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  1. Hi, Just agreed a deal on a well known 2010 Evora NA in aquamarine- AU10 BHE soon to be joining the household here in East Devon. Many thanks to @EGTE for looking after her so beautifully (and for deciding to buy a new 410!). I’ve been a fan of Lotus since in short trousers and finally have been able to take the plunge… Hoping for decent weather this weekend and beyond, planning not to worry too much about adding some mileage 😁 cheers, Mark
    6 points
  2. So I hit, for me personally, a very important financial and work milestone today that means despite what happens at work I can, if I choose to, retire at the end of January 2022 at the grand old age of 55! I've been working and paying my way (taxes) for 39 years, so 40 years by the time I am 55, so it's been a long time coming. It's lifted a huge pressure of my shoulders as I now know that if work decided to kick me out, then I have three months notice (which would take me to my 55th birthday) and enough in the tank to not have to worry about paying the bills. That's a massive reduction in stress so who knows, I may now rant a lot less and be less of a grumpy bugger! (but where would the fun be in that?) Got a nice bottle of French red breathing to celebrate (even after Brexit I knew I'd still be able to get my beloved French reds....) and to cap it all, my nice new Black and Gold British, non EU, passport arrived this morning.... So as of now, I shift from working because I need to, I must do. To, working because I'm enjoying it. Anyone pisses me off too much, I can just say "thanks and bye". The only other time I felt like such a weight being lifted off me (well, apart from the "crushing" fetish nights ) was when I finally managed to pay my mortgage off 6 years ago - an event that allowed me to buy my first, beloved, Lotus! So, probably should have posted this in the "what made me happy thread". But maybe I'll post in there later on, about the French red I celebrated with This year I've been buying some tools in preparation for the retirement - so far that includes a belt sander, a bench saw, a mitre saw, a drill press, bench grinder, an impact wrench, a 6 ton log splitter, a nice vice, a router and quite a few other bits and bobs. I've used these to experiment and make "cabinets" on wheels for my mitre saw (which folds away for a clean top), my bench saw with integrated guides, my drill press, and bench grinder, etc. They all clip together too, all at the same height to form a "block" or line of cabinets that I can wheel around the garage, or join together for a nice flat bench etc. I've also been making my own French Cleat system too, and am just starting to make the attachments for drill bits, screw bits, tools, storage etc. One thing I won't be, when i do actually retire, is bored!
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  3. Hi Trev, The SWLC engines are typically offered on an exchange basis, meaning engine swap. The 918 engine is not a fragile engine ! The liner sealand issue is unlikely to be a problem on any current running engine. It was only relevant to the early produced engines and could be triggered by an overheating event. The majority of other issues can be associated to either poor maintenance, use of poor aftermarket parts, poorly rebuilt or ill advised tuning options. The 918 is an interference engine and is not designed with indexed half-speed idlers or cam pulleys. These are held in place through bolt clamp forces. If insufficient clamp is applied, the engine can fall out of timing and result in damage. You do see quite a few failures as a result of oil pressure issues, either from the PRV or blocked galleries as a result of too much sealant being used. Those kind of failures would kill any engine. Being turbocharged (but not chargecooled in standard form), greater power can be released with a simple increase in boost pressure. As the engine components are selected for the designed output, it is easy to overwhelm the cast pistons, BE shells and cooling system. As the engine is not chargecooled, the 918 puts a massive amount of heat into the oil. There are twin oil coolers, but it is natural that higher inlet temps will result in higher oil temperature. I build upgraded 918s, but being based in Germany means that there would be some additional cost associated because of Brexit. You can go crazy with the specification, but typical options are engine chargecooling, hybrid turbochargers, ductile iron liners, upgraded BE shells, forged rods and forged pistons. In any case, I am happy to provide remove support or answer any other V8 questions that you have.
