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  1. Genuinely curious about the camo really not bothered either way but it is usually used to disguise the car before launch. Very unusual to disguise a car that everyone has seen, can’t help but wonder what the idea is. Best guess is they want to make it look like a big development budget. I am far more concerned about many other things that are going on (and not going on) up at Hethel but remain impressed by the work on Evija to date.
  2. Agree, why bother with the camo when we've already seen the car? There hasn't been a squeak from Lotus since Goodwood. The silence is very strange particularly when the marketing budget is many times what JMG had to play with. There appears to be no interest in the current cars whatsoever and equal apathy for building some confidence in the brand. This is the critical time to lay the foundations for what is to come but it seems the guys who should be doing the groundworks are sleeping on the job.
  3. Such a great car the 111r, I still miss my SportsRacer edition. 2ZZGE + Elise chassis = magic combination. Liking the personal touches too. Great choice of wheels, they really suit the car.
  4. You would have been my hero 30 years ago Barry, but I've moved on, more of an Eclan man nowadays which I bet handled considerably better than the Nova. Good to know Trevors already has a sunroof, sounds like an essential option on a kit car!
  5. Intriguing car, I have to admit to never having heard of a clan despite being a regular reader of kit car magazine in my youth and dreaming of owning a Nova one day. Very reminiscent of the Nissan 300ZX to look at but the use of the mid mounted flat four and Lotus know how promises some sweet handling. Also probably the closest thing we’ll get to my ideal spec for an updated Elise which used the 200bhp Subaru BRZ flat four.
  6. Group buy? I bet you could get a cracking deal on it too. Which isn't helping!
  7. They were designed to be swapped over which is why they are all made from one mould, left and right tread design is identical. At first I thought Michelin did this to save cost but it's actually a smart approach for track tyres to even-up the wear. They are optimised for the left side of the car due to most circuits being clockwise as confirmed by the guy who works at Michelin on here. Forgot his forum name, can anyone here remember? @rallyesax? Quick update. Yes it was him, here's a post from another thread about the Cup2. "However, Yes ! They are optimised for track days knowing that most tracks turn clockwise. So that the left hand side tire will see more corners that the other. And if you pay attention, you will see that the angle at the shoulder that you mention is going the opposite way to a PS4S for example (which is not a trackday focus tire). And it was done specificaly for this (it improves the stiffness, lasting performance and the shape of the contact patch while cornering because of the way the groove retain forces while entering the contact area). I know, it doesn't feel intuitive when you look at it, but it actually does when you do the math. And we do have 'feathering' (not sure that's what you meant) on the shoulders with other tirelines also with other Psi angles. The Pirelli Trofeo R you're showing at the end of the video is of course different in terms of tread pattern but you can see that, as a track focus tire, it also uses the same 'reverse' outer shoulder angle than us. In competition, Formula E cars use tires that have almost identical looking tread patterns to PSCup2. Shoulders are done the same way for the same reasons Speaking of trofeos R. I've been testing some of them last month at the Nurburgring against our Cup2. Their performance on the first lap are trumendous ! They are ahead of the cup2 with no doubt but then they drop in performance laps after laps. But hey ! It is state of the art semi slick, and should be compared to our Cup 2R (but we don't have a big size range ) They also act like real slicks when cold ! You really have to put some heat in it to get them to stick or it's real Ice-skating And I aslo have to say... They look cool "
  8. Unusual to have two such strong contenders for the 'ultimate Evora' tag. Naturally GTE owners and GT430 owners will tend to back their own cars but how will we ever settle it? Not seriously bothered of course, they are both epic drivers cars, it's just good pub banter. I really enjoyed the GTE I drove and have to say it felt faster than I was expecting given the IPS and stock 345bhp engine but it was hard not to conclude that it deserved some more power to match the exotic styling and presence. It looks like a 500bhp+ car standing still. It didn't feel particularly heavy but it certainly took up more space on the road. Felt supercar wide. Cool in many ways, great sense of occasion but there are also advantages of the standard body too, particularly on UK B-roads. What we need is a TLF sourced road and track video with a panel of (non GTE and GT430) Evora owners. Ideally with varied track driving experience (trackday rookie, regular trackdayer, racer) who can score the cars across a range of different aspects to come up with a TLF score to add to objective numbers such as weight, 0-100mph, 40-100mph and laptimes. Shame stuff like that is so expensive and time consuming to realise. Who knows, maybe the Stratton GT is the best of both worlds?!
