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  1. Wasn't today, but still happy about it today. Became a Dad for the first time, beautiful baby girl born yesterday evening.
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  2. Would agree 100%. My 410 Sport auto sounds great and in sport mode you get a blip on paddle downshifts and also get pops from the exhaust on deceleration, it all sounds very good. I much prefer it to my previous car with was a 5.0L F-type (2015 model year) and the exhaust sound got a bit too much with pops and crackles constantly even at speeds as low as 10mph! The Evora is just right, a great soundtrack that you can mute if you need to (early in the morning/late at night or whatever), but it never sounds fake or manufactured like some cars (the Jaguar being an example).
    4 points
  3. Took my car mad nephew out for the first time in mine at the weekend (he's quite young and has never been in a sports car before). It was all fine until the first roundabout... "I feel sick! I feel sick! Don't do that again!" He seemed to be happy after he had a sit down at home for a while, but I think he needs some toughening up in the rapid cornering front. It's a bit different from Forza apparently.
    4 points
  4. I picked it up today. It's soooo hard being good and not pressing the throttle hard or going over 4,000 revs. But at the same time, it's just amazing. It lacks carpet or sound deadening, yet its quieter and more comfortable than my 111R on Penske coilovers. The gearshift is nicely precise, but surprisingly light. The steering is lighter than my Elise (I'm convinced the steering on the Elise is somehow heavier than it should be). It's easier and nicer to drive all around and the ride is just amazing. Finally, there is the "magic carpet" Lotus ride I've read about and experienced in others cars! I've never driven a V6 Exige before, and it's better than I imagined it would be. It doesn't really feel bigger than the Elise, more like a super stable and ever so slightly swollen Elise. And the engine is giving the impression that when I do get to push my foot down harder it's going to be mega. Only one day in so far, but definitely don't regret buying a final edition so far
    4 points
  5. Picked up mine yesterday afternoon, took the long way home - window open all the way, exhaust bypass switch ON. It's LOUD 😁 It was just getting dusk, the photos don't do Plum Crazy justice. Do I regret buying a final edition? What do you think?! 😉
    3 points
  6. I do wonder if they have/do shoehorn a 6ft photographer into the back of a 911 and make the same comments re the 2+2 capability? I rather suspect that instead they make some comment about dropping little Oliver and Olivia off at the nursery/primary school to show how practical the 911 is. Just a suspicion, happy to be proven wrong.
    3 points
  7. I walked into the lounge the other day, I was wearing shorts and T shirt, I had to walk out, it was 26degrees. The response I was given was that the radiators were only on 3. People just don't seem to get it through, in spring and summer if it's over 18 outside, we're fine to be out there, so why is it that people want it warmer than that (or 20 as you state) when we can simply wear sensible clothing and be warm.
    2 points
  8. Well, some topics (not necessarily this) are very like the BBC, it`s what is not reported / griped about that starts telling you more than what is !
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  9. I understand that Lotus won that particular case (which was with Williams Advanced Technology too).
