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  1. It's an interesting thought... as an example of such a person, I could maybe offer some insight: Sports cars, almost by their very nature, are emotive purchases. There's is very little objective decision making going on. Whisper it very quietly, but some of the thought processes can be deliberately contrary. When buying my first Evora, albeit second hand, there were many options open to me in budget that could potentially have fitted the bill. Most of these were arguably more "complete" cars, but in no way - purely subjectively - did they feel as special, or as good to drive. I am neither a track god, nor the fastest down a B-road - but it did feel better and was more enjoyable than the long list of alternatives I did try. As it was to be a "daily", it needed to be (and this may be an odd thought process for most) semi-practical, and at least liveable with on a day to day basis. I did 48,000 miles in just 30 months, so it certainly worked from that point of view. The Evora was a compromise, sure, but it ticked these boxes and still gave me something that made me smile (read: put a big shit-eating grin on my face), and filled my long held desire to buy a Lotus and not the "pub-chat choice". Yes, I did pay more than a similarly aged and specced Cyaman. The Emira is moving the game on for me. It's undoubtedly going to drive well, looks like a more pleasant place to spend more time without some of the compromises. A lot of the conversation around power, lightness etc makes sense if you are lucky enough that these are your only requisites (over and above the Lotus USPs of handling and ride), so then I can see how the Emira could be missing the mark. And whilst you would expect in a Lotus enthusiasts forum there would be a degree of sadness that these are being slightly side-lined to a more mass market appeal (and I do share some of this feeling - who wouldn't want the Nirvana of an Emira with it's cabin improvements and a lower weight and more power). I'm not sure that this would have been possible without breaking the laws of physics/engineering within a given target price and margin. What the Emira does allow me is to get in to a new Lotus. That looks great, is more than adequately powered against it's brief, is certainly better equipped for daily use. And, for now, it's still not the "pub-chat choice".
    10 points
  2. Even with its doors open, spread wide like wings and all its bling transfers the McLaren only got marginally more attention than my humble Evora.
    6 points
  3. This is the first of the three wheel trolleys I need to make. I had some metal paint kicking around in the garage so I treated it to a coat of paint. I actually bought the paint to paint the front gates but I've been too busy playing cars so the gates still haven't been painted, oh well... The 10" swivel wheels will make it easier to move around on my gravel driveway. This will also be very useful for painting it as I will be able to spin it over and do the underside as well. One down and one to go and then onto the frame to mount the body on.
    5 points
  4. I had forgotten the reaction this car causes, not been able to use it much during Covid, so taking it out in public is a novelty. Took 'Ethel' for a little run into Howth near Dublin yesterday. With the weather in Ireland everyone is out and about enjoying the weather. Lotus' are rare in Ireland and Evora's even more so, don't think I've seen another one here. Everyone we passed was staring, thumbs uping or making positive comments. We nearly caused an accident when the driver of a car was hanging out of his window trying to take a photo. My GF made a comment which summed it up "Why is everyone one sta.... oh of course I forgot which car we are in, and how much attention it gets." Gotta love this car.
    4 points
  5. This is true but how many people are we talking about, and that's the issue. More powerful recent Lotus cars got very expensive and props to those in the position and with the passion to buy one, but sales of 1,500 cars a year have shown not to cover the wage bills etc, hence the Emira which by the evidenced frenzy of deposits is a car which appeals to a bigger market.
    4 points
  6. Just completed filming for a youtube video on the Bondvivant channel. Why is it the Turbos and 2 CV are always left out of the Top Gear Bond episodes and all the others? Quick snapshot during a break.
    3 points
  7. Improving the buying and owning experience was one of the things I was pleased to hear in the Lotus company update a few months ago and Bibs' interview with Matt Windle. They've got to make a step change here, and it's positive that they have a key strategic initiative focused on a new retailing proposition. I guess Lotus taking over control of Emira deposits from dealers is one early part of that. We need to see more about what's planned and some tangible progress. There were some posts a while back about the variable handling of comms with deposit holders, current owners and prospects by dealers and the lack of direction from Lotus on a coordinated approach to the reveal. We can make some allowances for things still being done the "old way" but I'd like to see more evidence of the new way, or at least the plans on what the new way will be. Some of this sales and car collection stuff may feel a bit unnecessary to some. My local VAG dealer can do it for the purchase of my daughter's sub-£10k used VW, so why can't Lotus? They need to define what they want it to be from a buyer perspective (a "customer experience proposition" if we're going to get all business-speak) and then put the training, info, comms mechanisms, materials, processes in place. My hope is that's already being done.
