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  1. I’ve just had an email from Lotus: ”Dear Dave, We are excited to announce that Emira is now available for viewing at our retailers, however we have been overwhelmed with bookings. As an Evora Launch Edition owner we would like to offer you some rare unobtainium spare parts for your Evora in exchange for hosting a roadshow event for Emira in your dusty garage. Options include door latch mechanisms, window regulators, headlights, and rear sail panels. Please confirm you have a large supply of bacon and eggs and a greasy old frying pan with a loose handle. New screws for your pan handle are available from Lotus @ £19.99 plus VAT. Be quick before they go out of stock. We anticipate a strong take up for this option. Be aware some customers are coming from Porsche/McLaren so ensure they are given extra bacon, but absorb the fat before installation in the sandwich so as to avoid potential chino stains. Conversely, Lotus owners will be content with one hastily bronzed rasher that falls out of the bap during usage, as they are accustomed to such practices. Lastly, we will be sending you Emira signage for your garage door and badges for your Evora, including the larger diameter (6”) nose badge, designed by our local primary school children here in Hethel. Please practice a full reveal with your neighbours but don’t waste your bacon on them such that it becomes a back-order item. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Regards Emira ‘Overflow Car Park’ team”
    14 points
  2. Some of the dozen or so Esprit that showed up for the Lotus Owners Gathering in Salt Lake City Utah last weekend
    14 points
  3. Today the Club Lotus (Bucks, Berks, and Oxon area) held its annual concourse competition at a big (100+ cars) classic car show. I took the Essex all polished up but didn't win anything (despite being in a class of just two cars..) but 10 minutes later the car show organisers announced the Classic Car of the Show and now I'm chuffed to bits.
    13 points
  4. We did that with the Evora back in 2009 and I've suggested the same with the Emira. Watch this space!
    10 points
  5. https://www.thelotusforums.com/latest-news/lotus-cars-news/lotus-reveals-pioneering-blueprint-for-next-generation-of-electric-sports-cars/
    8 points
  6. Blimey, on that basis we will all need to stump up the full non-returnable £60-90K with no more than a fleeting glimpse as we stumble past in the swirling crowds No, come on, Lotus and the dealers will surely have rock solid confidence that when deposit holders get to see the car properly the majority of them will quickly commit. TBH it's more likely that they will lose sales due to a 'less than professional' launch etc than the car itself. The car is a winner
    8 points
  7. 7 points
  8. Late afternoon run after a proper valet - just love this car 😍
    7 points
  9. After ten years of ownership, I finally met another Lotus owner last weekend; well, a few of them actually!
    7 points
  10. Maybe Lotus is going through the depositor phone list alphabetically? Any Aaron Aardvarks on here? As for Zak Zimmerman, I wouldn’t hold your breath mate.
    6 points
  11. More yesterday than today, but what made me ecstatic was the unexpected news that the US is opening its borders in November! Literally 2 minutes later the wife was on the phone booking our flights to go and see our son for the first time in 2 years.
    6 points
  12. Just been contacted by Lotus and they tell me there will Hethel/more local options to viewing the car coming soon for those of us in Norfolk who can't get over to the other places. So I'll hold off for now.
    6 points
  13. They finally finally finally go official with alloy casting on subframes... They've been refining this - or kept it on a shelf somewhere - for the better part of a decade. The core chassis looks nicely evolved from VVA now known as SCA/Elemental, the side sills are really thin and they have built in more rigidity below the Bpillars it seems. My question is always the same right now with the powerpack, if it goes bad how do you service it. because, it will be an issue. it seems Lotus has engineered an access from down below. But with the slab that will be a whole lot of aluminium sheet to be removed. They've been working on this since JMG...
    5 points
  14. Agree re years out, but when you are being asked to make a decision on the cars 6 months apart without sharing the price difference, it makes it a little harder.
    5 points
  15. Completely with you - and as you might have guessed, I'm a certified Lotus fanboy. My heart sinks when you see public representation of the brand I love like this, but it's not without a certain amount of justification. It's not a great experience when things go wrong. And they do go wrong for all manufacturers. It's how you deal with it pre-sale, execution and post.
    5 points
  16. We already know it was from a dealer. But it is ultimately Lotus responsibility to ensure dealers are making the experience of buying a car a positive one. If Lotus don’t communicate with dealers about a customer’s car that makes it very difficult for them. But Lotus need to build and protect the brand by dumping dealers that don’t perform to the necessary standard.