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  10. I agree C8RKH , your somewhat "throwing down of the gauntlet" - toned query on behalf of the UK`s "third nation" status does warrant a response despite many possibly being rather tired of the whole topic . But it remains an important topic for all that. Any response inevitably falls between two stools. Quoting chapter and verse from sources that support your opinion is extremely easy these days . Much too easy ! And just saying "but it IS Brexit" is even more unsatisfactory. I certainly agree with you from 7th Oct that people may be "grossly simplifying what is actually a very complex situation". And as you quite rightly point out, the fuel shortages are regional. To quote Brian Madderson Chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association 12th Oct (Evening Standard) regarding London :- "A large majority of retailers continue to express concerns that they have no forward visibility of their next deliveries. There are reports of wet sites going dry because the continuity of tankers sending out of kilter with orders . The situation in London and the South East remains serious. ...there had been a welcome improvement in the region over the weekend with 10% of non motorway sites running out of fuel which was not far behind the rest of the country. The survey was based on a quarter of petrol stations". Admittedly that was 9 days ago. I think you live in Scotland (?-apologies if you don`t) where demand must be lower given population densities. There are still shortages down here in my recent experience. But in any event your argument is that Brexit isn`t to blame anyway. More to the point I`ve just spent way too long scrolling back through the posts including my own , to find out who is blaming Brexit "for everything under the sun" and I confess to having a hard time finding a culprit for that. My own relevant comment Oct 4th ? "ending freedom of movement tipped a difficult situation into a crisis" . Oct 5th ? : "I already stated that Brexit was hardly the only factor" Doug Ashley ? : "Brexit is a major factor in the driver shortage". (That`s probably as "blaming everything under the sun " as it gets.) Bling ? He has referred to situations which you and others call for further evidence of . European commentators do not accept that the shortages Europe faces are anything like the UK ones. But I get the feeling you still won`t accept that. I note Government attempts to remove competition rules from suppliers in order to coordinate supplies and also the use of troops . I would have thought that these exceptional measures have helped to alleviate shortages of fuel supplies. As for "panic buying" , I return to my "man bites dog" thesis - yes some reckless ignorants filled water bottles , there were some fights-but most people actually need petrol (more than toilet roll even)and are genuinely stuffed if they run out. So they did flock to pumps for a period. Yes , it`s a factor. Maybe a major one ? There has been much citing of statistics in above posts and I would not wish to glibly dismiss them. But the statistics are a snapshot of a developing situation. Import levels , Increases in demand, conditions for HGV drivers , low wages (suddenly the Government cares about low wages - and if you believe THAT one...) . So, from a perusal of the posts so far I just don`t think anyone is saying Brexit is totally to blame. I think you are over-egging the pudding and (as we have seen time and time and time again over the past 6 years, caricaturing your opponents` arguments where there is no easy answer and the answer may change with the circumstances-is always a temptation. Leaving your nearest and largest trading bloc without a deal for so much as a Customs Union, has its downsides, which certainly appear from this thread to include a continuing burning animosity towards said trading bloc despite our having left it , not the other way round-an important basic distinction to be made when apportioning blame. I will end on a note of bombast; any citation of the "Daily Express" in relation to Brexit will automatically get a "nul points" from me. My own " Brexit Means Brexit Backstop Red Line "I suppose.
    2 points
  11. The ferry is slower now because it is gas powered
    2 points
  12. The part of the build I've been most excited for...
    2 points
  13. I can see that would be an issue then!
    2 points
  14. Cropley is a died in the wool Lotus fan, I'm sure he'll be complimentary about the car, which incidentally looks epic in the opening shot, that's a great angle.
    2 points
  15. Around 2 weeks ago several on here were getting very aeriated / hot under the collar about how Brexit was to blame for the fuel shortages and just about everything else under the sun. Well, you've been very quiet since the fuel shortage seemed to have "fixed itself" (or rather, people stopped being pricks panic buying and the media moved on to create issues somewhere else). I don't recall seeing anything about tens, let alone, hundreds or thousands, of HGV drivers swarming in from the Continent to drive to our rescue. I don't believe we've suddenly seen thousands, let alone tens of thousands, of more HGV drivers being given their licences to alleviate the issues. So, I'd be really interested in your wisdom and views as to what, other than pricks stopping panic buying and the media stoking hysteria, is responsible for the sudden glut of fuel at petrol stations that has alleviated the end of the world, Brexit induced, shortages in fuel? I encourage you to go back and look at your comments and provide us an update, especially in the light of the current empty shelves and shortages that are being reported on the Continent, in places like France et al. I suppose that is all down to Brexit too is it? I don't want to come across as a smug bar steward with the above, I'm not trying to be one. But, I AM, really interested in your responses given the zeal with which you predicted the end of the world 2/3 weeks ago and the fact that it is just non news now. Brexit hasn't suddenly gone away, so why have the issues? Or is this just a "blip"? Thanks in advance.
