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  1. Apologies if this is common knowledge but I failed to find anything. The rubber lanyard on my Evora's fuel cap had degraded and was on the cusp of breaking. From Lotus you can buy the whole cap assembly but not just the lanyard. Did a bit of digging and managed to suss out that it's a JLR part. Same basic cap set up is on loads of Jags and Land Rovers. JLR don't sell the lanyards either but you can get them on ebay or even better I found these chaps who are a LR specialist who make their own. For a couple of quid more than ebay that seemed a better bet. It arrived, fitted in a couple of minutes, perfect. https://www.powerfuluk.com/jaguar-xf-fuel-filler-cap-replacement-tether-strap.html
    7 points
  2. Strong figures for the GT. A lot of that has to be down to the recent marketing that Lotus started pushing through various media channels and press cars that sort of diminished😔 after the initial NA Evora launch. Well, at least we all know how good they are 👍
    3 points
  3. You going for for the Morgan approach and adding a wooden frame to the Esprit?
    3 points
  4. Horses for courses indeed. loved my S1 but it needed me to retrim the interior to really get it how it should have come in the first place from the factory. Love my Evora 410 - the interior is easier to get in and out of than the S1 and despite it not being bathed in leather, it is undoubtedly better made/put together without having to worry about bolster wear, dash leather splitting etc. Again, what I loved most about my S1 interior was the brushed aluminium. I struggle at all to like the horrible black plasticky finish they used on those bits in the post MY12 cars. Just looks and feels tacky. So I guess my ideal S1 would be an NA, SR interior BUT with the brushed aluminium trims. Oh, that's what I ended up with, q'uell surprise Who'd have known lol...
    3 points
  5. Depends on person but personally I prefer the look of the original. The SR interior is much better put together then the LE that I had a go in and from reading around forums it seems lots of folks by now have realised that there is a point that power goes from being fun on the road to the point where is just constant restraint. I might potentially look at a GT level in the future (back to a better look) but I wouldn't go to a 400.
    3 points
  6. Tailgate release cable has now been replaced. What a game that was to remove from and refit the cable to the lever in the cabin! I didnt have any reason to suspect there was a problem with it before I started, but I think it was a worthwhile preventative job. The operation of the release is transformed as a result, its much smoother than it was before but I'm not sure how much of it is down to the new cable and how much is due to the lever not being properly secured to the bulkhead beforeI started by this now reinstated nut 🙄 I've also drilled out and tapped the two lower fixing holes for the seatbelt reel covers. The parts list shows those rubbish plastic push fit clips being used but I didn't find them very effective. Hopefully the M6 bolts I've replaced them with will be more successful. Both engine mount legs have been refitted and the engine secured to its mounts again. I'm not overly happy with the quality of the paint I've used. Despite following the instructions to the letter and baking the parts in the oven the paint chipped really easily while I was installing the engine mount legs I'm not going to do anything about it now, but maybe next time they're out I'll try a different finish. Right hand side tank is now also fully secured in by its top board and the wiring all routed where it should go, as far as I can remember.
    3 points
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  8. USA will be an important market moving forward. Let’s hope that the sales of the Emira exceed the respectable figures of the Evora (considering sales in other markets).
    2 points
  9. Hi Great news that you have a JPS, and that it will be saved. I think that the Elan +2 is beautiful to drive, its such a shame it is not as well regarded as the 2 seater Tony
    2 points
  10. https://www.carsguide.com.au/car-news/toyotas-secret-performance-car-plan-lotus-firms-as-production-partner-for-reborn-mr2
    2 points
  11. ***** Very remarkable ! USA Evora sales is suddenly strong accelerating and amazingly fast .........the last couple of days. Since 25/11/2021.... 57 minus 31 = 26 new Evora's are sold..........in only 5 days Autotrader listings (new): 30/09........112 Evora GT's 16/11..........67 " 25/11..........57 " 30/11..........31 " It now can be expected that before the end of 2021 almost all new available Evora's are sold whereas 2 weeks ago I expected that it would be end of January 2022
    2 points
  12. Great looking car! Not going to be many FE's with body coloured roof, side pods, mirrors and black rear transom, love that combo! Some thoughts on your bullet points @Inversed : - It's a lot easier to get in and out than I thought it will be (I'm in my early 30s however ) - I'm in my 40's and every time I do it I'm reminded that I could stand to lose a few kg! 😋 - Seats are quite hard and wheel is noticable off-center - Interesting! Because I sat in mine the other day and noticed that for my wonky body, the driving position is perfect?! The wheel seems ever so slightly out of line in my S2 Elise however, and reviews of that used to describe it as "perfect" and my old Boxster 986 too, was very misaligned for me, but never got mentioned in reviews. So maybe it is just me that is wonky! 😂 - TFT screen is tiny.. it's big enough, just I didn't expect it. - It is as big, and takes up as much space, as the old analogue instruments I think, so maybe this is in comparison to other cars? - The shifter click in soooo satisfying - Yes it is! - Car feels very quick (not really a surprise) - - Car is less spartan than I thought, it's quite a pleasant ride when you don't want a thrill. Even my gf said that - Totally agree. I was amazed at the general comfort and refinement of the car, when I thought it was going to be only bearable in small doses. - The cold-start roar! - 🤤 I know there were issues with your car so, so pleased to see it arrive and that you're happy with it! I knew it would be worth the wait. Congrats.
