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  1. 15 points
    For the same recipe but with much better ingredient
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    Enjoyed that drive home tonight
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    After an absence of approx. 10 years, V8 Project GT1 is back ! There are more options available now to extend the performance of the project, so the general plan is to loose more weight, completely exchange the transmission and upgrade the engine to provide power in excess of 550bhp. Externally the car is going to have the genuine GT1 replica treatment in the form of the #22 Jan Lammers/Perry McCarthy car. As the car has spent very little time running over the last 10 years, so it's going to be a case of get the engine/gearbox out and inspect everything. Looking forward to sharing progress over the next months. Here she is on the trip yesterday. It was physical impossible to reverse the car onto the trailer due to the width, so front first and very carefully driven.
  6. 10 points
    Picked mine up from B n C today
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    Season openings in Austria .
  8. 9 points
    So, I am a long-term admirer of Lotus and the Evora specifically is a car that I have wanted to own for many years. And the time was right in Feb this year as the right car in budget came up (2015 2+2 IPS) I have 1 child (4yrs old) and a wife, therefore the 2+2 is used by the 3 of us and he has plenty of room in the back for him and some his toys / backpack on the 4th seat. (The way the seat is higher in the back with a raised roof in the back, ensures he is sat safely via ISOFIX and he has a great view of the road, plus he loves being near the engine in the back and so close my me at the same time) I still think the Evora is the world’s only mid-engine 2+2? I am mid 30’s and my last few cars have been Automatics and the last was a Jag 3.0d Auto. I like Auto Transmission as my daily commute for work is approx. 100miles, and therefore I do a lot of Motorway miles then slow town traffic at the end of the journey. Therefore, this led me towards the IPS gearbox for the Evora. When I first drove the IPS on a test drive and even since ownership my view is that the IPS gear box is great, it changes gear at the right times, its smooth and Its not too different to my previous 2014 XF gear box for ease of use. BUT, this is a big BUT, when you select the ‘Sport’ mode, the car is AMAZING, its so different to any other car that I have ever driven. It downshifts the gears so quickly and gives you so much speed and excitement. The car really fells like a Super car when in Sport. The quick downshift, the responsiveness isn’t all that’s positive, the noise is great as it opens up the exhaust and also the downshift ‘blips’ are very addictive as the car makes a ‘blip’ sound and revs when downshifting which sounds great and the excitement of that isn’t wearing off! When driving with friends (Who have owned sports cars, including Porsche) are amazed at the quality of the leather, the seats, the dash, the door handles, the way the door closes with a reassuring soft shut, and not a clanky bang, the ride is comfortable. The Sat Nav and the Stereo work really well and a smooth connection via Bluetooth. As I say above, I could drive 100’s miles in one sitting with no negative side effects in comfort. I’m currently on 29.5mpg which I think is amazing (As above, I do a lot of Motorway miles, which helps) To summarise, there was no reason for me to wait all these years to get an Evora. Prices haven’t gone down, it easily can be used as a daily car and I love driving it every time. There’s a lot to read on these forums, and this will help us all make the right purchase, and being patient is key. I wanted to write the above as I’m sure there’s other people like me, in a similar position who are pondering and reading this forum every day multiple times (As I was!!) – Which actually drove me to a point of frustration and a addiction of searching classifieds on every possible website. So to now own a Evora is a welcome ‘relief’ (Not sure if relief is the right word, but I’m sure you know what I mean) I recently parked the car at a restaurant and when leaving followed a few mid aged male friends who I didn’t know, and I heard them look at the car and comment that my car was a nice model of Ferrari. To make the purchase even easier / smooth, I purchased via Silverstone and Aimee who were brilliant. Very supportive in the sales process and providing information and detailing etc. I’m certainly not a lotus expert or a technical / mechanical expert, but If anyone has any questions, please ask me, Ill be more than happy to help. Loving this website and forum and always a joy to read and even today I saw 003a make a post introducing his new great looking Top Gear car and he also shared a Evora transfer sticker, which is great!
  9. 8 points
    Hi all, I'm in!!! I bought the Persian Blue / Cream Leather car from a few pages ago. Thanks all for the tips and advice on this forum...helped me buy with confidence!
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    Better not be or there goes the loft conversion Trevor.
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    New season of Game of Thrones, Avengers End Game, Star Wars "The Rise of Skywalker" teaser and now a proper (at least on the face of it ) Lotus announcement at a major car show? I am, to all intents and purposes, squealing in a most un-masculine manner this April. After the almost weekly special editions of the JMG Era, I'm kind of excited... there's been lots of infrastructure announcements... now hopefully for the real deal. I'm off to sacrifice a goat.
