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  1. So after the November lockdown I took a call from Fabrizio Giugiaro the son of Giorgetto and he visited my place to look at the Esprits I had on offer. The car him and his dad was going to buy was heading for there museum in Turin Italy. He chose my fully restored white S1 Great choice !
    27 points
  2. Purchase a new GT 410 sport. Collection day next Saturday, sorry to see the Evora NA go it’s been a fantastic car, but time to move on. Can not wait so excited.
    22 points
  3. Now all finished and fully commissioned ready for John to collect tomorrow. FROM THIS TO THIS THEN THIS Well it was quite an involved repair, it took a bit longer to do with other area's being addressed at the same time . A short test drive and MOT , then off to Northampton Motor Sport to be set up with full GEO and corner balancing .. Then full test drive to confirm everything works as it should something to reflect on ... The new composite roof D
    20 points
  4. TLF was born! Over a third of my life ago now, I'd just turned 30 when I pressed the big green 'go' button! Wow! Did anyone bring cake?
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  5. The Hunts is over. Healthcheck complete and only the usual advisories came up to was happy to proceed. (Slight front ARB play and boot struts weak) Just need to sort out picking it up or getting it collected. Still haven’t seen it in the flesh but current and previous owners seem excellent. 🧐 Previous owner was on here before and gave me some great history and ownership details so a big thanks to him. looking forward to wrapping it up in the garage and polishing it on weekends till the summer (don’t judge me 😂)
    19 points
  6. ***** In 1993 when I was 50 years old I bought my 1st sports car, a 1990 Lotus Esprit Turbo SE with 15.000 mls on the odo...... I immediately did fell in love with this Lotus and the love remained all those 28 years..... Today, (I hope to become 78 years old in June), I bought and picked up the last new available Evora in the Netherlands and left my Esprit in good hands with the Lotus importer. It was rather difficult to say goodbye and I felt a little sad to leave her. Keeping was no option as I have in my garage room for only one car (and a 1975 Honda Goldwing GL1000 K1 motorbike) while I own 2 more cars (daily drivers)......... When saying goodbye and handing her over I kissed her farewell on the roof and thanked her for all the nice years together. My new Lotus is a Evora GT 410 Sport with IPS .................
    18 points
  7. Part 16 Home stretch .. Well all good things come to an end and it was time to draw a line under this one , The chassis was shot blasted and re- galvanized to give it fresh new look along with decades of future rust protection. Before After Needless to say , other than dimensional check and reaming out the mount points, plus tapping a few threads , that was as far as I went with the chassis on this restoration ... At this point is was passed back to @RichardJGC for him to do the assembly work .. On return, I dropped in the engine and Box which I had rebuilt while customer was fitting up the chassis .. The more observant among you will notice the few belt/tensioner upgrades along with the verniers... I thought these were good additions that the customer requested to refine the older unit.. Finally the parts I had to do were all pieced together and the Esprit shipped back to the customer @RichardJGC for him to complete the project... This was a hard long job, but a pleasure to do, ( with the exception of scaping the bottom ) . Its only when I look back in the pictures and at this thread do I appreciate how fortunate i am to be allowed to do this sort of work for customers .. It really is an honor to be allowed to work on a customers pride and joy and be trusted to do the work required .. Thank you. To close this thread here are a few of the pics showing the point it was passed back to @RichardJGC who will now finish the project..
