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  1. Yep Porsches are lovely and very capable cars I just don't think they are drivers cars.  I've had a go in an older 911 GT2 and my Evora NA felt more raw and special with more feedback.

    The SUV(s) and the sports cars are two different sectors and need two different strategies.  The SUV has to follow the Porsche model closely but just have a bit of that "Lotus magic" to differentiated it.  It's pointless making it totally raw.  The people who appreciate a raw car aren't going to want an SUV, they know it's just not feasible to have both in one car.  With the Lotus badge the SUV will have a sense of something new and exclusivity about it and also it will have true sports car heritage behind it, not just an other large volume car with a big engine in it.  I think that will attract people towards it.

    For the sports cars, if the new strategy is to copy Porsche I think it's going to be a long uphill battle.  I mean why would buy something trying to copy Porsche when you could just buy a Porsche?  I think the balance Lotus has with the Evora was spot on, more involvement and fizz than your average car and enough creature comforts.  They just need to refine and polish it up.  I haven't stepped into a 410 or 430 Evora so it possible the standard is already there?  But what they really need to do is market the car and actually let people know the car exists!  A smaller lower priced model similar to the new Alpine would also sell well.

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  2. Yep from the very little I know about wrapping I think the temperature is a concern when applying wrap but once its on and stuck down properly it should be fine.  The place I'm going to have a heated bay where they do the work so I think it should be OK.

    This is the place I've been recommended :  They do the wrapping work Lotus Silverstone and all have the templates etc so I think they should do a good job.


  3. @Cdm2018, I've just txted the owner of the silver Evora to see what he's got on his sills.  He also has carbon boards on his.  from memory I believe he was running solid black on the sills no carbon effect.  Looked great to me ... so great I'm also putting the same carbon boards on mine once the wrap is finished.

    I don't think a carbon wrap would work well on the sills unless it was very closely matched to the carbon on the boards.

  4. 1 hour ago, Techyd said:

    You might be able to tell from my two profile pics, but mine is wrapped gloss (roof, sills, lower front spoiler).

    I think it looks great and in silver, a matt black wouldn't look 'sharp' enough for me, not sure what colour yours in but I imagine a Red would suit matt black well, where as a yellow would not.

    I have a Burnt Orange Evora. I saw this pic of an orange Evora for sale at Leven Motors.  The sills look matt compared to the roof, hence I was asking the question.   But maybe its the same gloss as the roof and its just the way light falls on the sills

  5. 48 minutes ago, Cdm2018 said:

    I was thinking maybe gloss black in carbon finish might look neat too ? I

    Make sure you have a look in real life at the wrap beforehand.  There are some really good carbon fibre effect wraps and some really bad ones that you can tell are fake from a mile off.

    I've seen an Evora roof wrapped in carbon fibre effect and to looked good! 

  6. Regarding a clutch change, I think main dealer will charge around £4K but there are some independents that are quoting around the £2.5K mark.

    Take it for a test drive a check if the clutch has any signs of slipping.  Have a read on line / you tube to see how to do this.  but short version is, find an empty dual carriage way  stick it in third ~40 mph and floor it.  If the revs rise faster than the speed then there is some clutch slipping.

    My 2010 Evora managed ~55K miles before the clutch started slipping.  it was still very useable car just response to the throttle pedal was softened.  Luckily for me the dealer I bought it from changed in on warranty free of charge.

  7. Howdy guys,

    I'm going to get a sports racer wrap on my car and was wondering whether to go for matt black on the sills or gloss black on the sills? 

    I don't know what the standard factory look is?  but I was thinking a less glossy black in the sills might look good?  For sure the roof and mirrors will be gloss black, just wondering about the sills

  8. The standard non-valved exhaust from 2bular is very border line close to the noise limits at many UK race tracks.   So if you intend to track your car check what restrictions you have in your country.  Other than everyone seems to love the sound, debate is out which one sounds better Larini etc  as its up to personal preference but I'm sure everyone says the 2bular sounds great.