  13. 8 points
    Some kind of Porsche I think
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    This isn't a resurrection of the thread, but it will be ten years since I bought the car next month and its been a pretty significant week. The car last run in 2014 and failed its MOT that year on emissions and brakes. I took the car off the road as I knew the front calipers were basically done, to refurbish the whole braking system. I gave it a damn good go but it defeated me and I basically left the car in the garage, unfinished. Step in @peteyg who took the car off me just before xmas, did his magic and the car passed its MOT this week! I can't believe it now works! Despite coming so far there is a few things which need attention - mainly suspension, although the body has never been off so the chassis is original and, although OK, will probably need to be done at some point. In the meantime, I am just pleased I can get to know it again. As a 10 year special, here are some before and after photos to show the cars condition when I got it, to how she looks today...
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    Just for interest factor - I received my cert. of provenance from Andy Graham today. My #002 was purchased new by me back in early June 1999. The data from Andy confirms what I was told at the time. 1 prototype car produced #002 was the first European S350 to be finished, so first of 42 for Europe and the only S350 registered without A/C. If you don't have a cert. I would recommend contacting Andy Graham, as it's nice to have some additional detail on our cars. Mike S
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    This is why I disagree with people who say that the hypercar is a terrible idea. Yes, most of us here can't afford it. The goal of the hypercar is not to make money directly. In fact I won't be shocked if it loses them money (directly). Honestly a hypercar is probably the cheapest (relatively speaking), quickest and easiest way to bring Lotus back into prominence. The only way this won't work is if its a terrible car. That way when the new line-up launches or 4 years Lotus will have some clout. Will the hypercar fix all of Lotus' issues? No, Lotus still needs better dealership networks, especially in the U.S. I don't think Lotus is oblivious to this. However to get new dealers or a better network they need cars for the dealers to sell, but the cars also need to actually sell. The hypercar helps this. You can't afford the new Lotus hypercar, but you can afford the new Elise, Evora or Esprit (whatever they would be called).
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    Not much on today, so decided to visit the heritage transport and classic car show in Detling, Kent as the first car related outing of the season. We were walking through one of the indoor sections, saw a dark blue Cortina 1600E and I idly said to the wife, oh look there's a 1600E like the one we had. Then looked at the registration and blow me, it is our old car, the actual one we owned! Not looking bad for 49 years old is she? I was only the second owner back in the 70's, the car having been originally owned by a soldier, who bought it for use when he was stationed in Germany, hence it was export spec with a cream interior, not available in the UK. Current owner is, apparently, the 10th. It was great to fill him in on a bit of the cars history that he didn't know about and when he let me sit in the car, I was immediately taken back over 40 years by the interior which still smells exactly as it did all those years ago. We exchanged email addresses so I could send him copies of the pics I have of the car in period so he can add them to its history file and which he was highly chuffed about. He then said that due to ongoing health issues, he may be forced to sell in the near future, which obviously set me thinking.................... What do you reckon guys?
  21. 7 points
    Another old and new theme... thatched cottage is a few hundred years old but only when looking at the photo did I notice the similarity between the curves of the thatch and the line of the Evora. Perhaps I'll have to reshoot that one and line them up... (Next shot will have silver summer wheels & tyres.)
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    There is always something exciting about the delivery truck arriving with fresh Lotus stock. Thought we would share a little of the enjoyment of our latest batch arriving:
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    I was thinking i had never put a picture of the car up, since owning it. It's not long back from paint, and while there is still a bit of fettling to do. I'm so pleased with the way she looks just now. I know not everyone is a fan of the rear light conversion. And i had the kit for 4 years, before deciding to go ahead. I love this look, but understand some people prefer originality. One thing the paint guys did say, was that with the spoiler off for painting, they thought it looked much sleeker without it. I agreed when i saw it, and may take it off at a later date.
  24. 7 points
    A public car park today - more common than Fiestas...!
  25. 7 points
    Last images of her up together - as of tomorrow, she is coming apart.
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    Up at 4:30am this morning unable to sleep. So I went for a drive and took a photo. link to a pic without the weird compression
  27. 7 points
    Once again Steve Fulcher Has worked his magic on my seats! New Hyde and the James Bond colour matched by myself to a sample from Connolly Leather, who trimmed the car for the movie.
  28. 7 points
    My 400 is two years old and is already at 19,000 miles. My old Elise made it to 175,000 and I'm hoping to beat that in the Evora! Cars are meant to be driven.
