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  1. I recently managed to get hold of an external power lead for the Blackbird and was able to spend several hours downloading Software updates, Bluetooth Updates, updated maps and speed camera updates from Alpine via a PC. It has been remarkably stable since then, famous last words, but certainly been a lot less problematic. Biggest issue was actually finding an external power lead. Some updates will not run without it being attached, and it a lot easier to do these changes out of the car. Eventually found one via Ebay.com Tris...
  2. Thought I was driving into a mirror, 'Ethel's twin sister coming the other way down the road.:-) Tris...
  3. I was wondering why you would pick a name which could all to easily be mistaken for an unpleasant Stomach complaint. But the that might just be my dyslexia striking again. :-)
  4. I gave my EP3 Type R to my girlfriend, and got her insured through Esure Multicar, one of the other benefits that came with it was they give your partner your NCB, if it is more than their own. So she suddenly went from 5 years NCB to 12 years NCB, plus a 10% discount on both Car's policy. I think it's costing her £200 to insure the Type R and me £300 odd for Ethel's. No-one could compete with that. Tris...
  5. Oh yes, reversed into in the Car Park, passenger side of the nose cone, loads of stress cracking in the paint just under the headlight. Not sure how much hidden damage there is, so she'll be off back to the repairers again.... She will have spent more time with ABL than me at this rate. Chap who did it is a new driver, didn't realize what he had done and unfortunately for him he works for me... so lots of micky taking has ensued. Tris...
  6. Personally I'm with E-Sure, good competitive quote and excellent service when 'Ethel' has been hit. Twice now, yup first one hit the back and now someone has hit the front....
  7. Hamilton Classics http://www.hamiltonclassic.co.uk/acatalog/OutdoorCoverCarBreathableSoft.html £175.00 Good all weather cover. Not tailor made for an Evora, but is a good fit and does what is says on the tin...
  8. Best description I heard for an Evora/a Lotus generally, is that it is a Connoisseur's car. Tris...
  9. Topped to fuel up in Stretford yesterday. One of the other customers came over "Wow, that is such a beautiful car, I've read about them and watched one on Top Gear, but I've never seen one before, they are such a rare car much rarer than a Porsche". He was talking to me about whe we were paying, the chap behind the till was asking what it was, he was quite funny, said; "I saw it come in and thought, oh here we go another footballer (was just down the road from MUs ground) but realised no footballer would have a car that classy, they all come in here with big Range Rover Sports and Bentleys, that is a class car." So there we go boys and girls proof positive we don't drive a footballers car! Tris...
  10. Nice one, I have been having exactly this problem since I got 'Ethel' back from the repairers, will check this first. Thanks Tris...
  11. Tris...

    Rear Ended!

    She's back! Car finally arrived, Wednesday afternoon, took that long for them to be happy to release her. Car looks amazing, beautifully prepared, everything polished, looked like a new car. I drove her from Hamble to Bristol yesterday and she performed beautifully, I'm will her take for a B-Road blast over the weekend, to check handling etc. A couple of niggly issues around the electronics, parking sensors are randomly beeping in reverse and the Passenger door window is not auto resetting, but in the scheme of things and the amount of work she's had, can't complain to much at that. They have agreed to get those sorted with Lotus edge End. Summary of the experience; E-Sure, Kindertons, ABL Portsmouth and Lotus Hedge End have all done a highly professional job. All handled in a trouble free way from my perspective. Admiral/Diamond Insurance, mixed feelings about them, coughed to liability very quickly which was good then, spent a lot of time, pestering about allowing them to sort the repair, provide the hire car etc. Got to the point they were making multiple calls a day and letters were arriving every day. But stopped when I said I was going to report them for harassment. Summary of Cayman to Evora: The Cayman is a beautifully engineered car, everything works, but its ride is unbelievably harsh, the handling is adversely affected by the the ride and the steering is numb to the point of being dead. On the plus side, the radio works properly, ad I do prefer the instrument display and there is more boot space. Other than that, give me the Evora any day of the week and twice that on Weekends. Tris...
  12. Tris...

    Rear Ended!

    Was scheduled to collect 'Ethel' on Friday but there was some delay so I am now due to pick her up on Tuesday. Spent Friday working from home and shunted a load of meetings into Monday, so can't pick her up until Tuesday. Was genuinely gutted on Friday, I was so excited to get the car back, had a weekend of test driving planned, the works. Still I'd rather they got it right and it took a couple of days longer, than they rush it and not do a proper job. The repair manager has been saying that this is a high profile fix and they want it 100% right. So Tuesday it is, I hope. Just in time for the open day at Lotus Hedge End and a drive with an ex Lotus Formula 1 driver, hopefully in the Elise S Cup on the 22nd. Fingers crossed. Tris...
  13. Spotted heading south on M74 just south of Glasgow, looked remarkably like 2011 chrome orange's car from your latest pics. Was around dusk so didn't really get that good a look, but spotted the larger than normal spoiler and the colour. I was driving a white Cayman. Tris...
  14. Only in the UAE http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29649343
  15. Tris...

    Rear Ended!

    So the update; Damage: Rear Clam - written off needs replacing Rear Defuser - ditto Exhaust System - ditto Rear sub frame - bent needs replacing Lots of sundry other damage as expected. Bill likely to be in the 6-8K bracket. Other person's insurance company admitted full liability, so all good on that score. Does however bring up the concern about a none lotus company doing the repairs. It turns out, not so. The Repairers phoned up yesterday and said that their preferred route to fixing the car was to give it to the Lotus dealership I had bought it from as they were better qualified to do the work. She would arrive there at lunch time. Was I ok with that? (Is the pope a catholic and do bears deficate in the woods?) I continue to be impressed with how painless this has been. E-Sure, Kindertons and now ABL Portsmouth have been totally professional, kept me up to date with progress and seem to be doing the best job possible to get Ethel back on the road. Just need Lotus to provide the parts... Might be stuck in the Cayman for a while yet. But while it still is no where near as good as Ethel, I'm getting used to it and it is still a very good car. Tris...
  16. Tris...

