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  1. https://www.thelotusforums.com/latest-news/lotus-cars-news/tlf-passes-1m-annual-visits-lotus-cars-recognise-significant-milestone/ Super chuffed!
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  2. Still can't believe I picked up my phone during my lunch break while having a burger and one hr later started the yellow beauty for the first time. It's now going to take another week or two to get her registered... but wow!!
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  3. Very little progress has occurred on the big project, but little is better than none. (She said) Some may have noticed my absence over the past 2 years, in October 20 I suddenly lost the use of my left triceps, no pain just couldn't lift my arm, not good news for a carpet fitter, but the eventual diagnosis of nerve damage could have been worse. Anyway, after 18 months things have begun to improve, we're back at it with the Esprit carpets, and I've now sorted the impossible to reach heater valve (broken cable), fitted one of our Wessex wool carpet sets and got the interior refitted.
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  4. I am so very proud to tell you all that Wendy is being recognised in the Jubilee Birthday Honours list. During lockdown 1 and 2 I watched Wendy work all day as a nurse then come home and paint until almost midnight, then get up, do it all again and spend weekends in her studio. I believe the final figure was 67 portraits and she contacted everyone one or their families and learnt their “backstory” many of which were stories of heroes in themselves, normal people doing extraordinary things. We tend to forget the level of death linked to COVID when it first hit and all this while Nurses, Doctors, HCA’s, Cleaning Staff, support staff and everyone in the NHS bore the brunt. Wendy too did this, working with those most vulnerable in the community. In her normal self depreciation when she learnt she wanted the award to be for everyone she painted and works with. So, so proud for her to be recognised. She's in so many papers from the Sun to the Mail, we are both astounded. Can I also ask a favour of our members? The Shropshire Star did a whole article on her and I was wondering if anyone could buy a copy and send it to us? More than happy to cover your costs. https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/uk-news/2022/06/01/nurse-who-painted-dozens-of-nhs-worker-portraits-thrilled-with-medal/ https://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/norwich-nhs-nurse-makes-queens-honours-list-9008988?fbclid=IwAR0w2nBPyR7pQLyPg3K7V4zDR4e-kgfz07vQdO4KRkIvXObrla77a3c2nUo
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  5. I have owned many performance cars and a have a long history of Lotus cars. I currently have a lovely Elise in my garage so I am used to the ‘quirks’ that can accompany a Lotus life. However, When I put my Emira deposit down with my great dealership well before we even knew what it was called or looked like, it was a leap of faith (again), but you only live once. Now we all know that Lotus has a lot going on, but the Emira remains a very important launch for the company if it is ever going to be toe to toe with Porsche. Since my order communication has either been non existent or all over the place and whilst the car looks fantastic, I am one of a few that I know who are going a little luke warm on their orders. The process itself seems to have changed a number of times - did we pay one two or even three deposits? Despite being a very early customer, I read about many people being called last year and only got a call back after phoning up myself several months after the calls began - ‘Oh you should have been called’ was the response. The calls we got could not even tell us what was included on the car and what was not. Even today I have no idea whether the v6 FE’s are lumbered with the ‘driver aids’ or not or whether a reversing camera is on UK spec (I hope it is). I was told I would be contacted in January for my final spec and would be able to change anything up to that point, no call came, the weeks went by so in early February I contacted Customer support - “oh you should have been called’ (again) - your spec is now locked in….. After much huffing I was able to change the colour having driven all the way to Norfolk to see some of the VP cars and insist on the change. I was told that was ok, spec was locked in and was scheduled for the first batch June delivery. After that nothing, silence, no confirmation of spec, no order sheet with the spec set out with allocated chassis number - nothing…. Zilch. So we are now in April, a VP car has been in the mags and on YouTube with lots of caveats and Gav saying oh we are 4-5 months on from this ! Why on earth give a Journo a car that is entering ‘production’ the month the youtube reviews went out and let them drive a outdated spec - argh. The reviews are positive but not exactly euphoric, there are no full tests, one journalist saying how his drive back in a 911 put the Emira in context showing its weaknesses. How difficult is it to run a press launch with final spec cars to quality Journalists? The V6 sound seems to have been dialled way down from the Evora so I hope they will turn it back up a bit as it was a bit puny- there was nothing wrong with the evora. I saw one post this week about a very recent factory tour where engineers on the production line were overheard talking about experimenting with different adhesives and this is meant to be in production…. So, today, on the faint premise that (if they find my phone number) I am going to be asked for the best part of £80k in the next month or so, I phoned my excellent Lotus dealer, to see if he knew more than I had gleaned. Very sadly he knew absolutely nothing about orders or where the car was in development or production. Lotus with their new factory direct model (in principle its OK) seem to have cut off virtually all communication with the dealerships until the point where they notify them a car is being delivered. I don’t think its unfair to say he was very uncomfortable with this, but the dealers now appear to be completely neutered - this is neither smart when you have customers with 20-30 year relationships nor actually like the agency model works with other brands. So today I phoned Customer support who were as usual welcoming and polite and after a minute or so they found my order. Now I think you probably know what is coming next…. ‘Oh you should have been called with your delivery slot’ after I stopped laughing I was then told that mine was a July delivery. Well its a messed up world so whilst it would be nice to have had it for June I assumed that supply delays were pushing production back, but no I was assured production is on schedule mine has just been put back to July. I was in the first 20 UK deposits I believe, so I asked why this was - they did not know, but would investigate and I have had an email to that effect. I would like to be clear about a few points . I am a lotus person through and through and have owned a number since my first S4 SE Elan, I love the brand, fully understand why they need to do SUV’s etc and will defend the brand to my core. The dealers are a real asset not to be discarded and can be used better under the new model. I can safely say that if my dealer moved to Mclaren, Porsche et al he would pull a lot of customers so Lotus please start talking to your dealers. Customer services are always charming to speak to and are doing their very best but they have not had clear consistent instruction, a clear schedule to work to, nor the tools to generate the paperwork needed - its not their fault. Having spoken to them today they are getting this sort of dissatisfied response every single day right now - I feel very sorry for them. It would be easy to say change the PR manger, Change the customer support manager, but having spoken with a very senior person in Lotus, they to were in the dark regarding final specs on the cars, so clearly the issues are further up, perhaps not even in the UK. I hope above all things that the car is great and the quality is good enough to threaten Porsche, albeit there is a hill to climb. Lotus has so many brilliant engineers and people and has had a lot of investment but I cant help thinking the verdict is still out. One thing that would be very positive would be for Matt WIndle to come on social media and send an email to all deposit holders and just give a full update, say what is happening on Comms, if production is on track and how they are ensuring quality etc. I am sure most on this Forum really want this car to be a great success and to be confident in spending our money but it really needs to clear definitive communication at this point.
