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  1. 8 points
    Oil arrived today - I finished work mid afternoon. Came home had grub, a game of scrabble with the kids and then commenced in the garage. Coolant filled. Plugs pulled, crank sensor disconnected. Oil filled. Oil primed and checked - took two goes to get it going. 20l of fuel dropped in - plugs in - crank sensor back on - and she fired into life. Oil pressure sat in a good place. Plenty of smoke burning off here and there - run for five minutes and then off. Battery now on charge and I’ve retired to drink some beer and feel happy.
  2. 8 points
    According to a friend - Gyles Brandreth @GylesB1 on twitter said I steer clear of all controversy (it's not good for the digestion) but I do love an anagram & via the Chief Crossword Compiler for The Times I hear that a Telegraph compiler has turned: STAY ALERT; CONTROL THE VIRUS; SAVE LIVES ... into: EASILY SURVIVES TRAVEL NORTH TO CASTLE ...
  3. 8 points
    Got out with a group of awesome guys for a long drive this weekend.
  4. 8 points
    Snap! I too, partly inspired by Harry' Garage video, but mainly for testing purposes, took the S1 for a 50 mile round trip yesterday evening.
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  7. 7 points
    Hoisted the engine up, flywheel and clutch bolted on. The usual problems with lining up, but I finally got the gearbox mated to the engine, and lowered into position. The wife directed the pre and post-install garage clean up, supervised the engine lifting arrangements, and handed me the correct tools when required. By way of a thank you, I’ve put a bottle of cheap Asda Prosecco in the fridge. I know how to treat a girl.
  8. 7 points
    Last Sunday evening I flew to Frankfurt. I stayed in an airport hotel for the night and early next morning I took a train to Hockenheim. Daniel and his Komotec team were at the track for the day with a bunch of customer cars, including a very racy Exige Cup R and Evora GT4. More importantly from my perspective, they also brought my car with them for the long overdue hand-over. I had toyed with the idea of having the car delivered back to me in England, but Daniel insisted that we did a hand-over in person. I made it to the track without any problems and found my car waiting for me in the pit lane. First impressions were that the installation looked superb. The engine bay was tidy, all the parts super high quality, the new supercharger unit filled the space nicely and looked like it meant serious business! The whole thing was at least OEM standard, if not better. Daniel told me to go take it for a drive and then we could discuss any questions. So I made my way down the pit lane, turned right away from the track, through the paddock and found a large empty piece of tarmac out the back of the circuit where a couple of cars were occasionally heading for some basic warm-up runs. I did a few runs back and forth, both at full throttle and at crawling speed, and a couple of doughnuts of course. Full throttle felt very strong but hard to get a full impression given space was limited so could only just about get into third gear. At low speed, there was still quite a bit of the jerky/rough idle that I had before, which was disappointing. So I went back to the garage to pick up Daniel, he plugged his laptop into the ECU and then we drove back out to the space of tarmac. I showed him the problem and he tweaked the ECU mapping. It certainly improved things, but it was clear that it was never going to be perfect. This remains the biggest drawback. The car is not happy at very low throttle openings, as you would be in crawling traffic for instance. It splutters and turns jerky and occasionally stalls. It is manageable, but annoying. I spent a good few hours at the track watching all the cars and chatting to loads of owners of both Lotus and others, which was great fun. Porsche GT3 RSs were by far the most popular weapon of choice, and looked and sounded fantastic on track, but there was a great mix of other machinery too, all of it pretty serious! Then it was time to hit the road for the drive up through Germany to Hook of Holland, where I was catching a ferry back to the UK over night. The drive went smoothly and as soon as the car was out on the open road it was clear that the kit ran superbly. It felt so linear and strong - very much OEM plus in nature. The sound was also terrific. Less supercharger whine than before, but still just the right amount on top of a deeper almost V8 rumble at times. As the revs rise though it really howls, even with the 2bular quiet track silencer I have fitted. The car absolutely rips through the gears now and still pulls like a train in 6th. Even the "Road" map with "only" 400hp feels such a leap forward because of the extra torque. The "Sport" map adds nearly 100hp further, although to be totally honest I couldn't feel as much of a difference between the two maps as I was expecting. That might be because it was hard to really push the limits on public roads with this much power, especially on my first drive, so I need more time to explore the difference between the maps properly. I was absolutely loving life until I was 50km away from the ferry, when I heard and felt a light bang and then a load of rattling from behind me. Initial thought was that something had fall off or got caught under the car. I immediately slowed right down, coasting in neutral until I found a spot to pull over. Fortunately there was a gap in the armco and I managed to back into a safe area. I popped open the rear deck fearing the worst, but fortunately there was no obvious catastrophe - no fire, no oil, no pieces