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  1. I can testify that using Sport300 seats vertainly gives more leg and headroom. And clamps you real tight in corners. Pure fun. Other than that, removing the risers (thick washers) under the standard seats, certainly also helps. Ps: I have a fiber roof, not a glass roof. Cheers, Jacques
  2. Yes, I remember those, but probably wouldn't fit in the frunk? A few Lotus branded soft bags would do the trick - as in sold via this site Kind regards, jacques
  3. Sounds like sound advice which would get me straight to a laywer regarding a possible divorce Joking aside, I believe it would be a bit hard to place an 18" wheel with 11" width and a 315 tyre in a Sport300 seat with a door that can hardly open enough to get a pencil into the cabin, but then again, you never know. Hmm. maybe I should go try it out, before I will actually need it. Right, so off to the garage... Jacques
  4. Personally, I go see my family doctor once every 2 years and have blood tests etc done to see if I lack anything or some other things show up. Nothing. Perfectly healthy and not lacking any minerals, vitamins or other things. While I am a vegetarian, I think it's good for everyone to do so, no matter what they eat. For example I live in a heavily polluted (diesel) city. And by bicycling every day in this shitty air, I risk slowly destroying my lungs. Or at least there is a higher chance thereof. you're right about genes, but let's just say very simplified, that many diseases are dormant, and need specific conditions to come into play, to develop. When for example the liver is cleaning blood for waste and toxins, is on overload because of air pollution, food, alchohol, tobacco, cleaning agents, impregnation agents, paint and so on (thousands), it will only work up to a point, and from there on it "recycles" toxins back to the bloodveens and they float around inside you and make deposits here and there, where the cells natural metabolism changes and there arise certain forms of cancer. There are several studies on the matter and books on the subject written by scientist and doctors. I have three friends who like me worked a lot on engines when younger, never wearing protective gloves for example. I was the only one doing that. Now, they all three have serious skin problems with the skin simply falling apart on their hands and fingers, not healing, or in any case, very very slowly. But we were young, couldn't die and didn't listen to the grown ups, shat on the warning labels and now they pay for their mistake. Or a friend of mine who, when young, wanted to grow muscles fast, so he could be a beach lion, taking pills and injecting himself with strange substances. He then sufered two heart attacks and stopped that. Now, the doctors told him that his heart have been damaged permanently, and that because he have a long line of heart problems in his family, he most likely will die 15 years or so, prematurely. Both his brothers and his farther died of a weak heart. While he did take the crap, his sister begged him many times over and over to stay away from taking that crap, but he didn't listen. He now have to take pills to stabilise his heart plus painkillers for the arthritis that was a byproduct of the original "smart in a hurry" pills, which again weakens his liver. Oh well, the choices we make... We all do it sometimes. Point is, to be a little bit moderate and take a little care. Personally, I have a lot of energy and restitute very quickly from say a long bicyclerace or up and down a mountain for many hours, or just long days of work. My twin brother eats lots of meat, less vegetables and drinks some alcohol, although not much. He is down on energy, fat, feeling big, tired and looses his good mood easily because of his general health. He also suffers from podagra (don't know the english word for it), and this is further promoted by his lack of excercise, too much meat, alchohol and lack of vegetables. His choice and free to do so. He get so pissed when someone mentions this to him, because he in reality regrets it, thereby making his mood less good, which again weakens his willpower to do something about it. No, I don't advocate not treating patients of any disease just because they are obese, skinny vegans or what ever. Any person can fall ill, and anyone can change his or her mind and regret a certain choice and do their best to mend it futurewise. Everyone should have that choice. Everyone. My farther died of smoking. Yes, I know that there will always be someone who have a friend whose grandmother became 300 years old all while smoking a hundred cigarettes evey single day, wth no ill effect. You get the point. But the reality for all the rest of us is quite the