    2 points
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  17. Any future COVID restriction permitting. Yes it would be good to meet up again.
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  19. 27 years ago I was the very proud Dad of a beautiful baby girl. The 27 years since have been a roller coaster of joy, happiness, pain and grief. I would not swap it for anything! Glad everyone is well and healthy and very much send you my heartfelt best wishes for you all for the future. Nothing, beats being a Dad!
    1 point
  20. This is a major part of the issue - people's behaviour. We can enhance homes (insulation, double glazing etc). We can put more "efficient" heating system in etc. BUT, if people still insist on heating their houses to temperatures above 20c then we're just really banging our heads against the wall as all they will do is whinge about the cost of the heating, energy bills etc. Couple that with the staggering increase in electrical devices that are now "plugged in", permanently it would seem on, on-standby or being charged, and you see that the average household is considerably increasing their energy usage, at a time of spiralling energy costs which results in all this whinging about energy bills being high. The one thing we need to do, to reduce energy costs (demand v supply), is to re-educate the populace re YOU PAY FOR WHAT YOU USE and so the biggest immediate impact you can have on your energy bills is to USE LESS through reducing your heating thermostats, unplugging stuff that is not being used, and generally not just leaving stuff on never ending charge. By reducing the household temperature from 25c to say 20c, and by doing the other stuff, would probably reduce the annual energy bill by 30-40%!!! Unfortunately, we now have a culture in the UK were people do not feel it is their personal responsibility to do this stuff. Instead, they just whinge and moan, blame everyone else for the size of their energy bills, and then expect someone else to pay for what they should be doing anyway. The march to renewable energy sources, and the decarbonisation of our lives is the right thing to do. However, politics has yet again got in the way and fooked it all up as the politicians did not want to be honest with their voters as to the cost.
    1 point
  21. Thanks @Bibs . Yeah, I do still have a load of these knocking about. I'd need to see exactly how many of each though so send me a message as to what you'd like and I'll have a look.
    1 point
  22. And of course our leaders in government.
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  23. Agreed, odd to focus on +2 limitations. The rear space is invaluable in Evora. MJK so correct insisting this layout. I use my NA so much more because of this practicality, not for bodies but baggage. Criminal that Evora did not sell 3000 units per annum. The public have spoken, Emira is Lotus reply. Justin PS. Mr Cropley a fine journo
    1 point
  24. I know these guys were truly brave and extraordinary people but I cannot help but be reminded of this.
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  25. The 400/410 (same system) is laugh-out-loud hilarious how loud it is with the valve open. Ripping up to the redline in second and third for the first time is quite the ear-opener. A GTS 4.0 is quiet by comparison, even with the sports exhaust open (I had one on loan for a couple of weeks). However, if trackdays are your thing, you are severely limited where you can go without changing the silencer.
    1 point
  26. If you want to have a rough idea of how much an air source heat pump would cost to run instead of a gas boiler take a look at the cost of the gas in kWh you use per year and divide that by 3 (to allow for the average efficiency of a heat pump) and then multiple that by 5 (the typical difference in pence per kWh of gas and electricity). If you only use gas for heating water (i.e. no gas cooker etc) then you will also save on the daily standing charge for the gas if you have the gas meter taken out (you will have to pay for this to be done). For the average homeowner you are going to end up paying a lot more to heat your home.
    1 point
  27. Good post in Classic cars, seems early turbos are the flavour these days. https://www.classiccarsmagazine.co.uk/blog/market-insights/market-watch-its-esprit-time-again/ Dave