    3 points
  8. From sitting in the car at Goodwood it's certainly easier access than the Evora. As well as the lower and narrower sills, the door opening is also taller. One of the Lotus folks pointed it out. The Emira is marginally lower (1225 versus Evora 1229) but aperture is bigger. You can see the difference in these pics: Emira: Evora:
    3 points
  9. I don't think anyone has said that everyone is obliged, that would be a little too 'North Korea'. If people like it, good for them, if they don't, good for them too. Horses for courses etc.
    3 points
  10. OK so despite thinking it was fully working, the speed sensor wire was actually causing havoc with the GPS positioning when using CarPlay wirelessly. Spoke to a couple of people in the trade who advised to disconnect it. Works great now and despite what the manual says, no pop up messages saying it must be connected for wireless CarPlay to work. I have fitted the GPS aerial under the binnacle cover, works perfectly. I’ve also managed to customise the start / boot screen. Really happy with it all now, what an upgrade, the integration that CarPlay gives is superb, especially using Siri as well. Feels like I’ve got Emira tech in my 12 year old Evora LE 🤣
    3 points
  11. 3 points
  12. I really don’t get this thing about bhp it is madness when you think about it, the only car I have owned and used on the track was my S1 Elise and it was nothing short of perfect with 118bhp. 6 months ago I went out with @Bibs in his Evora I have no idea with the mods he has or what bhp it has but I can tell you that was way quick enough for the road and probably most tracks . When I done the lotus academy I was third quickest on the day, then I went around with Alistair McQueen after he had finished his roll up and honestly I reckon he would put an S1 Elise around any track quicker than I could put a 430bhp Evora around it. Valuable lesson leant. that’s why I will go for the i4 and spend any other money on learning how to drive it quickly, also I like the fact that my esprit is a 4 pot and I think Colin and Mike K would approve
    3 points
  13. Hi, people will know this car from my previous posts up to 2018 when I felt it best not to drive car further due to water loss but this is the first time I`ve managed to post a picture . I bought the car in Aug 2011 . It had been standing for 7 years. Paint is fine (except for a scrape under front side bumper and weird orange spattered spots next to rear wheelarches ). Cream leather interior is very tidy but driver`s seat a bit worn. No aircon . The following restoration work has been carried out since : -New head gasket-new cambelt (x3) - New clutch-Replaced brake fluid reservoir-new radiator-new lumenition-cleaned carbs-new steering rack-new HT leads-repaired headlamp raise mechanism. New sparkplugs (more than once)-new starter motor-new alternator-new clutch cable-new (old) radiocassette . Longest journey : London -Skipton and back 2013 Number of breakdowns on road : 5 Number of times it refuses to start: Lost count ( new starter motor and battery after that, it improved). Work to be done : Engine rebuild after 74,000 miles , replace speedo drive, find rear wiper motor, rear hatch catch button, probable new exhaust, fit lotus symbol to one wheel centre, renovate leather. -
    2 points
  14. @KusaKusa Lotus did already announce in the video about the future projects the 'mid engine' battery configuration for the future sport car platform (Lotus/Alpine)
    2 points
  15. But then don’t forget to factor in the “safety” magic feather belief of the vaccine which is clearly affecting folks behaviours. either way - many folks are well and truly fed up of living in a vacuum - the impacts on mental health and the knock on physical lack of treatments will be the biggest true killer.
