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  1. The Amethyst Grey paint is interesting - it can be gunmetal grey with no hint of purple in bright sunlight, but can look very purple on a dull day or at twilight.. and it tends to look different in photos vs. the real world. It was very nice of the chaps at Car magazine to 'spend' £1500 on that paint as part of more than £11k in options when they ran it on a long term test! The car did indeed feel very stable and predictable on track. But I didn't manage to recreate this shot from the magazine:
  2. Couple of shots from Brands Hatch track evening earlier in the week:
  3. No static noise test this evening, just an 88dB drive by limit, which caused no problems. Evora saved me when I ran out of talent, taking too much speed through Surtees and into McLaren, resulting in a tank slapper but no spin! Very easy car to put together a clean lap in this car.
  4. I'm booked on to a track day at Brands next week. But this will be my first track visit in the Evora (2012MY S, standard exhaust) and I'm wondering whether anyone knows if I'm likely to fail the 98dB static limit?
  5. I love the fact that I have a stack of Car Magazine issues featuring my car when it was being run on a long term test. How many other people have pictures of their car on the production line or going sideways at Hethel? Like baby photos, but better. And as well as the running in service, it had 2 more services in its first year!
  6. It took about 4 months of waiting for a single 12MY manual to come on to the market when I was looking earlier this year. I bought it over the phone! I wanted a blue car or one with red leather but I might have had to wait 4 years for one of those... It was totally worth the wait. It's a decent cruiser while also obviously amazing when you're 'on it'. Manual gearbox takes a bit of getting used to (i.e. accepting that you have to be slow and deliberate and even then it might baulk), radio is utter cack, but these things are more than compensated for by those mid-engined looks, magical damp
  7. Finally, having bought my Evora back in May, I found time to take it to Wales last week for a little road trip. I used to enjoy these a couple of times a year in my Maserati GranSport, but I had very high expectations for the Lotus. Did it live up to those? Well, I can say that I had a very eventful trip... On Thursday I put the kids to bed at home in South London and headed out to the car at 8pm. It hadn't been used for 3 weeks and I discovered a smear on the windscreen and some fragments of shell... neighbours had complained of things being egged on Halloween and it seemed my car h
  8. Many thanks for posting that. I agree wholeheartedly with their praise for my Evora! I see it was wearing a smaller set of wheels - perhaps it was on winter tyres.
  9. It's no surprise that young car manufacturers like McLaren and Tesla are suffering teething problems. Mass producing reliable cars is an incredibly difficult task. Especially when you're trying to produce something that is even more advanced than established competitors. Agree with the comments re not spending enough time on QC being a daft thing for Lotus to do. If you don't get something right the first time, you will aggravate your customer and it will cost more money to put right than the little bit of extra QC on 10 or 100 cars would have cost. And if you're in the business of consta
  10. I've just swapped my Maserati GranSport for a MY12 Evora S. I do miss some aspects of the Maser, but the Evora is a fantastic car and really shines on bumpy B roads where I do most of my driving for pleasure. No regrets!
  11. I did give you a bit of a chance by procrastinating for a few days... hope you find a good one.
  12. I hope so. Just spent 30 quid on ebay to get some back issues of Car...
  13. Some people don't like the idea of a press car, but I think mine had 3 services in less than 2 years and you never hear a journo on a long-term test saying they just ignored the service indicator or couldn't be bothered to check the oil. And mine has brand new MPS4 tyres so I don't care what abuse previous sets took in the past!
  14. Ah... so that was just some kind of brochure pic?! Seems like I need to reconfigure my brain to cope with the Evora's grip levels, but also how Lotus do things.
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