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  1. Christmas certainly came early this year as I travelled to my favourite place on earth, Hethel, Norfolk to spend the day at Classic Team Lotus, more on this to follow soon, followed by a tour of the new Lotus factory to see the Emira production line in full swing, as a huge Lotus enthusiast for the last 35+ years it is so good to see them on the up big time, the place was really buzzing, makes me very happy, thanks for the great hospitality today all at Lotus Cars and CTL πŸ™ If I didn’t have my heart set on a yellow Emira this would be my next choice, looked stunning πŸ‘Œ Seeing it in the flesh at last I’m definitely going to commit to the red interior for my yellow Emira, maybe not the most popular choice but I loved it.
    5 points
  2. I had my test drive today at B&C, the short version is my checkout process is complete and I'm waiting on potential delivery dates. The longer version... It's a very competent package, it still has the Lotus feel, but without fighting the steering wheel on less than perfect roads. The interior noise is lacking lower in the rev range, although it does sound good outside. I'm disappointed that the seat does not go significantly lower than the pre-production cars that I sat in, I still felt a bit too high (I'm 6'2" with a long back). That said, I was able to get into a better driving position than my Exige was ever able to offer. The brakes initially felt sharp very early in the pedal travel, but I soon got used to that. The engine and gearbox were very familiar and as expected...better when worked a bit. Thankfully, the car was run in and revs were encouraged. It did not feel lacking in power or torque on the road, although I reckon another 100bhp would liven things up on track. I expect the rest of the package would handle the additional power just fine. I cannot comment on the infotainment, as I didn't really try it. Although, it seemed responsive enough when flicking through the drive modes. The red leather of the demo car was already showing a bit of dye transfer from drivers jeans, so it's probably worth considering a leather protection treatment if you've selected anything other than black. In summary, to me, a fully loaded Emira for Β£80k is a bit of a bargain for a new car with the looks and driving dynamics on offer. The fit and finish seemed spot on for the price point too. I expect my FE Emira will be with me until a more powerful stripped out version comes along.
    4 points
  3. It’s made me less comfortable. I would never be intending on flipping. But if I could get out of the car at the 6/9/12 month point at relatively no cost after β€œscratching” that itch then I’m all for it. It’s a tad concerning that the first one to market with a waitlist stretching into 2024 only went around 8k over list price.
    4 points
  4. I do like Harry. Infectious enthusiasm. He was like a wee boy in a sweetie factory at Hethel. He was almost jumping for joy. Lovely car πŸ‘
    4 points
  5. Latest instalment - factory collection….
    4 points
  6. So the buyer is paying about Β£90k with the fees and the seller is getting about Β£3k over their on the road price. This outcome and the Β£105k advertised cars not selling give a fairly clear indication this car isn't going to make a lot of money for speculators. I expect that'll mean a batch of cancellations tomorrow.
    3 points
  7. she is fine !!! but vet bill was Β£440 πŸ˜” just hope her insurance will cover it !!!
