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  1. A double wammy for me. Last Sunday I got a "noisiest car in Kelsae pal. But, boy, does it sound good" comment from a punter in the square And, several hours later on the way home from Mellerstain house a couple of mid 20's females lifted up their short skirts and flashed their knickers. Result 😉
    9 points
  2. Very little progress has occurred on the big project, but little is better than none. (She said) Some may have noticed my absence over the past 2 years, in October 20 I suddenly lost the use of my left triceps, no pain just couldn't lift my arm, not good news for a carpet fitter, but the eventual diagnosis of nerve damage could have been worse. Anyway, after 18 months things have begun to improve, we're back at it with the Esprit carpets, and I've now sorted the impossible to reach heater valve (broken cable), fitted one of our Wessex wool carpet sets and got the interior refitted.
    9 points
  3. Just come off the phone speaking with Scott as he had previously told me he was having the car for the day, yesterday, and was keen to hear all about it. For those who don't know, Scott, is a senior management long-term Lotus employee and Lotus fan. That is his stunning yellow Esprit and he also has a very low mileage S1 Elise. He also once owned the lovely little Europa to be seen at Bell & Colville. Easily the most passionate chap at Lotus I have met. Ade: So Scott, come on, how did it go? Scott: It is fantastic. I really want to get one now He drove the Nimbus car. He has had a smile on all day and is working out how to buy one - seriously. Yes, he works for Lotus but I can assure you, and some of you know him, THIS is Gold. Some Lotus DNA in a daily GT car! THAT is an achievement.
    8 points
  4. So this weekend we had a members only Norfolk Performance car Club meeting at Ket Hall, Lotus were there and so were a couple of dealers. There was some serious Metal (and GFRP) there. Tens of Millions of pounds worth. It was awesome and a cracking day! Thought you non Norfolk people may want to have a look! Also an Arty Video by Wendy.
    7 points
  5. Just back from a weekend in Axminster. Met up with an oppo in his AM Vantage and we "pootled" around South East Devon with me taking the lead in the Evora. His summary of the weekend was that the Evora was bloody noisy and got all the turned heads, pointing, waves and smiles - much to his annoyance.
    7 points
  6. I try to be realistic, rather than too pessimistic or optimistic. But, trying to keep a sense of reality is bloody hard if I spend too much time on Emira forums!
    6 points
  7. It was filmed a while ago at Anglesey. Chris Harris posted a teaser pic back in March (below), so the car is a similar age to the white VP007 used for the TG magazine and online reviews at the time. A shame it's a prototype and not a more recent nearly final pre-prod version, but filming schedules will have dictated it. Also it was cold and wet when they filmed, so it'll be interesting to see if it's a Sports + Cup2s car or not. I think he enjoyed it. In the video trailer he says "I love it".
    6 points
  8. Blimey. Ha, have to laugh. Such agendas here. On this forum, we fall into 4 camps, and since I joined, people have stayed in them. 1. Die hard Lotus fans who will knock the Emira and Lotus at every chance - backhanded compliments at best 2. Those who have no great opinion either way and looking for information and to perhaps get caught up in the buzz 3. Those who have had a Lotus and see both the greatness and failings of Lotus 2.0 and both support, and sometimes, attack Lotus 2.0 4. New to Lotus - they can do no wrong - what a fantastic achievement 'fanboys'. We all know who we are. I am in the last group and proud of it as I see this car in complete isolation from previous Lotus, and even other cars. As soon as Lotus announced they were making their last ever ICE I immediately put 2 deposits down instead of getting a Huracan/Gt3/458 Spider and have since been blown away that a small company (yes, with new funding) has built a new factory, massively stepped up quality control (we saw this on the tour) and designed an exceptionally good looking car, which has come so close to matching a hugely backed and evolved car in the Cayman. The fact we are all different is great! I need my optimism tempered with reality, I know that. However, those in Group 1 are not going to spoil my moment. I have, and have had, some nice cars but I have never been so excited to get a new car in all my long life. I am personally not frustrated with their comms and marketing BUT have been mentioning this to Lotus, in the interests of all, for ages. In the next couple of years (yes, I have the patience) I do have the confidence that things will improve dramatically. Back to reviews. Yes, I wanted them to be all glowing (newer ones may yet still be) but this does not undermine what a fantastic achievement this has been so far from a small UK (foreign backed) company full of passionate people.
