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  1. The 'surprise factor' of the Evora is probably what hooked me. I was looking for a late 997 Porsche Turbo and also had my eye on the C7 (C8 wasn't out yet obviously) and stumbled across the 400 by chance while checking out a used 991.1 C2S at a our local dealership. I had no thought to buy a new Lotus, furthest thing from my mind, really. As we walked past the chrome orange '17 400 that was the dealer's demo, I chanced a closer look and found myself interested to learn more. I thought it was more excitiong to look at than a 911 (or the last GT4) or the C7 (a car which I like) and being a Lotus, I reckoned it was good to drive. But to buy and own? In America? Too silly thinks I but might as well explore it. On a whim I asked the sales guy if I might have a test drive in the thing. I expected it to steer and handle well but be rough and rattly. Well, he produced the keys and I had the universally ubiquitous experience of trying to start the car with the immobilizer on. We got the car started with the needed instruction and everybody knows how that ended. What got me was how smooth, fantastic and unique the drive was. It was everything I thought it wouldn't be. Tight, composed, complete, as a package, good aircon, comfy seats, fun to shift, light clutch, great feel. In short, many things I thought a Lotus wasn't. I liked driving it better than any comparably priced car and I thought it was better looking too. It was a big surprise to me just how together the Evora is. The lack of "features" that I thought were essential in an upmarket sport car, (heads up display, power seats, rockin' stereo, and all the rest gave a moment's pause, as did the lack of a fleshed out national support network but damn, that drive! It took me a few months and two more test drives to talk myself into the car but when I thought about what I REALLY wanted, the Lotus hit every mark. No regrets and sure enough, the surprise factor is overwhelming. You just need to love driving and somehow find yourself in the seat with the wheel. It is unique in the market.
  2. I think your forum handle wonderfully and accurately expresses what seems to be your world view. Well done. There's no point dragging this out further, we'll just have to disagree about most everything but mutual admiration for Lotus. We can perhaps return to happier discussion in Evoraville. See you there.
  3. I hope not to get enmeshed in further arguing my following observations. I really wish to state my opinion and be moving on so I am not addressing the following to anyone in particular, rather to a more general audience. I hope!!! I think many of you are not keeping up with what is going on in the USA or are relying on questionable sources for your data. I also think many who have commented are either unaware of how oppressive the situation is for people of color in this country or don't really care. It's easy to disparage the "protestors" in sum but doing so suggests ignorance of the scope of the events. Actually, the Floyd situation is quite common, happens weekly and has for years. For decades such events weren't even reported or were whitewashed and filed away. Being black in America means you will get stopped and searched because a cop doesn't like your taillight. If he finds your weed or anything he doesn't like, you go to jail. Consequently it's common as chips to meet a perfectly fine black man with some with some sort of record If you're white, you won't get stopped or be sent off with a warning to fix the light. As a black youth, you are five times more likely to end up in an institution than a white person. The stage is set very early. This is known and has been accepted as reality but was equally ignored by the law for generations up to and including my own. There is much reason for anger. Of course nothing excuses destruction of private property and it's regrettable, also criminal. But who to blame?   Assuming this latest mess, including the criminal behavior of the mobs is all a result of left wing agitation is a gross simplification of the problem, not to mention naive regarding the state of our union. There is so much misinformation on this thread that it's hard to know where to start given the complications, the fake news and different reactions in various parts of the country. Meanwhile, Trump's administration only pours gasoline (this is America....we don't have any petrol at all but lots of gas) on this smoldering dumpster fire. And he both creates and promote lies, some of which have been repeated and even seconded or applauded in this thread. I say many of you aren't seeing the full picture. And just as frankly you must understand that the legacy of slavery is alive and well in this country. Changing that is going to be painful and always has been. In the process, much china is broken. There is so much more to say but I truly hope somebody else will say it. I don't even know where to start with some of you guys!
  4. Indeed, he can legally only serve two terms but the damage he has done to the institutional bedrock is already enormous and another four years would see that tripled. It's the structural disaster he has foisted on the institutions, (courts, environmental policies, international relationships and just as damaging, the ruination of our dialog) that is the overriding concern. Even a change in leadership will not reverse the effects of his hubris and greed for years. Via the medium of Kushner, Trump has even threatened to delay the national elections. He doesn't technically have the legal authority to do that, but he does have the power to significantly alter the dynamics of the election. I am not heartened by the notion of "only" another four years.