everywhere. On closer inspection however, it was clear that the outer edge of the supercharger belt had frayed and a strip had ripped off and was lying at the bottom of the engine bay. I called Daniel, who was concerned and very helpful. He said that the car would still run as long as at least part of the belt was on but he couldn't guarantee how long it would last. I decided to continue to the ferry as I was starting to run out of time and make a decision when I got there. I limped the rest of the way, sticking to 55mph and avoiding putting any load through the belt as much as possible. It seemed to work, I made it to the ferry and called Daniel again. He said that he would come collect the car, take it back to Mendig and fix it first thing in the morning. He also said he would book me a local hotel for the night. I agreed to do that, rather than leaving the car there and getting the ferry home alone (I was on a tight schedule due to work but decided to juggle it as I had my laptop with me). So I re-booked the ferry for the following night, turned around and headed back the way I had come, still sticking to 55mph and trying to be as gentle as possible. I met Daniel at Eindhoven airport. By this stage it was gone midnight. We loaded the car onto his truck and drove the rest of the way to Mendig together, arriving around 2.30am. We parked up the truck and the Daniel dropped me at my hotel for the night before he headed home himself. The next day, I just left Komotec to fix the car, while I stayed in the hotel working. I got a message around 2pm that the car was ready so I packed up my stuff and walked round. Daniel immediately told me that they had made a small mistake in the fitting and the pulleys were fractionally out of alignment. This had caused the belt to rub and ultimately break. He was highly apologetic and said he had given my car a full geo reset as a token gesture. While it had certainly been a hassle for me and caused a bit of stress having to juggle work, I could not have been happier with how Komotec handled the problem. Daniel went way above and beyond to help get things sorted as efficiently as possible, which says a lot about the man. The set up they have in Mendig really is very impressive indeed and I am sure I will be back before too long! Problems happen, it's how you deal with them that matters, and I can't speak more highly of the service I received. So then it was back on the road again, and this time made it all the way to the ferry and then home without any incidents at all. I even managed to get in a couple more doughnuts for a bunch of kids with camera phones out at a drive-though McDonalds coffee stop where there was a big piece of waste tarmac round the back. The car felt amazing and absolutely ridiculously fast. You can blast past virtually any traffic (even fast moving German executive wagons) in a heartbeat with just a flick of the throttle. I am looking forward to testing it out further over the coming weekend (and in particular exploring the differences between the two maps more fully) and hopefully on a track day soon. Sadly the Evo Magazine day at Goodwood that my wife got me for my birthday on Wednesday has been postponed, but I am sure I'll find something else before long. Finally, in case helpful or of interest to anyone, below is a list of the current specs of my car: Charge cooled Harrop TVS1900 supercharger kit Komotec front mounted radiator and other hardware Larger 76mm throttle body Komotec EX500 larger carbon air intake 550cc fuel injectors 60l fuel tank Moroso Baffled Sump ECU Master EMU Black ecu Bespoke dual mapping by Komotec ECUMaster ADU7 dash Lotus OEM Traction Control Adjustment Dial 2bular EPK headers/down pipe/sports cat Zircotec Performance White coating for headers/down pipe 2bular track back-box/silencer with carbon tips Evora 400 clutch & flywheel Quaife LSD Komotec Gearbox Oil Cooler Ohlins TTX 2 way adjustable (800lb/1050lb road and 950lb/1250lb race springs) Seriously Lotus Forged rims Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres 215/45/17 (front) 285/35/18 (rear) Performance Friction 08 brake pads Alias 23 side sills, full length front splitter and carbon wing mirrors with alloy stems Lotus 430 Cup rear diffuser DJ Racecars carbon rear wing with painted end plates Schroth harnesses
  9. 7 points
    Me too - like buses these white S1s
  10. 6 points
    You should be ashamed of yourself.
  11. 6 points
    A few photos of your old car Pat, 3 years on. It is a fabulous car! Rob
  12. 6 points
    This weekend down here in Devon. Farmer gets some quality trespassing revenge
  13. 6 points
    The cam timing is as good as I can get it after several restless nights waking up at some ungodly hour wondering whether I’ve got it right. I ended up going through the whole process maybe 6 times to be absolutely sure I got as as close as I could. If anyone is considering changing to Vernier sprockets and adjusting the cam timing, I recommend you do yourself a favour and have a good read of Dave Lisle’s posts on the subject, because it’s not a particularly easy job to do. I would eventually have got there (probably in about another week or so!) however his assistance was invaluable in me staying sane. The cam timing is now locked off at 104/104.. I’ve marked up the sprockets to make it easier when the next cam belt change comes up. This means I can start the easier bit of bolting on what I took off, and watching the pile of bits in the garage get smaller. I used the Clavis meter to check the belt tension, a very nice piece of kit that is, and deadly accurate, too. I’ll recheck the tension again before the engine is replaced in the car.
