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  1. I’ve just had an email from Lotus: ”Dear Dave, We are excited to announce that Emira is now available for viewing at our retailers, however we have been overwhelmed with bookings. As an Evora Launch Edition owner we would like to offer you some rare unobtainium spare parts for your Evora in exchange for hosting a roadshow event for Emira in your dusty garage. Options include door latch mechanisms, window regulators, headlights, and rear sail panels. Please confirm you have a large supply of bacon and eggs and a greasy old frying pan with a loose handle. New screws for your pan handle are available from Lotus @ £19.99 plus VAT. Be quick before they go out of stock. We anticipate a strong take up for this option. Be aware some customers are coming from Porsche/McLaren so ensure they are given extra bacon, but absorb the fat before installation in the sandwich so as to avoid potential chino stains. Conversely, Lotus owners will be content with one hastily bronzed rasher that falls out of the bap during usage, as they are accustomed to such practices. Lastly, we will be sending you Emira signage for your garage door and badges for your Evora, including the larger diameter (6”) nose badge, designed by our local primary school children here in Hethel. Please practice a full reveal with your neighbours but don’t waste your bacon on them such that it becomes a back-order item. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Regards Emira ‘Overflow Car Park’ team”
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  2. Some of the dozen or so Esprit that showed up for the Lotus Owners Gathering in Salt Lake City Utah last weekend
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  3. Hello guys, I'm François-Xavier from France (Nantes), former owner of some Lotus (Elise SC RGB, Exige V6 Club Racer, Exige V6 380 Sport, Exige V6 410 Sport, ...), I bought last year with a friend an Exige V6 350 Sport for track and recently an Elise S1 111S (what a pleasure this grandma !!!) Hoping to find more information to increase performance and reliability of our car Exige V6 350 Sport 2017 Sky blue Elise S1 111S LHD origin 1998 Racing Green
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  4. I have a 98 V8 Esprit and developed a miss a few years ago, so knowing I had to pull the plenum you definitely want to replace everything you can. I bought the coils from SJSportscars and all the gaskets. Steve at SJ is very good and knowledgeable. I also replaced my fuel injectors and used the Magnecor wires. While in there I replaced the Water Thermostat, as removal of the plenum gave great access. Also I replaced the spark plugs. I had an issue with Iridium spark plugs, the car did not seem to like them. I went back to the stock plugs and it loved them. I think, just cant remember if I replaced a sensor or two while I was under there. Something I would also recommend is pulling the starter while you are there and getting it rebuilt. Mine always turned over slow and I can say that when it was done what a difference. No slow turnover Hot or cold. It costs about $125 at a local rebuild place here outside of Baltimore Md. I have many pictures of the plenum affair if needed. One other thing I did once I was done was measure with my code reader the TPS sensor opening at full throttle. There have been others that said Lotus set it up to open less than full throttle. Mine was at somewhere around 85%. I was able to adjust the stop nut behind the gas pedal while looking at my code reader and when I got to 100% that was it. Big difference!!!!! Mark
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  5. https://www.facebook.com/supercarblondie/videos/710701139600040/ ... Stands back and waits for those with their sense of humour labotomies to respond...
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  6. It was my Lotus that sold here - I let it go fairly cheaply in the end to some newbie traders from Watford who plan to address the few paint imperfections and do it up for sale early next year - no doubt they will turn a decent profit. I do have a shelf full of parts that due to the sale price I kept, some new like handbrake cables and some old like rear brake calipers/discs to find a good home for. I'll be detailing what I've got and placing it here for members to find first. I'm now Lotusless but I'm sure it won't be too long before I buy something else - perhaps I'll buy my old M100 back as my wife actually liked that one!
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  7. Shims didn't arrive in time before other scheduled work, so I finally got back on the car yesterday and today. Valve clearances done and towers now back on. In: 5,5,5,5.6.6.6.5; Ex: 10,10,10,10,11,11,10,10. Belts on and car is now running well after ignition timing adjustment and tweaking the carbs. For the second time this year, I lost a distributor out of its key. I take some responsibility for these events, but this one was really stuck in there, and when it finally moved, it popped out! Removed the plenum to facilitate distributor refit. Removed all the shitty silicon from the plenum faces (WHY????). Managed to get the dizzy in very quickly, which was nice. C service and comprehensive check now complete, but I'm still plagued with niggling coolant leaks in several places... Towers back on, yaaaay! I do love to see a nice red bead. Made up a new earth lead for the tensioner, all ready to fit here. Best I say nothing about this. With a fair wind, I'm hoping to finish this one tomorrow if I can secure the leaks.