    3 points
  8. Well it's coming to the end of what has been a very, very busy year for LotusRescue. Kind of lost count on the car's saved this year to be honest. Couple of Elan M100's 4 or 5 Excel's, couple of Elites, couple or 3 Eclats. Currently working on 4 big projects. No1, a friends Elan 130 which has been in the family since about 1975/76. The car is now in the paint shop for a full respray and the engine etc is sitting in the workshop waiting on a refresh. An S4 partially stripped down for what seems to be a never ending project. Started off with being asked to do a full service, then partial restoration, now a full restoration. An S3 which came in for remedial work after having been purchased from another dealer, supposedly restored. Cant rails hanging by 3 pop rivets, ball joints totally shagged, paint peeling of in several area's, exhaust sytem welded together and covered in bandages, one choke, half open, the other fully open causing major issues. And that's just for starters. Strange how some of te big boy's call back street garages cowboy's. Pot and Black kettle syndrome springs to mind. And my favourite of the year. Chap calls me up and says, I've heard you do good things with old Lotus. Obviously intrigued I listen too what the guy has too say. The conversation kind of goes. I know of an S1 Esprit in a shed in Fife, can you go have a look at it for me (this was when diesel was at its peak of Β£2.01 per Lt and it was a 7 hr round trip) and give your opinion. My response was, do you know the price of fuel now. AN agreement was reached as regards cost and the trip was made. Inspection was made as far as possible considering the car was jammed in a small lockup and could not be taken out. Telephone call made and description given. OK he says, can you buy it then and take it home. WHAT. It doesn't work like that. So the phone was handed over to the previous owner and they struck a deal. We then had to take said vehicle home. Car home and on the ramp for a full inspection and the new owner invited to come and have a look. Decision made for a partial restoration and plans made. Oh hum. Since then (as they do) plans have changed a wee tad. 10 days ago, the body was removed from the shell, the chassis completely stripped down and sent off for soft blast cleaning, the shell has since been stripped down and is going off to the paint shop in the next week or so, and the company who did the fantastic job on my own S3 Turbo interior is taking on the task of the interior. All that from a quick chat on the phone. In between that the engine has been stripped down and found to be completely seized with corroded liners, cylinder head ports and pistons, so another complete rebuild to be done. Budget, out the window, new owner, happy with the quick progress, Me (running between two workshops as I don't have room at the moment for all this in my own one and they are an hour apart) am knackered. Retire they said, you will have loads of spare time they said. I said it before and will say it again. THEY LIED. But am I enjoying it. Oh yes. Oh, and the Excel SE from France is still being worked on in between as the owners funds are available to cover the cost of the parts. the following destruct was carried over 3 very, very long days. Since the pics were taken the shell has also now been stripped ready for the paint shop. P.S. Don't ask about the Land Rover in the background. It's a top secret project being built buy the property owner. I can tell you it turns out 720 BHP at the flywheel and 631 at the wheels on 7,000 RPM and does 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds. Verified on a dyno just last week. It's an animal and reputed to have cost in excess of 100k+ to build so far.
    3 points
  9. 3 points
  10. Well. given the tirade, vitriol and badmouthing of this stunning car, it might be £10k in a few months time. 😑 --- I need to give up trying to explain that this car was built got a specific demographic. For those people the car is amazing. For everyone else, the majority of sports car owners, Lotus owners, Porsche owners, flippers and tyre-kickers.. please move the xxxx on and get the car YOU want.
    2 points
  11. I had my test drive at Lotus Bradford JCT600 at the weekend. As an v8 Esprit owner and have a v6 deposit down on the Emira I thought I'd share my thoughts. Well, overall it was ok as I'm left with mixed emotions and my deposit still remains with Lotus, for the time being. Well known good stuff...the looks and the interior are great. The brakes, and all round visibility including the mirrors are way better than the esprit. Access and egress, especially as a passenger is soooo much easier. The supercharger whine, is something that I would get used to as I think it's an acquired taste. The real problems are threefold IMO: 1) the seat, whilst I understand lotus have dropped by an inch I cannot seem to fit. I know at 6ft 3" I'm at the border line of fitting in the esprit, hence I've dropped the driver's seat and make use of a wedge to support my right leg on long journey's but the Emira is confusing me. There is plenty on adjustment on the seat, I can push it back so that I can run out of leg length to depress the clutch which is impossible in the Esprit unless you're the size of Richard Hammond. What I struggle with his head height, as just where I need to put my head there is a bump covering the rear boot hinge. I hope that I'll be able to drop it an inch so will look to others to see if this is an option 2) Exhaust note, or absence of. I'm sure it sounds great outside but I'm the one paying so I need to be able to hear it over the supercharger. It was progressively louder as you go through the settings but it's still absent for a Β£80k car 3) Performance was ok, it feels too good a car! It's totally planted on the goodyears let alone cup2s, the chassis is so good that it needs at least another 100bhp to get anywhere close smiles per miles in the Esprit, which is a worst car. To be fair, I'm not looking to drive the car like a teenager, I'm nearly 50 but I do want to feel a bit more of a sensation. I know the i4 is the obvious route for more power but I'm old skool and prefer higher displacement engines. The seat and exhaust I'm sure I can address, the performance we'll have to see. I hope that Lotus support the 1st edition owners like Mclaren did for the MC12C and provided free retrofitted upgrades to improve performance. Anyway just my thoughts