  14. 5 points
    Oil Pressure Test I rebuilt the pump to as new standard and checked the pressure relief valve. I connected my Makita drill to the aux pulley on low speed setting. I packed the pump with graphogen and didn’t do anything else except - put the turbo feed pipe into a measuring jug, block off the Oil pressure gauge hole, fill the oil filter with oil and screw it directly to the housing. I filled the engine with oil to its normal level. Then I started the stopwatch at the same time as running the drill. After 14 secs oil was pouring out of the Turbo feed pipe. In another 16 seconds it pumped 600 ml of oil into the measuring jug! If I did this again and the pump didn’t perform like this I would rebuild the pump and run the test again. If it still didn't work I would expect an air leak at the pick up pipe. Happy days! I wish I had this info before and maybe I could have avoided a rebuild! Still, on the bright side I now have a far superior engine!
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    Seems the Esprit S1 owners always think their cars are the most valuable, must be something to do with all the wannabee James Bond types that buy them. The "JPS" boys seem to think theirs are the most valuable....lots of wannabee World Champion owners. The Essex Turbo boys are sure theirs are the most valuable...lots of Essex boy wannabees driving those around. Doesn't seem to matter what Esprit we drive, we all think our car is the most valuable. At the end of the day it comes down to the market and what actual cars are selling for. My "JPS" is the most valuable as it will never be for sale and therefore you can't put a price on it!
  17. 5 points
    Vacancy filled.......picked this up on Tuesday! It looks like a micro-machine toy next to the Mercedes but so far, very pleased with it ! ! ! Meanwhile hope you are all keeping well
  18. 5 points
    400 front was something I was not keen on either. However, now owning one, it really has grown on me. The 410Sport is a great front end though, I agree. But I don't like the GT410 back end - looks like a big ole sad face!
  19. 5 points
    I think that there is now one big reason why he shouldn’t go. Irrespective of his transgression and partly weak explanation that one reason is that no professional body, in this case the Govt, should allow the media to dictate the fate of someone that they want to get their teeth into. It has clearly turned into a witch-hunt and the one thing I would have loved Cummings to have done yesterday was to ask the journalists useless reporters one by one if they had bothered to read the published 50 page document, and when they say “no” then ask them how they can have an opinion when they haven’t taken to effort to do the research. Time has come to hit the media back hard, they get away with far too much Not one of them have bothered to explain whether they had asked to members of the public who dobbed him in why they were at Barnard Castle on the day & how far they had driven hence the overly biased reporting yet again.
  20. 4 points
    Looks like things are getting back to 'normal'...
  21. 4 points
    Started fibreglassing in the frunk this morning. Due to the number and nature of the cracks/holes I'm going to have to do the repairs in two stages over the next few days. I've rebonded the first portion of the bonnet support structure (not sure what its officially called) to the frunk floor. The clamping looks a bit heath robinson, but its about the only way I could hold everything in place with what I had at my diposal. Hopefully the repair will hold; I'll find out in another couple of hours! I used some of the West System epoxy I bought for the repair mixed with some of their fillers to use it as an adhesive. I then cut back the area around one of the cracks in the floor to removed the badly crushed bits of damaged fibreglass. I blocked the hole off from below with a bit of plastic sheet and then applied three/four layers of fibreglass. No idea if this is the orthodox way of repairing such a crack, but the repairs I've done thus far appear to be working so no reason to change my approach yet.
  22. 4 points
    Just preparing the back garden to welcome a few guests come Monday
  23. 4 points
    Okay, that's enough about bikes for now... A while ago, I started planning for my respray. Part of the plan was to do 430 Cup louvres, which I sourced from @Seriouslylotus (he sells them on his site). They arrived and would work perfectly, but I had an idea and got talking to a mate who does carbon work. So I sent them to him... He made a mould... Then with proper prepreg carbon (not crappy skinned!) he made these This is how it looked straight out of the mould without any work, quite impressive. I decided I wanted the weave to be straight from front to back instead of 45 degree angle, so a second set were made which were pulled out of the mould today! Very happy with how they look, only slight issue now is that to fit them I need to respray the car... Which I don't really want to do anymore. Hmm. (before anyone asks, no, I don't want to sell them)
  24. 4 points
    Couldn’t disagree more. All of my loti have been a serious investment in my happiness
  25. 4 points
    The Evora has barely gone beyond 50% depreciation in 10+ years, I'd say that's fairly safe money. I'd expect to put mine up for sale for what I paid for it 2.5 years ago and even if I lost a couple of K, that's ridiculously cheap thrills.
  26. 4 points
    More part arrivals. Chassis is booked in for blasting/cleaning prior to re-galvanising. Will be interesting to see how it looks when I collect it. More parts post-plating to be collected tomorrow.
