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  1. I echo the thoughts above, it's almost as if the Emira is too composed and feels capable of so much more that you forget how good it already is and want more from it. Its what I expected the car would feel like; in my opinion the general public don't want a car too feel too lively and exciting so I guess Lotus had to dial down the fizz the bit to give the car more mass market appeal.
  2. I own an S1 Evora (+2), have sat in a few 4XX Evora's but not loads of experience of them and have driven the Emira during a day at the LDA. Getting in and out of the Emira is much easier than a S1 Evora, its very obvious and noticeable straight away mainly due the huge sill that the S1 has. Emira vs 4XX car is a lot closer, its not something that you would instantly detect and you would have to be specifically trying to compare but maybe, possibly, the Emira is a little easier to get into and out? The seats in all three cars are comfortable, different but all comfortable. Both the 4XX and Emira seats hold you in a bit more so better for spirted driving or track driving but then possible S1 seats better for a long drive down the motorway... The space in the back of my +2 Evora is certainly bigger than the space in the Emira. But again I think there is plenty room to put a couple small suitcases in the back of an Emira. I didn't bother looking at the boot of the Emira when at the LDA but I gather its similar to the Evora. So I think is practical enough for two people to head off on an adventure for a few days. For sure on a trip down to Ikea I am going to fare better in my +2 Evora compared to the Emira but thats not really a sensible test. So overall I think the Emira is going to be perfectly fine car to live with everyday and get around in comfort and carry a typical and sensible load for the type of car. So I guess the extra cup holders in the Emira tips the balance in favour of the Emira for everyday liveability! 😉
  3. Guess it depends on what you want from the car. Want something with more power but use as daily then I guess either an S or Phil’s spec 400? Want something with sharper more sporty handling than any of the 4XX would fit that bill. Want to do lots of track days… I guess either Sport 410 or GT430?
  4. Depends what the price is and response from the dealer. If the car was priced up at the top end then yes I expect faults to be fixed but also bearing in mind its not a new car so there will be wear and tear. If the car was priced lower and the dealer was open about the faults on the car then thats fine to me. Work out if the price reduction makes up for the faults and make them an offer or not. If the dealer was pretending the car is immaculate then I would walk away.
  5. I've had the battery disconnected on my S1 Evora for over a week and have not had air bag light come on. I also connected and disconnected the battery multiple times when trying to debug the old faulty battery and connecting up a new one. Didn't get any issues with mine. If my experience is not a fluke then I would suggest to remove the battery and keep that on trickle charge through the storage period. There will be zero load on the battery as it is not contented to anything so zero chance of something rouge on the car drawing too much power and depleting the battery while on trickle charge. This assumes the car is 100% not going to be used over the winter period and assumes the car is safely and securely stored as the alarm will not be functional with the battery removed. But doubt either option makes much difference, there are thousands of people that store their car for long periods with the battery connected to the car and on trickle charge without much problem. Personally I say stick some winter tyres on it an enjoy over winter 😉
  6. Just caught up on the Austin race, it was a pretty good race with lots going on, really enjoyed that. Good to see that Merc have bought some upgrades are more competitive, they were in for a chance of a win there and not just because they got a dealt a lucky hand with safety cars or changeable weather etc. Comments from DC suggested it wasn't just the track really suiting their car and this was genuine increase in overall performance. Hopefully this means they understand their car better and can keep this good form for the next few remaining races and even start next year back at sharp end and fighting it out with Red Bull and Ferrari for the wins. Oh also that move by Charles down the inside of Sergio (I think?)! 🫣😆😍 Wowza!
  7. This post a couple after it suggest that when variable slip mode is enabled the stability control is disabled.
  8. Hi All. I took a look at my carbon tail gate today, I got the "unfinished/factory seconds" version. It looks like its fully finished with glossy finish and just a few light scratches on it. I was planning on just getting a detailer to give it a polish to remove the light scratches. From reading through this thread, seems like thats the wrong action? Even though the tailgate has a glossy finish it still needs a top coat of lacquer to prevent it from going milky? Can any bodyshop do this or does it have to be a carbon fibre specialist with some special top coat?
  9. Agreed there needs to be a proper punishment given to RBR. Bending the rules, finding holes in the specification is part of F1 but when teams get caught being bending them too far, they have always been punished. I don't see why this would be any different!
  10. Amazing ballsy move my Max on the first corner to get back in the front! Congratulations Max on a well earned championship! FIA causing another fiasco with unclear application of the rules making it a not so clear that Max had won the championship so was a bit of an anticlimax. I guess the mis-table battles will still go right to the wire to see who can get 4th position in the constructors and I guess 2nd, 3rd, 4th in the drivers championship is still relatively open so still plenty of action in the remaining rounds.