    As its non valved the sport button has no effect on the exhaust tone it sounds the same in both modes.  As far as I know the sport button also switching the exhaust valve was only a feature in Evora S and on wards, I don't think they added it to the NA?

  9. I presume we haven’t seen Lotus cars in Volvo showrooms yet as the marketing hasn’t changed ie it’s pretty non existenant. 

    So you’re only going to get people wanting a practical salloon or SUV ie your average Volvo in the showrooms and they’re not going to be instetested in a Lotus.  So I don’t see the dealerships wanting to sign up to giving up space to Lotus.

    I imagine it’s an all or nothing approach by Geely.  They’ll be working like mad backstage and get everything in place for the new cars and pretty much relaunch the brand ... but before that point we probably won’t see a lot change. 

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  10. * update *  ... I gave my MAF sensor a spray with cleaner today and now the car is running nice and smooth!   I even have more power and better economy! There was a dead spot in the torque low down that's been filled in nicely and feels more powerful all round.  Win, Win situation and it only took a couple minutes to sort out!  😁

    Thank you all for the help and advise, it was very appreciated!  

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  11. 1 hour ago, Neal H said:

    Is there a third way?

    The Koenigsegg way with that crazy £1M+ hyper car that is rumoured?

    I'm of a similar view to Andy.  I love Lotus for what they represent today, light weight, simple machines with minimum luxury features so the driving pleasure is not diluted.  But at the same time I understand we are in the minority and this does not appeal to the mass market.  I think it's inevitable the Geely will push towards the higher end and add in higher levels of luxury.  I just hope they follow the McLaren model rather than the Porsche model.  I'd even prefer the old school Lambo model of making a flawed car but with loads of character. 

    What ever happens it would be great if they would hold onto just one model that is similar to Elise/Exige.

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  12. Howdy All,

    I think I have a similar problem in my NA Evora.  When going from standstill to moving at slow to mid speeds in gears 1 and 2 the car can sometimes jerk and hesitate a bit like a new driver engaging the clutch.  In the higher gears and at faster launch speeds there is no problem.  Engine sounds fine, no warning lights on the dash, no other weird noises and if driving briskly car drives smooth.

    Do I have the same issue as on this thread?  Might it be fixed with a new clutch pedal sensor?

    Is part 14, A132J0107H, Potentiometer, clutch the part that I need?

    Many thanks!

  13. I have the Michelin pilot sport 4 on my Evora, they were recommended by Hofmann's who service my car for me.  I prefer them to the P-zeros that we're on the car when I bought it.  Possibly its because the Pirellis were a little bit old (but they still had plenty of tread depth).  But I find my current tyres have more front end grip and there is more feedback and feel through the steering wheel.  The wet weather performance is better too, the Pirellis felt a bit nervous over puddles like they weren't quite cutting through the water properly, while I'm much more confident with the MPS4.

    I recently did a track day at Bedford this December, the day started cold and damp, the track dried up to the end but don't think the air temp went above 10 degC.  The tyres performed fine, there was consistent grip and didn't feel like they were overheating and grip falling away my last stint was 40mins long.  They wore evenly and I only took ~2 mm off the rears.  I'm still quite new to track driving so possibly I wasn't pushing hard enough but I was getting tyre squeal and a tiny bit out of shape every now then when trying to push it so hope I was giving the tyres a reasonable amount of work to cope with.

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  14. @MrP_ I'm also a fellow mountain biker.  Main use of a battery washer is for the bikes and also found out about the Hydroshot from STW forum.  I find it pretty good at cleaning the bikes but you have to use a brush to loosen the mud, just standing and blasting with water doesn't work.  Soak, brush, rinse and the bikes should come up pretty clean.

    Thanks all for the input, its been very helpful, much appreciated.  I'm already using two buckets and a grit guard.  Sounds like the Hydroshot will make rinsing quicker but won't necessarily give better results just quicker results.  I'll hold out till its on offer again before buying.

