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  1. The Balboni example is a good one, as it got configured to Balboni's preferences.

    I prefer a stick shift, too. Auto can do everything better than I can do, but less fun. Colleague owns a 650hp supercharged Corvette Z06 and a 550hp 2013 Nissan GT-R. While the Nissan is easier to drive, in the Corvette you have to think about what you do next to avoid killing yourself. Work out for yourself what is more fun to drive. I personally would prefer a decent E30 M3 over any E9x M3 with dual-clutch tranny (always was a BMW guy, so I picked this one).


  2. Fantastic write up! But promise you, your next Lotus will give you the same joy. Even going from my loved Elise R to the heavy Evora S, I am not missing anything. The suspension is so good that you will see the same excitement on B roads and in the hills than you experienced with the Elise.


  3. Sorry for ruining the party, but have you guys ever driven one of those ... eerrrrr .... Insignias? I do, have a 2.0T 4x4 as company car. Most shit car I've ever owned, worse than the French one I once had. Good reason why Opel is loss making.

    Ok, OP will take care of the engine, which helps a lot, my 2.0T has a big turbo lag and guzzles more gas than my Evora.

    Interior of the Insignia isn't too bad, at least with the Recaros.

    Assume it will get rear wheel drive, which might fix one of the worst things about the Insignia, the way it drives. The Insignia is super heavy, speed you car carry through turns with the 20 inch 245 Goodyear F1 tires is fairly high, but changing directions is not recommendable.

    Still, an impressive project. Looks ace with the diamond cut rims. Engine is an absolute plus, and probably the most expensive part. Would I ever spend this money on an Opel / Vauxhall? Certainly not, but I like the idea of transferring the Lotus name to estate cars. Lotus will never have the money to develop their own, but building on something existing could work.


  4. Any change in top speed?

    Had mine on the Autobahn today (early morning so completely empty, 15C air temperature and dry) and got up to 290 km/h. 5th gear first gear change light blinking, so maybe somebody can work out the real speed, it felt fast anyway. Shifting to 6th isn't changing speed, but believe the KomoTec kit would get it over 300. I'm definitely interested but moving houses came into my way this year.

    Also tell us about the sound, assume it has improved with the new headers.


  5. Quick answer: Yes, and it's cheap. Sound is good, but cars smells of petrol.

    But it not be the most future proof option if you want to mod your car further. The 3rd cat ist not the main cat, as you probably know. The main cats sit in a ridiculous space in the headers. Removing them with new headers and replacing the 3rd cat with a proper 200 cell sports cat will give you sound and some more power.

    If you are just after sound, get rid of the 3rd cat.


  6. Hi all! Again many thanks for all the hints and help we have received ahead and even during our Scotland roadtrip.

     

    Here the cars for the trip, standard Cayman with Tiptronic and Evora S:

     

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    Admit that I got the stickers wrong, 124 is the racing special Lotus presented on Evora basis, the Evora is type 122 but very few know and I couldn't find it on the web (though it is in the COC...). 

     

     

    Some statistics: 3409km / 2118 miles, MPG between 22.5 and 30.3. Except the trip from Isle of Arran to Oban (which was actually the best driving road and consequentially resulted in 24.7 MPG) all MPG between refills in Scotland have between 29 and 30 MPG (so below 10l/100km).

     

    Some impressions:

     

    Close to the Hadrian wall, which kept the Roman barbarians away from fine Scottish people (I was told...):

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    Highlands:

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    Westcoast:

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    Coastal roads were ace, wonderful part of the country, Nanny's Shop in Shieldaig is a lovely place to stop by:

     

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    We had to get on/off ferries 7 times, some were easy with the Evora, some required assistance, but staff was always helpful:

     

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    Visiting Balmoral was more at the end of the trip, many thanks again to Archie (who by they way owns / runs a wonderful looking lodge, and the Elan is also a wonderful car):

     

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    But Balmoral wasn't that quite as one might think looking at the pics, there was an Austin Healey gathering taking place at the same time:

     

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    All in, a wonderful trip. Great B&Bs and hotels, wonderful food (Lighthouse Restaurant north Oban and The Kitchin in Edinburgh are worth a special mention), good Whiskey (Oban distillery also a lovely place), found a new smoked salmon (Inverawe Smoke House). If we would need to choose, Highlands over Lowlands, Westcoast over Eastcoast and single best place was Isle of Arran (we will certainly come back). Also lovely golf courses (Morray @ Lossiemouth and Shiskine on the Isle of Arran were the best).

     

    And last but certainly not least wonderful people across the country. We felt home at many places and we were impressed by the local communities (and how local buying, local food, local craftsmen all work together, presenting you high quality stuff - bought leather belts on the Isle of Arran, silver earrings in Shildaig and in the food department, well, all of us gained at least 3kg over the 2 weeks....).

     

    Visiting places like Eilean Donan and Culloden also taught us about Scotish / British history. And the beautiful landscape certainly gave some explanation why people were so keen to defend it at all cost. 

     

    We can only recommend to visit Scotland! No need to go long-haul or South (although Southern France / Northern Spain are on the cards for next year's trip), the UK apparently has some wonderful places to offer. And with the Newcastle ferry, coming from the Continent is quite easy and convenient.  


  7. Oh, Sven, I have to disagree. The Evora gets a lot of recognition in Germany - particularly from the female sex (why should I care about the rest?). It also clears the left lane on the Autobahn as only a Lambo or Ferrari would!!

