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  1. 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.

  2. 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.


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  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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? 

  6. As much as I like taking a mick out of Karen Horner, I think he might actually have a valid point for once.

    On the C4 highlights coverage looked like something funny was going on as the Perez / Russell gap looked to be constantly getting bigger and smaller etc ... So there was something weird going on.

    Shame the same fault didn't happen to Max's car.  😄

  7. Ahh what frustrating race with Charles making a mistake, it could have been fun watching him and Max battling it out.

    I think Charles has a chink in his amour in that he lets the pressure get to him and make mistakes.  I think he had some breathing room, Max was right on his tail but he hadn't made any moves yet, so I think there was scope for the pressure on Charles to get higher still.

    Fantastic to see Merc having some good race pace and @C8RKH I think you are right Lewis has woken up and seemed more racey and up for it this weekend.  I cannot wait till the flexible floor restrictions are bought in and see if this helps Merc be back on terms with Red Bull and Ferrari.

    Think Danny Riccardo also got a kick up the back side and stayed roughly competitive with Lando rather than being a lap behind so hopefully he can keep that up and stay in the team.   The Channel 4 interview with the Mclaren boss didn't fill me with confidence for Danny, when asked what's your stance on Riccardo, is he safe in the team? He replied with "There are no changes planned at the moment. We have a contract with Riccardo till the end of the season".  Reading between the lines, to me that says if it wasn't for legal reasons we would have put in another driver by now.

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  8. On 09/07/2022 at 13:00, hamza said:

    Anyone running different tyres for winter, if so what do you opt for on your summer tyres? Or is there really no point in anything other than PS4/PS4S/PS5?

    im not that fussed about grip limit, more steering feel and wonder if something like the AD08RS as fitted to the Elise would be a good option.

    @hamzaif you are not fussed about grip limit or steering feel.  They go for a Mich PS4 or PS5.  They are fantastic every day tyres that are very hard to beat in areas such as comfort, noise, durabilit, wet grip etc ...  all the traits that make a great high performance daily driver tyre.  The other manufacturers cannot seem to match Michelin on this. 

    The Yoko AD08RS doesn't come in 19inch as far as I know and is more biased to track driving than a Mich PS4, with more grip and steering feeling, things you said you don't care about.

  9. If you can access the gear mechanism on the gear box side (easier if you have aftermarket induction kit) see if you can manipulate the gear box into reverse by hand.

    That might help you figure out if its a gearbox problem or something in the gear selection path (gear stick mechanism or cable adjustment etc ...)

    So far all my gear selection issues have always been down to cable adjustment. 

  10. Hope you get well soon @ramjet

    I had it recently a few months ago (confirmed by PCR test) and symptoms where much much milder than when I had it in March 2020.   This time round I just a had a slight temperature, cough and generally felling a bit crap.  I kept isolated in my home but otherwise I carried on with life as normal, just moaning a bit more than usual.

    Don't know the milder symptoms are down to natural antibodies from when I first had it, the 3 doses of vaccinations I've had since or if the virus has changed to create milder symptoms.   Either way anecdotally I'm hearing people tend to get mild symptoms and getting over it after a few days.  So fingers crossed the stories of long and intensive treatments to keep people going are become rarer and rarer ... 

  11. Shame, I like the guy but he really has not been competitive with his team mate so understandable if he gets sacked.  Wonder if he can move to another team or if thats him out of F1? 

  12. What a cracking weekend!  Qualifying was exciting to watch with it really going to down to the final run and a race jammed packed with action!

    Fantastic to hear Zhou is doing fine, I saw a picture of the car on its side wedged between the fence and the tyre wall and it looked like a horrible situation be to stuck in.

    I think the new regs are certainly working and allowing the cars to follow a bit more and especially in high speed corners leading to closer racing.  If I understood correctly this was the area the old gen cars really struggled as the following car just could not generate anywhere near enough downforce to keep up with the car in front.

    As a neutral it was great to see Merc finding some performance and the Red Bulls having some issues which helped bring the top 3 teams together and produce some lovely wheel to wheel action.  I watched the race live but might rewatch the highlights again! 

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