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  1. 23 points
    Well after waiting over 4 years with my deposit down for a new TVR and no car in sight I started to look around, and eventually settled on an Evora. looking forward to it arriving on Thursday.
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    A few years ago a young frizzy haired chap called @Barrykearley asked on here where he might find a set of carpets for his S3. Being a domestic carpet supplier/fitter with a wife who's a wizard with leather, I thought, we can do that, offered my help, and armed with a roll of paper and some carpet samples headed off to Worcestershire. The rest is history. Things have come a long way...Barry no longer has his S3, or any hair, and tomorrow morning our 50th set of carpets will be shipped off to the USA. So a huge thanks to all those people who have recommended, supported, and helped us get our little cottage industry off the ground.
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    900 miles at the weekend, mainly based around the NC500 route in Scotland. Excellently organised by the team at Rev. Limits. Some pictures of my car from the event.
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    Car is now cleaned again and tucked away safely under the TLF cover. I also received my new helmet (Bell GP3) which I got painted by KSD Custom Paint. He managed to turn it around in less than a week and it's absolutely stunning. I'm really happy with the design I did, nice and simple, and the black is Lotus Motorsport Black, so has a bit of flake in it.
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    Finally!! And the S1 started first time and didn’t miss a beat after 4 months hibernating. The Essex on the other hand......paging GST - incoming!
  7. 9 points
    First time I've ever had a car professionally photographed... i'm looking forward to receiving the hi-rez images over the next week (I'll post them in due course...).
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    Collected my first Esprit today. Anyone know this car? The guy a bought it from claims it is the only GT3 in Nautilus Blue. Anyone know differently? And another couple.
  10. 9 points
    Today, 15 May 2019, is the 45th birthday of the Elite, launched on 15 May 1974 - also a Wednesday. Happy birthday Elite!
  11. 9 points
    Some I took this morning. I had some black vinyl added under the doors from the scoops. I think it really finishes off the car
  12. 9 points
    Today I woke up super early and drove to North Wales. Loving the stance on the car now!
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    Nice night in South Queensferry
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    The Stormtrooper has finally graduated to become Vader...… 400 Hethel Edition in motorsport black...collected today......love it !
  17. 8 points
    TA DAAA! My super duper supercharged Elise S! I worked on the theory that, supposedly, if you buy something like a 134bhp CR, then in a year or so you'll want a few more bhp, and we all know that selling/buying a car loses a few £grand, so I talked myself into spending a bit(!) extra and going for something that already has ~220bhp*! Tragically the rain today meant I couldn't really unleash all those horses (I'm new to this "amusing" power/weight ratio world, remember!) but I am certainly looking forward to having some fun in this soon! (How many exclamation marks have I used in today's posts?!!!!!!!!!! Anyone would've thought I'm kinda excited!!!!) *Yes, yes, I know...you're going to say that this time next year I'll be sniffing around some crazy-bhp Exiges.......!
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    First trans-pennine run on 2019. Westerdale area of North Yorkshire
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    New owner and member as of this weekend
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    The TR is that little bit closer to being race ready once more. Last rallied 39 years ago progress on the engine is now heading in the right direction .
  22. 7 points
    Brenner Pass (Austria - Italy), returning from Hockenheim Historic 2019 Jim Clark Revival with Club Lotus Italia (+40 Lotus cars from Italy)
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    A few months ago Bibs contacted me to ask if Mrs Bazza's Elise could be used for some filming to represent Lotus. The car was picked up and used for filming in Hertfordshire and then used on another day down in Beaulieu. It was pitted against a Porsche Boxter and the aim was to show how each car rescued its car company from bankruptcy. The programme will be aired at 8pm on Tuesday 21st May on ITV4. I've no idea how good it will be but it's probably worth watch.
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    So, back in April when I came up to the UK for the MOT, I took the car to Hofmanns ( Excellent service, nice people ) and had them fit the TVS1900 supercharger kit to the car. I collected the car from them on the first of May and had a trouble free, and rapid drive, back to Italy. Interestingly, the car uses less fuel than before, unless you are really pushing on, presumably as it runs a bit cooler and doesn’t need to overfuel to keep the temperatures down. I’m very happy with the conversion, the increase in performance is very noticeable as is the increase in drivability. The engine cover still fits, so visually there’s no change. So, S1 Sports Racer people, If you want to keep your Sports Racer but have 410 + performance, this is the way to go . Simply Sportscars in Australia, who make the kit, dyno printout reads about 415 /420 Bhp and 420 Ft/Lbs torque ( Which is about 90 /100Ft/Lbs more than the 430.). It also doesn’t seem to suffer from heat sink as much as the OEM setup as the charge is quite a lot cooler ( This after high speed Autobahn running for several hours). So it’s a bit like driving an Alpina B5 rather than an M5. I’m really happy with it.