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  6. @TomEand myself had the great privilege of supporting Lotus in ascertaining where they are really at, from a customers point of view. We were hosted by Matt Windle (MD), Geoff Dowding (Commercial Director) and Scott Walker (Head of UK Sales) and special thanks to Charlotte for keeping us on schedule! The Tour We were given a fantastically, detailed, full-access tour, by Scott Walker, on both the old and new facilities. The first words here that spring to mind are Quality Control, Perfectionism and Attention to Detail. The vast investment by Geely into the new facility is immediately obvious, like being smacked around the jaw by a wet engine cover. The difference between the old-school, which was admittedly, relatively shabby and the new high-tech, millions spent on, robotic and laser measuring equipment was incredible. My main take-away from the day is that Lotus, contrary to some beliefs on the web, are working VERY VERY hard, in a very difficult global market, to get all the cars out as originally promised this year. This is seen in the investment in both the tech and the staffing levels. I was utterly amazed at the laser focused body panel checker. The car gets checked over to a fraction of a millimetre by a 360 degree laser guided machine. This checks that every single Emira off the line is exactly the same. This ensures that each car has remarkably exacting panel-gaps and alignment. They do this once the chassis gets bonded to the body and once after completion as a double check. This ethos of quality control and double checking carried on throughout the whole process which was broken down on the tour. We saw the seats, although Pre-Production, looking much deeper and body encompassing, the front, nappa leather covered fascia which was rock solid, and just how everything comes together in a well thought out way. What we didn't see was the actual wheels. We saw i4 engines and the automatic V6. Conclusion - The final build quality will match the Germans, perhaps improve on them in some areas. I feel very rest assured on this. The Colours Okay, okay. This is the bit most want to know about. @TomE and I saw all of the FE colours in the flesh, though only the Magma Red was seen in both direct sunlight and shade conditions. My thoughts, Tom will add his own. First impression.. It now ALL makes sense. People have often mentioned "why didn't they just release the FE in traditional colours that we all know and like". It was immediately clear to me that Lotus wanted to show just how damn good the paint is and also to exude prestige and class. Shadow Grey is perhaps the most similar and standard to other makers and the Seneca Blue, somewhat comparable to other cars, has an ability to look both interestingly pastel and metallic. The other colours are full of depth and quite unique. Hethel Yellow - I would call this a classy yellow. It is yellow with a warmth to it. That English Mustard soft hue perhaps in one layer. Do not worry about this being the only non-metallic colour. it pops out the most of all of the colours, strikingly bold, yet luxuriant. Magma Red - Wow. Ha. Better than I had even hoped. The colour travel on this is remarkable. The speckle in the metallic on this and the other metallic cars is amazing and really makes them stand out. This red I have not seen before. it is NOT Fire Red. It pops more in light, with a lovely gold fleck and the colour in the shade is rich and exudes quality. Nimbus Grey - Ha. No grey on this car, except perhaps from space. it is a stunning colour which I would call Super LIght Bronze Silver. It has this bronzey, browny subtle tint which lifts it up from being 'just' a silver car. Again, Lotus have gone for a look or richness and quality. Stunning. If you have ordered this you will be blown away. Dark Verdant - Yes, the clue is indeed in the name. It is very dark and I thought it was a black car until about 4 yards away from it. We shone light on it and the heavy fleck then really pops and I have a feeling it will feel the most prestige colour of all but it is dark, no getting away from that. Personally, I would not get a black roof with this colour. I think it would look great with silver wheels as complete contrast package to drop jaws. Other colours - well, we saw a white car which would possibly be THE colour to go for on the next editions such is the powerful play of white on black. We saw a black car, which still suited it, and we saw a Ferrari Red car, again fabulous and likely to make it to the next edition options. We also saw a car with the black pack roof. Suspension A major point of confusion amongst us, this was helped greatly by their development driver, Dries, an endearing Belgian chap who knows the car inside out, is which suspension to go for - Sports or Touring. @TomE and I had a great chat with him and we pretty much have come to the same conclusion. Touring - Most ideal for most people. Absolutely perfect for those who will use the car as a daily driver and it is there only car. Still capable on track. Sports - More feel but the odd road bump will be felt more. Perfect for those who will have the car as a 2nd or 3rd car. More relevant if you will track the car occasionally. All in all, a fabulous day out and we learned a huge amount from all of our very engaging and honest hosts. Personally, I came away even more confident (yes, possible ) that we are in VERY capable hands and we will be owners of an instant classic and future icon. We can all look forward to a new update on the configurator from next week, more news and increased confidence in this wonderful marque.