    Well, I'm married, so don't recognise the female attention so much. And yes, it get's some attention, but the attention levels in Scotland have been completely different.


  8. And judging by the reactions you get when driving the Evora through streets (UK - in Germany it gets less attraction) it is certainly deemed a supercar by the general public.

    For me it is a perfect car, but supercars are nowadays is the 500hp plus region, mid engined, trick differentials etc. still, the Wvora is probably the most fun / best value for money one can get below the unaffordable (for me) supercar region.


  9. Archie, many thanks from all four of us for your and your wife's great hospitality. It is fantastic to meet nice people on our trip. Herko has some good pics of you two, will make sure you get them upon our return back to Germany.

    As you said, the roads from Balmoral going south are also a lot of fun, and not too much traffic, we really enjoyed it. Now two days Edinburgh and then back home. We love this part of the UK, stunning landscape, friendly people, great food and drinks (whisky, salmon, trouts beef,... just name it).

    Although the part of Germany we live is quite boring compared to the part of the world you live in, let us know should you / wife / kids ever get close to Frankfurt or Germany or the Netherlands (Herko always wants to show us his homeland anyway), we make sure we set something up!


  10. Evora S strongly recommended fuel is Super+, 95 octane requires you to use half throttle only according to the manual.

    We went from Fort William to Eilean Donan (which we already visited yesterday), then Loch Carron, A896 Pass of the Cattle to Shieldaig where we had coffee and cake in a lovely Cafe (bought also some local Silver jewellery for the girls), then indeed Loch Maree / Gairloch, quick stint to Ullapool (not worth it) and now ended up in a first class guesthouse in Inverness (Guesthouse Alexander), at the river. Everybody loved it, stunning landscape. Visited the Inverewe gardens, our friends love botanical gardens...

    Driving was fairly good, too. The roads to Eilean Donan are ace, but even later it's simply the landscape which gets you. A832, 5 minutes away from the junction with A835 we've seen a black Evora (black rims) parked at a trailhead. Anybody from here?

    Tomorrow is Loch Ness, then Elgin, then golf. Girls want to play something accessible (both beginners), so it might end up at Elgin or Coveseas, day after I will definitely play Loosiemouth (old or new, both seem to be good??) without the girls, and Thursday morning I will play some early 9 holes at Coveseas or Hopeman before we head down the old military road to Balmoral Castle and finally Edinburgh.

    We hit the roads typically with all the other tourist after breakfast. However, most let you overtake, either indicate when free or use parking places, very friendly. Some we frequently see since we've left the ferry... funny how small the island is (or is it us tourists all doing the same stuff).

    And the single tracks are kind of fun. You rarely can go fast there (well, define fast...), but typically they take you through lovely areas. So many sheep on the streets you need to drive careful anyway (don't want to hit one, they are so sweet...)


  11. Hi Euan

    Was a pleasant surprise to meet another Lotus driver. Other than organised runs, it was the first time for me to see another Evora on the road, too.

    ESSO and BP are indeed the safe bets, we fill up whenever we see one. Glad that both are represented in Fort William.

    Tomorrow is probably the longest drive, to Ullapool and finally Inverness, all along / closer to the coastline, not through Loch Ness.

    We watch out for speed cameras, but generally are behaving well... ;)

    Sven


  12. Since Tuesday in Scotland and its ace. Weather is wonderful, food fantastic, most hotels quite good or at least ok and nice (and cheap) golf courses (Shiskine is stunning).

    Roads are interesting, some are absolutely awesome (northern part of Isle of Arran, Isle of Arran to Oban, Mallaig to Fort William). Good mix, many scenic roads. Have been in the Loch Lomond area, then Isle of Arran, Oban, Isle of Skye and now Fort William.

    Ferries are ok. Would never put another damper than OEM into the Evora, it is low enough anyway to cause a lot of trouble. Twice I blocked unloading the ferry because mine was the first car to go off, and ramp was too steep. Managed it finally using extra ramps but took some time... Isle of Skye ferry is the best, Isle of Arran the worst.

    Fuel economy is fantastic, get 26-30+ MPG out of the car (9-11 liters / 100km). That is 4-6MPG more than the Cayman our friends are driving. Stick to the speed limits plus some tolerance, on twisty roads its enough fun to go constantly with 60mph. Schroth harnesses also ace, wifey absolutely relaxed because she is not thrown through the car. Ride comfort very good, absolutely OK to do 500km a day. Holds luggage very well, 4 sport bags behind the seats, 2 golf bags, shoes in the trunk, all easy.

    Stickering up ("124 - Scotland 2013") was probably a good idea, we get a lot of thumbs up and hundreds of pictures taken. Pictures taken of the Evora easily outnumber those of the Cayman. Reaction is generally very positive.

    Scotish / British drivers behave extremely well. On twisty road sections or single track roads, they ALL use parking places to let us pass (no tailgating from our end, not light flashing...) and give us a friendly wave. Lovely!!

    Only two Lotus seen so far, a blue MK1 parked in Cumbria region and a grey MK2/3 on Skye today. Would have hoped to see more.

    And getting proper fuel is an issue. Only BP was so far offering Super+ fuel with more than 95 octane. Most other stations have 95 only??


  13. Wifi everywhere (even on the ferry), so PM, Forum and email always contactable. Edinburgh we are going to stay a bit outside of city centre, need to check, everything locked away in the car downstairs... Will PM or write here.

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