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    Well it's been a bit of a while since the last update. The 410 went in for its first service but despite having a look I've still got one last rattle to get sorted. Oakmeres thought they had it but looks like we need another go. Im struggling to find time to get over. Other than that everything has been fine we are up to just under 5000 miles now which is a lot for me to cover in my own car as im usually tooling about in the van. It continues to impress. As previously detailed it genuinely outclassed the GT4 I was quite surprised. The next car was always going to be a 991 gt3 but I don't think that for me the steering will be good enough assuming it's the same as the GT4. Its epas and I just don't think it works. Recently I had chance to have a go in a surprising contender for the Evora in the shape of a McLaren 570. A chance call into the Manchester branch for a quick drool and it's amazing the deals they are offering on these things. You can be in a new one for about the retail on a 430. They seem very keen to shift stock which is no surprise in the current climate. I went over to the Leeds dealership. I really like these guys. Nick is ex Lotus some may well have bought from him. The 570 is quite a thing. Brutally quick. Super chassis and ride. Again for me that old thing of the steering comes back in and for all its other attributes I would still maintain that for a drivers car our humble Evora has it by a point. May be one to revisit but the stronger Lotus residuals are appealing plus the Mac running costs are truly next level. No Lotus have the best car on the market for it's price that's for sure.
  29. 6 points
    Well I have nearly got the second tank in on the real one. I want this finished fir the summer so will be going fir it after the next two weeks. Second tank is nearly in, so I'm back to where I was before. Gearbox figured out how to remove the reverse gear and spindal, just undo the bolt on the outside of the case that pins it in and slide it out! Very easy, I wish I. Knew that before the aquablasting! Now need to get this case aquablasted and then the gearbox can be reassembled. I have a spring balance for shim calibration and a new half shaft with new bearing from PNM. Should take too long to put back together, maybe a day of two if there are problems. The new gear wheel is waiting to go in with new synchro. O have just purchased a 12 volt blue tooth FM transmitter for £10. What is that you say? Well you plug it into the cigarette lighter. It links via blue tooth with your iPhone and converts the audio signals into an FM signal you can tune in in your cockpit stereo. Hands free telephone and iPhone music with no Wires! Sounds to good to be true, maybe the sound quality will be awful, but worth a try for £10. Downside I now have to wire in both cigarette lighters! My seats are finished, so just have to pick them up from Mr Fulcher in Norfolk and install them. The fun part of this project! All new Hyde from Andrew Muirhead and the original James Bond Colour, Lotus Gold. An incredible effort of months of work, but worth it - 1981 were back good as new!
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    At a multi-club breakfast meet yesterday, I give you "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" - with the latter closest to the camera of course, . In the 'My rear wing is bigger than yours' contest, the winner is.................. OK, OK - the Supra has it, but mine is much prettier! For 8½ years old, and 70k miles (112k km) on the clock, she (oops, am I allowed to say that?) still scrubs-up quite well I think.
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    Both of the children back at home after winter hibernation!
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    I can confirm that the Sparkletives package is very good value for money,. In fact I swear by it. The complete kit covers a range of jobs, including wiper motor replacement (always a favourite, that), and rear hub lower link replacement.
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    The old man came round and demanded a picture while I was cleaning the car. He was chatting about it all and how he signed off every stage personally and how he cocked up because he doesn't have a single picture of him with the design team and engineers who did the car from start to finish. he considers it a total Team effort but secretly I think he considers it his swansong from the Motor Industry he loved so much and all the designs he has either personally been involved in or that he instigated/oversaw. And didn't he do well. It's a stunning car with amazing engineering from top to bottom. Very proud to own something so personal to him. Also interesting to note that he considers both McLaren and Ferrari to have used the design for the basis of their cars. true when you look at them!
  35. 5 points
    Finally the drivers door is finished. All electrics tested and working with new weather seals. Just the passenger door card to install. The new electrics all working and tested on that side as well. Now the rear carpet and seat rails to fit. Then the seats to install. Trim is almost finished. I'm very pleased with the electrics on this car. Five years of electrical wiring practice has had a very positive effect! Everything is so much quicker to do. It's no so much the skill of doing it, but knowing which connectors, terminals and tools to use.
