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  1. The cycle industry went through a "carbon is fragile" phase about 15 years ago, now there are no concerns on its strength people just buy what ever fits their budget. Carbon cycles are far more repairable than a aluminium alloy frame, sure many people can weld Alu but not many can heat treat it so usually Alu frames are scrapped. The whole metal deforms while carbon shatters is also not an issue for cycles; carbon bikes will take much greater force before they eventually fail compared to a dent on an Alu frame and many times the bike should be not be ridden with the dent. Not saying those concerns for road car wheels are not valid and I understand that a cycle frame and car wheel have totally different uses etc... Just that technology moves on and new stuff finds a way to make things better. @ramjet do you make them in correct size for an Evora? If you need real world daily driver testing for them, I'll happily test them out on my Evora! 😉
  2. My understanding was that the paint needed to be fully cured before applying the PPF. Time taken to fully cure depends on the type of paint and the environmental conditions. I think the "wait 1 week before apply PPF" is for when the paint system takes a while to fully cure and the car has been stored somewhere cold. On the flip side, if the paint curing has been accelerated by apply drying lamps and kept in dry warm storage etc ... I think you can apply it the next day. The bodyshop will be able to advice you better, they should know the paint products they are using and how they react etc...
  3. I got my sports racer wrap done from these guys: They were great and are recommended by me. I believe they also do the wrap work for the Lotus garages nearby too and are very familiar with doing jobs on lotus cars. Can’t remember the cost as it was ~4 years ago when I got it done but I think it was something like £300
  4. I used to use a sticky rubber pad on the dash. It’s made of some super sticky rubber compound that grips to the dash and the phone without using glue. It gets a bit dusty after a while but you just run it under a tap and it’s clean. Let it air dry and it’s ready for use again. I have use it for some very spirted driving and the phone has not gone sliding off yet… I now use a wireless car play adapter so the phone just stays in my pocket.
  5. @sunbeamgls, you might want to try asking the same question in the Exige V6 section. They are more likely to track their cars and do mods for the track so you might have better luck.
  6. yep agree with you there @eUKenGB. Lotus could quite easily give a rough indication of what they are working on without having to commit themselves to hitting certain figures. eg "We are working on a mid sized saloon EV platform. Aimed at the mid range price point to compete at BMW 4 series, Audi A4 etc level. And we are looking to severely undercut what the current cars on the market weight. We are aiming for sporty GT cruiser type of car, suitable for everyday use but still real essence of for the drivers when on a Sunday morning blast" That gives you an idea of what they are working on and if that appeals to you or not and you can decided if you want to hang on and wait for it. It also doesn't commit them to producing a car that hits some specific figures eg if the car ends up costing £60K instead of £55K, its still in the ballpark and there wont be any black lash.
  7. Well done to Max, apart from the slow start on the sprint race he drove a flawless race. Great to see him doing ballsy but fair overtakes, seems like he has learned and become better compared to last season. Good to see Charles had the hunger for more than just 3rd and was pushing for that extra place even towards the end of the race. Shame he made a mistake and dropped down so far. But this what I want to see, drivers pushing as hard as they and taking a chance that something might happen and thinking with their hearts and not their heads! Come on F1 2022 more of this please! Also agree that Merc missed a trick with the strategy for Lewis. Its happened a few times in the past when Merc find them selves mid table and taken the wrong decision or just played it safe and not ended up anything special. Seems like they only know how to plan a race from the front.
  8. Thank you @RedViper, I watch a lot of the Tyre Reviews content but have missed that. Very interesting, I may be having a look at BMW spec tyres when I need new ones.
  9. Did I miss some news? Do we have an unveil / release date for the GT4? Or are you under embargo and only allowed to state its coming soon?
  10. @mg4lotus, interesting question that I have no idea how to solve. Generally speaking F1 rules do not allow surfaces to deform and change shape so I think option 1 might not be allowed. I wonder if the fix has to be mechanical rather than aerodynamic as per @EldonZ. Possibly any aero solution just leads to porpoising again as it doesn't matter how the negative pressure underneath the car is relived wether its through your flap that opens or the under body air flow stalling. Either option leads to the car producing more and more downforce until a threshold point and then the downforce is reduced and then back to building downforce again and repeat. I am no aerodynamicist so that may all be totally incorrect, just thinking out around.