opposite. So, he smoked 30 or more every day from 12 y.o. to 70. Then he had a heart attack and survived by operation. The doctors told him to stop now or die soon after. He stopped. But by that time, there were many problems with his body because of all these years of smoking, but the most severe or acute was that his lungs were so bad because of the chemicals in cigarettes making many small enfyseems that were very brittle and punctured, so his lungs collapsed one time after the other. He went through 5 major operations on both lungs and survived. Soon after he simply had no more lung capasity and sufforcated and died in terrible pain. He was able to speak up to about the last day before passing away. He made his choices and took responsability for them. But it's also fair to say that he was very sorry that he only saw one of his grand children, and that he now left his wife in great sorrow for years to come. I have seen that in many other cases again and again. I've wittnessed how people cough up parts of their stomach, lungs or part of the esophagus all while crying to their family that they were so sorry for the bad choices they had made in the past. All the family could do was telling their loved one, that they forgave him (or her) and shed some tears. As humans I think we can only inform and try to talk over other people by explanation and trying to appeal to their consciousness to be a little moderate and try to stay healthy and to make sound choices in general. By stating I am a vegan, I have the following explanation of the term: eating habits. Nothing to do with having a leather interrior or what ever shoes I wear or the like. It's about what you eat only. On top of that may come other convictions about what one would like to do or not to do. If someone chooses to refrain from anything takes from animals, so be it, but it's not being a vegan in my humble view. It's a further standpoint. If one look it up, there are as many people writing about the subjects, as there are people on the Earth. That doesn't make any of it true. It's just oppinions. I have my oppinion, and it's about what I eat. I refrain from eating anything from animals and alchohol some 40 days a few times a year. I really like milk and used to drink a lot of it every day, plus yoghurt etc, but I try to keep it a little down, as I also do with fruitjuice, because all the acid that later item contains, is not very healthy for the intestines and the teeth.Now, drinking less milk but still enjoying it, I have less slime in the lungs and I am nearly never ill. Far less than any of my colleagues - we are around 70 persons. Of course there will be plenty of health problems for vegetarians and vegans as well. It's only natural to get a disease and eventually some will die of it. I merely think about trying to give the best basis for all the systems in my body to function well, not working overtime or even being out of order/dysfunctional. I believe there is enough problems in the world already. No reason to promote any more, because of ones wish to minimalise slaughtering animals or what ever. I don't think it helps anything to make a big protest in London some two years ago against Canada Goose clothing, physically attacking passers by, just because they wore a Canada Goose jacket. Same people who protest, also use plastic bags, eat meat, throw garbage in the nature, change their complete wardrobe every 6 months, and many many other things - choose yourself. It's not one incident. It's the sum of all things that make a problem. When it becomes excessive. A little mindfullness and considderation might be in order here. I don't mind other peoples chioces, as long as they don't put strain on or hurt other people. It's their free will and choice. I hope that someone will like me or you or whoever, not for what we eat, but for the humans we are. Kind regards, jacques
  5. I am a vegetarian since 26 years ago, and also a vegan for a few months every year (for another reason), and I don't import all sorts of foreign stuff if I can avoid it, and I happen to like my Canada Goose jacket because it keeps me warm in a cold winter that a plastic jacket (which pollutes far more) cannot do. And I also appreciate the leather in my Esprit and Corrado, so I take good care of it to make it all last as long as possible. For example I never had a car- or motorcycle battery which didn't last perfectly less than 12 years. I don't go around screaming at other people that they should be vegetarians, but if they ask out of honest interest, I will explain that I am very happy about my own choice and why. I don't go around smashing other people's cars because I may or may not approve of their choices in life and they are meat eaters. They have their free will and