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  1. Yes agree, lots of mods to the induction and exhaust at the same time can be a bit on the loud side.  My car has extensive mods to both and is around 101db on the static test on track days so I'm limited to where I can take the car.  It is certainly on the loud side for an everyday car, not Lambo loud but it wont be for everyone.  Now the novelty has worn off a bit on the amazing symphony the engine makes, I have thought about a switchable back box to quieten it down for everyday driving.

    If you have a standard car and you are looking to pep up the sound a little bit, in my opinion the CAI is first thing I would go for. You get more drama from the induction noise and it effects the exhaust note too.  Next up a decat pipe, then headers and finally back box.

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  2. For CAI suppliers:

    Radium - US based, that I think have stopped making Evora CAI.  I guess the market is very small and they think they have saturated it.

    BOE Fab - US based so will have to pay for shipping and duty etc ... but I believe is still sold.  They do versions for NA and S engines.

    Komtec - do one for the S engines, I don't think they make one for the NA engine

    Alias23 - do one for the V6 Exige which uses the same supercharged engine as the Evora.   He's on here and might be interested in developing one for the NA engine.  As far as I understand it's only the connection to the throttle body that is different.

    ES motorsport - I think they can maybe put something together for you.  As far as I know they don't have a kit sitting on shelve but they have done it before and may be able to make you one.

     

    Fitting looks OK a little bit tedious due to the restricted space in which to work but non of it looks hard.  There are detailed instructions on the BOE Fab and Alias23 websites and the steps are quire similar.  I got mine fitted by ES with a bunch of other mods, but I was planning on doing it my self and it didn't look that bad.

  3. Whether or not you get bully and aggressive drivers mostly depends on the organisers as that kind of dictates what kind of crowd you get.  All organisers have it in their rules that kind of behaviour is not tolerated but its up to the marshals and organisers to enforce it.

    I'm fairly novice only done handful of track days and so far I haven't had too much trouble.  I've done days with Javelin and MSV which are towards the budget end of the spectrum so attracts everything from Renault Clio's to Mac 720S.  They were both run well in my opinion and I didn't have any issues and felt comfortable driving round on the track.  Don't know if I got lucky or the chavs knew bad behaviour is not tolerated by these organisers regardless of the cheap price so they didn't turn up.

    As already recommended, get an instructor to show you the ropes, I cannot stress how much this helps!  Not only will you go round faster but you'll also do it with more confidence and safety as you wont be doing silly things that might make you crash.  Very highly recommend getting some tuition.

    Post up on the forum if you book a day, there could be helpful experienced forum members to show you the lines etc to help you on your way.  I once did a track day at Silverstone and was I nervous due to it being a new track for me and it was wet.  But @Bravo73 and @alias23 were also in attendance and were very helpful in calming my nerves and taking me on passenger rides etc ...  they really helped and I was very grateful.

    Also don't forget the Lotus Driving Academy, you'll be in their Elise's rather your own car, but they really teach you how to drive fast and safe.  Its not just an experience day where you have a big smile but learn nothing.  I did the full course, had loads of fun and learnt so much about car control.

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  4. Congrats and welcome to the family!   You picked a good time to get the new car.   Days are getting longer and warmer, the conditions are getting better for windows down driving and enjoying the lovely sound of that V6 engine! 

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  5. I thought black side sills from the factory were painted on?  Double check its not clear protection film over painted sills?

    I got my NA Evora wrapped by these guys: https://signsuk.co.uk to match the sports racer black pack look which also has the black side sills. 

    They have a lot of experience doing Lotus cars and had all the templates on file so might have GT410 shapes on file too..  They were nice folks who did a great job.

  6. I've seen Mr Bean move home using his Mini.  I'm guessing you have one of the newer Mini's which are much larger.   If he can do it I'm sure you can too! 😜

    I have a camper van but it has a relatively spartan interior so I could probably fit a few of them in the camper van and deliver them too.

  7. That would just be a good guess based on normal habits and energy consumption.   Might be OK as a rough guide but I think if you are going to use it to tax people on their EV usage then you'd need to be more accurate.

    It's a pretty small step technology wise to enable electricity providers to see when you are charging a EV.  but it would require new tech, eg smart meters and the car charger to talk to the smart meter etc ... 

    So would require adoption by everyone for it to work.  I don't see people with existing systems paying extra to "upgrade" their chargers and meters etc ... so I don't know if it will be practical to start charging extra tax on EV usage?

    Maybe have a two tier system something similar to water billing, whereby anyone with out a water meter pays a flat fee based on their house size and pipe diameter? and people a meter pay for what they used?

    But yes I guess there is a money hole that needs fixing as people shift away from using less petrol and deseil in their cars and more towards electricity.

  8. Yep also use my Evora as daily.  Gets used for commuting to work, supermarkets and general getting about.   I have a camper van as my other vehicle which gets used if there is any particularly large items to carry and for mountain biking duties.  I don't have any kids so I find the practicality it offers is more than enough for general use.