    Rear Ended!

    Based on what I have seen to date, I have been pleasantly surprised by how efficient and professional E-Sure and the associated companies have been. While the selected repair company isn't a Lotus specialist, they are well qualified and regarded. (One of the advantages of working for one of the largest Vehicle Recovery companies in the UK, is being able to check up on these things). I work in Bristol but my home is on the South Coast, the repairers sent a lorry from a reputable company in Hampshire to Bristol to collect me and the car. I was dropped to my door, and 'Ethel' was taken to the repair company. At 09:00 on the dot this morning, a virtually brand new Cayman (2.7L) was delivered to my door on a flat bed. The driver was extremely professional, and when he discovered, to his horror, that part of the paper work was missing, it was his boss who brought the missing document to my house. Given all of the bad reports you get about insurance companies, I have been amazed about how well this has been handled. I do of course reserve the right to change my mind, but so far it has been a trouble free experience. On an entirely different note, I took the Cayman for a thrash this afternoon, around the same roads I've blasted around with 'Ethel'. Have to say, despite what the motoring press may have said, it was a disappointment. Compared to the Evora, the steering is vague, the ride seems to amplify even the smallest bump in the road and in the wet the car feels skittish. Only bit of the Cayman which beats the Evora, is the gear shift, which is sublime in comparison. Was really surprised that the Cayman doesn't even have a Hands free system as standard. I was vaguely concerned that driving the Cayman might make me question buying an Evora, in truth it has confirmed, for me, the Evora is one of the best cars of its type, and just so much fun to drive. Who cares about the odd rattle, the dodgy Alpine head unit, and clunky gear box when it handles, drives and sounds the way it does. Just counting the time before 'Ethel' comes home. Tris...
  17. Tris...

    Rear Ended!

    Thanks for all your kind words guys. Fingers crossed the damage isn't to extensive, biggest worry is the Exhaust at the moment, its off center by a couple of inches. Rear Clam is a right mess, 2 foot crack from the Licence plate, and 1 foot crack right below it. Rear Diffuser is cracked, buckled and looks like it has been pulled off its mountings on the passenger side. Just hoping there is nothing hidden away. E-sure have been remarkably efficient, recovery lorry coming to collect from my office, repairers all lined up for next week, E-Sure are waiving my excess all together, can't really argue with that and they've agreed to allow my local Lotus garage to sign off on the work. Can't ask for much more. Courtesy car will be delivered to my home tomorrow morning. They said they felt the Courtesy car should be a near equivalent, so they've lined me up with a Porsche Cayman. Which came as a bit of a surprise, should make an interesting comparison. Have a feeling that the other guy is going to struggle to get his policy renewed next year. Been a weird 24 hours, was coming down the M5 yesterday when a Van's engine let go, showering the car in oil! That took a bit of cleaning up. Hopefully nothing else is going to happen. Hadn't exactly planned for going home on the back of a recovery lorry... Tris...
  18. Tris...

    Rear Ended!

    There I was quietly minding my own business when a Red Honda runs into the back of my Evora! Absolutely gutted, rear Clam smashed, Rear diffuser smashed and exhaust looks like it is bent. Fortunately it looks like that is it, but until we get her on the Jacks and can check under the car won't know. Chap who hit me was absolutely devastated, kept saying " I don't believe it, I can't believe I have hit such a beautiful car". Have to say so far E-Sure have been really good, waived excess, confirmed that it won't affect no claims, said for this type of car we aren't going to give you a normal courtesy car, we'll give you something more akin to your car. I suspect his Insurance company are going to be taken to the cleaners. Just devastated, my poor car.
  19. Just glimpsed you going around the Netley Round about at about 07:00 this morning. (23/09)
  20. Hi, I may have missed this in the discussion but, what was the conclusion about the BOE Intake on a NA Evora, the Radium Intake seems to have been met with rave reviews, but they are no longer made and as rare as hen's teeth second hand. Is the BOE as good, better or not as good? Considering buying a BOE, just wondered whether it was worth the money or whether it is worth just keeping an eye out for a second hand Radium? Cheers Tris...
  21. A702 Dalvene pass from Thornhill to Elvanfoot/M74 if you are in the Dumfries & Galloway area. Wide sweeping turns, good visibility, and recently resurfaced. I am planning to go see mum and dad in the not to distant future, nothing to do with taking 'Ethel' for a fast run on that road...
  22. Thanks for the information. There was a mention of different Gear Cables, where can those sourced from? Will they fit a 59 Plate N/A car? Tris...
  23. Hi, Sorry if this is going over old ground, but I've read a number of threads on various forums but have never got to a definitive answer to the following questions: 1 - Does anyone make a Short shift kit for the Evora? 2 - How can I improve the Gear shift on the car, make it quicker, shorten the travel? 3 - Can I shorten the travel on the clutch pedal? Hopped into my old EP3 Type R last night which has a Short shift kit on it, straight from driving my Evora. I nearly pushed the Clutch pedal through the floor. the travel was so short and light, and just flew through the gears hardly had to move my hand to make the changes. Got out wishing I could put the Civic gear box in the Evora. Presumably I can't do that so what can I do to improve the Evora box? Car is a 59 plate Launch Edition. Thanks in advance.
  24. Seen a few of them: Bentley Bugatti Porsche Mini Entertaining, he is a car nut and his enthusiasm is infectious. If you are chilling and its on worth a watch. Tris...
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