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  1. I think the point that was trying to be made by @bosshog was in answer to your claim disputing Lotus' honesty in their scales. This may be of interest to you...
  2. I wouldn't rise to it Tom, it seems to be an opinion based on no substance or experience of Lotus. I remember a few years ago JMG proclaiming it was ridiculous the Elise had anything but a sports suspension option. He demanded that the standard suspension be obsoleted. A while later he was "accidentally" lent an Elise with standard suspension. Let's just say, there's a reason it's still on the Elise and actually the favoured choice, mirroring (and some) what you state the percentage take up for touring on the Emira is.
  3. That's because that Red Emira wasn't Magma Red 😉
  4. Based on this comment I'm assuming you believe Nimbus grey is similar to Audi Nardo grey? When it's actually a metallic colour akin to Lotus Storm Titanium.
  5. I actually think the GT4 gearing is slightly longer in the first 2 gears at least. When I did the EVO "group test" the journalist/tester was complementary of my gearbox/clutch stating how the Cayman's was long geared and clutch heavy, and I've got the standard box. Gratuitous shot 😀 There will always be place for the Evora, a shame that it was never really recognised by many people as a contender even though the reviews have always been great. It's certainly a well respected car within the petrol head community, just a lot of people are more willing to put their money in an Elise or Exige, if they go for a Lotus.
  6. Evora was launched with natural finished calipers, black ones being part of the sport pack. (Launch Edition had sport pack so only came with black calipers) Evora S had sport pack as standard so had a black calipers as standard, no other option. Red calipers were introduced for MY12 in summer of 2011, and natural finished calipers were dropped.
  7. Amazing write up @Daveb99,extremely impressed how much you've done in that space of time. That's a super early car with the decal on the engine cover and the gloss black headlamps. Love the upgrades you've made. Well done.
  8. Interesting take on the styling. Not your usual car video.
  9. Absolutely, nobody has even driven it and all I keep reading on social media is talk about turning up the wick 🙄 The number of people who can't even keep up with a 101bhp Smart Roadster (including @Bravo73 and @bosshog 😜) says to me, power isn't the issue.
  10. Regarding prices, I'll be interested to see whether the interest in the Emira sparks a general interest in Lotus and those new to the brand (looking for the cheaper alternative). Which in turn brings people unaware of the Evora to take a look. As we know a lot of people who end up test driving them, buy. It may finally get the recognition it always deserved, and subsequently prices may hold even stronger. As for the Emira being a reworked Evora, if you put both their rolling chassis next to one another you'd be hard pushed to tell the difference, but as I said I'm another thread it's a case of everything being cranked up to 11. Lots of small improvements make a large difference. The Evora was a perfect starting point. The amount of times I've looked at beautiful cars and thought I'd love to put that body on an Evora rolling chassis, I know it would then be dynamically better...
  11. Plus it's a push flap to open, so no internal button and no separate fuel cap either. Super simple. 🥳
  12. Out of interest where do you get that weight figure from? I'm pretty sure that there's not a great deal of difference, circa 15kg. Like for like.
  13. I was going to say, that's a bold statement to say zero. There's a number of shared components with the Evora. However, it's taken all the best bits of the Evora and cranked them up to 11. These bits tend to be under the skin as the Evora was strong in that area but always seem to be lacking at the touch points and with challenging styling etc. It's those elements though that the Emira has gone so far in improving. Things like moulded carpets compared to glued and velcro precut carpet. Obviously adding weight but also a feel that adds to security of a quality product. Also subtle things from the switchgear and bespoke vents (with emira written on them) and infotainment screens that are a massive step up. It's an extremely impressive and class leading car.
  14. @BlueLotusEvoraGT out of interest, who fitted the battery? That doesn't look like a factory set up to me. Did the dealer add it?
  15. You can't beat a bit of Furkapass action. That and the adjoining Grimsel and Susten passes are well worth the trip to the Alps on their own. 🥰 @AK70extremely jealous of you having that on your doorstep. Fingers crossed for going back next year. It's been too long 😭
  16. @C8RKH I'm not sure you'd appreciate 8 cars and 16 idiots turning up on your doorstep 😃 Agree on the Applecross pass, you have to catch it at the right time. Been there the last couple of years and will probably give it a miss this year. We did the route to Tongue etc a couple of years ago and it was good but we felt I large proportion of it wasn't as technical/twisty as we'd like. I find the scenery, driving etc better further west.
  17. I've done a Scotland trip a number of times now and coincidentally I am going in a couple of weeks again. Here are a number of my routes over 5/6 days that may be of some help to you.. Day 1 - Day 2 - Day 3 - Day 4 - Day 5 - I'm a massive fan of the Trossachs/Duke's Pass but for me it tends to be a detour from my route to get there and if it's busy it can be frustrating. However, on a traffic free, dry day, it's amazing to drive. My favourite road for pure hooning is the ScotburgRing to Kinlochleven. As C8RKH said there's amazing roads through Yorkshire, Kielder and Northumberland. I'd avoid Lake District if you want to press on as it can be busy. There are beautiful beaches spread all over Scotland so plenty of choices, one of the nicest spots we stopped for lunch is down a little track in Samalaman bay.
  18. They are not the same wheels. The 410 Lightweight wheels have Evora Sport written on them, have contoured spokes and the rears are actually narrower than the GT wheels pictured. So are still restricted to 2+0 (or an N/A 2+2 😃) Also, the carbon in those holes is part of the bumper not a sleeve. On the GT430 more of the carbon bumper is exposed than the GT410.
  19. If you're pushing to slot the next gear above 6500rpm then the gearbox will baulk. You'd be better off putting in a lighter flywheel to let the revs drop quicker than mess with the clutch damper as it's not the issue. Especially as not one person has done this or made that adjustment. No point in wasting your time. Alignment of cables, fresh oil and not being ham fisted is the key.😃
  20. No need to apologise, it is a general assumption it seems across the board, I could have picked out many posts that mention it. Just wondered where it stemmed from. To be honest I've read so many inaccuracies over the years regarding the Evora. Highlights include the original Evora wheels being off a SAAB, the interior door handles being off a Civic. I can't believe people just don't look at the size differences and work out they're obviously not. I even saw Absolute Lotus magazine putting it in print as fact.😄
  21. Out of interest where did the notion that the N/A tyres are cheaper? I read this often and it baffles me. The optional 19"/20" wheels were launched at the same time as the S and were an option on both variants. The take up was also pretty much the same for both variants from that point onwards, approx. 90-95% The only true statement that can be made is that Evora's prior to 2011 would have cheaper tyres.
  22. If you want real detail and history about the Evora, then you won't get any more accurate than this...
  23. To be honest, it was a relatively straightforward job, I was taking my time and cleaning everything while in there (plus drinking). The removal of all the rusty remnants was the annoying bit. Once everything is clean, it's an easy job just putting it all back. I borrowed a rivet gun, all the other tools I had already. You need to keep an eye on the spacers used on the A Panels to make sure they go back with out having to fiddle around with gaps etc.
  24. That's good to hear Justin and means there's a decent alternative upgrade/option. Would love to check it out one day, a back to back comparison to my original would be interesting.
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