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  4. Yup! Those are phone pics but have a proper camera and will post those pics up when I'm back in the office 👍
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  5. https://www.necclassicmotorshow.com/pride-of-ownership-finalists Come along say hello and more importantly vote Lotus! My S1 will also be there on the Practical classics stand.
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  6. I can confirm what TomE just posted - I was at Hethel today - Scott Walker (UK Sales Manager) confirmed that queue places (whichever queue you opt for/end up in - i.e. V6FE, i4FE, base + own spec) are all based solely on initial deposit date/time, as long as 2nd and 3rd deposits, and config choices, are made by the deadlines set when requested by Lotus. For anything other than V6 FE cars, these won't be requested yet....
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  7. My understanding is that the config is not even locked in at this stage, that will happen when you are asked to make your deposit up to 10% of the final price. I was under the impression that this would be December/January 2022. Agree that your original deposit date is your place in the queue. All very difficult to get a definitive picture. Personally, I am not a fan of the new Lotus approach to buying a car, I feel like I am buying a box of pencils from Amazon, the whole process makes it about as exciting with no physical dealer (retailer) involvement and no proper relationship development. I remember my father complaining that the world was changing too quickly and he didn't like all the changes, I have realised I have turned into him!!
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  8. I haven't got past run in miles yet but I feel like my exhaust valve isn't set up. It sounds consistently loud everywhere and doesn't get exponentially louder at 4500rpm like others describe. I don't mind but I can't go out in the morning without waking up the household and neighborhood 🤣
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  9. I agree wholeheartedly. My wife runs a Mercedes SLK which to many folk has the appearance of a sports car. I can assure them it most definitely is not. The steering is slow witted, handling very poor and the brakes aren’t great either. It goes well in a straight line, but sports car it most certainly ain’t. When she first bought it, I joined an SLK specialist forum just to learn a bit more about the car. It was an American forum as it happens and I particularly recall one thread where they were all discussing what a great sports car they are and how theirs would have the beating of anything on the roads! 🤷‍♂️ I was feeling in a mischievous mood and, if I’m honest, probably had a few glasses of something, so immediately tore into the thread making fun of their assertion at what a great sports car the SLK is. Naturally enough I told them how the car couldn’t hold a candle to proper sports cars like Lotus etc etc including the reasons why. Funnily enough they took exception to that and banned me for life! 😂🤣
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  10. Hi All, Just a quick hello to introduce as I've recently joined the Lotus fraternity finally becoming an Esprit owner! It's literally a boyhood dream come true as its always been my favourite sports car. I feel very lucky and privileged to join an elite club and look forward to asking lots of questions on the forum.🙂 Krgds, Nu
    2 points
  11. The red hose that’s going to the exhaust doesn’t matter so much, although I would still bung it to stop dirt and crap getting there. Once that is disconnected it will never see any pressure or vacuum. What you ideally need to do is blank off the solenoid that it was removed from. (The little black cylinder with a black hose and the red hose you removed) The easiest way to do this is add a very short section of hose back on it with a bolt in it or something.
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  12. The actuator on that flap has a spring and a diaphragm which is actuated by vacuum. The vacuum hose on the actuator is connected to the vacuum tank via an electronically controlled solenoid. When the car is started normally, the ECU tells the solenoid valve to open and apply vacuum to the actuator. This closes the valve and makes the car quiet. At 4500rpm the ECU sends a signal to the solenoid valve to change position. It closes the path the vacuum tank, and also dumps the ‘trapped’ vacuum to atmosphere. At this point the spring in the actuator returns the exhaust flap to the open position making the car loud. The override switch fitted in the car tells the ECU to send a signal to the solenoid valve to remove the vacuum regardless of engine rpm. Removing the red hose is simply another way of removing vacuum from the actuator. It’s also why you need to ‘bung’ the output from the solenoid valve, as otherwise you’ve introduced a small vacuum leak whenever the car is below 4500rpm.
