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    Peter
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    Lotus Exige 350 Sport
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  1. BTW: here you can see how overly tight springs impair the mechanical grip of your chassis, that's the reason why KomoTec replaces the OEM springs of the nitron chassis with a slightly softer version Unfortunately this review is only available in german as well, but it's entertaining and informative anyway:
  2. 2017 the Exige V6 was tested again with a lot of KomoTec upgrades applied (EX460, Öhlins chassis, close ratio final drive, Drexler plate taype LSD, Big brakes) - the lap time was a striking 1:48:80 Unfortunately the review is only available in german as well, but it's entertaining and informative anyway:
  3. Years ago the Exige was extensivly tested by "Fast Lap" and their professional race driver Christian Menzel - he experienced and criticized exactly the same behaviour that you described: oversteer under breaking that turns into understeer exiting the corner. Characterization of the problem starts at 01:08 The reason for the annoying switch between understeer and oversteer while breaking and accelerating: the springs are too soft. The solution: Get yourself a Nitron or Öhlins chassis with stiffer springs (perfect solution is offered by KomoTec with springs a little softer than the Nitron OEM)
  4. Baseline: I suspect the Evija is the prologue for what has to be expected from Lotus in the near future. I bought my first Lotus in 2017 – a Lotus Exige Sport 350 in metallic grey recently with about 24.000 km mileage after 2 ½ years… Regardless I experienced inconceivably annoying rattles and squeaks in the early stages of ownership (fixed by KomoTec) this car is the most exciting car I ever had the pleasure to drive and I don’t want to miss that in the years to come. I basically decided to get myself a new Lotus from the current line-up as a long-term investment and pondered extensively if it’s a Sport 350, a Sport 410 or a Cup 430. Finally I decided for a Sport 350 in Vivid Green that will hopefully be delivered within the next two weeks by KomoTec in Mendig. Subsequent you see how I configured my amazing new Lotus Exige Sport 350 MY 2019 Vivid Green and Black Pack Forged Wheels Black Calipers KomoTec Upgrades Phase EX 460 Suspension Nitron "NTR 46 Pro-2way" KT Version Brake Kit Ko-Bra 4-4 Limited Slip Differential Quaife Uprated AP-Sport clutch and flywheel Transmission Oilcooler Kit Tow Eye Kit rear AIM MXS (Strada) Display with Smartycam HD Harness bar and 4 point harness Price : more than 100.000 Euro (about 91.800 GBP) Delivery expected : hopefully Saturday 12.10.2019 at KomoTec in Mendig End of run-in period : we’ll see First Trackdays : Imola and Mugello March 2020 The lowest priced Cup 430 in Germany is offered at the price of 126.990 Euro (about 113.000 GBP) – that’s an extra charge about 11.000 GBP for a car that’s less capable and less attractive than the Sport 350 I ordered. Insofar from my point of view the sales figures for the Cup 430 outlined above are not that bad at all…..
  5. you are right, it's Pflanzgarten 1 - cars take off if driven fast here, so there's no problem with the downforce - the Exige is just fast.....
  6. is this a part of the Nürburgring Nordschleife - and if so which corner?
  7. beyond words, you have to see it in real - overwhelming to my eyes...... but definitly not everybody's liking. When I showed the picture of the Vivid Green Lotus to my Mom she said "You'll have to keep that car for a while cause there's no secondary market for a colour like this...."
  8. Looks great! I recently traded my incredible Lotus Exige Sport 350 in Metallic Grey for a new Exige Sport 350 in Vivid Green (I was bewitched by that amazing colour at first sight....) - when it's delivered by KomoTec I'll certainly post pictures! The picture of the Sport 350 in vivid Green was recently taken in the show room of BF Sportwagen in Villingen, Germany, that's not my future car, just a good example for the the stunning colour. The picture from my former Exige was taken before the handover to KomoTec a few weeks ago.
  9. Squeakwise I suffered exactly the same fate with my Sport 350 from 2017 - meanwhile that horrible noise was removed by KomoTec - it was so annoying that at that time I seriously considered to sell the car, unbearable. I don't know what KomoTec did, but - as for me - that squeak is gone for good. To deliver a car in 2019 in that price range with disturbing noise like that is simply inexcusable, an infamy. Hopefully Geely will sort that out.
