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  1. Of course due to the Corona Pandemic all Trackday Events 2020 have been cancelled - 25.05.2020 was the first time I could experience my new Lotus Exige Sport 350 (Vivid Green, KomoTec EX460, Quaife LSD, Nitron46, 2way) on an racetrack at the Hockenheimring. I achieved my previous best laptime in Hockenheim 2012 with a Porsche 997 GT3 MK2 (435PS): 01:58:199 My new Lotus felt trustable, handled perfect and was pure joy to drive (except the partially truculent gearbox....) and my best laptime was a 1.58.20 in lap 12 and lap 15 - so unfortunately no new personal minimum time but a lot of fun in troubled times.
  2. according to findings in the german TV show "Fast Track" the OEM springs are just much to soft - so the car dunks under heavy breaking (oversteer) and releases the front axle under acceleration (understeer) which resukts in a handling that's to some degree unpredictable Conclusion: from my point of view a competent applied chassis ( "noisy" Nitron 2- way or "unobstrusive" Ohlins) and an transmission oilcooler are mandatory - anything else can be done later (EX460 Power Kit by KomoTec, Quaife LSD, brakes etc.)
  3. I gave some thought to the same question - last year I decided for a new Sport 350 in Vivid Green with KomoTec EX460 Kit, and we lived happily ever after..... My advice: do the same...
  4. when my 3rd gear started popping I asked KomoTec for help and it turned out that this is a well known issue - they overhauled the gear box (amongst others a shifting claw had to be replaced) charged 2.600 Euro and everything was fine, compared to what i would have been charged by Porsche in a similar case a real bargain.
  5. To my knowledge Quaife ATB differentials come with a lifetime warranty whereat track use is explicitly not exluded - so if it's a Quaife differential (i thought you had a Drexler plate type fitted) I would contact them
  6. A plate type LSD (Drexler 50/60) has a fundamental impact on the handling of the Exige and I never considered it to be as an improvement although I drove my best lap times with the Drexler LSD applied (eventually got used to it.....). My second Exige is fitted with a Quaife "LSD" and although due to the Corona epidemic I could not give it a try on track (actually today i would have been to Imola in beloved Italy ) on public roads it feels perfect and by far less intrusive than the Drexler LSD. Even with the KomoTec EX460 Kit (460 HP and 491NM) ,the Quaife LSD and the Nitron chassis applied my Lotus Exige 350 feels friendly and reliable with Race Mode turned off - anyway, on track I would start with race mode on.
  7. My advice: Remove the harness bar, replace the panel with a new one and fit the harness bar offerend by KomoTec instead - no rattles or squeeks at all in my Exige with that setup. Last resort: Transfer your car to KomoTec, Germany and let them fix the problem, in my case they proved to be kind of "squeek-whisperers".
  8. Lotus Vivid Green in every day life.....
  9. Wonderful cars..., the Lotus is almost like mine! Great picture of an impressive collection!
  10. My recommendation: Chargecooled EX460 Kit from KomoTec and Quafe LSD to get the power on the street - this setup is perfect for me, I can't think for anything better! I would not do any powerupgrade without adding a chargecooler. If the EX460 Kit for what reason ever is not an option consider to apply the close ratio final drive from KomoTec instaed.
  11. Seriosly...., whatever to plan to do with your Lotus , ask KomTec what they recommend! These guys are the best thing that can possibly happen to anybody owning a Lotus! I will pick up mine on 20.02.2020...... (459 PS, 491 NM)
  12. I would favor the KomoTec close ratio final drive over any power upgrade without chargecooling - feels like a significant power upgrade. So if money is an issue my essential Sport 350 modifications are the suspension, transmission oilcooler and PFC brake pads whereupon for road use I recommend the Ohlins because they are not as noisy as the uniball-joint fitted Nitrons. If that's done and still money left go for the final drive or the chargecooled EX460.
  13. I'am heartbroken to tell you that unfortunately there is no redundant set of original forged wheels 😎, the car was ordered with the forged wheels. BTW: The delivery of the radiator for the EX460 Kit is delayed so I'am happy if I can test drive for the first time before christmas 😧
  14. I did exactly the same thing - I traded in my MY 2016 Exige Sport 350 in mettalic grey for an Exige Sport 350 in Vivid Green a few weeks ago and I'am so happy I did it regardless all concern I had if that's an a priori justifiable decision. It is! My impressions during the run in period were exactly the same - you forgot to mention the altered and improved hood release lever! Now the run in period is over and I look forward to collect my wonderful new Lotus from KomoTec Tuesday next week with subsequent listed modifications applied: EX460 Upgrade MXS Display Nitron chassis 2-way KoBra Big Brakes Quaife LSD Harness bar and 4 point harness uprated clutch transmission oil cooler forged wheels This car definitely is the most beautiful and most exiting thing I ever owned! I'm thrilled and can't wait to pick it up!
  15. Before my first test drive in a Lotus Exige at KomoTec 3 years ago I searched for an instrction how to get in and out of a Lotus - fortunately I found this video and to this day I get in and out my Lotus exactly the way subsequently described
  16. the Radio is a Navgear Street Mate - it was not available anywhere since 2018 but actually there is one refurbished offered for 177 Euro - a bargain;jsessionid=jDAB21422F51680F2924D1F29E74D2EB4?vid=917&wa_id=40&wa_num=5116&utm_source=googleps&utm_medium=cpc&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIpO_-s5uv5QIVmcmyCh0rtw1uEAQYASABEgJUgvD_BwE First the running-in inspection has to be made then the EX460Kit will be fitted.
  17. Today I collected my new Lotus Exige Sport 350 in Vivid Green in Mendig from KomoTec - unsuprising I'am still overwhelmed and just totally happy 😀 Beside the cool colour above all I'am exited about the AIM KomoTec MXS Strada Display - the quality of craftmanship conducted by KomoTec here is outstanding - regard how their control buttons for the MXS are intergated in the cover of the steering wheel! Awesome!
  18. 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:
  19. 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:
  20. 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)
  21. 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…..
  22. 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.....
  23. is this a part of the Nürburgring Nordschleife - and if so which corner?
  24. 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...."
  25. 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.
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