  5. You know what's even sadder than Trump's utterly porous, puerile, prurient, pompous peabrain all topped by a generous layering of guile and misanthropy? The fact that 60,000,000 Americans will never realize what a pissant they voted for and are prepared to vote for him all over again! (Also our entirely fooked electoral system doesn't help). And then, you know what's almost (but not nearly) as sad as that? That the Democratic Party, which I will nonetheless support, didn't muster anybody more appealing than Joe Biden who's a great guy and all that but is older than me! And I am very old! There are no surprises left to come from Trump's behavior. We know exactly what is "on" (in, or around) his mind all the time. He tells us what he really wants to do but he doesn't actually tell us what he has done. He is simultaneously entirely transparent and completely opaque. What a tragedy for the world at a time like this. It really hurts to have this on the mind all the time. So much so that light hearted discussions about frivolities (own a Lotus, like Japanese knives??:)) coupled with eating foods starting with s or i (sushi, steak, ice cream, Indian food) are the best part of living these days and there isn't much else. (Well, I guess there's sex but I'm married). Thinking about the future? Um...let's not do that unless it's the future of Lotus. You think I'm kidding? I'm not kidding! Living here and seeing Trump, hearing Trump, being bombarded with Trump hour after hour will make any normal person mad. I offer myself as irrefutable evidence of a functional human being laid to waste by our current state of affairs.
  6. It's flattering and true but how could they omit the C8 from mention?
  7. They're sauerkraut now! They never knew what hit them! A merciful end to a pointless existence....pointless for the cabbage, that is. Quite meaningful to me if I'm enjoying a sausage for lunch!
  8. It's changed my life more than getting the car did. I can honestly say that. But truly, the Lotus was integral to the promise I made myself to get a bit fitter and more comfy in my own skin. I started on a proper dietary program the day I drove it off the lot and that was announced to my wife when I bought the thing. I reckoned her help and approval would be useful on both scores As for getting the carbon, I've been doing that to the extent possible! Rewards are justified with the money saved by not eating like an American.
  9. Since buying my 400 I have lost 40 pounds of flab from the car and 70 pounds of flesh off my body. When I bought the car I made a serious vow to lose my excess avoid du pois in celebration of owning a Lotus and as the only sensible thing to do in the event. I'm not just a bit proud to say I've achieved 70% of my goal since getting the car....which proves Evoras are good for your health! Need more good news? It is actually cheaper to lose personal body weight than it is to maintain it which helps save money towards a Ti exhaust and Li battery! For my personal butt weight program, every bit of cake I eschew, each baguette I don't buy and every Scotch I don't drink saves me money! The bad news? That's only if it comes off my personal ass. Losing it off the Evora's is getting more expensive! Losing the first 35 pounds on the Evora cost $3500. More bad news? I still have 30 pounds to carve off my rump and a lithium battery and Ti exhaust to buy for the Evora! (actually getting the battery and the exhaust and losing the last 30 pounds will be good news so there's a bit of wash there). If I was buying a GT and had to chose between the Ti exhaust or the carbon pack, I'd be somewhat at sea but I suspect I'd get the carbon first because I could add the Ti after the fact but you can't do that with the roof. On topic: To repeat ad nauseam: Lotus has not much future here until the things that need to change actually do change. Hopefully that will accompany the truly new vehicles they give us. As desirable as I find the GT, the situation here is at best only marginally better than it was a few years ago. Without investment nothing will change.
  10. Like knives? I do! I got a present from my wife yesterday. (Konosuke 210mm YS wa gyuto).
  11. Hi Paul, Just for the record, my system is as follows: Revel Salon2 mains and JL Audio F113V2 subs mated with a JL Audio CR1 analog crossover. The crossover is just below the C52 preamp in my photo all on a Salamander rack. The power amp is an MC452 and the Oppo 105D you also recognized is used as a transport. I use Audirvana on my Mac and the Oppo streams Tidal natively of course though I have other options with the computer. No turntable though. Some of the other stuff includes a Sony TC158SD (pro cassette recorder, not a hifi piece per se) mostly to fill the shelf but infrequently used to play old demo tapes from the days when we made such things. On the far side next to the amp on the lower shelf is a Denon AV receiver I don't use that, like the Sony is pretty much there to occupy the shelf for now. I'm hunting for a DAC at the moment but the rest stays as is for now. The TV is a 75" Sony. My system is actually quite simple as you see but perhaps with more attention paid to room acoustics and mains power supply than is usually the case. It has a dedicated panel which you see above the TV and of course attention paid to first reflections and some bass traps to help tame the room a bit. The room as usual is the weak link. Looks like you are having fun building rigs for folks. I enjoyed my time doing it for sure! (Most of the time!)