  29. 7 points
    Over the last few days I've been taking feedback from fellow owners and doing more research to which has led me to re-think my intake design. This morning I called Litchfield and re-scheduled my 'after' dyno for the 12th April. The intake is for me quite an important piece of the performance puzzle to get right and the market doesn't really seem to support the community by offering a fair priced system. I personally can not justify near £900 for an intake and know from my own experience that the HKS SSC system even though around the £500 marker (all in with taxes and delivery) offers possibly the worst filtration of any filter and therefore not something I will be putting back on my car! So the changes im now going to make to my initial design. No More Carbon The carbon pipe is going, yes externally it looks nice and is super lightweight, but the internal surface is rough, that can't be good and credit to @Jack for opening my eyes to this and the knock on effect this can cause to air flow and AFRs. With some help a test pipe has been made to replace the carbon tube. First, modelling and making the MAF flange, before welding to the correct size aluminium pipe and finishing with a swage on both ends. Must say very happy with the result and looks very professional. I guess I do debate whether to go powder coated (black), leave as is with the brushed ali, or cover in heat resistant gold wrap... at the moment it's not important so will leave the decision to a later date. Happy to hear what folks think on this... I sometimes wonder if too much gold in the engine bay looks a bit too bling. Bigger is Better I had been a bit worried that I'd played it too safe on the size of the ITG I'd ordered, and the thought isn't going away, so I've decided to go for a bigger box which would be more than sufficient to cope with any 'potential' future power upgrades such as manifolds and sport cats. What this means is that the original position of the intake needs to slightly change, equally my nice new ali pipe is likely to get cut up again as I re-work the new bigger filter. I'll also have to make a new mounting bracket for the intake box as the CupR solution will no longer work. Bigger box mean more work but I know its the better and right thing to do vs just try the easy option and make compromises. Give it a RAM! With the slight relocation needed with the bigger intake box, there is an opportunity to now incorporate a direct 'ram' feed from the side vent into the air intake inlet. At high speed this could provide very good benefit especially on track (eg Hangar Straight at Silverstone as a perfect example). Finding a balance... This is one that's hard to explain, the original design positioned the ITG far away from the main engine block and sitting directly above the side vent (hence originally not feeling the need for a 'ram'). The idea behind this being to help as best as possible to reduce heat soak. With the bigger intake, by the nature of being bigger, the intake will push out from the side of the clam and closer into the engine bay. I need to try and ensure the right balance of the intakes position to take a suitable ram feed, account for the bigger intake, and try and keep as far away from the main engine block as possible. Basically I don't want the intake to be sat next to the engine bay. So lots of work still to go... most likely ill be testing on track before dyno...
  30. 6 points
    We're producing a small range of merchandise to support the 45th anniversary of the Elite and Eclat. The design is as shown below: Revenue from sales will be used to support 45th anniversary activities, and cash accounts to demonstrate this will be available on request. Window stickers are now available at £5 each plus 80p p&p per order. These are 22.5cm wide x 5cm deep. To obtain sticker(s) send me a pm with your requirements. We are planning to produce a limited number of mugs with the same design, which will be available at the events we attend this year as posted on this forum. We considered T shirts and caps, but I don't want to get into the complexity of stocking different sizes and colours, so if anyone wants to have their own printed, I can supply the image free of charge - just let me have your email address. All the best Richard
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    Got some of alias23 side skirts and finished fitting them. Took me 3 hours all in (I didn't rush it) and had fitted similar things before. (You need a rivnut kit but they're cheap on ebay). Main time spent was just positioning them how I wanted and as I didn't want them so far out, (I moved them 3cm in from their designed position) as I wanted a more subtle look,, I reshaped the front end slightly, which was easy. I had fully planned painting them, to match the splitter and rear canards but once the protective film was peeled off, they very closely matched the rear canards and very similar to the splitter so left them alone. To me they look absolutely correct to the point where my wife said she thought they had always been there when I asked what she thought. Great service, good price, good quality and a decent fitting kit and information, thanks Imran. Martin S
  33. 6 points
    So, there will be a bunch of nay-sayers but, for me at least, I'm genuinely excited. Love the advert, and the nod to the PlayStation generation with the "For the Drivers" strap-line is inspired to my mind. A GT4 racecar is maybe underwhelming to some, but a Lotus competing in multi-brand Motorsport has genuinely put a smile on my face this morning. (WARNING! Only read the first part - if you can be bothered - the rest if you have way too much time on your hands)
  34. 6 points
    Why would you say that when you have no idea about what any of it is until tomorrow?
  35. 6 points
    I have had my NA Evora for just over a year now so thought it was about time to introduce myself. I have been a life long fan of all things Lotus, even painting the lotus symbol and a JPS logo on my bedroom wall at the age of 10 while my parents were away. Mother was not too bothered until she realised I had used gloss paint. I also carried the theme on, 24 years later, into my son's room painting a lotus emblem onto a hot air balloon. So owning my own has always been an ambition. But at 6'4" I had been unable to fit into one comfortably until the Evora. I first sat in one in 2010 at JCT600 in Leeds on the way back from looking at a new shape Europa in Malton, which again I could not sit in without getting a bad neck. That was me decided and for the next 8 years I wanted an Evora in red with black pack. That was until I saw what I have now at Hedge End the front end just did it for me.