  11. Ahh so it just clips into the rear seat belt socket? Nice thats a neat trick! Think I might end up copying you. Mine is very similar to yours, high miles (~80K) but has has a lot of stuff fixed. I put some feelers out for prices and got some low offers because of the high miles. The fact that I had done many fixes and improvements did not seem to matter.
  12. @SCMTBCOACH, beautiful car! (I'm also a burnt orange Evora owner!) Can you give me some info on how the racing harness is tethered please? Was thinking a harness might usefully on track days and keep strapped in the seat a bit more.
  13. Can only agree with the folks above. Sure if you are Lewis Hamilton and need to extract every ounce of performance from the car get it checked by all means. But usually if car is tracking straight under acceleration and braking, everything feels fine and symmetrical in the corners and the tyres are wearing evenly (maybe slight bias to inside edge as its sports car). Then that points to everything being OK.
  14. I went a bought the production seconds ones on offer a few weeks ago! Why weren't these offered at the same time? Is there any possibility to return the previous and swap for this one?
  15. Any idea how well these would work with a S1 NA Evora? From what I understand the Sport 410 and NA have very different handling characteristics and chassis setup. Would these work well with the normal springs and geom on a NA? Just give a more sporty ride or will it mess things up?
  16. The 400 shifter mech fitting was part of a bunch of other mods and fixes I was doing at the time so I don't know how much it cost on its own. Have a chat to Dave at ES Motorsport and get a quote from him. I don't think it was cheap, certainly only something to consider if you have a shifter mech failure or you really want a better shift feel. I was getting clutch changed to 400 clutch and lighter fly wheel so car was in bits anyways and made the job easier for them so I went for it. As far as I know there was not any issues in fitting it. ES Motorsport didn't comment on any difficulty or problems so I assume it was straight forward. I've had it for over a year now and maybe over 10K miles and it really is an improvement over the S1 version; has a better feel and is more accurate when shifting. Its not perfect you still can't rush the change too much but it is significant improvement over S1.
  17. Have a chat with ES Motorsports to see if they can help you out? They often have a bunch of spares. Failing that, they have fitted the Evora 400 shift mechanism in my S1 Evora.
  18. Not sure I agree that Merc messed up strategy, I think they were dealt a crap hand by the timing off the safety car. Toto said in post race interviews for them it was all about the win and if there was a chance they were going for it. If it was a boring uneventful race then I think Merc looked good to win with Lewis by doing a two stop instead of three. But due to the safety car the cars were bunched up and Max got a free stop to get the tyres he needed. With Max's amazing pace the only way Merc could have won was with track position they could not have pitted Hamilton and chased Max down. They rolled the dice with Russel as he said he needed tyres was their 2nd placed driver at the time. Same as with the season finale last year with Hamilton on the older harder tyres and Max on the newer gripper ones; I think Merc were stuck between a rock and hard place while Red Bull has the luck of the draw.
  19. Amazing you use to work at Freevalve! Did you ever try to go cam less on the Evora engine?
  20. Thank you very much @Techyd, I'm gonna have a look on Auto Trader and Piston heads and see if there is any dealers nearby with an S3 Elise that I can test drive. Failing that I may give you a shout.
  21. Thanks all for the comments and suggests please keep them coming in. Hmm as I feared its not a straight cut call on one car or the other. They are both great in different ways. I think test drive is the way forward. I'll get in touch with some dealers and see what they have for me to try out. I had previously discounted an Exige V6 as I was after the lighter weight of the Elise. I just love that low mass feeling it had around the Hethel test track it also felt more friendlier and easier for a novice like me to extract its performance. The Exige V6 was certainly much faster round Hethel but I could feel the extra weight and had to be on top of the car much more. If there is a suitable Exige at a dealer I might ask to try that out just to double check.
  22. Should be something in the settings of the head unit on reversing the image or not. If it's an aftermarket unit, sometimes there is a wire you cut to make it reverse image or not. eg this camera from amazon, check 5th picture down:
  23. Hi All, I’m thinking of swapping my S1 NA Evora for an S3 Elise. Wondering if anyone has done the same and if they have any feedback? I got the Evora 5 years ago as I wanted a happy balance of daily driver usability but also something engaging and fun to drive. I’m now using the Evora less and less as a everyday car and more of occasional fun drive car or the odd track day and was thinking the Elise starts to make more sense. I got to try an S3 Elise a few years ago at the Lotus Driving Academy and loved the even more engaging drive and even lower mass compared to the Evora. But that was purely track driving. I’ve never driven a Elise on the road. Any thoughts/comments? Am I going to miss that lovely V6 howl and power or the sublime road manners of an S1 NA Evora on a long drive eg from London to North Wales?
