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    Gareth Hughes
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  1. Definitely fits the S, I think I have read it isn't suitable for the n/a but I have absolutely no technical knowledge about why that might be.
  2. Sorry to hear that @Brendonian, hope it is all resolved soon.
  3. Had mine (and the slave) replaced a few months ago, The Elise Shop supplied, they took a day to arrive I believe.
  4. By way of an update for those interested or those reading in the future with similar issues, I have had the car back a couple of weeks now, so all in all was without it for 3-4 weeks. The delay was two-fold, firstly my chap was on holiday for the first week and a bit, then sourcing a clutch was more tricky than he suspected but he found one in Holland. The 400 clutch was fitted, with the lighter flywheel and I'm pretty sure it is noticeable. I say pretty sure as for the period without it, I was driving a diesel A5 so remembering exactly what the Evora felt like was tricky. However, on a positive note I would say it does rev up and down slightly quicker, on a less positive note I'm sure there are slight vibrations through the steering at idol which weren't there before and it is definitely much harder to pull away cleanly, especially from cold!
  5. @trcm I had about a month between the master cylinder (and slave cylinder for good measure) and the hydraulics being done and the clutch going, not sure if it is related. I can highly recommend Steve William Lotus in Maidenhead, it's where mine is now, came recommended to me and I've been very impressed to date.
  6. By way of an update from me, I'm having the 400 clutch fitted, lighter flywheel and all. The chap doing the work races them, so I trust his judgment and he says they (the 400 clutches) are more robust too. I really hope so...…... Will report back on how it all goes.
  7. Thanks @Brendonian, its the only race we'll be having over the next few weeks that is for sure! @122 I only bought the car in Dec and have only done a few thousand miles. Mainly local driving with a few longer trips on the motorway. No standing starts for sure, although there has been the odd dart in 2nd and 3rd gear when the opportunity arises, same as most people with these type of cars I guess. The person I bought it from was the owner from new, FLSH and has, had many Lotuses, used it as a daily for commuting, putting about 9k miles a year on it, so I can't believe it was abused. My indie said it just seems to be the luck of draw when they were installed at the factory. Whilst I was there, there was a chap there with a V8 Esprit who had spent £8k on a gearbox and said his Diablo clutch would last 10k if he was careful, so I don't feel so bad now...…...
  8. Sorry to jump on the thread but I'm now a member of the 'need a new clutch gang'. Mine went pop on Tuesday on my 2015 S SR after 35,000 miles. It is now in with my local indie, will be a week or so before he can start on it, no mention of parts issues, I had just assumed they had one/could get one. Thinks it's the friction plate. Interesting to see how much it will be.
  9. For those that may visit this thread in the future, it looks for now anyway, that it was the clutch master cylinder, the hydraulic fluid was black when bled. So, that was changed and as it is a clam off job, I had the mud flap brackets replaced at the same time. Also had the clutch slave cylinder replaced, just in case and the brake fluid. That plus a new badge on the front as the old one was a bit worse for wear and I'm down £1.1k, but at least it wasn't the clutch...…..
  10. Hopefully you are correct @Ledlights, would this explain how once the car got going the clutch pedal and all forward gears felt normal again?
  11. Wondering if the OP (or anyone else in the know) can shed any light on what the diagnosis was, as I have exactly the same symptoms, fine when engine off, won't go into reverse with it on. In addition, the clutch pedal has dropped about half way and there is little resistance. From reading other threads, I have pumped it back up to get pressure, but that hasn't solved the reverse issue. I've taken it into my Lotus man this afternoon, typically on the drive there the clutch pedal resolved itself (!) although reverse still an issue. I mentioned the threads I'd read about boiling the hydraulics and/or master cylinder, which it could still be. However, unfortunately, the last Evora clutch he had to replace showed the same intermittent systems mine is showing...…...I really, really hope it isn't the clutch - £4k apparently, car has only done 34,000 miles, and I've only done 3k of them.
  12. I agree with @Techyd, although I like the GT410's rears most of all.
  13. Thanks @Bibs and @Bruss, that makes me much better about it, very good to know.
  14. Apologies in advance for shining a light on something many may not want to think about. A month ago my wife was involved in a rather nasty accident, a head on collision with another car, with a closing speed of nearly 100mph and then hit in the drivers' side door/wing by the car behind her as she came to rest sideways across the road and shunted into trees. Mercifully and somewhat unbelievably, she walked away with 'only' a broken wrist from the airbag and a broken collarbone from the seatbelt, plus some minor cuts and bruises, airbag burns etc. She was in a 14-plate Audi A3 convertible, the door opened, the A-pillar was dead straight and the steering wheel and pedal box were unmoved. We are now replacing that with another Audi, just a bigger and newer one! Anyway, never before have I really ever considered safety as a car feature (I don't have kids) but for the last month have been thinking about all the miles I did in my 20s in a 1990 plate Escort and an MGF, scary! I don't think the S1 Evora has been crash tested, if it has I can't seem to find the results, but I wondered if, just anecdotally, anyone knows if it is good, bad or indifferent. My thoughts are that it isn't going to be great but the whole incident has taken some of the shine off the car I've waited a lifetime to own, so any reassurances gratefully received...….
  15. Since getting the vehicle in Dec, the people of Reading have been rather quite or unobvious in their admiration for my Evora which, having read this thread, was a little disappointing. Then, like busses, 2 in 2 days. Firstly at a country pub, I was approached by a nice chap with a V8 Esprit (not with him unfortunately), he is a SELOC member and clearly loves the marque, we had a good chat for about 5 mins. Secondly, following a rather nasty car accident (in an Audi) my wife is currently unable to drive. So over the weekend I drove her to see her horse and parked next to a chap and his family in a 911 Turbo. Within 5 minutes I had a crowd and a request to take a daughter of one of the gathering to their school prom in a few weeks. Mr 911 was gone by the time the crowd dispersed!
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