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  1. Wasn't today, but still happy about it today. Became a Dad for the first time, beautiful baby girl born yesterday evening.
    15 points
  2. I’ve just sold my 91 964 Turbo after nearly 10 years of ownership and have ordered an Exige 420 FE. Will be one of the last built apparently, December I’m told, with delivery to NZ in the NY. Know very little about these machines but drove a 390 last week and loved it. Given NZ is the last stop on the line, didn’t have much choice in options but pretty happy with where I’ve landed: essex blue, yellow calipers, black wheels, alcantara sills and steering wheel, carbon roof, carbon diffuser, lightweight battery, kill switch and extinguisher, full carpets, cruise control (not sure if this is of use). Standby for stupid questions. Exige 7 Giltrap 420 Blue.pdf
    14 points
  3. Everyone who thinks it is too wide, seat position too high, 400bhp not enough power, too much like a sportscar, too little like a supercar, like an Evora, not like an Esprit - please cancel your deposit immediately so I can get my V6 manual FE sooner!
    12 points
  4. Picked up mine yesterday afternoon, took the long way home - window open all the way, exhaust bypass switch ON. It's LOUD 😁 It was just getting dusk, the photos don't do Plum Crazy justice. Do I regret buying a final edition? What do you think?! 😉
    10 points
  5. I had a response to at least some of my queries which I'm sure Lotus wouldn't mind me sharing here to the benefit of other deposit holders: 1) Will Lotus be making photos of the other paint finishes available ahead of finalisation of configuration. 2) Will samples of the light grey leather interior be available to view ahead of finalisation for configuration. 4) Will you be providing a “UK track safe” exhaust option for the V6? 6) Can you confirm what improvements have been made to the auto box since the Evora 400?
    8 points
  6. I've been to see the car at Central Lotus today too, not much to add to what's been said so far except maybe ... My head was brushing the roof (6'3") and my eyeline was level with the top of the screen, plus the slightly drooping sunvisor didn't help my forwards visibility Nobody knows (not even Scott!) if the seats are 'stuck' in the lowest adjustable position, although everyone I spoke to said they are definitely mounted too high. Scott said he didn't know where the 20mm too high figure came from, he thinks it's more like 30mm. Basically, the seats we are seeing at the moment are wrong, and at 6'3" Scott reckons I won't have a problem. Overall the car looked great. It's much more of a 'model' than the real thing but the overall package looks sufficiently promising to give me the confidence to spec up a FE car and make the next payment. In all honesty I had recently been considering stepping off the queue and waiting for 'own spec' cars but I'm really not sure how long that's going to be? If they can sell fully specced cars for 2 years or so then why would they sell anything cheaper? Could be a very long wait (and maybe even a fruitless one?) for that £60K base car! If only there were some different colours - a simple Ardent Red would suit me just fine EDIT: Just remembered, for those wanting the tan leather, I am happy to report that the tan sample is a really nice colour, no hint of the orangeyness that I've seen on some photos, just a straightforward (and quite rich) tan colour. Spot on
    8 points
  7. I picked it up today. It's soooo hard being good and not pressing the throttle hard or going over 4,000 revs. But at the same time, it's just amazing. It lacks carpet or sound deadening, yet its quieter and more comfortable than my 111R on Penske coilovers. The gearshift is nicely precise, but surprisingly light. The steering is lighter than my Elise (I'm convinced the steering on the Elise is somehow heavier than it should be). It's easier and nicer to drive all around and the ride is just amazing. Finally, there is the "magic carpet" Lotus ride I've read about and experienced in others cars! I've never driven a V6 Exige before, and it's better than I imagined it would be. It doesn't really feel bigger than the Elise, more like a super stable and ever so slightly swollen Elise. And the engine is giving the impression that when I do get to push my foot down harder it's going to be mega. Only one day in so far, but definitely don't regret buying a final edition so far
    7 points
  8. An interesting afternoon at Central Lotus, it was nice to see the Emira first-hand and have plenty of seat time in the showroom. Pleasantly surprised with the perceived quality the display model hints at, the fact that "dodgy hip" could get in without any issues, better than getting into our MX-5 and comparable to the 981 Boxster. We were surprised by the colour pallette, only two choices shone for us and we had hoped the red might pop a bit more, overall though we didn't feel the negativity that been present is some posts was warranted. It's still very early days and the display model is just that, I will happily put my £3k down on a red AMG LE, hopefully the price will go the right way on the I4's. Bonus points to Central for hosting us, can't complain at some afternoon Freixenet
    7 points
  9. not quite this early but 26th October 2016 saw the Stelvio pass closing behind me as the snow came in.
