free hit
Five50's Content - The Lotus Forums - Lotus Community Partner #ForTheOwners Jump to content


Basic Account
  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Posts posted by Five50

  1. I don’t think that there’s really too much to look out for on a 380 Cup - you get the upgrades that came with the 350 - single rear lights, exposed gear shift, various development benefits including improved shift cables etc (not an exhaustive list - you’ll get the full set if you Google) plus the 380 upgrades (sport and Cup) including forged wheels, 2 piece discs, bigger fuel tank, gearbox cooler, full noise exhaust, smaller sc pulley (I think) etc and then the Cup specifics on top.

    Vs the latest 400 series cars (410/20/430) you obviously get the non-charge cooled engine and a few other details.

    They’re great cars, although as you say, rare.

    Vs other models I think it’s just about deciding your budget /  use profile / cosmetic preferences for a v6 and taking it from there.

    I run a 380 Sport, which I love.

    Enjoy 👍


    • Like 1
  2. Hi Martin - if you want info on the Nitrons - call Nitron themselves (they seem very happy to chat) or speak to suppliers like Meteor Motorsport, Seriously Lotus or Back on Track in Guildford. 
    I have the one ways per my other thread - Back on Track fitted / set them up for me - I went up two clicks when wheels were off for a tyre change and the are perfect. I am not planning to change them again.

  3. I fitted one way Nitrons in their ‘fast road’ spec to my 380 Sport’ (actually fitted and set up by Back on Track in Guildford) was immediately happy with the change vs standard Bilstein suspension - in standard settings you get a lovely flowing suspension feeling on the road. 2 clicks up (meaningful difference) and you have fantastic control on track and still an improvement on road damping quality vs stock.

    Was running with a 430 Cup and 410 Sport and didn’t feel I was missing anything in the corners vs their 3 way Nitrons.

  4. Call Nitron and have a chat. I have one ways on my car and nitron told me that the suspension is no different unit to unit one ways vs others in terms of performance - you just have more adjustment with the 3 ways.

    I am not aware of any Lotus supplied ‘race pack’ with anything other than 550/1100 Nitrons (per cup cars, 410, 430 etc) but there seem to be increasing recommendations for 500-500 front / 800-850 rear for road cars that get track use (as opposed to all out track cars) - see Seriously Lotus, Komo-Tec, Nitron’s own ‘fast road’ setup etc 

  5. Out of interest, what was the recommendation for softer spring rates?

    i recently upgraded my 380 to Nitrons and went with the slightly softer than factory settings - l went with the 500/850 rather than the factory 550/1100 - happy with them and note that a few people offer softer than standard Nitrons - Komotec, Seriously Lotus, but also wonder what factory is like.

  6. Thanks for the bike update, all good info. Congrats on the S1000RR.

    I have not ridden the 06-07 but did have a 954 and an 09 back in the day.

    The BMW is obvs a great bike and I’d like to like them - but it feels like a stretch to the bars for me and not so comfortable.

    looking at getting back into it after some time out of the saddle and wondering which way to go. The Hondas always seemed to fit me well and assumed the Aprilia would as generally considered to be compact. 

    The 06-07 always looked great and is obvs a bit of a deal now. You think one would be a disappointment vs newer stuff or not so much?

    • Like 1
  7. On 29/03/2021 at 11:00, jerzybondov said:

    Doing my first track outing in my Evora at Snetterton on the 29th April. Really looking forward to it. Am more used to going round there on a bike! They really are cheap on brakes and tyres :D



    Off topic - but how do you find the blade sp? (That might be an SP2?)

    Thinking about one but also tempted to give RSV4 a try after a number of Hondas in the past.

  8. On earlier cars it seemed that Lotus didn’t really change the wiring - just the external parts.

    So I heard that the cars equipped with 2 speaker stereos (eg 380) still have the rear speaker wiring.

    The Elise doesn’t officially come with the passenger side cubby hole charger that the Exige has - however, on my previous car all the wiring was there - you just had to fit the end socket.

    so you could be lucky - but would need to check I guess...


    • Thanks 1
  9. 3 hours ago, Davey D said:

    Off the top of my head my 380sport has over a 350:

    Carbon font splitter

    Carbon front panel

    Carbon roof

    Carbon barge boards 

    Carbon engine cover/bootlid

    Carbon spoiler

    Carbon sill covers

    Front bumper canards

    Rear bumper corner winglets

    Updated rear claim with single lights instead of double like on the 350

    Carbon race seats

    Forged 10 spoke wheels

    Michelin cup sport 2 tyres

    Lightweight brake disks with aluminium bell

    Gearbox cooler

    Louder exhaust 

    Lightweight lithium battery

    Lightweight polycarbonate window between engine and cabin

    Extra 30bhp



    larger fuel tank (48 vs 40 litres) - can be quite helpful in a v6 Exige 

    above someone implies that the gearbox cooler does not come with the 380 - this is incorrect, it does 

  10. IPS means big number tuning possibilities without the limits of the manual gearbox / clutch?

    Reading elsewhere on TLF about a 600bhp Evora (big supercharger, new ECU, some engine internals -  by 247 Motorsport / SCS delta) on an IPS gearbox whereas 500bhp probably the limit for manual box?


  • Create New...