    2 points
  16. Third brake light is a US requirement. The blue car on the stand had the side lights on when I was there and the third light was visible but not on. It's also shown in one of the Lotus PR pictures, but I'm unclear why they're braking at this point mid corner 😕
    2 points
  17. Brilliant and like most level headed F1 enthusiast, journalist, team manager would surely agree a racing incident. 👍
    2 points
  18. 2 points
  19. Well today at long last, after 9 years, I finally fitted original spec rear dampers to my SE, big shout to to SJ Sports Cars for having these remanufactured. The difference now that I am running OG bushes, shocks and springs all round is night and day. The GAZ dampers I had in the rear had literally no rebound compared to the old Lotus spec, which left me with a bouncy rear (I was also using the SE spring raye with the adjustables vs the supplied 250 lb S4 springs, which made matters worse). Anyways for those wanting the original stuff so they don't have to sell their organs for the ever more expensive LOTAC setup, stuff is again available.
    2 points
  20. @jimichanga You do seem to have a vendetta against the new Emira but that doesn't make you wrong actually. Many are disappointed and I do get the 'Lotus missed an opportunity' talk. This has been discussed at length. Yes, it is nearer an Evora 2.0 than a NEW car Yes, they have kept the power low when they could have jumped it up - and we both think that is fine for the road Yes, we know they are actually focused on EV, This is where the real money is. The Emira is kinda like a taster handed out in a supermarket tempting you to buy the whole thing Yes, if you love your Evora or Exige - no need to get an Emira Yes, previous Lotus fans are miffed that the Lotus super low weight ethos is now a thing of the past The frenzy is understandable though. It just seems 'right'. It is new, rare, a top brand and, probably most important to the masses, something new!
    2 points
  21. You are dealing with the EU so please don't try to use logic or commercial sense in your arguments. The fact is that the current block exemption rules in the EU (that UK committed to comply with under the Brexit deal) are due to expire in 2023. So this is a planned event and right now, the consultation is starting, so nothing has been agreed. This is the usual positioning and spin from the various interested parties and it could well be that the EU simply decides to "rollover" the current block exemption for another x years. Remember, it will hit EU citizens very hard in the pockets so will not be a popular thing to lose anywhere in Europe. So who knows, maybe common sense will prevail.
    2 points
  22. Did they tell you why they preferred the isolator in the negative? I usually put it in the positive as well, but don't think it really matters. As an anti-theft protection it would be better to put a concealed one in the positive, as it's easy to bypass an isolator in the negative by just running a jumplead from the battery to the engine block or chassis. If it's purely for security, I'd go for a hidden switch or connector in the wiring to the ignition or ECU as that's much harder to trace than if there's no power at all.
    2 points
  23. Worked fine for allegro so where’s the problem ?
    2 points
  24. 27 April 21 - TomE - UK - V6 manual 4 June 21 - DJW - undecided 25 Jun 21 - scotty435 - V6 manual 28 June 21 - DaveC72 - i4 8 July 21 - MJON - i4 8 July 21 - Wake - i4 (V6 cost dependant) 8 July 21 - Johnhoward - V6 Auto 8 July 21 (Goodwood Thursday) - JimH - i4 12 July 21 - emstan - V6
    1 point
  25. Bit of an update, I looked over the first batch of brackets that I had made locally to see which ones were good enough to use, As I have previously said they were not made perfectly like I would of liked. Out of the remaining nine sets I managed to get 4 useable pairs. these have now been powder coated. All I need to do now is order some replacement bolts and do a quick installation guide. 2 sets have been reserved so far. Because they are not perfect they will be reduced to £100 for a set plus postage which I think is around a tenner to the UK. Just as a reminder these replace the brackets that mount the seat to the seat runners on the newer versions. they tilt the seat back 5 degrees from standard which should gain around 33mm of head room. however you may have to raise the steering wheel if you have chunky legs. It is a good solution if you still require to be able to move the seat forward and backwards. I will see if there is a demand for them before ordering more sets. I have been working on my fixed brackets, I have had to get some welding done on them which has another story of a great local company trying to rip me off, I wanted around 90 mm of weld on each bracket as shown below. Took them to a local engineering company who started at £30 an hour and told me he could do two per hour. I have done some welding when I was in my teenage years and I know it doesn't take that long to lay down 90mm of weld. In the end I found a another local chap who was a much more reasonable £4.20 per item. I have tried them out in the car and I found the extra 12mm of room although doesn't sound like much makes a difference for me to help get my hands past my legs when turning the wheel. some pics, Fixed brackets won't be everyone's cup of tea but it may help get some taller drivers into these cars. I still won't be able to get in the car with a helmet and the roof installed, I don't think further tilting the seat will help as it will negatively impact the leg to steering wheel room. perhaps the next project will have to be a bubble roof! I do have the steering wheel spacer from Komotec so may give that a go one trackday. And lastly I have had a 2bular exhaust on order since April 12th, I have had a few dates for delivery which never materialized but have been chilled out about it and had not spoken to Jim for well over a month, got in touch last Friday and found out he had forgotten my order and has shipped orders placed after mine which isn't great but he's a busy man and mistakes happen. He has assured me it will be delivered tomorrow so I am pretty excited about that. I only just scrapped in at 104db on a 105db static day at Cadwell with the standard exhaust.
