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F1_Chris

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About F1_Chris

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  • Birthday September 4

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  • Name
    Chris
  • Car
    Exige S, m140i, MR2
  • Location
    Hertford

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  1. The 4C could have been a great little car, a manual gearbox would have been a good start. Most people think my Exige is an Elise - and tell me about my 1.8l engine. I just nod and agree now - Elise's are great and I can't be arsed to explain anymore - The owner of that 4C definetly needs a reality check
  2. I think it is important you take your car to someone who you trust and has a good reputation. I have had so many bad experiances with main dealers. After much reading on the net the one place I had read very little negative feedback on and lots of positive stuff was Hanger 111 - so I too make the 2 hour trip, confident I will have the job done properly by people who know the car.
  3. I think you made the right choice. The standard P-Zero's lost traction after a few hot laps at a recent track day. Was expecting them to fair a lot better.
  4. Cars looking really good MAG, nice work. Looking forward to your feed back on the EX430
  5. Not working for me. You can drag and drop the file - seems like you are linking the wrong thing. Looking forward to seeing the pictures, sounds like a fun trip
  6. Finally got my car on the track, was a fantastic experience and a great weekend, but dont do it like we did! 4 of us set off early Saturday morning and headed for Lydden Hill A straight 6, V6, V8 and a V10 - I picked up a lot of banter about my car not making it home We arrived nice and early for the briefing - which was something along the lines of - Very sticky track, hard on tyres, its 30oC, you will probably need new tyres - which is great, especially when your train leaves for france 1 hour after the track day finishes. My first session was fantastic, didnt get to stretch its legs much on this track, but i did learn a lot through the bends. The Corsa's at the front did very well, melted but still had good traction. The standard P-zeros on the rear (this is how the car came in my defence!) Did not do well at all and is a great example of the difference between a track and a road tyre. The tread looks fine, but after a few more laps in my second session, the rear end traction was gone. The BMW's where on Michelin and did fine... The merc on the other hand.. after only 30min. He also cooked his brakes We left a little early for a tyre shop and replaced the fronts before we got on the train... The Merc was the least reliable of the day, he needed two new tyres, his calipers repainted and had to call out the mobile mechanic after his first lap due to bellowing smoke and being black flagged, fortunately it had been filled with too much oil and was an easy fix. His gearbox took a while to find gears after leaving the track, but that eventually cleared itself. The M5 was loosing power, reasons still unknown, maybe related to heat or the traction control - some random warnings came up. Pretty normal on this car . We had a diagnostic machine to reset them. The 335d and the Lotus had no real issues. We did go easy on the latter sessions, It was a dumb idea to come here first and we all wrecked are tyres and will be replacing them once back in the UK. We made the train on time and after a non eventful drive arrived at our hotel near the ring. In the morning we picked up our £1 hire car - Thanks Jaco - you really didnt need to honour that, it was obviously a mistake. Absolute gentleman. Then made are way to the ring! What a humbling experience the first lap was, and the second and the third! etc etc I got over taken by everything! All of us came off after the first lap feeling pretty out classed. I will never watch another ring video on youtube without having the upmost respect for the drivers. It is both freightning and exciting, what an amazing race track. The speed, the undulations in the road, the camber and the oh f**k every time a ring taxi porsche flys past you like your standing still even though your speedo is showing 3 digits. I did video my first lap for the memory. Its staying with me till the grave - it was awful! In conclusion to this short write up of our weekend: The lotus's was very reliable and was an absolute joy to drive both on and off track. I can't begin to articulate just how much I have fallen in love with the Exige. We did all make it back - the merc had just started to scrape the front disks. The ring was much harder on the brakes than the tyres. Don't do a track day - 1 day before visiting the ring. Do visit the ring, I insured my car for the piece of mind. It wasnt as expensive as i thought it would be, especially for a tourist day - I witnessed a lot of crashed cars. Its worth insuring! Fit track tyres I can't wait to go back.
  7. I am very impressed with the Evija, everyone at Lotus should be very proud. As an EV - its so far away from what i would have concidered a typical Lotus, but somehow it still seems very Lotus to me. The shape, the weight - the minimalist approach. If this handles anything like a Lotus. Wow. Gj.
  8. You really have transformed the interior, the workmanship looks amazing. Mind me asking who did your carpets?
  9. I have had a quick look under the dashboard and can't see it. Not being as fit as i used to - thought i would ask before i do myself an injury! Could someone point me in the right direction please?
  10. F1_Chris

    No Lotus

    I always see other Lotus's when I am driving the daily's... once in the Lotus, i dont see any!
  11. It is a shame that it has been left like that. I imagine its probably something more sentimental, maybe an estranged son or a lost husband would be my guess.
  12. I would love to Chris, keep meaning to make one of these meets. Will see if I can get a sitter. It's just me and my daughter at home and she is only 4. My social life has taken a bit of a hit, but I will get to one eventually! There is another black Exige S local to Hertford Town who is partly responsible for my purchase. Any idea who that is? I'd like to buy them a pint if they are on here. Absolutely loving the car.
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