    7 points
  10. Returning to this tread after some 4 years... I ended up basically mothballing the S2 I bought back in 2017 for various reasons - spent the following year in hospital, then got married and had two kids, moved house and bought another 15 or so cars in the interim... Basically squeezed a lot into 4 years, and coupled with my disgust at how the previous owner had bull****ted about the condition and incompleteness of the car I wasn't overly inspired to touch it. Anyway, having recently strongly toyed with the notion of selling it (this time with a much more honest description of what it lacks and requires) and buying a running, tidy S3 that I can just get in and enjoy, I'm starting to thaw towards the car and am leaning towards restoring it. Likely starting with getting the obviously missing bits (carbs, inlet, suspension flange) from LotusBits, and hopefully buying a couple of bits (binnacle, wing mirrors) from @Matt-wattswho's given me some v helpful insight. Unlikely to start a resto thread, simply because other people on here do it far better than I would, but will probably share bits and pieces of any progress I make, and to ask any advice (having spent a couple of days immersing myself in this forum, I gotta say that it seems to be a hell of a friendly, helpful place!) Cheers
    6 points
  11. Another small piece of the jigsaw comes together. Internally baffled fabricated fuel tanks.
    6 points
  12. Took my car mad nephew out for the first time in mine at the weekend (he's quite young and has never been in a sports car before). It was all fine until the first roundabout... "I feel sick! I feel sick! Don't do that again!" He seemed to be happy after he had a sit down at home for a while, but I think he needs some toughening up in the rapid cornering front. It's a bit different from Forza apparently.
    6 points
  13. 5 points
  14. Hi Everyone! Hope you're all well. JT here from Sydney - Australia. First of all, I can to say thank you. I have been following this forum and Instagram accounts of many fellow lotus owners for a while. Seeing different examples of cars from the Lotus family and many enthusiasts, I have been wanting an Exige for many years now. After knowing the final edition as the last run of them, i finally pick up myself a 20th Anniversary. I know i will be asking a lot questions, about these cars. Look forward to hearing from you all. I hope to get meet some of you at car meets or track events. Cheers, JT
    5 points
  15. I do wonder if they have/do shoehorn a 6ft photographer into the back of a 911 and make the same comments re the 2+2 capability? I rather suspect that instead they make some comment about dropping little Oliver and Olivia off at the nursery/primary school to show how practical the 911 is. Just a suspicion, happy to be proven wrong.
    5 points
  16. Interesting ESSEX Esprit footage in this video. Also at the end during a test at Paul Ricard I spotted an odd red Esprit with black rear end....
    5 points
  17. Who doesn't love black and gold?! Who would like to see the Certificate of Provenance come in stunning black & gold as a special gift for you and your car?
