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  1. Hello all, first post as it’s my first lotus. I have wanted to get back in a decent car for a while, recently injured my knee and can’t do anything I usually would so thought now is the time to explore the UK in something a bit special. So decided to borderline bankrupt myself and buy an Exige 420 Final edition. Forgot I was 6ft3 with one operational knee but I make it work. If anyone could recommend some decent roads around Manchester I would appreciate it. Anyways…
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  2. Recent evening visit to C&M
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  3. Got emissions down to MoT-acceptable after a reset, a good thrashing, and new cat/O2 sensor. Found all the number plate light debris hanging around in the hole and glued it all back together, and it worked. Clutch pedal was silly high once the servo bracket had been rectified, so that's now sorted. Wasn't happy with the brake balance, so bled it again, twice. A manual bleed did the trick. Ian's Delco-Moraine deletion kit combined with AP brakes: WOW. I've dialled the valve all the way up for the rear brakes; Red can make his own assessment but I think it's better that way. And now, it's away! Get some miles on it, mate.
    14 points
  4. The Sytner 9000 miler was incorrectly relisted. It sold on Saturday, it is being prepared and I hope to collect next week. I'll run it along side my high miler and see which I prefer. Justin
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  5. A few pics taken on the recent Absolute Lotus Magazine Scottish Highland Tour. Picture credit to Absolute Lotus Magazine & Classic Car Tours.
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  6. Pictures of my S1 XPE396S taken in 1980 in its original Viper green. Notice the late s1 (now rare) front valance. Matt
    13 points
  7. Greetings from... Sunny? (And rainy) North Yorkshire
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  8. Factory visit August 1995
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  9. First time out in '22. What a car Excel are:
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  10. The Evora S SR held its own on a recent tour of the north. The Supercar owners were impressed with its speed on the B roads and it’s comfortable interior.
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  11. A few pictures from my Eclat's recent trip back to Hethel, en route to the launch of the Eletre. Plus a bonus pic which I think came And then a couple of pics from a recent quick shakedown drive. I'll post both colour and filtered version, but I'm quite partial to the B&W one. I quite like the fact that inside the car the "LOTUS" on the steering wheel is in the sun with the rest in shade. I wish I could say that was by artistic design!
    11 points
  12. The 50000th Lotus out for the first time in 2022:
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  13. Evora in a sea of Ferraris at Goodwood Supercar Sunday
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  14. As promised, a quick re-creation of Doug's photo on the commute home last night... ... and another photo a few miles later at a call of nature, since the lay-by in the first photo had a couple of camper vans just out of shot.
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  15. Took a very ill friend of mine for a ride in the Evora first thing this morning before all the tourists had got themselves up to clog the Devon roads. Blue skys dry roads and twisty lanes up onto and over the Moors. His wife messaged me to say he smiled more today than he has for months. 😊👍
    10 points
  16. Hi All, I'm new to the forum, recently bought this S2 in Australia (one night after one too many G&T's). It's pretty shabby, but still an absolute show stopper on Sydney streets. Now its time to get it reliable so I can actually use it. Seems the gears on the flywheel have been eaten. Any advice on removing/replacing a flywheel in the easiest way would be appreciated! Cheers Spoon nb/ the below pics are when I tried to drive it home on a 40deg day in rural NSW. Blew a coolant pipe and broke down. I'm thinking the $30K will turn into $60K pretty quickly 😐
    10 points
  17. 750 miles covered in a week of driving bliss with fellow Lotus fans. 430 didn’t miss a beat, although the splitter took the usual punishment from Scottish roads. Picture credit to Absolute Lotus Magazine & Classic Car Tours.
    10 points
  18. Well here is my new addition on which my 15 year old is going to learn to look after cars....god these things are stunning
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  19. Great weekend with like minded friends covering 500 miles of North Yorks, Durham Dales, Northumberland and the Borders. Including a chance to pay tribute at the Jim Clark museum.
