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  1. The cat delete pipe for an Evora is between £150 and £200 to buy. The y-pipe about double that so doesn't make the price more palatable to me at all to me considering a valved exhaust is £1400 and the Alunox is £4200. The weight claim doesn't say it includes the other bits so would need to get that clarified having looked at the brochure again. 

    The titanium system price is £6000 which is also steep. I can buy an Inconel system which is far superior for less than that.

  2. That's a seriously steep price just for the exhaust. You can get a full 2Bular exhaust, downpipes and manifolds for less than the cost of the stainless. Larini also significantly more cost effective too. 

    This system seems quite heavy too. I'm sure the stock MY12 Janspeed exhaust is about 14.5kg so there is little or no weight saving with this system. 

    102db is not track legal at quite a few UK tracks unless on a 105db noisey day. The stock Evora S exhaust was 104db from memory with the valve open so if this exhaust isn't lighter or significantly quieter I'm not quite sure why you would swap to it. 

  3. 7 hours ago, Kimbers said:

    So you started a Hairdressing shop ? Always fancied a big Audi TT myself...........nah, I'm lying :devil:

    Not my cuppa but definately a .....erm...... red car! Nice.

    I sure did and I've started raking it in - how else was I going to pay for the car.

    6 hours ago, DaveC72 said:

    Saj, please don't take the teasing to heart.  I'm sure it's just good-natured banter.

    The RWD iteration of the R8 is arguably the pick of the bunch (if all the reviews I've read are true) - and that V10 is regularly touted to be one of the great modern engines.

    I've ridden shotgun in an R8 "plus" version and the noise makes up for pretty much anything!

    I'm sure you'll enjoy it and would love to hear how you get on with it after you've had a chance to get some miles under your belt.  I'd also be intrigued to hear what you miss from your Evora.


    Awk I wasn't taking anything to heart especially from Andy, we sat down together on more than one occasion having these sorts of conversations. I haven't driven the car enough on a proper A or B road yet to see how much of the Evora I miss. I can say though that steering feel is no match for the Evora but that was something that I knew would be the case and accepted before I purchased the car. As a daily driver on my morning commutes though the benefits of the S-tronic gearbox are fairly apparent. Fuel consumption on my commutes to and from work are roughly the same as the Evora from what I can tell so far, must be due to the cyclinder deactivation as cruising in motorway traffic rarely sees the power guage going over 10%.

    6 hours ago, C8RKH said:

    Yep. Heaven forbid @plenty that on a Lotus forum a preference may be shared for err, Lotus!  Wow, how gobsmackingly contrite of me.

    I know @Saj quite well and we have a lot of banter online and face to face. I'd be surprised if he expected any other form of reaction especially from me as he knows I'm not an Audi fan.

    I've congratulated him on his choice elsewhere and the fact he has gone for a red +0 rwd car shows he is maturing into a nice young man.

    The engine is epic. That I agree. The sound is epic. That I agree. And I also agree that right now it is stupendous choice of car for Saj and I'm dead pleased HE is chuffed with it. The key thing is knowing Saj I know he will drive it to the max and it will not be a garage queen. So total respect for that too.

    However, to me, personally, it is a TT on steroids and looks too similar inside and out. Yes, you can also say the same about the Elise and Exige where the Exige really does now need a new interior as the price climbs to ever higher heights.

    Parts availability? I get it. But then as Audi is second bottom to BMW on the 2017 JD power car reliability table then greater dealer coverage and parts availability is essential. :harhar:

    It's a great car like the Nissan GTR is a great car. And like the Nissan GTR it is just not for me. 

    The GT430 beats it by 10bhp per tonne and so given the similar money, the GT430 is 15 times rarer, and the GT430 is a lotus I woukd have gone there and to be honest the R8 would not have been on my RADAR.  But that's a good thing as choice is good for us drivers whichever way we choose.

    As for the Huracan. Hmmmm. It's an R8 with a different body is one way to look at it. But it is a Lamborghini so that may sway it. But then maybe not. I'd find it hard to see past a Maclaren MP4. But now we are getting into a whole different ball game re running costs etc.

    Anyway. Just my point of view. Sorry if i have offended anyone.:sofa:

    Just so everyone knows Andy secretly loves Audi, he just doesn't want to publicly admit it. He also loves Porsche even more but again won't publicly admit it - only off the record :lol:

    You are correct Andy, there is no chance of the car being a garage queen, it will be used as it was designed to be and everyday for that matter in all weather conditions - the winter tyres are on route.

    The other potential car for me would have been the new Aston Martin Vantage, that is a lovely looking car, tuned by Matt Becker, RWD and has a manual option coming in 6 months time but again the pull of that NA V10 just couldn't be ignored.