    2 points
  13. No problem. It worked fine on my 2019 410, so hopefully yours will be the same. 🙂
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  14. I was told this categorically by senior Lotus folks. Date of first deposit (to Lotus or to dealer if before the online system opened) determines your place in the relevant build queue for whichever variant you pick.
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  15. It is possible to know if the switch is going to work before ordering it. The connector you found has the two contacts exposed inside it. Start the car, and then just briefly short them together using something metal like a screwdriver or paper clip. If the exhaust flap opens (and you get a message on the dash) then you know the switch will work without any other changes required.
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  16. @Bibs I take these will be at the factory from today for viewing?
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  17. Yes the seal against the glass is flocked to ease movement up and down. Photos to follow!
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  18. What did she break? Ankle? Leg? Hip? Rib? Arm?
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  19. they will get used to it. 😅 They should be paying you for the aural pleasure!
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  20. And there you have a typical Friday night in Watford.
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  21. X-Shift 6-speed gearbox almost ready for assembly. Gearbox has over 600 lb/ft torque rating.
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  22. What a great [email protected]! Something I can relate to as well with my experience of mates having a test drive in my car. I'm always banging on about how most cars don't have any character to them anymore and my mates don't really understand what I'm on about. Sure these cars go fast, some go fast in a straight line some go fast round bends but there is always something missing from the equation. Then you jump into an Evora and it be might slower than the other cars but it just puts a smile on your face and you get a real sense of emotion and drama from it. Something that the other cars can't offer, even the ones that go round the bends quicker than the Evora. I drive my car for pleasure not lap times (event when I'm on the track) so for me the sign of a good car is one that puts a smile on my face and stirs up emotion rather than a car than gets me round a lap quicker. My mates get in for a ride and almost instantly they suddenly... "get it"! A few times even from the passenger seat they can feel there is something different about a Lotus compared to other cars but certainly when they take it for a quick spin and hold the steering wheel. I find it funny that petrol heads or car nuts are buying cars that give little feedback or emotion with so much popularity that car makers keeping giving them more of the same. And then when these same car nuts do drive a car that lights up the synapses start praising it like it was the best thing ever!
    2 points
  23. Instant gratification, the more method🤗, could always try the old fashioned and little used, "save up" method😱
    2 points
  24. I think Paul is saying that although it’s a good idea to bung the red hose the priority is more with blanking off the solenoid outlet that the red hose came off which can be done by snipping off an inch of the red hose then zip tying it or putting a tight fitting bolt in the hose (or both) then refitting it to the solenoid outlet to blank it off so it doesn’t draw in any dirty and debris. That being said and I’m definitely no expert but if the switch is so easy to fit and only £60 it seems silly not to just fit the switch. Each to their own though and you can cut the red hose anywhere and fit a fish tank valve which is open and closeable if you don’t mind pulling over and opening the rear tailgate to access it every time but how much more convenient is it to have a button in the cockpit to open and close the valve 🏆 My neighbours don’t know it yet but they owe me one 😂😂😂
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  25. I am there tomorrow afternoon. Will see if I can get a few pics. Weather not looking so good for sunny outdoor shots.
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  26. This is a picture of the manifold and the actuator. Pretty simple set up
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  27. @Mitch Foden-Clarke thanks for the pictures and clarification. Love it that you can easily integrate the switch 👍 So after you unplugged the red hose, flap was always opened? This means that the car is actively closing (I guess vacuum) the flap under 4000 RPM? Waiting for an Exige, so cannot test... but what is the initial status of the flap during the ignition procedure? I guess it's opened for a second, or not?
    1 point
  28. Switch ordered from SJ, not in stock unfortunately so it’ll be a 1 week lead time but I’ll be glad to try it when it arrives 👍👍👍 Absolutely loving the car mate, I love everything about it! It would be hard to say a bad word about it, it is the perfect car 😍 Looking forward to getting on track next year when the weather perks up a bit. Quite fancy a trip to the ring with a stop at Spa on the way 🤔😁
    1 point
  29. so @Mitch Foden-Clarkehow are you liking the 430 cup?
