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  1. I've not tried any sort of E10 fuel yet as I always go for 98+RON. When I did try E5 95 RON I felt the car was a bit more sluggish. For a high performance car I would always recommend high octane fuel as it just frees up the engine. Sure on a 2012 1.4 Polo, I don't think there is much to gain to using high octane fuel and would just stick to normal unleaded but for an Evora, super unleaded all the time! Regarding Shell V Power vs normal high octane/ super unleaded. If you can afford it go for Shell V Power every fill up, I believe the additives are certainly worth it and do help to clean out your system and help keep it running smoothly ( even on a non performance car). But I'm not convinced you need to use it every fill up. Maybe every 4-6 fill ups switch over to V Power. Make sure the tank is reasonably empty so the V Power is not diluted.
  2. No issues on mine, the BOE Fab induction kit comes with all the brackets, fixing etc you need to hold the whole assembly in place. You have the positive side effect of a less congested engine bay so its easier when you are spannering away in the engine bay. I know how much you like to fix things your self, 😉 I thought E10 fuel was 95 RON, its the super unleaded 98+ RON that has less ethanol content. Not sure if its possible to get 95 RON unleaded with lower than 10% Ethanol content? Thought the current choices are 95RON E10 or 98+RON at E0/E5. Either way I would stick to what you use normally unless you get into problems with that fuel. The car's ECU will be trimming the air to fuel ratio and advancing or retarding the timing to get the best out of the combustion cycle. It will very quickly default back to "safe and slow" settings but will slowly optimise incrementally for better combustion. Each time you change a variable by a large amount the ECU is likely to go back to default safe settings and then slowly over time increasing things again as it learns the new system. So if you normally use E10 95RON then keep using that, but I would always recommend using the higher octane anyways because you know more POWWWWEEERRR!
  3. Yep as the above, use a trim tool to prise it off, work bit by bit around the edge, on my S1 interior I don't need to take the knobs off or gear knob to just get access behind it. One clip on mine was held on super tight and the trim panel would not fully release. For ages I was looking for a hidden fastening that did not exist but then just threw caution to the wind and put some more force on the prising tool and the panel popped off.
  4. If you are OK with the price and want an easy life get the GRP one. I think its the same as the BOE fab one, which I have and I can highly recommend. Improves the quality of the sound a lot and only increases it a little bit. Otherwise in theory it should be possible to get a Exige V6 version working on an Evora with a but of modding. I would have a chat with a Tuning company or Lotus independent as I think a Lotus dealership is most likely to just say "No" as its not an OEM part. Try having a chat with Dave at ES Motorsport.
  5. I have a Noco charger, might even be the GB-40 linked above (mine looks identical) and a standard lead acid battery in my car and highly recommend it, nice bit of kit. Its very small and lightweight (in keeping with Lotus' philosophy). I keep it behind the drivers seat and its come in very handy helping others and my self get going again. But note its only suitable for cars with lead acid batteries.
  6. I would think Exige / Evora headers are the same. I would think the back box is also the same between them. The mid pipe might be different between the two as the engine packaging is slightly different. So maybe some customisation needed connecting the cat delete pipe to the backbox but should be too hard for a exhaust fabricator to sort out. As far as I know, bore sizes where increased for the supercharger engine as I guess more flow rate and less velocity was needed as you have forced induction. Smaller bores and higher velocity gases is probably better for the NA engine.
  7. Discounting the Evora with the NA V6 engine, the Exige and Evora both use the same supercharged engine don't they? Only difference is the packaging surely? I would think it would be possible to modify an Exige kit to fit an Evora. Eg the Air filter, MAF sensor attachment and throttle body connection can stay the same, just the tubing in the middle to connect them up needs to change to fit the Evora engine.
  8. I don't really know what to think? Is this good? bad? The two manufactures have very different philosophies to car building. One builds straight line dragsters that offers little in feel or driver engagement the other builds light weight cars that are sublime in the corners? Let's hope they successfully merge the best of both worlds. Audi has a reputation for building well built cars (don't know if the reality is actually true?) and I believe Macca's can be a bit fragile. So hopefully some of Audi's production knowhow rubs off and they can make more durable Maccas. Ahh wait! I forgot about Lambo! Aren't they owned by Audi too?
  9. I heard all the 2+2 owners get an invite! 😉
  10. Toyota have recently shown off a whole bunch of new EV concept cars. One of which looks like a 2 seater mid engine rear wheel drive car aka an MR2!
