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  1. Great evening at Snetterton this week Got some proper heat into the R1Rs and they really performed. The car was epic again - she's not the most civilised of places to be if you are just pootling around even with all the improvements but it all makes sense once you get on it. Have picked up a couple of stone chips now but such is life. Ppf is generally doing the job though.
  2. My road policy, currently through A-Plan (Thatcham), includes cover on 5 trackdays.
  3. @CM96good spot on Brands, I missed that when I looked a few weeks ago. On the short list.
  4. Don't we normally run an annual trackday thread on whose going where? I might as well start one anyway: Went to Bedford in February, the exige was epic if a bit too loud and I've got the bug back. Booked: Snetterton 28 April evening MSV Snetterton 12 May evening MSV (Pistonheads) Silverstone 10 November LoT One more left on the Exige's insurance. Would like to do Brands GP but it's so expensive, could go to Spa for less money! Will take the Megane if I want to do more than 5 this year.
  5. Trip to Bedford today, trying out my new 2bular H1 QP for noise. While fine on static at 94db, although testing at a 4.5k rev limit seemed very low to me, 89.2db on the driveby at 6.5k was less than ideal. Black flag plus warning, took it much more carefully the rest of the day without further issues. Hopefully Jim will get me the add on silencer in the next week or so. I knew it was a risk without the add on and I was happy to manage it. Still saw 130 indicated on the back straight and it's wonderful in the corners. The lack of weight is noticeable everywhere after the heavy V6 cars. Otherwise, that's the first long day of driving under the wheels. It's an epic car, properly well sorted as a driving experience. Pretty comfortable on long distance cruise and, while loud in the cabin, the radio is clear and a set of earplugs gets rid of the wind noise. Could do with a new set of boots I think, 09 stamped r1rs on the front didn't get as sticky as I would have expected and i didnt have as much confidence on the brakes or on turn in. Probably still worth using up the rears though before changing all 4 for something more modern and sticky. Couple of niggles- a rattle from the drivers seat, think its the runners as usual - and a 'cubby hole' in the dash on the passenger side where the tags that slot in the dash have gone brittle with age and snapped off. Need to find a way to fix it as it's hanging open and annoying me, though Hangar 111 have already had a go, and obtained a quote for a new one from lotus. Just the 500 quid plus vat! To be clear, I haven't bought this car to lock away in a garage as an investment. I'm planning to use it properly, enjoy it fully and can't see myself moving it on unless it damages my hearing! There wasn't a car at Bedford today that i would've swapped it with (even the lovely 420 final edition).
  6. From experience of trying to sell my essex blue/red interior hethel edition last year, it will be the red interior. It doesn't photograph well easily and isn't everyone's cup of tea in the first place (crazy as it sounds).
  7. I love those laser blue 410s. I saw the one Castle had for sale for a few months at the end of 2021 and loved it but I just couldn't get over/wife maths successfully the price. It was basically the same price the first owner paid for it brand new. So like you guys, I then did the man maths and thought a new one on 50:50 would make sense. Offered in early December for one of Silverstone's stock cars they've had for ages but couldn't get a deal agreed once 50:50 was thrown in. But, the good thing about trying to get the wife over the hill on an 80k plus car is that when a unicorn fully restored 2010 Cup 260 is offered to you, whatever the price you agree with the seller of it seems reasonable to the Mrs!
  8. Aimee sold my Hethel Edition in the summer. Took a few weeks but no complaints really. Much harder to sell an Evora privately at this price point, unless someone is looking on the facebook page and has posted a wanted ad I wouldn't try really. PS no regrets selling mine when I did, but I couldn't cope for long without a Lotus in the garage!
  9. Sooooooooo... Now that it's in my garage I guess I should disclose that I have bought this car! And, without having driven it more than 10 feet, due to a minor issue with private plate transfers and V5s, it seems totally lovely and a credit to the work Paul has done. It needs a service on time and has a stupidly loud larini clubsport on at the moment, which I'm going to swap back for a 2bular, but otherwise its an absolute honey. Carbon fibre absolutely everywhere. Oh my. I can't wait to get it on the road but it's going to have to wait to 2022 looking at the weather forecast!
  10. @C8RKHI know a man in Scotland who can help, covered trailer and everything... @Hangar 111Dave, when do you reopen in New year? I have just had a new toy delivered from Scotland, but it needs a service.
  11. @Jim Estallcongratulations - I've been looking at that car trying to make the man math's stack up but I couldn't have pulled the trigger for another month in any event. Well done!
  12. Or, presumably, former Lotus approved centers such a @Hangar 111
  13. CC won't let you ask what the reserve is, so not surprising! I expect it is going to go to 80k plus over the next few hours, and a dealer will retail it for over 90k. I know that Castle are looking at it...
  14. Did Lotus change the standard spec of the 20th anniversary as time went on? There is a laser blue one on Autotrader at Lotus Bradford that seems to have the final edition steering wheel and an AIM dash, and a second one at Castle with standard analogue clocks and a normal round wheel. I'm going to Castle tomorrow; although it's advertised at a price that's close enough to a new 420 on 50:50 finance to make one of them an option...