    1 point
  26. And we all know referees never make mistakes
    1 point
  27. I noticed this Evora S on Autotrader. Low mileage and looks fairly tidy save for the airbag cover that's had the clips go, but something doesn't look quite right with the rev counter 🤔. http://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202107215283588?atmobcid=soc3
    1 point
  28. Not once in the last 5 years have I seen a single bbc article that has “kicked” the EU. Most are simply articles of lavishing affection and ass kissing.
    1 point
  29. Hadn't spotted that S1/Emira overlay before. Thanks @TomE My Esprit V8/Emira cabin comparison is a gentle reminder to "younger viewers" that luxurious Lotus interiors aren't new with Emira...
    1 point
  30. Hence my response and saying it was the usual positioning and spin from interested parties - in this case the independents getting their lobbying in early
    1 point
  31. Hmm, the source here is a CEO of one spares business talking to The Telegraph. https://www.newsletter.co.uk/lifestyle/cars/car-repair-bills-could-jump-ps100-a-year-under-new-garage-regulations-3318152 Has anyone (including the media...) actually read the consultation documents? https://ec.europa.eu/transparency/documents-register/detail?ref=SWD(2021)112&lang=en "Article 101(1) of the Treaty prohibits agreements between undertakings and concerted practices that restrict competition, unless, in accordance with Article 101(3) of the Treaty, they contribute to improving the production or distribution of goods or to promoting technical or economic progress, while allowing consumers a fair share of the resulting benefits." "Preventing the foreclosure of spare parts suppliers In its 2009 Communication, the Commission observed that there were often large differences in price between parts sold or resold by a motor vehicle manufacturer and alternative brands of parts. The availability of alternatives brought considerable benefits to consumers, in terms of both choice and price. Thus, the Commission considered it necessary to protect spare parts manufacturers’ access to the motor vehicle aftermarkets, in particular through the identification of three hardcore clauses in the MVBER, thereby ensuring that competing brands of spare parts continued to be available. this objective continues to be relevant." In other words, the EU is trying to protect competition in the sector and protect consumers, hence the original exemption which they state is still relevant for this aspect. Much of their regulation is about consumer protection. As C8RKH says, nothing has actually been agreed yet. But if we've learned only one thing over the last couple of decades, the media loves an opportunity to kick the EU while they're just following due process..
    1 point
  32. They did, but a long time ago. The last one I can remember is the VHPD 190 upgrade for the S1 Exige, which could be done by dealers using a Lotus-warranted upgrade kit. B&C did their own "Super 160" upgrade for the S1 Elise, which I think they warranted. Lotus could have offered a supercharger upgrade for the NA Evora but didn't and aftermarket firms like Komotec stepped in.
    1 point
  33. They loose pressure over time, the signs are that they work when hot, but not when cold. Just replace them, they arent expensive from louts but you can get even cheaper suzuki ones to match. Cant remember the spec but im sure a search would find it.
    1 point
  34. Lotus published a nice overlay picture to show the influence of the Esprit S1 cabin: Personally I'd have liked to see more design carryover from the Evija (as was hinted about pre-launch), such as the floating dash and vertical central pillar for controls, but I guess Emira needs a gear stick and Evija doesn't!