    5 points
  18. There is nothing stopping these people from insulating their own homes. For those who cannot afford to, there are grants and monies available from Government, Local Authority, and yes, Energy Companies. But then you knew that I suspect: Green Home Insulation Grants Free Home Insulation Grants from the devolved parliaments Energy Efficiency Home Improvement Grants from the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Scheme The above are to name a few. So feel free to spout your liberal comments, it's your right and I for one will respect your viewpoint. However, is this really about insulating homes? If so, just look at the profiles of the people arrested? For christ sake, even one of the so called "leaders" was forced to admit that he had not insulated his own home. Another was married to the Head of Transport (or similar), etc. My viewpoint, which I know you will give me the courtesy of respecting, is that this is yet another woke, middle class, campaign undertaken by people with an agenda OTHER than the insulating of homes. You only have to look at the protestors to see they are middle class of a certain age. Hey ho. It's everyone's right to protest and does not harm. That being the case where do you stand on the ambulances that were blocked? The people with medical emergencies who got blocked from treatment? They were done no harm where they? What about their rights to not be pissed about whilst just trying to get on with their lives?
    5 points
  19. Viewed yesterday in Hamilton. Looks fab. Definitely felt more like a new Esprit rather than a replacement for the Evora. Substantially more supercar- wider, angular, and certainly echo's of Ferrari, Maclaren, even 911 at the back? I personally now see the Evora looking far more sportscar like, and closer in scale and aim to Elise/Exige. Nice though the Emira is, I'm going to stick with my Evora 'sportscar' for now but sure there will be plenty orders from those looking for junior supercar looks.
    5 points
  20. So actually that’s not why I’m actually buying the vette yes performance is nice but I don’t live on a track I fly for work and the Emira doesn’t fit my luggage actually and and which was one of the reasons also I am tall I don’t fit to nice in the Emira they also don’t have a front lift which I needed the two trunks which was also a plus honestly cars must always fit in with your lifestyle if doesn’t you don’t keep them very long and V8 unfortunately are a dying breed even though they sound nice but I will stop by and post pictures
    4 points
  21. Elisa (Artioli) meets Emira at Hethel.....
    4 points
  22. I was always going for the FE i4 until I heard a V6 at Central at the unveiling. That was it for me, phone call yesterday and my wallet’s a little bit lighter……. Also helped by the fact I’m incredibly impatient and eager to actually drive one of these works of art. If a crazy HP i4 comes along later, road legal GT4 maybe, then it might be time to consider a second toy…….
    4 points
  23. Driving Little Red Riding Hood, I need to get a grip on things, as she is definitely a handful. Well, it's taken me 6 years to finally find a Sp300 steering wheel, and it was a pretty steep price. Then, it was recovered in thick leather in some strange colour on top of the old one. A too thick grip, I'd say. So, some measely 7 and a half month ago, I delivered it to a trimmer I trust, to be redone in alcantara as it should. No fancy middle stripe or other such things. Finally got a phone call, and picked it up yesterday and I like it. Oh dear, I think they are recouperating some of their potential lost income by now, as I can nearly get a second hand vw flop for the price this steering wheel reached, mglp... Never mid, it's paid, and one quickly forget such small matters. Anyway, I test fitted it to the car, and it works well. Propper installation maybe later this year or some time next season, as I've got a nice heated dry parking lot inside, but no place to work on the car any more. Grrr.... But Little Red Riding Hood told me, she likes it very much, and I can better grip her and twist her. Well, somehow. No more funny driving way too fast on a backroad, and hands sliding on the slick leather steering wheel, although I do use driving gloves most of the time. This new steering wheel will enhance that grip for sure. Kind regards, Jacques
    4 points
  24. What are you all worrying about? Parking is easy. In case you haven’t seen this:
    4 points