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  7. Hi all, I'm back from my day at the Lotus Driving Academy doing the Tailor Made Advanced experience day. In summary ... What a lovely car Lotus have made, I think it ticks all the boxes that Lotus want out of the new car; it is more appealing to the mass market but still has the essence of a true Lotus. Well done all at Lotus who made it happen! The car is beautiful to look at with so many design touches, a little swoop here, a vent over there a little flick in the body work ... absolutely amazing to look at. I got a quick look at the Emira at Goodwood FoS but at the LDA they had a spare car parked out the front so anytime you were not having your turn driving you could go and ogle at its beauty. The inside is very nice too. I'm a little out of touch with what a £60-80K car interior should feel like but to me it all feels and looks very nice inside. I had a little twiddle with the buttons and trim and everything felt solid and well put together with a quality and well judged weight. My S1 Evora interior looks lovely but you can tell its a little flimsy but absolutely no issues on the Emira. Now to the bit you are all waiting for .... the handling ... (Please note I only tried it on the Hethel track not on the road) .... Its a very nice handling car, I tried both the sport chassis with cup2 tyres and the touring chassis (didn't check what tyres this was on). The sport feels a bit stiffer and has less roll and more grip but the touring was absolutely no slouch in the corners and gave a very rewarding ride around the track. The handling is very stable and predictable. Does the Emira have a wider track than the Evora? It felt like the wheels are further apart and made a more stable platform, might be in my head by thats how it felt. They've hidden the weight of the engine and supercharger better than my Evora. I was much less aware of the heavy lump sitting out at the back and high up in the Emira. Again dont know if this is chassis setup differences or engine mounting differences to the S1 Evora? I can feel the back end in the Evora making its self known and wanting to come round a bit more on lift off compared to the Emira, which had more stable balance. The breaking was phenomenal too, very powerful brakes, and very stable under high braking, it tracks nice and straight and minimal dive too. I was far more confident late braking and using a bit of trail braking to get the front end to turn into the chicane than I have been in my previous jolly around Hethel. The steering I think uses a different rack to the S1 Evora, it felt lighter and had a bit less feedback compared to my Evora but its still very good compared to modern rivals. I think the steering feel and weight is better suited to daily driving and the mass market. While my Evora's steering is also assisted it is on the heavy side and I think your average person might get put off by the busyness. With the Emira, you could still place it accurately and you still had that magic Lotus feeling of the car pivoting around you in corners but the steering was just lacking a bit of the feeling of weighting up in corners. Going through Clark and Graham Hill sections I don't think it dances around the corners as much as other Lotus' but the very good handling manners and composure does mean you have good confidence in pushing the car to its limits so the stopwatch may end up saying you are quicker even if your heart rate doesn't. The clutch pedal was much lighter than my Evora which will suit daily driving better. The brake pedal felt better than the Evora. Mine has a few mm of dead travel and then the brakes engage the Emira has none of this, the weight was lighter but I didn't feel I was lacking in any feedback. Similar for the accelerator, its got a lighter weight to it but wasn't overly light and I got used to it very quickly and had no issues with it. The engine note has low bassy sound to it. Overall volume is lower than previous V6 Lotus cars but I think thats expected for a new car also will get under noise regs on track days better than the older V6 cars. I noticed the lower rev limiter, occasionally running into the limiter, the power delivery is very linear and keeps rising all the way to the redline, you don't feel the crescendo and the power tailing off like on my NA Evora so keep your foot in and stay in gear only to hit the limiter. Was a bit of a weird one, one one hand its got loads of torque and keeps pulling, on the other its lacking emotion. Either I have an incredibly well judged right foot or the traction control is very good. Coming out of the Rindt hairpin and Andretti I could happily bury the throttle without fear of running wide into the barrier or loosing the back end. But at no point did I feel the car was restricting me, it always felt like it was working with me and assisting to achieve on a common goal; get out of the corner safely and as quick as possible. As a novice I could happily leave it on all the time on track knowing it's helping to reduce the risk of bad stuff happening while also giving me that hero feeling. Overall what a cracking car, yes its not as raw or communicative as Lotus cars of the past but its a very fun car to drive on the track. It has bags more feedback and emotion compared to most modern cars so it really is a joy. But also its all packaged up in something that is well built and a better quality interior than before, and generally something thats far easier to get on with everyday. Hats off Lotus, well done! And congrats to Emira deposit holders I think you're going to have many miles with smiles!