choice. I think though, that a little moderation would be in place for most people on Earth. And maybe to give birth to fewer children. I don't see why having many children will make one prosper or happy. The past is the past, and our ancestors in different past times have all done something stupid or excessive or even evil. I think we can all try to learn from that and be better humans for it. I have colleagues who every time I open my lunchpack, scream or shout to me: "Oh, can you hear the vegetables scream?" They are so "funny". And then they look at my shoes made of leather, and goes on declaring loudly, that I should have seaweed shoes because I am a vegetarian. Then they claim thet because of my food choice, I shouldn't drive a motorcycle, shouldn't have a sportscar and what not. They are so bright and intelligent saying that, all while some of them are obese, and with little self respect taking way too much food, meat or not, alcohol, smoking, pills to get up, pills to get it up, pills to go to sleep, painkillers and the lot. And then they become so sad when they get hospitalised and a doctor explains to them that they lived their life way over the edge, including my own farther, for example. They regret some of these choices that they made in vain and wish they could undo many of their choices made in ignorance. Then sometimes a person is even claiming that he (or her) prefers to live like a mad man making all the bad chioces and die young, rather than using a bit of common sense. But then when death is coming closer, they realise that they would like to have had more time with their grand children etc. That usually sets the record straight for most people. But they can't. Spent is spent, and I think we can all enjoy the life and it's opportunities, while being a little bit considerate and less excessive. Personally, I don't claim to be perfect or to be an angel, I just don't eat animals, I don't kill for fun and I don't eat excessively plus I try to act a little bit responsable in most matters (apart from the Esprit, my wife would say), so I won't grow fat and misuse the healthcare system, or pollute excessively. I think a little sensible thinking and acting is in place on both sides. Stupidity and ignorance never led to anything positive for both sides. Being a little considderate and mindfull, certainly does. Kind regards, Jacques
  6. Here's some sound advice for free: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N44icPfGi1M Still want to do it? Then write your bloodtype in fireretardent thread on the belt of your racing suit and buy a corvette for that purpose and enjoy When you are done with that, go get the keys for the Esprit and take a drive on twisty back roads, not a straight freeway, and show the corvette how propper driving is done, with no sparks and flames. That's when the real fun begins. Kind regards, Jacques
  7. Well, it may be "Lots of tickets, usually serious"... Speed tickets that is. Anyway, it's all good fun to read this thread, as there are lots of interpretations of what's good and what's not so good, all done by owners. How it should be. Not by a mag. Cheers and Happy New Year! jacques
  8. no, haven't read the article, and have no interest in doing so. There may be or may not be interesting articles once in a while. Of course it is only natural if a car-owner sees his or her car in an article, with nice photoshots and all. But generally, no, I have no interest in it so I just don't read or buy it. I stand by my words in the above And yes, there has been talks on and off of how facinated editors are by that german car. Kind regards, jacques
  9. Very sorry guys, but a mag cannot and will not be able to experience and describe what real ownership long term can. So for me, all those socalled evaluations, articles and what not is not worth the paper or screens they are presented on. For my sake they can go right down the drain. Being that cars from owners on here or elsewhere, it's still the same: nothing wrong with the cars, but an editor writes what he or she wants. And we all know they are biased towards an old german car and always recite Jeremy C. for his irritating nonsense of lots of trou......... So, forget those, this forum so much better by far in terms of getting real oppinions. Personally, I've tried a Giugiaro carb non-turbo and one with turbo. While I like them for sure, they cannot and will not be able to do what a later Stevens SE-S4-S4s can do. It's a whole different ball game. It's a car in a totally different league. So many things are changed: electrics, engine, gearbox, traction, performance, looks, seating interrior, design and what not. They are so much more capable and equal in feel and fun. Not a dime is lost. If Lotus thought