  9. Gavin you forgot to mention how much you dislike the GT430's cut away front A-panels, or have they grown on you by now? I was still interested in how the Swindon approach to 430bhp compares with the factory one and if anyone had ever weighed a GTE or seen a figure for the claimed downforce.
  10. They get a bit compressed on here so quality is not the best but sadly this location is not longer available. Entirely my fault as well, I got the GT430 stuck here in January 2018. It made such a mess of the field (which is actually an aircraft landing strip) that they have fenced it off now! Doh!
  11. Can't remember exactly but if anyone has driven one it's probably him. Hopefully he'll be along soon once he's finished buffing his gold 211!
  12. His and hers number plates too!
  13. Fortunately for you they blew the budget on the white one!
  14. Incredible car either way, can't wait to see it up close and hopefully take some photos of it parked next to my car. Just fitting the high explosives to mine for that movie authenticity!
  15. @Lotusfab Please take it as a compliment due to the rest of the car being so beautifully prepared. Totally get that it looks beyond cool with the skis on but it was never a proper ski rack, just a movie prop bodge and would surely compromise the car's ability to drive on the road beyond 30mph or whatever the car did in the film. Yes who am I to talk putting Compomotives and 1984 Goodyear tyres on mine!
  16. Considerably better than your model already and I think it's a case of gilding the lilly. Fine if it was a tired old example but that's one of the very best G-turbos left. Can't you get a second engine cover sprayed up and have the racks stuck on to that? That way you can keep that immaculate louvred panel the way Chapman intended, as opposed to Cubby Broccoli!
  17. Looks exquisite just as it is. Ski racks not necessary! After all JB wouldn't have had them on for his UK missions!
  18. The Pits

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    Nice ownership trajectory. Welcome to the forum and congrats on the 350.
  19. @TheKevlarKid Have you ever tried/driven a car with the Swindon V6? I'd love to know how they compare to the standard V6 SC and indeed the GT430 if you've been out in one yet. Stability under braking is absolutely superb in the GT430 so any improvement on that would be quite something. While we're at it, did anyone ever weigh a GTE? Someone has put one of the 3.8 Cosworth V6 GT4 NA engines in the back of an Exige V6 CupR. Sounds absolutely glorious, as good as you'd hope. It competes in the CSCC series, I've raced it a few times. Very quick car, usually gets the better of the M3 race cars that it competes against and they're years ahead in terms of development.
  20. The key @Tex to getting more out of the Cup2 is to swap them over side to side between each trackday. It's the same with the GT430, the front left wears out fastest on the outer edge. Ran P-Zero Trofeos and Avon ZZRs on the Exige V6 Cup. Both brilliant but Trofeos wore out fast at the rear. Avon ZZRs sidewalls gave up long before they ran out of tread. I did get 7 trackdays out of them which is fair enough but it was a bit of a shock to see cracked inner sidewalls at the rear. I believe Avon have made some changes to the tyre's construction since then. Fantastic tyre nonetheless. Not quite as grippy as the Trofeo but lasted much longer and didn't drop off like the Trofeo. Grip was strong and consistent right to the end. Obviously keeping an eye on hot tyre pressures is key for all 3 types of track tyre. Leave the car on road pressures and you'll overheat all three when you start pushing on. 2 bar hot is your target pressure. Makes a massive difference to the grip, laptime and balance of the car.
  21. Lightweight magic x 3!
  22. Welcome to TLF! Pics of all three cars would also be welcome. I owned an S2 Elise for 5 very happy years but still have my Superlight R which was bought new in 1998!
  23. Totally agree that ppf, annoyingly, costs pretty much what a respray costs, so going without is a perfectly reasonable route. I suppose there's the risk of a poorly matched respray I guess and while it's disappointing that ppf is far from 100% protective of stone chips I think the Exige is very prone to them being so low. I didn't have ppf on my Elise but I did on the Exige which was in much better shape overall after a similar amount of miles. Ceramic coatings in my experience are not worth anything at all. I had my wheels done on the Evora hoping that brake dust would just rinse off but unless the dealer fobbed me off and never applied any, the stuff they used has made zero difference. Anyway, I need to stay away from this thread ideally. Couldn't be happier with my Evora but I won't be able to completely rest until that Motorsport Green Cup 430 at Central has been sold!
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