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  1. Fantastic - definitely living the Lotus dream there! Youre going to have a blast at Imola and Mugello! enjoy
  2. Wow - ok. Nasty crash and clearly wearing harnesses. Happy to stand corrected. Will take it up with Steff next time I see him. Tbh he didn’t actually fit my steering wheel straight last time I was there so perhaps I should have read the tea leaves.
  3. Lol. Given the question was asked, I am just passing on what I was told by a reputable Lotus specialist when I raised the same point. But feel free to put the time into doing your own homework kids. Caveat emptor. On the roll cage vs airbags point - just by simple logic, installing a roll cage in the car is the opposite of air bags - you're installing additional hard and immovable structures in and around the passenger cell that will injure you if you collide with them at speed - and so you probably don't want to mix that with much other than harnesses and a helmet anyway? Most properly caged cars are probably 99% track and if you're going that far with the road compromises, there probably isn't much point in carrying the weight of airbags around with you? Under the circs, it's also a way to claw back some of the weight of cage.
  4. Steff at Analogue Automotive
  5. In effect, the airbags already have this ‘switchable’ feature. The airbags are triggered in these cars by a collision level pull on the inertia reel seatbelts. If you crash whilst using the harnesses, the airbags will not go off.
  6. That's really the issue - the lowest I have seen a decent V6 cup offered was about £42k (I wasn't ready) - but at the moment, with a decent V6S at 34-35 and the cheapest Cup asking over £50 then the maths looks a bit different. So totally GFWilliamsing the cr3p out of a V6S maybe looks like a better trade. Or I just wait.
  7. Interested to get into a V6 Exige. Would be a weekend and fairly regular track car. Had planned to buy a V6 Cup or similar- but when you look at asking prices of currently for sale V6 Cups (albeit none seem to be moving) vs what you can get a decent V6S for, well maybe upgrading a V6S makes more sense. Trying to work out what is required and likely spend. Would be grateful for any thoughts: Well publicised differences V6 Cup vs V6S from the factory (excluding less vital items for this use such as carbon seats, extinguisher, electric cut offs, sound deadening): Baffled sump (approx £600 for the part) - assume this is required and not just window dressing? 2 way nitrons / adjustable arb(s) - £2-4k depending on chosen aftermarket suspension spec T45 roll hoop / harness bar - not sure if retro fit is practical? Harnesses - £200 for bar, approx £300 each side for harnesses Better brake discs and pads - £ subject to spec Geo - maybe £5k total if focused on a cost effective outcome - more if going large (Ohlins etc) Likely upgrades one would want to make to a either a V6 Cup or V6S used on track (appreciate that you can go all GF Williams with mods, but the basic items for longevity and / or practical track use): Gearbox cooler(?) - approx £1k Replace glass engine cover for 350 Sport style louvres for improved heat circulation - approx £1k? Consider gear cables - £? Enlarged fuel tank - approx £800 Latest tyres (Cup 2) The full Alias 23 catalogue!! Is there anything else to immediately think of? Is anyone aware of any other more subtle differences between the Cup and the V6S - suspension bushing, toe links etc? Would welcome any thoughts on specifics or broad approach.
  8. I don’t fully get the argument that the 380 range were the best looking Exiges (unless you own one) - surely the new front clam on the 410/30 is a nice update?
  9. Would you guys be particularly concerned about tracking a ‘sport’ of whichever variety which does not (I believe) have the T45 roll hoop of the Cup models? Looking at the tuning the other way - if you want more power, the KT475 kit on a 410 is meaningfully cheaper than the KT460 kit on a non charge cooled car One further factor is that Lotus anecdotally seem to improve quality and details with every iteration, even if the parts seem broadly the same.
