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  1. What is that? An official option or aftermarket?
  2. Interesting. I've also noticed something similar, but to me, it seemed like the car wasn't revving out to 7,000 where the redline (or LED is) on the dash. The manual even states the max revs are 6,800 and I think that's not only the true "red line" but also the actual cut out. I will check the different modes for what you guys are describing with the shift lights also.
  3. It looks great, but appears to have around 2inches of ground clearance at the front, less that the 72 F1 car....and it's not even the long front splitter version. Checked the website: "A hydraulic front lift system is optional, designed to raise the Type 62-2’s nose over speed bumps and uneven roads." - Not really "optional" if you intend to get it out of your driveway I'd suggest. But it does look nice.
  4. Thanks Bibs. "more" is definitely a dead link for me in multiple browsers, nothing comes up hovering over it, but i can get to the guidelines via forum extras anyway so no problem. Many thanks guys!
  5. Ok that's life. Tbh the extinguisher adds no value on the road and is quite a nuisance for passengers, it takes up a significant amount leg room so it's quite impractical. For me it really is only the "cool points" of having the kill switches Lol. Because I'm immature!!! ..and I do miss a stereo! The one you get might be cheap but who cares it works. Sometimes when you're just cruising it is nice to play the "outrun" soundtrack or something hahahahah! Sound deadening I really wouldn't bother with, because my car doesn't have it (apparently, but who knows? I wonder how you tell? maybe my car does actually have it?!) because it is already better for NVH than my old Elise that does have deadening.... But again it makes the car more liveable and it's hardcore credentials are still intact. It's probably a minor thing either way I imagine. You still have the coolest colour combo of the three of us (sorry Frank!) so it's gonna be fantastic no matter what. I'm loving my car, just waiting on insurance to sort the windscreen now. Shouldn't be far away. I've been meaning to get in touch with you two, (so here is a tag @phrankeee too) because the club are in the final stages of organising the Forgotten Highway Run over the dates 18/02/22 to 21/02/22. It's a real shame you're car hasn't arrived in time Jason, but not sure if you have something else you could bring if you were keen? Frank: Your car will be serviced and ready to go...Would be great to see you there but no pressure and we're all busy and this one is a bit of a time commitment too. But if either of you are keen go to and there is a membership page. $55 p.a. but well worth it for the community and runs you get to go on which really add to the enjoyment of running these cars. Then probably contact Rich Miles who is organising the run, by the looks of it via facebook, but if you're not a facebooker (like me) DM or txt me and I can put you in touch with him just to confirm and lock your places in. I'm thinking of driving my car back up to the Republic of AKL to get the windscreen done (and a oil change for fun) the day or two before the run and then come down with the rest of the guys. It will be epic!
  6. @ramjet Apologies for the last reply, and many thanks for your help. The "more" button appears to be a dead link to me? My mouse cursor changes when hovering over it to indicate a link, but i click and nothing happens. All the other options on that menu work fine. I tried in Firefox and Edge, and in IE it isn't there at all it has "contact Us" in it's place. See attached, three browsers layered top to bottom: IE, Edge, FF. Not sure If the problem is my end or what, but I've bookmarked the guidelines page now anyway thanks to you giving me the direct page link in your post. Many thanks
  7. @Exigo When does that Essex Blue 420 Arrive?! Must be soon?
  8. In my opinion, its a sports car. Seeing as there is no official definition of a supercar, or a hypercar (AFAIK?) or a superduperhypermegaturboplusmaxextra car, I would tend to think of a supercar as something more impractical, most likely with a large dollop of unusable performance and top speed, a big and/or very powerful engine making (these days) probably over 700bhp and loud noises and wild looks. The Exige arguably makes the loud noises, but so does a Honda with a straight through exhaust. I wouldn't really think of a Ferrari F8 as a supercar either though. It's too common-or-garden. What about some other examples? supercars: V12 Lambos F40, F50, Enzo, La Ferrari McLaren 720s etc (but an F8 isn't?! wtf?!) Koenigseggs Pagani's etc Not supercars: 911s (except a GT1) Baby Ferraris including F8 Baby McLarens 540,570 Baby Lambos Front engined Ferrari's (oooh!) Aston Martins (Vulcan could be, but does it count if it's not road legal? I guess it does, so that's a supercar). Lotus Exige πŸ˜‚πŸ‘ etc The 720s gets away with it because of it's outrageous performance, quicker even than a 488 Pista or F8, and it's looks. To the non car enthusiast masses, they would be able to pick the F8 as "Oh, that's a Ferrari!" But the 720s could easily be mistaken for a UFO from outer space.
  9. Sorry Bibs, please don't kick my ass! But I cannot find a link for the forum rules anywhere? I've tried searching. I'm sure this post is going to make me look stupid. πŸ™ˆ
  10. But this is a coach built car. The top trumps numbers are pretty much irrelevant for what they're trying to do. If you are very rich, like the looks and basic concept then you can spend a lot of money in having something tailored to your own desires. All it needs to be a success is enough people like that putting deposits down and there is certainly more than enough people like that in the world today. What is the state of the order book? It's almost certainly not going to be hailed as the new McLaren F1, Carrera GT, F40, F50, or whatever. If it is, it will be purely by accident and not intention.