    2 points
  12. It's a change in the throttle map but it's not this...
    2 points
  13. Wordle 535 5/6 ⬜🟨🟨⬜🟨 ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜🟨🟨🟩 ⬜🟨⬜🟩🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 I guessed this 5-letter word in 3/6 tries. β¬›πŸŸ¨β¬›πŸŸ¨πŸŸ© πŸŸ©πŸŸ¨β¬›β¬›β¬› 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Can you guess this word? https://wordlegame.org/uk?challenge=c3RvcmU Daily Quordle 316 6️⃣4️⃣ 3️⃣5️⃣ quordle.com 🟨🟨⬜⬜🟨 ⬜🟨🟨🟨⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ 🟨⬜⬜🟩⬜ ⬜⬜🟨⬜⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬜⬜⬜🟨⬜ ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ ⬜⬜🟨🟨⬜ 🟨⬜⬜🟨⬜ ⬜🟩⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜🟨🟨⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 🟩⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ 🟨⬜⬜⬜🟨 ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
    2 points
  14. He's right, the Emira doesn't have a bad angle at all. I love that colour and spec and it would be my choice too, if only I could afford one! Maybe one day...
    2 points
  15. And a new box of After Eights.
    2 points
  16. 2 points
  17. One of the over-winter jobs has just arrived......... My thanks to @CHANGESfor what looks to be a very nice piece of kit indeed.
    2 points
  18. So everyone is now getting Quordle 315 solved. My excuse is, β€œWell it is 5:45 in the morning officer. β€œ
    2 points
  19. If you turn the radio on, do you get 'Jingle Bells' as well?
    2 points
  20. My Lotus Evora GT410 Sport journey has started today when visiting my GT410 Sport in Essex Blue today at the detailer, ready for its full clean, ceramic coating and maybe some Xpel PPF over the carbon areas! This will be my first Lotus and I am really looking forward to getting to know the car. Hopefully I have picked a good one after cancelling my Emira order. I couldn't find a 'GT410 Sport Club' thread, so thought I would start one. I know there are some other GT410 Sport owners on the forum and would be interesting reading about your car, any modifications or issues you may have or may come across in the future. Thanks, Phil
    1 point
  21. The winning bid was: Β£84,500. There were 27,105 views. This auction had 42 bids.
    1 point
  22. It seems doggy chocs are safe for humans, so the solution to this is obvious. Personally I don't have a dog so will provide the service of eating the normal choccy for anybody who does.
    1 point
  23. Blimey, I've just received an identical setup; what a coincidence.
    1 point
  24. The ride height needs to be set with 2 passengers in the vehicle plus, I think, fluids etc. Leave the suspension loose then torque it all up when the vehicle is weighed down. That will dictate how high it rides. I have Protech replacements all round. Pete
    1 point
  25. Haven't even registered it yet. It was scheduled in today for the smog check after getting new cats. I guess it could be related but I'm hoping for the best and planning for the worst. I'd like to post some good news here soon and maybe a picture at the beach with a palm tree, LOL. Girls seem to like it, and valet guys...
    1 point
  26. So it’s not a documentary then - I got the impression it could be but then thought what would be the point in spending a fortune creating. So just a promotional update on Lotus Tech then - got it!πŸ‘
    1 point
  27. Excellent news Alan! Glad she's okay. Pet insurance usually covers emergencies, but there is a deductible which can vary from X to Y range depending upon their coverage.
    1 point
  28. And along with that, one should expect a financial settlement to follow, I would think.
    1 point
  29. Yeah, 24 Hours on the A299.
    1 point
  30. Wordle 534 4/6 ⬜⬜⬜🟩⬜ ⬜⬜⬜🟩🟩 ⬜🟩🟩🟩🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
    1 point
  31. Greek "unboxing" of DV (and another Emira in background along with a Stevens Esprit of some description)
    1 point
  32. I have never noticed the flashing before but mine (2013 S) performs differently from the above: if I press it whilst on part throttle, I get an instant and perceptible increase in acceleration. Is it set up differently on NAs?
