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  1. I got my 2021 Evora GT today, my first Lotus! Essex Blue:
    16 points
  2. I took a number of pics at the show...and sent them to Andy G at Lotus some years ago as well.
    8 points
  3. I found this in Pegwell Bay. Well, dug it up, actually. Along with the remains of the Typhoon that crash landed there.
    7 points
  4. Hi Dave, expect the full video in about three weeks. The camera man is very talented, so should be some of the best Esprit footage ever. The two CV owner was able to drive up for the shoot, although he's not nearby. We go through all the differences the Bond cars have from the normal production cars. I managed to pick up a stone chip on the Turbo screen by manoeuvring a few feet behind the filming car at high speed. Worth it to get the footage though. Cameras were mounted inside, outside the cars with a drone doing aerial shots. Can’t wait to see the final cut. Keep an Eye out for Classic and Sports car Bond edition in October. Oh the skis now tested to 80 Mph, with some sharp turns!
    7 points
  5. Well this is my latest project, it’s a fire damaged 89 spec Excel SA which arrives this week. If it’s to far gone I will take the engine for my S1 and break but if it looks fixable within some kind of sensible budget then on the road it will go! I loved both of my previous SE’s and found them incredibly rewarding to drive, my wife only drives autos so been keeping my eyes out for ages, never expected to buy a damaged one but the colour just attracted me instantly. I will post more photos this week to get everyone’s views, if anyone has the parts PM me 😉 Does anyone recognise it? I would love to get hold of the original keeper to find out what order the car was in and how this disaster occurred. Looks like the usual carb leaks onto the distributor. From the photos it looked like a well cared for example and has the same mushroom interior I had in my old one. Dave
    6 points
  6. Here’s mine, owned for over 14 years, running around 300hp. Going to keep it despite an order for an Emira being placed.
    6 points
  7. Found this video of the launch of the X180 Turbo at Earls Court Motorfair from 1987. It still looks great all these years later.
    6 points
  8. Lost touch with this thread I’m afraid. Have to pick it up again Did some upgrades on the cooling system
    6 points
  9. We did a charity run for an animal shelter today and 2 friends came along with there Esprits:
    6 points
  10. Adding a few key milestones: 27 April 21: Lotus company update and Emira name announced 27 April 21 - TomE - UK - V6 manual 28 April 21 - JamesDG - UK - V6 manual 30 April 21 - Pugwash - UK V6 manual 15 May 21 - JCR - Undecided 17 May 21 - DarrylV8 - Undecided 20 May 21 - Evotion - V6 Manual 20 May 21 - Evotion - i4 22 May 21 - KennyN - V6 Manual 4 June 21 - DJW - undecided 23 June 21 - KJD - V6 manual 25 Jun 21 - scotty435 - V6 manual 28 June 21 - DaveC72 - i4 6 July 21: Emira reveal at Hethel 6 July 21 - Duncs - V6, but cost dependent. 7 July 21 - Lockey - i4 7 July 21 - freefall_junkie - V6 manual UK 7 July 21 - glen8 - i4 7 July 21 - Al_C - I4 7 July 21 - Neilread - I4 7 July 21 - Philnotts - V6 Manual 7 or 8 July 21 - JJ - Cost dependant 8 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 1 (Thursday) 8 July 21 - MJON - i4 8 July 21 - Wake - i4 (V6 cost dependant) 8 July 21 - Johnhoward - V6 Auto 8 July 21 - JimH - i4 9 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 2 (Friday) 9 July 21 - Beady - I4 (probably) 9 July 21 (8am) - Beancounter - probably i4, but maybe v6 manual 10 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 3 (Saturday) 10 July 21 - Washy - undecided 10 July 21 - Al - completely undecided. 11 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 4 (Sunday) 12 July 21: post Goodwood Festival of Speed 12 July 21 - emstan - V6
    6 points
  11. Cleaned ready for tomorrow’s Bromyard Speed Festival.
    5 points
  12. Just a quick hello, Recently purchased a naturally aspirated 1987 Lotus Esprit HC and have already sourced some info through the forums so figured I'd join. Car overall is smick and had been restored by the owner a few years ago. Gosh does it turn some heads!That being said, in typical Lotus form I have already encountered some issues. Nothing that couldn't be quickly resolved through some forum digging though!