    Not found the Evora to be much of a problem so far.   I try and commute either before or after the rush hour so start / stop traffic is less of an issue.  Parking the car is fine too, sure you have to be slightly picky and not just go for the nearest spot but I rarely have to go far to find a suitable spot to make getting in and out easy.  I also use winter tyres too so it behaves very well in cold, wet or freezing conditions with very little stress.

     

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  9. The symptoms sounds exactly like my car that needed a new master cylinder for the clutch.

    Not an expert but don't think there should be any wetness on the push rod of the master or slave on a hydraulic system.  The seals should be preventing any liquid from escaping.

    I think in a standard car the air box is in the way and you can't see the slave cylinder from the top.  You might be able to hold a phone while recording a video and get it down into position to see the cylinder then examine the video afterwards.  If you search on Lotus Talk forum there are some great guides on clutch fluid changes etc that should be able to help you out with location and getting access to it.

    Clutch replacement is £2000-£4000 and you could be doing damage with it not working correctly and accelerating the wear rate.  It don't think there is any harm in letting the car sit for some time and then getting the work done but it's probably not great to carry on putting lots of miles on it.  

  10. +1 regarding mud flaps scraping.  Happened to my car on a speed bump outside my gym.  Like you I thought it was somewhere in the middle of the chassis that was scrapping but couldn't see any witness marks on the underbelly.    I got a mate to look closely as I went over the bump and he confirmed it was the mud flaps that where catching.

    I'm not really near you (Hertfordshire) but if you need a product tester I'm happy to put my name in that hat.  Happy to travel down if restrictions will allow it.  In normal times I use my car daily so gets covered in all the usual crap from the roads so might be a good test for the coating.

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  11. I'll have to double check I have the Delta 800 ECU in my car and I thought the OBD reader was operational?   No idea as there haven't been any faults so I haven't had the opportunity to check.

    But also it's possible the aftermarket ECU could be easier to debug as it uses standard serial port which many garages may be able to interface with and the software is freeware.  As apposed to the Lotus specific diagnostic software which as far as I know costs quite a lot of money so unlikely to find a garage with this thats not a Lotus main dealer or specialist.

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  12. 7 hours ago, Bibs said:

    I do think that figures like that will one day soon question is this has been £400bn well spent. 

    Is that £400bn spent on literally anything COVID related eg heath services, track and trace, furlough etc etc ... ??

     

    7 hours ago, thebartman said:

    Statistically - that's £4m each. (I know that's simplistic) 

    As per @andydclements comments,  I'm not sure you are looking at the correct statistic.   If a nation does well at reducing deaths then it's going to increase the cost per death as there are less deaths for amount of money spent.  I'm not saying the UK has done well just that a high cost per number of deaths could be considered a good thing. 

    But there is the deeper question that is raised; How much is it really worth spending to keep people alive is it all worth it?  I literally don't have a clue how I would start rationalising where I think the bar should be set.

     

    30 minutes ago, Barrykearley said:

    You need to contextualise the death figures. If you look at death rate on the ONS - you will find 608k in 2020 vs 531k in 2019. So that’s 77k more than the previous year.

    so the average simply isn’t what they are reporting - it’s just damn lies

    I think the government and other agencies have had a reasonable attempt at keeping the data as accurate as they can.  It isn't lies, its just how you've chosen to analyse and interpret the data.  

    Thats the trick with statistics, its easy to calculate random stats based on the data and come to a conclusion but it takes knowledge and skill to understand what the correct statistics to calculate are and what conclusions they are really saying.  

    You've assumed it's a zero sum equation when it might not be.  Have you factored in any trends in the number of deaths year on year eg they may be falling 10% each year, have you factored in people in general are not out and about and doing stuff they normally would and dramatically reducing probability of the deaths that would normally occur etc etc...  

    So it's quite possible for there to be an extra 100K deaths accurately and truthfully reported due to COVID but only 77K extra deaths compared to the previous year.

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  13. @kimbers what mods have you done!  Yours is +1 bhp more than mine ☹️   I'll have to chat to Dave to see if he can find an extra HP for my car.

    For anyone concerned about a modified car from ES Motorsport, for sure there is always increased risk by modifying it but also in my opinion I think they look to build a reliable car too.  They dissuaded me from doing certain mods to my car as they would give little power benefit for a lot of risk.

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  14. Indeed the things that could scupper the plan is if the immunity doesn’t last very long and if there further mutations for which the vaccine and existing antibodies are not effective against.
     

    These things can prevent the infection rates going down, keeping the high level burden on the health services and prevent us from reducing the restrictions. 
     

    So far the vaccine and the restrictions are showing a good reduction in rates fingers crossed that carries on and we can pass the tests required at each stage of Boris’ plan. 

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