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  8. British Racing Green Rickenbacker 4003, one of 25 in existence. B
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  9. That's a stroke of luck, I'm just about to put my Scirocco up for sale!
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  10. I aim to please - I thought this thread needed a bit of humour 🤣
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  11. No, not a kart racer. The stewards quickly jump on that and will send a dangerous driver home. Easier to see too because of the openness of a kart. If anything kart racers soon learn to respect where their and others' tyres are. Max, as an aggressive driver has met somebody in Lewis whose experience and talent more than matches his bluffing tactics.
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  12. By the time this individal car gets around the country, it will have had more bums on seats than a taxi. Should be a test of the durability of the interior 😉 Does anyone have an idea of when the initial production cars will begin rolling out of Lotus, has it already commenced building test cars?
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  13. Hi from the North East of Scotland, just bought my first Lotus. 🙂
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  14. What are the chances of this, we had a lovely garden designer around this week which we have subsequently employed and the TE was on the drive and she says, “ my brother has got one of those” obvs that meant she got the job. so Simon reveal yourself 😂
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  15. Same here - but I know exactly what they will look like!
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  16. I have a feeling this will rectify itself in due course.
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  17. Just trying one of these £10 for 30gb internet, to use instead of my BT broadband.
    1 point
  18. I binned contract phones a couple of years ago. Smarty sims are cheap as chips and all 5 of us have them for less than my old contract cost.
    1 point
  19. Could see the pics when they first went up, but now are no longer loading. - have not even turned my laptop off in between or upgraded anything.
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  20. Yes, £400 in CREDIT after paying for energy during the 6 months of the year when you use the least, which means you go into the winter with £400 credit to use up alo9ng side your normal payment as you go into the 6 months of the year when you use the most. It's called "budgeting" for whole year consumption with the "hope" you do not get a bill shock during the most intensive period. Think about it, with energy prices increasing, then you are going to have to pay more so they are actually trying to help you to budget to avoid the "bill shock". I get it, I do. Energy companies = twats - but actually, I sometimes wonder about the sanity of customers who do not value nor appreciate the value they get for their utilities. For instance, for £400 (average UK water bill), you get all the water you want and all your waste (if mains connected) taken care of. people bitch and moan about it whilst they are happy to pay £1.75 (sometimes much for) for a polluting plastic bottle of 500ml of water. Total insanity. Average UK dual fuel bill is £95 per month which I personally do not think is that bad. Compare it with other average monthly bills: Broadband at £30 Mobile phone at £48 Sky is £38 Coffee (based on two shop bought per working day) is £25 per month Average cost per kwh in the UK is 17.4p versus average cost across the EU of 21.3c - so that is roughly 20.3c in UK v 21.3c in Europe (average cost) You're not getting ripped off. Stop believing the shit you read in the shite daily papers. Energy is expensive. Increasingly it is a global market. And you are using more of it, personally, than you ever have done before. So no shit, the cost is higher than before. And for the eco warriors, the cost of subsidies for the renewables (personal and corporate) adds around 20% to your bill! Yes, 20%............
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  21. this whole inflation boom is a disaster waiting to happen, all businesses especially manufacturing are energy dependant and of course will pass on the increase so its a double whammy 😒
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  22. There is a corollary for this is the tuning of air-cooled engines, where sufficiently rich fueling is critical to engine life. In fact it is reported that modern high performance OEM machinery, the Honda S200 for instance, are ECU mapped rich in the upper reaches of operation for the sake of longevity. In any turbo'd engine of prior era it will be that much more critical owing to elevated air inlet temperatures. As to response I'd wager the new 320's better atomisation would account for perceptible improvement over well aged originals. As stated in an earlier posting there's been quite some improvement to injector performance over the years as well. Absent rolling road test would we be certain of leaner mixtures in operation on 320's, given closed loop feedback via O2 sensor?
    1 point
  23. AH, saw the post in here and thought somebody had uncovered the NEW updated configurator link 😊
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  24. This doesn’t surprise me at all. I recon second had car prices have gone up 25% in the last year alone. I bought a car 3 months ago from a main dealer (car was 4 months old when I purchased it) We buy any car are already offering me 10% more than I paid (even they couldn’t knock me down as there is not a stone chip wrong with it) The down side was I replacing the car I bought 4 years ago with virtually the identical car. 4 years ago I spent £15K on it and now I’ve just spent £22k on the same car. Even main dealer forecourts down my way are looking a bit sparse as they are not getting the trade ins as they can’t get new cars.