otherwise, they would have develped them reversed. Not so. And fortunately we can experience the same. With regards to maintenance and strong/weak points, there are hundreds of threads on here on the other forum describing that. But jsut one point here right now: the Renault UN1 is not so bad at all: change the translator, the rubber bushings at the lowest point of the gearmaster and adjust accordingly, and you have a nice gearshift. It doesn't explode at every street corner that some people will have you believe. Not so. The old cars feel smaller at the first drive, when getting in a Stevens Turbo SE or later. But as you drive, you soon come to realise that the car becomes smaller and really surrounds and hugs you as you find the rythm in turn after turn after turn, zipping past much more modern cars on curby back roads. Yes, the modern cars may have far more horses than a Turbo SE/S4/S4s, but somehow these old Lotus cars manage to get real speed out of what on paper seems to be very little compared to newer cars. Weight? nope, not much of a difference really. A Stevens Turbo SE 1990 is 1231 Kilo from Lotus (no fuel) and mine is 1125 and a bit with a few mods here and there without changing it's looks or character. I'd say go for the Stevens Turbo SE 1990-1991, possibly a 1989, or later as in S4/S4s. And if it comes with an old school abs, delete it and get better brakes for it. Ian is the man as Sparky said. Not much to think about, I'd say. Good luck with you Esprit itch, which ever Esprit you choose, they are all magnificent sportscars! Kind regards, Jacques
  10. Well done Ian. So is the spring's job to make a "clicl" as the mirror fold into position and retain it there? And if it isn't in place, would the mirror then just dangle around? Kind regards, Jacques
  11. But this russian one is the most funny, when he discovers that an old Lotus Esprit can do wonders when driven, not just on a thick carpet behind glass and golden strings: Uvidimsya na Lotus entuziastov! Jacques
  12. just saw this: https://www.youtube.com/99d22af8-f451-4579-82fb-d0ecf85e2a28 Feliz Navidad! and then for the funny one: Et pour les francais: And finally, the american one: Kind regards, Jacques
  13. A funny little thing. Today I serviced the headlamp power washer system, taking parts apart and cleaning it up. A nice blue Hella plastic bag to contain pump and fluid. Upon reassembling I found that it didn't work. So I measured all wires: good. Pump: good. Relay: good. It turns out that Lotus got the system from Landrover Defender and in that car, it is necessary to have the headlamps turned on, the doors closed and only every 3'rd of 4'th time the head lamp jets wash, to save cleaning fluid, and this is done via a timer circuit. It's active only for ½ second. It works just fine in the Esprit, with the only condition being that the headlamps must be turned on. Also in the Esprit it's only active for ½ second. That is funny Kind regards, Jacques
  14. So as you are waiting for more people to get the delete kit, could you elaborate on the tailgate drain kit? Kind regards, Jacques
  15. And a Merry Christmas to you and yours too. Kind regards, jacques The lamb moving amongst wolves:
  16. And Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours. Kind regards, jacques
  17. That looks very very good with alcantara etc. Nice mods. I may try to replicate the cupholder mod. And Merry Christmas! Jacques
  18. I guess thata certain car brand invited a certain English carbrand inside to allure them how to make it steer... Or was it in fact Nissan who used Lotus to develop the steering on their Nissan GTR? Merry Christmas Mr. lawrence. Kind regards, jacques
  19. Okay, so a new set of Nitron NTS 40 road version arrived here. I can add that the springrate is 50N/mm on all four corners, and that the helper springs rear are 15 N/mm. Adjusting collars are not gold anodised but grey as the damper bodies themselves. Looks very nice. Adjusting knob are on top on all four dampers, and are not blue anodised but black. They have short travel between clicks and a very distinct click to them, so feels nice. I won't be driving with them untill Spring, so cannot comment till' then on how they perform and with the 50 springrate on my Turbo SE 1990 model. We'll see. As ca be seen on the picture, there are a few parts accompanying the set, which is not shown in the advertising. This is two upper helperspring platforms and a nicely made springbase adjustment tool. I haven't measured up the distances for the mounting bushings (below), nut those delivered in the set are very nicely made to shape and are offset for the rear dampers. One ned to buy new bolts, nuts, washers and four sets of damper bush kits, A082C6036F, which is used both front and rear.
