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  1. I'm one of 3 that's voted for the V6 slushbox because I need to fit hand controls to it, limits me somewhat. I want V6 and not i4 as frankly, I floored it in the Hindhead Tunnel on the way to Goodwood and the noise really does it for me. No real interest in a 4 pot, no matter how tunable it is.
  2. Been a while, time for some updates! I've had the car almost exactly ten months and 12,504 miles as of last night. Lets just say I took the advice that we were able to drive as far as we wanted to heart, and have been out around Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire a lot. Some thoughts on the last few thousand miles. Firstly, while I am very aware that I have a large amount of free time compared to most, I understand people that don't drive their sports cars much even less than I did when I first bought the car. The car has come alive since about seven or eight thousand miles, and I have considered it properly broken in since about ten thousand. The car hasn't put a foot wrong in my ownership, and I don't expect it to given that it's late in the model cycle and the Toyota bits. The interior quality has been good in my car, no squeaks or rattles to speak of. I don't think the interior is very well thought out for a car that, to me, is more of a GT than anything else, the lack of armrests is very irritating when on the way to more interesting roads and the position of the cupholder is similarly annoying, as well as there being only one of them. I realise that this position is often dismissed as the concerns of someone that doesn't drive their car properly, but I disagree. You can't be on it all the time, and for very very little weight penalty it would be nice to have a decent cupholder and elbow rest. I've spanked my car around the NC500 and loved it, but there was still a boring, 8 hour, 400 mile schlep up there to get out the way first which would have been greatly improved by having these small things. I believe I have complained about this before but I haven't checked previous posts, ahem. I'm considering adding them myself, the 400 door cards fit (although they're expensive) and maybe paying a visit to d:class auto to investigate a custom central armrest. In addidion to this, I'd really like a round, smooth steering wheel and to move the cruise control buttons off the wheel and onto a stalk. Thsi will need a bit of investigation and I'm in no rush at all, they're very minor things. Talking of modifications, I have done my first two! The 2bular exhaust was sourced courtesy of Nick at PJS Sports Cars who did an excellent job of fitting it as well as the carbon panel I bought myself. I've gone for a twin exit exhaust that should be a little quiter then standard for the track noise limits, enabling me to do my first ever track day soon! Most likely Donnington, for friendliness and run off purposes, ahem. I'm waiting for it to bed in and settle down before giving my final thoughts on it, but I'm pretty happy so far. The second bit was a carbon panel to replace the black plastic panel between the roof and the rear deck. This was from Elise Parts in Holland, and I'm satisfied. It's not a perfect match either weave or colour wise, and the line in the middle doesn't quite match up, but it's miles better than it was before. I'm really not very fussy about stuff like this when it's an aftermarket part, and how long do I spend looking down from above at that line anyway? No bother. Should it have been this way from the factory, or at very least been offered as an option? Of course. Lotus were proper, proper broke when they developed this car though, so I guess I'll given them a pass on that. Pics! Carbon roof by Alex D, on Flickr Dat ass tho... by Alex D, on Flickr Now, while I was at PJS, they weighed it for me... Lotus. Oh Lotus. You are supposed to make light cars, you know. The spec I have is probably the heaviest spec possible with extra weight options ticked and it had a full tank at the time, but still. 1 lardy boi by Alex D, on Flickr Other than all that, everything is going smoothly and I'm pretty happy with it. It would be nice if it was faster, but as it's kinda lardy, I accept it. If the decision is made to keep it then it'll be getting bumped to 500bhp as a minimum, however. Here are some more pics, although please excuse the condition. I'm much more interested in driving it than cleaning it, and so it's pretty much perpetually filthy. I've had a fetish for driving through fords recently, and here's a couple of snaps from the ford in Shilton, in the Burford area. This is long enough to get some good splash going, I might have to come back with a photographer friend for some action shots. Fresh out of the ford at Shilton by Alex D, on Flickr Fresh out of the ford at Shilton by Alex D, on Flickr I'd like to try and keep it looking like this: IMG_20200521_121836 by Alex D, on Flickr But really, it spends most of it's time looking like this: At rest in Burford by Alex D, on Flickr Here's some assorted random photos. I've got a long way to go before being able to get a decent shot of the car, but I'm trying. Brothers by Alex D, on Flickr Taking in the sunrise by Alex D, on Flickr Still working on the angles, ahem by Alex D, on Flickr Sunrise Silhouette by Alex D, on Flickr
  3. 800 miles in two years! Damn, that's a shame. I don't know what the thinking in the community is about this, but it's possible that Evora values will take a further hit when the replacement is released. Possibly worth selling now, and then if in a couple of years you really, really miss it you can buy another for much less money? That said, it could end up like the 997 GT3 or the 458, where values of the older car actually get a bit stronger.