  25. Hi everyone I have just received my new Exige. I thought i would do a thread on here as readers cars is one of my favourite sections. I had a Cayman GT4 last year nice car but it just wasnt for me. So i sold it and decided i would go for a second hand Exige 410. Things got out of hand again like in the previous GT4 topic haha. A nice couple came and looked at my GT4 on the Tuesday and arrived in a rather nice yellow Cayman They agreed to buy and left a deposit. I later moved the car in the garage and it threw up a warning light. I was gutted and a bit stressed as you can imagine. One phone call to Porsche Wolverhampton explaining i had sold the car but a warning light had come up on the dash. It was booked in for 8am the next day. It turned out to be a gearbox mount and it was all fixed under warranty and i got the car back Thursday. Absolutely brilliant service by Porsche. I explained the situation to the seller and it was all good. He said he would collect Friday. In the mean time i saw Silverstone Lotus had uploaded an Exige 410 but no pics, it sounded a good deal. I spoke to someone there and they emailed me some pics. Was a stunning blue colour. However not wanting to jump the gun before my car had sold i thought i would wait untill i had funds. GT4 was collected Friday all good. On the Monday i went to Oakmere Lotus it is my local Lotus dealer. I test drove an orange 350 as i was interested in the silver 410 they had in the showroom. However the colour wasnt right for me and the pressure sale being put on me after i had explained they were the first ones i had looked at and i wanted to go look at a blue one at Silverstone and an orange one at Birmingham really put me off the deal. (I had a bit of a sour experience with oakmere Friday, definitely confirmed i am glad to have not bought from them shame really as they would of got future business from me servicing etc and i still have the Caterham itch to scratch but i digress) When i got home i phoned Silverstone to ask if i could come and view the car tomorrow unfortunately it had sold. Will teach me mess about when buying cars.. Tuesday morning I spotted my car for sale at JCT600 Bradford. I forgot all about the 20th Anniversary but i like the seats how they are colour coded and i have always wanted an orange Lotus. As ever things got out of hand i thought i would sell the GT4 and save some money and get a cheaper car. Well i ended up buying a brand new one..... something i never thought i would do! I had to wait a few weeks for delivery. I decided to have it fully PPF'd and ceramic coated by Signiture group. This is a local firm to me and a few friends have been and highly recommend. Thus an even longer wait but i thought it would be worth it in the future to keep it nice. Signiture sent me the below photographs. I really cant fault them brilliant service nothing is to much trouble a great group of lads. Slight hicup but i received the car Friday. I have covered 300 miles init this weekend and absolutely loved it so glad to be back in a lotus. I couldnt sleep Friday night so i went out for a 5am blast. Something i never did in the GT4 but many times in previous cars so that says it all imo. I have only been taking it steady as i need to run the engine in and Lotus recommend not going over 4k for the first 600 miles. Ideally i would like to get it ran in this year so i can fully enjoy it next year but we will see what happens and what the weather is like! The plan is to never sell this car and i am very happy with it.
    4 points
  26. Would agree 100%. My 410 Sport auto sounds great and in sport mode you get a blip on paddle downshifts and also get pops from the exhaust on deceleration, it all sounds very good. I much prefer it to my previous car with was a 5.0L F-type (2015 model year) and the exhaust sound got a bit too much with pops and crackles constantly even at speeds as low as 10mph! The Evora is just right, a great soundtrack that you can mute if you need to (early in the morning/late at night or whatever), but it never sounds fake or manufactured like some cars (the Jaguar being an example).
    4 points
  27. Cropley is a died in the wool Lotus fan, I'm sure he'll be complimentary about the car, which incidentally looks epic in the opening shot, that's a great angle.
    4 points
  28. 5) Why would you want to return it? Just sell it on for a quick/huge profit
    4 points
  29. Thanks for the welcome everyone. I will miss the old Turbo, was a great car, but roll on Exige.
    4 points
  30. DVLA think one of my Elise is an Elite. And my 340R is a MPV. Justin
    4 points
  31. I sold my 180bhp Duratec Caterham a while ago having decided it wasn't quite mental enough. If you are going to put up with something as wildly impractical and unusable as a Caterham for me it would really have to be scarily quick. I'd have another one, and in many ways it would make a nice complement to the Emira, but it would have to be the full-on nuts 620 🙂 BTW I am sure an Emira would leave any Caterham for dead on your average bumpy B road. On rough roads I sometimes felt that the Caterham was at risk of skipping me into the next hedge. On track it would be a different matter of course.
    4 points
  32. Why do so many people think it needs more power when we haven't even driven or ridden in one yet? We don't know what they've done with the tuning, or the gear ratios they've chosen. Maybe it'll be better than people think. I'm going to reserve judgement until I get to experience an actual production spec model.