    10 points
  20. I couldn't agree more with these two perspectives. Lotus could have solved nearly 100% of the issues that people have with their comms by simply creating a customer portal on the Lotus site. They are already capturing email addresses with the "send me info" sign-up process, they should have used the same process to create accounts on the site itself, with a profile view that customers could use to store configurations, access any current news or media, select a preferred local dealer if appropriate, update their marketing contact preferences (the GDPR compliant way!), and update any their own contact details if appropriate. Once a customer is confirmed as a depositor, expand their available options in the customer portal, so they can see a status record for their own order, including dealer of record (with contact information), currently-expected manufacturing and delivery timeline, and see their own historical or current customer service request tickets (or enter a new one). Sure, the dates can move or delays can happen, but just say that on the page. "Provisional build/delivery timeline only, subject to change at any time." People don't really care about exact timing, they just want to see on the screen that the order exists, it gives them confidence that real people somewhere have an intention to follow through on it. Without that basic systems-level feedback, modern consumers operate from a position of automatic doubt. So far, this ordering process feels like a Kickstarter campaign that might not deliver, and it absolutely shouldn't feel that way when purchasing a near-$100k product from a global brand.
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  21. Copied over from the "other" forum....... Pre-prod cars in real-world testing?
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  22. It's been over a year since I bought the Jag, so a bit of an update is due. I've covered over 9000km, so she's been put to good use. Mostly to and from the Workshop (to work on other cars, just to be clear 😉), a few classic car runs and a couple of longer trips. If the sun is out, Suzana has become my car of choice. Last weekend we took her to Reims. She did very well and the longer drive saw economy rise to 13-13.5km/100l (21mpg). I can certainly live with that given the smiles per gallon. 😁 The highlight of our trip was a visit to the old circuit of Gueux. Great to see the old buildings and fun to drive a lap on 'the circuit'. It is a public road, now as it was back in the days, but still sticks close to the original layout. I did expect a bit more of the V12 on the final straight... The musée d'automobile in Reims is nice as well, no real Lotus unfortunately, only a few scale models. I know you all want to see pictures, so here goes. With some Lotus content courtesy of a friend with his M100 in the same group. And some offroading when we went for a walk on the banks of the river Marne later that day. Then for the bad news. I knew regularly driving a V12 that had been very sparsely used for many years would not be without some issues. So on occasion I had to take the spanners to it. Nothing too bad luckily: the alternator failed the day I got my MOT, easy enough to get a rebuild one, not so easy to get to it down in the surprisingly narrow engine bay. The remainder of last year was limited to a few small niggles, some easily sorted (like the fuel sender), others I couldn't be bothered about. This year a few more significant issues, starting with a fuel leak (the fix was simple, unbodging a previous repair with new fuel hose, but the amount that was leaking meant it was safer to put her on the trailer rather than drive to the Workshop), then a water leak (water pump bearing was dead, I cut no corners and took off most of the front to be able to flush the radiator, repaint the cowling, replace hoses and the viscous fan) and the week before our trip to France she died little over halfway of a classic car run. Luckily a good friend was there with us, driving my Lotus Excel. With our other halves in the back seats (2+2 for the win!) we took the Lotus back to the Workshop, got the Range Rover and trailer, picked up the Jag and then went for a well deserved drink in the sunshine. Next day she was running again. Thanks to the reliability of the Lotus! Still very happy with my purchase! Filip
    9 points
  23. I was hugely privileged to enjoy several laps with ace development driver Dan Peck. It's amazing, the acceleration is ridiculous, grip levels were astounding and that Xtrac gearbox really does perform. The brakes were ridiculous, coming into the chicane after the back straight at what I'm guessing was over 150mph and feeling probably 3-4G of very heavy braking the car was incredibly composed. What was telling was that it felt almost comfortable, very little body roll and Dan made it look easy to push to it's limits and then some. One hell of an experience and I'd confidently say it's the quickest I've been around the track at Hethel. 40% of the car is base Emira still, you guys are in for quite a treat!
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  24. A good day for pictures.