  10. In truth only you can decide. the 250 is always going to offer a different experience to the 430 and vice Versa so you just need to make a call on which journey you want to go on. i think that the torque and additional charisma of the v6 engine does make it a compelling road car - so you could always daily drive the 430 but in the end - this isn’t your last opportunity to own either car what are you hearing about the RRR solution? Any feedback from the gold 260 Cup owner? And no engine mods??!! Brexit doesn’t sound so bad...
  11. Komo Tec’s Facebook page refers to a 285 kit for the 2ZR which is currently in development. in the comments they say it’s a 265 kit with customisable ECU. So assume its the RRR ECU with 2bular / other exhaust, appropriate intake and TUV approval.
  12. How easy is it to change? Not sure of the copyright issues but one of the best digital display looks is the 3-11 imho. Though I think that the GARW has basically copied and pasted the graphics from this.
  13. Some of the UK 3-11 guys have had it done. I had a passenger ride in one at Bilster Berg and the owner was saying that the KT475 (from H111) along with geo had transformed the car to ‘what it should have been from the factory’. They were very complementary about the revised power delivery.
  14. Now that is an update...! Congrats on the work - sounds fantastic. So the RRR update is new ECU plus full 2bular system? Do they change the intake?
  15. I believe the wheels are the same as the 250 - the tyres are just wider. Have seen somewhere online someone had the 260 Cup front vents cut and pasted into a 260 front clam. Am not sure where you get the vents as standalone parts but assume would be much more cost effective than a whole new front clam.
  16. I would expect to get double or triple the number of TD’s from R888R tho appreciate everyone drives differently
  17. Forum wisdom at the time was that the 048 was >10 year old technology. 52 I am not so familiar but seem a bit more of a high performance road tyre than true semi? Happy to be corrected. Most popular tyre at any given track day?? I’d say R888R based on what I’ve seen My understanding is that with a race car and the ££ you’d go ZZR Would welcome any other views
  18. Thx for all the updates. Will be interesting to see this develop... Re tyres - there is lots of forum wisdom in different directions. I looked at Avon ZZR and Toyo R888R. To me, some consistent themes in discussions and online have been that the Avon ZZR has the higher lateral grip capability vs R888R - however, the Avon’s also take fewer heat cycles before going ‘off’. For avoidance of doubt I have no scientific basis for this! i have also found R888R ok in wet conditions whereas I have heard that ZZR Is less so (again, hearsay not science). I’d still be a bit careful on 888 in standing water - but my general experience with them on the road has been pretty good. An Avon ZZS would have improved wet weather performance over ZZR (similar / same compound more grooves). However, when I was looking there was quite a price difference between ZZS and R888R - and wanting one tyre to do everything I thought that was as good a reason as any to try the 888 first. I thought they also looked better - lol. Not disappointed so far.
  19. Maybe dangerous territory to get into a relative performance discussion (...!) but looks like the car was holding onto the ?380/410? Sport and ?380? Cup ok on the straight?
  20. What the world’s been waiting for...! keep us in the loop... Tho I also wonder if you took out the standard v6 cabin gear linkage housing / cover and replaced it with the open shifter outer structure and didn’t actually change any moving parts - how different would it look?? Ok it would probably look cr8p!!
  21. A few weeks ago RLS were showing stock but I believe that the business changed hands since the original owner and supply seems a lot more patchy. I actually bought mine used in the UK. A friend who wanted similar bought the Brodit Lotus Mount - which does the same thing and is a lot cheaper: It says Elise but will also work for Exige. We both use the quad lock system to then attach the phone to the mount. Stick one of these to the mount: Quad Lock Adhesive Wall Mount - Twin Pack Then get one of these and stick it to the back of your phone or a generic phone case: Quad Lock Universal Adaptor Or get a quad lock phone case specific to your phone model. As above, gives a very solid mounting but is switchable between landscape and portrait position.
  22. Looking good. Keeping an eye on the V6 market and would be keen to get one of these kits if I make a deal. However - you guys do realise that you’re all going to need to buy new engine plaques now that the Lotus logo has changed????!
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