    1 point
  33. Another very enjoyable evening, thanks for organising @Bibs Rachel and Chloe Also a big thanks to Rachel for giving us a lift back to the hotel after our pre booked taxi decided to cancel the booking 15 minutes before it was due to pick us up!
    1 point
  34. Just Taken a set of Alcon two piece discs of my 350 sport, only 500 road miles, car now sold, as purchased from "Seriously Lotus" if anyone is interested, I am happy to let a fellow forum member have them at a reasonable price. Paul
    1 point
  35. Wordle 534 6/6 ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟨 ⬜🟩⬜🟨⬜ ⬜🟩🟨🟩⬜ ⬜🟩⬜🟩🟩 🟩🟩⬜🟩🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 I guessed this 5-letter word in 5/6 tries. πŸŸ¨β¬›β¬›β¬›πŸŸ© ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ πŸŸ¨β¬›πŸŸ¨β¬›πŸŸ© β¬›πŸŸ©πŸŸ©πŸŸ©πŸŸ© 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Can you guess this word? https://wordlegame.org/uk?challenge=cGllY2U Daily Quordle 315 7️⃣πŸŸ₯ 9️⃣4️⃣ quordle.com ⬜🟨⬜⬜🟨 ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜🟩⬜⬜⬜ ⬜🟩🟩⬜🟩 ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟩 ⬜🟨⬜⬜🟩 ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟩 ⬜🟩⬜⬜🟩 🟩⬜⬜⬜🟩 ⬜🟩🟩⬜🟩 ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟩 ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟩 ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟩 ⬜⬜⬜🟩🟨 ⬜🟩⬜⬜⬜ 🟨⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟨 ⬜🟩⬜⬜🟩 ⬜⬜🟨⬜🟩 ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬜🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ ⬜🟩⬜⬜🟩 ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ ⬜🟩⬜⬜🟩 ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ ⬜🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ Bottom left multiple guess stopped me getting the top right. Bugger.
    1 point
  36. Spent some more time sanding the body this weekend, I now know why it was painted in 1978 as under the white the lagoon blue had been keyed both sides. Its a slow job, the tailgate is now back to the original primer with just a couple tiny spots of pink gel coat showing through, this is easy compared to the body as pretty flat. The original paint job was not prepped well as the majority of the blue is still present including the lacquer. I want to get the car down to gel coat ideally then get the body coated in Upol Reface so I can guide coat it back before primer and top coat. Looks like the passenger door mirror area has had some repairs on the door which will want some rework, the holes needed glassing anyway as I’ll be fitted an original pod mirror. Unfortunately my 5” Orbital sander died today so a new one is required before I can carry on, I’ll get it down to blue then block sand it back to gel coat I think. Dave
    1 point
  37. First of all, Alan I'm sorry this After Eight incident happened. I truly hope your puppy will be okay. Please update us on your puppy if possible. For future issues with dogs eating objects, foods or toxic foods that won't pass through their digestive system...get hydrogen peroxide down their throat thru any means necessary. Continue with the hydrogen peroxide until the dog throws up the item or food ingested. It's not easy getting it down and it requires a bit of force to hold the mouth closed to ensure they swallow the hydrogen peroxide. Of course, smaller dogs require less Hydrogen Peroxide than their larger counterparts. I've done this before but you need to do this within 30 minutes for best results. Sometimes you can't get to a vet fast enough. This also avoids surgery, but you should still take your pet to the vet to be certain. It's amazing how these things occur on a weekend! Of course, the emergency vet is typically more money (your dog is worth it). Remember: this is for emergencies only when you have no other choices. Why do I know this? I'm an experienced dog breeder with 20 years behind me and I've seen a lot of medical issues. However, I am NOT a Vet or Vet tech, so please bear that in mind.
    1 point
  38. Also please remind me to tell @Kimbers to put some undies on next time we facetime him from the party!! 🀣
    1 point
  39. I also had a low pressure reading at the tick over on my S4S (32K miles). When hot, it was in the red zone. Front glass (plastic) on 3 original Caerbont gauges separated /caved in. PO tried to repair by gluing them, but they failed again. Use of cyanoacrylate fogged my water gauge. Got p.. off and have replaced all with metal can VDO gauges and senders w/real glass. Original parts were made of plastic and failed miserably. In addition, my new turbocharger does not require full oil flow. Triple ball bearings CHRA has an oil restrictor (0.4mm hole) raising oil pressure in the whole system v. effectively. Tick over pressure never been below 20psi hot.
