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  1. @C8RKH - Can't believe I forgot about that TechWiki bearing in mind how much I've tweaked it myself over the years @Vanya - I wouldn't dismiss the IPS, I really like it as have others. The ratios are the pick of the bunch (not surprising as it's the original mating gearbox) and to be honest you'd struggle to change gear quicker manually - one thing the manual gearbox doesn't like is being hurried!.
  2. Funnily enough the amount of inaccuracies surrounding the Evora is astounding so no wonder you're flummoxed. I'd love to write a proper buyer's guide one day to correct all the wrongs. However, to try and help you the MY12 (from Summer 2011 build) didn't necessarily improve the quality (the same people and techniques were used) what it did do is improve the tactility of the interior (3mm foam scrim behind the leather) and gear shift (new cables) etc and a also a change in the design of the seats, steering wheel, Brightwork and door seals. If you're interested in actual statistics based on numbers of cars built and issues then MY10 is the best of the bunch. There's always a few things that get improved over time, (a couple of things weren't - original metal interior door handles are worth their weight in gold!) but fundamentally there haven't been major changes over the Evora's life span - they got it pretty spot on from day one. I personally think that the 1st owner and their persistence in rectifying any tiny issue during the warranty period is the key to making sure an Evora is a good one rather than it's Model Year. This is a good start...
  3. You have still much to learn my friend, the gear knob didn't change for MY12. You're thinking of the SR change to the Exige/Elise knob which subsequently went across the board for MY13/14? Looks like a enthusiast owned car, which I see as a good thing.
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    Evora Sport 410

    Like this James??..... Couple of kilos saved, Food for thought.
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    Evora Sport 410

    Funnily enough I had reservations about adding a carbon spoiler to mine due to the subtleness of the colour differentiation but have grown to like it and had quite a few compliments. However, I do think I need the Sport 410 carbon front access panel and/or alloy wheels to balance out the modification... I do love the duck tail style of the Sport 410 and much prefer it to the separated style of the Evora/400..
  6. As you quite rightly alluded to its the gear linkage you are after rather than the gearbox itself (as that hasn't essentially changed since its introduction in 2009). As others have stated its totally achievable but at the cost of time and expensive parts. To clarify things for most people - the original linkages/cables were suited to a standard road car and a well sorted set will be perfectly functional (mine being a perfect case in point). MY12 introduced a race derived version which meant consistency of the best shift was met (not necessarily bettered). The 400 then introduced (on top of the race derived cables) a more resolved way of mating the gear linkage with the lever, but still utilising the same centre console. As shown by the open centre console on the Sport 350... You may find that introducing this could give you a better feel. However, I'd test drive a manual 400 first (obviously hard currently bearing in mind where you're based!) to verify how big the difference is. Another alternative change could be a switch to the 400 clutch plate and flywheel which has been lightened but proven to be more resilient. For info - it wasn't introduced on the Sport 350 as in a less NVH'd car there is potential for more drive train noises. The Evora being better sound deaded means its less obvious.
  7. I'm totally with @Danelaw on this one. Condition would be my priority. You'd baulk at what I'd ask for mine Jonny.
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    Evora Sport 410

