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  1. Back in the days when C4 did show live races they packed the adds in the pre and post race chat, the race was un-interrupted. The online catchup program and highlights had adverts mid race but not the live show on TV. I would hope they would do the same again for this race.
  2. Yep as far as I understand the rules for entry into public place is either COVID passport or negative lateral flow test. Fingers crossed you get it sorted.
  3. @pixelmix The 2010 cars are highly regarded as a very well balanced road car. The suspension setup allows the car to flow beautifully on roads with an amazing ride quality whereas the more modern Evora went for slightly stiffer suspension for sharper handling. All Evora's are fun on the road and very capable on the track and have that unique feeling of making you smile. Some do rough roads slightly better some do tracks slightly better but all are very very good. The shift quality varies from car to car. Some are great some are not so great. A small adjustment to the cable tension (a quick and simple fix) can make a big difference to the shift quality. As far as I understood, MY12 cars got a cable upgrade and then the 4XX cars bought in a newly designed shift mechanism which has a much more accurate and positive shift. My NA shift action was pretty good, once the cable tension was adjusted, as long as you didn't rush the change. But I had the opportunity to put in a 4XX shift mechanism in my car while doing some other fixes (clutch) so I went for that and the difference is noticeable but also could have been due to the new cables and generally overhauled system. I feel the change was worth it for me but its not really value for money and a set of new shift cables and refresh of the system would probably get you most the way there for less money.
  4. Thats an absolute bargain! I bet it goes before they've had a change to take photos and upload them!
  5. Watched the C4 highlights for the quali and race last night on catch up and just caught up on this thread! Woweee! where do I start this with one, so many shenanigans in one race. I'm sure it made entertaining TV but for me the was not a good race. In my opinion there were many driving infringements from Max and he got away lightly with the penalties he got. Some dirty and dangerous driving from him and I was disappointed that we didn't get to see some good hard racing as he a very talented driver. I was actually warming to him at the start of the season as he seemed more mature than previously and was driving beautifully and really giving a good challenge to Lewis and the Merc team. But I have really gone off him and the Red Bull team. His torpedo move must getting tiresome with the rest of the drivers and I can see next season people standing their ground a bit more and there being more contact. This season its mostly him vs Hamilton and it's too much risk for Hamilton to take alone. But with Russell in a Merc and hopefully the grid is a bit tighter in general we will see more people mixing it up with Max and sharing the burden of standing their ground to him. Also a very poor display from the F1 race director and the stewards. There doesn't appear to be any consistency in the rules and they don't appear to be able to run race confidently, fairly and with authority. They seriously need to up their game running the show for next season. There has been a LOT of commentary in the press about Max's actions in the last race and the high probability of doing a professional foul and just taking both drivers off. Hopefully this makes him think hard about what kind of driver he wants to be known as and hopefully he drives a clean race.
  6. There is a teaser on the Polestar 3: https://www.pistonheads.com/news/electric-vehicles/new-polestar-3-shown-ahead-of-2022-launch/45014 Wonder how much of this is shared with the Lotus SUV?
  7. Oh love the look of that MR2, looks like a baby Lambo! I presume its just some computer generated image by an artist that has had little inside knowledge of the actual design of the MR2? Wonder how close to the real design that is? Either way I'd be very glad to see the return of the MR2, I've liked all 3 versions of it a look forward to a 4th version of it. @KusaKusa, a Supra costs ~£51K, an Elise used to cost ~£45K and a GT86 costs ~£25K. I guess Toyota are aiming for around £40K for the MR2? Hmmm its a bit of a tight budget to use a bonded alu chassis? But not totally impossible ... maybe Toyota can save cost elsewhere and use economies of scale and other methods to produce something similar to an Elise for less than Lotus can? I guess the car will be a more traditional platform and have some input from Lotus on the chassis setup and engineering.
  8. @eUKenGB, I think we are reasonably aligned on our thinking in that I believe we need to take action and reduce our emissions, of all kinds not just CO2 and we need to reduce the amount of resources we take out of the Earth. But agree with @Kimbers and @C8RKH that there are serious barriers to overcome that we have no real viable methods or solutions for at the moment so I don't see how we can responsibly commit on such a large scale. The whole point of this exercise is to reduce the amount of energy and resource we use in total. I feel like at the moment all we are doing is passing the energy usage and emission output further up the chain. We might me using less locally (emissions out your exhaust) but overall we are using up more than before. Or we are only looking at one small part of the picture and ignoring the bigger picture. Eg. take recycling of batteries of an example. It is theoretically possible but no one has a viable commercial operation in action at the moment. Lets just assume there is a solution ready to go what is the energy required to recycle them where is this energy going to come from? Zero emission, sustainable sources? hmm not for a long while yet. My home energy supplier is 100% renewable sources and I have been using them for over 10 years but I know that electricity grid requires other non renewable sources to keep my lights on 24/7. I know not every electron in my home has come from a "green source". eg. take a look at the push to get rid of oil and gas boilers and use heat pumps etc for heating and providing subsidies to get people to switch. A lot of these solutions are expensive to install and expensive to run. Not everyone can afford to heat their homes at the moment hence the winter fuel allowance. Pushing these new devices onto the wrong people is going to force them into further issues with being able to afford to stay warm and healthy over winter. Its by far better to fund home insulation as this will still significantly reduce the emissions used to heat the home and will still be useful for when we do have a real solution to getting rid of oil and gas boilers. By all means provide funding to research these methods and others but don't make the country start committing to them without knowing the system works from start to finish or at least have a reasonable idea on how to fix the holes.
