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  1. Elliott demonstrates our leather soap on a Porsche 928s. Great Visual demonstration.
  2. this auction will be interesting to follow. Alway fancied an Esprit.
  3. Looks interesting. How long do cars need to sit before a flat spot apears?
  4. Judging by the graph it does seem that we are only 3 months ahead (in marginal population coverage) and now we seem to have falling back in line with everyone else. Not that, thats a surprise really as you get closer to coverage. Be interesting to understand why it slowed down? Is this because we have covered most of all the vaccination age range or is the pick up slower on younger people? Or is it the government sending Vaccines else where? Or just a political cock up.
  5. Does this graph only look at who's been vaccinated and not thous who have been double jabbed? If this is the case I would be curious to know how far UK is on double vaccination? Vaccination - As I understand it, the vac is much more effective after two jabs. So therefore double jabs is what we need to open up. There is also the understanding go age group. My son at 23 has had his first jab. I not sure they will offer it to my youngest who is 16. So there has to be a large percentage of people who would not get vaccinated. The younger people who are less venerable are getting there first jabs nowise surely the UK is closer to covering all thous it would vaccinate by now?
  6. The idea behind the EU is sound. We should be united. In the end the world need to find itself in a place where we work together. I think thats the natural destination. All the world problems are not going to be solved by one government. They can only be solved by a global community working together. This feels like an impossible task to get the Global Community all thinking the same. The Nationalist ideal does not work because its all about putting your country first and above any other country. This means there is alway a country feeling betrayed or let down by the system. I think this is ultimately by brexit occurred. UK had got itself in a mess which gave politician the ability to blame the EU ( some case this seem fair and other not fair). But it did open the argument up and the route to leave the Union. If the NHS, Police, Education, Employment (reasonable living wages) were all working well, which I believe we had control of then the vote to leave would not have happened. Vaccines rollout - does seem to demonstrate that local control makes the process much quicker. This clearly benefited the UK. I'm sure Brexit will work. But I also hope the EU find a way to provide a better united group in the future. I also hope the UK become part of that.
  7. Hello All this is our latest Video demonstrating an engine clean. Hope you enjoy.
  8. What are the right tyre pressures for a lotus elise s2 111s for road and/or for track use?
  9. CAT Driver training If you’re not one for reading through a review. I’ll cut to the chase - this was a great day and I learned a lot about my driving and how to drive at speed in control. I thoroughly recommend CAT Driver Training. https://catdrivertraining.co.uk If you want to know more about my day and experience then please read on. Millbrook Proving Ground is a very special place. There are all sort of cars being driven around the site undergoing research and development work. Due to this, I was not allowed to take photos on site. But I can tell you about what I saw. Probably the most special car I saw on the day was the Gordon Murray T 50. There were lots of McLaren cars, notably the McLaren Senna. I also saw an Aston Martin Valkyrie and Valhalla. There was also a dealer on site with a range of SUV’s from Bentley, Rolls Royce, Lamborghini and Aston Martin providing prospective customers an experience day with their vehicles of choice. There was a-lot to take in over a 700 Acre site not excluding a three wheeler Morgan being put through its paces. I conducted training using my own car which I shared with my son. This offered me the opportunity to watch my car on some of the circuits as well as experiencing them first hand behind the wheel. Watching my car being in action and driving it myself was a great reminder of what a beautiful car the Lotus Elise is. In my opinion it’s he perfect car to learn how to drive in. The S2 111s I believe was the last Elise to not have any driver aids. With 156 bhp, the old Rover K series engine delivers perfect level of power for someone who wants to just have a blast or wants to really learn core driving skills. The handling in this car means with the right driving skill, it would put far more powerful cars to shame. What a car! What a beautiful car! Yes I love my Lotus Elise. Moving on and back to our CAT Driver training day: Our day starts with the CAT instructor meeting us at the main Gates. We then follow our instructor to the CAT Driver Training Centre which is in the middle of the Alpine Loops. As you drive through the Millbrook facility you realise the size and incredible diversity of driving terrain available on the site. Paul our instructor for the day makes us a cup of tea, asks us about our experience to date and then proceeds to explain the day and the objectives. In doing so, clearly demonstrating confidence in the company and the training process. The first half of our day was a series of exercises. Designed to demonstrate you're cars abilities and help you understand how the car behaves in different situations. It also shows you what your reactions to these situations are like, how you behave to each situation and what your natural instinct is. This is very instructive. I will take you through each of the driver training experiments. Brake Control - Mile Straight First up was a mile runway. We were instructed to go up to 40mph and then bring the car to a stop as quick as possible. We repeated this process and then moved up to 70mph. This was done over 2 runs. This may not sound exciting but it demonstrated when cold how the brakes snatch/lock up quite quickly and that the tyres were more prone to skidding. The instructor was able to identify which wheel had locked up too, by the behaviour of the car and the adjustment we made to keep the car straight. With the vehicle warmed up, braking became easier. The peddle feel was also notably more progressive. The braking process was an attempt at braking hard and then as the vehicle slowed to progressively push harder on the brakes to bring the car to a stop quicker. Trying to avoid modulating the brake pedal. What made this test and the other test so good was that you were able to experience each element in isolation, helping keep your focus and