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  25. More out with the old, in with the old I think. Good deal I reckon. https://www.classicandsportscar.com/news/paul-matty-sportscars-sold-classic-team-lotus
    9 points
  26. I, along with a friend have just bought our first Lotus project being a genuine barn find as opposed to found in a garage with a bit of dust sprinkled over it at an inflated price. This is a 92 SE High Wing found in Suffolk a few weeks ago and below are some pictures of collection day and once we'd given it a quick wash and spruce up to get an idea of the condition. It's been standing here since around 2004 we believe, the owner going abroad and appears to have stayed away. Recent storms had badly damaged the barn roof so the farmer needed it gone so they could do the repairs and that's when we heard about it needing a good home. Amazingly, it has a full main dealer history from new with a fully stamped book and 76k miles with a recent gearbox rebuild but standing for so long didn't mean it was about to fire up 🙄 We got it back home and gave a quick wash to see what the paintwork was like and a more detailed clean later, apart from a small bit of damage on the offside front wing the paint has stood up well apart from a few stone chips around the front spoiler. It's a bit dirty and corroded underneath but the galvanised chassis looks good and no rodents have attacked the wiring either which was a result. So, our plans are to refurbish rather than restore and get her back on the road hopefully sometime this year but having no experience of the Lotus world I thought best to get signed up on here and start asking what issues we're likely to face. The engine turns over so that's a good start but has a leaking cam cover gasket, the exhaust is rotten along with the radiator and brakes are shot although we freed them off but the calipers look in a mess so looking to get a refurbished pair along with discs and possibly brake lines too. The fuel system is clogged with varnsihed fuel so that may be an issue, will the tanks be OK or are they prone to rotting out, are new one's available if needed? Is it straightforward to remove the engine as we've decided to take it out to check it over and replace any parts. It had a brand new set of tyres when parked but they are all perished so what's the best alternative available these day? It would be really helpful to hear what common issues we'll be faced with especially having not been used for so long which is never good but are these cars worse than other's and also any pointers on suppliers that are well priced and good places to find used bits too.
    8 points
  27. These are all press cars. I keep checking the drive to see if one is appearing...
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  28. At the end of the day the Evora has sold in small numbers so it is a niche car, that still, to this day, many, the vast majority, do not really know about, and that includes many self professed petrol heads. The people who know about the Evora, are predominantly Lotus owners or people who know an Evora owner or have been in one and then bought one. Those lucky enough to own an Evora, whether it is an NA, S, 400, 410 or 430 ALL KNOW what a cracking car it is where it matters - in how it drives and how it makes you feel. They are all "special" cars, and to me all Lotus cars have been special in their time for the way they drove and how they connected with and engaged with the driver. The Emira will hopefully follow this trend. We'll soon find out, but I am pretty confident it will. The Evora will appeal to new owners on price and scarcity. Not everyone wants to drive the same car as everyone else and there will always be a couple of thousand people out of the 65m in the UK who want to be different. The Emira will I think be an unmitigated success, but it will also bring a different type of new owner to Lotus. The "old guard" will buy an Emira as it is the next Lotus and they have bought into the brand - a bit like a Porsche driver will always buy the next Porsche model. However, I think the new Lotus owners are proving to be more fickle, more dare I say it "fashion conscious" and see the Emira as the latest cool toy to have. How "sticky" they will be for the brand is something that will be up for debate for some time. Once the "novelty" of the latest cool thing rubs off, how many of these Emira owners will be looking to flip in say 12, 18 or 24 months? How many will flip to another Lotus? And what will a larger than usual "pool" of new and used Emira's mean for residuals? The Evora was residually bomb proof because of its anonymity. Always a scarce model to buy for a small pool of prospective owners. Mass production is likely to bring mass depreciation, or at least, the threat of over supply. Add that to the fact that the strongest selling point for the Evora was the +2 capability, something the Emira cannot compete with, and I don't think the future for Emira depreciation will be anything as good as the Evora's. Then, add in the "base" model price point for the Merc engined cars and I think the case for residuals, especially for First Edition V6 cars, for the first 5 years, looks on the ropes. Lotus is chasing the Porsche model, however I am not sure how many 911's have been sold to a first time to the brand Cayenne or Macan owner. Not many if you look at the figures and the 911 has a 50 year long tenure, cult and fan base built around it. The Emira does not have this base. The Emira will face massive competition for owners now, who will also be looking at models like the Taycan, the Audi e-Tron etc as these offer the "novelty" and "prestige" of premium EV vehicles which brings me back to my earlier point re new (to the brand) Emira owners being more fickle and fashion conscious than traditional owners - the lure of the next new thing will be strong for them. The closest example we have really is McLaren. MP4-12C and 650s values have declined steadily, but