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  1. Bumped into Catchpole on the Route Napoleon at a petrol station in the Emira press car (left hand 22 plate Launch Edition in Grey). Looked sensational. @TBDyou’ve voiced exactly what I was thinking. Given how important a review why not take control? Bizarre Now Harris has made a conflicting review.. looking forward to making up my own mind up when and if Lotus offer potential customers a test drive. From Harry’s reviews I’m thinking a manual V6 with Touring suspension. Although I have a feeling the AMG in Touring Spec will be the “new lotus” for the Instagram generation 😉 Tyres can be changed.. if the gearshift has to be managed and not just work without issue I might just go and whack my head against a brick wall.
  2. Looks great.. this wasn’t an easy one to design given the competition… you’ve nailed it..well done Lotus! Love the front end, side profile and rear. I’d buy one over a Tesla, VAG and maybe even a Porsche if it proves to be reliable and well put together.
  3. Did the mco 1000km race in Italy earlier this year.. had to wear it every day for 4 days.. didn’t have time to get used it, now I wouldn’t go on track without it.
  4. @paul_d Thanks for this reply. All of the above, just too restrictive for him in a small cockpit. He’s used to bikes.. So wears an open face Arai in the Exige and is happy with the safety. We’re going to try my kit in his car to see how he feels.
  5. I’ve also got an Arai GP6 with Hans. Great helmet. My brother is unsure about what to do in his Exige 410. We did Oulton and Anglesey last week. Car was great but he said the seats were useless so has decided to get Harnesses fitted.. However this then means he should wear a Hans that’s he’s reluctant to do. Anyone else suffer on track with lack of lateral support?
  6. Long time.. Happy New Year Gents. and here:- 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.
  7. 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 😉
  8. 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!
  9. 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
  10. 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. 😉
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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...
  17. 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
  18. like new. used for two winters. bought from EliseShop. balance of warranty expires 12 Dec 2021.
  19. 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.🙄
  20. Agreed. Given how many cameras and potholes there are everywhere maybe it’s time... I like the look of that 90
  21. auRouge


    Might be of interest if you’ve got RA flights booked.
  22. 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.
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