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  8. Just thought I’d pop in with a quick update now my evora has finally been delivered! It was the GT410sport in military grey previously mentioned on here. I sold my exige cup to buy it as I wanted something I could hopefully get my 6 and 9 year old in the back of and hope to use it more. anyways, they fit in it a treat and love it. What a car! It’s exactly what I was looking for in a car, absolutely awesome. I don’t imagine I will ever get tired of that noise either!! IMG_4893.MP4 IMG_4896.MOV
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  9. Hi Everyone Well, been thinking for a couple of months now about selling my lovely Esprit SE and Elan M100 SE and getting an Evora. After trawling through Evora ads for a couple of months i saw an Evora which made me say, in the immortal words of Will Smith, "i gotta get me one of these!". So after putting my cars out there to a couple of Specialist Lotus traders i agreed a price and sold my Esprit and Elan and to my joy that same Evora was still for sale. I put a call into the dealer, studied the pics carefully, got a video walk around from the dealer and decided that its the one for me and put a deposit down! It is what i hoped to get at the top of my budget, an (MY12) Evora S IPS with all the dogs dangelly extras in black with red pinstripe styling (as per the special edition WHO Evora that was auctioned off for the teenage cancer trust). An IPS suits me because i do a lot of driving and have discovered that in my middle age years changing gear is such a tough task 🙂 and if i want to wind the clock back to my boy racer years i can put her in sport mode and play with me flappy paddles 😀 I should hopefully pick it up on Saturday which will make my day so to speak! Peter
    17 points
  10. Little did I think that by introducing Ollie to Colin Chapman for a job interview in October 1970 that our paths, families, careers and lives would be so intertwined and so full of challenge, achievement, fun and heartache. Always a totally dedicated and committed 'larger than life' Lotus character, he never stopped championing Colin Chapman and his 'efficiency in all things' DNA, together with promoting Lotus cars and its innovative engineering achievements. RIP my very good and true friend of 50 years from our first working together on a small Jaguar project after finishing our apprenticeships. Mike
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  11. Some impressiones from the Nürburgring 26-27.07.20 (driver corse XL Nordschleife) in the third photo you can see the vehicles of my training group there were a total of 20 groups.
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  12. After having the n/a Sports racer for two years I thought about toying with the idea of moving to a 400, I wanted a manual, quite a few colours that I didn’t want 🙄, and after viewing a car with red leather I decided it wasn’t for me. I realised that I could well be in for a long wait but better than something I wouldn’t be totally happy with. As luck would have it a lovely Blue 400 with just 6k miles came up at Hofmanns, an unaccompanied test drive (due to COVID) confirmed it was for me 😎, the sound of that exhaust is incredible 🤪🤪 Brought it back to the Lake District last week, just cruising on the Motorway back home I’m ashamed to say the average mpg display showed 34.9 mpg 🤫, not sure how accurate that is but I’d be pretty certain that’ll never be repeated again !!! Loving it of course, oh did I mention the exhaust sound 😃
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  13. Popped to whitstable for a walk, fish and chips and came back to my car to find another Evora parked in front of mine😎
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  14. Hi all, I've been neglecting TLF for too long but I've been back to work on the Esprit and from now on, it's Lotus all the way until I get my first drive
    16 points
  15. Guilty- weirdly I went to B&C to order an exige 430 cup but thought while I was there I would try an Evora as had never driven one - so jamie lent me a 410 for an an hour and loved it!- changed my mind and a deal was done on the epic looking GT430!