  11. Don't suppose you took a cheeky look at the Emira Gt4?
  12. I guess most people either use their car as a daily so the Mich PS4S makes a lot more sense or a Sunday special car so use the Mich Cup2 as spec'd by Lotus. Contis and F1 are middle ground in between them. Also I find Lotus customers tend to stick to OEM spec as Lotus are renowned for their chassis tuning more than others so don't want to ruin the world class handling. If the community want to club together and buy me set of tyres I'll happily test them out on my NA Evora 😉 Still need to read up fully on the PS5 but that was my understanding too.
  13. I don't know what it is about them but I am really liking Ferrari v2.0. I have always respected them as they have such a deep history but when I got into F1 towards the end of the Schumacher days I was really not a fan due to some dirty tactics etc ... But I'm a big fan the current incarnation of Ferrari, very glad to see them back at top and doing so well. Fingers crossed Merc can figure their car out soon and have some upgrades. It would be really good to turn that 2 way fight for the front into a 3 or 4 way fight. Similar for the McLaren too, looks like the track suited them today but I think the next few are slow speed corners and we may see them drop towards the back again. Overall I've been really enjoying F1 this season, seems like the new rules are working and the cars are able to follow better and there seems to be a lot more scrapping going on throughout the whole field!
  14. If you still want a sporty feeling tyre have a look at the Continental sport contact 7 or the Goodyear eagle f1 super sport. They can’t match the all round road tyre abilities of the Mich PS4S but they have a sharper turn in and more feedback. Lean towards the Conti for road use and towards the Goodyear if you do track days.
  15. Mixed feelings about the Eletre, I think the design is OK certainly very different and bold design, individual details are very cool but not sure I like whole thing. I was surprised by just how big the car is, there can't be much out there thats bigger than it? Don't think it will make a good daily driver in the UK but then at £100K+ I don't think its intended as daily driver. I've no idea what a high end daily car costs these days so maybe that is acceptable? Let's hope the people it's designed for will find it appealing and buy lots of them. I think Lotus are aiming towards the higher end in general with all their cars so I don't see them making anything small and cheap like Renault Zoe but I hope the next few cars are smaller proportioned and aimed at a bit more everyday usability. One thing I've picked up on from a few comments on here and other websites, I really don't understand the concerns of made in China? China is one of the best if not the best manufacturing nations in the world. They manufacture things to a specification. If that specification is low end then the product and its manufacture end up low end. If that specification is high end then the product is manufactured using higher quality materials and better build quality. There are many high end brands manufacturing things in China and their products are considered to be very good. As long as Lotus design the product well and have a high specification for the manufacture of the product and choose reliable partners to build it, I don't see what the problem is.
  16. Yep 90 twist and pull towards the front of the car. Mine one took quite a bit of torque to get it to twist out. So progressively give it some whelly if it doesn't budge.
  17. My Evora is almost on 80K miles and so far not been told by ball joints are an issue.
  18. Thanks guys for the feedback. I'm going to recommend she does the service. It will give peace of mind and keep the car in good condition. She tends to keep cars for many years 10+ years so makes sense to look after it properly. The journeys she does are also lots of small journeys 5-10miles and from what I've been reading this is not good for the car and its oil and fluids so better to get some fresh stuff in there so its performing at its best.
  19. My Mum has asked if she should bother to get a service done on her 3 year old VW Polo with auto gearbox. It was serviced this time last year and since then the car has done 1500 miles so she is thinking there is little point. I'm inclined to say for the sake of £200 and peace of mind get it done. Will the oils and consumables happily last another year and perform well? Normally I prefer to go above and beyond what's recommended because I use my cars hard but this is a very lightly used car so I'm on the fence a little bit. Wondering what you lot think ....
  20. I think you have that the wrong way round? The static measurement is Sally taken at around 1m away from the car so is usually higher than the drive by limit where the microphones are on the side of the track so several metres away from the car. My NA car when with standard air box, sports box and 3rd car delete was ~98db static and on the edge for Bedford track. I think you'll be fine with a 105db static limit.
  21. I have 10mm wider on the front from when Michelin PS4S were not available in correct width for the 18" wheels. I don't know if they are cosmetically any better but was told on here that a Lotus engineer said 10mm wider front or rear is not going to mess the handling up and is totally fine.
  22. They've had those burnt orange parts for sale for a very long time, I guess they are not in rush to sell ....
  23. I'm not a fan of that silver coloured thing at all. Don't think the profile matches the spy shots that were linked. I'm inclined to believe the spy shots more than the photo/render of the silver car.
  24. Looking forward to the Lotus Driving academy being up and running again. Really enjoyed my time there in the past. Its been a few years since I've been on the track and would welcome a little refresher course at LDA before venturing out on my own.
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