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  1. Agree with bispal, I came from a 350 and the difference is massive despite seeming quite small on paper. all exiges are epic but the 430 is just that little bit more special.
  2. Jdm went crazy because the US couldn’t have them so when 25yrs rolled by they went mental. R34 being the prime example
  3. I was told by b&c they couldn’t order in dealer stock of 430 FEs. I’m guessing they wanted to protect residuals for that model. that’s why we saw 390/420 versions available immediately from dealers. there might have been the odd exception where someone cancelled an order.
  4. I think its just paint, the alloys being diamond cut on the lip, a gear knob and a plaque that is different. All the cup430s are remarkable and unique, arguably the type cars are the most common as most i know dont have another one like it, they have all been fettled with either extra painted parts or more alcantara etc. whatever you buy, they are very special cars.
  5. What do you have currently? 200 miles is only two track days. donnington is 2.5 miles long and with an average of 10 laps a session and 4 sessions in a day....
  6. good luck with buying it guys, be interested to see where it lands....
  7. I agree with @Gordon S Tracked cars tend to be better looked after and driven more sympathetically (warmed up/cooled down properly etc). these cars come alive on track and you’d be missing a huge part of the ownership if it only saw the road. they are so light that track work doesn’t put the car under huge stresses, this is proven by the very slow rate they burn through tyres/brakes etc compared to heavier rivals.
  8. Congratulations @Mitch Foden-Clarke they are epic cars and Andy’s is a great example. my lithium battery has an extension lead that attaches to the charger; it would be impossible to put it on the wrong way round. Maybe take it to a lotus dealer and ask why yours doesn’t have it. I have the lotus track exhaust which has the benefit of being repackable. Where about are you based?
  9. What are you going for next Andy? how was the market for the 430? Good price, lots of interest?
  10. @TheKevlarKid I hadn't realised, even so the point still stands, you'd be a very brave man to buy one of these over an original when they are the same price. Completely agree, very special cars and arguably one of the best looking Lotus'. So much presence and the rear end is just 🙌 I very nearly bought the white one at Hofmann's over my 430, a scratch I hope to itch at some point.....very jealous of yours, a beautiful example.
  11. These cars needed to be in the £65k bracket (which is where I believe the original GTE's were priced). They also should have put a longer warranty on them to convince people that being built by a small company meant they would stand by the product rather than try to copy Lotus etc with a short warranty. The fact they told me they had to maintain the car to keep the warranty will rule out loads - I wasn't going to travel 6 hours round trip every time something potentially went wrong - they may have changed this but it was the case when I enquired. For £75-£90k you can buy an original that has had the teething problems taken out by the previous owner so they HAD to undercut that to make it a worthwhile calculated risk. Plus imagine selling these down the line, oh so these are the GTE's, well yes and no, its all the original parts put together by a dealership so they aren't officially a lotus......hello.....hello............ Shame really as these had massive potential.
  12. It looks like jayemms mates car which I believe is signature orange, though I could of totally just made that up.....
  13. It is a problem but you can change the exhaust yourself in around an hour and lotus make a repackable track exhaust which is superb, nice tone to it but it’s quiet enough for all tracks without having to worry about lifting.
  14. No, the cat scratches were done by lotus when it was made.
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