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  1. I spotted a handsome metallic grey Elise S2 in the car park of the UEA sportspark in Norwich on Thursday evening - it matched my metallic grey Elise beautifully (I should have taken a photo of them both together!).
  2. LOL! Let's add this to the list (below) of made-up press articles on non-existent "EU rules"! It's amusing how gullible the UK public is - it must be hilarious working for The Sun/Daily Fail/etc, getting drunk over lunch while making up these ridiculous "laws" and putting it in a story, only to hear irate, tory-voting, brexshit-supporting readers phoning in to Jeremy Vine the next day, getting all hot under their xenophobic, Boris-loving, gammony collars about the "EU banning same-sex flats" or "EU funding for African trapeze artists"! I would say "you couldn't make it up!" but that's exactly what the UK press does on a daily basis! 🤣
  3. The butyric acid that is created during whatever process American "chocolate" manufacturers use on the milk is what gives it the vomit smell - it is exactly the same acid that is found in vomit and parmesan cheese. From Wikipedia: It is found in animal fat and plant oils, bovine milk, breast milk, butter, parmesan cheese, body odor, vomit, and as a product of anaerobic fermentation (including in the colon). mmmmm lovely! Bizarrely, some American "chocolate" manufacturers, trying to replicate that delicious Hershey's vomit-taste actually add butyric acid deliberately. I'm not sure what the exact process is - maybe they just ensure some of the factory workers are perpetually unwell and get them to puke into the vats of "chocolate".
  4. Yes - I used to regularly consume one of those massive bars of Whole Nut over the course of a few days, but since Mondelez (the company who own Kraft) changed the recipe, Cadbury's "chocolate" now tastes almost as bad as American "chocolate", with that unmistakable tang of vomit, caused by the addition of butyric acid. I lived in the US for a few years, and had the misfortune of occasionally tasting the foul toxin known as "chocolate" over there. I'd challenge any Brit to eat a whole bar of the stuff without puking. https://chocolateclass.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/american-chocolate-tastes-like-vomit/
  5. Hello, I'm hoping someone might know the exact size/type of screw that holds the three heater knobs on, on an Elise S3. The fan speed knob has fallen off, and the screw that holds it in place is missing. I could take one of the other knobs off and try to measure the tiny screw, but if anyone knows the exact spec then I'd be very grateful to know so I can try to get a new screw. Thanks in advance for any help! ~ Paul
  6. I'm planning to pop along to Stratton Motors next Friday to take a peek at the Evija. I have a theory about cars in photos and real life: Dull cars look better in photos/on video than in real life. Exciting cars look better in real life and photos/video just can't capture the drama.
  7. Nope, that's just a wide angle lens on a crappy phone distorting the back end. I have some gorgeous 8K(!) RED camera footage here showing that exact yellow car looking nicely proportioned at the back. And no, I'm not going to post any of it here!
  8. I said there would be a yellow one appearing soon! I worked on that video 😁!
  9. This colour scheme might be making an appearance in a video soon.
  10. One thing that baffles me about the development of the Evija is the complete absence of any spy shots or similar anywhere on t'internet. It's quite normal to see photos pop up of forthcoming models, usually disguised with lumpy bodywork, being tested in varied conditions around the world. Are we to assume that the Evija either hasn't been tested on the open road at all, or is so well disguised that people think they're looking at some other car? Is Lotus just gong to rely on its customers to do the testing? As much as I love my Elise, the niggles do bother me occasionally, but I can live with them. If I paid £1.7 million for a car, it'd need to have zero defects. How can a manufacturer produce such a vehicle if it hasn't been through rigorous testing? Maybe someone here will prove me wrong - perhaps there has been a lot of testing, and I just don't know about it. I read about some testing in December: "Following extensive simulations, plus initial on-track sessions in the UK and Italy, Lotus has now rolled out the most complete version of the car built to date" (from this article). But driving on a couple of tracks is very different from driving thousands of miles in arctic or desert conditions. A large percentage of these cars will, no doubt, spend some of their lives being thrashed along baking-hot middle-eastern highways.
  11. My Ctek MXS3.8 arrived today. I've connected the adapter cable to the battery, and saw that a previous owner had presumably done something similar...when I thought "how shall I feed the cable out through the battery box?" I noticed a perfectly-sized square hole cut into it to feed the cable through! I tested out the mains cable routing, and it appears that the rear lid will close perfectly with the cable fed out through the seal, thanks in part to those Lotus panel gaps! The next job is to route some mains power so I don't have to have an extension lead sprawling all over the place.
  12. I've got a Ctek charger on its way to me - I'll update this post on how well it performs. (Just need to drill through an external wall, run a cable, install a fused isolator and external socket now...!)
  13. Hello, I'm sure many of us are in a similar situation at the moment - Lotus sitting there, eagerly waiting for somewhere to go! So I'm looking to get a trickle charger - my battery has gone flat twice in the past year (luckily when the car's been at home). So I'd like to get a trickle charger, but would like to find one with a lead permanently connected to the battery, so I can open the bonnet and plug the charger in, rather than trying to crocodile-clip it on to the battery under its cover. Can anyone recommend any suitable chargers that have this? I'm happy to have the lead just dangling in the boot when not in use - I'm not looking to install some kind of external connection to the car. Alternatively, has anyone had any success charging via the cigarette lighter? But I assume that's not live when the ignition is off - I haven't checked. It's a 2013 Elise S. Thanks in advance for any advice! ~ Paul
  14. Have I stumbled into a forum full of Daily Mail-reading tories? Why would anyone possibly not hate Johnson? He basically had two things to do in this crisis: Isolate people (herd immunity - remember that?) Provide the NHS with what they need (ventilators from the EU, anyone?) He's failed on both counts. Does nobody here realise he is killing people? I think a little hate in his direction is the least we can do.
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