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  1. Oyster and Aqua is the perfect classy GT look - evokes thoughts of driving to the south of France for me, would look perfect on the coast roads in the sun. Leave it standard would be my vote!
  2. Thanks @r3nault The Evora changed a lot in its life, so it depends which one! It started very much as a comfortable sporty GT in 2009 in NA and long-ratio gearbox form and then got progressively stiffer, faster and louder as time went on. By the time the 400 came along any attempt at subtly was thrown out the window. Saying that, I’ve driven a Sport 410 and it still rode pretty well and was comfortable despite being very shouty.
  3. I'll echo whats already been said. I think you know the answer. The Elise is more concentrated fun, the Evora more of a GT/all rounder. You'd rather be in the Evora on the way to the hills then you'd rather be in an Elise when you get there. I ran an S1 Elise for 5 years/20k miles as a second car, then an Evora NA Sports Racer for 20k miles as my only car, and now I have an Elise S3 1.6 for the weekends. I've also driven a couple of hundred miles in an Exige 410. My take is: Elise S1 - purest, most intense and lovable of them all. I'd have one now if they came with air-con (sorry purists) and if I didn't think it would try and kill me one day. Evora - awesome car, massive sense of occasion which didn't diminish with use. Just lovely to be in, its the one to take to the Alps. But I didn't often get up at dawn to hit the Dales roads in it. It's just a bit too refined and too much of a GT to have a second car/weekend car (for me). Elise S3 - like the Elise S1, but with a roof that works, ABS and ESP and air-con. I've done 500 miles in a day in it and it's fine but you wouldn't choose it for a long trip unless the destination was worth it. However it's such a rush driving it on B roads. Just last night I went out for a 3 hour evening drive just for the hell of it. Being able to take the roof off adds a whole dimension that's missing in the Evora. The 1.6 is just enough but the old K-series actually suits the car better. I've not driven a 220. Exige V6 - a mini-supercar with all that entails. Controversial opinion - it's the one I wouldn't buy myself! It's not the refined all-rounder that the Evora is and it's not as agile as the Elise. The power, looks and noise are amazing but the controls are heavy, visibility is terrible and its just too much hard work to be a proper drivers car. I was happy to step back into my little 1.6.
  4. Carfections latest Aventador vid is shot on the Blakey road for anyone wondering what it’s like.
  5. Hope you had a great time! Those are my stamping grounds. I could write a book about the roads up here, some rival the best in the world. The B6255 to Hawes in the Dales is stunning, fast and testing, Blakey Ridge in the NY Moors is even faster and spectacular when the sun is out. And there are so many others too. Was out there the other weekend in the Elise. Just watch for sheep, wildlife and middle aged men in lycra. Ideally you want to out at 6am and back by 9am to enjoy them properly. If you're up here again I can share some routes It can be dirty work sometimes though...
  6. I was there Saturday - was actually surprised to see the car was manual, I was expecting IPS for its intended use for some reason. Anyway, enjoy this comparison with the £100k more expensive McLaren Artura - If I was a McLaren PR person I'd keep these two apart...
  7. Look up leglessgarage on Instagram and scroll back - my guess is it was his. Mileage and spec match. He replaced it with an Alpine. Lovely looking car.
  8. Just make sure you keep on top of the maintenance! I want it to be fully match fit when you sell it back to me 😆 Joking aside, selling an Evora generally requires a little patience and a high mileage car even more so. You'll find a buyer but be prepared for it to take a while compared to a mainstream car.
  9. Love letter from Kristen Lee in the US too...
  10. So far my single day in my S3 has been 360 odd from Aviemore to Leeds via the Military Road. In my S1 I managed the 560 miles home from Le Mans 3 times - that’s a long day, especially if it’s hot!
  11. There’s your answer I’d say. Elises do follow cambers slightly, and it always takes me a little while to get used to the amount of steering feedback after being in the daily driver but they’re not skittish. When I bought my Evora I was very disappointed with its feel, it was dead feeling and followed cambers like you wouldn’t believe. I had both the main dealer and a supposedly reputable “race” shop check the alignment but they both said it was correct. I’d driven a couple of Evoras previously so I wasn’t convinced. I eventually found a proper specialist to check it over. Several hours work (and gallons of WD40 on seized adjusters) and the car was transformed! It was truly amazing the difference a proper geo setup made. Tramlining was gone and replaced with bright, feelsome steering and confident cornering. Amazing.
  12. Not sure if this has been posted before, but a fantastic video with Dickie Meaden (EVO) and Matt Becker around the time of the original launch. Great discussion about road dynamics followed by draw-dropping track driving. I’m still gutted we lost Matt to Aston Martin.
  13. Interesting comments. I often daydream about getting back in an Evora. I loved my NA SR, don't quite love the 400 look, like the current cars but can't afford them. I'd be interested to hear which gearbox your NA cars had to compare? I imagine there is quite a different feel between the long-ratio early cars (better GT cars) and the close-ratio box like mine had. For me the car felt quick but never eye-widening shove-in-the-back quick like a turbocharged or electric car can be. All the same, over a hard-driven weekend in the Scottish borders there was nothing in it between my car and my friends BMW M140i.
  14. This might be old news, but it's the first time I've seen them: Well done Lotus Silverstone! 👍
  15. When I had mine it was my daily and my only car for 18 months/20k miles. Shopping, holidays, commuting, site visits, the lot. Sometimes felt a little self-conscious in it but no regrets at all. It does push the costs up though and you end up doing a lot of cleaning. If I buy another it will be as a pampered 2nd car.
  16. My 1.6 was serviced last week - I asked about the recall and was told it doesn't apply to the 1.6.
  17. In the UK I don’t think you’ll open much of gap between anything with more than say 250bhp. Keeping to under 80ish on country roads and you’ll never gain or lose more than a few metres in my experience. I spent a weekend in the Scottish Borders with my NA Evora and a friend with his M140i and there was never anything in it, even in corners. Visibility and prudence count for more once you’re up at that power and above. That M140i vs my 1.6 Elise is another story!
  18. Glad I saw this, have been waiting for this book to come down to a reasonable price! Will go on the souvenir shelf with the original dealer brochure. Order placed...
  19. It was a "W" reg Millennium edition, standard non-VVC engine. So it had a few extras such as driving lights and OZ wheels, but even so it's a big % more than an MX5 of the time.
  20. My old Elise S1 was over £26k as sold IIRC, that was a ‘99 car.
  21. That's lovely but I can't believe the airbag cover is lifting on it already (and that it's not been fixed under warranty or as part of prep). Lotus have been making these cars for 11 years now without fixing that problem! They'd better do a better job with the Type 131.
  22. Those performance figures are mind bending! I hope they improve the installation of reflectors and fog lights for production though...
  23. You’ll love that car, it’s great!
  24. Personally I wouldn't touch an Elise that's had a chassis repair. Re prices for Club Racers - I've been tracking for a while and bought one in March for £24k at a main dealer. It's 2016 reg and 20k miles. The depreciation curve has been beyond glacial on 1.6's, in fact they've actually gone UP slightly in price compared to a couple of years ago. They're not universally loved either, but I think it's a fantastically pretty car, proper fun on back roads and very cheap to own once bought. I looked at another 1.6 CR, 45k miles and not in perfect condition. Also at a main dealer, it was up at £21k but we were discussing just under £20k in February. It was sold to guy to use on track in the end. All this was pre-Covid though... Good luck!
  25. Not so far! I think it just changes the stability program on the Elise? On the Evora it changed the exhaust and throttle mapping as well.
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