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  1. 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?
  2. What are you going for next Andy? how was the market for the 430? Good price, lots of interest?
  3. @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.
  4. 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.
  5. It looks like jayemms mates car which I believe is signature orange, though I could of totally just made that up.....
  6. 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.
  7. No, the cat scratches were done by lotus when it was made.
  8. @Davey D Gordon will attest to the fact that it rarely looks like that 😂 luckily I quite like the dirty car look, adds character!
  9. Congratulations @SpiritofLotus great choice and you’ll be in love from the first turn of the key. absolutely adore mine.
  10. That’s where it starts Nathan.....then you’ll want better music, then more alcantara inside and the list goes on. 🤦‍♂️
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. such a good picture. looks mega there (as it does in real life).
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. @The Pits he is @mondie you need to test drive both. I have a cup430 and am 41. Have no issues with the comfort or practicality of the car and use it almost daily. Even 2 hours each way up to caffeine and machine is a delight. The raw nature of it for me is inbeatable.
  19. Standard brake pads are fantastic, the j hook are noisy under hard braking which I wasn’t expecting but my god they are so much better than my old two piece brakes on the 350. i can now swap exhausts in around 45 minutes in my garage, it really is that easy and I’m no mechanic. the lotus sports exhaust is excellent, sounds good, is very quiet and repackable. After a quick polish I used these to get extra clearance, £27 from eBay delivered and it makes it easy.
  20. Realised it’s been ages since I updated this thread! so after selling my 350 and moving to a 430 I finally managed to get it on track. Now the 350 is an amazingly capable car right out of the box but the 430 just blew my mind. I had a geo done by Jez at back on track in Guildford and so the car was running more front camber and a lower ride height than factory but the way this thing carries speed, brakes and accelerates is just mind altering. I know snetterton from last year but I had to change all my braking and turn in points as this was just so much sharper. Had a fun battle with a gt3 rs and was shocked that it only pulled very marginally ahead down the straight when I changed gear. I have the lotus track exhaust which was great in terms of noise but they weren’t actually policing noise that day!
  21. Completely agree with everything JCX says but especially the above. In a Porsche be prepared to be sworn at, bullied at junctions and have general abuse. Have had a few 911s and none of the ownership experiences were great. My 350 sport was so positive I bought a 430cup!
  22. Looks like a great job but why not in leather to match the rest of the car? Or are you planning to change to alcantara?
  23. I imagine it’s quite a different experience given your background in cars! enjoy, these cars get under your skin and being in Norfolk you have snetterton on your doorstep which is a track well suited to the exige v6.
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