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  25. I was initially looking at the I4 when I placed my deposit, but have recently taken a promotion so I’m hopefully more leaning towards the V6 (price dependant of course). I got the same email stating it was for the V6 but I don’t remember being asked to specify which I was interested in my making the deposit.
    1 point
  26. perhaps you can only spec the V6 FE for now… isn’t that the only car available to start with?
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  27. Just got this… “As an Emira priority customer, we promised you would be the first to hear about Emira specification updates. It's almost time to configure your Emira V6 First Edition, ensuring it’s in the build pipeline and ready to be delivered at the earliest possible time. Starting from early next week our customer service specialists will call you to explain the process and share a customised configurator page so you can configure your perfect Emira. Emira has proven to be phenomenally popular, it will take a few weeks to contact all priority customers and this will be carried out in the sequence first priority order customer payments were received. We look forward to speaking to you about the next stage of your Emira journey. Lotus Cars” I guess a lot of us will be getting an early call looking at the order dates thread 😃
    1 point
  28. LOL, it’s always the last thing I think of. 🤣
    1 point
  29. Is it just me or would you expect it to read ' Lotus will be calling and emailing'?
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  31. I could offer him some help fitting that front number plate 💪
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  32. The Emira is a new Evora. You can't compare it to an Exige or Elise. The FE is cool. Drive and enjoy.
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  33. I got some at RD Enterprises in the US
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  34. Joe at JAE initially told me to use the bottom clip, which doesn’t fit due to the electrical connector, after speaking with RC Joe advised me to use the top clip, went with His recommendation and everything seems to be running fine. Seems to have a new little rattle noise, maybe I am being overly cautious. Hate any mystery noise.
    1 point
  35. Damian from the car guys just posted a video on his experience of buying his first Lotus. Not good sadly. Many here are used to how Lotus operate and usually the way the car drives forgives all. But this is how those new to Lotus perceive the experience. TVR took major sales from Porsche in the 90’s. It was their shot at the big time when the 911 became undesirable due to its yuppie associations. They sold a ton of Chimaeras and Griffs, enough to fund their own engines but they didn’t win many repeat customers and of course shut down some years ago. You don’t get many chances to really put a dent in the major players. Lotus really need to bring their A game, they can’t blame lack of resources anymore and they won’t get another chance.
    1 point
  36. Installed valve Spring height usually refers to the distance between the valve spring seat and the seat at the retainer. It is of interest since it affects the spring preload with valve fully closed and the peak load when fully open. Installed stem height refers to the protrusion of the valve stem tip beyond some known datumn. I use the mating surface at the cam tower to cylinder head. The greater the distance,the smaller the shim . As correctly pointed out it is possible to run out of shim range. I've just had one seat installed and re cut to correct exactly that, reducing stem height by 0.50 mm. The stem tip can be ground but only by a few thou as the thickness of the hardened surface could easily be ruined. To my knowledge the lotus manual does not specify either Installed valve spring height or installed stem height. If any one has these values it would be very interesting to know. Further, given a constant valve stem length, the parameters discussed affect compression ratio as for example a recessed seat or excessively ground seat on the valve itself results in pocketing the valve which increases combustion chamber volume. There are a few choices of cam follower offering reduced pad thickness which offer a solution to the shim range issue. I've seen pad thickness offered in steel long skirt followers of 4.00 , 5.55 and 6.25 mm. These are primarily or usually considered with the use of high lift cams which usually have reduced base circle diameters where otherwise very thick shims would be required. The devil is always in the detail !
    1 point
  37. Deposit holders will be contacted with dates for viewings at each dealer, those dates shown are extra days at each dealer than can be booked by interested parties who don't currently have a deposit down.
    1 point
  38. Be easier to recondition your linkage with a repair kit
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  39. Fire Red is just a great colour…but just one of many!😉😎
    1 point
  40. SJ sell them... https://www.sjsportscars.com/parts-and-accessories/X050B6078Z.htm
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  41. I love the front the back the side but most of all behind the wheel 😬
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  42. Nothing wrong with lots of pics. Love the blue! Great angle for the Exige also. 🙂
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