgzhta But after 40+ years on a wooden and fibreglass structure it's not surprising things fall apart. Knocks or no knocks.
    1 point
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