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  1. My 2nd Emira video based on my 'Journey' as a Lotus buyer. There is some MASSIVE news from Matt in a chat. I left out some bits but I think leaving this 'power' based bit in will actually please a LOT of people on here. Fantastic stuff. All in all, a great day at Goodwood and the super/hyper cars, F1 cars and events were spectacular. You can look at the chapters on the video to see the content. The video includes me rambling on, then some F1, then a chat with Matt Windle, the V6 revving in anger !! and a chat with Matt and Russel by Vicki Butler Henderson which very few people may have caught.
    7 points
  2. Finally out of the garage ready for the S1 to have it’s turn. Dave
    7 points
  3. I was fortunate to be offered a passenger ride up the hill today. With Dan from the Ride & Handling team being my pilot. a few facts that I should enlighten from chatting with various members of the Emira team; the Goodyear tyres were only signed off last week (after more than a year of R&D of the tyre) by mr ride & handling himself, if you are considering tracking your Emira then you should probably go for the Michelin Cup tyres, if you opt for the track pack but intend using the car mainly for A to B road driving/using the car in bad weather then opt for the Goodyear tyres. the stalks on the steering wheel are in-house (Geely) Volvo units, other switches and vent outlets are bespoke and manufactured in-house the Emira weighs less than our old Evora S and, has more downforce than the current Evora 410, it sticks to the road like any Lotus should. Imho; We all want this to be the best Lotus road car yet, so it was never going to be the weight of an Elise or Exige but it certainly handles as well even when only sat in the passenger seat, is it confidence inspiring; yes It certainly is the interior reminded me of the Esprit; a place you want to be even if only sitting in the car in your garage/on the drive will this Lotus make Porsche drivers come across from the dark side, I know it will and has already started OMG the exhaust sound, it’s epic is the Emira worthy of the Lotus/ACBC badge; IT CERTAINLY IS
    6 points
  4. Next Saturday the 17th at 17.45 on channel 4 about the development of the Emira
    5 points
  5. "It'll stand out like a racehorse at a donkey farm".....
    5 points
  6. My 'new look' for 2021. Thankfully after all the grief I went through (and the several threats to set it alight and walk away) battling with all the rusted-solid fixings, I think the final result was worth it.
    5 points
  7. Have to wait and see what the actual price will be in Japan but I probably have the most boring car history of everybody here. The only car I ever owned is a second gen Suzuki Swift Sport but I guess at 1050kg and 136hp I can say it's a bit like an Elise I've been considering a Cayman for a long time as it's the only car in my budget that I feel is a "proper" sports car (2 seats, manual, engine in the middle) but I've never been a big fan of the looks. The Emira is the first car in a long time that at first sight I thought looked good in just about every way which is why it does more for me than the cayman. Though I doubt the manual Emira will be within my budget. But who knows, I can dream and hope it's priced as a Cayman S. Unfortunately I'm born 30 years too late. I'm still in my early(ish) 30's and only now getting at a point where I can think about buying cars like this but 5 years from now it will basically be impossible to buy anything fun new due to regulations. You already see this on the used market. Anything remotely fun is going for "close" to new prices.
    5 points
  8. I spent 2+ hours 1-on-1 with the dynamics engineer on Friday. There will be 3-4 more stages of pre-production cars built and each one will be rigorously tested and refined. These guys are phenomenal and their approach is fastidious. btw I went up the Goodwood hill limb at speed and heard zero wind noise fwiw. Just a glorious v6.
    5 points
  9. just put an updated version of Espritmon (V6.3) on: https://tudl0493.home.xs4all.nl/ and https://lotusesprit.eu/ Manual has also been updated. Enjoy
    4 points
  10. Back to a hot garage today after some time away from the car. To be honest, the near side front disassembly was such a pig, it put me off going back in for a while, that and the heat we are enjoying here. Top wishbone was much easier this side, in fact most bolts were ok. The ones that were a pain to sort were the anti roll bar and also the anti roll bar mount. They were so bad I needed to pull them off the car as an assembly, and I still can’t break the anti roll bar’s grip on the lower suspension arm. One bolt is rounded in the chassis so I’ve left it until I can get better access. Steering rack off and majority of chassis now done, just the fans to take off and the gear linkage to remove plus some sundry items, then it’s time to decide on where the chassis goes for lower front box section repairs / blasting etc before it heads back home. Great ongoing help from some fantastic forum members regards advice and potential support for actual body work / engine shop recommendations etc, really appreciated, the calls, emails, face to face chats and responses here have helped me build a good plan of attack. All this support gives me a much stronger chance at succeeding as I’m not as experienced as you guys and just doing what I can to get the car ready for rebuild. I’m hopefully still on track to have the car back on the road (running if not fully finished) in 2 years time by doing a few hours every week on various tasks…… Text is large as I’ve pasted from my phone, but it’s better for my older eyes!
