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  1. 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
  2. 12 points
  3. 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
  4. Greetings from... Sunny? (And rainy) North Yorkshire
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  5. These are all press cars. I keep checking the drive to see if one is appearing...
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  6. 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?
    8 points
  7. 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.
    8 points
  8. 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
  9. Nice short drive yesterday for a change to collect an old friend. A nice S4 turbo which is coming back for some minor works after sorting out her botched clutch etc last year. So we stop for a coffee at Kinross services and spy these real nice looking Mercedes trucks from Germany. Had a chat with the drivers who were very nice guys and petrolheads. Turns out they are carrying 17 supercars to Scotland from Munich with the plan that they meet up with their owners today, who will then do a 6 day tour of Scotland. During the tour, the truck drivers will sit in an hotel waiting for their return. They will then load the cars and head back to Munich. There instructions. Wait and we will tell you where we are going next. Great to have that kind of money. The trucks were load with Lamborghini's McLarens, Porsche GT3's Ferraris etc. Obviously a lot of money involved. One of the drivers opened a door to give us a glimpse of the contents and it was jaw dropping. All new cars. If you see any of these on the road, give them a flash or a toot. Real nice guys and open for a chat anytime they are stopped. The tour is officially named Circle Tour and the cars all have the small decal on them as shown on one pic. Kind of dwarfs my Shuttle trailer and tow car just a little bit lol.
    6 points
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  11. I shook hands on this car in early 2017, the vendor pulled out of the sale, then offered me first refusal a couple of months later by which time I'd changed my own plans. I still have a copy of the old ad and it all matches up, spec, colour, upgraded MY12 gear cables, year, all the option packs, slightly warped airbag cover, and the fact that it had B&C FSH. Also found the HPI check which confirms the reg no, although it had a personal plate, then. At the time it was @ £34,495 and was on 28k, a pretty good "investment".
    6 points
  12. VID-20220518-WA0006.mp4
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  13. finally got so bored waiting I bought this....logic being i can sell it next spring and hopefully not lose any/much money and have something nice to play with this summer. I suspect I might want to keep it long term alongside Emira once it arrives (collect Fri):
    6 points
  14. Happy Birthday to our old chap Hektor, 10 today😍
    5 points
  15. Nothing to do with the fact he part owns the company auctioning the car..... Justin
    5 points
  16. Evora is a cult car, I doubt there might be many who want to swap Evora with Emira. Yes, emira might be faster and has up to date gizmos, but Evora will have its own fanbase.
    5 points
  17. 5 points
  18. I took the head and gasket to Mike Taylor today and he found the problem, the two roll pins that stick out of the top of the block and go through the gasket then into matching holes in the head were bottoming out in the head holes. All this is because I had had the head ground so holes in the head were not deep enough to take the pins. on looking closely at the gasket he could see that there was a sign of leaking slightly on all four cylinders on the exhaust side. I will trim back the pins and put it all together again.
    5 points
  19. Apropos of nothing, and as a matter of Interest, so many of us on here hold great stock on the issue of whether the clutch has been changed on early Evoras. I have had mine for five and a half years, (01/2011 NA sport pack), and gone from 28-37k miles (I know, sad innit) with no problem. At every service, with a reputable, but now disenfranchised, specialist, they report that the clutch is good. When I bought the car I had the money for a clutch replacement in my fighting fund, and still do. My question is, (and I have tried the forum search) . How do you know when the clutch is on the way out? Does it slip? Do you get a clunk, and there is nothing there? Or can you not select a gear? Or does the pedal do nothing? Just interested to know is all.
    5 points
  20. Received from Kyiv today.
    5 points
  21. By mongrel he means, a specialist combination of excellent high performance parts… Once again, Sparky steps up to perform his magic….
    4 points
  22. Couple of shots from Stonor from this weekend. My Son met Brian Johnson from AC/DC too.
    4 points
  23. After several shakedown runs over the past few days to tweak the actuator and tame the boost I'm getting nearer my target. I'm not getting full boost on 50% throttle any more, I'm now down to 0.83bar at 100%, still a little way off my target of of 0.65bar, but edging nearer. I went out for a run this afternoon and saw plenty of other nice machinery on my travels; a BRG series one E-type, a lovely metallic mid-blue late seventies/early eighties vintage Aston Martin V8 Vantage and a TVR Tamora. Got plenty of looks in the Esprit and some appreciation from some pedestrians while I was stopped at some traffic lights, so obviously gave them a show of the lights 😁 When I got back I recorded another video of the exhaust since the previous one was recorded before the MAP was plugged back in. Sound much better now it's running right. Apologies for the poor angle of the footage; little'un was asleep so couldn't get to my tripod without disturbing her.
    4 points
  24. Great run out this morning with MLOC, breakfast at The Car Crowd Cafe with a stunning Lotus Omega on display.
    4 points
  25. I have a MY12 S, ordered in Feb that year and delivered in Sept 12. All during the Bahar dismissal saga. Lots of mates thought I was mad ordering the car at such a time, but I was ok with it. The good folk at Hethel must have spent an age building it as to this day it is spot on with 33k miles covered on road and track(s). Original clutch here too
    4 points
  26. Saw mention of this on the news, I understand that it has been removed, I wonder how many complained.
    4 points
  27. 4 points
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  29. Nice of Lotus to share updates on the production delay with those that have saved hard in order to buy an Emira and put down deposits before blowing smoke up Schmee's backside. I guess they think our blind faith is inifite, I for one am getting a little tired of this approach.
    4 points
  30. There are pictures of an ex-red Esprit S3 repainted in Triumph British Racing Green on top of the following web page: https://www.euringer.de/html/es3.html
    4 points
  31. That's a computer game graphics engine
    4 points
  32. 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.
    4 points
  33. A few pics taken on the recent Absolute Lotus Magazine Scottish Highland Tour. Picture credit to Absolute Lotus Magazine & Classic Car Tours.
    4 points
  34. Dare I say it, but I think the Evora looks better from that viewpoint.
    3 points
  35. Everybody has his own technique but in the aviation world electrical connections are crimped only. The reasoning behind that is, if soldered, that the wire wicks up the solder and creates a spot where flexible meets rigid. Unless the wire is retained in position, it is more susceptible to fracture at that point than just crimping alone. I guess if you can keep the soldered area to the spade end of the crimp only you could avoid that.
    3 points
  36. Maybe you're on to something @Frickin_idiotand there is a section of society who should be restricted from having dogs or children. The worst behaved children I see are usually spoilt middle class brats with clueless bright but dim parents. Often the same people are entitled dog owners too oh and weekend lycra warriors. Go figure! 🤣😂😱
    3 points
  37. Would love to give you an update on the Esprit but work is absolutely mental at the moment. On the plus side there may be more Loti joining the fleet soon...
    3 points
  38. Oh, ok. I've no idea how the dark finish is achieved but I like it on mine. Our differences is what makes the world go round. Well, that and too much alcohol 🍺
    3 points
  39. Chapman's philosophy will live on
    3 points
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