  15. Looking at a lot of car washing / detailing vids seems as if everyone is using pressure washers for cleaning their car.

    Is the pressure washer used to blast the dirt off the car or just to make rinsing the car quicker or any other benefit from using the pressure washer?

    I'm asking as I currently live in a 3 floor flat with no access to mains water / water butt.  I currently have a battery powered pressure washer getting water from a 10 litre can, it gives about the same pressure as normal mains hose.  While the pressure matches the mains hose the flow rate is not great so stills takes me ages just to rinse the shampoo off.  Its basically a real pain to wash the car and I mostly end up going to the local hand car wash.  While the job is good for the money, I'd prefer to do it my self with better products and more care to avoid rubbing the dirt in and causing more swirl marks.

    This is similar to what I have: Current pressure washer

    I'm thinking of investing in a Worx Hydroshot basically a super charged version of what I currently have and gives a power of up to 22 bar which while still well below an entry level mains powered pressure washer it is a lot better than what I have now.  They occasionally drop down to ~£120 with battery and accessories or ~£100 for the base unit only.  Worx Hydroshot link

    But before I go for the Worx Hydroshot is there any real benefit over the system I currently have?  Will the 22 bar make much difference?  Should I just invest in a mains powered system and wash car at the parents house more often?

  16. Oh nice thread, not noticed this before.  Really interesting to see the lap times and comparing how the different versions of each car performs.   Very surprised at the difference between the Evora S and 400, I know the 400 is more focused and has more power but wasn't expecting that much difference!

    Any predictions what time a S1 Evora would post?  Power to weight ratio is less than the Elise Sport 220 and won't be as good round the corners and braking due to the extra weight so I'm thinking 1.41-1.42.

  17. Glad the car is working fine now.   

    I had a similar problem in the summer, was just driving along, highish revs and then a rough sounding engine. I think I got error codes: Misfire causing catalyst damage and misfire on cylinder 5.  It sounded rough after a few restarts but soon coughed it out it’s system and was fine after that.  

    I took it into Hoffmans to get a check up but they said it was fine. Their diagnosis systems didn’t detect anything.  Many many miles of ragging the car later and I haven’t had an issue.

  18. Hello to the owner of the beautiful Esprit I saw on Kings Langley high street on Saturday.  I was in the orange Evora that drove past at the cross roads. The car looked amazing in that yellow and had lots of presence. 

    Also saw a Elise 250 cup (I think?) in the Red Lion car park.  It was dark so couldn’t read the livery properly but it was silver and had a big wing and other fancy parts looking more aggressive than a standard Elise.  

    If either of you are local feel to get in touch for little meet up and drive.  Always nice to meet local Lotus people. 

  19. I'm always wary of cars that have zero or empty AC gas levels.  It acts as a conditioner and lubricant and keeps seals and gaskets in good condition.  So when the AC gas is not in the system often may other parts of the system can degrade too.

    I believe the radiator has some  plastic end caps or something that is the weakest link in the system and if the coolant temp gets excessively high these are usually first things to go pop.  But under normal condition I though the radiator was relatively reliable even with plastic bits?  Some people claim while this is not great having plastic parts that pop its better as it acts like a safety blow off valve ie if temps and pressures get too high something other than the engine goes pop first?  If planning to track the car a lot then full alloy rad is usually recommended.  From your link looks as if the alloy one is cheaper and higher performance.  The S1 Evora also a has a temp gauge bar graph rather than a hot / cold light so you can keep a eye on the engine temps to see if the coolant pressure may be excessively high.

    Regarding the condenser, I believe there was a thread earlier this year around summer time where someone was replacing theirs and had to source a replacement from somewhere else as Lotus was either out of stock or extortionate prices, can't remember the details now.  Have a search back through the posts, I'm sure it was on this forum.

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