  20. What a sad way of treating customers. When a friend of mine wanted to buy an old american v8 of some sort, we looked on the web for possible deals, contacted over time a total of four different dealers, and drove there to see, inspect, try and eventually buy the car(-s). We had carefully looked at all the photomaterial beforehand on every single car and we had at every instance also called each of the dealers and asked them a lot of questions realating condition of car, if anything needed to be corrected, serviced, milage, servicehistory etc. We only had possitive answers in all four cases. The problems came when we arrived at each of the dealerships. At every single occasion, the car was very far from what they had stated it was, milage was different, car was not serviced as promissed, servicehistory wasn't there despite being promissed, the general state of the car was quite bad compared to what was told to us, and in one occasion there was suddenly a very shady story as to the payment on import tax had actually been paid (180% tax on top of the price you guys get them for). On one occasion we had to help the dealership to repair and start the car. In every single case, my friend and I had taken a day off work, and drove a roundtrip of at least 400 miles. At every single dealership they told us what some would call lies, tried to hide paperwork for us, that we managed to find anyway, and which was clear proof of the history of the car(-s) were rather different than what we were told by the dealers. On a secondary note, during these for instances, it became clear to us that neither dealership had correct paperwork, couldn't spell or write correct paperwork also including finances (banktransfer, not a loan), all of them did not tell the truth about insurance, and all of them did not tell the truth about their cars. He didn't buy any of them even though we in each case went there with the purpose of finalising a deal and bring the car home. So recently, I went out with another friend of mine, who wanted to buy a sporty version of a VW Golf VII. At all three dealerships we were being told the same mumbo jumbo like I described in the above. The nicest person from any of those dealerships, was a teenager who offered us a cup of coffee, while waiting). We then went on to see a car from a private seller, and stroke a deal. The private seller had his papers in perfect order, the car in perfect order and a deal was done. At no time was money an object in any of these cases. So much for the dealerships. Fortunately there are also good ones out there, but should it really be like that? I am not talking about shady back yard dealers, but big wellknown dealerships. When I went looking to buy a Lotus Esprit, i went to three dealerships (used sportscars) in Sweden, none being available here in Denmark. One was selling his private Esprit, but it wasn't in very good condition, and the other two were really just a repetition of the aforementioned. None were interested in actually wellcoming a customer, none had their Esprit in close to good order. I later heard from another club, that they broke down seriously, with dead engines, shortly after being bought by other customers. Just to put this into perspective: as a teenager I bought the biggest Bang&Olufsen system, and was treated very badly by a particular dealership. We are talking a system worth 7000 gbp some 35 years ago. All members of my family having been repeated Bang&Olufsen customers for years, myself included. I contacted B&O headquarters being a teenager and all and was treated with the curtesy and respect that every deal, being small or big, should be done. B&O closed down that dealership. Since then I have only felt very wellcome and treated very well, whenever I bought something from B&O, being a cheap little coffee cup or a new 10000 gbp tv set. Point is, that these unfortunate experiences can take place everywhere, also with things that are seriously expensive and from which one would normally expect better. With my own little private leather work thingy going on, I treat every customer as they should be, with interest and respect. I stand by my guarantee of quality and service. I've been contacted by three other persons who wanted to include my little stuff into their own businesses, but I declined, because of lack of professionalism, lack of quality and lack of service. As JayEm rightly stated in his video, it's about repeated customers. Personally, I have experienced only very polite, wellcoming, honest and good people whenever I have bought a car or motorcycle from a private seller, with all details rearding payment, condition of vehicle, all papers in good order and so on. When I bought my present Laverda from a dealership, I was also treateed very nicely, correct and with everything good order. Maybe I was just lucky. But should luck be a part of making a deal on buying a car or motorcycle from a dealership? Kind regards, Jacques