  4. Really sorry, I totally forgot. I fired off an email to the wheel people just a minute ago! In the mean time, another pic. I went shopping, and when passing Ham Common I spotted a quick photo op with a fren An Evora Finds a Fren: A Short Story. by Alex D, on Flickr
  5. That is a fair point. Red with gold wheels was my first choice, but after looking at the reds that were either available or that Lotus would do, I decided against it. Preferred the green in the end. Damn it would be a good looking car though.
  6. It would look absolutely bloody glorious! I'll have a dig around and see if I can find the paint code, if not I'll call the shop tomorrow and see if anyone answers.
  7. I think they're a Ferrari Scuderia shade, if you'd like I can try and find the original details?
  8. Fair point about the smaller sills. That's why I suggested more of a speedster, you wouldn't have the bother of trying to make a roof, it would be roofless all the time. Anyway, I don't have the money or desire to comission one and nowhere close to the skills (or again, money) needed to try and make one myself. I still think it'd be cool as hell though, that concept looks amazing.
  9. Thank you! It's almost never this clean, it's nice to look out the window and see it like that. Wish I could drive it though.
  10. I wonder if you could get something that looked like the concept through an IVA? Yes, it would cost too much to build and not be 'worth' it, but damn what a glorious looking car to have as a one off. You could make it speedster style with a slightly cut down windscreen and all.
  11. It makes a lot of sense to have a 'face' and it makes even more sense to base that face on the Evija. Maybe that render isn't a million miles off, Autocar have to get it right one day with their endless attempts 😅🤣 Anyway, have a shot of a car at rest. 9,800 in seven months, very sad I didn't manage to crack 10k in six, but oh well. If the travel restrictions are relaxed in time for summer I can easily see 20,000 miles being clocked up in 12 months. Evora at Home by Alex D, on Flickr
  12. Are we talking about Racing Green Lotus'? Here's the most recent one of it being clean, at Caffeine & Machine. 8,300 miles in five months means it's rarely clean!
  13. I had no idea they existed until I stumbled upon them a week or so ago. I would have loved one if I had known, but none are IPS it seems. Still, that green one is gorgeous to my eyes, I have always loved the GTE widebody shape.
  14. Name: Lotus Evora Click to view: Lotus Evora
  15. But what would having a place to rest your elbows on long journeys, nicer buttons to press and indicator stalks that didn't feel like they were made out of 50p plastic do to take away from the purity of the experience? In my view, that comes from the engine, brakes, chassis balance, throttle response and so on, wouldn't you say? I don't have the car as my daily, but I have done 5,000 miles in it since August and yes, I like to drive it on long boring trips as well as on more exciting roads. I believe Lotus have positioned the car as a GT with a relatively quiet cabin, good luggage space without the rear seats, extra sound insulation as an option, touring suspension as an option and so on. I look at it in this context, as a £100,000 sporting GT and I do expect better materials and a more well thought out cabin. I don't believe that should or would impact the excellent driving experience at all, and for that much money I expect it to be in addition to that. You appear to have a bee in your bonnet about Porsche, but at the end of the day if Lotus want to increase their sales volume any decent amount they will end up having to tempt some of these 'hairdressers and accountants' out of their Porsches and into a Lotus. I do not believe they will be able to do that with the current layout, materials and construction of the cabin. We each have our own opinions and I actually agree that many people that have looked around and sat in the Evora do not immediately think it's horrible, because it isn't horrible. It's okay. But, in my view, it's not what you'd expect for a one hundred thousand pound car.
  16. I think the interior of the Evora GT410 is somewhat ill thought out (considering I believe it's pitched as a sort of sporting GT) and definitely not good enough for the money. The buttons don't have a satisfactory feel, the indicator stalks are crap, I don't think the analog speedomoeter is very legible, there's no door bins, the cupholder is in a rubbish position, there's no climate control, there's nowhere to rest your elbows when you're cruising along on a motorway. The head unit is fine, I use Android Auto on it so it doesn't bother me much. Hate the volume buttons though, would much prefer a knob. Now, I'm sure a fair few people dismissed that as not relevant to Lotus owners, and you might be right for yourself and some others. But to expand, Lotus must attract new customers right? And these people will not be impressed at all if they've just come from a Porsche dealership sitting in the latest 911 T. It can be a six figure car, it's not unreasonable to expect an interior that's in the same league as other six figure cars. The driving experince, looks and sound are absolutely amazing and absolutley worth the price. But as it is, I see the GT410 as a car you only buy if you really really love Lotus and are priortising the driving experience over everything else. For that, it's incredible.