  10. I reflected on these options extensivly, maybe my practical experiences implementing my conclusions helps to decide:
  11. Meanwhile I've been to Italy in Imola and Mugello, the weather conditions were perfect (blue sky and up to 24° in Imola, Mugello partial cloudy and 22°) to check the performance of the KomoTec modifications illustrated above. Conclusion: feels and performs perfect on track, the car is significantly improoved, the power output is unaffected by outside temperature, highly recommended upgrade!! Considering the money spent fortunately the car did not only feel better but my lap times also improoved significantly on both tracks Imola 02:02:42 - last year 02:04:74 Mugello 02:11:43 - last year 02:13:24 You can find the videos here: Imola https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixvG_i9SRPY Mugello: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN-ApD-XISE
  12. I always carry a spare set of forged wheels with me to track days since a blown rear tire ruined a trackday in Zandvoort last year. Brakes and Öhlins are given above - but I did not apply any changes to the exterioer bodywork.
  13. a few weeks ago I gave a summary of my deliberations about wether to buy a new Exige Sport 410 or keep upgrading my 2017 Sport 350. As posted before eventually I decided to do the ladder, last week i picked up my Lotus at KomoTec in Mendig and two days later the wether conditions allowed for a first test drive, which was great! I abided by my decision for the KomoTec EX 460 Package (Chargecooler, Manifolds, HJS Kat) without the pulley of the supercharger and without increased boost pressure - basically the EX 390 Kit with chargecooler. The power output is 403 PS and 438 NM - I'am very pleased with that result, because what I intended was my Lotus Exige Sport 350 with the power output of the Sport 410 along with dependable thermic stability. The expense is almost the same as if I had opted for the unmodified EX 460 Kit which makes sense because the amount of work is the same no matter the power output. The car feels much more powerful and handles great - at the end of march I'll be back to Italy (Imola and Mugello with the Pistenclub), I look forward the performance on track and I'am curious about the lap times I can achieve then... Subsequent I post my thoughts from November last year over again just to keep my decision process transparent - maybe it helps evrybody in a comparable consideration process I repeatedly decided to upgrade my Sport 350 which I bought two years ago new from KomoTec in Mendig and I recommend that step by step approach because that way your driving skills can keep pace with the Lotus... Initially I assembled to the brand-new car Öhlins Suspension Kit Track Harness bar and 4 point harness Transmission Oilcooler Motorsport towing eye Forged Wheels After the first year and an few trackdays I added close ratio final drive (highly recommended) Drexler LSD uprated clutch KoBra Brakes fuel cell 60 ltr At the end of this years tarckday season I pondered if I should continue to upgrade my Sport 350 or trade my Sport 350 in for a new Sport 410 and start to upgrade the 410 from the start as well (LSD, close ratio final drive, towing eye, harness bar, fuel cell). Again I decided to upgrade my Sport 350 because (beside the tempting chargecooled Sport 410 engine...) there's to many things about the 410 I don't like (besides the margin betwenn the 410 price tag and the Sport 350 depreciation...), in detail the exhaust noise (to noisy for trackdays) carbon tailgate (ugly to my eyes....) tail lights (ugly....) manifolds (kats) are the same as with the Sport 350 final drive no LSD Michelin Cup2 tires So I recently carried my Exige Sport 350 to Komotec in Mendig, Germany to get the following modifications assembled for the 2019 trackday season manifolds and HJS Kat watercooled intercooler alloy water radiator (not available for my car) That's basically the KomoTec Phase EX390 Upgrade with watercooled intercooler because the charge pressure and the pulley will stay unmodified (approximately 410 watercooled HP expected....) Next year perhaps I will upgrade that setup to the KomoTec Phase EX460 Upgrade for the 2020 trackday season..... The last time I enyoyed a trackday with the "old" 2018 setup was in October in Mugello, Italy - I improved my laptime from 2:14:95 to 2:13:08 without interim modifications, so the 2nd Lotus season ended perfect. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRvBNN1bjU0 To be continued.....
  14. There is a difference between implied warrenty (consititutes a legal claim within the EU, refers exclusivly to defects already existing when the good was delivered and should not be confused with a legal claim for long lasting reliabilty and quality build) and a voluntary guarantee promise by the manufacturer (usually it is promised that the object of purchase works flawless for a certain time period and all expenses are covered if something malfunctions). The forsaid mentioned Lotus guarantee is the ladder, so they can promise what ever they want and define limiting terms to their liking.
  15. just found that video, somehow depressing..... - but regardless love my KomoTec Lotus Sport 350 impassionate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQhdiDEaHJ0
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