  12. I agree with you. I like the Europa (hard not to) but I simply don't fit in them and I'm not all that big. It's the Achilles heel for me. I see the Elan as the Lotus of the era for me. Mark, your Sprint is fantastic!
  13. I saw that when it first came out as I follow Harry. He makes you feel good about owning an Evora, but then, moat reviews do. The most beloved, least successful car ever made. Someday people will wake up to these things. Until then it's our little secret.
  14. This is by far the best compact, truly portable 12V inflator/compressor I have owned, and as a motorcycle rider of over 50 years I have owned a few. LINK I've had this one for about 15 years and it still works as it did when new although I haven't needed to call on it more than a handful of times. Regardless how little or much use it gets, it always works even if I haven't touched it for five years. Nothing is as useless as a device you may only use a few times but fails at just the moment it is called upon. This is the most most compact yet reliable unit I've found that can ride in the pannier or tank bag of a motorcycle and absolutely be there for you when you hook it up after it's been thrashed in your riding luggage for ten years. They ship worldwide but I don't know what the freight is to the UK. If you want the "Lotus of 12 V compressors" I think this is the one. I also have a ViAir (looks very similar to your 'new Ring' unit) that I have used as a small on board compressor that I pressed into marine duty. It is of equal quality. It's so similar to the Ring you might think they are made in the same factory but the form factor of the "Best Rest" is better for my on road needs since I prefer a unit that takes up as little space as possible. My reply comes a bit late in this thread but I mention it to add another option for those looking for the smallest, lightest yet still reliable unit (especially well suited for motorbikes) who might be well served by a more compact device. It's likely my post has more currency for North American drivers and riders but I thought I'd throw them into the mix anyway. .
  15. From your lips to driver's and collectors' ears.......... It's been clear (to me at least!) that the Evora needs to be discontinued for it to become better appreciated and command greater value. I hope Lotus supports the line with good parts supply as will befit such a veteran. I bank on human nature taking care of the rest, making what is no longer available appear more desirable. After all, any well found Evora is already a desirable ride. All assuming a less chaotic and that IC engined sports cars remain relevant. If the market for entertaining cars remains as we have known it the Evora range is likely to enjoy solid market pricing with later cars commanding the most. The Evora is the rare case of a car (mostly) improving over time. In the end, who knows? Predictions recently got an order of magnitude fuzzier.
  16. That's quite a catalog, Paul! I'll have it all, please! I was in the gear end of the pro audio business for 42 years, the last 30 odd I was a rep/distributor in the Pacific NW. No doubt you're aware of how different the distribution of audio products is in the States vs Europe/UK due to our geography. Here, manufacturers contract guys like me to handle the dealer network and sales in a defined area. Mine was the US Pacific Northwest, five states. I did representa (very) few hifi lines too but pro was always our bread and butter. I just stumbled on this thread so if you're open to participation I'll be here! I'd rather talk about audio on a Lotus forum than Lotus on an audio forum anyway! Here's my listening room at home. You can figure out who we represented to a certain degree from what you see in the pictures. (Think Harman amongst others). The Salon2s are lovely in this space.
  17. My day was made bit happier and more hopeful because Trump's choice for Wisconsin's Supreme Court, a swing state in the US elections, was dismissed by the Cheese Head electorate who voted in large numbers for a more sensible and neutral jurist to their state bench. This is important because it bears on how legal rulings and choices will be made going forward in that state which may have an impact on how decisions will be made as regards electoral procedures in that state. The Republicans generally try to repress the vote in places where they have a numbers disadvantage. This is not kosher in a democracy and it is good that it appears Trump's crony was rejected in this critical state. That made me hopeful and in these days, hope and happiness are inextricably intertwined.
  18. From a practical point of view the Evora is the best road car Lotus has ever made. It is the fastest, probably the most comfortable and in its latest iterations the most reliable and probably the best build quality from a practical point of view. There may be other Lotus that are more important to the company, the Elan and the Elise certainly rank up there for market impact, but as for selecting one that is "the greatest," road machine (using "my" criteria of comfort, ease of use, pace over public roads and overall mission focus?) I think the one most easily driven and enjoyed routinely on the street, they have yet to build better than the Evora. That it hasn't been the sales success hoped for doesn't really alter the fact that for use on the road, it is the most accommodating and generally best performing street car that the company has yet offered. If it's strictly about posters on the wall, it's probably the Esprit, but to actually use and enjoy daily? I say Evora.