    5 points
  9. How many owners track their Evora's? I bet it's single figures as a percentage. The Emira will more likely be the same, hence the EVO review wasn't really justified. As with the Evora, yes is can go on track and for most drivers will be more car than they'll ever need but it won't see the other side of the pit wall very often I don't think.
    4 points
  10. You're upset because you see what you want to see so you can be upset. Nowhere am I saying previous Lotus cars or principles were "shite" as you say. And you haven't ripped anything out of me, you vastly over-estimate your importance and abilities. Colin Chapman himself couldn't make his automobile company profitable. He himself recognized that he needed to change from the Elite, Elan, Europa and upgrade his cars to be more than just minimalist track cars that were street legal. The Elan was a terrific little car, albeit with some issues which owners were willing to deal with because they loved the car otherwise. The Esprit was a beautiful car. After he passed away, the company struggled and continued to. The Elise was a beautiful little car, but the problem is with all those small, light cars is they were not mass market cars. They were specialty cars for a special but very small segment of the customer base, and unfortunately that base isn't profitable enough to stay in business, management issues or not. Statements some make like: "I've had my Lotus (whatever) for the past 15 years and I love it" is fantastic as a statement about the car, but terrible for business. In order to stay in business, you need more than your customer buying one car every 15 years. You need a continuous stream of buyers every year, and enough of them to stay in business. The old cars, as nice as they were for the specialty segment that loved them, just weren't enough. Yes of course Geely did not buy Lotus for the cars, that's quite obvious, and why Lotus had to discontinue everything they were making.... because IT WASN'T AND ISN'T PROFITABLE. NOT viable as a philosophy for BUSINESS. There's nothing in that statement that slights the products themselves for what they were; they just weren't marketable enough to be able to work to stay in business. You think it's solely about management, yet the same management of the last 4 years comes out with a new car that IS marketable for the bigger marketplace, and suddenly they have more orders in 12 months than sales for the Evora in the last 12 YEARS. That's the result of recognizing that the very small market segment of people Lotus had struggled to stay in business catering to, needed to be expanded to include more than that segment. That original small segment is now wearing sackcloth and ashes lamenting the change, but it had to be for Lotus to stay in business. Well yeah Geely bought Lotus for the brand and engineering; it certainly wasn't for their highly profitable sales portfolio. My posts are in fact thoughtful and researched, it's just that you are more emotional about this change than you want to admit, and you're seeing things through that lens that you don't realize is coloring your perception of what's being said and why. The Elite was beautiful; didn't sell enough. It had a 6 year run and sold about 1,000 cars total. Then the automotive world really became very aware of Lotus when Jim Clark and Graham Hill were winning races with Colin's cars, built with his design principles and philosophy. They continued to be aware when Collin's F1 cars kept winning F1 championships into the 1970's. The non-automotive world became aware of Lotus because Emma Peel drove an Elan in The Avengers television show; because Patrick McGoohan drove a Lotus 7 in The Prisoner; because it became a James Bond car in The Spy Who Loved Me. People knew about Lotus. The Elan was produced for 12 years, and sold about 11,000 cars in total. 60 years later at the end of its run, the Evora sells about 6,000 cars total after a 12 year run. Meanwhile GM, Ford, etc. were outselling Lotus hundreds of thousands to one each year because they understood where the money was. It wasn't because of any defects in Chapman's engineering or design principles. It was because those principles by themselves as a strict philosophy don't produce a car that appeals to the mass market, where the money is. It's all now water under the bridge. The old era is coming to an end, along with the times where you could make a car that weighs less than a ton and legally sell it. The Emira is a great move on the part of Lotus, because it shows they've adjusted and are now able to reach enough of the market segment where the money is, to stay in business. I recognize and applaud them for that. And on that note, I'm done with this conversation.