    5 points
  13. As an ex racing cyclist I used to laugh my ass off at the puny cyclists who tricked out their bikes to be as light as anything and then literally got blown over by a puff of wind (well blown out the back of the bunch) as they were light in the places where they needed muscles to produce power. Weight is important but it is the "overall" package that dictates speed. Getting back on to the topic, which is a rarity for me I know, but if half the owners or prospective owners on here who talk about the "weight" of Lotus cars or their components were as good at driving as they are at blowing hot air, then the forum would be full of WDC, WEC, WRC champions. It's like with the titanium exhaust on the exige/evora - oooh, I'm gonna spend £5k to save 7kg or so and so I'll be faster on the sunday drive with the lads.... What total complete and utter tosh and as for being faster on a track day, then unless they were already a driving god or regular racer they wouldn't be able to tell the difference at all. I call these fans "Princesses" as they would also tell you they could sleep on a bed of multiple mattresses and still feel the single pea placed under the bottom one! Hahahahahaha
    5 points
  14. Yes, as a keen cyclist, the Lotus enthusiast's weight obsession does kinda remind me of the number of chubby middle aged blokes you see riding around on ultra light high end road bikes. Hauling a kilo of flab uphill takes just as much energy as hauling a kilo of carbon fibre and aluminium. Weight certainly matters, but needs to be keep in perspective 🙂
    5 points
  15. Lotus are trying to convey a positive message, which is that they have grown sales 194% in the US. Why not just put your efforts into thinking "wow, great job Lotus, well done for pushing back into the US and making a start....." It's well documented on here, and anywhere else that reports on Lotus, that Evora sales numbers, in the UK, the US or anywhere else are measured in the tens, or the hundreds, in each geography. So it's not hard to understand why they focus on the % is it? As I said, focus on the positive aspect of the story, and leave the negativity to the politicians. Time to move your argument on, the leaves are starting to settle here and the nights are fair drawing in again.
    5 points
  16. Red Bull Racing still whining. They must be really rattled. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/57988419 Get over if FFS. Put all your energies into winning the next race.
    5 points
  17. Here are photos from the dealership. How can you not love this car? Never perfect but perfect to me.
    5 points
  18. Hot off the press, apparently the Porsche won by a cup holder and a broken suspension strut. How did you know Baptiste?.
    4 points
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  21. To be fair, us Europeans are having a nice time in Europe, also because of exploitation of countries that refugees are now feeling from. It's a cruel world and most of us here prettymuch won the roulette of life, which means white person born in Europe. If life was a game, we started on "Extra easy" difficutly level. And complain because people with no such luck are now trying to survive this game. This nice life was also by many lifes in these countries, so saying "paid by someone else" is not exactly fair judgement.
    4 points
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  23. The person who bought it is shagging the wife of the brother, whose older brother is in a relationship with the mother of the Planning Officer, who is from Del Monte and will say yes. So it really was a bargain and yet again we see how close knit the community is in Worcestershire. Time to count your toes again Barry.
    4 points
  24. Good afternoon. New to the Lotus family and this informative web site. After 5 months of searching today I purchased a generic 2013 Evora. 34,000 miles and not abused. Time to drive and get to know the beast. I'll be back with questions and feedback soon. Good luck to all the Lotus drivers. Bob
    4 points
  25. Yup. A great spec the US GT car and I am sure it would have sold well here too.
    4 points
  26. Actually, it's not. If the figures used are accurate and correct, it is not "spin". A 10% increase is a 10% increase if it is 110 this year and 100 last year, or 1100 this year versus 1000 last year. "Spin" is something that is intentionally misleading, and saying, and being able to support, that your sales are xx% up on a previous period is factual. But then, I know nothing. Anyway, @Frickin_idiot you know I'm the one you're supposed to argue with!
    4 points
  27. Because of the damage to the front mounting point in the bonnet area I have had to redesign the frame to take the stress off that point and also make it easier for me to repair it whilst still being able to rotate the shell. So I've removed the front mounting point off the frame and added a new one that will locate on the front of the footwell... So now the front mounting point is unstressed and I can get at it to repair it. Once I've done that I might refit the mounting point or just leave it off if it seems okay as it is now... That was basically the best part of a days' work on my own. Good job I'm not being paid for this or they'd be moaning about how much it's costing hahaha I haven't decided exactly how I'm going to repair that area around the bobbin. So I'm going to have a think about it...
    4 points
  28. Hi all, New to Lotus - been watching them from afar but the cabin was a little too spartan for me 😉. The Emira really ups the game and has enticed me to jump both feet in! Coming from another sublime driving car - Alpine A110 Legende. Been a little more than 2 years now and it got me back in love with driving, especially in winding, country roads - perfect with no flying the last year or so. Looking forward to seeing how the Emira compares, and then the BIG question will be - do I keep both? 🤔
    4 points
  29. HA! The Power of TLF and it's community is proven yet again! Love it. Sponsors who are enthusiasts and active on the forum.