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  8. My 155J Esprit S1 pictures made Yesterday nearby Leeuwarden
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  9. 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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  10. Hello TLF! Some of you already know me, I’ve sold a lot of you a Lotus over the years… Today I can say I’m a proud owner of my own Lotus Elise 111R!!!!! Dream come true!!!! 😍 I can’t wait to meet up with fellow Lotus owners with my daughter Millie (who is as equally as excited as me to own a Lotus) at various events over the coming years!! YIPPEEEEE!!!!!! Aims 🥰 (Lotus Silverstone)
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  11. The team at Hethel also catered for the purity of the earlier cars, with a White S1 in Design Studio whilst in the Retail Space we added a Yellow S1, and a stunning 1 owner Red S2 - though due to various constraints the Turbo had to do the job for 1980 – 1987. There's beauty in all of these. Mr Giugiaro was delighted to be reunited with examples of his earlier works, and his visit provided me with an opportunity to personally thank him for styling a car that I’ve thought about, perhaps every day, for 45 years. A Genius of his craft, and a Gentleman.
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  12. Well the inevitable happened, I bought the car at Paul Matty’s this afternoon, such a beautiful example that I’ll hopefully keep for many years to come. There was someone interested in Japan apparently so I felt it was my responsibility to keep it in the UK and be it’s custodian for the next few years. We agreed on £72.500, it did sell last year according to Paul and went into a collection but the guy decided to have a clear out so it came back on the market, lucky me as I was gutted that I missed it last year. Not really sure what it is worth but not really bothered if I did pay over the odds as for me a white S3 is best example of any Esprit and there can’t be many left in an original condition like this. Now can someone please tell my wife, she’s going to kill me 😬
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  13. As part of the upcoming Emira launch in Singapore, my 83 Turbo Esprit is in the Singapore Lotus showroom this week. 😀
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  14. out and about this morning
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  15. Couple of pics taken by Emma Woodcock for the Absolute Lotus magazine photoshoot.
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  16. Won an award at the Glamis Transport Extravaganza yesterday! Feeling very proud of the 40 year old girl!😉😎
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  17. Facing the end of Evora production, I've decided that whilst the Emira will be lovely, the interior electronics is absolutely not my thing. So I've "invested" in trading in my Aquamarine (will miss that colour, not going to lie) NA for one of the last brand-new GT410s. Currently being prepped, PPF-ed and ceramic-coated by Topaz Detailing, will pick up Monday. I love the easier access and the softer suspension, which is really not far off the NAs other-worldly ride. I always thought they'd have to bury me in the blue Evora, but it will be a green one instead! Definitely not the end of the Evora for me.
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  18. Picture from yesterday's meet at the lake land motor museum, piccy courtesy of Simon brown.
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  19. Took the S1 up to Hethel yesterday as Lotus are borrowing it for some filming - managed to get a few snaps😊
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  20. 7 years ago today and I was being handed the keys to complete my long-standing dream of becoming a Lotus owner. 55k miles later, the smile hasn't left my face and my P&J is still going strong albeit with a few bits of personalisation, both mechanically and aesthetically, along the way.
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  21. Driving home for Christmas.. 😉
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  22. Today represents a milestone which we never thought we would see back in Nov 2016. It is 5 years to the day since I was diagnosed with incurable stage 4 lung cancer and 3 years, almost to the day, since I was informed that the cancer had spread to the brain, resulting in me having to surrender my driving licence for a 2 year period, subsequently reduced to 1 year. Unfortunately I was informed of the reduction to 1 year the week after I sold my beloved Evora, I just couldn’t face seeing it in the garage and not being able to drive it for 2 years. (Blasted DVLA!😠) The cancer is a very rare form, caused by a mutant gene, (I am a lifetime non smoker) and whilst incurable is treated by drugs which, having initially reduced the size of tumours, is now keeping the cancer stable and so far I am in the fortunate position of remaining reasonably symptom free. I have to give vast amounts of credit to the NHS and, in particular, the oncology team at Ipswich hospital for the impeccable support they have provided in arranging for quarterly scans, (which never changed during the height of the pandemic), gaining access to the drugs for how they have handled the situation over the past 5 years. As my GP keeps saying to me, “forget all the minor adverse stuff, at least you are still here” Long may it continue 🤞🙏
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  23. Awarded myself a bit of downtime today before the daily hospital visit and took myself off for a couple of hours to the monthly 'Autobahn Scotland' breakfast meet at South Queensferry. The old girl scrubs-up not too badly for 111⁄2 years old and just shy of 80k miles on the clock, . Looks pretty good from all angles too,
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  24. @C8RKH asked for photos in another thread. Thought I'd put them here rather than pollute the other thread. Photos from Targa High Country in Victoria, Australia. Last pic shows one of the four GT430 in Australia and my GT430 Sport.