    5 points
  17. We were supposed to retire May 2021, but COVID put paid to that, as the employer couldn’t get a suitable replacement. I retired January this year. In February local trust asked Sue if I would consider returning to work with major infrastructure/energy scheme, in the last 7 months I will have been asked half a dozen times by recruiters if I would be interested in working on continent; so my conclusion Europe are possibly in need of British engineers as much if not more than UK
    5 points
  18. Garage swept and tidied - ready for the new arrival on Thursday
    5 points
  19. So - I’ve bought new - VW, Hyundai and Vauxhall - and sadly not once have I received a welcome hamper or Christmas card from the CEOs of any of them. I'm sure this chap purchased the car from a dealer - and that is who he should be directing his “not feeling special” towards. I have to say I think this chap is “special” but that’s not in a complimentary way. The dealer is utterly responsible for PDI of the car - and by the sounds has completely failed in that duty - no wonder Lotus wish to shitcan some of the dealerships. Yes you’ve bought a new car - you’ve made many mistakes in the process by adding halfords accessories and stuff off ebay - again - nowt to do with lotus themselves. The video is frankly a damning indictment on the expectations of folks these days.
    5 points
  20. Was in Henley yesterday, there were loads of people cheering and waving union flags as I drove down the road, they had even got a marching band to follow me down the road. Might have been because I managed to accidentally find myself at the head of an organised parade through town, but I'm taking it.
    5 points
  21. 5 points
  22. Yup, it's exciting. Also new configurator goes live on Monday I've been told.
    5 points
  23. I am knackered! I've been fitting the new sills I bought from SJ a while back. The quality of the parts are fine but when you offer them up to the car there is a massive gap between the centre of the sill and the body which has to be pulled together as you fit it. It was something like 1/2" or more... That was at the back of the door and the gap is nearly big enough to fall down. Those two surfaces need to be touching and the sill needs to be tight against the body but you can't get behind it to push the two together. If you need to do this job... give it to somebody else!! With the first sill I fitted I managed to pull these together by fitting one pop rivet at a time and as I went along it pulled it bit by bit but on the other sill it pulled it out of square and I had to take it off and do it again. This was the first one... The pop rivets are 6mm diameter so don't bother trying to use one of those things you squeeze together to fit the rivets unless of course you have arms like Arnold Schwarzenegger. I used one of these and they're dead easy to use and don't require a lot of effort... I did not enjoy doing this job at all and wasn't sorry when it was over... And before you fit them make sure you've put the seatbelt brackets and the handbrake bracket on or you'll have to take them off again! But at least it now looks a bit more like an S1... If you'd like me to fit some for you at any time... you can bugger off... I just need to drill the drain holes in each sill now and I can tick that job off the list. Then I have a couple of big holes in the body at the back that I intend to fill in and then I'm done with the bodywork. I will let the new owner deal with the star cracks and any splits that need fixing but that will be easy work and anybody could do it themselves. All the new panels will easily blend in with a coat of high build primer and some blocking. There won't be a lot of filler needed at all. I will probably be itching for a week now as fibreglass really is horrible stuff to work with.
    5 points
  24. Time to deal with the 80s sunroof. I started by cleaning all the black gorilla snot off which had been used to seal the aluminium sunroof frame to the roof... And then stripped the paint off around the hole... It makes life easier when you can rotate the shell... There wasn't any primer underneath the paint and whoever painted this just slapped it straight onto the gelcoat. I've got an external roof mould so I gave it a coat of wax... Then, with the shell up the right way I used nearly every clamp I own to hold it to the roof... And then flipped it over before painting a layer of gelcoat... Then it was a case of laying up some fibreglass... At this point I thinned down the area of the existing roof around the hole and started laying up more fibreglass but going onto the roof as well... And at that point I ran out of resin so I removed the mould and flipped it back over... It's difficult to photograph from the outside because the gelcoat is clear... There are some air pockets between the gelcoat and the matting which you can see when the gelcoat is clear which I need to fix when I get some more resin. This was due to the fact that I went and had lunch between the gelcoat and first layer of matting... Once this has had a coat of etch primer and then a coat of high build primer it will be easy to blend it all together but according to Miles Wilkins these repairs need to be left for six months before painting to let the gasses out and stop sinkage... I left the repairs on my white car for six months and there is no sinkage on any of them... The next job is to fit the two new sills I bought from SJ Sportscars and at that point I just need to fill a couple of large holes and then the difficult bits of bodywork will be done. Any bodyshop will be able to finish it if the new owner doesn't fancy finishing the body themselves.
    5 points
  25. I've actually got a specific date for configurator/pricing reveal from my dealer - 21.09, next Tuesday. Let's see how accurate it's going to be.
    5 points
  26. Just went back and added in the +0 as an option, they upped the offer to £63k and quoted it was because it was a "proper sports car". Who would have thought...
    4 points
  27. Fret not - they probably got the written cancellation notice from your missus
    4 points
  28. Probably a mistake - they will knock off £10k when they see it’s missing the rear seats
    4 points
  29. Round them up. Fill them up with foam sealant and then use them as cavity wall insulation. That's a good "green" use for them AND it supports their aims.
    4 points
  30. Just been contacted by Lotus and they tell me there will Hethel/more local options to viewing the car coming soon for those of us in Norfolk who can't get over to the other places.