    4 points
  11. Out with a bunch of Elise Cups.
    4 points
  12. My P&J must have inspired a fair bit of positive reaction at a car show I attended today as I came away with this nice little addition to my mantle shelf, .
    4 points
  13. After the disappointment of a couple of weeks ago when I attended what I thought was going to be a typical general car show only to find myself in the middle of a slam and stance chav-fest, today's outing to a combined truck and car show was much more satisfying. An eclectic mix of cars, everything from film-inspired copies of the 'Herbie' Beetle and Kitt from 'Night Rider' through an array of classics (European and American) to several examples from various supercar stables. Here are a couple of pics of the class winners...........................Hmmm? One of them looks strangely familiar, . I wasn't even aware that there was any sort of judging going to be taking place so I didn't do any special preparation beforehand, just went out at 6 this morning and gave its face a wash. Well chuffed with a nice bit of glassware, for 'Best Modern Car', to stick on the mantle shelf.
    4 points
  14. I've spent a bit of time going through the reviews over the last few days (as I need to decide whether to go ahead with my AMG FE order) both on YouTube and in the written press. The only one that seems to be critical is the Evo track review, the Henry Catchpole review in the magazine is very good (4 star, not quite as good to drive as a Cayman but looks amazing and build very well), the Car review against the Cayman and A110 is very complementary, and it comes across more in the written form than the YouTube video. Seems to be the same across the board, engine/gearbox a bit old hat (hope AMG can fix that), not quite as good as a Cayman above 8/10ths (important for Journalists and the driving gods on here, probably not for mere mortals like myself) and a bit heavy for a Lotus. None of that really puts me off when looking as the junior supercar styling, the fact they have finally nailed an interior that I can live with as a daily driver and frankly watching just how much fun Harry Metcalf was having blasting around in the car on roads that he knows like the back of his hand. Like most on here, I was hoping for a 5*, kicks the Caymans arse type of review but being realistic, given just how mature the Cayman platform is and how good Porsche are at making cars that was unlikely to happen. I know which one I'd rather have on my drive.
    3 points
  15. not any day of any week 😂 Just had these send through, so had to share - rude not to. for the Twingo article, you'll have to actually buy the mag! 😆
    3 points
  16. There are merits in all the various debates above. the emira has the wow factor in looks, and there was a hope that it would blow the competition away in the driving department too. That just hasn’t happened - it seems to be good, very good but not quite enough to be universally acclaimed as the best, and I think that’s why quite a few are disappointed. i put myself in section 3 of Evotions list and I will almost certainly still buy it but I can recognise its shortfalls. I bought an Evora launch edition which came out to probably better reviews than the Emira but a global financial downturn at the time surely had a big impact in sales at the time and it never recovered. I suspect many will drop out of deposits but I am pretty confident that there will be many new deposits to replace them. in reality most sports car buyers are not real enthusiasts otherwise ‘old lotus’ would have been profitable enough. most want something that looks good and handles well enough and makes the neighbours think they are doing well for themselves - hence to date they have largely bought a porker. Those buyers are unlikely to frequent these forums but I am sure the emira fits many of their needs on looks alone.
    3 points
  17. I get what you’re saying but, “Lotus UK Sales Manager says his product is fantastic” shock! I’m not cancelling my order, but c’mon…
    3 points
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    3 points
  19. This is the first time that I have ordered a Lotus having previously owned BMWs, a Porsche, Mercedes and currently an F Type. As has already been said if the Emira was a stripped out track car I would not be buying it so Lotus has achieved its objective and widened its market . I do still have concerns however over build quality, reliability and ongoing support and servicing. I am due to take delivery in November so hope the car meets expectations. In July I have booked a session on the track at Lotus to see how it handles. The safe option would have been a Cayman but it just doesn’t have the wow factor that the Emira has.