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  25. I was just about to climb back in my car after filling up with Shell’s finest go-juice yesterday, when a young teenage lad on a BMX skidded to a halt on the other side of the car. He just stared at the car open mouthed and finally said I’ve never seen one of these on the road before. I started by telling him it is a Lotus when he stopped me by saying yes, I know, I’d love a Lotus one day. He then went on to say he wishes he could have shaken Colin Chapmans hand! I was taken aback that such a young lad would even know who Chapman was and the only thing I could think to say was, yes, so do I. He wanted to look around the car, so I showed him everything and told him all about the specs. I could see he was longing to sit in it, but didn’t like to ask. He looked clean 😆 so of course I let him jump behind the wheel and the look of shear joy on his face as he gently stroked various surfaces was great to watch. Seems there is hope for the younger generation after all! 👌😁
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  26. Hey everyone, Thought I'd share some images having been playing around in Photoshop with the paint samples, big thanks to Tom and everyone else for posting millions of pictures. Let me know if you think any are way out, although I've matched the colours from the paint samples the 'brightness' of each paint is really just interpretation. Please don't read too much into these, just me having a play about. I've included blue for reference (the paint is unedited), the wheels are blacked out though.
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  27. Lotus in the Peaks Chatsworth House Sunday 10th July.
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  28. Answers as promised (sorry for the delay, been moving a muck-heap, spreading and harrowing - payback for last night's excitement): What driving aids/ limiters etc are actually on the car? (I'm hoping minimal) - Contrary to Bibs' post elsewhere, I was categorically told last night that the FE would have adaptive cruise control. Go figure. If they get the homologation done before July the 8th (when the legislation is scheduled to come in to effect, there would be no speed limiter for the V6 FE. They were unsure if this would impact i4 cars (as they would be homologated at a later date in theory), but are looking in to it for me. They did suggest that the date for the legislation might slip, as in their experience they regularly do. When are i4 FE's scheduled to be delivered and what is the time-scale for configs, additional deposits etc? i4 FE Configurator is (at present) scheduled to go live some time in November but, as we already know, they are focussing on V6 Fe's first. 2nd deposits etc will follow the same pattern as those going for the V6. Autumn deliveries. What are the proposed servicing intervals? I got varying answers on this, but 12K miles or annual seemed to be the consensus (although there was some talk of the V6 following the Evora with 9K/ annual. Fixed price servicing. When will factory tours be available again/ available to deposit holders? Spring if all goes according to be plan. There was talk of looking at factory deliveries... Any indication on tyre costs/ tyre wear expectancy? Nothing yet, all mules are running a mix of tires and mostly running on the track so the data would be pretty meaningless right now. In November when the roadgoing "shakedown" cars become available they should start getting this data. When will deposit holders get a test drive? Dealers should be getting their demonstrators late Feb/March (more likely March) The ride for Sport was described to me as very similar to Evora Sport 410 but, as stated elsewhere, it was emphasised that Touring was probably going to be the sweet spot for all but the most committed track gods. They are looking at Service plans. I didn't see the question on the wheel/arches. Sorry. The event last night didn't go to plan (no reveal etc), BUT... the LOTUS staff were on hand and helpful, and obviously - and rightly so - proud of their baby. If someone I was talking to didn't have the answer, they went and grabbed the right person. Chris and the team at Hendy Poole were on hand, and did a great job. The car is stunning. With a bit more time made available to you to look and get as much of a feel for the car as you can without driving it, there is no doubt in my mind that this is a winner of a car. Yes, it's heavier etc. Still felt and looked like a Lotus should. Driver centric, just more useable. I am absolutely delighted.
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  29. ***** Straight from my heart......!! I lived 28 years (from 50-78 years of age) with my 1990 LHD Esprit Turbo SE.......it was a memorable love story. In April 2021 I traded her in for the last available new "2021" GT 410 Sport IPS in the Netherlands.......there are a total of 3 GT 410 Sport's now in the Netherlands and approx. 20 other new Evora types sold by the Dutch Lotus importer v.d. Kooi between 2010 and 2021. The GT 410 Sport cost you a rib off your body with the resp. official MSRP's of GBP 155k in 2018 and GBP 137k in 2019. I felt lucky to step in with a that time GBP 7,65k reduced price of GBP 118,5k......for my Esprit I received GBP 32k. ......a total investment of < GBP100k My Esprit was sold by v.d. Kooi within 1 week for GBP 38.250,- to a Ferrari + TVR owner. 🙄 It was difficult to trade in my perfect Esprit; especially because of my age and long time of ownership and love relation........however buying my (probably) last Lotus was a real challenge and I did it. I am very, very happy with the GT 410.....it is extremely exclusive in the Netherlands....it was my 1st "automatic" car with my between 1-1,5 million miles car history.....I feared the IPS, however I had to take it because it was part of the deal......now I am very, very happy with this IPS and his peddels.....I can drive the Evora both as a "man of age" and as a "youngster". I was aware of the coming Emira but felt better with the Evora GT 410 Sport which was the last and most improved version....it felt bombproof......furthermore I did not want to wait 1-2 years and to be confronted eventually with possible initial and small quality problems (sorry). And a Porsche would never be the car I would desire.
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  30. Lot of relevant comments on this thread for me. I should introduce myself. Had two Elise's between '97-'05 but been yearning for an Evora since launch. In May I was hearing that production was due to stop, so went to spec my perfect new car only to hear "too late". I went for the next best thing, the unused GT410 demonstrator. There was excitement building around the soon to be revealed Emira but I'm a late adopter and preferred to go with the tried and tested. I've been tapped into all Evora reviews for over a decade so felt I knew what I was getting. Besides the Emira had been announced as 2 seats only, so 2+2 Evora still an essential element for family duties. The Emira reveal and subsequent comment that "Evora prices will tumble" had me wondering if I had done the right thing... Yes I think I have. It's everything I hoped it would be dynamically and IMHO looks sublime. It sits in an odd segment space between sports car, GT, and supercar and looks like nothing else. Even petrol head friends ask what is it? The Emira will be a far more common sight and for me is a little too far towards junior supercar. Lotus deserve to be successful with it, but I'm loving having its rare and slightly quirky older brother.