experience on what was happening in that moment to you and the car. Understanding which wheel is locking up and causing the car to go off balance is useful. It may even lead to better brake maintenance or give you more confidence that your car is operating as it should. In this case, it also helped identify the control you have with your brake pedal. During the mile test at the end of the runway, there is a curved bank that takes you back around. My instructor asked me how far I looked ahead. Which was about 10-20 feet in most cases. The instruction from this rookie error was to look further ahead and scan back. As the day progressed, this came up from time to time and I really noticed my failing in steering which was caused by me not looking far enough ahead. I will explain this in more detail later. Accelerator Control - High/Constant Speed Circuit: Next up was the high/constant speed circuit. This was one I felt very uncomfortable with. The teaching here was accelerator control. This is an incredible high banked ring. Designed to test a cars ability to track in a straight line at speed. Each lane had a speed number to drive at. The theory being that you can take your hands off the steering wheel and the car will track around the circuit without any driver input apart from maintaining speed. The learning here was how the car behaves and why. This really kept me thinking about my accelerator inputs. The first lane was 40mph in 4th gear. This made keeping the speed at 40 hard due at this gear selection as it was right at the low rev limit. The next stage was to go to the 4th lane and drive at 70mph. For added fun the instructor then asked me to take my hands off the wheel. maintaining speed was difficult and made worse by not having your hands on the wheel. This made me feel very uncomfortable. There were two car affects. One, the car would move between the lines slightly and second, the steering wheel had a slight judder. It was explained why these occurrences happened, unfortunately this is something I do not recall well enough to explain in this review. But my car behaved in a way a car should. Next, we moved to the outside lane and drove at 100mph. I was then asked to drive faster. I got up to 120mph but felt quite uncomfortable here too. At the top of the curved ring was a very solid steel barrier which was not at all appealing and especially while travelling at 120mph on a round circuit while steering straight. Yes, I had my hands on the steering wheel at this point. These first two test were great for focusing your attention on a single peddle vs your inputs. All while gaining a clearer understanding on how a car works in certain situations. Grip limits - Dynamic Pad: This was an interesting exercise combining both accelerator and steering control. This was basically a case of follow a white line in a circle and progressively increasing speed. As speed increased, so did the steering input in order to continue following the white line. This exercise, as explained to me is why I crashed at Cadwell Park. It was explained that any big change in the input of either steering or acceleration can cause the car to spin. It was interesting holding the car on the slip limit and feeling the difference as the power increased and the affect this had on steering. In truth, I could have spent the whole day doing this. It was great fun and truthfully I think this to be a very important skill to master should your go on track days or go racing. There is another course dedicated purely to this aspect of driving ability which I intend book up soon. Having had the basic elements of the car and driver inputs now explained to us, we head off for lunch . The plan on our return is to combine these new skills. Outer Handling Circuit: We put in to practice what we had learned. We also try trail braking during our circuit run. We work on steering in this section. I’ve heard conversations about looking where you are going to get the correct steering line. I’ve always thought that surely we all look where we are going? Paul talked in detail about the vanishing point. Looking ahead around the corner and then scanning back. This process helped me massively in reducing my steering input. This meant that I was faster and more fluid through the corners. The car was also far more stable. Alpine Loops: This is not a track area and not an area I would be comfortable driving at speed. Lots of barriers and trees that don’t move. This was a great area to practice steering. I found it very satisfying to steer around long uneven corners with out making adjustment to my steering input. Something that seems to come more naturally by looking further ahead than I was previously. Outer Handling Circuit - Consistency: Timed laps around the circuit to prove consistency. My laps were very consistent. There was less than half a second difference and with each lap getting a bit quicker. These were short laps only 1 minute long. My son did this exercise 6 seconds quicker than me and just a little less consistent. For such a short lap I think it showed just how well my son Ashley did on track. Summary - This was a great day. It was a solid days worth of training in my own car. You can conduct training as a single driver but I wanted to share the experience with my son. This did however mean that I only had half the time I could have otherwise had. I have a lot more to learn and need more track day experience. I’m looking to conduct more CAT training courses soon. CAT have 6 track day specific courses. I conducted lesson 1. As I work my way through the their training courses and do more track days for practice I’ll plan to give you more updates. I believe the combination of the Millbrook site and the CAT driver training approach to teaching makes this the best place to hone your skills. I can’t think of any other place that would give you the wide range of driving opportunities that are available at Millbrook.
  10. Cloths make a big difference too. https://www.valetpro.global/Additional-Products/Cloths-and-Towels/149-/Microfibre-Glass-Cloth This is the cloth I recommend. Not used in the video above. Standard Micro fibres do work very well but after a few washes or if used for anything dirty like buffing up tyre dressing or waxes the cloths can then cause smearing. The other down side to standard Micro Fibres is after a few washes they can collect lint. The lint can then get left on the screen. Heres a video we made on our Glass Micro fibre cloth before we have a pro video editor. Just explains the cloth and why it helps with the cleaning process. Magic Sponges are quite abrasive but do work very well. Not something to use on tinted or windows with films on them.
