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  1. Trevor: Maybe some day. I'd love to do an event at Laguna Seca. Haven't ever driven there. Maybe with a few more events under MVP Track Time's belt we can do that. Baby steps. Staying close to home for 2007. maybe Road Atlanta and Road America in 2008. Feff
  2. Hi All: Just a quick note to introduce MVP Track Time to fellow car nuts and friends. We are just getting out of the box. I hope you'll visit us at Happy Motoring! Mark "Feff" Pfeffer
  3. Jim: I'm a big fan of the CarboTech ( Panther XP Plus. It's sort of a track/street pad (more track) so it squeaks a bit on the street. They offer a straight street pad, the Bobcat as well that works great. Feff
  4. Rob: While at LOG 26 earlier this month Nick Adams showed us that commercial. It was a great laugh when he told us and I quote "We kept hearing noises from the next studio over and I can proudly say I've made a movie with Tony Shute ... in a porno studio". The place erupted with laughter. Feff
  5. Hi All: There are a good number of LOG 26 photos on the Modified Luxury & Exotics web site at They covered LOG 26 in great detail and will have an article in the next issue. Feff
  6. Under front hood: Tank farthest forward on driver's side is the windshiled washer fluid. Screw on cap near windshield (mounted near brake booster) is for brake fluid. Rear engine area: White tank on passenger side rear is for coolant. Oil cap on passenger side front of the engine is for Mobil-1 20W-50 oil Under the carpet cover on the driver's side behind the small wind just aft of the door is the power steering fluid container. You'll access this from the engine bay by flipping the carpet up. Feff
  7. Hi All: The new President and CEO of Lotus Car USA (LCU), Robert "Bob" Braner will be at LOG 26 with the usual LCU suspects and Nick Adams from Group Lotus. Hopefully some accurate news on future Lotus offerings. We look forward to seeing you at LOG 26 later this week. Come to Texas and enjoy all the hard work the Texas Lotus fans have put into LOG 26. For more details go to and YES you can register for LOG at the event. Feff
  8. Pano: I'm not buying your mechanic's story. When we spilt the tranny installing the new clutch and Quaife limited slip, the tranny was in perfect shape. You can call the former mechanic (Tom Cullen) at the St. Louis Lotus dealer, the former GM at that dealership (Dave Behlman) if you don't believe me. Personally your mechanic or friend who was driving the car when the tranny broke should be paying for the whole repair. Just my opinion! Mark
  9. Pano: You can't drag race it for 0-60 times or you'll be forking out more $$$ for tranny and clutch repairs. You can give it all the acceleration you want just don't do a 5,000RPM clutch drop to determine the 0-60 times. I drove it at Road Atlanta, Road America and other tracks under full acceleration and full throttle and never had any issues with the car. Mark
  10. What I'm saying is stop letting your friends drive your cars (Remember your Viper??). Feff
  11. Jeff: You are spot on from my Quaife experience. The reward coming out of a corner is worth the need to tip toe in the rain ever vigantly. The one thing I notice was on dry pavement leaving from a stop under more advanced acceleration in a straight line the rear of the Esprit did not drive to the right as much. The drive was much straighter and more linear. Feff
  12. Hi All: Lotus Engineering's "proActive" newsletter for September/October 2006 is up on the Lotus Ltd. web site at Please enjoy! Feff
  13. Pano: The Quaife limited slip (actually it's a torque biasing differential) does not allow as much "give" as a tranny with the open-wheel differential. Both wheels bit when the driver dropped the clutch and the path of least resistence was the transmission main shaft. Not faulty, just not designed for 0-60 drag racing. Mark
  14. Graham: The Audi 4.2 is a nice engine. Did you change the valve cover gaskets before installing? It's like clock work, the valve cover gaskets leak every 40K-50K miles OH and my timing belt change on my A8, around $3,000 US with a new water pump and all new fluids at 105,000 miles. Maybe the RS4 engine would be a better choice. It shouldn't take too long for someone to wreck a new RS4. B) Feff
  15. In the photos of the black, disguised test mule, do the tires front and rear give the appearance of all-wheel-drive? Feff
  16. The REAL USA Version The squirrel works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he's a fool, and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the squirrel is warm and well fed. A social worker finds the shivering grasshopper, calls a press conference and demands to know why the squirrel should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others less fortunate, like the grasshopper, are cold and starving. ABC, CBS and NBC shows up to provide live coverage of the shivering grasshopper; with cuts to a video of the squirrel in his comfortable warm home with a table laden with food. Ted Kennedy holds a press conference to express his outrage. The USA media inform people that they should be ashamed that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so, while others have plenty. The Democrats, Greenpeace, Rainbow Coalition and the ACLU demonstrate in front of the squirrel's house. ABC, CBS and NBC interrupt a cultural festival special from San Francisco with breaking news, broadcasts a multi cultural choir singing "We Shall Overcome". Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton rant in an interview with Larry King that the squirrel has gotten rich off the backs of grasshoppers, and call for an immediate 50% tax hike on the squirrel to make him pay his "fair share" and institue an immediate moritorium on nut collecting by squirrels for personal consumption. In response to pressure from the media, the Congress drafts the Economic Equity and Grasshopper Anti Discrimination (EEGAD) law, retroactive to the beginning of the year. The squirrel's taxes are reassessed. He is taken to court and fined for failing to hire grasshoppers as builders for the work he was doing on his home and an additional fine for contempt when he told the court the grasshopper did not want to work. The grasshopper is provided with a HUD home, Welfare income (which he uses to buy cigarettes, beer and lottery tickets!) to furnish it, free health insurance (Medicaid) and a bus pass to ensure he can be socially mobile. The squirrel's food is seized and redistributed to the more needy members of society, in this case the grasshopper. Without enough money to buy more food, to pay the fine and his newly imposed retroactive taxes, the squirrel has to downsize and start building a new home. The local authority takes over his old home and utilises it as a temporary home for illegal immigrant cats who snuck across the Rio Grande to get to the United States as they had to share their country of origin with mice. On arrival they tried to blow up the train station because of America's apparent love of dogs. The cats had been arrested for the international offence of attempted bombing but were immediately released because the police fed them snail darters instead of salmon whilst in custody. Initial moves to then return them to their own country were abandoned because it was feared they would face death by the mice. The cats devise and start a scam to obtain money from people's credit cards and are awarded a casino license on their newly adopted "homeland". An MTV special shows the grasshopper finishing up the last of the squirrel's food, though Spring is still months away, while the HUD home he is in, crumbles around him because he hasn't bothered to maintain the house. He is shown to be taking drugs. Inadequate government funding is blamed for the grasshoppers drug 'illness'. The cats seek recompense in the US courts for their treatment since arrival in America. Hillary Clinton volunteers to represent the cats as their attorney. The grasshopper gets arrested for stabbing an old dog during a burglary to get money for his drug habit. He is imprisoned but released immediately because he has been in custody for a few weeks. He is placed in the care of the probation service to monitor and supervise him. Within a few weeks he has killed a spotted owl in a botched robbery. A commission of enquiry, that will eventually cost $5,000,000 and state the obvious, is set up. Additional money is put into funding a drug rehabilitation scheme for grasshoppers and legal aid for lawyers representing illegal immigrants is increased. The asylum seeking cats are praised by the government for enriching California's multicultural diversity and dogs, now restricted to the Midwestern United States are criticised by the government for failing to befriend the cats. The grasshopper dies of a drug overdose. The usual sections of the press blame it on the obvious failure of government to address the root causes of despair arising from social inequity and his traumatic experience of prison. They call for the resignation of the entire US Supreme Court. The cats are paid $500,000 each because their rights were infringed when the government failed to inform them there were mice and armadillos in the Texas (BIG ones too!). The squirrel, the dogs and the victims of the train bombing, the burglaries and robberies have to pay an additional percentage on their liability insurance to cover losses, their taxes are increased to pay for additional police officers and they are told that they will have to work beyond 65 because of a shortfall in Social Security.
  17. Mike: I've gone from an SE to a 1997 V8, to a 1994 S4 back to a 1999 V8 (currently Lotusless). My wife thinks I'm nuts! The V8 offers a big advantage in torque and the sound is much more in line with the image of the car. The interior (dash and controls) of the 1998 and newer V8 is much nicer and more modern although you give up some guages I feel are necessary. They are all fun, but the V8 offers one thing, more respect from the other marque owners (if you care!). One huge thing about the 4-cylinders is the eyes of other car type (Ferrari, Vette, Porsche) owners when a 4-cylinder Esprit leaves them in the dust at the track. Sanj Vatuk has the best license plate for an SE. It reads "JUSTA4" Feff
  18. Hi All: The Lotus event in North America, LOG 26 is just over three weeks away. We hope you will all join us in Texas. Below are various links to the LOG 26 web site: The LOG 26 hotel - the Marriott Solana: The LOG 26 registration form (PDF file): The LOG 26 Track Day registration form (PDF file): The LOG 26 Autocross registration (PDF file): Looking forward to seeing all of you in Texas October 13-17. Feff
  19. A random phone call from Hethel: MJK to his assitant. "Could you ring up Cosworth in Northampton please?" MJK: "Good monring Cosworth, this is Michael Kimberly, Managing Directot of Group Lotus. We need a V8/V10/V12 bespoke engine for our new Esprit due out 2009. Anything laying about?" Cosworth: "Well yes Mr. Kimberly we've several designs about. How much horsepower do you need?" MJK: "I'd say 500HP is a good number for the new Esprit with a great engine note like the Aston V12" Cosworth: "Consider it done, the engine will be there for fitment and testing next week" Now this is the conversation I'd love to see transpire. It not only ads to the "Lotus DNA" but looks at history and offers a HUGE marketing opportunity. Lotus powered by Cosworth Just dreaming, salivating and waiting with the checkbook! Feff
  20. Tighten the bolts progressively and evenly with the final torque of 22 pounds ft (30NM) Mark Pfeffer
  21. Mark: There is some truth to what you noted about the US market. The Elise, and even more so the Exige, have effectively been presented to the US market as a "race car for the street". All the US magazines love both cars but nearly everyone notes the spartan amenities as a bit of a drawback. I'm guessing that's why Lotus Cars USA(LCU) is changing marketing and advertising firms (See for the press announcement). It also doesn't help there are only 53 dealers in North America, many of which aren't worthy (in my opinion) of the Lotus brand. I know LCU is working diligently to improve this. On a positive note, I sent Luke Bennett (the gent in charge of the Lotus factory) a note about my new Esprit in 2009. He said they are busy (despite the 200 factory lay offs) and grand poobah Mike Kimberly is making a BIG difference. Luke also suggested a nice silver color for a new Esprit as opposed to the medium or dark blue I'd thought of. Lotus has been here before, maybe this is the last time they will face a challenge of this nature. Feff
  22. Matt: Glad you guys got it figured out. Who'd have thought two sets fo bad relays! Go figure. Feff
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