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  31. It`s been a long journey, but the engine is running !!!! The engine revs so quickly with the lower mass. video-1660561458.mp4 video-1660561515.mp4 video-1660561545.mp4 Pretty happy right now.
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  32. Just back from an 'Italian job' themed group driving trip down to Turin. The first photo is at the top of the Colle del Nivolet, exactly where the bus balances on the edge at the end of the film. The tunnel photo is the one where the Miura meets the Mafia at the start of the film.
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  34. This most definitely belongs in here! JENNIFER : LATEST UPDATE/NEWSFLASH Well, Monday saw me finally having a face-to-face session with Jennifer's consultant and essentially he agreed with all the points and observations I'd raised in my letter to him. Not only that, prior to meeting with me he had already drawn up a new plan of action so that it could be implemented just as soon as he'd run it past me. Conversationally, Jennifer has come on leaps and bounds in the last few weeks. When it comes to talking, she's like the Duracell bunny on some sort of recreational substance, . Some days, it's difficult to get a word in edgewise and you almost feel the need, or I'm sure at least some of the ward staff do, to find the on/off switch. Most of what she's saying is making perfect sense although she does still have occasions where she drifts off-topic. Having said that, even although what she's saying doesn't make sense within the context of the particular conversation, it does still make sense within its own right with perfectly formed sentences and good use of vocabulary so the doctor feels that it's just a case of a bit more time for all these dots to join up properly. Not so great is her ability to deal with words and numbers in written form. Tell her a word and ask her to spell it and she's spot on, or spell it out and she'll tell you the word. It's the same with basic arithmetic calculations but write them down and show her, and all you get is a blank stare, and no, it's nothing to do with my handwriting before somebody suggests that, . Her doctor has arranged for some further sessions with both the Speech and Language Therapist and the Occupational Therapist to try and address this problem. She has regained full control over her 'weak' left leg and can move it in all directions 'on command'. For instance, when taking her out of the ward in her wheelchair for some fresh air, we come across several swing doors or gates on our travels and when asked (and often now without needing to be asked) she'll put up her left leg and push them open with her foot. I had asked if, in light of this increased ability with her leg, they could try and see if she could now bear some weight on it. Long and short of it, since Monday, they haven't been using the sling and hoist device to transfer her from bed to chair and back again but instead, Jennifer now stands up under her own steam and moves between the two. Also, they have restarted her physiotherapy sessions and what an amazing transformation has taken place in just a few days. From simply being able to stand up for the first time at the beginning of the week, she has moved through walking a few paces between the parallel handrails on Tuesday, to going 'freestyle with a zimmer on Wednesday, then yesterday she managed a circuit of the gym unaided apart from me holding her hand to help her maintain her balance. The tears were rolling down my face at this point, I'm not ashamed to admit. After each of her little strolls, she then spends some time on the cycling machine - just a few minutes to start with but by yesterday she managed over 20 minutes and covered the equivalent of just over a mile. And this was somebody who had been 'written-off' by the system as having no hope of getting beyond the 'confined to a wheelchair for life' level of improvement and therefore all therapies had been dropped a couple of months back, . Just goes to show that the professionals don't always get it right. One minute they're saying that "no 2 people follow the same path to recovery after a stroke" then the next it's "Jennifer hasn't responded to this by week #whatever like most people do so we're not going to try any more" Well, Jennifer isn't most people. She has the early symptoms of Parkinson's to deal with too which makes everything take that bit longer to happen. As has been shown this week, give her time and she will get there! The only real issue now with her physically is that her left hand is still far from being fully functional. She has what they call 'stroke hand' where its natural resting position now is to form a clenched fist. They tried using a soft split to gently straighten it many weeks back, but it didn't have an immediate effect so they stopped using it. I wasn't happy with that decision, especially as, like me, Jennifer is very left-handed so it's vitally important to get it working. Therefore, I bought my own splint and started applying it every day I went in. The professionals weren't too pleased and no doubt removed the splint as soon as I'd left but, surprise, surprise, even these possibly short daily sessions with it have borne fruit and now her hand is half-way to being fully open. Now, the use of it is 'officially' approved too, and they're commencing a series of exercise sessions to improve her dexterity. Sorry it's been a long one this time and thanks for lasting the course to the end but as you can see, a lot has happened these past several weeks with this week's events making the previous improvements look somewhat less significant, but no less important, by comparison. Jennifer has agreed to my posting up this picture of her taken yesterday immediately after she passed the 1-mile marker on her pedalling mission. The look on her face says it all. Not only has it improved her physical well-being immensely, but it's done the same psychologically too. She now knows that she's not trapped in that chair for ever more, she now has something to focus on every day other than just what's occurring around her on the ward (which can be more than a little depressing most days), and she's looking forward to meeting and beating any challenges that are put in front of her. I'm absolutely ecstatic at the moment. Finally, I can see 'my' Jennifer returning. It's just a pity that's it's taken so long, and longer that it need have been. Onward and upward. Go Jennifer!