    2 points
  20. but off the track, you should be handing in your license if you drive within 5/10 of the car's ability
    2 points
  21. Hi Guys I purchased the Inokinetic TALL Rails for my 2021 Exige 420 FE last year - direct from Inokinetic in California. They were a great product - but unfortunately TALL Rails don't fit Elise/Exige which are MY17.5 onwards as Lotus redesigned the seat runners and changed the position of the screw holes to attach the runners to the chassis - see picture below which shows the TALL Rails in my car and why they are now too long for MY17.5 onwards: Happily for me, I was able to sell my TALL Rails on to @milesofsmiles (Alasdair). I'm sure Alasdair would be able to give you an update on how these have worked for him - also see his latest post on the subject here. If you have a MY17.5 onwards car, then @tactical lizard (Kev) might be able to help you out. Kev designed and had fabricated some lower moveable seat rails and then some even lower fixed rails specifically for MY17.5 onwards - see Kev's thread here. I have Kev's fixed rails in my Exige and they are fantastic. Good luck! Ryan
    2 points
  22. Well I think there's an important difference between a sports car buyer, and what's called a "real enthusiast". A sports car buyer isn't necessarily a track car buyer. They want the looks, performance and fun of a sports car, but not at the expense of reasonable comfort and drivability on the street. This includes NVH. They are an enthusiast, just not a track enthusiast. Track enthusiasts consider themselves "real" enthusiasts, which is a bit of a conceit in my opinion. A track enthusiast wants track performance which means certain things like power and handling take priority over everything else. They're okay with minimalist comforts and NVH because they want to blast around on a track. Track enthusiasts are a very small segment of the market. Sports car enthusiasts are a much bigger segment, and that's where Lotus needs to be aiming at like they are with the Emira. The orders for the Emira show the wisdom of that approach as a business decision.
    2 points
  23. You cannot beat that Twingo, though.
    2 points
  24. Page 72. An article on a certain restored and modernised Lotus Esprit S2, in gold! How exciting. Classic.Retro.Modern is a relatively new mag established, I think to cover cars of all ilk, from the sublime... etc. Mine is more at the sublime end. Link to their site is: https://classicretromodern.com/product/pre-order-issue-12-retail-shop-cover-edition-now-on-sale-in-the-shops-on-1st-june-2022-free-pp-uk-only/ Can't place the article here of course, but I do recommend the mag, mainly for it's wide cross-section of cars, plus because this edition has my car in it! And on a side note, important to keep the Esprit alive, if you know what I mean, in the minds of the wider car enthusiast, and especially the earlier ones as they are seen less and less. Awe. Some.
    2 points
  25. Thanks for all the feedback, I’ve just been rereading above responses and also the threads regarding your S1 builds, with respect to the doors……thank you for the inputs as I jumped into the side bar private reg conversation and got distracted. The build up process seems daunting @Fridge and also in view of your thread @Lotusfab, also Paul with the historical issues back in the day from your thread…. Going back to Dave’s comments about dry hanging the doors, mine came mostly complete but one was off the car, the other assembled and on the car. Both had various bits taken off, locks / window motors etc but are still complete assemblies. The NS door was complete and hung (seemed ok) so I removed this as a single unit, at the time with a view to take as a complete assembly to the painters. But it’s too heavy so I will need to strip both to get the skins off or risk them getting damaged anyway. Dave, you mentioned scoring the beams which I will do to get the approximate positions of everything anyway. Window frames have the quarters in and these are staying as appear to be in OK condition. I’ll record all the shims but to your point above Dave, the doors will need rebuilding from beam upwards anyway, so I may not faff around dry fitting them before paint and delay the rebuild as a result. Major components will be back to me soon so need to juggle the body and mechanical space around, milestone for me to get the bare painted body back on the mechanicals, but could still be a while away! Photo added of aerial hole filled in, deleting this to maintain the lines….
    2 points
  26. Well I know it wasn't bloody Boron!
    2 points
  27. What a lot of bollocks. Realy"!??!?? All that for some clickbait. Yes, it might not completely be to everyone's taste or feel but a lot of us have held it and people who have driven it have told me it is absolutely fine. It just winds me up when a small percentage thing is mentioned to diminish the strength of the overall package. "This doesn’t happen in cars where the steering wheel rotates in a fixed circle. Like, just off the top of my head, a Porsche Cayman GTS 4.0. " Umm. Another clear 'Buy the Cayman" statement. Yes, the Cayman is likely the better car, for most people, given it is a known package but why do we, in this country, always try to knock our top brands for the slightest thing rather than sing about the great stuff, whilst briefly mentioning the other stuff not so good. Thanks- feel better now.