    4 points
  11. Another first-time (to be) owner here. We're currently driving an F36 BMW 440i as a daily, but it's becoming too small of a car for a daily and were looking for a second fun car anyways. We were thinking about pretty much anything - from a Mustang GT to a used 911 or a Cayman, but fell in love with Emira the moment we saw it, so I've just paid the deposit at the local Swiss dealer.
    4 points
  12. Soon available just waiting for pre production batch . made of billet and adjustbale camber with shims at the top. i think 2 months they will be ready for our customers.
    4 points
  13. When more people realise how much Evora is underneath the range topping Emira I reckon it will ultimately help used Evora prices. Evoras bought above whatever the Emira V6 costs will struggle and some serious deals must be available on unsold GT410 stock right now. Effect on the ultra rare GT430 is less certain as it's a much more focused, much higher spec car (in terms of drivetrain, suspension, carbon fibre panels, Ti exhaust) but obviously started at a much higher price but GT430s took their hit well before the Emira was announced. I'm not convinced Emira will change that a great deal.
    3 points
  14. Hi all, time to update the registry as last week my partner Gina and I became the very proud owners of No8. Thanks to Brian for allowing us to become the custodian of this fabulous car, and thanks for the great hospitality he and his wife showed us, a true gent. I know it wasnt easy for him to let it go but we will always be thankful he did. We are based in Kidderminster near Worcester if there are any other midlands based GTE owners in the midlands we'd love to meet you. Few events planned with the car over the summer first of which will be Classic Nostalgia at Shelsley Walsh next weekend, then Silverstone Classic where the car will be on the Lotus Drivers Club stand, then Supercar Fest at Shelsley and of August, then finally Salon Prieve in September. At most events it will share space with our beloved Esprit GT3.
    3 points
  15. This. 👆 People still don't know. I'm hoping as Emira brings in fresh eyeballs it has a somewhat "halo effect" on Evora. Lotus must spend on marketing Emira.
    3 points
  16. 3 points
  17. I think there's been a more positive reaction to Emira by non Lotus owners than the Elise/Exige crowd. Over at aussieelises.com they seem particularly grumpy that it's not a superlight track special. Given the test mule was riding on a modified Evora platform it was always going to be closest to Evora. As a car to relaunch the brand it's brilliant and there is hope it brings a different light to the Lotus brand. For the past 25 years the general public only knew Lotus as a builder of lightweight, hardcore, terrible to daily track cars. Even guys I know with enthusiast cars had no idea what an Evora was. They assumed it was like Elise/Exige. Before my Evora I had an Audi R8. I had a conversation with a very large (both vertical and horizontal axis) R8 owner when I switched. He just would not believe he would fit in a modern Lotus. I told him the Evora had just as much interior space as an R8 and he just refused to believe me. On Emira launch someone asked whether a 6'1" frame would fit. I said easily if it's the same dimensions as Evora internally, so he's keen to see it when it's available in Oz. Lotus needs to really change that kit car perception. Emira changes that. I too welcome soon to be new owners to the brand.
    3 points
  18. I had to visit the hospital when holidaying in Slovenia in 2017 due to an eye infection. After showing my EHIC card, I had to pay a small amount (30EUR I think) before they could see me. I was seen by a doctor within 1/2 hour of entering the hospital. Did I "feel hurt" being asked for payment - nope not a bit of it, as it was their country, their rules.
    2 points
  19. Could have 'explained' you wanted 2 the same to save having parts on back order. Waiting almost 10 months for a simple part is too long.