  11. 27 April 21: Lotus company update and Emira name announced 27 April 21 - TomE - UK - V6 manual 28 April 21 - JamesDG - UK - V6 manual 30 April 21 - Pugwash - UK V6 manual 7 May 21 - Mark030358 - Undecided 15 May 21 - JCR - Undecided 17 May 21 - DarrylV8 - Undecided 20 May 21 - Evotion - V6 Manual 20 May 21 - Evotion - i4 22 May 21 - KennyN - V6 Manual 4 June 21 - DJW - undecided 23 June 21 - KJD - V6 manual 25 Jun 21 - scotty435 - V6 manual 28 June 21 - DaveC72 - i4 29 June 21 - greg/valetpro - Not decided which engine yet. 6 July 21: Emira reveal at Hethel 6 July 21 - Duncs - V6, but cost dependent. 7 July 21 - Lockey - i4 7 July 21 - freefall_junkie - V6 manual UK 7 July 21 - glen8 - i4 7 July 21 - Al_C - I4 7 July 21 - Neilread - I4 7 July 21 - Philnotts - V6 Manual 7 or 8 July 21 - JJ - Cost dependant 7 July 21 - marclurr - UK - V6 Manual 8 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 1 (Thursday) 8 July 21, 09:39 - mctaff - UK - V6 manual 8 July 21 - MJON - i4 8 July 21 - Wake - i4 (V6 cost dependant) 8 July 21 - Johnhoward - V6 Auto 8 July 21 - JimH - i4 9 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 2 (Friday) 9 July 21 - Beady - I4 (probably) 9 July 21 (8am) - Beancounter - probably i4, but maybe v6 manual 10 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 3 (Saturday) 10 July 21 - Washy - undecided 10 July 21 - Al - completely undecided. 11 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 4 (Sunday) 12 July 21: post Goodwood Festival of Speed 12 July 21 - emstan - V6 I think when I place my orders Bell and Colvil Already had 50 deposits. If this is the case I would guess with the UK dealers there would be at least 150 deposit down prior to my order.
  12. Off to brands Hatch this weekend to see the super bikes. Anyone else watch the bikes?
  13. Yep, Good for mirrors and windows. When cleaning the outside windows and frames I use our Advanced Poseidon Car Wash.
  14. True but I believe the UK limit was originally 650. So sales look very positive even if they only get half the orders. It's also possible that the more orders the better production cost will be and therefore this might be why they have not release committed prices just yet.
  15. Had an email from bell and Colvill today saying Lotus has received 2400 deposit from the UK alone. Wow, if the pick up is as good in the rest of the world 3 shifts are unlikely to be enough. I'm told there be more information in a couple of weeks. Lets hope the spec details are a bit clearer with pricing so we can start to decide exactly what we want.
  16. Hello All I just wanted to pass on the Thank you letter received from Air Ambulance for the money raised by the event. A big thank you for all who attended and thous who contributed to the charity.
  17. Im up at Milbrook today with my Son doing a driving course with https://catdrivertraining.co.uk After a recommendation from Bibs. I will write a mini review on here and post it up latest next week.
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  19. This is interesting. es motorsport have tuned the v6 to at least 500bhp but i believe they can take it up to 600bhp. Tuning kit from Swindon. Like the Swindon GTE cars. do we know when Lotus will officially release the spec's. If the cars do come with the extra power they are talking about it makes sense for there last ICE car. What ever it ends up being the car is going to be successful.
  20. Just seen a goodwood video with shmee and Jenson in the v6 and now really tempted to go for the v6 engine in manual. Engine sounds great.
  21. When is the closing date of this competition i cant see this info anywhere.
  22. Wow 2000 interested in the uk alone and i believe limited to the uk of 650. So glad i had a deposit down prior to launch. Good to see Lotus is back. Thank you Geely for the investment. Well done to the Lotus team. The torque is crazy for that size engine. Has AMG developed a torque multiplier?
  23. I selected the i4 the better price good hp and very tuneable. But watching the shmee video at goodwood with Jenson im tempted to get the v6. Its that engine sound that gets you. I hope when the cars do a tour of the dealers we will get to drive them both to get a real feel for the cars. Ive never wanted an automatic before. So the v6 would keep that real driving experience alive before the very fast electric cars come. is anyone else undecided?
  24. There are a number of different applicators out there. For polishing terry cloth foam pads are often used. I find these too course and they can create there own marring if used incorrectly. Foam pads are much more forgiving. There are however lots of different types of foam all can create different results. Our white polish applicator is perfect for removal of light marring. polishing is a complicated topic. Foam pad, polish, compounds and different paint types harness softness etc all create new variables and can effect the result. Its a subject you can continually learn. we work hard to create an easy solution that gives great results for all scenarios hope this helps a little
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