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    Passed MOT no advisories, you lovely brilliant little thing
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    From Friday, May 17th till May 19th, 2019 Club Lotus Austria celebrated their 30th anniversary with a nice event at the Austrian Lotus museum in Bad Aussee. There were over 30 Lotus related cars of all eras present on display in the museum. A few more arrived at the parking space outside. The weather was also very nice. All in all very impressive ! I´ve attached a few pics:
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    Upgrade to gold membership - and get a provenance cert from the factory as part of the deal. That’ll show you
  41. 5 points
    I also recently had the TVS 1900 conversion done to my 2015 Evora S sr at Hofmanns at the end of April while I had the car in the UK for its annual service and MOT. It was my first visit to Hofmanns, and I found the guys were great to deal with throughout, and did a great job all round. So Why? I’ve greatly enjoyed my car since I bought it new from Hexagon in 2015, I was their first lotus customer!. I had thought about changing the car for a 400 at some point, but having tried a couple, decided I didn’t like it as much as the one I had. Until you get right up the rev range, there was also very little noticeable difference in the performance either. I use the car very much as a daily and GT, I’ve never tracked it and have no intention of doing so in the future. I did like the idea for more power though, to be more precise, more torque. Having looked at all the options, I decided the simplest way forward, and most straight forward for me was the TVS1900 route. I picked up the car from Hoffmans mid morning on the 1st May. Visually, there is no change as the bigger blower fits nicely under the engine cover, a point I rather like. I then drove directly to the Tunnel and on to Ghent for the night. The following morning I drove down to Heidelberg, which was the enjoyable bit once on the unrestricted autobahns. It really is a worthwhile conversion, the increase in performance really transforms the car, it pulls hard throughout the rev range and is as smooth, if not smoother than the original setup. It really is very easy to cruise at speeds of double the UK limit and more, without any drama. The most noticeable difference is the way the car accelerates, at pretty much any speed, when you put your foot down. I don’t know exactly what the BHP figure is, I’m told 410/420, but the greatly increased torque makes it a very much quicker car than before. The supercharger makes slightly more noise than the OEM unit, but it’s never intrusive, unlike the Mad Max soundtrack from the Jackson Racing blower on my Honda S1 Elise. After a night in Heidlebfrg, in a hotel built into a brewery!..which was fun, I had another rapid cruise down to Luzern. At low speeds, around town and in heavy traffic, the car is quiet and smooth as any other Evora, in fact, you wouldn’t know the difference. From Luzern, over the Ghothard pass and onto Italy and back home to Tuscany. The car ran perfectly all the way, and interestingly, seemed to run a bit cooler than before, it certainly didn’t smell as hot when stopped for an Autostrada services stop. So, all in all, I’m impressed, and very happy with the conversion. Thanks to all at Hofmanns for your good work and excellent service. I’m a very happy customer.
  42. 5 points
    If the younger generation is anything like what I imagine it to be, they'll be wanting electrics. But for enthusiasts, and there will be those as long as we can burn petroleum, I agree and repeat that the Evora will be sought after in the years to come. I don't know what I'd replace mine with. The car has the underpinnings and the mechanicals to last a long time as long as one doesn't crash it, and it isn't reliant on electronics to suspend itself (rather beautifully I might add). It looks the part and drives the part. It is plenty fast enough and it can be worked on by the more ambitious and talented owners. No, not me! The talented ones! Apart from bodywork and Lotus built parts, replacement kit will be relatively easy to find for such a low volume car. People are going to miss them when they are gone. I think ,as an owner, what I'd like to see is just a nice letter from Lotus saying: "Thanks for buying your new sports car from us. We will fully support your car for years to come with all the parts, information and enthusiasm we have specially engineered into this car for your enjoyment." And then see them do that. That's all the statement I need. As regards my ownership experience I don't care about the new super/hyper car although I wish it great success and see no reason why it shouldn't be one. But I thought I owned Lotus' "supercar" already. It would be reassuring to know they aren't tossing the Evora series out with last week's news.