  11. Max diving up the inside of someone like a torpedo or defending his position by shoving them off the track is not fun to watch; thats not what motor racing is about for me. Have a look at how Perez defended against Hamilton in the last race or Alonso vs Ham in Hungry to give Ocon the win. That showed much more skill and racing knowledge in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying Max does not have skill, I truly think he is very very good indeed, but his overtakes and defence moves against Hamilton need work. Take a look any race where Max coming through the grid when he has got a penalty or after a pit stop and he needs to clear people that are on a different strategy who have got in front. He has used some very cleaver and brave moves to get round people very quickly. This is very different to how he typically attempts a move on Hamilton. Max knows he doesn't have the pace to do it cleanly (like he does with the slower cars) so he uses his torpedo method and doesn't really care about the consequences.
  12. What a complete s**t show from Masi / F1, what a terrible way to end the championship! What a weird situation to be in, the appeal is not one team against another team, its against the establishment it self! Anyone else think Lewis may not be driving next season based on his post race interview with Button?
  13. @SFO I don't understand why Javid lost credibility over that statement?
  14. Back in the days when C4 did show live races they packed the adds in the pre and post race chat, the race was un-interrupted. The online catchup program and highlights had adverts mid race but not the live show on TV. I would hope they would do the same again for this race.
  15. Yep as far as I understand the rules for entry into public place is either COVID passport or negative lateral flow test. Fingers crossed you get it sorted.
  16. @pixelmix The 2010 cars are highly regarded as a very well balanced road car. The suspension setup allows the car to flow beautifully on roads with an amazing ride quality whereas the more modern Evora went for slightly stiffer suspension for sharper handling. All Evora's are fun on the road and very capable on the track and have that unique feeling of making you smile. Some do rough roads slightly better some do tracks slightly better but all are very very good. The shift quality varies from car to car. Some are great some are not so great. A small adjustment to the cable tension (a quick and simple fix) can make a big difference to the shift quality. As far as I understood, MY12 cars got a cable upgrade and then the 4XX cars bought in a newly designed shift mechanism which has a much more accurate and positive shift. My NA shift action was pretty good, once the cable tension was adjusted, as long as you didn't rush the change. But I had the opportunity to put in a 4XX shift mechanism in my car while doing some other fixes (clutch) so I went for that and the difference is noticeable but also could have been due to the new cables and generally overhauled system. I feel the change was worth it for me but its not really value for money and a set of new shift cables and refresh of the system would probably get you most the way there for less money.
  17. Thats an absolute bargain! I bet it goes before they've had a change to take photos and upload them!
  18. Watched the C4 highlights for the quali and race last night on catch up and just caught up on this thread! Woweee! where do I start this with one, so many shenanigans in one race. I'm sure it made entertaining TV but for me the was not a good race. In my opinion there were many driving infringements from Max and he got away lightly with the penalties he got. Some dirty and dangerous driving from him and I was disappointed that we didn't get to see some good hard racing as he a very talented driver. I was actually warming to him at the start of the season as he seemed more mature than previously and was driving beautifully and really giving a good challenge to Lewis and the Merc team. But I have really gone off him and the Red Bull team. His torpedo move must getting tiresome with the rest of the drivers and I can see next season people standing their ground a bit more and there being more contact. This season its mostly him vs Hamilton and it's too much risk for Hamilton to take alone. But with Russell in a Merc and hopefully the grid is a bit tighter in general we will see more people mixing it up with Max and sharing the burden of standing their ground to him. Also a very poor display from the F1 race director and the stewards. There doesn't appear to be any consistency in the rules and they don't appear to be able to run race confidently, fairly and with authority. They seriously need to up their game running the show for next season. There has been a LOT of commentary in the press about Max's actions in the last race and the high probability of doing a professional foul and just taking both drivers off. Hopefully this makes him think hard about what kind of driver he wants to be known as and hopefully he drives a clean race.
  19. There is a teaser on the Polestar 3: Wonder how much of this is shared with the Lotus SUV?
  20. Oh love the look of that MR2, looks like a baby Lambo! I presume its just some computer generated image by an artist that has had little inside knowledge of the actual design of the MR2? Wonder how close to the real design that is? Either way I'd be very glad to see the return of the MR2, I've liked all 3 versions of it a look forward to a 4th version of it. @KusaKusa, a Supra costs ~£51K, an Elise used to cost ~£45K and a GT86 costs ~£25K. I guess Toyota are aiming for around £40K for the MR2? Hmmm its a bit of a tight budget to use a bonded alu chassis? But not totally impossible ... maybe Toyota can save cost elsewhere and use economies of scale and other methods to produce something similar to an Elise for less than Lotus can? I guess the car will be a more traditional platform and have some input from Lotus on the chassis setup and engineering.
