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  1. 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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  2. 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.

  3. 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. 

  4. 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 ... 

  5. 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? 

  6. 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! 

  7. Just signed up for a full day on Sat July 2nd!  Can't wait!

     

    I did the full Lotus licence a few years ago (and thought it was amazing!) but I've not done any track days for a couple years now so thought it would be good to refresh my skills a do a full day.  Hopefully set up me up well for some more trackdays later this year!  

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  8. Give it a rest Jos! 

    In changeable conditions it's ultimately up to the driver to make the call when to come in for a change of tyres.  The team can give advice on if the tyre window is approaching but only the driver can feel the car and the grip and balance it has in those conditions and make the prediction if swapping tyres will be beneficial or not.

    Sergio drove amazingly well and made a brave choice well before any of the top runners and in my opinion thats why he won and what well deserved win it was!

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  9. Congrats welcome to the club!  

    Once you've had a while to get accustomed to the Evora I would be interested in knowing your thoughts on Evora vs Elise.  As amazing as the Evora, I think I just have a preference for less mass.  I don't daily drive my Evora as much as I used to so I think I can put up with the Elise's compromises.

    Regarding the mirror, try giving the folks at ES Motorsports a call.  They have a bunch of spares in their shed, more than what's listed on their website or eBay shop. https://www.esmotorsport.co.uk/

    For the under tray, replacing bolts is a good move.   I have an aftermarket diffuser on my Evora and fitting was a pain as all the bolts had corroded and did not want to come out.  I had quick look around but couldn't find a specific off the shelf kit.  I looked on Deroure (https://www.bellandcolvill.co.uk/parts-shop) at the parts diagrams and ordered separate bolts my self.  Possibly ES Motorsport can also help you out this? 

     

     

     

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  10. Just caught up on the weekend's action! 

    Oh wowza, what a great race for the neutrals (or Williams F1 supporters like me)!  Lots of plot twists during the race.

    Felt sorry for Charles, did everything he needed that weekend put the car on pole and stayed out in front and looked like he was in control. 

    Great to see Merc have the proposing issue sorted and the drivers have a car they drive with confidence.  George put in a really good performance especially defending against Max that was some great racing.  I think Hamilton had a great recovery drive, he only finished ~20sec behind George even though new got a puncture only a few corners into the race.  I think the C4 coverage did not do him justice at all; he was right at back one moment and then by magic without any air time 30 laps later he is 6th and making his way up to 4th! 

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    would that reddex stuff be worth trying ? 

    Depending on what the issue you have, yes they do work, when used in the correct situation.  First step is always figuring out what the issue really is.  As with anything there are some good fuel additives and there are some poor ones that don't do much.  The risk with additive bottles is people try and used them too concentrated.  Stick to the advice on the bottle; if it says mix with minimum 30litres of fuel then stick to that.  Don't think if I make it more concentrated by pouring it into an almost empty fuel tank it will get to work faster.

    Premium fuels from the likes of Shell, Esso and others are essentially the fuel additive bottles you can buy separately premixed into petrol in the correct strength.  So for general purpose keeping your engine clean and working well I just use premium fuel every now and then rather than an additive.

    If there is a specific problem and there is a specific product for that then yes I would use an additive.

  12. I had dirty MAF issue many many years ago, can't remember the error code number but threads on here suggested my symptoms pointed towards dirty MAF.

    Absolutely no expert on this but I read some stuff online that generic switch cleaner or Isopropyl alcohol is not suitable and can damage the sensor.  Don't know if that is true or not.

    I popped into my local car spares shops and asked for MADF cleaner they had this stuff: 

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/BOOST-FLOW-SENSOR-CLEANER-200ML/dp/B00KILRA9A/ref=sr_1_15?keywords=mass+airflow+sensor+cleaner&qid=1652888984&sr=8-15

    Which seemed to do the trick for me.

    I think as long as its MAF cleaner and not some generic solvent you are good to go.  Good brands that I look out for are Liqui Moly or Wynn's 

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  13. 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! 😉 

  14. 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... 

     

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  15. 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…

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07VB4RC81/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_E5SVC71S23NRP4FK0M29

     

    I now use a wireless car play adapter so the phone just stays in my pocket. 
     

    https://cplay2air.com/?gclid=CjwKCAjwjtOTBhAvEiwASG4bCCDZvuiDS2LUqOlRbF7sy3Rl9B_zo4vXJITiNUOL4rwC4Y_GkJNZ3BoC6KsQAvD_BwE

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  16. 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.

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  17. 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.

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