    4 points
  30. We've got 8 on the shelf... Dave
    4 points
  31. I suspect 430 Evora will be THE ONE. It is the most powerful (factory) and easy to identify in the Evora evolution curve. The influencers and journos will be attracted to it - rightly so, I am sure. Likewise GTE but perhaps 430 will fare best. As time goes on, the Sport 410 will also be there. Carbon seats will be a halo feature (standard fit - not sure if any other Evora had them as standard?). Emira can only do good for historic Lotus, cars that have been woefully under-appreciated for far too long. World - welcome to Lotus. Justin
    4 points
  32. I have nearly finished the rotisserie and I tried it out this afternoon. Unlike my e-type which didn't need a full length frame this has all the weight at the bottom of the car so it's quite difficult to rotate it with one person. It is also too big to rotate inside my garage as it hits the garage door openers - first world problems. I have quite a nice tan from all the welding I've been doing and I'm told it should sound like bacon and eggs frying when you're welding but if you'd ever tasted my cooking you'd understand why my welding is so bad! So here it is upside down... I plan on fitting a length of box section between the two trolleys to stabilise it but this was just a trial rotation. The problem with this car is that it's so wide, so even though it appears to be very high (and it is) when it's on its side the side almost touches the horizontal legs of the trolley. If I want to work on the underside then I'm going to have to pull it out of the garage, turn it and then put it back in again. I won't be able to work in the garage with it on its side as I could when I had my e-type but the e-type was only 1.2m wide whereas the Esprit is nearly 2m... I've mounted the frame at 8 points where the body mounts to the chassis and it seems fine, there were no horrible creaking and cracking noises when I rotated it. I think that the only time I will want it on its side will be when I'm stripping the paint and that will be best done outside, so I don't see the height being a major problem. Most of the work I need to do will require the shell inverted so it will at least be at a reasonable height for my poor old back... I've drilled a hole in the outer tube and welded a nut on it and I was planning on using a bolt to lock it at any angle but it isn't going to work I don't think, so I will drill a number of holes in the inner tube and then just stick a bar in it to hold it at the desired position. There's a fair bit of bodywork to do on this car so this will make my life a lot easier as I'm getting a bit long in the tooth to be crawling around on the floor
    4 points
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  34. Update on our Belfast trip. Little Dutton delivered safe and sound and as luck would have it, the S4 we had to collect was right next door on the same industrial estate. 1,563 mile round trip from home to Lisburn, Belfast and back again in 34 hrs. Very tiring run all taken in stride with the ever faithful VW Amarok and the shuttle trailer. We did have a slight hick up the way home with an overheating brake on the trailer which was resolved. No thanks to the RAC (pricks) but we got home. More on that later. 2nd trip followed shortly after to deliver another car just over the borders, then on down to deepest Englandshire to collect another project. Anyone looking for a tidy Eclat light restoration project. Give me a shout. Then we got a bit busy with the following which involved a very hectic week. 1/ We have just purchased a proper, full blown recovery truck which will be fitted with an extra low beaver tail specifically designed for low slung Lotus cars. 2/ Just found and made a deal on a ready made ultra low all alloy beaver tail leaf to fit the recovery truck. And at a bloody good price. And local. What was parked on the drive behind the truck leaf at the sellers house. A very, very tidy late model Elite 503. Sensible offer made and being seriously considered. Bit of light restoration followed by a for sale if I get it. 3/ Also found a cracking good 3ton winch with full remote control and in perfect working order, again at cracking good price. And local 4/ And found a very slightly neglected but with huge history file and reasonably low mileage, an Elan M100 and purchased at a sensible price for further restoration and future sale. 5/ The tremendous Mrs Wendy Walsh is keeping busy doing PA and research. Bless her. Redundant/Retired. Busiest I've been in years. This 7 day week lark is a laugh.
    3 points
  35. Our Maine Coon, Lando, proving he doesn’t fit on the sofa. And his sister, Livia, proving she does. My wife figured the leopard print rug would encourage them to sit in that rather than the sofa itself. Amazingly, it seems to work too. Probably think it’s their mother!😆
    3 points
  36. Fire red is blooming awesome Pics don’t do it justice either beautiful in the flesh
    3 points
  37. Hi C8RKH, glad we can agree on something ! I would hate the idea of altering facts to fit any of my arguments and its impossible to be starry-eyed about a proportion of the population who appear entirely at a loss about either improving their lot or even getting anyone else to do it. Something like 14 million are eligible to vote but do not. I will keep this short -as you say , this is supposed to be about Brexit-but my point does tie in with the B word. I think many including myself feel that the present system does not work for them and does not care for them so why should they care in return ? People from particular social backgrounds find it so much easier to get ahead because they are "assumed" to be competent and capable. Twenty of the UKs Prime Ministers have been educated at one single school . It simply does not suggest that social mobility is taken seriously. The American idea that "anyone can get to be President", (unrealistic though that is) , is not even on the average Brit`s radar ! I think this general feeling of powerlessness fed into the campaign to leave the EU where the EU was seen as just another remote and unresponsive elite group. Now, I think that characterisation was not entirely accurate , but those arguments have been well-rehearsed now and I won`t bore everyone with repetition !