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  30. 4 points
    Some of the media today were appalling, they heard good news on PPE their recent obsession..not interested, they hear good news on a drug treatment that could aid recovery...not interested. Having not being able to lay a glove on DC during Brexit they are now fixated, but they the press are losing their grip completely. Absolutely pathetic a new low for our press
  31. 4 points
    Uplighters and downlighters... Only downlighters... Cool
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    As someone who works in professional video production his techniques are annoyingly crude, but mixed with his enthusiasm, knowledgeable and unpresuming demeanor his films are standouts in a media world which has become more flash and trash. The first video of his I watched was his Muira test drive, then one of his Testarossa videos. Seeing him wax lyrical about his Turbo HC is one of the best adverts for this classic there is. His subsequent forays in it just cement it further as a car to own and enjoy. His passion for it comes across with genuine pleasure, not the mock awe we see from many other presenters. As someone with a background in documentary production, where things are often presented 'as is' (its literal Latin translation), the Harry's Garage videos evoke an earlier period of factual entertainment, unencumbered with a need for the gloss of showbiz. In perhaps a way that James Burke did when describing quite complex and foreign concepts to a wider, less-informed audience. In a way, less is more. Perhaps in media terms Harry's Garage evokes the Lotus philosophy of 'added lightness'? That is informative without the froth.
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    Have you checked the compression ratio?
  36. 4 points
    Frankly I couldn’t give a toss what he’s done or not done. ive tried to follow the guidance as best I could - so have most other folks. the bbc and left wing stinking media are whipping up a shitstorm over this and will be responsible for the relaxation of many whom are too stupid to realise the consequences of their own actions.
  37. 4 points
    TBH this media hysteria is beyond ridiculous now. Fake outrage feeding frenzy....
  38. 4 points
    Wasn't thinking of going for a drive until my eyesight took a turn for the worse. Might need to go for an hour test drive to a local beauty spot just to check its ok.
  39. 4 points
    Just peachy. Tell that to this property owner who has now lost thousands and now needs to pay thousands to keep what is left Private property is just that, private. It was somebody's home FFS, even if for whatever reason they could not be there now, and still had a lot of private belongings in there. No justification for anyone, even middle class twits, to be there. How would you feel for instance if say it was your parents house that had been "explored" after they had to go into care? Would you be so understanding and invite the explorer around for tea to discuss his adventure and what he found? Would you understand it was not his fault that after his exploration was publicised the house was trashed and ripped apart as vandals and thieves were alerted to the opportunity? A bit if a lame defence to be honest.
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    Busy with other stuff, but added some further supports for the radiator stack. The main coolant rad is mounted with anti-vibration rubber buffers 2x each side. The are additional rubber supports between it and the chargecooler rad to fix the width between them. The chargecooler rad is on anti-vibration bobbins and there is a further rubber bobbin at the top fixing the width between the rads.
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  43. 4 points
    hello all,,newbie here......finally took delivery of my 410 after nearly 6 month wait...i love this machine! The colour is liquid yellow pearl I did a few exterior mods myself to give it that cup 430 look with the stripes, the matt black between roof and tailgate and the black shark fins beneath intakes. hello all,,newbie here......finally took delivery of my 410 after nearly 6 month wait...i love this machine!
  44. 4 points
    The owner needs to pursue the "urban explorer" and people who published the article for trespass, breaking in and violation of privacy. Terms like Urban Explorer are made up by fuckwit middle class dweebs to justify their snooping and acts of invasion. Better still, publish the address of the Urban Explorer and let's all go around to his house, trespass all over it and take pictures of his belongings then post it all on the web. Brainless Fcukwits. The lot of them.
  45. 3 points
    So I took the exhaust off and the cats are intact. Next I removed the spark plugs on the right bank. Number 2 was all wet the others were good. I then reinstalled them to run the engine and check for a spark on number 2. All sparking well. Removing the lead for number 2 made no difference to the running so number 2 is the problem cylinder. I swapped 2&3 spark plugs and the symptom moved to 3. I had some old plugs so I put one of those in and it runs perfectly. Went for a spin and no misfires at all. Faulty Spark plug. Result . New plugs ordered. I guess the flooding of the engine and ultra rich running with the injector o-ring leaking must have finished off the plug. I’m amazed it was just that I was fearing something more sinister.
  46. 3 points
    @Dan E Esprits are where it's at Super car Shiny too Easy to buy Xray
  47. 3 points
    With wedge shaped magnificence on the cover Haven't got my copy yet, but looking forward to reading our new best mate Harry Metcalfe's tale. My new desktop picture below -
  48. 3 points
    You want one of these... a 460 Sport....
  49. 3 points
    Updated pics. So far this car has been running perfectly since it was finished. Always starts easily and the engine doesn’t miss a beat!
  50. 3 points

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