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  17. Here's the problem with Lotus Cars in general, it's a unique and quirky Brand, one Americans might hear whispers of at a local track day, one that conjures mystery, and also a great deal of jeering. As a Driving Enthusiast (You'll notice I didn't say Journalist), it's much akin to chasing the Holy Grail. Lotus Cars, are held up by the experts as either the standard in driving experience, or disaster in ownership, with very little in between offering something substantial as a baseline. There's something special that occurs when someone is charging a corner, or setting up their entry, a state of perfect focus occurs when you hit a perfect rev match, the perfect creation of connection between the Driver, the Machine, and the Apex. As a long time track rat, from the local Motorcycle community, it's something that we spend our lives trying to recreate, that moment where you've hit a groove, and found a feeling of transcendence when all the world becomes clear. The Evora is a strange creature at a glance, with no picture framed properly, no video showing the detail in her lines (Yes I used the pronoun 'her' sue me); how she changed her appearance like a model from every angle, that's never truly covered. Perhaps, Lotus designed the Evora that way, to keep it's almost mystical reputation a mystery. As if the Siren's call of driving performance would send the daft like myself on a search for this holy relic of legendary capability. The Evora GT in particular is packed with creature comforts, and stepping in, there's a true feel of Bespoke creation, it's immaculate, but quirky, in some ways, a tad gaudy. As if the Manufacturer themselves were more of a coach builder, creating art, over form. That feeling is hard to shake, even when you're handed the key, as you examine it's odd shape. It's hard to shake until you start it, until you engage the perfectly place clutch. All it takes is one moment, one well placed corner, one section of esses, and watch the nay sayers become converts. That's the real issue with Lotus, isn't it. It exists in a place between the mundane, and extreme. It exists in a place where the Driving experience matters, but highlighting that, that's a difficult prospect. What occurs, is a creation of raw emotion, and how does one put that to paper, how does one convey that in words, how to one in natural discussion tell a tale of how in the moment, Lotus created something that made them a hero. In a world of one thousand Horsephower Superbeasts, Lotus created something divine. All drivers know, all experienced track rats know, Horsepower does not equate fast, the ability to use it, is what creates fast. That's what the Evora Does, it's a platform that allows the Driver to directly connect with some arcane Deity and pay homage to the experience. What does that all mean? Why am I even writing this? Because I think someone should know, that Driving a Lotus will ruin you, nothing else will ever compare, no horror story of squeaking, or peeling interior will ever dissuade you. If you spend any real driving time in any Lotus I believe you'll drink the Koolaid, you'll wander into the world of financial machinations and personal economic dancing chasing that experience. You'll worship at the throne of “Add Lightness”, and you'll want more, you'll want to know the limits of this witchcraft. In the end, it's emotion that sells cars, and emotion this will bring. To you who are privileged enough to own a Lotus I commend you, but I'm not writing this for you. I'm writing it as a warning to the curious. A responsible label of concern. I believe Lotus will ruin you, and you'll spend every free moment hunting for the one. Which is another Rant entirely.
    16 points
  18. I ordered a new Lotus, having cancelled the Porsche. That makes me happy
    16 points
  19. Hi all. After waiting for nearly a month, I finally collected my Evora Sport 410 from Silverstone. Only had it a couple of days and now the weather has turned to [email protected] Can't wait until the sun comes back
    15 points
  20. Her name is "Electric Blue" and she is my first Lotus car. It was love at first sight, just had to take her home. She fits perfectly next to her italian and german buddy in the garage.
    15 points
  21. Towards the end of last year, I mentioned that my brother’s Maserati Ghibli SS had completed its latest renovation. Anyway, he finally drove it home from the workshop today and here are some photos. It was originally supplied via Bristol Street Motors, Birmingham and I think is 1 of 8 RHD manual SS coupes. It was ordered in this colour with power steering, Powrlok limited slip differential and air-conditioning. The engine is a dry sump all alloy quad cam 4.9 litre V8 developing 335 bhp. The interior is original and hasn’t been restored. I think he paid <£30k when he bought it about 20 years ago. It’s now worth rather more.
    15 points
  22. Some b&w snaps from a tour round the factory at an open day - my records think the was 1977. I used both b&w film and some colour neg - but the colours ones were not great indoors.
    15 points
  23. I had a new Evora Sport 410 on a 50/50 deal. It took some extreme man maths to make the case and I justified it as ‘you only live once‘! I had a great time in the car and loved every minute but had to sell it when the other 50% needed repaying. Given the whole COVID thing I am having another ‘you only live once’ bout of man maths and after considering getting a Porsche Boxster GTS or an Exige 350 I have gone for another Evora Sport 410. In fact it’s the same Evora as I owned before. So, 4 owners but my twice. Should be getting delivery on Friday from Lotus Silverstone. Can’t wait to get it back even though I won’t be able to enjoy it until the restrictions relax. It will be a track car and GT car and (as far as I am concerned) there isn’t a better car on the market. Who cares about posh switchgear and modern infotainment; It’s the drive that counts. Hope you all get chance to give your cars some exercise soon.