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  35. She's getting closer to home, my guy collected her yesterday and is storing her till my garage floor paint has dried and more importantly once I've plucked up the courage to tell my wife.
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  36. I ran across a deal earlier this year that I couldn't pass up. I've liked Esprits ever since I was a kid, but never really expected to own one (or two). But I always keep an eye out for interesting project cars so I went to check out a cheap 1978 Elite from Craigslist in West Virginia. I passed on the Elite, but in the garage they had a black S1 Esprit with the engine removed and a pile of parts that supposedly used to be a white S1. It took me three or four trips with my trailer to get everything back to my shop, but with the direction prices on old sports cars have been going, I thought this might be my last chance to make something like this happen. The previous owner was a member of this board who passed away about 10 years ago and left a lot of unfinished projects. Everything had been sitting untouched since then, until the family started selling off the cars recently. The black car is #278H. Before coming to this side of the country it was a California car where some unfortunate cosmetic choices were made. An S2 splitter was grafted onto the front end, along with side skirts, intake ears, and a louvered rear hatch. I could live with the rest, but the splitter is cracked and falling apart, so I hope it will be possible to restore a proper S1 nose at least. The interior is pretty good, I'm guessing it was redone at the time of the body "upgrades." The drivetrain is where I'll need some guidance from the brain trust here. The previous owner apparently had the idea of putting a turbo motor in the car and a complete '84 turbo motor was included with the car. This does not look like a drop in project to me, and I'm unwilling to modify the shell or chassis, assuming it would even be possible. From browsing the owner's old posts here, he might have abandoned that idea and was in the process of rebuilding the stock 907 with a later HC head, 2.2 crank, overbore pistons, etc. I have all these parts as well. I can put together an engine, but I have never touched a Lotus before. This part of the project will be challenging. The (formerly) white car is #545H. Looks like it might have been one of the last S1s sent to the US? It was a basketcase with restoration work started and stopped over several owners for at least the last 25 years. Also found previous posts from a hopeful new owner here. With luck, I'll get farther than they did. It does appear to be very nearly complete, including a good set of Wolfrace wheels and a new windscreen. It also came with a complete engine, though I don't think it actually came from this car. My initial thought is to put this engine in the black car to get it going while I sort out the situation with the other engines. I'm sure it will be years before 545H is roadworthy. Pictures of what is probably a huge mistake They don't roll well without a gearbox to hold up the suspension. Enough to get it out of the trailer and into the garage though. Paint is in fairly good condition. Suspect it might have been resprayed when the bodywork was added. This atrocity has got to go. Interior isn't bad. Not sure about the new steering wheel, but it's there now. Original is on the passenger seat. The turbo motor and a stock 907 with Dellortos, and my helper. 545H: Someday these two will be together again. The disassembled hot rod 907 motor. He obviously spent a lot of time on everything. I hope I can finish his work. So many Lotus parts... Looking forward to being a member of the Lotus community. I'm located in northeast Ohio. I'll have many questions for the experts here as I get deeper into the project this winter, but for now, what the heck is a Series 1 owner supposed to do with a turbo 910 motor? Maybe I need to buy another Esprit to put it in...
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  37. Hello all, Been a while since I have posted. Pictured are: S1 chassis 355H S2.2 chassis 324J Turbo Esprit Investor Edition #03 Tony K.
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  38. YET ANOTHER UPDATE: As the song goes, "What a difference a day makes" or in Jennifer's case that should be 'half a day'. After last night's midnight call and the subsequent 'Resuscitate or not' conversation with the doctor on arrival, I was absolutely dreading what I was going to walk into this morning. When I left her about 2.30am, there were so many machines connected to her with flashing lights and beeps going off, it looked like her bed was in Mission Control Houston. I had to wait for the consultant to finish his rounds so it was about 11.30am before I got in. I could barely believe what I was seeing on entering her room. Gone was all the equipment apart from a drip and a heart monitor and she was sitting up in bed looking at her surroundings. When she saw me, her eyes lit up and over the next 2 hours we chatted about anything and everything. A proportion of her responses was still incoherent - to be expected I suppose given what her brain has just endured - but when I could make out what she was saying, it was relevant to what I'd just said. I'm just back from this evening's 2-hour session, and she's a bit stronger again physically - at one point she was trying to climb out the bed to go for a pee. She now has nothing constantly connected to her, although they do still have to connect up a drip from time to time for nutrition and hydration as she's still not able to swallow. Our conversation was still very hit or miss, but at one point she even got argumentative - that's more like my Jennifer. There's still a long way to go, that's for sure - she's not out of the woods yet, not by a long chalk but she's at least found a clearing in among the trees to stop and draw breath before tackling the next stint of hacking through the undergrowth. The medical staff are equally amazed at how much she's improved, and are thinking that they might be able to move her from the High Dependency Unit down to the stroke ward to start her therapies as early as tomorrow. I'm a greatly relieved bunny tonight I can tell you, , and I can't thank you all enough for all your support and good wishes, . I've been on a good few car forums (should I be pedantic and use 'fora'? ) over the years but this one is in a different league. Love you all! Future updates should be posted in the 'Happy' thread, I'm hoping.
