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  1. 1 hour ago, Murdock said:

    Thoughts on Outdoor covers... So many mixed reviews!

    When I didn't have a garage I used Specialised Covers Stormshield for both my Elise and Evoras. Given the softness of the pain used on the Elise in particular the fleece lining didn't ever damage it. It wasn't really much of a pain to take on and off onnce you have developed a technique.




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  2. 11 hours ago, DaveC72 said:

    I may be slightly biased, but that was his least irritating video to date - and much to my chagrin I found myself enjoying it.  

    Yep, from the people I know that have worked with Schmee (that all say his screen persona is quite different) this video seems to be more like the real Tim. Another great endorsement, I wonder what this will do for the order book?

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  3. 21 hours ago, TomE said:

    The instructors being diverted to do customer test drives may be a bigger factor.

    Thanks @TomE I've not heard anything about customer test drives through anything other than the dealership. Who are these lucky customers that get test drives with a LDA instructor? Mind you if it's Donnerly ......... Which leads me to wonder if he's been let loose on an Emira yet. That must have featured in the destructive test schedule.

  4. On 17/06/2022 at 15:13, TomE said:

    Delay to the LDA cars and the instructors are having to help with some sort of customer test drive programme.

    Tell us more @TomE why the delay on the LDA cars? Has anyone heard more about the homologation progress? (Not related to the LDA cars) I've asked a couple of times but Lotus are keeping quite tight lipped about this.

    Unrelated, but I hear that dealer handover training has been scheduled for early next month.

  5. 4 hours ago, Evotion said:

    I have said it before and I will say it again...  take it as you will but:

    If you do NOT get the Sports set-up you will regret it.

    The only decision is then then go with Cups as you will be track or dry weather only and know how to warm them up or the Goodyears - which is my choice as the compromise.

    The sports suspension is not as firm as you will think.

    What is the point of Touring suspension? Get a different car. This is a Lotus.👌

    How can you make statements like this when you have not driven the car? (and in differnt conditions on different surfaces). 

    By comparison, having owned an Exige Sport 350 for many years I struggled to catch an Evora GT 410 which has a more 'Touring' focused suspension setup, on track. You may also find that the newer Bosch stability and traction control of the Emira (which the Evora or Exige does not have) changes the dynamics of the car. Oh and then there are the tyres developed specifically with Lotus for the Emira, in partnership with Goodyear, I wonder if they affect that handling of the car? 

  6. On 06/09/2021 at 16:19, Mickle said:

    That photo was issued with the main 'World Premier' pack a while ago, so I presume it's the blue demo car or another internal car. There's quite a few on Lotus' media site as Emiralust mentioned:


    1 hour ago, DarrylV8 said:

    Lotus have been working extremely hard to build up a very large stock of parts for the Evora

    Made a little easier by the lack of Final Edition Evora perhaps? 

  7. @yentl Speaking as one of those clueless irresponsible drivers, I started my Lotus journey with an S2 111S about 15 years ago, took it on track and spun it several times over. Then on a damp day spun it on the road and wrapped it round a telegraph pole 🙄 Went back to school, starting with Car Limits (a 'Walshy Day') and progressing through various other course over the years. Best thing I have ever done and continue to do as regularly as my wallet will allow. Most recent was the Lotus Driving Academy at the factory and probably one of the more intense (if you do Bronze, Silver and Gold back to back). Worth every penny and a great way to learn more about the car and drivers capabilities.

    The S3 Elise being more up to date obviously benefits from ABS, traction and stability control without loosing that special Lotus feeling.

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  8. .... before you loose interest and get your deposit back? 

    Like many I would really like Lotus to achieve the ambitious timescales for Emira production they have set themselves. However, since some dealers have had the delivery of their Final Editions pushed back by three months I can't help thinking this may have a knock on effect on Emira production. I seem to remember reading somewhere that the Elise delay/waiting list ran to two years when that was launched. Obviously I don't think that Emira will be that bad but I'd put money on the Spring 2022 target slipping to late summer/autumn [insert year here].

    This may apply more to those new to the brand, than existing Lotus owners who know their MO. 

  9. @TomE funny you should post this now, I've just had a similar conversation this evening. I am pressing Lotus to provide sample paint swatches before I commit to the spec of my Emira. I'm going to follow up with them in the next week or so to ensure that this is available when the Emira does the rounds at the dealers next month. As far as I know there will be metallic colours (as per the online configurator) but no one knows what they will really look like. 

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