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  1. All kicks off tomorrow morning, go Cherry Blossoms!
  2. Most significant recent statement is that the next new sports car will be shown before the end of next year. 'Shown' doesn't sound like 'launched' to me which could well happen in 2021. Meanwhile the radio silence around the current range continues. Current management have a mountain to climb before then. I hope we see some big strides taken to address some of the negative perceptions soon.
  3. It can't be a lot faster on road or track or comprehensively better on the road day to day, the similarities far outweigh the differences. My money would go on the 410 Sport though. Actually it would go on a Cup 430 but to answer your question the 410 is worth 10-15k more (to me) as a road and track car. Key benefits are - chargecooler, bigger supercharger, adjustable suspension, J-hook brakes, extra power, extra rpm. Coming from, say, a BMW M4 someone might not notice the difference between the two. They would feel equally light, agile, loud and communicative. Coming from a Sport 350 I think you would be more attuned to the differences. If going a lot faster is the primary goal, Komotec your 350 would be the usual advice. If you prefer the OEM approach and a warranty then the 410 is a good compromise, more money than a 380 but you get a more different car to what you already have. Cup 380 vs Sport 410 though.... mmm.... the chargecooler might still just swing it but it would be close. Cup 380 is still the best looking Exige to date for me.
  4. Can't remember a World Cup where so many teams had a real chance at winning it. Would love to see a Northern Hemisphere side lift the cup, preferably England but failing that (and being English), I'll be shouting for Ireland, Wales or Scotland with similar vigour in the final. Think the All Blacks are still the most likely to win though. They seem to have shaken the french monkey off their backs along with the reputation for choking in World Cups. It will still take something extraordinary to beat them, plus a bit of luck, even when they're not playing at their best. At their best, still untouchable. Very strong England team though if all the key players are fit. Not 100% convinced by all of Eddie Jones's selection, but his focus has always been about building towards this World Cup so I'll give him one last benefit of the doubt. It's time for him to deliver.
  5. I'd love to see Japan make it out of the group stages. Their win against the Springboks in 2015 remains one of the great games of any sport.
  6. Unless it's really heavy rain you won't get wet below the neck unless you have to stop or go very slow. The Ariel Atom with exposed sides might be a different matter I suspect.
  7. Not a bad idea, there is also some debate about the legality of crash helmets in cars which I would hope a ski helmet would get around. 620R vs 311 is quite an interesting comparison, are you intending to keep the 620R? Either way you will be well prepared for life with a 311 if you're used to an aeroscreen 7. You might even find the 311 slightly more civilised! I have a supercharged CSR also but I think it would be a bit too wild for road use now, happy for that to be track only.
  8. I did a lot of trackdays in an aero screen Caterham (which I still own). I started driving to tracks, including european tracks, then bought a trailer which quickly became boring then ended up with an Exige for trackdays. If I had a 311 I'd drive it trackdays and back but you'll want to wear a helmet and earplugs. Anything over 40mph soon became painful on the ears, a woolly hat and shades is fine for quick blasts around the block but not enough wind protection for longer journeys.
  9. Great to see the dampers on the scales to back up Lotus's claim. GT4 mounts also save further weight over the originals. I agree with the principle of trying the car stock before modding to get a baseline reference (which Ken has done anyway!) but in this instance if you want the full GT430 experience, you need the Ohlins TTX.
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    TLF GT430 Club

    @Bibs is the man for car covers, GT430 Club group buy?
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    TLF GT430 Club

    No better people than MGR when it comes to Ohlins on the Evora, they were involved in the development of the damper from day one.
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    TLF GT430 Club

    Ohlins are amazing I have the track and road settings for you both when you’re ready. Nice to see some appreciation of what Lotus did with the GT430, the US GT is the highest spec Evora available anywhere currently but still a fair bit to do to get it to GT430 spec.
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    Wow, GT4 roof scoop too?! No half measures. So it's going to look more like this when finished then!
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    TLF GT430 Club

    Wow! Stunning spec Kostas. It's only going to get even better looking from here! Someone will buy that tailgate, completely transforms the car.
  15. It was sponsored by Geely!? Obviously Lotus can't do every event, it would shock many here I think if they knew how much the Goodwood FOS cost and it was great to see Lotus back there with what I thought was a terrific stand. However you'd have thought that Geely would have insisted upon more of a presence at Hampton Court.
  16. In other words a domestic appliance with the soul of a food blender! I'm sure it will be fast though and for many actually preferable to a fast diesel. I think I'd probably rather have electric Taycan to a diesel Panamera myself, I'm not actually anti-electric at all. If it meant we could still have Ferrari V12's and Lotus/Toyota supercharged V6s I'd be all in favour of a widespread switch over to electric for daily runners. Trouble is I don't think we'll be able to have our cake and eat it. Once electric takes hold and the infrastructure starts to switch over, road legal ICE cars will quickly become socially unacceptable, very expensive to run and soon after banned altogether. Track use will continue I'm sure so if you're looking for a petrol keeper make sure it's decent on track. Fortunately all Lotus cars are. The coolest car, bar none, according to the kids at my son's school is a Tesla. Any Tesla as long as it has the big ipad in the dash. Sign of the times folks!
  17. It looks better than a Panamera but then so does an elephant's arse. "The first electric sports car with the soul of a Porsche" apparently. Along with the Turbo and Turbo S nonsense it shows complete contempt for their customers intelligence to me but that seems to be the way they like it.
  18. V6 CUP CONS - ride is firmer, noisier, more raw, more race-car like, worse on long journeys PROS - less understeer, noisier, more raw, more race-car like, more immediate, more engaging on short journeys, better on track
  19. Stunning Kostas, Nightfall Blue works so well on an Evora, loved it on my Elise too. Very classy colour which does something special in direct sunlight. No GT430 in that colour to my knowledge which is a shame but at least we'll get to see what everyone else was missing!
  20. Great car, congrats. Welcome aboard!
  21. Congrats! Each Evora is special in its own right, S1s were never bettered in certain aspects. Be good to see a pic.
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    Wow, jaw dropping, thanks for sharing. Hope you enjoyed some epic drives this summer.
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