  9. Yes amen to how amazing Williams racing were under Frank's stewardship. Racing was in his blood, he lived and breathed racing. Good point re Ricciardo, in the Red Bull days he seemed very fast and was on par with Max. In his Renault days it looked like the car was holding him back and then when he joined Maclaren it looked like he just needed some time to get used to the car and he would be up and running but I don't think that has happened. He's got a couple lucky results and good performances but in general he's not been anywhere near the pace of Norris. I'm sure Norris is a very good driver indeed and will hopefully become very successful in years to come but Ricciardo should be able to be in the same ball park. He seems like a good guy and has showed some amazing talent, it would be good for him and the sport if he can find some form back and start challenging people higher up the order a bit more.
  10. Not a great race to watch while hangry, I was shouting at Bottas through the TV to stop being so slow and overtake more cars. Both in his first session when it wasn't clear he was on a 1 stop strategy and possibly looking after the tyres a bit and after the puncture where he didn't appear to make much progress through the field. Good day for Lewis but I think Toto would have wanted more points for Merc and will be disappointed in Bottas' performance even considering the puncture. Unfortunately also a great day for RB and their damage limitation for the drivers competition and catching up for the constructors champ. I was really hoping Merc would be able to extend the lead a little bit this race. I'd like someone who knows their F1 Apples to do a analysis into Bottas' drive. Was he actually doing a pretty good job balancing tyre life and speed for a decent final position and just got scuppered by the puncture. Or even considering his 1 stop strategy was he a bit slow? Because thats how I interpreted his race. I think its honourable of Merc to keep Bottas in place till the end of the season but you have to wonder how much larger the lead in the constructors champ would be if they had put George in for these last few races. Can't they fake a positive COVID test for Bottas so he has to isolate next two races and get George in the car. It'll be a win win for everyone, well apart from Red Bull! I started this season being a neutral supporter (well life long Williams supporter but then these days they're not really doing much so I'm essentially a neutral), but as the season comes to and end I'm becoming more and more of an anti-Red Bull supporter aka a Merc supporter!
  11. Well thats a load of crap from F1! I was expecting an investigation into the incident at the very least and hopefully a penalty for Max. But for them to look at the video and claim nothing further needed doing ... ? Well I guess that at least puts an end to the lawyers and they can get on with racing again!
  12. Classically the teams have always favoured winning the constructor's championship over the driver's championship as the constructors champ is what decides the prize money. While neither RB or Merc necessarily need the extra prize money from winning as apposed to coming 2nd, its all about prestige and being "the best" for them. I get the impression that getting the constructors champ means more to Merc than it does to RB. I think RB are all in with Max (its really "Team Max" rather than RB) to such an extent I can totally see RB using Perez as a pawn to mess up Hamilton's day so Max can win the drivers champ sacrificing the constructors champ for RB. I don't think Merc would do that.
  13. Yes totally agree with you on that. I just remembered Botas and Max's first corner, I think that was another one where Max did his usual bully the other guy off the track move. Botas preferred to live to fight another day and bailed out but I think he would have been within his rights to hold his position which would have ended up with the two cars colliding and quite possibly putting an end to Max's day. People need to stand up to his bullying but when a DNF is a very high possibility its understandable why more people don't. And when the stewards don't enforce it Max gets away with it and continues to do it.
  14. Just watched the sprint and normal race on catch up last night. Woweee! What a cracking weekend. New engine or not that was an incredible drive by Hamilton in both races, it was incredible to watch. Merc have to be quite a bit miffed at getting a penalty for their rear wing when others have been allowed to fix their infringements and also the decision on the overtake attempt at turn 4 lots of things not going in their favour that weekend. I agree with David Coulthard that we need to see more hard racing like this and not go too the stewards all the time but you also have to change the rules to allow this. In my opinion Max purposely failed to make the corner to prevent Lewis from overtaking which as far as I understand is not correct according to the rules we have today. Next few races are going to be tight, fingers crossed that the engine in Lewis's car holds out and keeps producing good power and take Lewis to that 8th title. I don't mind if Max wins the next one after that.