    1 point
  28. Looks amazing David! Congrats!
    1 point
  29. No, not daft at all. It's all about one thing - profit. More customer inquiries can lead to more frequent sailings, and also the possibility of more ferries, which in turn leads to more income. But if you recall my comments, and the figures for Dover, you'll see that whilst freight has remained steady, the arse has dropped out of the passenger/car sector, and a reduced number of sailings, coupled with slower running so as to maximise onboard revenue, are all cost-saving measures. Fuel is a big factor. A ship's fuel consumption is not an arithmetic progression, it's usually a curve that rises as speed (and therefore power requirement) increases to overcome the increasing drag. Because the ships currently have speed in reserve, it allows the operator to adjust crossing times in order to make the most profit from whatever punters they can attract. What the canny operator is doing is striking a balance between fuel consumption, onboard spend, and time taken to get to the destination. They would have estimated, or researched, how long the average punter would be prepared to spend on their ship. If the ferry takes a week to get to Santander, would it be an attractive option? Probably not. But by upping the crossing time from overnight to 30 hours (or whatever Pete says it is), they're hoping the punters will wear it, and it'll save them fuel and boost onboard profit. Some light at the end of the tunnel - let us not forget that the advent of Brexit has meant the reintroduction of 'duty-free' onboard sales, and we could eventually see the return of the 'booze cruise' where punters would get onboard, get drunk in the bar, sleep it off, get drunk again, and stagger off the ferry in Portsmouth clutching their duty free goods, never once setting foot in Spain. Not my cup of tea, but they were all the rage at one time!
    1 point
  30. Mine has black mirrors! (Sports racer) mine is also labelled as an S for both MOT and tax, but the amount I pay for tax is correct so it's fine. Not sure why they can't get it right but it might also be that the Lotus dealer screwed up the paperwork when originally submitted.
    1 point
  31. Greetings everyone. I've been a long-time Lotus fan, ever since I saw Emma Peel driving one in the original Avengers TV series, and then I was also a fan of The Prisoner of that time which had Patrick McGoohan driving a Lotus 7. I've previously owned a '72 Twincam Europa, and my current daily driver is a 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Lusso. I have a deposit in on an Emira, and I'm greatly looking forward to bringing one home.
    1 point
  32. Beautiful air cooled. I sold my early 70's 911 and an Alfa in advance of acquiring an Evora GT last year. No regrets
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  33. I’ve just sold my 91 964 Turbo after nearly 10 years of ownership and have ordered an Exige 420 FE. Will be one of the last built apparently, December I’m told, with delivery to NZ in the NY. Know very little about these machines but drove a 390 last week and loved it. Given NZ is the last stop on the line, didn’t have much choice in options but pretty happy with where I’ve landed: essex blue, yellow calipers, black wheels, alcantara sills and steering wheel, carbon roof, carbon diffuser, lightweight battery, kill switch and extinguisher, full carpets, cruise control (not sure if this is of use). Standby for stupid questions. Exige 7 Giltrap 420 Blue.pdf
    1 point
  34. Welcome to TLF Jason. Porsche looks nice. I'll be honest ad say that I looked at a very early 911 when I was in Sydney many years ago Have fun with the Exige when you get it.. Any questions or issues with using the forums, feel free to ask one of us mods. We're here to help.
    1 point
  35. Welcome to TLF Chris. Best of luck with it all. I haven't driven an Exige, but can imagine it would be a hoot. Any questions or issues with using the forums, feel free to ask one of us mods. We're here to help.
    1 point
  36. https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/news/motoring-news/gb-car-sticker-to-be-replaced-by-new-uk-version/
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  37. Not a 'peoples' reaction', rather a piece of roadside furniture's reaction. Driving along today when suddenly a warning sign lights up its flashing amber lights and displays the message "Overheight Vehicle - Turn Back". As I was the only vehicle on that stretch of road at the time, it was a bit of a worry - I was half-expecting to disappear down a rabbit burrow any second, .
    1 point
  38. Thank you for the warm welcome! It is red but seems they primed it and left it with the prime only, looks rough in the outside they left it in the parking lot for years. they took the fuel pump and slashed the lines, so the first part is the fuel tank, pump and lines, I already de rusted the inside of the tank and treated with anti rust and painted in the outside. i am going to get the diagram but seems than the lines along the pump are pretty straightforward in the installation besides the banjos, not sure if i am missing something from the tank to the pump like a filter? Here are few shots of the car Thanks!