    4 points
  31. Errr, the future is electric, apparently!
    4 points
  32. The Porche is good value.... and I'm sure it drives great - but it will slip silently by in any situation, even in a bright colour.. The Emira will turn heads even if they do sell thousands of them.... depends if you want that of course.... but I know a few people who say the Boxster and Cayman lack the emotion they were hoping for..
    4 points
  33. Also had the £3k call with do I want to lock in configurator spec for V6FE or for i4FE. As per others asked what is price of i4 to be told don’t know, to which my reply was how do you expect me to make a decision when I’ve only got half the info….. all done in a pleasant manner and had a joke with poor sales lady that it must be a nightmare for her on these calls with limited info. Asked if colour swabs would be available at dealers with the car tour, to which answer was yes. All good as I pointed out I couldn’t make a decision on colour based on configurator. Also pointed out it’s been shared the base i4 in 2023 will start at £60k. Asked what the V6 would be. Unable to answer. Then asked there is mention of new colours for 2022. What are they, when will they be announced and can they be used for FE. Again unable to answer. Not the most organised sales approach is it 🤪
    4 points
  34. For 10k, I'll do you 475 and get it collected/delivered. Deal? Dave
    4 points
  35. No question the latest Cayman GTS is a great sports car, but my goodness it looks dull as ditchwater compared to the Emira. The road test comparisons will be interesting, especially Evo mag which is known to, ahem, quite like Porsches 🙂
    4 points
  36. I'm holding on for the i4, but the V6FE looks astonishingly good value on the face of it. Well played Lotus.
    4 points
  37. Yeah, so engineers from anywhere outside the EU cannot work there as their qualifications will not be recognised? Croc of shite in my very humble opinion... But as @Barrykearley says we were constantly short of engineers here so all should end well as we have some of the best trained engineers in the world. The EU's loss is our gain.
    4 points
  38. Hello guys, I'm François-Xavier from France (Nantes), former owner of some Lotus (Elise SC RGB, Exige V6 Club Racer, Exige V6 380 Sport, Exige V6 410 Sport, ...), I bought last year with a friend an Exige V6 350 Sport for track and recently an Elise S1 111S (what a pleasure this grandma !!!) Hoping to find more information to increase performance and reliability of our car Exige V6 350 Sport 2017 Sky blue Elise S1 111S LHD origin 1998 Racing Green
    4 points
  39. Shims didn't arrive in time before other scheduled work, so I finally got back on the car yesterday and today. Valve clearances done and towers now back on. In: 5,5,5,5.6.6.6.5; Ex: 10,10,10,10,11,11,10,10. Belts on and car is now running well after ignition timing adjustment and tweaking the carbs. For the second time this year, I lost a distributor out of its key. I take some responsibility for these events, but this one was really stuck in there, and when it finally moved, it popped out! Removed the plenum to facilitate distributor refit. Removed all the shitty silicon from the plenum faces (WHY????). Managed to get the dizzy in very quickly, which was nice. C service and comprehensive check now complete, but I'm still plagued with niggling coolant leaks in several places... Towers back on, yaaaay! I do love to see a nice red bead. Made up a new earth lead for the tensioner, all ready to fit here. Best I say nothing about this. With a fair wind, I'm hoping to finish this one tomorrow if I can secure the leaks.
    4 points
  40. Putting a link live before it should be accessible is in the website development 101 camp I do hope the incompetence is contained to website development and marketing
    4 points
  41. Deposit holders will be contacted with dates for viewings at each dealer, those dates shown are extra days at each dealer than can be booked by interested parties who don't currently have a deposit down.
    4 points
  42. An S2 that has stood still for 30 years may be a "time machine" . If all is present , then this car MUST be saved. But you should be aware that a Lotus of that era does mechanically not cope well with standing still, not being driven. So a mechanical restoration will be needed and that is not just a change of oil and fluids. Do not let anyone just connect a fresh battery and try to start it. If the old timing belt slips or breaks during this attempt, a perfectly good engine can become an expensive restoproject, ( bent valves,scarved cilinderliners or pistons etc.....) and that can all be avoided. This is an interference engine so no riscs can be taken . Also carburators : Carburators that have not been used for so long must be cleaned of gunk and residue and must be resealed. If they leak ( and the chances are big) , they leak on the high tension of the distributor and you risk ending up with a burnt out esprit. Clutch : The clutch slave cilinder or master cilinder will need attention or renewing. If it is not in proper condition (and after 30 years it will not) than you risk grinding the teeth in your citroen 5 speed transmission and again this leads to a very expensive ( unnecessary) gearboxrestoration. ( ask me how I know....). Knowing that a new slave cilinder costs next to nothing, this would be a bit silly to risk. And so on......
    4 points
  43. Thank you, here's a couple after a quick wash and polish after driving her home.
    4 points
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