    4 points
  33. Not long to wait now, car arrived with dealer last week. Gone off for PPF and ceramic coating. Hope to be collecting around the end of the month. Hoping for some decent weather in November to get the running in miles done and get acquainted with the car.
    4 points
  34. 4 points
  35. The first of the wing uprights has been made! Leigh from Autobarn Engineering has been brilliant and they're exactly how I wanted them to be. I am undecided on the finish I'll go with, I'd quite like to get the textured finish like my wheels, but I'm struggling to find a company in the UK who can do it...
    3 points
  36. Danny passed his driving test 🎉
    3 points
  37. At the weekend finished cutting up the logs etc from 9 ash trees and 2 dead oaks limbs. The ash trees were alongside the main road and had started showing signs of dieback. Once an ash gets 30% infected the tree surgeons are not allowed to climb it - so would need road closures/cherry picker etc. We must now have at least 5 years worth of logs cut up. There are 2 piles in the top of our field and 1 in the wooded area near the road. Photos do not really show how much there is in total. We also have sheds with logs in that are dry for this and next winter...
    3 points
  38. I don’t think the 911 not being part of the comparison should preclude it from winning the competition. Disappointed there isn’t a conclusion stating that really out of those three SUVs the right choice would be the untested 911.
    3 points
  39. Thank you for the warm welcome! It is red but seems they primed it and left it with the prime only, looks rough in the outside they left it in the parking lot for years. they took the fuel pump and slashed the lines, so the first part is the fuel tank, pump and lines, I already de rusted the inside of the tank and treated with anti rust and painted in the outside. i am going to get the diagram but seems than the lines along the pump are pretty straightforward in the installation besides the banjos, not sure if i am missing something from the tank to the pump like a filter? Here are few shots of the car Thanks!
    3 points
  40. I can just see my fat belly on the last pic 😅 Thought Central did a great job today, fizz and canopies and incredibly friendly and knowledgeable staff (or as knowledgeable as they can be with info given )
    3 points
  41. I am not sure I have ever seen an 'S' for £30k or less. And prices have been on the up for the last 6 months. I own a NA, I briefly owned a 'S' and I drive a 410 from time to time. The NA is just as good as the faster Evora; the skinnier tyres are a plus in my view and for UK use, it never lacks the grunt I require. You may want to look at the TLF classifieds as there is a sweet NA for sale on there at the moment which has had a few tasteful modifications. Justin
    3 points
  42. I don't think that there is a serious comment on here about harming these protesters, just people venting "solutions" in a tongue in cheek way, which unlike with the arseholes doing the protesting, clearly isn't going to happen. They deserve to be treated no better than they are treating the general populous. So if they sit in the middle of the road then they are asking to be dragged out of the way and kept out of the way by the use of reasonable force. They are causing the issue, they cannot be immune from any consequences or from action to prevent them from doing it. I'm afraid your post reads very much like "you must tolerate everything that those who consider themselves to have a higher cause decide to do but you cannot say anything against it, or take action because that would be politically incorrect". This is the attitude that is driving people to extreme political views. It is driving division rather than creating unity. I once summed it up to an "overly politically correct" colleague, who would not tolerate any contrary views other than the most tolerant of even the most intolerable elements of society. In other words, if you are part of an identifiable minority you can do what the hell you like and no-one can criticise you for it because that would be prejudice. My comment, "You are the most intolerant tolerant person I've ever met".
    3 points
  43. Right after I bought the car, I had to do major service to the car since the previous owner did not drive it much and left it in the shade for too long. First I changed engine oil and oil filter Then had to change transmission fluid as well After that had to change the spark plugs also break fluid, brake pads, new tyres, pollen filter and K&N air filter (sorry did not have any pictures on phone😁) Finally had to do wheel alignment and wheel balance
    3 points
  44. Are you trying to tell us that Elise owners can’t read?
    3 points
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