    1 point
  39. Sorry I just don’t agree. Lotus are ride and handling wizards and if they say Touring will be a great setup for fast road driving then I believe them. Other manufacturers will try and convince you that “sports” suspension and “sports” other gubbins are must-have, because then you pay for the upgraded spec. These two suspensions cost the same. I’ve had two long conversations with people at Lotus on this, one who leads R&H and one who has driven almost every Lotus road car including Emira and knows the roads and tracks I drive. Touring is exactly what will suit me, and many others. I think it’s unhelpful to describe Touring as likely to be disappointing or some kind of also-ran. OK, it’s a shame we can’t all drive both before deciding. But Sport won’t be everyone’s preference, even if they could drive both. Sport may well suit you best and that’s fine.
    1 point
  40. For anyone interested, the provisional dates for the 2022 Esprit d'Aventure are from 9th to the 12th September. Numbers are usually restricted to about 20 cars so if you are genuinely interested, then e-mail Hugues Bigot at [email protected] for details.
    1 point
  41. Hi everyone I have just received my new Exige. I thought i would do a thread on here as readers cars is one of my favourite sections. I had a Cayman GT4 last year nice car but it just wasnt for me. So i sold it and decided i would go for a second hand Exige 410. Things got out of hand again like in the previous GT4 topic haha. A nice couple came and looked at my GT4 on the Tuesday and arrived in a rather nice yellow Cayman They agreed to buy and left a deposit. I later moved the car in the garage and it threw up a warning light. I was gutted and a bit stressed as you can imagine. One phone call to Porsche Wolverhampton explaining i had sold the car but a warning light had come up on the dash. It was booked in for 8am the next day. It turned out to be a gearbox mount and it was all fixed under warranty and i got the car back Thursday. Absolutely brilliant service by Porsche. I explained the situation to the seller and it was all good. He said he would collect Friday. In the mean time i saw Silverstone Lotus had uploaded an Exige 410 but no pics, it sounded a good deal. I spoke to someone there and they emailed me some pics. Was a stunning blue colour. However not wanting to jump the gun before my car had sold i thought i would wait untill i had funds. GT4 was collected Friday all good. On the Monday i went to Oakmere Lotus it is my local Lotus dealer. I test drove an orange 350 as i was interested in the silver 410 they had in the showroom. However the colour wasnt right for me and the pressure sale being put on me after i had explained they were the first ones i had looked at and i wanted to go look at a blue one at Silverstone and an orange one at Birmingham really put me off the deal. (I had a bit of a sour experience with oakmere Friday, definitely confirmed i am glad to have not bought from them shame really as they would of got future business from me servicing etc and i still have the Caterham itch to scratch but i digress) When i got home i phoned Silverstone to ask if i could come and view the car tomorrow unfortunately it had sold. Will teach me mess about when buying cars.. Tuesday morning I spotted my car for sale at JCT600 Bradford. I forgot all about the 20th Anniversary but i like the seats how they are colour coded and i have always wanted an orange Lotus. As ever things got out of hand i thought i would sell the GT4 and save some money and get a cheaper car. Well i ended up buying a brand new one..... something i never thought i would do! I had to wait a few weeks for delivery. I decided to have it fully PPF'd and ceramic coated by Signiture group. This is a local firm to me and a few friends have been and highly recommend. Thus an even longer wait but i thought it would be worth it in the future to keep it nice. Signiture sent me the below photographs. I really cant fault them brilliant service nothing is to much trouble a great group of lads. Slight hicup but i received the car Friday. I have covered 300 miles init this weekend and absolutely loved it so glad to be back in a lotus. I couldnt sleep Friday night so i went out for a 5am blast. Something i never did in the GT4 but many times in previous cars so that says it all imo. I have only been taking it steady as i need to run the engine in and Lotus recommend not going over 4k for the first 600 miles. Ideally i would like to get it ran in this year so i can fully enjoy it next year but we will see what happens and what the weather is like! The plan is to never sell this car and i am very happy with it.
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