slowly, over the past 10 years. The launch of the 540 and 570 did not significantly change that depreciation curve and in fact if you look now, the values of MP4-12C/650S are moving downwards slower than 540/570's to the point were the lowest priced 540/570 is LOWER by quite a way than the highest priced MP4-12C/650s. Why is that? Well, from what I know (which is not everything), the MP4-12C and 650S is just a better drive, more pure, a tad more hardcore, and has the wonderful but complex suspension that the 540/570 does not have, oh, and I believe it is faster and lighter too. So the problem for the 540/570 (which I love and would have one in a heartbeat) is that they are sandwiched between a lower priced, older but faster more focused MP4-12C/650S and an even more hardcore, much faster, and more expensive set of models that look more rad and extreme. I would argue the Emira will find itself in a similar position, sandwiched between the Evora and the next gen faster and more rad looking Electric Sports car from Lotus. Once these cars come out, I believe the hype over the Emira will die down and it will be seen for what it really is, the next generation Evora. Whilst that may offend some prospective owners of an Emira, it is in my humble opinion the cold reality of what the Emira actually is. So the point of this piffle is that I do believe that whilst later Evora models will soften on price, especially the 400 and GT410 cars (Sport 410's already seem to have softened a lot and are a bargain right now in my opinion - shows the effect of the +0 to the greatest effect on Evora attractiveness in my opinion) I don't expect that demand will fall away, it will always be a very limited edition car to own, and as such the arse will not fall out of the bottom of the prices, instead, the Emira will depreciate faster the more successful its sales are. There's a lot of crap written on here and the rest of the internet re Clutches (I'm on my second Evora and neither my first one - to this day - or my second one has needed a new clutch and the majority, by far of owners I know have NEVER needed a new clutch), LE's, MY12, Series 1 NA v S, 400's, Sport 410/GT410 and GT430's etc. There is a lot of love for the S1, including from me as I owned one for several years, but believe me, as a Sport410 owner the build quality between Series 1 and 4xx is night and day, (though personally I loved my S1 pre MY12 interior with the metal trims but hated the post MY12 revision with its tacky black plastic finish, but ingress and egress from an S1 is much harder than a 4xx due to the high S1 sills). The majority of the comments you receive though are usually based on "get yourself an Evora (insert model here that the person talking to you owns) as this is THE BEST Evora to own". You'll get bullshit around how the S1 NA is underpowered (it is a sub 5 second car and it is not by the way), the S1 S is better (well, it is faster, but not as good handling as the NA so maybe it is better depending on what "better" means to you), the 400 is crap and unloved (this comment from just about every S1 owner who has never owned a 400 model and so is about as informed as Jon Snow but more prejudiced), the Sport 410 is the sweet-spot (see my "insert model here you own" comment above - I still drool all over the carbon and every time I open the garage my knees still wobble - but then they do when I see pictures from @Kimbers(who is the current caretaker) of my previous S1 NA, the GT410 is better than the 400 (it's a Sport 410 with a different front and rear bumper - that's it really, until you get to the GT410 that doesn't have the carbon which is a 400 with a different front and rear bumper) and the GT430 is the Lotus equivalent of a halo car like the Enzo, or P1, GT3RS, etc - it isn't, but it is a damn fine car). If you want an Evora, the time to buy is when a car comes up that is CLOSE to your ideal specification and price point. If you wait for your ideal car (spec, colour etc) then be prepared for a long wait and don't whinge or whine about how long it is taking - you made the choice to be picky so get over it. So, get your budget sorted, get on the internet, and find the best damn Evora you can for the money you have available. They are pretty bullet proof (yes, they have minor irritating niggles but then so do Tesla's), only one big ticket maintenance item (the clutch at £3k), proven and reliable engine and gearbox, the bodies and chassis don't rust (everything else attaches to them does though lol), different to almost anything out there at the price point, rare as hen's teeth, and everyone who see's them on the road waves, points and smiles as it's not a Porsche or Ferrari and looks and sounds cool, so therefore the driver must be cool too. What is anyone waiting for?
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  29. VID-20220507-WA0008.mp4 My new SR named Rita. Previously a 996 owner, the Evora is just so much more fun. Should have bought one years ago VID-20220507-WA0008.mp4
    8 points
  30. How about a "Nigel Mansell JPS Esprit" tribute Emira I4...?
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  31. Well that drive was... errr... exciting. Car is running fine again; no misfire and boost all accounted for and then some. You were right about it being more lively @cweeden! Seems the cat was already partially blocked for some time before the exhaust was done because my adjustments of the wastegate actuator are now well off. I was seeing 0.91bar of boost on only ~50% throttle, so I think I need to back out my previous adjustments 😆
    8 points
  32. As part of the Emira GT4 launch last week, we were treated to a tour of the new Classic Team Lotus workshops with the hugely knowledgeable and insightful @Guy Munday. I certainly learnt a lot more than I thought I knew and would strongly encourage anyone who hasn't been along to book up and enjoy the tour. Some of the most significant cars in Lotus, motorsport and F1's history right there for us all to enjoy.