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    I parked up last weekend in Edinburgh next to Castle Terrace. When I got back a couple of tourists were taking pictures of it. One of them said "this is my favourite car" - the only thing I could think of saying in reply was "me too!" It's genuinely amazing how the car gets such positive reactions from everyone. I really don't think you'd get the same reaction in a Porche! After a few weeks of ownership I've concluded the general public think Lotus as an ultra cool brand.
  39. 6 points
    If that's the case then he has plenty of other options outside of a LOTUS to buy - a Corvette, a 911, a muscle car, an Ooodi etc. So are you saying that in order to be successful LOTUS just needs to build a car like everyone elses? I like the fact that LOTUS is not like everyone elses car, it is what makes the brand appealing to me. It seems to me that the sooner anondyne, bland, lifeless, driverless cars come to the mass market the better as a lot of people just want to choose the number of cup holders and colour and don't give a hoot about uniqueness and driver involvement etc. It might sound a bit of an extreme view, but I do feel that we are moving towards the end of motoring for pleasure and enjoyment, and more about motoring for the purpose of transport only. I know I am in the minority but if Lotus morphs into Porsche then I might as well go and buy a real Porsche rather than an imitation. I just think in this instance the guy bought a car that he knew nothing about, had not researched, and by the sound of it had not even properly test driven. As i said, a fool and his money were easily parted, and I'd blame the fool for outcome as opposed to the manufacturer of the car :)
  40. 6 points
    Wasn't really looking but was offered a starship mileage Elan that was mechanically very good but with slightly tired painwork. Couldn't resist it as a Spring/Summer daily driver. Wow these cars are so seriously underrated. Driven 400 miles since I picked it up last weekend. Fun car.
  41. 6 points
    Just proof the car does leave the garage here's a very non artistic shot, but shows all the bits together and how it all looks from the outside. This weekends running was mainly just to drive the car, and also check for any issues such as rattles - happy to report that it's currently silent. Also made up some grills for the scoops which hide the GRP in the scoops much better, so happy with these. The mesh matches the factory mesh in the front access panel so ties together nicely:
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    Door card switches in and test fit. Now only seats, door brush seals. Basically the inside is finished!
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    In my 52 years on this planet, I still maintain that most (and I stress MOST) ideas that are dreamt up, with the aid of technological advancement, are done with the best of intentions but generally feed an ever growing law of un-intended consequences? The most rapid development of automotive and mechanical invention (post industrial revolution) has come about as a result of war - with the net result that more and more people survive what would previously have led to a decrease in the overall population. Net result of this 'progress' is that the gene pool, which would historically have remained under control of natural selection (or survival of the fittest), is diluted to a point where the 'average' is continually lowered. How is it possible for the 'most intelligent life form on the planet' to have developed the capability to reverse evolution whilst failing to prevent the acceleration of our demise?
  45. 6 points
    And then they wonder why the high streets are struggling. I made this point before but: Park and rides are supposed to encourage people to leave their cars outside of town and get the bus in. On my biennial visit to Norwich with my wife to buy some clothes we have used in the past the park and ride at the top of the A140. Cost was per car. Now the bellends charge per person. It is now cheaper to park in town if there are 2 or 3 of you, or it was last time I went which admittedly was a while ago now. You can not believe that the whole point of park and rides is being undermined because we are back to the big problem in the UK.........greed. The answer now, probably, by the dicks in charge will be to tax/increase rent for NCP or whoever owns them so they have no choice but to increase their prices. To be honest I dont know as I rarely go but I bet it will happen if it hasnt already. What I do know is when their greed makes parking my car for a few hours a piss take I will resort to the internet. Not the ideal for me but If they want to rip me off before i get to a shop to spend my wages in their town they will need to find another way.
  46. 6 points
    Thank god! It was with me also the fuse box!!! It is fixed now, such an easy fix.. topic can be closed.
  47. 6 points
    I viewed the aquamarine LE over the weekend and have now put a deposit down after some negotiation. It's in great condition and I'm looking forward to joining the Lotus community. It certainly won't be a garage queen though! Will be used as my daily driver.
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    I disagree with this sentiment that mileage should be a premium. I have many Ferrari friends and some Porche that simply can’t drive their cars other than special occasions because every mile devalues their cars so much. Ironically, it forces them to be garage queens which are then prone to problems caused by lack of use. Lotus is all about the driving experience, I hope as a community we recognise that a driven car is more reliable and hopefully more desirable.
  49. 6 points
    Nice and sunny weekend in the southern part of Sweden. The car has come out of hibernation again. Three track days planned so far plus a tour to Assen for Lotus Cup Europe and Silverstone Classic in July,
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    I'm now a member of this club too. Daytona Blue S, Sports Racer, 2015, manual, purchased in December.


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