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  1. @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.
  2. 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.
  3. It looks like jayemms mates car which I believe is signature orange, though I could of totally just made that up.....
  4. 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.
  5. No, the cat scratches were done by lotus when it was made.
  6. @Davey D Gordon will attest to the fact that it rarely looks like that 😂 luckily I quite like the dirty car look, adds character!
  7. Congratulations @SpiritofLotus great choice and you’ll be in love from the first turn of the key. absolutely adore mine.
  8. That’s where it starts Nathan.....then you’ll want better music, then more alcantara inside and the list goes on. 🤦‍♂️
  9. We will have to try and get as many 430s together as possible when we are out of lockdown.....I think most have tinkered to put their own stamp on them so would be great to check each other’s cars out.
  10. Hey Jack, Great choice of car. I absolutely love mine. Im also in the position where I am driving mine as a daily as I wait for the right car to come up for sale. I have cup 2 tyres on it and whilst if I’m heavy footed I can easily get it to break traction it has so far been great. You will want to get the dealer to upgrade the wiper blade so it clears and not smears the dirty water, I’d also recommend a sub and speaker upgrade. Outside of that it’s a lovely place to be, people love the car so you always get a smile or thumbs up and even white van men let you out at junctions. I wouldn’t hesitate for a second personally. Mine is also on track geo so much more pointy and harsh but the car is so well damped it’s still a pleasure even on the worst roads.
  11. Any dealer can sort the bypass valve by taking off the hose line and plugging it for you so its always open. They moved the connector for me so its a 5 second job if I want to put it back and have the car quiet (in 11 months I've not put it back to standard once!). Send me a PM and ill send a pic of the solution I have. Lotus make a track exhaust, with normal low profile tyre ramps you can change the exhaust yourself in around 45 minutes. Its really very easy and the track exhaust is very quiet and repackable meaning it will last a long long time before needing to be replaced. It has a lovely note to it but its very quiet compared to standard meaning you will get on any track at full throttle.
  12. Yeah, I have one for my cup430 and its very good at getting you on all tracks. I bought it from Trevsked who had it on his GT430.
  13. such a good picture. looks mega there (as it does in real life).
  14. Have you had your geo done to change the car's characteristics from understeer to oversteer? I had most of the shims taken out to give the right amount of negative camber which aids turn in - lotus set them up to oversteer as they feel its easier for the novice. My 430 has no issues trail braking and at my last day at snetterton it was perfect.
  15. The only way to find out which is for you, is to get out in them. If you go to bell & colvill they will have them ready back to back so you can compare immediately. i drove the Elise cup250, exige 350, exige 380 and evora 400 when I bought my first lotus. The V6 is just a remarkable engine, never has a V6 sounded so good and the extra power and torque made it great fun to use on the roads. The evora was the sensible option and the Elise was fun as it was much lighter but the exige just felt the most complete in terms of a drivers me. reliability wise you have nothing to worry about, with mainly Toyota parts where it’s important all models are very reliable, evora included. Certainly much more so than any Porsche I’ve owned and up their with the Audi RS models I’ve had where they were bomb proof. To be honest there is no right or wrong answer out of the three you’ve chosen, the main thing is going to be which makes you get that feeling when driving it and looking at it. A good dealer is the difference between zero problems and silly little niggles, which tend to be people’s moans and groans with modern lotus cars.
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