  21. The point here Barry, was to demonstrate how silly it is to drop the curent program and make ev's. Lotus should just not make ugly little suv's possibly electric driven, and compete with every single other car maker, but stick to their ethos. Kind regards, jacques
  22. .... at 1680 kilograms, The Evija is only slightly heavier than my 30 year old Esprit at 1231 Kilo (no fuel), and only slightly heavier than an Exige S at 933 kilo (no fuel), while the Exige S was offered at around 1500000 dkr, the Esprit Turbo SE was sold at 1653000 dkr, The Evija is priced at only 40000000 dkr, which to the observant reader, is only slightly more expensive. I'd say simplify, then add lightness. Then there are all the little duracells inside it that will some day run flat, and to which there are currently no solution of how to propperly dispose of, where as my 30 year old Esprit, I simply do a burnout, and voila, the tanks are empty. Toyota, the worlds biggest car manufacturer, came up with the idea of using all the burnt out batterycells from electric cars, to pair with solar cells to power all the 7-11 shops in Japan. Hmm, if by 2030 the majority are going to be driving electric cars, we can then expect quite a lot more 7-11 shops on each and every street corner. https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/6/20951807/electric-vehicles-battery-recycling But then it's getting serious, as 27% of emmisions from a cow is CO2. With 1,5 billion cows on the planet, each letting out 2300 kilogram CO2 each year which is 3450012 kilogram of CO2, my Esprit makes a max of 313 gr/km, and since I drive some 2500 km per year on average, that makes a total of 782,5 Kilogram of CO2 per year. That means that I will have to have a total amount of 4408945687 Esprits driving my distance, each year, all driving at the same time, to equal the amount of CO2 the cows make. This equals to half of Planet Earths population in 2019 each driving a 30 year old Lotus Esprit Turbo SE. The total amount of Esprits ever made, will make 8353187,5 kilogram of CO2 each year driving my distance per year, and that will take all of the 10675 Esprits ever made, 413016 years to produce the same amount of CO2, that the collective population of cows makes in 1 year. Since I am a vegetarian and have been so most of my life, I make no CO2 from cows incl. if I don't do diary products from cows, which means I can drive nearly 3 years in my Esprit for every cow I don't eat. My Esprit, the Corrado G60 and Laverda SFC1000 makes a total of 2 years of driving for every cow I don't eat. Than means I produce only half the CO2 while driving all 3 vehicles. So driving my Lotus is 3 times more CO2 efficient than eating a cow. Hmm... Now I understand Lotus need to drop the Esprit, Elise, Exige and Evora, and make an Evija instead. Makes perfect sense. But a nice picture it certainly is. It's going to be a great car. Jacques
  23. Hmmm, maybe, just maybe, at least some chaos car owners, are not really keen on driving their sportscars proudly advertising that they only drove 150 km's that year (thereby being a proven pro-driver), then a still stand for some 5 years, where after they go to one coffe and cars show, driving a measely 100 km's, but more likely to see them as investment options, that will rise (or fall - hardly) as future becomes past. And by then, all of their more mundane models will be sucked up by not so firstmovers, who are glad to invest their money, trying to get the same effect on their future back account. Fortunately, there are also some owners who are really keen on actually driving the crap out of their cars - how they are meant to be used But yes, Porsche is an institution in itself, they can hardly do anything wrong these years, and not a day after a person who has now become appointed some sort of leader, or rather head of department, they hurry to the nearest Porsche dealership and get their badge of proof of their job, a chaos car. Each to his own of course. The strange part of it all is when buyers will actually accept errors on their cars, just because it's a 911. Same thing happens to Ferrari. In these instances, it's called "character", "personality" or "hard core race car for road use" or similar... Luckily I think Lotus car owners have a far more mundane down to Earth and practical approach to their car(-s): they want it to go like the clappers. Again - each to his own of course. Me? I like them all, because they are sportscars. Luckily, personally I am not at all a die hard fanatic or defending my own Esprit's errors at all. And I nearly never lie. I think some of you are right: I think that Lotus passed some great chances. Suv's? Pah... Kind regards, Jacques
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