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  1. Interesting @Birtyboy your comment about the firm ride. I was rather surprised when I drove a 410 as to how stiff and unforgiving the ride was. It rather put me off - but I do like a supple chassis, which most Lotus have. I am hoping to learn that 410 and 430 can be spec'd with softer set up - or easily modified without taking away from the essence. Justin
  2. Just think how good it would be if you got rid of the excess weight of the seat heaters. Justin
  3. Fab lookin' motor. Not much can top Evora for driver involvement and enjoyment, coupled with a stunning design. Certainly not at the price and low running costs. Justin
  4. Congratulations. Exactly how I started my Lotus journey in 1992. £5,000 from free paper Loot. MOT'd and running well. It ended up in Japan in '96. Justin
  5. Re: electric cars and weight, yes cars will be heavier. All the more reason to tax the weight of cars to force manufactures to do as ACBC/MJK did with the Elite/Eclat; thinner seats, lightweight materials, a focus on low mass. Chapman was convinced this is how luxury cars had to be going forward, with smog legislation and higher fuel costs. He was right but (perhaps) for the wrong reasons and ultimately manufacturers were allowed to get away with using BHP to overcome obesity. If batteries make a car heavier, best reduce other weight. No more unnecessary electric motors and fripper
  6. Weight. I would tax vehicles on weight. More and more cars are now over 2 tonnes. Unless manufacturers are forced to reduce weight, they will not do it. In the 60s, they all claimed it was not possible to get the internal combustion engine to do 30 MPG. That soon changed with the oil prices shocks of the 70s and more tax on fuel. You can engineer a safe car without just adding to the tonnage but it will not happen unless the manufacturers are forced to do so. It is purely laziness to just add more and more 'bits' to cars with no regard for the environment and the damage to the road
  7. Who don't like a Lotus memorabilia collection. I am sure plenty of like-minded folk on TLF. I hope your Grandfather drove a few Lotus too. Welcome aboard. Justin
  8. Thanks so much @Mike Kimberley. Just so good to hear these nuggets of truth and wisdom. You must do a book - and can you encourage Brian Angus to do one too! Perhaps not for this thread but I would be intrigued to hear your thoughts on the McLaren road car program and how that may have impacted V10 Esprit. Justin
  9. +2 configuration is so clever. Enables using the Evora far more often yet the profile and shape is untroubled by what is a very tough design challenge. I bet Russell Carr and the team were anxious when MJK (I assume) insisted on +2 layout. I think they created the prettiest +2 mid-engined car in the history of automobiles. Justin
  10. MJK and his team nailed Evora - the arrow hit the bullseye. It is a travesty that Evora did not fly (sales-wise) like an Eagle. Thankyou Mike for Evora. Justin
  11. When in the Lotus position, I never get an ache. Justin
  12. All the unnecessary electronic aids in modern cars (for added 'comfort') is not dissimilar to the rubbish that has afflicted the recent gin boom. Gin is about the juniper - the taste of the berry. Your basic gin is all you need - Beefeater or Gordons at circa £14 a bottle. The junk on offer at ridiculous prices where the juniper has been swallowed in a vat of unmentionable botanicals is laughable. Sans Juniper they should call 'em. A Porsche gin cannot be far away. Justin
  13. Sheena Easton 'For Your Eyes Only' top of the bill.
  14. This is a much better phone holder........... Justin
  15. You gotta drive them first. I fell in love with Evora in 09 when I test drove one at Bell and Colvill. Mind you, it took 9 years before I bought one. I like to build up the anticipation. G Esprit is special. Personally, I don't like the gearbox on the X180 Esprit but I have a problem with any car that has a gear change not to my liking. It don't mean I'm right. Justin
  16. No, no, no! Another unnecessary electric motor, adding weight to the car and waste to the world. Don't start me on devices to close a tailgate. I was so happy when my second-hand modern was not optioned with electric seat adjusters. Justin
  17. Bonhams 2012 auction at Goodwood it was unsold. It went to a collector in Holland, according to Peter Stevens writing his blogs on M100. The car was hastily completed for the 1991 Motor Show, having been ignored as a design study previously by Julian Thomson, who replaced Peter as head of Lotus Design. The interior fabrics look like they were inspired by an 80's bikini. Paul Matty Sports Cars made it a road-legal car by commissioning Ken and Neil Myers to get it running (not sure when this was but prior to the Bonhams sale 2012). Justin
  18. I will be very interested to hear your comments on this. I drove a Ferrari SuperFast recently - for an extended period over a few weeks. Not my thing at all, I have no idea where it would be fun. Perhaps an autobahn but the suspension was so firm, I think even that would be uninspiring after a while. B roads were impossible - too wide, too heavy, too firm, too fast. Evora was bliss after that. Justin
  19. The other consideration is that Esprit are presently rising in value, fairly rapidly in the last 5 years or so. You may wish to decide now if an Esprit is for you; they may be out of reach in a few years time. Or not; but something to add to the confusing situation already created by the posts above. When Esprit was conceived, a rather tall chap was influential at Lotus Cars and he was determined he would fit the new car, as he struggled in a Europa. I suspect you will be fine in any Esprit at 6'3. I would say Evora NA is your safe choice. Highly unlikely to be costly to run and if
  20. I would chat to William Taylor of Coterie Press. Jeremy Walton would be a good choice, who authored the Esprit book (and a few million other car books). Veloce Publishing may be interested - personally I am not fond of Veloce books but they have published some interesting subject matter over the last 15 years or so. They printed Oliver Winterbottom book. Porter Press - Philip Porter of Jaguar book fame. Gavin Green, CAR magazine. Lovely guy, not sure his thing but I met him recently and I am sure he would reply to my email if I asked the question. Steve Cropley of Autocar, again
  21. Your right to request a decent broadband service: What you need to know - Ofcom Universal Service Obligation for broadband speeds, should it assist anyone. Not an issue for me in speedy South East UK but may be useful info. You can also get wireless solutions from companies like National Broadband. Justin
  22. I drive a fair few genuine 'analogue' cars. Excel, 1973 XJ6, Elise, Renault 5 GT Turbo. Excel has power steering, as does the XJ6. I also drive a few 'moderns' including Evora NA. I consider the Evora 'analogue' with regard the feedback from the car but not just the technical stuff like the hydraulic steering or suspension. It is the lack of feeling in most moderns, as if one is in a hermetically sealed box where the engineers are tasked with dialing out as much feel, noise and vibration as humanely possible in an object travelling at 70mph. An Evora tingles with suspension noise, the od
  23. You can modify most a price. Justin
  24. With money from the hedge fund. Justin
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