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  39. Having slept on it, I have to get this off my chest........ Regardless of the regulations, for me this shows what an abject hypocrite Horner is. He repeatedly demands 'let them race' but can't acknowledge that's exactly what Hamilton did. Notwithstanding the first lap incident he spent 50 laps building his lead, his team managing the pit stop strategy, he managing his tyres. A key part of racing is safely negotiating back markers, who themselves are fighting for position. Hamilton did this cleanly and with little fuss. He built a 12 second lead over Verstappen and for good measure put 5 back markers between them, with just a few laps to go. Horner admitted that the Mercedes was just to quick for them and they would need a miracle to get back on even terms. As he's done many times, Hamilton's raw speed and race craft put him in an unassailable position, building his lead over an entire race. If that's not racing then I don't know what is. Then the accident and safety car. The message went out that no drivers would be allowed to unlap themselves. That decision dictated Mercedes strategy for the final laps, leaving Hamilton out as he would lose track position. RBRs last throw of the dice was to put the softs on 'just in case' that miracle happened. Then Horner got on the phone to Massi, imploring him to get the lapped drivers out of the way so the two drivers 'could race'. When Massi buckled and changed his mind, he reduced 58 laps, the race and indeed the whole season to a one lap shoot out that RBR were certain to win. Everything Mercedes and Hamilton had done for the previous 50 laps was thrown out, the slate wiped clean. Its no wonder Wolff reacted the way he did. The decisions made by Massi clearly favoured RBR, ignoring or misrepresenting the regulations along the way. This is clearly evidenced by not letting the other three drivers unlap themselves before the restart, so they 'could go racing' as well. Sainz didn't get a chance to have a go at Verstappen, Tsnoda didn't get a chance to have a go at Sainz and Bottas couldn't go after Tsonda. No, only Max benefitted from Massi's ineptitude and in my view, his collusion with RBR. The excuse of there being only one lap left so he had to pull the safety car in at that point to allow them to go racing - "it's a motor race Toto" - is pathetic; the rules were bent/ignored to ensure it didn't finish under the the safety car, which, whilst unedifying, should have been the way it finished, according to the regulations (even though the accident had been cleared. I wonder if Liberty Media put pressure on Massi to ensure we got a different champion? Now Horner is saying Mercedes are desperate with their protests and appeals, that Max won fairly. This is hypocrisy of the highest order and one of the worst crimes against the 'spirit' of motor racing I've seen in 40 years of watching F1, up there with Schumacher taking Hill out and Senna shunting Prost off. I've got no problem with Max wining the title, either driver deserved it. Neither do I have a problem with him capitalising on the decisions made. The guilty parties here are Horner, RBR, Massi and the stewards. And for me, rather than the race itself, I'll remember how gracious Lewis and also his Dad were in defeat. What an utter gentleman. And breathe......
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  40. I liked the "Phil's spec" Evora so much, I've just bought one. Wanted something as soft as the NA but with the performance/interior of the S2s and the GT410 delivers that in spades. Seems much quieter (NVH-wise) too. Will be picking up on Monday (currently being prepped /PPF-ed at Topaz Detailing).
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  41. So it's been a couple of eventful years (for everyone) and I'm now 12 years and 49k miles in to the Evora. It's been pretty faultless in that time. I put that down to being driven very, very hard (once warm) but maintained and cared for impeccably. Even when my Emira does come I can't imagine getting rid of the Evora as it's so good and I reckon will be a bit more playful/less clinical than the Emira I've managed to fit in a lot of road trips, doing Scotland, Wales, Yorkshire and Norfolk during the Covid period. Also I have got to drive a number of other sports cars which has been fun. Last year I got invited to enter the London Concours event which was an amazing 3 days. Highly recommended, especially when the weather is great. I didn't win but held my own I like to think 🤣 Then during the lockdown a stupid idea was put in to my head by @Bravo73 and I ended up "adopting" a Civic Type R which needed a bit of TLC. So a number of weekends have been spent on this.. problem is, the weather has been so good recently I prefer to be driving the Evora (and the Brabus Roadster) than under the Civic. Especially now we're allowed back in to Europe. This has meant the Alps trips are now back on... Although getting to the Alps is a bit of a chore the scenery is dialled up to 11. Having said that a number of miles on the Autobahn breaks the monotony up 😃 managed to kiss 170mph on the dial. The Evora is comfortable at any speed. I'd say the massive benefit of doing Scotland over the Alps is you're essentially on fantastic roads from the day one, so it's hard to pick which to do each year. And just to prove the Evora does get dirty, really dirty in fact.. Heading to Spa and Nurburgring next which I've really missed in the last couple of years. Amazing roads in the Ardennes too. Amazingly I'm still on the original disks and pads which I think will need to be changed when I get back. And the 6th? set of rear tyres.
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  43. A nice spot of lunch with @Barrykearleytoday
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  44. A quick spin in the Evora this evening. Needed to pick up some dinner supplies from the supermarket 1 mile away so made it a 30mi round trip. 😀 If the weather holds I might commute to Aberdeenshire over Glenshee at the end of the week and see if I can recreate Doug’s photo. 😜
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  45. A little jaunt down the Wye to Tintern for a spot of lunch with my youngest daughter. Just ticked over 95k miles, still goes like the clappers, still loving every second of driving the Esprit.
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