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  1. Long time.. Happy New Year Gents. and here:- https://www.instagram.com/p/CKBcs2oF4Gk/?igshid=1drufhm4s6apv Whilst it might be full circle, this time there’s clout behind it. The EV revolution is upon us, this isn’t a bad pairing imho given the universal acclaim for a proper drivers car modern Alpine designers and engineers have created.
  2. Those that know me know I have a soft spot for racing green Lotus... Saw this Esprit Turbo last week in the flesh. Its proper cool😍 If only I had the space.. Holy grail for those that get it 😉 https://themarket.co.uk/listings/lotus/esprit/b78fa0c9-c573-40eb-a982-185485ed60a2?status=live
  3. Worth noting trackday organisers now insist on us carrying an extinguisher in the small print... A friend last season in his McLaren 540 ended up with an engine fire... he pulled over, put the the fire out trackside! Cheeky little extinguisher bought duty free in Folkestone before a eurotunnel to Spa came into use 😬 It can happen!
  4. Good Evening, Been a while since I last posted.. catch up every now and then in the background.. all very positive, great to see progress and momentum building at Lotus. My brother has bought an Exige 410 to reconnect with real driving instead of cheating with double clutch and excessive bhp!! Only problem in the Exige / Elise is where to put your phone. He’s a busy chap that actually uses the car therefore needs to make the occasional call and needs navigation to avoid the jams (Waze). Already waisted time on a few crappy amazon purchases.. Any recommendations? Ideally not a sticky on the screen. Links appreciated! Cheers, Brij
  5. Sods law is your biggest problem. Whilst the chance of getting done are almost zero, the chances of a once in a lifetime accident somehow due the aforementioned almost become quite probable because you’re aware that you’re breaking the law. If you have a decent independent garage nearby why not call them, explain the dilemma (cover the cost of a taxi for them) and get them to pick it up and deliver? Just my take on it. I wouldn’t take a risk. 😉
  6. This topic can be managed. I was Black Flagged at Bedford for going over 98dB in a car that hits around 105dB when you’re on it... An instructor then told me where not accelerate hard and the rest of the day was fine. My mate on the day brought his 3-11... (can hit 116-18dB) that’s similar to yours in terms of noise. We got away with it. Be aware it’s the Car that will be banned for the rest of the day and not the driver if you get two strikes.
  7. It’s subtle. Sometimes nothing and other times wet! So frustrating and infuriating.. Maybe mine was worse than most back in the day. Keep it dry!
  8. Hi, Its due to moisture build up under the headlining from moisture within the car... Are your floor mats wet? I had exactly this problem back in the day. The car leaked, was fixed under warranty and then leaked again... Fixed and then leaked again... Repeat!!! You need to stop the cause of the leaks to stop the moisture otherwise the micro blisters will keep coming back I’m afraid.
  9. The most disappointing test drive of my life. One of the prettiest cars on the road, shame it can’t hold it. It’s fast but fundamentally flawed for all the reasons stated above.
  10. When that happens Lotus will have a seriously long waiting list... with my name on it! I like Alpine’s but don’t like the idea of a DCT (no matter how good the Getrag is). Hopefully Lotus will keep a manual option.
  11. Bargain alert for someone (like me last year) looking for a newish track orientated Exige with all the trimmings... a pretty car. Surprised a dealer hasn’t bought it 1 owner 380 Sport, 2400 miles with quiet exhaust... When I was looking just over 12 months ago these were £62-65k without the expensive exhaust... https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/lotus/exige-s3/lotus-exige-sport-380-2017/9988805
  12. So refreshing to finally see a car that doesn’t follow the heard. Light and sorted. Personally love it. Not as cool as your Esprit @Sparky
  13. like new. used for two winters. bought from EliseShop. balance of warranty expires 12 Dec 2021. http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2&pub=5575378759&campid=5338273189&customid=&icep_item=143418343913&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229508&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg&toolid=11111
  14. Just like the buffoons that slate Lotus you’re slating a brand for the sake of it with no idea of the real facts or numbers. Utter rubbish.🙄
  15. Agreed. Given how many cameras and potholes there are everywhere maybe it’s time... I like the look of that 90
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    Might be of interest if you’ve got RA flights booked. https://www.balpa.org/Media-Centre/Press-Releases/UK-Ryanair-pilots-set-strike-dates
  17. and best yet... it wont get black flagged for noise 🙄 😂 what a fantastic start for Geely. a genuine Ferrari competitor / beater. the name Lotus properly resurrected from the hay days of F1 successes. cant wait to see what the new Elise, Exige and Evora’s will be like! the standards and investment are now no question where they deserve to be. hats off to HetheL, exciting times for Lotus and all its fans.
  18. @Brian Braddock Change happens. You can criticise Lotus for making an SUV and continue reminiscing about when “men were men” and become instinct or be a modern business and get over it. Having seen what the competition are doing, who gives a shit!? You don’t have to buy the SUV but it allows the manufacturer to build what it wants to. If making a few variants allows the company to continue making world class sports cars... move on and get with it. Fast estate you get. Good. Give the fast estate better visibility whilst occupying the same chassis... come on, that view of SUV’s is so 90s!
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    Pilots

    @bibs 😂 shame I’m Lotusless at the moment😒.. my old Evora would have looked good.
  20. auRouge

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    Thanks Andy! Hope you found the Cat C Innsbruck bit entertaining 🥴
  21. I feel the same about anything mainstream these days. It’s all become too alike. The necessity of having to share chassis and engines creating variants to become profitable has been at the cost of character. It’s all boring.
  22. Can’t fault Kia, amazing advancements and probably a faultless super daily. Thread has going me thinking about my next daily! Eclat. Something I’m keen to talk to my Lotus independent about as an eccentric alternative daily! Been running an 18 year old Porsche for almost two years... been a fantastic project that also been zero depreciation and not too expensive to maintain. Wonder if I could do that with an Eclat? A cool looking thing.
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