    2 points
  20. well i bought him lunch which certainly didn't cover my debt. He wouldn't take any money. Yeah he was around 22 yr old and sitting in the shop office waiting on his dad to finish some task on his Esprit. Alex was visiting his parents from college. His dad told me he had just gotten out of Marines. I figured if anyone was up to the task of removing the carpet, it would be a young Marine! He didn't even complain or swear during the process. Me on the other hand...a constant stream of grunts and curses! His quiet dedication to the job put me to shame and changed my attitude during the effort. Sometimes misery really does love company
    2 points
  21. Though shit. Pay up - end of. we’ve been the fools of The world for far too long. The kids and I saw an eu foreign national clearly under the influence muller his car into a 7.5t truck a few weeks ago. He’s now severely brain damaged in intensive care - certainly won’t walk ever again - doubt ever wipe his own ass either. Guess who’s picking up the tab for that. sorry if that seems callous
    2 points
  22. And again a Giugiaro Lotus Esprit is featured in a new movie. It started its career in the famous bond movie, the last time I saw one was starring next to Scarlet Johansson in 2017 Ghost in the Shell , a futuristic Manga movie and today I watched a 2020 Sci Fi movie about AI called " Archive". It has a minor rol but still strange they keep popping up in Sci Fi even at an age of over 40 year now. The car used must be a Esprit S2 ( it has 4 bolt Speedlines and ears) but it has a full Turbo body kit. 1000 × 662
    2 points
  23. Wow 2000 interested in the uk alone and i believe limited to the uk of 650. So glad i had a deposit down prior to launch. Good to see Lotus is back. Thank you Geely for the investment. Well done to the Lotus team. The torque is crazy for that size engine. Has AMG developed a torque multiplier?
    2 points
  24. Had its first shake down in nearly two years today, then a good ol polish up.
    2 points
  25. The S1 is finally in the garage so time to start getting the engine out. First job was removing the tailgate so I thought I would remove the dry sump lourved panel at the same time, thankfully the original tailgate hasn’t been modified and still shows it’s original lagoon blue paint. I have a screen to install once painted. Next job was marking up the wiring then a compression test to see what baseline I have. Feels like I was at this stage not so long ago with the JPS. Unfortunately the compression test has highlighted a shortfall on No3 cylinder as the photos below show which will need further investigation once out. It could be rings, liner wear or valves, next job will be to check valve clearances. Actually when I started the test I only had 2 bar then it came to life so small chance it could be choked up rings. Either way I will pull it apart and replace anything suspect during the overhaul so no real drama. I hope to have the engine out in the next week. More of a pain is this lot as I don’t have the original keys, I hate wiring 🙄😁 When I owned the car in the 90’s theft was really common and I never had a garage so I had an immobiliser fitted, alarm including a pager which informed you if the alarm had been set off. It cost me around £600 at the time and now it’s going to be a irritation stripping it all out. To do the compression test I had to run a wire from the battery to the solenoid . Dave
    2 points
  26. Why? Did he plant some fast growing trees.🤑
    2 points
  27. Timber cost is reducing in the US. It’s only a matter of time until the Trump era trade war issues iron out.
    2 points
  28. I have also been told there will now be a second shift. Not surprising as they are looking at 2000 UK deposits alone. Not sure how China has received it - launched there yesterday. Factor in the world and this could start getting silly, even after drop outs.
    2 points
  29. Absolutely. I’m sat awaiting the costs of timber framing to come back down to what I had quoted a couple of years ago. I will be pouring footings in due course to put a material commencement stake in the ground and wait.
    2 points
  30. Exactly. Absolutely nothing has changed in 13 years apart from electric seats and a new steering wheel. Shame is it took so long and so much work by so many people to get where we are today with the Emira. They didn't even change that many letters in the name as a clue!
    2 points
  31. Lolz. He's not even seen the car and knows nothing about it apart from watching other people's videos. Bit strong to base an opinion on that really, it would have been better to record a video with more, and correct information having seen the car and researched it more but #youtubeviewsmatter. Have a read through the comments, they're not very complimentary in this instance.
    2 points
  32. All this talk of boot size etc has really got me wondering. Will Fluffy fit in the front footwell??? Anyone try a retriever sized dog for fit at Goodwood??