    8 points
  33. Fantastic tour a few days ago. 499 miles in North Yorks Dales, Durham Dales, Northumberland and the Borders. Included a visit to the Jim Clark museum where we paid tribute with a couple of Lotuses on the driveway. Most importantly many miles of "roads for the drivers". Also, great to be part of a group actually using these cars properly!
    8 points
  34. For those that have been waiting and waiting……Verdant Green👍
    8 points
  35. Hi everyone, after first contacting the owner 19 months ago I have finally aquired what I consider to be an exceptional Esprit gt3. I sold my Excel SE that I owned for 11 years (and thought I would own forever) to buy it. I thought the Excel was quirky but the Esprit is next level 😄. I suspect I'll have plenty of questions as I get to know the car! Shaun
    7 points
  36. I haven't put many photos of the Esprit on here for some time so here are a couple to be going on with. The second was when I took one of my granddaughter's to school. She loved being on the offside and was pretending to drive the car! Ive promised to supply her with a real steering wheel next time. Please note, - in the first photo, it isnt crap parking, There was a car parked in the next bay when I arrived and was nearly over their white line (Honest!) It had left when I took the photo. I will post some photos of the cars in the garage when I have modified the 'A' frames.
    7 points
  37. I cant believe its been nearly 2 years since I last posted anything! Its like covid took over and everything was put on hold. Anyway, as I mentioned a couple of years ago I had to move out of the farm where I had been allowed to work on the cars. My mate had actually sold the farm to a developer, but the guy was very nice and allowed me to stay until my own garage was built. That was a bit of an adventure in itself, with my lovely (new) next door neighbour complaining to the council, planning office, building inspector etc in an effort to get the build halted. She reported that there toads in the garden, bats in the trees and I would destroy her trees etc. All laughable really but it did the job of holding the build up. Anyway all is now well and I now have the garage I want which is high enough(after I modify the roof 'A' frame) to get one car on top of the other using the parking hoist.
    7 points
  38. Well done Dr @Bibs, diagnosed it in one. The pipe from the MAP sensor had been pulled off the barb on the engine and was found dangling down in the engine bay. Must have got distubed by accident while they were working in there. I plugged it back in and immediately the car is running so much better. I haven't properly driven it yet, but just based on driving it in and out of the garage the throttle response and idle is much improved 😌
    7 points
  39. A couple more artsy pictures. Same spot, different day. This one (above) is a bit out of focus - it was too dark to see the car to set focus (I didn't think to use the flashlight to help until after I left), so I set to infinity and hoped for the best. Got the mountains in focus, but the car... not so much. The light on the car comes from the flashlight on my phone - without it, the car would have been as dark as the mountains behind it. I kept the camera shutter open for 30 seconds, then walked the flashlight back and forth in front of the car to "paint" light on it (a fun lighting trick - not something I invented). Even though I'm walking between the camera and the car, you can't see me because I'm wearing all black and there's no light on me, but you can see my phone's flashlight reflecting off the car - it's those long streaks that look like overhead lights. Similar here - 30 second exposure, phone-flashlight walked in front of and around the car, and a random passing car driving down the road behind (the red streaks are from the passing car's tail and side-marker lights; and the yellowish glow on the road are reflections from its headlights) In more on-topic news, I've ordered new seals for both filler caps - as they tend to spray fuel when I'm driving up here (the car handles so well, it's hard to go slow ). I almost lost a tail light on the trip, so I'll have to dig into the rear bumper and lighting just like I did with the front - make new mounts, secure everything, make sure wiring is good, permanently fix the in-boot light covers, etc. I put over 250 miles on the car last week - mostly in the mountains. I'm growing to like it more and more with each trip. Maybe that's why I'm taking so many photos.
    7 points
  40. Great line-up of mid-engined Lotuses headed by an assortment of Esprits during the recent (I believe) Sakura Morning Cruise in Japan (tweeted by @miniesprit)
    7 points
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