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  1. If its the OEM reversing camera then it may have a Alpine specific connector.   There are threads online suggesting its just a normal composite video feed with an Apline 3 pin connector as apposed to the normal RCA plug so you could buy/make an adaptor.

    Would have thought similar for the subwoofer.  Its a low level connection from the Alpine headhunt to a subwoofer amplifier and then onto the sub woofer it self.   Again most is not all modern head units should support low level subwoofer output.   But again you may need to convert from Alpine specific connector to RCA or barewire for the aftermarket headunit

    There will be some rewiring needed going from the Lotus specific wiring order and the ISO plug on the aftermarket headunit.   If you search on this forum there is a pin out chart showing how to rewire the new head unit

  2. Yep always thought easy battery swapping was a route that manufacturers should be looking into more.  Means you can use older tech batteries and older charging but still have convince of quick turnaround time. 

    You could also have multiple slots for batteries in the car so you could use just one one slot for your everyday shorter commute to / from work, shopping etc ... and when doing the occasional longer trip you just slot an extra battery in for the longer range.   Means you don't have carry around all that weight when you don't need it.  Just rent a battery pack extension for a day or two while on the longer trip.

  3. I can see the electrification of a Lotus sports car taking a while to launch.   SUV and GT car etc will come before that, in my opinion.  So I can see the Emira having to fill in a long gap for the sports car fans.  Maybe that time is long enough for the Emira to get some updates and maybe one of those updates is an open top version?

    Isn't one of the major goals of the Emira to get in high volume sales?  Based on purely what I can see and no scientific evidence, I think the mass market prefers a drop top for the fun car?

  4. Not a clue, just going off the speculation that it will be another Toyota derived V6.  Either the one that's currently used the 2GR-FE or one of the newer variants that Toyota make with better emissions.   So it's likely that it will produce similar sort of power output around the ~430/450hp, unless Lotus decide to strap a turbo or two?

    The M139 engine produces ~415hp so its way too close.  The V6 would have to produce closer to 500hp for there to be enough separation between the two.  I also think 400hp is too high for the entry level engine.  

    So I can see Lotus going for one of the less performant i4 engines that Merc offer.  I think around 300hp should be about right for the entry level model.

    *** Edit: I've just seen on the other threads one of the car mags confirmed V6 will be Toyota derived and supercharged.  From the brief research I've done on Toyota V6 engines, I think that puts the engine in the mid 400 hp category as they are small incremental improvements to things like emissions etc so vaguely the same engines.  I don't think Lotus will be opening up the engines and changing internals only bolt on upgrades so if they are currently getting 430hp out the engine I can see Lotus increasing this by a bit but I don't think we're going to get close to 500hp.

  5. I think the Merc AMG M139 engine has a too high power output and would be too close to the V6.   It would have to be a detuned version or a non AMG version of the engine.

    What about something from the Ford eco boost range?  They are often sold as crate engines and used by other smaller manufacturers?

  6. I think the Government has done their bit to get new cases and deaths down through restrictions and vaccine roll out etc.  It's now up to us to be responsible as the restrictions are lifted to try and prevent further lockdowns and restrictions as much as we can.  We need to find that happy medium between socialising and entertaining our selves but also taking appropriate measures to reduce risk of spreading COVID.

    I'd don't really understand people queuing up for non essential shops to open or cramming into pub gardens at midnight for a pint.  I'm hoping its short term thing and now they've got it out their system its not a regular occurrence. But if its like this everyday with little respect for distancing then I can see another lockdown happening.



  7. 1 hour ago, TdM said:

    Must have a new gearbox I assume

    Ohh yes I hope so!  The engine is supposed to be good for 500 bhp right?  It's just the gearbox that's holding the drivetrain back from more power.   In the 4XX cars they improved the shifter so even in anger it worked well but not really anything to boast about.  If Lotus can come up with a solution that raises the experience from good enough to really ****ing good that would be awesome.  And hopefully not too expensive for older cars to retro fit it 😉

  8. From what I understand the FIA had inconsistent rules regarding track limits at that corner.  Different rules for the qualification and race. Where as normally it’ll be one rule for the whole weekend. 

    Drivers were initially allowed to cross the line during the race, hence Hamilton crossing it many times. But then got told not to do that anyone. 

    I also think that because Max overtook while exceeding track limits, that some how had more weight than if he was not overtaking? I don’t agree with this rule as either way, lapping on your own or overtaking, you are still gaining an advantage by crossing the line. 

    FIA should have had a clear and consistent rule for that corner. 

  9. Do you have the factory fitted camera or aftermarket fitted camera?

    If factory fitted and you want to reuse the existing loom then you are going to have to buy an Alpine camera with their 5 pin connector.   Or a camera that is compatible with the Alpine connector. 

    Most the ones on eBay use the composite video standard with an RCA plug which won’t plug into the factory loom.

    I don’t know what the pins on the Alpine connector do but it maybe possible to remove the alpine connector and rca plug and splice the two together but you’d have to find a pin out diagram for that. 

    if you are happy doing the rewireing then most Alpine if not all support rca video connection on the back do you could buy camera or eBay and add in new wiring into the head unit. 

  10. Good point about Perez. I don’t think he quite gets the kudos he deserves because of the “no fuss” way he goes about racing.

    I’m sure Merc would prefer to have Russel over Bottas.  Had Botas already signed up for 2021 season by the time Russel got his chance to shine? 

    I think had the timing been different Mercedes would have been more confident in Russell’s ability and probably signed him up for this season. 

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  11. That was a good race to start the season! The two guys out at the front always kept the pressure on each other right to the end.  And lots of mid order battles too! 

    Fingers crossed it’s looking like it could be an interesting season! 

    I also am not a fan of the new C4 commentator, he sounds like a caricature, almost as if he is trying too hard or taking the mick a bit.  His normal conversation choice was fine, hopefully he just got extruded on his first day in the job and tones it down? 

    I liked Eddie in the later days where he would only attended a few GP.  He was fun a side show but couldn’t hack him at every race. 

  12. No need to break speed limits etc just drop down a gear to two so you see the sonic rings more often. 

    The VVT on mine kicks in around 3500rpm and you can feel an extra surge from the engine.  When having a bit of fun I’ll try and keep the engine above there.  Makes a lovely sound and the throttle response is quicker and linear and a joy to drive. 

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