  19. We're a hodgepodge of conflicting actions here depending on which state or larger city you reside in. Some states, coastal especially, are locked down while others have only partial controls, closing bars, schools, churches, mainly gathering places in effect. As I live in the south, attitudes tend to range from quite "relaxed" to more understandably self protective but inTennessee there are still no restrictions on movement. Here in Nashville, bars/pubs, restaurants, schools, tourist attractions are closed along with a number of other categories and the city is encouraging people to stay home. But there's no "shelter in place" order. As I am in an at risk category (my age) I am taking the threat rather seriously but we have no restrictions on movement per se. However, my neighborhood is pretty much locked down. We are sheltering in place but without orders to the contrary I can still drive for pleasure although it isn't recommended of course. After two weeks of isolation apart from a trip to the grocers, I took my car for a drive two days ago. I thought I'd have it all to myself but I didn't. Traffic was much lighter than normal (and with no delays) but there were still plenty of cars on the roads. I had my drive and thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought about doing it again today but decided to pass. I am using the hell out of my hifi, my headphones and my other electronics in between knocking off household projects. This would be ok, a bunch of snow days strung together, if it wasn't so miserable for so many. It's very tempting to drive and ride my bikes. I'm trying to keep that limited to necessity but once mounted I can drive a bit and retrieve the vittles on the way home. I count myself lucky given the anxiety, depression, real need and misery being suffered by so many others.
  20. Everyone before me has already said everything I had to say but of course, I will say something anyway. I did a double take when I saw the door cards just like anybody familiar with a 400 would do. This is the car I bought three years ago but asking more money. I thoroughly enjoy my car so I believe this should be a great street car too. Yet I couldn't justify buying a GT (or this version of the same) car when compared to my 400 . I could only buy a new one for the sake of simply acquiring something new. To clarify, my car becomes more "mine" by the month and it's already been shaken out by me. Any new Lotus will need to be substantively different to attract me. A Komotek tune, and some upgraded shock/springs narrow the difference substancially between any 400 and the current cars delivered here. I was even able to acquire a new tailgate at a bargain price, further narrowing any differences. Behold an Evora GT405. (Or is it currently a GT405 on its way to being a GT435?) I understand Lotus is trying to make the most of their situation in the interim but the constant renaming and reshuffling of the same deck while it may be understandable isn't particularly effective. The Lotus GT405 revealed!
  21. ^I thought so too. Petrol car was my last understanding but nobody tells us anything. If the '21-22 car is based on the Evora platform hopefully they'll keep the name and make the best one ever. The platform has earned that and renaming the car isn't important. The Evora is finally getting a little traction here in the form of the GT. Not huge, but better. A lot of guerrilla warfare has been waged on behalf of the Evora. If it is a 400 pus horsepower car, calling it an Elan (which I also thought I heard was possible) would be a waste of a lot of You Tube videos. I have a lot of thoughts and questions about this interim car as we all do.
  22. I want to say again that it was some bad dope from a former employee substantiated by another owner that caused me to prematurely announce the demise of my dealer That however prompted me to respond here. Happily authorized service is still less than half an hour away. I can easily live with that. Indeed, Lotus have struggled but at least lately some of that is due I think to a lack of visible investment. This was understandable when Lotus was struggling on its own or through that successions of ownership changes, right through Proton. This was anticipated and tolerated by owners given the company was struggling to survive. Almost three years later, we still suffer delayed warranty approval/repairs, parts delivery delays, and the understanding that if one is bold enough to buy an Evora, one has to be resilient enough to deal with any roadblocks in sorting it out. I expect repairs requiring parts may result in days or weeks of delay. One sucks it up and reminds oneself they have a daily driver on the one hand and something unique on the other. I'm a understand how challenging it is to deliver low volume, hand made cars through a nascent network at a price. It would yet be prudent for Lotus to construct an efficient infrastructure starting now to support dealers and clients with dispatch. Doing so prepares the company to support the growth it needs, retains owners and encourages us to act as sales reps. Which I do anyway because, Lotus. A million dollars (probably one fifth of that) would provide the parts backup given our low vehicle count. A review of warranty policies and dealer reimbursements could make the company more competitive overall. I say this all the time, over and over, but I love my car as much as anybody can love an inanimate possession. It brings me joy on an almost daily basis. That's the way you need to feel about owning a Lotus because like children, puppies and kittens, it's a damn good thing they're so cute or you'd kill them!
  23. It turns out I am seriously mistaken in suggesting that my dealer is disappearing. I'd edit that out but the forum software won't let me. In any case I posted that info based on some inside info that turned out not to be well informed.
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