    15 points
  24. Greetings from the states everyone. Here is a few shots of my 523 in Red Rocks Park in Colorado. We have sun year round here, so even after a little snow the roads clear. Lots of twisty mountain roads to enjoy.
    15 points
  25. Coming up to 25 years old and still looking almost like new
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  26. Well, I ended up buying the Blue one, the general condition is very good, with a good service history, its recently (2019) had over 3k spent on various things, including a new AC compressor. I had a checklist I took with me. The only thing that isn't working is the passenger window drop and rise, as you open and close the door. The window mechanism works fine though. The gear change is lovely, rifle bolt like, no problems going in to 2nd! Considering the miles, and being white the interior is in great condition. A nice bonus is, that it does have the Janspeed Lotus sports exhaust, that sounds fantastic, and even managed to return 35mpg on the motorway.The one thing that has amazed me, is how well the car rides, bettwe than my other halfs Astra, not one rattle from the dashboard, or from the suspension, infact, the i8 had more rattles from the dash! Looking forward to many more miles, and will just have to sort out the window.. Here are some pics, clean when I left, and dirty when I got home..
    15 points
  27. Hi Chris, Here are some more pictures of my Elite, as requested. The photos were taken for a recent feature in Absolute Lotus magazine after my car had undergone a two year restoration at Lotusbits.
    15 points
  28. The circle of life. Fabrizio Giugiaro has bought the white S1 at Stocks, but when he came to check it over he didn't like the way the carbs were performing, so I went in to sort them out. So, I work on a lovely example of my childhood dream car and it ends up in the museum in Turin. It's nothing really, I know, but I'm pretty made up about it actually. 😁
    15 points
  29. I wasn’t allowed to say anything until today, but it's now okay for me to share that I have volunteered for the Covid-19 vaccine trials that a local Hospital are running in partnership with Pfizer. It's important that we all do our part to beat this virus. The vaccine is the one that has been developed in Russia. I received my first dose this morning 06:20 am, and I wanted to let you all know that it’s completely safe, with иo side effects whatsoeveя, and that I feelshκι я чувю себя немного стрно и я думю, что вытл осные уши. чувству себя немго страо.
    15 points
  30. This pic here may give you a better perspective on getting all the corners in the correct plane .. Although its only when you do an eye level view that you appreciate the full accuracy .. A good indication here is the strip light reflection as it goes from the h/lamp pod to the bonnet .. This shows they are in the same plane ..
    15 points
  31. Moving on . We now have the damaged section removed at the rear and the rest of the structure solid.. I have shimmed some wooden blocks into place where the new section will sit . This is so it will be in the same plane as the one removed.. Before we can proceed with the body work there is a small section on the chassis that came to light needing addressing.. This is very common and a real pain to do neatly when not fully re - working the whole chassis .. However i do have a very effective and strong way of dealing with it .. The cause is the turbo outlet pipe burning away the zinc coat in this area.. Its not unusual to see this all the way down the tube if the manifold had been a regular ''Glower'' In this case it was only where you can see in pic. After grinding out all the thin rusted section I also put a few plug weld holes either side .. After using an extension on my porting tool , I was able to clean out the inside as well. I then machine a section a 3mm walled Dom Mechanical tubing of same o/d to fit the I/D of the chassis tube nice and snug. Then drifted it into place .. After this it was just a case of welding the holes up and linishing . To finish off it is given 3 coats of Zinga paint spray, inside and out .. It will finally get painted black to match the rest of the previously painted chassis. Now back to the bodywork ..First the new rough cut repair section will need to be marked out and cut to match the section removed .. I can not stress enough measure 'twice' cut 'once' with this .. When done we can offer it up to see how close we have it .. I use Cleco and bridge plates to hold joints in place while i measure and check as assembled unit. Then re fit the tailgate to make sure everything is square and in correct position .. I love it when a plan comes together . As it turns out this repair section was quite a good match . They can be a bit hit and miss at times . When a poor match occurs the repairer may have to use a bit of poetic licence .. Next up take it all apart again and dress areas ready for permanent joining.. TBC
