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  1. Hi Dave,

    It was a different day, though I don't remember if I'd tripped it on the day you were there too - the marshals usually give you a warning first and then take you off the track for the rest of the day if you do it again - which I did, but another time. The microphone I tripped both times was somewhere around the paddock hill bend

    The pipe separation issue was a bit annoying but easily fixed and nothing to do with any of the above - whenever those would come apart it was hard not to know right away

  2. The Hangar111 is actually quite a bit quieter than the 2bular and is good enough for places like Silverstone or Snetterton. What makes a real difference are the silencing pointed add-ons for the 2bular (not road-legal so for track use only) - you can relatively easily put them on whenever you need and they make your car quiet. You can also point these away from the mikes if you know how to locate them. The Hangar system got me kicked out of Brands for tripping the drive-by while the 2bular stayed consistently below the limit

    The 2bular exhaust note sounds a little better than the Hangar's but both are crap compared to the stock pipes in that respect

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  3. I tried both the Hangar111 and 2bular exhausts to reduce the dB on my 380. The latter is strictly superior. My only problem with 2bular is how long you have to wait to get your shipment but if you can afford to wait a few months, I say go for it.

    I don't now much about the Komotec, would be interested to hear someone's thoughts

  4. @Cristiano S2 Exige is a different car altogether and has more in common with Elise than the V6 generation of Exige. I've spoken to 3 different Lotus mechanics, including one working at Hethel, and the only practical suggestion anyone has given me was to smash the glass. Saying this, if you find a solution then please let us know! I'd really like to keep my windows intact.

    @DanR Frankly, I don't know. The manual supplement says that Li Ion battery should be jump started only as a last resort and should otherwise be avoided. A few engineers I've spoken to said it's a big no-no.  My guess would be it's something to do with the risk of either frying the ECU or the battery exploding, but I'd be curious to know the exact reason.

    I wish there was some kind of portable trickle charger....

  5. Hey Cristiano. Sure you can, just run the cable a little further up, under the dark plastic (or carbon fibre, depending on your spec) bit of the boot. There's enough space there even for a pretty thick cable.

    The electronic central locking system and manual locks are not connected, which is a really bizarre design decision but oh well, Lotus must have had reasons.

  6. Seems they don't tend to have spare parts lying around. Ordered a hard top about a month and a half ago and it'll probably be at least another month and a half before I get it. Not too worried as long as I get it before winter.

    Unrelated: was super chuffed last night at an evening track day at Brands Hatch, lot's of people asking questions and taking pictures of the Exige. Seems, Lotus have once again created a stunning looking vehicle :)

  7. Went to Brands Hatch last night and got the noise level measured. 101-109db between 5k and 6k RPM. The requirement is 105db or less at 5.25k RPM so I'd probably pass on the day but more than likely would be kicked out because of the drive-by tests (92db at 20m). Makes me think I should be OK at Silverstone (105 static, 102 drive-by), which I'm happy-ish with.

    Still, will check with Lotus, maybe they can recommend something...

    @Hangar 111 any advice?

  8. not sure if there's much difference tbh. The coupé can be fitted with a soft top and vice versa. Roadsters are limited at 145 mph while coupés can go up to 175. Not sure why you'd ever need to travel at 145mph, left alone the higher limit. What do they say? "120's plenty" or something like that :D

  9. @The Pits Ok, that gives hope :) The bypass valve automatically opens at 4.5k RPM even in Tour mode so I would probably need to learn the location of every microphone around the circuit and take it easy around those points. Not ideal, but I can live with that. A slightly bigger problem is that they still might perform a static test on it (read here: https://www.trackdays.co.uk/tracks/silverstone/). Would be ideal to get it down to just below 105 static, with an aftermarket exhaust. I should have an update on a few weeks

  10. Apparently, hangar111 have a way of almost completely silencing a V6S/350. Unfortunately, this comes at the expense of reducing the power output. They don't have anything for 380 yet, but even if they did, the idea of losing power does not appeal, to say the least.

    Also, spoke to a very lovely chap from 2bular http://www.2bular.co.uk/, he reckons they can help reducing the noise to at least below 105db which means I'll be able to take it to circuits like Brands Hatch and Silverstone (bit of a dream of mine). Fingers crossed. Anyone had any experience with them?

    I don't mind my issues with the Li-Ion battery (see my long post in the Exige/Elise sub) or the barely passable sound system or the lack of sound deadening in my car. After all, all these issues have the upside of "less weight, more speed", which is exactly what you want from an Exige. But having Nitron adjustable dampers, AP Racing breaks, adaptive suspension, Eibach anti-roll bar, front wing, rear splitters, that massive wing at the back and not being able to take the car to the track (or 99% of them anyway) is a bit of a low blow, almost offensive.

    Sorry for the rant, I feel better now :D

     

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