  43. 5 points
    Time to discuss thoughts about my car and things I’d like to do in the future... As I’ve said previously, I have no intention of ever selling the car, so the more I can get it to “perfection” for me, the happier I’ll be. With that in mind, there are a few things I’d like to eventually do. First of all, the gear linkage. While it’s accurate with the SSC cables, and I don’t ever mis shift, the exposed shifter from the Sport 350 onwards both looks a lot better, but also feels better. The 430 Cup press car I drove was very tight though, so I have my concerns that it might not actually be an improvement in some ways. My original thoughts were to try and get the factory parts, but unfortunately it seems like there are underlying differences which mean it might not work on an Exige S. The gearbox cables come out on different sides of the gearbox on the newer cars, well as they both come out on the same side on my car. I would have liked to change the linkage mechanism on the transmission side too, but it seems that’s not possible. I will try to measure the distance of throw on the cables on an exposed linkage Exige, then on mine and see how they compare. If the distance is close enough, the conversion may be possible. The problem still remains that it’s expensive to do at over £2500 in parts, without labour... The other option is to go with the Inokinetic ShiftR111. It’s a nice looking thing, but I’m not aware of any V6 Exige which have fitted it. I also don’t know how it compares to the factory linkage in feel. I’m hoping to visit their facility next week to try to have a proper look at it. My thinking is that if they have a version which works for Evoras, the Elise/Exige version should work fine, but it remains to be seen when I visit and work it out. The other option involves a bit of waiting, but is to install a DSG gearbox when someone develops it and makes it work. Several people tell me they’re working on it, but it’s not simple by the sound of it. It requires new ECUs to make it work, so also not going to be cheap. To me, the idea of a DSG gearbox appeals massively, with bonuses in how easy it is to drive in traffic, and also with performance benefits. Stick in a lightweight battery and you’ve negated most of the weight difference too. So moving on from the linkage, there are some visual changes I’d like to do. These are all things I’d like to do, it’s just a question of exactly how, and what order. I want to do: - Big Wing - 380 front service hatch - 430 Cup rear diffuser - Finish trimming interior Big wing - I was thinking that I’d like to eventually do a Cup R kit. Thinking about it, I think that compromises the car as a road car too much as I can no longer easily use the boot. Of all the aftermarket wings, Komo-tec have had the best looking one for quite a while, then IMO the 380 Cup wing is the best looking of all the OEM wings. Of course, the 380 Cup wing from Lotus is silly money so not a viable option for me to justify. The good news thought is that SSC in Australia have now started making a 380 Cup replica wing, which looks identical, maybe even better quality than OEM. It even has carbon end plates instead of plastic ones from Lotus. So I think I’ll go for this 380 Cup replica wing, it works out as about £1200 plus £200 in postage. It will likely have duty also when it comes into the UK. If anyone else in the UK is interested, then postage cost will reduce per person I’m sure (dm me). 380 front service hatch - I think this will freshen up the look of my car quite a lot, but I’m not a fan of the look in carbon as it breaks up the yellow a lot. I’ve been trying to decide how I’d like it for the last 6 months and still can’t make up my mind. Either paint the 380 hatch (may as well go for GRP if painting) in Liquid Yellow, or I go for carbon. There was a yellow 380 with a painted front access panel, and to be honest I don’t think it looked great, but it was solar yellow, which doesn’t really show the shape as much as Liquid Yellow. 430 Cup diffuser - not much debate on this one, I want to do it, it’s just getting round to it. Cost is about £600. Finish Trimming interior - this will be done next month with D:Class. I dropped in a few weeks ago to discuss it all with them and we decided to keep things fairly simple with design as I think too much can ruin a car. So we decided to do: - Dash top in Alcantara with black diamond stitch. We will also hope to trim in the race logic lap timer so it’s nicely integrated. I also want to get a clear section put in for my parking permit to slide into (annoying, but better than having it in the windscreen) - Steering cowling - Black Alcantara over full area. They’ll also make my carbon dash binnacle fit for me - Roof lining - Black Alcantara with black stitching - Door trims - Black leather and black Alcantara - yellow diamond stitching. - Trinket tray - annoying as the one bit which can’t be removed as it’s part of the chassis - will be trimmed in Alcantara with a yellow stitch along the leading edge. I'm not in a rush to do any of this stuff really, it all costs quite a bit of money, and my aim for this year is to spend more time on track, so I don't want to waste all of my money making the car look pretty when I could be using it for track time & tuition.
  44. 5 points
    Good day, just joined the forum. I’ve had a lot of different cars over the years, particularly British marques. I’m really enjoying the Evora, my first Lotus. cheers, Darryl
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    Sun? Who needs sun? Nikon Speedlights into a home-made softbox and a bit of Photoshop...
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    @ricvx Here are a few of you 'in action' at Knockhill
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    I spent all day Sunday sitting around at the 14th annual St. George's Day British car show, put on by a car club I'm involved with over here . Being Scottish-born, albeit raised in Canada from a young age, I had to find some way to deal with the rampant English chauvinism inherent in a St. George's Day event . So I made sure that my car was properly displayed:
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    Tanks fit really easily, 1/2 inch off the long side. It makes a huge difference. I'm using s closed cell foam underneath. The new fuel sender is now fitted. I had to test the tank fit with the rear speaker covers in situ. No issues. Here's some pics. S and J sports cars made the covers.


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