  15. @TroyboyI say this in all seriousness because its right at the top of my budget now with the buyers premium and I suspect its going to go for 80k plus... 200 miles on track is nothing on any Exige. I did plenty of trackdays in my V6 over the 3 and a half years I owned it and you wouldn't have known apart from a little gravel rash up the ppf on the sides behind the doors, a usual thing. At 80k plus premium, it's basically a brand new car for 30% less than list. Silverstone have a solid yellow cup for sale at 86k, with 10k miles on it. This should attract a premium to that imo. If I had more budget I'd be bidding to at least that level even with the premium in top. If you can afford it and are really considering it as an upgrade on yours- and I think it is, even though yours does look lovely - I don't see that there is anything to put you off. Still got another year or so of warranty on it even. As it is I'm not sure I will bid again, though I'll see where it is with 24 hours to go. There's a couple of nice 410s for sale currently that also interest me, I'm going to see one on Friday.
  16. I'm also interested in the car so.... I'd be totally put off the the track mileage. Its an absolute shed, wouldn't touch it with yours that's for sure. It's been ragged to death by a wannabe Nick Mazepin and is no doubt going to grenade itself 3 minutes after the winning bidder picks the car up. And the spec is all wrong. And it looks awful, definitely the ugliest Exige I've ever seen. Definitely don't bid on it. For sure. Leave it alone. 😉 😜
  17. Gold all the way: PS: if whomever currently owns that car now is on TLF/sees this and would like to sell, please get in touch - I'd be keen to have her back...
  18. I saw the car at Colchester today. Had a good chat with a chap from the factory, had a sit in the car. And, while I thought it looked stunning externally (looks like a 488 only better), and internally was a massive step on from any previous lotus........ I'm going to get my deposit back. It's a proper second car aimed at a family with older children/no children. In those circumstances I'd be happy to drive an Emira as my daily while the wife has a big SUV or estate as the "family car". I have nothing but positive thoughts towards it from that perspective, if I were looking for a replacement for a Cayman/old ferrari/M2/C63/whatever (dare I say it, an Evora), I'd be all over it. But...... I don't need that. The Emira can't replace my megane for daily duties - it's too nice and looks too much like a supercar. And it costs too much money. But it also can't replace my 7 as a toy/track car - I tracked my Evora, it was great at it and I'm sure the Emira will be the same. But it won't be as bonkers as a 7, it will cost a lot to run, it's not raw enough and actually, I'm not sure it's special enough to be a toy. Seeing all the Exiges Colchester had lined up in the sun actually hammered home the mistake I'd made selling my V6 exige almost 4 years ago. Come the new year I will seriously consider replacing the 7 for one of the last Exiges but, for me, the Emira is a lovely car that doesn't fit into my life at the current time.
  19. My 145hp Caterham Superlight with the Caterham close ratio 6 speed box is properly mental..... I'm going AMG (or nothing, as giving up said mental 7 would be a total kick in the nuts at this time) but I am concerned that the V6 version won't necessary have the performance to back up the looks. It's the same power train as the Evora and that means 2nd gear goes beyond the legal speed limit.... It will still be a fast car, particularly on a track but I would be surprised if it's considered scary by anyone.
  20. I had a ride in a gt430 at the weekend but even after that I'm AMG or nothing. Ive had the V6 in 2 lotus already and I'm not going to buy a third with the same powertrain. If 'autumn 22' has become 'January 23 at the earliest' I'm coming close to pulling my deposit. Still, no final decisions until I see the car for myself next month. Edit: I wonder if Lotus are having problems with the AMG installation. The lady who called me 10 days ago did say they hadn't finished testing. I thought that was a slip of the tongue but perhaps there is more to it than that.
  21. @C8RKHI don't think Lotus marketed the Evora at all, let alone the 410 sport. You could also see the 410 sport and similar models as an admission by Lotus that the Evora had failed. Personally I can see the appeal in one (apart from the angle of the seats) but I am in the hard-core minority and that's not who Lotus need to sell the Emira to.
  22. I shall do just that. The Evora isn't raw. Exige/Elise/Caterham - those are raw cars and there's a definite time and place for one of them. However, the Evora was meant to be an everyday, practical Lotus, with semi-exotic looks while delivering the traditional Lotus driving experience. I loved mine, although perhaps not as much as my previous Exiges... But, by the time I sold it, I had enough of the easily scratched leather and slow and frequently in need of resetting stereo. The mash up powertrain and noisy clutch. Second gear that went beyond the legal speed limit. The windscreen that took 10 minutes or more to clear in the station car park 6 months a year. An average 20MPG; and quite a lot less than that if it didn't get a run on a tank. Nowhere apart from the passenger seat to put my coffee cup on the way to the station 😉. The fact that my 5'2" wife couldn't drive it as she couldn't fully depress the clutch pedal! It was still epic to drive, made a fantastic noise, properly fast, amazing ride, supercar looks. Seeing the supercharger actuator in the rear view mirror never grew old. I'd tell anyone in the market to buy one and it did deserve to do better in the market than it actually did, in my humble opinion. It's miles more of an event than your equivalent 911. But there's loads of reasons why Lotus didn't sell many of them and the hardcore relatively few people who would put up with the downsides rather than just marching off to the nearest (and much nearer in all likelihood) OPC to put down a deposit on a 911 was insufficient to sustain the business. Hopefully the Emira solves my personal issues above, while still looking like a supercar, being fantastic to drive and delivering junior supercar performance AND at the same time returning a profit to the company. I'm very excited for more information on the AMG powertrain. I'm not 100% certain I will take up my place in the queue, but that's for reasons unconnected to the car itself. I tested an M2 last year. Never been more disappointed in a car. The ride. 💩
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