    2 points
  13. So with those 2021 GT production figures we have a total of 2,363 Evoras built for the US Series 1 NA .. 779 over 5 years production Series 1 SC .. 437 over 4 years Series 2 400 .. 412 over 2 years Series 2 410 .. 13 over 2 years Series 2 GT .. 722 over 2 years
    2 points
  14. Colours definitely updated - seem much more realistic Also noticed when you go to specify which gearbox - Its says 'V6 - Summer 2022' Delay ? or for the second round of FE's (i.e if you put down a deposit now)
    1 point
  15. You don’t get offered one when you are doing 59 in a 30 🤪
    1 point
  16. You've got aids!!!! Yikes.
    1 point
  17. I see they still won’t tell anyone outside of China the i4FE specs or pricing.
    1 point
  18. Should have had some design from Lotus. The covers would have been on back order - accident avoided 👍
    1 point
  19. The accountants probably told them they'd save fuel or something doing that...
    1 point
  20. Nimbus far more like Silver now - looks epic too. Not sure this helps as even the Yellow looks spectacular!
    1 point
  21. If you have the ODB2 module switched off it won’t read. It’s also interesting to know that if this ODB module is on the the Lotus Dealer Software won’t work. So when you get a service turn it off. cheers
    1 point
  22. Matching of the rods with not a great deal required. These are within 0.8g out of the box.
    1 point
  23. I do & own SMT up 494% since Jan 15, ATT up 214% since Sep 17, AAPL up 257% since Jan 19, NVDA up 122% since May 21 😃
    1 point
  24. Oh love the look of that MR2, looks like a baby Lambo! I presume its just some computer generated image by an artist that has had little inside knowledge of the actual design of the MR2? Wonder how close to the real design that is? Either way I'd be very glad to see the return of the MR2, I've liked all 3 versions of it a look forward to a 4th version of it. @KusaKusa, a Supra costs ~£51K, an Elise used to cost ~£45K and a GT86 costs ~£25K. I guess Toyota are aiming for around £40K for the MR2? Hmmm its a bit of a tight budget to use a bonded alu chassis? But not totally impossible ... maybe Toyota can save cost elsewhere and use economies of scale and other methods to produce something similar to an Elise for less than Lotus can? I guess the car will be a more traditional platform and have some input from Lotus on the chassis setup and engineering.
    1 point
  25. My feelings exactly, I’ve stuck with my 2013 SR S because of the Lambo/Audi styling and interior of the 400. The GT range is good looking but the Emira is cheaper (new) so the Emira will be my next version of the Evora 😉
    1 point
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  27. It’s almost certainly due to Covid and Brexit chap👍 probably best to just blame the French
    1 point
  28. They are obsolete as far as I'm aware. I had mine sleeved in stainless steel.
    1 point
  29. Invest in another one rather than shares......well maybe not. Will drop in and have a quick look it, as I have not been in to 'annoy' them for almost 2 weeks.
    1 point
  30. Hi Alex, Great to get some good news within this update. Excellent news on the inclusion of the top bleed for the pre-rads. I`ll be send you the sets of OEM compressor ducts with the names of those covered by those. Mike S
    1 point
  31. Try it.. just don't go with an expectation that the gear changes are DCT or ZF super fast.. they are quite smooth and once you get into the rhythm, using the paddles is just as engaging as a manual drive. Blips on downshifts are the best.
    1 point
  32. Regarding sound insulation, my 420 with no sound insulation or carpets, only mats, is quieter than my 2006 111R with full sound insulation in terms of road and engine noise. Up to 4,500rpm at least anyway. That's amazing to me considering the size of the tyres on the Exige. So it depends on what you're used to, I'd suggest. Knowing what I know now there is no way I'd spec sound insulation on one of these.
    1 point
  33. This is my little fella who just turned one.
    1 point
  34. not sure Luna looks impressed with her new look.
    1 point
  35. Chassis now in KTL and powdercoated, start of the rolling chassis build up
    1 point
  36. Christmas came early. I had a extremely welcome visit from Andrä to deliver the finished set of final carbon arches for the project. These are wonderfully crafted and I`m thrilled to be in the position to start with fitting those to the body in the coming days. Whilst Andrä was here, we had the delivery of the gearbox from X-Shift. Really looking forward to tackling the challenges of fitting this and the carbon clutch pack.