  15. I have a a couple mates who have Porsches, they are not as reliable as people think they are. The car will look visibly nicer and better put together but there are still tales of niggles that need sorting out and even major issues on the cars. The feedback from my mates about the dealerships isn't anything to sing about either. I'm not trying to bash Porsche, just noting that they don't quite have that indestructible quality that people think they have, but for sure they are at the more reliable end of the spectrum. You really have to go see the Evora and decide for your self if the interior is good enough. For me yes its a step behind the Germans but absolutely good enough. But when you are driving the thing you really don't care about the small things that the mainstream manufactures do better than Lotus. eg the way the radio surround is integrated into the dash might be better in other cars or the window switches might not be top notch but I really don't think about these things one bit when I'm driving my Evora and have a big smile on my face. Same experience with me but the 996 generation. Very capable cars that are well engineered and will probably get you around a track in a quicker time than a Lotus.... but the Lotus will feel so much more enjoyable and you'll be so much happier. I think the Evora will be more comfortable and better ride than the Porsche too.
  16. Genuinely interested, do you have any numbers where someone has factored this into the equation?
  17. I just read up on the new V8 engine in the Z06 and from the stats it looks like a really great engine! The Americans don’t usually compete at the high end favouring big heavy and simple engines but this appears to be right up up there and packed full of good tech and engineering. We’ll done Vette! Just wish Lotus could have done something similar before waving goodbye to the ICE but fully understand Lotus had very different constraints and requirements for their new cars. Not read any in-depth reviews on the C8 but I thought it went round corners we’ll enough? Combined with that engine I think it will put up a good fight.
  18. A lot of eco friendly or green ideas are more expensive than the normal options. You do it because you think it's the right thing to do and want to reduce your impact on the earth not because it will save you money. The main stream public will need to start transitioning to that mentality in the years to come as I think the current normal options may end up being banned and taken off the market ie ICE car engines. But I agree with @C8RKH in that I'm not sure all the new solutions are viable or deliver on the promises they claim. We have limited resources and we need to choose wisely, we can't just keep jumping on every new bandwagon that comes along otherwise we end up using even more of those resources. After all in a lot of cases the greenest thing you can do is just keep using your old thing and not buy a new thing even if the new thing is "green".
  19. Oh hello! Interesting indeed, can't wait for more information! I'm loving what Toyota are doing at the moment regarding performance cars and seem to be breaking out the mould a little bit and doing things differently to your average performance car so would be great to see a collaboration between the two old friends.
  20. What a great [email protected]! Something I can relate to as well with my experience of mates having a test drive in my car. I'm always banging on about how most cars don't have any character to them anymore and my mates don't really understand what I'm on about. Sure these cars go fast, some go fast in a straight line some go fast round bends but there is always something missing from the equation. Then you jump into an Evora and it be might slower than the other cars but it just puts a smile on your face and you get a real sense of emotion and drama from it. Something that the other cars can't offer, even the ones that go round the bends quicker than the Evora. I drive my car for pleasure not lap times (event when I'm on the track) so for me the sign of a good car is one that puts a smile on my face and stirs up emotion rather than a car than gets me round a lap quicker. My mates get in for a ride and almost instantly they suddenly... "get it"! A few times even from the passenger seat they can feel there is something different about a Lotus compared to other cars but certainly when they take it for a quick spin and hold the steering wheel. I find it funny that petrol heads or car nuts are buying cars that give little feedback or emotion with so much popularity that car makers keeping giving them more of the same. And then when these same car nuts do drive a car that lights up the synapses start praising it like it was the best thing ever!
  21. I have an aftermarket ECU, no warning lights on dash and the OBD2 code reader was not able to talk to the ECU at all. Even the car garage tried with multiple pro level code readers and could not chat to the ECU. This is another avenue of investigation as it was not expected. The solenoids were swapped over from the faulty bank to the good bank and there was no change in operation. The bad bank continued to misfire and the good bank continued to run well. So the solenoids them selfs were ruled out. The mechanics at the local garage thought it was the lack of oil pressure preventing the solenoid from working correctly not a faulty solenoid.
  22. My car is currently very poorly. What started of as an intermittent misfire ended up in a constant misfire with one whole bank of the engine not firing at all. This was traced to low oil pressure so the VVT-i was not operating correctly and the timing was totally out so the . At idle the car was only producing ~7psi when Toyota's spec for the 2GFR engine states minimum of ~12psi. This was diagnosed by a local car garage, the car is now at my preferred place ES Motorsport awaiting further investigation to figure out what the root cause is and hopefully get the car fully running and zooming round the roads once again. Just wondering if anyone else has seen anything similar and what the cause of the issue was?
  23. Out of interest what Li-ion battery are using? Is it the Lotus one they use in the new cars or an aftermarket kit? I'm curious about installing an Li-ion battery to try and reduce a bit of weight from my NA.
  24. Are all Evoras E10 compatible or just the newer ones?
  25. I need my car transported from my home in Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire to ES Motorsport in Fritton, Norwich. Can anyone recommend a car transportation company to trailer the car over for me.
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