    2 points
  33. I did that
    2 points
  34. Another FOS closing-time shot - low sun and not too much clutter. Great lines
    2 points
  35. Here you go…..
    2 points
  36. Saw the car at Goodwood today and it looks really good in the flesh, hard to find a poor angle. Space behind the seats is a fair bit narrower than the Evora but as they say, a couple of flight cases and rear boot is slightly larger although we couldn’t see it. The tub is not an Evoras, significantly different. Now building cars development and type approval cars weekly. April 22 availability. Impressive so far.
    2 points
  37. Well a little update since I purchased Essex Blue Hethel Edition couple months back . all wheels refurbished front tyres replaced as it was running Dot code 2016 rears 2019 ok then Brake pads change to EBC Yellow stuff and full geo done , now fells so much better on the road . Stunning to drive Auto gear change in sports mode sublime . See you around . Eddie
    2 points
  38. Go back to 2009 and look at the "overnight success" that was the response to the EVORA and also look at what the launch pricing was (very competitive) compared to what the actual price was. Remember also that Evora won COTY all over the place etc and won gushing plaudits for its styling, particularly the interior. I disagree it was the styling that held it back. The issue was outside of the launch hysteria (that everyone is in now re the Emira) the Evora was poorly marketed and Lotus suffered from, as it does now, poor dealer coverage in the UK and NA especially etc. After the launch hype, nobody remembered the car / knew about it. it was not marketed so why would they unless they were already a lotus fan. It just was not on the RADAR. To back this up, look at the conversion rate from test drive to purchase. it was staggering. So when people knew about. Drive it. They bought it! That was the issue right there. Is still the issue with the Evora. Getting people into it. I believe the EMIRA will be a rip roaring success. It has been designed as a world car, with a commitment to sell it on the world stage. I have no worries about build quality or about how it will drive. In my mind, outside of the Evija this will be the best ever, production Lotus car end of. People will romanticise through their old rose tinted specs that other models were better blah blah blah. They won't be. they weren't. This is the pinnacle of mainstream Lotus car production, of that I am 100% sure. Rather than all of us trying to be automotive experts, when 99% of us really know only 1% of what a real automotive expert knows, why don't we just get behind what is a fantastic product launched by our favourite car manufacturer, that also happens to be one of Britain's best engineering companies.
    2 points
  39. I did all of mine over winter, a right faff and mix of different approaches... Bumper off for the grilles in the bumper masking and sheets for the bonnet vents, rears went off for powder coating with the diffuser. etc etc... Took some bloody contortions to get sheets the the back of the bonnet and side vents to keep over spray off the ducts behind !
    1 point
  40. Nice to see Gav’s (21GG) GTE parked at Goodwood today. It was getting plenty of attention. Needs a wash when you get it all the way back home though. There can’t be many of us original owners still left.
    1 point
  41. Wow. Great news for those with deposits. Makes sense now given what we know about Evora.
    1 point
  42. It had a bit of depth and breadth so you may be in luck there. Hopefully somebody sees this comment today and measures it at Goodwood. Matt said the plural of Lotus is Lotus! In my new vid.
    1 point
  43. Yes - or simply waits for it to come down.
    1 point
  44. It’s Breakfast club up at Shelsley tomorrow. Thought I should clean the lemon. any one else going ?
    1 point
  45. Hi Viz, Hope you have sorted the problem, one way or another, but I'm pretty confident that the red grease was not the actual issue. Back in the days when seal kits didn't come with the little sachet and red stuff, we used to simply smear a little brake fluid on the seals during assembly. Nowadays, the sachet of assembly grease is usually provided and is widely known not to cause any issues. Even it the seal displacement/retraction effect is initially reduced, the natural run-out in the disk will ensure that no binding occurs while the grease displaces. Fingers crossed it's sorted either way. Andy.
    1 point
  46. Plugs out - oil down them bores. drop all fluids and replace - drop the fuel as well - new fuel filter and air filter. change cam belt and tensioner - ensure it turns by hand first. I would also check there is indeed oil supply to the turbo prior to firing the engine. then and only then for sure - give it a go at starting. just rip off the master cylinder and replace it.
    1 point
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