    3 points
  38. What, in addition to the bins in the door that hold a 500ml bottle and the cup holders in the middle? How much coffee does one man need?!
    3 points
  39. I'd go for an extra cup holder in each door and an electric tray that slides out from the dash for me to put my phone and keys in. Hopefully they'll get added to the official list at some point.
    3 points
  40. Personally speaking I`m not bothered about the 0.06% of the UK population who are refugee migrants / asylum seekers, whether legal or not. The topic just seems blown out of all sensible proportion. Sadly our mass media seems all too willing to inflate the problem using the old "man bites dog" formula (ie report the sensational exception not the rule) when there`s far worse stuff happening every day to affect ordinary life . I am forced to assume that`s why so many seem to get so hot under the collar. And, whilst I admit that anecdotal evidence is not very helpful , for what it`s worth in 40 years of adult life, I have literally never met an immigrant who didn`t want to work. In most other cultures, work is more central to concepts of dignity and self-worth than it is here. As for frankly paranoid ideas about "British culture" being under some kind of extremely ill-defined "threat" that always seem to lurk under the surface in these debates, the immigrants including refugees of whichever faith that I`ve met -again, over 40 years of adult life (and I believe that I have met enough to form a legitimate view) can`t get enough of it !
    3 points
  41. Doesn’t matter how many colours AM offer on the configurator, their customers still only order the boring ones. I mean how many DB9s were silver, grey or black? 80%?
    3 points
  42. If someone is wholly responsible that would be 100%. Is there an official table to describe responsibility and percentages? I think I'm being flippant or are there actual guidelines for the stewards in this situation? And how would they decide the percentage of responsibility? I do think Hamilton was driving to avoid a collision, heading towards the corner both cars were almost level, Hamilton was backing out of the overtake when Verstappen turned in, that is why Hamilton's front tyre and Verstappen's back tyre touched. I do think Verstappen drives to cause a collision. Unless he changes his driving style he will continue to have collisions in the future. He's a hazzard to himself and others. He's fast (in a fast car) but dangerous.
    3 points
  43. Update: I now have the car back, and what an upgrade the new supercharger is!! SCS Delta did a fantastic job on the ECU and tune, in 'normal' mode it has approx. 350hp, in 'Sport' it has the full 486hp and 556 torque but slackens off the traction, in 'Race' it has the full power but with no traction control at all. SCS said the supercharger had way more to give but the car ran out of fueling, any more and it would require a new fuel pump and bigger injectors. Even in full power mode it is incredibly drivable and happy to bumble around at low rpms around town with no stuttering or any inclination the car is anything but stock. When you floor it, the car comes alive and just pulls and pulls in every gear, seemingly never running out of grunt whilst making the most incredible noise. The only problem now is it's too loud for (most) trackdays with the standard 350 backbox, there are a few options out there; Hangar111 produce and very nice looking box for reasonable money, however they have not yet tried it on cars with more than 460hp. So we decided to go for the Komotec option as they run it on their EX530 car. Despite it being ugly as sin, sometimes function has to win over form. This will be installed in around two weeks, so I will do a before and after video with decibel readings then. Very happy with the overall package that Back On Track have put together for me, their install was immaculate, as was their patience! So big thanks to Sam and Jez at BOT, if you are in the UK and looking for big horsepower upgrades, be sure to give them a call first.
    3 points
  44. My 9 year old car will all original paint. One owner, 34k miles including many trackdays and road trips. Not looking too shabby
    3 points
  45. He has gone into partnership with a friend of mine ( Zog Ziegler, the motoring journalist) They have set up a classic car and restoration business. Zog was the person who gave Hammond his big break, and fair play Hammond has never forgot that.
    3 points
  46. Will that cost more than several billion pounds then?
    3 points
  47. I think it can hear us…..
    3 points
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  49. The Emira is firmly aimed at the daily/frequent spots cars driver (hence the weight) and the Exige is a weapon of mass pleasure aimed at those who want a race car on the road (and the track!). The Exige experience is much more visceral and raw whereas the Emira will handle like an Evora and then some, eg a refined Lotus. Matt said in the TLF interview than they've taken the Evora handling as a benchmark and refined it and made it better for the Emira but it takes a certain amount of commitment to daily an Exige so if that extreme performance, feels like you're doing Le Mans on a b-road Lotus is your dream, you've done well ordering an Exige.
    3 points


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