    1 point
  37. Sunday turned out to be a bit of a bad day in the garage. To start with I tripped exiting the conservatory while carrying the freshly painted engine mounting legs to the garage, throwing them across the driveway, chipping the new paint off them and in the process trashing one of the conservatory door blinds 😧 So after repainting them for a second time I decided to put the boards on top of the tanks to run into my next problem; they wouldn't fit.... Oh look, the tanks are back out of the car again Turns out I made a bit of a cock-up with the foam pads on top and bottom of the tanks. I measured the original sponges and they were 20mm thick, so I order the same thickness in the replacement closed cell foam. What I completely failed to consider in doing so, was how much the foam gets compressed during installation of the boards on top of the tanks. With the 20mm neoprene foam I used initially it barely compresses at all, which meant the tanks sat ~20mm too high in their wells and so I couldn't install the top board brackets back onto the bulkhead because the tanks were in the way. Throwing the engine mount legs across the driveway probably saved me some time in the long run, because had I refitted them on Sunday as planned I'd have had to take them straight back off again to get the tanks out for a second time. Silver linings and all that! After sourcing some 10mm thickness foam, removing the first batch from the tanks and refitting them I'm now back to where I was last Saturday, with the top board fitted on the passenger side to prove it does now fit 😌. Next challenge is to work out how to get the tailgate release cable off the cabin release lever so I can replace that before I refit the tank board on the driver's side. It'll be much easier to replace with the board out of the way I suspect, particularly since the ECM won't be in the way.
    1 point
  38. Sport 240 Final Edition 2021 review
    1 point
  39. Alan, thanks for your feedback on my badly written ad. Would you care to use specific examples as how better it could be written please as I'm slightly confused. The ad also states the car is a 2010 (check out the 'item specifics' section) but I shall make it clear in the title and also the description so as to avoid confusing other people like you. Thanks again.
    1 point
  40. More preparation today - light polish on the crankshaft journals and camshaft bearings. Dry fit of the marginally taller ductile iron liners, as this engine will be running higher boost (removing liner stand-in). Installation of oil pump, PRV and fresh front IMS roller bearing. Need to weight rods and pistons etc. These Saenz special rods are really sometthing.
    1 point
  41. After hoovering up all the accumulated rubbish in the tank wells, drilling out the crossover pipe grommet rivets (no easier than the first time I did it!) and replacing a couple of the sidewall securing rivets the tanks are now in. Seemed to go in much easier than they came out. Probably helped that gravity was on my side this time and also the tanks each weigh half as much as before. If I get chance tomorrow I'll be aiming to get the engine secured back onto its mounts.
    1 point
  42. I went for the more coordinated look:
    1 point
  43. Unwrapped the tanks this morning to take a better look at them and I'm really, really impressed with them. RH tank LH tank You were right about the quality of them @Chillidoggy, the fabrication and welding in particular is exquisite. There is a small part of me that wants to put a window in the side of the car to show them off 😆 Given the tanks felt significantly lighter than the OE items I decided to do a quick crude weigh in with my bathroom scales to see what the difference really was. OE RH Tank - 10.5kg OE LH tank - 10.0kg The new tanks on their own were too light to get a reading from my scales, so I had to weigh them together. The two together weigh 9kg, less than the lightest of the original tanks on its own. I think Mr Chapman would approve The actual weight comparison is shown below for those that are interested. OE steel tank Axminster alloy tank RH Tank 10.5kg 4.7kg LH Tank 10.0kg 4.3kg
    1 point
  44. “Your comments are unhelpful”, the most condescending phrase ever used in a debate. Ade is expressing his opinion Tom, a little forcefully perhaps, but he is entitled to do so. None of us will know where Lotus have pitched the tour/sport balance until we drive each iteration. Until then we are all guessing which will suit each of us individually. Gavan is undoubtedly a much better driver than me, but he is not me. My point was that button-adjustable damping would potentially please everyone. I know that. Neither is PASM. If Lotus are chasing the Porsche market, it’s maybe something to consider.
    1 point
  45. New roll-cage in production
    1 point
  46. Stringent noise regs were not introduced until 1996. Why would the Turbo esprit be noisier than the S3 NA which does not have the undertray? If anything the undertray would reflect engine noise up through the vents and increase it. The airflow design is obvious when you look under the car with the undertray fitted and see where the side dusts exhaust to. If Roger Becker said the vents and undertray were added for cooling I dont see any reason to doubt it. I would think at high speed the engine bay temp would get extremely hot with reduced airflow, under turbo boost conditions. Not hot enough to cause any immediate and obvious problem but hot enough to cook everything and shorten life of components such as hoses, seals, engine mounts and other rubber parts, clutch slave, alternator, ignition module etc. Extreme condition of no air flow at all and this happens. Not suggesting it would reach this condition in reality.
    1 point
  47. Up and out by 5 am this morning to make the most of the empty roads ?
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  48. Now back home from our Euro trip. Some amazing roads and scenery. Will do a write up of the driving in a couple of days but in the meantime here's one of my favourites shots at the top of the Furka Pass As the clouds gather on the Grimsel Pass
    1 point
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