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  1. Goodwood was great, suits the Evora, let's it stretch its legs and demonstrate its balance through medium and fast bends. That brand new S was indicating 140 at the end of the Lavant straight, before piling on the anchors. But Fordwater is the 'test of nerve' for me. Fast right hand kink with nothing but an earth bank on the outside. Age, discretion and lack of talent mean I always have a subconscious lift before aiming for the apex. Martin Donnelly just took it flat at 120, whilst chatting to me like it was a Sunday afternoon drive. Respect!

  2. Recently put on a set of Dunlop Maxx RT boots, but held off posting until I had experienced them on track.

    Cost, good (470 all inc), tick

    Road manners, good (compliant and quiet), tick

    Efficiency, (slightly better fuel economy), tick

    Track performance (squirmy and howly), cross.

    8 seconds, yep 8 seconds, slower round Goodwood than a two year old set of Pirelli's on their last legs.

    Lesson learnt, stick to Manufacturers recommendations !

  3. Back at Goodwood today, for a real test of the Aircon ! No brake judder since having my rear discs skimmed so an enjoyable day.

    Especially so since I had a chance to drive a brand new Evora S. Being encouraged to get the most out of it by the legend that is Martin Donnelly.

    Wow, Lotus have done a fabulous job of developing the car, it felt so different to my 2010 NA.

  4. I used Chequers Lane Garage in Tadworth. They had a Ferrari Mondial and 911 in at the same time.. Friendly and careful with my car :-) They charged me £120 for two disks (about an hour and a half).

     

    Add me to the list of owners with skimmed (rear) discs, just driven back from Chequers Lane garage myself in a much smoother fashion than driving there.  Slow speed, light brake pressure "wobbliness" has been eradicated.

    Before

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    After

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  5. Last week, 1265 miles of relaxed motorway cruising up to Scotland.  Gentle touring about, plus some spirited 'lets see what this car is all about' driving and a bit less relaxed, press on, return back to flooded Berkshire.

     

    1265 miles, 168 Litres of normal unleaded = 34MPG.  I would be surprised if any other car can deliver that many MPG and so many SPG ! (Smiles per Gallon)

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  6. Well, if all I did for the rest of my life was drive my Evora from Glencoe to Crianlarich, I would die a happy, happy man. Effortless overtaking, faultless ride, tremendously sure footed. You know you are on it when bikers wave you past !

    Conversely, the B road from Lockerbie to Langholm, has to be the worst road surface this side of the sea of tranquility. Potholes galore, constant camber changes, limited visibility, just awful.

  7. Loving my Evora to bits this week, "Touring" around Glencoe and the western highlands. Just discovered an incredible design feature.

    The grill at the back of the engine cover, dries wet socks in about 20 minutes !

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  8. I rely on, and trust, Steve Williams in Maidenhead (He races Evora's).  

     

    My 4 year service, plus MOT, plus resealing flapping front Clam was less than £500.

     

    Witty banter is thrown in for free too.

     

     

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  9. I have seen 40+ mpg on a run.

     

    Here are the stats over 6414 miles of ownership.

    29 fill ups, Max MPG 33.99 - Avg MPG 26.30 - Min MPG 6.84 (Castle Combe Track day)

    Most I managed to squeeze into the tank = 47.5 litres , so there must be a big reserve after you are approaching empty, spec says capacity is 60.

     

    Thumbs up to Accufuel, neat little iPhone app for recording this stuff.

  10. Just driving out of London on the M4, being very good, Cruise Control set to 70 (Honest!)

    And then the front bonnet panel suddenly starts lifting away, followed swiftly by the access panel popping open.

    Slowed down and crept to Heston services where I discovered this (Sorry, poor phone pictures)

     

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    I cannot see any mechanical fixing for the front flap, apart from bonding material (Make that non-bonding material)

     

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    A roll of insulating tape is my Get Home fix

     

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    Does anyone know if that is the case?  (Glue only) and what should I use to reseal this?

     

     

     

     

  11. Russell

    I am not an expert, or an audiophile, but I ditched the Alpine and did a straight swap for the Pioneer 3500DAB, which is a reasonable cost double din unit, without satnav but with great smartphone connectivity (I use the nav built into my iPhone, displayed on the head unit screen).

    The clarity of sound, punchyness of the treble and better all round audio was night and day to the Alpine. (My car did not have the Imprint module).

    Bluetooth is also more reliable and easy to use.

    Got a couple of hundred quid back on ebay for the Alpine, so overall the upgrade, including fitting and conversion Cale set cost me about £200.

    I still need to sort out a decent antenna, for both FM and Dab as the silly windscreen stuck one is non functional more than 5 miles from a transmitter.

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