    1 point
  35. It’s stamped on the strut. Mine says 0250N. They can be re-gassed. I got the seat lifting one on my scooter done recently.
    1 point
  36. I didnt feel them or click on them. They looked perfect though. The car was also an unfinished car by some margin so it might not even have everything connected.
    1 point
  37. Surely that has to be against some commercial law somewhere! There are some times that a non-branded part is as good as the original, just doesn't come with a silly price tag. So much for competition.
    1 point
  38. Thanks @Mark Blanchardalways had a soft spot for the 944 and thought I had missed the boat but Picked this one up about a year ago , it’s 1990 S2 3.0 16V NA and in good condition.
    1 point
  39. Looks like I’ve a spot of Driving Instructors Arm 🤣
    1 point
  40. Tow the boats back into French waters - and sink the things when they are ashore. It’s getting stupid. The Australians simply wouldn’t stomach this pishe.
    1 point
  41. Yes, our bad but my suggestion of taking them off their boats, sinking their boats (with no-one on them, just to be clear) and returning them to a French beach is the "best" option. If nothing else, the migrants still in France will see a large number being brought back every day - thereby sending a clear message, spend your £3k, enjoy a day on the channel, go back to where you started from £3k poorer! Also, the key thing for me is that rather than giving the French more and more money, THEY, just need to abide by their own and EU rules and STOP them from crossing. We cannot ignore the legislation of the French and the EU and we need to hold them to it.
    1 point
  42. They also said it was being set up to comply with various emissions regulations, primary goal here is not performance as is the majority of the Emira goals. Argument that it’s beyond most owners is true but also applies to the Elise and just about every fast car. Difference in speed for drivers starting the Lotus Driving Academy in the Elise and the performance they get out of it when they’re finished is huge and usually a real eye opener. It’s all good wanting a slower car plenty to choose there but you have to accept that some people want more performance than they need and can use that’s part of the fun. Plus everyone else is progressing in performance, they are taking their sports cars to new dynamic heights, it’s an amazing era, I would loved to have seen Lotus’s contribution to next level dynamics. I was hoping for a demonstration of Lotus performance potential with some ground breaking new innovations. Last two new Lotus cars have been more about practicality. Necessary but not very exciting. Shame especially now we’re at the end of the ICE road we got Evora part 2 not a super Exige. Your Exige looks 10x better to my eyes. I think you’re in for a shock if you ever parked next to an Emira.
    1 point
  43. From info today it appears Lotus have deposits for THREE YEARS worth of originally-planned UK production. A second shift halves that, but they won’t want to add 2/3 shifts too quickly and risk impact on quality. Assume 30-40% drop out or defer to later when asked to firm up an order. That’s still a year to wait if you put a deposit down now, being conservative. And Lotus are taking 200 new UK deposits a day - before any customer test drives or journalist drives. Amazing! interest appears to be strong in US too, with several dealers now having deposits for all 2022 allocation and well into 2023.
    1 point
  44. Yes, cost per unit must come down if they are running at full production capacity. On the other hand the number of early deposits must now far exceed even Lotus's most optimistic predictions, so there could be some temptation to get greedy with the pricing. Let's hope that doesn't happen! I wonder what the extra information in a couple of weeks could be? I wasn't expecting full details on pricing and specs until September at the earliest.
    1 point
  45. Did anyone else spot what appears to be a revised 4-piece front (LH Wing, Centre Section, RH Wing, Bumper), i.e. the end of the front clamshell and "A" panels? Matt Windle even describes "the left-hand front fender" at this point.....
    1 point
  46. With all this Emira hype going on, I just felt i have show again how cool the Evora can look.. bit of a show off.. but anyway 😊
    1 point
  47. Don't be so harsh, despite the Isuzu engine and FWD the Elan M100 is still great car. 😁
    1 point
  48. I'm going for the first time as a substitute for the LM Classic and using the LDC discount. We're also camping on the golf course, not sure whether to take the Evora or go semi-classic in the Caterham though. Quite looking forward to it. Roll on 2022 when we can get back to the red sausages though.
    1 point
  49. Great weekend , i will be there for the 3 days with LDC
    1 point
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