    15 points
  32. I’m a very happy bunny today!
    14 points
  33. Been giving #005 some mechanical TLC this week. Lovely mota.
    14 points
  34. Sorry, I've just come across this thread... Better late than never! I was one of the engineers at Lotus who worked on C875 CCL back in 1987. I designed a twin-display electronic dashboard system to replace the standard binnacle; the prototype was installed into C875 CCL and worked reasonably well. The whole process was documented on a video produced by the Design Council, called "Living By Design". This was part of a series of educational videos made for students of science & engineering. I left Lotus in 1988, no idea what happened to the car - nice to hear it still exists, even if it is stuck on the wall of City College! I have a few photos of the work we did, and an old copy of the video somewhere...
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  35. Thought I’d post what I came across last week. On purchasing a V8 engine the seller kindly added that he had some technical drawings that he received from Brian Angus at Lotus. the engine was supplied by Lotus as a test mule for a Lancia Kit car company that never materialised and there was potential of lotus selling the uprights too so I got quite a few A0 technical drawings with the purchase that I thought you all might be interested in . I’ll get more detailed pictures when I get chance to open them all up but what a piece of history. Also has some of the amendments on them and design changes and dates
    14 points
  36. Took delivery of the 360 on the weekend. This thing is ridiculous. Makes my old Esprit Turbo seem like a pussy cat. The acceleration is unnecessarily fast and the engine noise is too loud. The paddles are taking some getting used to, not my cup of tea, but supposed I'll get used to them. Would have preferred manual but they were £15k more. Still it makes the driveway look better.
    14 points
  37. Had a good look over Essex #006 yesterday. Very, very clean! Also interesting belt tensioner mods, superbly executed, but may return it to original to refit aircon .
    14 points
  38. Out for a blast on my local roads.
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  39. Size isn't everything... I'm told. Admission is free, as long as you quite like talking about my car.
    14 points
  40. I appreciate it's not to everyone's tastes but I've done a bit of titivation to the Evora during the lockdown period, carbon bits and wheels/tyres (410 Sport GP edition)... About 5.5kgs total weight saving over the standard Cast 18"/19" wheels and tyre combo, which is less than I was expecting but can't complain as there's a lot more rubber. Can't praise the PS4S tyres enough, really impressed so far. Hoping to get some miles under the belt later in the year. Have had to cancel 3 big road trips so far which is gutting but expected under the current circumstances.
    14 points
  41. At the tender age of 60 the last thing I should be wanting is for time to go fast but the July 6th can not come fast enough. Come on it’s getting a bit tiresome now all this DCT, Auto, targa top, 4pot, V6. It’s got to be better than Porsche Cockster, 2 seats 4 seats the list goes on and on. It’s all speculation and brings lots of negativity out of some people. Let’s keep the faith and hope Lotus knock it out of the park.
    13 points
  42. There's a huge amount of assumption which seems to turn into outrage on here based on very little knowledge. Just saying! 6th July isn't that far away, hang onto your hats!
    13 points
  43. Hi Guys - Sorry for the delay! New job has diverted attention and then had some issues trying to log into accounts etc with new laptop. Anyway seems like the cats out the bag! What can I say... well its been a journey getting into the position to be able to make the step into a 600LT and feel very very lucky. Initial impressions are best described by Sarah's feedback after she took the car out for a drive on her own, to quote "Its like the R35 GTR and the Lotus got together on a Friday night, had too much to drink and got carried away with each other and made this!" For sure the power is on another level and to be honest over the last day or so somewhat daunting its going to take time to build confidence. The build has soo many commonalities with Lotus! I hope to do a proper video comparison as I think it would be interesting and will keep you all updated. For sure it feels like KungFu Panda V2.0 and im already looking forward and preparing designs for a McLaren product line which can sit alongside the current Lotus catalogue on Alias23.com Thanks to all for your warm support and messages - I truly feel very lucky.
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  45. Turned out it was an 11 hour round trip. Really impressed so far .....especially above 4500 rpm 🤪🙏
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