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  30. no mate. it goes usually on the left of the steering column. but you have your trraction knob there i think...
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  31. Sparky's Friday nights are legendary however a little too upmarket for me. T.
    1 point
  32. Thanks @exeterjeep, I certainly hope we have a mild winter! November may not be the ideal time to buy an Evora but it did happen to be the time when all the cards fell into place! My brother is down in deepest Cornwall (with a millennium Elise) so that sounds like a reasonable excuse for a drive already 😄
    1 point
  33. And only a short crawl to the the Peace Hospice - also one of my former favourite shops SRS microsystems and camera shop?
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  35. There could be some truth in that. I think that when launched the SE beat both Porsche and Ferrari’s offerings at the time. So maybe the thoughts were why make it any more powerful!
    1 point
  36. Hotel booked Sparkles. What time is the first beer?
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  38. I'm working on setting up a clock repair and restoration business. This clock is nearly as old as me. Battery leak which made a bit of a mess. I'm restoring it back to what it should look like. And this is the inside of a cuckoo clock that was my mum and dads. There is a lot of work to be done to the movement as well as the woodwork of the clock.
    1 point
  39. JPS 092 will be returning to the road soon after 20+ years 🙂 From NEW 092 did not have "World Champion" on the doors
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  40. JCB, big front bucket, scoop the twits out of the way and dump them in the back of a high sided truck, preferably one that had recently been used to transport slurry, before it had been cleaned. Job done. Protestors get on the news as they wished, and everyone else can get on with their lives without being inconvenienced. Sorted.
    1 point
  41. I had to double check for myself ... yes it is a join 👍
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  42. https://www.evo.co.uk/lotus/evora/202346/lotus-evora-gt410-review-more-refined-but-no-less-fun A button lets you open the valves throughout the rev range and Lotus tells us it’s possible to have them permanently closed if your local trackday has particularly harsh noise regulations, but the engine breathes better with them open. I did not know this was possible. At least this feature does not seem to be available on the Exige (even if they share the same engine & exhaust).
    1 point
  43. Had to buy the switch from Lotus - part number A138M0088F (number 18 in this diagram) £48.94 + VAT https://www.deroure.com/diagrams.asp?MAK=1&MDL=40&TBL=11961&SMA=0&SMO=0&ST=&SC=0 No need to go to dealer (Sorry, back on topic now!)
    1 point
  44. I started with a fish tank valve which allowed me to leave the valves open. Then installed the switch (ordered from a Lotus dealer). Couldn't have been easier - drop the steering column cover and the wiring's all there. Installed and replaced fish tank valve with a basic hose connector. All works fine.
    1 point
  45. I think you are right in that it has to open above 4K revs to let the engine breathe. Hence opening it sooner May also help with breathing.
    1 point
  46. Not sure why it didn’t work. The exhaust control valve is held closed I.e in quiet mode, by a vacuum. Therefore if you just disconnect the pipe from the vacuum solenoid valve that runs down to the exhaust valve then the exhaust valve will never close and the exhaust will be loud all the time. Because you don’t really want dirt being sucked in then the vacuum solenoid should be capped and the “loose” pipe for completeness. As far as retrofitting the button is concerned, assuming the required connection points are in the original 410 wiring loom, my understating is that the opening of the exhaust valve is directly controlled from the ECU, and hence since it was never intended to work with an override button, the standard 410 ECU mapping will need to be tweaked/reprogrammed in order to enable the required functionality. Though since I personally haven’t had this done I might be talking BS! Some Lotus dealers appear willing to do this button modification whereas others wont, either way for me it’s a question where would you stand on warranty with Lotus should the engine go pop., though the same could be said for this less intrusive “aquarium” method. At the end of the day you take a chance.
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