    3 hours ago, johnpwalsh said:

    Andy, read our first comment at the top of the page and thought. Oh, Andy is being very quiet on this one, it being an Audi and all. Well you didn't let me down as I scrolled through the comments. As for choice of car. It does look smart Saj and I am equally sure that in a few years once Geely have made the promised improvements that you will come back to the fold and have another Lotus. But for now enjoy her and look forward to the day when you return. Rev Limits, here it comes.

    It would definitely be good to see Lotus moving up another level with Geely's help. Maybe we'll eventually see the Esprit make a come back in the not too distant future but probably for the next 5 years I'll be making my way around in the R8.

    5 hours ago, NW76 said:

    Exactly, what did you expect ;-) ... its a great car - in particular as a RWD ... I have driven the V10 as an AWD and its not a bad car either ;-) ... now enjoy your N/A V10 and be quiet ??

    :P blame Andy, he asked what the replacement was. He's just a trouble maker.


    53 minutes ago, C8RKH said:

     Just because i don't agree with you that the R8 is super yummy and swoon all over it

    You're wrong it is super yummy, lick the paint when you see it in the flesh - I know you'll like it :lol:

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  4. 3 hours ago, plenty said:



    3 hours ago, NW76 said:

    Not my kind of car... even my AC Schnitzer M4 is at least as fast as it (I had one just recently fall victim to my M4 on the Autobahn - he almost killed himself will trying to get rid of me in his review mirror .... and I am pretty sure he sold it afterwards, because it couldnt even get rid of a simple BMW ;-) )  ... moreover, I must agree it looks pretty boring AND it drives as boring as it looks like...   

    Not the criteria by which I decide on the purchase of my cars. In an age of turbo charging the V10 is hard to beat for sheer drama and the noise it makes is so intoxicating. Not quite sure how you can claim it drives as boring as it looks without having driven the RWS.

    1 hour ago, 21gg said:

    Not my cup of tea but a very nice car all the same, and at least you got the rwd! 


    If it wasn't RWD it wouldn't have been a consideration. My criteria for my Evora replacement had to have at least 2 of the 3 following boxes ticked:

    1. RWD

    2. Normally Aspirated Engine

    3. Manual Transmission 

    The V10 RWS covers point 1 and 2 and in this case the engine makes up for the lack of manual transmission. 

    2 hours ago, Advantage said:

    That looks really nice. 540bhp naV10 RWD in a striking bodyshape. What's not to like? :thumbup:

    My thoughts exactly ?

    2 hours ago, plenty said:

    Curious as to whether folks who dismiss an R8 also feel the same about a Lambo Huracan.

    Probably, it is a Lotus forum after all ?

  5. 11 minutes ago, theelanman said:

    my mate has had a few of these...........he agrees with me that theyre boring.......

    but he likes the speed and the fact that the car is 4x4 and does eveything for you........

    he likes to go incognito quickly

    and in turn Ive driven a couple of them....and yep....theyre boring........

    I must also admit that I can usually get them mixed up with a TT........haircut anyone?

    It is RWD ;)

    7 minutes ago, theelanman said:

    I do have to admit that hes finally come to his senses.......the R8 is that boring he's gone all out for the MacLaren (640? I think)

    Good job i'm easily pleased :)

    54 minutes ago, plenty said:

    No need to defend yourself or your choices, Saj - the reaction to your new car was entirely predictable.

    I wasn't really defending the choice, it was more just that the 430GT and any other Lotus wasn't even on the radar for me at this price point.

    I'm on a total high with the new car :D

  6. Hi Folks,

    Having enjoyed Lotus ownership for the past 8 years, 5 of which have been with the Evora SSR I have decided it is time to move on to something different. Therefore as of today I have put my car up for sale on Pistonheads (and Autotrader when I get around to it). As for what I'm going to move to next, well that you will have to wait for until I've sold the car on first :) I've spent a fair bit on the car while i've owned it and having added it up it is well over £12k just on upgrades so whether anyone wants to use it as a driver like I have done or use it on track like I have also done it pretty much needs nothing in my opinion.