  21. @eUKenGB, I think we are reasonably aligned on our thinking in that I believe we need to take action and reduce our emissions, of all kinds not just CO2 and we need to reduce the amount of resources we take out of the Earth. But agree with @Kimbers and @C8RKH that there are serious barriers to overcome that we have no real viable methods or solutions for at the moment so I don't see how we can responsibly commit on such a large scale. The whole point of this exercise is to reduce the amount of energy and resource we use in total. I feel like at the moment all we are doing is passing the energy usage and emission output further up the chain. We might me using less locally (emissions out your exhaust) but overall we are using up more than before. Or we are only looking at one small part of the picture and ignoring the bigger picture. Eg. take recycling of batteries of an example. It is theoretically possible but no one has a viable commercial operation in action at the moment. Lets just assume there is a solution ready to go what is the energy required to recycle them where is this energy going to come from? Zero emission, sustainable sources? hmm not for a long while yet. My home energy supplier is 100% renewable sources and I have been using them for over 10 years but I know that electricity grid requires other non renewable sources to keep my lights on 24/7. I know not every electron in my home has come from a "green source". eg. take a look at the push to get rid of oil and gas boilers and use heat pumps etc for heating and providing subsidies to get people to switch. A lot of these solutions are expensive to install and expensive to run. Not everyone can afford to heat their homes at the moment hence the winter fuel allowance. Pushing these new devices onto the wrong people is going to force them into further issues with being able to afford to stay warm and healthy over winter. Its by far better to fund home insulation as this will still significantly reduce the emissions used to heat the home and will still be useful for when we do have a real solution to getting rid of oil and gas boilers. By all means provide funding to research these methods and others but don't make the country start committing to them without knowing the system works from start to finish or at least have a reasonable idea on how to fix the holes.
  22. Yes amen to how amazing Williams racing were under Frank's stewardship. Racing was in his blood, he lived and breathed racing. Good point re Ricciardo, in the Red Bull days he seemed very fast and was on par with Max. In his Renault days it looked like the car was holding him back and then when he joined Maclaren it looked like he just needed some time to get used to the car and he would be up and running but I don't think that has happened. He's got a couple lucky results and good performances but in general he's not been anywhere near the pace of Norris. I'm sure Norris is a very good driver indeed and will hopefully become very successful in years to come but Ricciardo should be able to be in the same ball park. He seems like a good guy and has showed some amazing talent, it would be good for him and the sport if he can find some form back and start challenging people higher up the order a bit more.
  23. Not a great race to watch while hangry, I was shouting at Bottas through the TV to stop being so slow and overtake more cars. Both in his first session when it wasn't clear he was on a 1 stop strategy and possibly looking after the tyres a bit and after the puncture where he didn't appear to make much progress through the field. Good day for Lewis but I think Toto would have wanted more points for Merc and will be disappointed in Bottas' performance even considering the puncture. Unfortunately also a great day for RB and their damage limitation for the drivers competition and catching up for the constructors champ. I was really hoping Merc would be able to extend the lead a little bit this race. I'd like someone who knows their F1 Apples to do a analysis into Bottas' drive. Was he actually doing a pretty good job balancing tyre life and speed for a decent final position and just got scuppered by the puncture. Or even considering his 1 stop strategy was he a bit slow? Because thats how I interpreted his race. I think its honourable of Merc to keep Bottas in place till the end of the season but you have to wonder how much larger the lead in the constructors champ would be if they had put George in for these last few races. Can't they fake a positive COVID test for Bottas so he has to isolate next two races and get George in the car. It'll be a win win for everyone, well apart from Red Bull! I started this season being a neutral supporter (well life long Williams supporter but then these days they're not really doing much so I'm essentially a neutral), but as the season comes to and end I'm becoming more and more of an anti-Red Bull supporter aka a Merc supporter!
  24. Well thats a load of crap from F1! I was expecting an investigation into the incident at the very least and hopefully a penalty for Max. But for them to look at the video and claim nothing further needed doing ... ? Well I guess that at least puts an end to the lawyers and they can get on with racing again!
  25. Classically the teams have always favoured winning the constructor's championship over the driver's championship as the constructors champ is what decides the prize money. While neither RB or Merc necessarily need the extra prize money from winning as apposed to coming 2nd, its all about prestige and being "the best" for them. I get the impression that getting the constructors champ means more to Merc than it does to RB. I think RB are all in with Max (its really "Team Max" rather than RB) to such an extent I can totally see RB using Perez as a pawn to mess up Hamilton's day so Max can win the drivers champ sacrificing the constructors champ for RB. I don't think Merc would do that.
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