    2 points
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    2 points
  29. Congratulations! That’s the thread won for me. No-one’s going to top that.
    2 points
  30. Rack or T/R end play should be picked up during MoT. Pretty simple to feel for yourself: get the front in the air and see if there's any play at each wheel before the steering wheel moves. Tiny back and forth movements should yield a discernible knock. Sometimes worth getting someone to wiggle the steering wheel and laying hands on the rods and ends; you'll certainly feel any wear that way. Very rare that power racks go south on these, but T/R ends will eventually wear. Toe should be adjusted at the ends only after other settings are within parameters, although this may be an iterative process.
    2 points
  31. So who here can remember what the Worlde of the day is an hour after finding it? I can't. Think my brain is full, that or just getting old.
    2 points
  32. I’ll settle for that 😊 Wordle 359 4/6 ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟨 🟨🟩🟨⬜⬜ 🟨🟩⬜🟨🟨 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
    2 points
  33. Wordle 358 4/6 🟨⬛⬛🟩⬛ 🟨🟨⬛🟩⬛ ⬛🟩🟩🟩🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Four! Really, Four!
    2 points
  34. Since I'm updating...what a piece of kit this is, I've owned this 3.6td V8 for a few years now, don't it ever go, yes it not cheap to run but I love it, the grandchildren love it, my niece refuses to go in the wife's car if we go anywhere, it sounds like a V8 Hemi and pulls like one, best car I've driven since the Daimler Vanden Plas .
    2 points
  35. Every time I see another photo Wish I got the Red. The Silver. The Green with the Tan. Oh the White Interior looks awesome. Very photogenic in all the launch colours! EXCITED!
    2 points
  36. Wow. You honestly can't read what you've posted and not see that you're upset, and you honestly believe your posts are "reasonably balanced". Ok, have a nice day.
    2 points
  37. Watched all of them so far and no intention of cancelling. Watched Harry several times, top man 👍
    2 points
  38. At last Lotus makes it onto the Official James. bond instagram. Remember to go on there and comment. After all the Esprit is one of the most Iconic Bond cars and deserves a much higher profile than it currently owns.
    2 points
  39. After yesterday’s 😓 Gave myself a good talking to 🧐 Wordle 358 3/6 🟨🟩⬜⬜⬜ ⬜🟩🟨⬜🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
    2 points
  40. My car seems more complete now....It has the proper exhaust button.
    2 points
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  42. No, but any decent machine shop could replicate them. Worth the effort! The nylon bushes are rubbish.
    1 point
  43. Well I've now got 2 spare pairs of camber shims plates for the front: A100C0109 and A100C0111 (re. the 1993 model year onwards service notes). Happy to donate them to a collection that might be shared around and replenished as Tom described. Steve, how would one tell if the track rod ends or the rack itself was to blame for the off toe figures? How bad would the toe have to be to not adjust the track rods themselves?
    1 point
  44. Please ignore that link I posted above - it's for battery conditioners etc... The one I meant to post was https://www.tayna.co.uk/car-batteries/varta/?gclid=CjwKCAjwnZaVBhA6EiwAVVyv9CRFPTDuGjtA6bUVjFfKLi2j2W_Mtb2fVhG4Q5V5VkfUoAeShGVEVRoCz4AQAvD_BwE
    1 point
  45. In terms of sales it's without a doubt the most successful car in the companies history!
    1 point
  46. Wordle 358 4/6 ⬛⬛🟨🟨⬛ 🟨⬛⬛⬛🟨 🟨⬛🟩⬛🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 It's looking like another 4 day!
    1 point
  47. 74000 miles reached with the NA. 300+ miles today, motorway, A roads, B roads. A total joy. Comfortable, ragable, chuckable. Desirable. Justin
    1 point
  48. Local meet earlier tonight 🤩
    1 point
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