    Pistonheads: ... hp/8058092

    A few details below:

    KOMO-TEC EV430:

    +70bhp and 47lb/ft over standard, to achieve approx. 425bhp and 344lb/ft
    Carbon fibre induction kit with K&N high-flow cone filter
    Modified supercharger pulley
    Engine management system re-flash
    OBD Programming Lead
    Cost of approximately £2500
    Work carried out at 35,582 miles


    Stepped 2bular 3-1 design de-cat manifold and bigger-bore downpipes (£1730)
    130mm diameter 200cell HJS HD Catalyser (£734)
    Track edition exhaust – keeps noise levels under 105db (£1207)
    Work carried out at 1327 miles

    NITRON 46RACEPRO SHOCKS (Hoffman Spec):

    600lbs springs on the front with a 300lbs helperS
    900lbs springs on the rear with 400lbs helpers
    This setup is perfectly suitable for those who use their car on the road and for track days. Road performance is not compromised. The Evora is my daily driver.
    Original Bilstein shocks also included in the sale
    Cost incl fitting £2500
    Work carried out at 48000 miles


    Evora high torque clutch pack and flywheel
    Quaife ATB helical Limited Slip Differential - Maximises traction and minimises wheel spin, maintenance-free design and keeps the standard oil lubrication of the original unit
    InoKinetic uprated gearbox transmission cables
    Cost incl fitting £4500
    All work carried out at 44,970 miles


    Supercharger belt replaced at 35,769 miles
    All engine mounts replaced at 44,970 miles (£500)
    AP front Racing discs and Aluminium Bells at 48,000 miles (£900)
    Pagid RS29 front brake pads fitted at 50,000 miles (£250)
    Pagid RS29 rear brake pads fitted at 50,000 miles (£250)
    Tyres: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 235/35/19 front and 285/30/20 rear

  7. 8 hours ago, Seriouslylotus said:

    Yes RS29 is available, I supplied some to a McLaren customer (They use the same pads as Evora 400)


    I gave the pads their first track outing on Monday - brilliant! Couldn't fault them at all. I had to recalibrate as I ended up braking too early because the stopping power was so good. Well worth the money. I'll see how they go again at my next trackday in September. 

  8. I went to CL RC5+ on my car, first set started to crumble and second set glazed after just one track day so binned both sets. I have now switched to Pagid RS29, first impressions on the road are good especially when doing a 'spirited' run. Still to test on track which I can report back on after the 21st. Don't know if you can get RS29 for thr 400 though.

  9. Hi Folks,

    Just became aware of this thread via Simon. I've been using Cup 2 since April last year for road and track. I'm on my 4th set now and think the tyres are great. However it has taken a fair bit of trial and error for me to get the car to work with them properly. Now i'm no Stig on track and the thought of putting the car into the barriers does hold me back but I don't take it that easy either.

    My experience so far is that Cup 2 will not work properly on the stock car geometery - this is in regards to the S1 Evora S, my car is a MY13 Evora S SR.

    I nearly destroyed a new set of Cup 2 on track at knock hill after just one trackday. I was constantly taking air out to bring the pressures down and the sidewalls on the left side of the car were getting wrecked with constant rolling of the tyres. I couldn't understand what I was doing wrong nor why I didn't have the gip I was expecting, I did the usual of running them lower than stock pressures etc but eventually ended up with significant bluing on the tyres. After my disappointment I decided to research into the tyres to find out if anyone else suffered the same issues. Unfortunatley I couldn't find anyone else using them on track with an Evora at that time so went to the Porsche and BMW forums and Michelin.

    The things I picked up about the tyres were:

    Cup 2 require lots of negative camber, between -1.5 and -3.0 but how much is dependant on your shock setup, geo, downforce etc. The Evora S stock suspenstion is quite soft.

    Cup 2 shouldn't be run more than 36psi hot (on track) anymore and the tyres just overheat and the loss of grip is significant.

    My setup:

    I am now on Nitron 46 Race Pro - Hoffman Spec with 600lbs springs on the front with a 300lbs helper and 900lbs springs on the rear with 400lbs helpers and 5mm lower.

    My car is at the max possible camber the stock wishbones allow for, I originally wanted -1.5 front and -2.5 rear but the max we could get was -1.26 front and -2.16 rear. To get anymore I would need to upgrade to the motorsports wishbones.

    I think I get away with the slightly less agressive than target camber because I now have a stiffer suspension setup over stock S1 Evora S and also over the 410 I think too. Stock is 65N/mm front, 95N/mm rear (this was the same for both Evora NA and Evora S) so using an online converter I make stock out to be 371lbs and 542lbs.

    I've only done one track day on the Nitrons so far and left the settings at rear 6 and front 10 clicks from full hard and found it to be quite bouncy so fine for road but needs to be much harder for track. Next trackday I'll be trying rear 2 and front 6 clicks from full hard.

    In regards to how the car handles with the more agressive geo, well front end turn-in is sharp which is very confidence inspiring and the rear just follows around nicely. Going around corners on the road is next level, not that there were any issue with stock other than a tiny bit of front end understeer but it is just better. Ride is firmer than stock but not enough that I still can't daily the car.


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