    1 point
  40. Thanks for the review Whitey. Very useful to hear from a current NA owner. Was interested to hear on the acceleration front. From my own perspective I would personally like a bit more Torque to break traction more easily in the NA Evora so that's the one thing where the higher power Evoras and Emira might have an edge in the dynamics. Wouldn't know without driving one though! To note, I'm with you on supercharger whine. Americans love it. I've had a 'charger before and I always wanted it to shut up so I could hear the engine better.
    1 point
  41. Imagine anyone trying to pitch such an ad in this day and age! Always had a soft spot for a Capri, maybe some day.
    1 point
  42. All the Esprit technical drawings were archived 10 years ago (when I retired). Nearly all the Esprit drawings are on Hard Copy and recorded on the company drawing register. The V8 engine technical drawings are all on CAD files. I do not know who is responsible for archived material but I guess an approach through Lotus Aftersales would be a starting point as they would have been the last department to have had a reason to have access when ordering service parts. Brian
    1 point
  43. The Hendy Exeter car that I drove yesterday had Touring suspension and all 3 modes were available on the toggle button.
    1 point
  44. The Porsche that morphed into the Esprit a year later. Photo from LA Auto Show 1971. Photo by John Sage.
    1 point
  45. Took the Evora home from the detailers today, after a few paint corrections, machine polish, some PPF and wheel refurb (including a new set of PS4S) 😁
    1 point
  46. I’ve not test driven the last 5 lotus cars I’ve bought. Just get the deal done folks πŸ’ͺ
    1 point
  47. Under the eyes of the law its not a wrongful conviction. It is actually a miscarriage of justice. Firstly the Police were just doing their job. It's not the Police Officers job to sentence or hand down justice, its their job to present the facts to the Legal system. "Is this Burglary a crime? yes, put it to the CPS", "Is this running off the road and related injuries a crime? Yes, refer to the CPS". Where Adam and the whole system was let down is in the prosecution and more importantly the sentence. This was 100% the responsibility of the CPS, judicial system and the Judge.It could easily have been decided it "Wasn't in the public interest" to Pursue Adam, but as I said above, that isn't the Police's job or case to do. All they do is present the facts to the CPS. This is not just a "Public" thing. The Police are also subject to such issues. Imagine you are a Police Officer and you attend a call where someone has been caught red handed stealing from a shop. Now, you turn up and arrest said thief who even admits said crime. You take them to custody and whilst presenting them to the Custody Sergeant they decide to get a bit "upset" at having their freedom taken away. Their cuffs have been removed as per procedure, you have stood back as per procedure and followed everything 100% correctly. However, when you are asked to search them for the 3rd time before they go into the cell they decide to take umbrage. As they remove their shoes they throw them at you and, as anyone would, you throw your hands up to protect your face. Said shoes hit you one on your hand the other your left eye. Said person follows the shoes up with a pretty professional impression of a Tyson Fury knockout punch which hits you full in the face splatting your nose and making you bite your lip. You have had enough and shoulder barge him into the wall behind him where his breath whooshes from his mouth. Its followed up by the Sergeant vaulting the Desk and your crew partner finally jumping in and between the 3 of you you successfully restrain him and he gets escorted to the cell with an addition of "You are further arrested for Assault Police, you do not have to........... etc etc". 35 Camera's, full audio, procedures followed, no doubt in anyone's mind as to the crime and admittance of guilt "I just lost it". Magistrate gives a Β£75 fine and he is released with a slapped wrist with a "it's a normal part of your job" to said Police Office. from the Magistrate. The Legal system in this country is an Arse and I would love to see what would have happened to the perpetrator if it was the Magistrate at the end of that haymaker! Justice is not for the victims whether they be Police or Public. It's for the suspects. Care to guess if you know said Officer?
    0 points
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