    The Sport 410 does use the standard 400 exhaust that's why it sounds no different. I believe the optional Titanium Silencer is the same design but obviously made from titanium with a "burnt effect" blue tip and would probably be a similar sound, just a lot lighter
  9. If I were you I wouldn't steer clear of looking at any Evora as based on most of your comments you are lacking a great deal of knowledge/understanding of the car. The more Evora's you go and see will give you the best insight into what is and isn't the best option for you. For example the red one from my point of view is only lacking one essential option - Sport Pack. However, some never use the button (you maybe the same). As for the kerbed rear wheels, I haven't seen an Evora that hasn't had them kerbed! It's just lazy of the Dealer to not prep it better. it's apparently a low mileage car (hell knows why the gear knob is so shiny) so surely would be a good one to test drive to feel gearchange, clutch weight, drive train noises and other potential issues? I don't know where you are based, so don't know how much of a ball ache it is to go look/test drive an Evora, but I'd highly recommend it.
  10. I thought it might be worth a punt for the price. Did you change yours yourself? as I know it's in an awkward place and airbox removal plus small hands might be the way forward. Also, did you manage to get the hot climate boot insulation you ordered Lee?
  11. From memory it's a Denso part - I've been meaning to replace mine since you mentioned it before Lee. My issue has never affected the rev limit so I've just lived with a fluctuating temperature.
  12. I call bullshit or laziness on Larini's behalf. The part numbers on their website are the same as those for the Evora n/a and S. The diameters of the mid section to downpipe are different so I can't see how they can be compatible.
  13. It should sweep, as it is the instrument pack calibrating itself. Are you just turning the key straight to position 3 without allowing it to sweep? As for access to the battery, you need to remove the boot seal then fold back the carpet to reveal the battery cover on the left hand side. Remove the panel, ta da.
  14. Looks good @C8RKH, a great stable mate for the Evora. It seems to have had a lot of love in the past with all those turbo additions, including the lights which wouldn't have been cheap.
  15. You recall correctly. Lotus haven't used "Probax" for years (circa 10?). They simply use their own version. However, people seem to refer to them as such on forums etc, incorrectly. A Probax foamed seat has the "Probax" label stitched in to the shoulder although for about a year after swapping to an in house foam the label was still incorrectly added, so identifying them is a fine art and couldn't be done from a photo.
  16. I believe the plaques were only introduced last month across the Lotus range. Coincidentally a similar time to @Andrew C adding his little plaque....
  17. Are you certain it is the actual part causing the problem? Have you checked the connection to the MAF sensor to see if it is compromised? it's not unheard of to cause this issue, as experienced by Colin G. @Colin G - does your MAF sensor and clip have a zip tie around it?
  18. @Henrique Vilar Gomes check the plug going into the MAF sensor on the top of the airbox is not loose. Push it in to see if it has come unclipped.
  19. Yes it is, also the Engine cover is from the S1. Apart from that it looks great.
  20. I think LO311 recommendations for passes are great especially a trip to Livigno . My only reservations would be a number of those passes are Southeast which would need a longer trip and maybe a push for a first time Alps trip. There is a good concentration of passes around Andermatt that are great - Susten, Furka, Grimsel, Klausen, Gottard, Oberal, Nufenen, San Bernardino, Splugen that are all within 200 miles. If you can get over to the Stelvio and Umbrail passes in the time they are worth it especially if you link it with Livigno and most importantly the Hahtenjoch pass and on to some great Austrian roads.
  21. I'll try and offer some advise to those wanting to do a trip. I would love to organise one for the TLF massive but have already got plans. - You'll need at least 5 days to do the trip (it seems the max for a boys trip sign off ), if you can do longer - great. I tend to limit it to 8 cars so it makes it easier to stick together etc and recommend June or September. We normally meet up at a hotel (Holiday inn or Travelodge) near the Eurotunnel after work on the Wednesday night. Beer and a chat in anticipation of a 7am Train on the Thursday. We then head as far towards the Alps as possible always stopping at the Grand Prix track at Gueux for an early lunch (packed lunch to save time). Depending on what passes/part of the Alps you want to see - Chamonix, Andermatt or Lake Konstanz are all doable in a day and still leaves time for an evening out. On the Friday we tend to cover as many passes as possible, realistically 200 miles is the limit for a day's driving taking in the roads, scenery and stops. In addition to passes It's worth taking the road passed Lake Lugano and Lake Como if you're heading south and stop for a Pizza. For planning routes I use as it shades picturesque roads and costs up toll charges and for pass info etc The Saturday is then another day of passes, ideally heading back Northwards and still limiting it to 200 miles. The Sunday is a longer run (~400 miles) through the Black forest heading towards the German Autobahns en route to Luxembourg (fill up - cheap fuel) and finish at Dinant. The Ibis is fantastic there and Cafe Leffe is a great steak restaurant. Dinant is great as it's only 2-3 hours to the Eurotunnel so we can get an early afternoon train and hopefully be home at a reasonable time Monday evening ready for work Tuesday. Key points: - Nominate 1 person to organise who is methodical, good at planning and willing to put a lot of hours in making arrangements. I'm a control and planning freak so love it - if it's a larger group you'll need to book restaurants in advance as the last thing you want is to be knackered after a long drive and not have a place to eat or nobody making a decision over where to it. - If you want to keep costs down, avoid Switzerland for meals and hotels as Italy and Germany are cheaper. - 5 day's/nights hotels plus Eurotunnel, fuel and tolls shouldn't cost any more than £800 per car (2 sharing). - Plan every detail even down to where to stop to view scenery etc I've got some great recommendations for routes, hotels and restaurants throughout the Alps and happy to bore people more by listing them. I loved the Stelvio. We got lucky with traffic, Jonny didn't!
  22. It should, but only on "Hot Climate" market cars of which the UK obviously isn't one.
  23. Yep that's the puppy. It's certainly no miracle solution but it helps. This photo of my boot shows the foam insulation in situ on the boot box front so you'd know if you already had it....
  24. Talking of warm boots, if you don't have it already I recommend adding the GCC/Hot Climate boot insulation - part no 132U0535F (A or B level dependent on MY). I've had it on since new and thought nothing of it until a mate last weekend bought an Evora and I felt how hot his tool kit/towing eye in the boot was. My boot is warm but my tool kit/towing eye stays relatively cool. Anytime someone mentioned curdled milk in their boot I just thought they were exaggerating!!
  25. @DaveC72 - Camping? We'll be Glamping, so you can join us for a Cold Beer Is it keys in a bowl event again?
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