  24. Hi all, I'm back from my day at the Lotus Driving Academy doing the Tailor Made Advanced experience day. In summary ... What a lovely car Lotus have made, I think it ticks all the boxes that Lotus want out of the new car; it is more appealing to the mass market but still has the essence of a true Lotus. Well done all at Lotus who made it happen! The car is beautiful to look at with so many design touches, a little swoop here, a vent over there a little flick in the body work ... absolutely amazing to look at. I got a quick look at the Emira at Goodwood FoS but at the LDA they had a spare car parked out the front so anytime you were not having your turn driving you could go and ogle at its beauty. The inside is very nice too. I'm a little out of touch with what a £60-80K car interior should feel like but to me it all feels and looks very nice inside. I had a little twiddle with the buttons and trim and everything felt solid and well put together with a quality and well judged weight. My S1 Evora interior looks lovely but you can tell its a little flimsy but absolutely no issues on the Emira. Now to the bit you are all waiting for .... the handling ... (Please note I only tried it on the Hethel track not on the road) .... Its a very nice handling car, I tried both the sport chassis with cup2 tyres and the touring chassis (didn't check what tyres this was on). The sport feels a bit stiffer and has less roll and more grip but the touring was absolutely no slouch in the corners and gave a very rewarding ride around the track. The handling is very stable and predictable. Does the Emira have a wider track than the Evora? It felt like the wheels are further apart and made a more stable platform, might be in my head by thats how it felt. They've hidden the weight of the engine and supercharger better than my Evora. I was much less aware of the heavy lump sitting out at the back and high up in the Emira. Again dont know if this is chassis setup differences or engine mounting differences to the S1 Evora? I can feel the back end in the Evora making its self known and wanting to come round a bit more on lift off compared to the Emira, which had more stable balance. The breaking was phenomenal too, very powerful brakes, and very stable under high braking, it tracks nice and straight and minimal dive too. I was far more confident late braking and using a bit of trail braking to get the front end to turn into the chicane than I have been in my previous jolly around Hethel. The steering I think uses a different rack to the S1 Evora, it felt lighter and had a bit less feedback compared to my Evora but its still very good compared to modern rivals. I think the steering feel and weight is better suited to daily driving and the mass market. While my Evora's steering is also assisted it is on the heavy side and I think your average person might get put off by the busyness. With the Emira, you could still place it accurately and you still had that magic Lotus feeling of the car pivoting around you in corners but the steering was just lacking a bit of the feeling of weighting up in corners. Going through Clark and Graham Hill sections I don't think it dances around the corners as much as other Lotus' but the very good handling manners and composure does mean you have good confidence in pushing the car to its limits so the stopwatch may end up saying you are quicker even if your heart rate doesn't. The clutch pedal was much lighter than my Evora which will suit daily driving better. The brake pedal felt better than the Evora. Mine has a few mm of dead travel and then the brakes engage the Emira has none of this, the weight was lighter but I didn't feel I was lacking in any feedback. Similar for the accelerator, its got a lighter weight to it but wasn't overly light and I got used to it very quickly and had no issues with it. The engine note has low bassy sound to it. Overall volume is lower than previous V6 Lotus cars but I think thats expected for a new car also will get under noise regs on track days better than the older V6 cars. I noticed the lower rev limiter, occasionally running into the limiter, the power delivery is very linear and keeps rising all the way to the redline, you don't feel the crescendo and the power tailing off like on my NA Evora so keep your foot in and stay in gear only to hit the limiter. Was a bit of a weird one, one one hand its got loads of torque and keeps pulling, on the other its lacking emotion. Either I have an incredibly well judged right foot or the traction control is very good. Coming out of the Rindt hairpin and Andretti I could happily bury the throttle without fear of running wide into the barrier or loosing the back end. But at no point did I feel the car was restricting me, it always felt like it was working with me and assisting to achieve on a common goal; get out of the corner safely and as quick as possible. As a novice I could happily leave it on all the time on track knowing it's helping to reduce the risk of bad stuff happening while also giving me that hero feeling. Overall what a cracking car, yes its not as raw or communicative as Lotus cars of the past but its a very fun car to drive on the track. It has bags more feedback and emotion compared to most modern cars so it really is a joy. But also its all packaged up in something that is well built and a better quality interior than before, and generally something thats far easier to get on with everyday. Hats off Lotus, well done! And congrats to Emira deposit holders I think you're going to have many miles with smiles!
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