  17. I think I can imagine the Hyundai being the winner, particularly if it's an automotive journalist(s) judging them. I think performance cars can get tiring if you drive them all the time, and the freshness of a car that's fun and exciting to drive but also one that you're able to (somewhat) sensibly exploit is easily enough to make it stand out. I largely agree with the Evora comments too. Driving experience? Phenomenal. Mechanical construction? Brilliant. Cabin construction, materials, feel and construction? Not up to what you might expect in a one hundred thousand pound car, which they can easily be, mine was.
  18. Bibs, that doesn't look fun at all! I'm definitely looking forward to getting it back from the body shop and getting it on some proper low temp tyres. Got a whole winter of noisy V6 goodness ahead of me!
  19. I drive past these cars every day, one is usually parked on the road at Ham Common, and I wondered if the owner is on here? They're really lovely specs, both dark blue with silver wheels. Looks like the Evora is either an S or an NA, and the Elise is an S1. Seeing the Evora every day played no small part in me getting my own!
  20. Thanks so much for the kind words everyone! I'm really enjoying the owndership experience so far, and I love how many people have positive memories/experiences of Lotus in the past, normally though a father, uncle or grandfather owning one. It's really nice to be driving a British car from a maker that has proper heritage and history! It's been a bit of a slow month, I've only managed to out another 500 or so miles on it to tip it over 5,000 in about 80 days of ownership. Not bad going, but I could be doing a lot better! I'm really enjoying it, although the more the engine has freed up the less desire for more power I have. It's a much smoother car now than it was at 1,500-2,500 miles, I really cannot understand those that only ever drive their cars a couple of thousand miles and then sell it! They don't get the full experience at all. It's certainly going to get winter tyres fitted though, the Cup 2s have become something verging on unpleasnant the colder it's got. In the low teens it was just some slidey fun, in single digits the lack of grip is at the point where any sort of speed feels quite unsafe. It had a recent visit to C&M to see Phil and Laura after their #romeinalotus Exige trip. It was a story I knew nothing about and I highly recommend searching the hashtag on Instagram and checking out the story, it's really cool. I might have to do it myself some time! I love what they're doing up at C&M and I highly recommend a visit if you haven't already been. Anyway! Some pics. Fingers crossed the next ones I post will have winter tyres, filthy salt spray on the sills and another few thousand miles. Lotus GT410 at Caffeine and Machine by Alex D, on Flickr Lotus GT410 Rear by Alex D, on Flickr Lotus GT410 Looking Over Goodwood by Alex D, on Flickr
  21. Thanks guys! Much appreciated. I think I'm going to go Alpin 4, The Wintercontacts look like the 'better' tyre but they don't come in the recommended winter sizes for the 19/20" wheels and I'm a sucker for doing things by the book. Looks like it'll be about £1,000 roughly for a set of them fitted, which isn't too bad. Hopefullt I'll get 2-3 winters out of them
  22. Hi everyone, I'm looking for a replacement for the Cup 2s on the GT410 coming into winter, and I'm torn between the PS4Ses and some more winter bias tyres like Alpins. How do you guys find the PS4S in the winter? Intend on driving the car in some pretty crappy conditions, and so I'm wondering if a winter sport tyre might allow me to explore more of the cars capabilities throughout the grotty UK winter. Thanks!
  23. Most likely a bit more. I got the car less VAT as I get that on one car every three years if I fit hand controls. The maths works (for me), I won't lose any more or less from financing it, it just means less outlay at zero risk, as there's almost no way it'll be worth less than £40k after two years. I reckon after two years I'll get something £58k for it if I give it back to B&C, I aim for it to have nearly 20k miles. The cost in depreciation will be probably something like £1k per month at worst case. If I had say leased a 911 GTS over the same two year period, it would cost me something like £2.5k per month.
  24. Eh, maybe it would have been more accurate to say that I'm 'in' for less than half list. I'm fully aware that it's not for everyone, but the 50/50 0% finance offer is a no-brainer for me. I don't intend on keeping the car long term (well, I might, but that's not the plan), it's a way of owning a lot of car for not much money and it doesn't cost me anything. Happy days.
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