  11. Nice Frank! Such a stealthy but sexy looking car. It feels quicker than a 997 turbo? crikey, i wouldn't have expected that. But that's great! I think being so low gives an accentuated sense of speed also, which is great too because you can have fun without going really nuts. Check your manual, but i think the service is due between 1,000 and 1,500km. I also had a nice drive yesterday and toying with the idea of going for an early morning run tomorrow or the next day. The only problem is getting up early! But I was able to relax with the car more, not trying to over drive it so much, and just had like, a bit of load through it all the time (where I wasn't held up being other vehicles) on a favourite run. So not pushing hard or anything, but just enough to feel weight transfer and some load through the steering and use the brakes properly and it was really nice. That was my best drive so far in fact, because it showed the car does feel good when in it's element, and I hadn't quite got there up until now, whereas the Elise has given me countless drives like that. One thing I'm unsure of is that the manual says the engine cut out is at 6,800rpm, yet the redline is at 7,000. Because a couple of times it felt like it kicked in early (Lol) so umm...further investigation is needed (for science). A favourite local sunken manhole cover confirmed it really does ride better than my Elise (and i still haven't touched the dampers) even though it's meant to be running 1000lb rear springs or something crazy. Imo that is exceptional. The ride is firm, but it's so controlled and the best way i can describe it is that even though the springs might be hard and also firmly damped, what travel there you do get is so smooth. Also it was really warm and I enjoyed cruising around with the windows down but the ability to put the air con on, keep the revs low and then enjoy a quiet (three is tyre noise but no squeaks and rattles) and quality ride make it so much nicer to just cruise home in after a fun drive. The Elise is fabulous, and I'm going to back to back them soon, but it is more wearing i think. Fun times!
  12. Congrats Frank! Sounds like you're enjoying the car more. I hope they get that replacement extinguisher quickly for you but with the time of year etc, let's just cross our fingers for you! I fully trust Daire but considering everyone else is getting oil changes it certainly wouldn't hurt and will give piece of mind. If it's true that they don't in fact have any kind of run in oil, and the Toyota units will be bench run in anyway then it does seem logical that there is no oil change needed. But i'll do it when the car goes back. Do you mean >1000kms but not yet had the run in service? I just go by the owners manual which says something like you can go full throttle and higher revs but don't use "full vehicle performance" Lol. I think that means you can open it out (in fact it will be good for it at that point) but just don't do it constantly or go tracking it or anything. Heat is probably the thing, the odd put your foot down moment = good, driving it like you stole it = bad. Much thanks Frank! Sam to you and yours! Have a great Holiday and hope we all get to meet up soon!
  13. Interesting. It looks like it would help. I already scraped it again on the way home into Ken's drive at KW Historics! It seems fine most of the time and areas and speed bumps that I'm familiar with, but it's always the places you're not used to that put it at risk. Thankfully it is all invisible under there anyway.
  14. The manual is ambiguous unfortunately. I did check with McLaren when I picked the car up (when you were there) because I was very surprised but they were confident. It could be a thing for far flung markets, or it could be an error on the part of Lotus Auckland, or it could be that a oil change it not strictly necessary but many dealers recommend it anyway. I'm sure these modern off the shelf Toyota motors are fully bench run in anyway.
  15. Just read through this today to cheer myself up after seeing the news that the Elise, Exige and Evora have ceased production. Mission accomplished! Some really exciting bits of information in here. Looking forward to seeing more news!
  16. Ok thank you for that. I had wondered if this oil change was a money grab by some dealers but some are saying they didn't even pay for it so that doesn't add up. Perhaps I will insist on an oil change for peace of mind when my car goes back to the dealer early in the new year for a replacement for my cracked windscreen. @Exigo & @phrankeee you guys might want to consider this also, I don't know?
  17. Good point. I think there is a risk in pushing cars on a track, but it is a safer environment than the road obviously. Perhaps that is a wise thing to do. I think the headlights are fine/great. The high beam lights up the road to the horizon it feels like, and the dipped are fine for what the y show. My issue was the glare from oncoming drivers, the conditions, and my knowledge that the road surface was not to be trusted. If any of those elements were not present it would have been more manageable. I guess it just irks because there should be no excuse for SH1 to be in such a dangerous state of disrepair. Not the cars fault. Yes, as fantastic as the car is, there are differences between it and the Elise and maybe I'm biased, but my Elise in particular, which is perhaps a little more wild and Exige like that most. We will see how things go, but currently I'm thinking I need to keep both!πŸ˜…which feels crazy...but a wonderful situation to be in! I can't wait to see your car in the flesh (aluminium and composite) as I'm jealous of the blue and black combo! It's going to be stunning I'm sure.
  18. Ok thanks guys. That's confusing. I guess I have to rely on the dealer as they are getting their information from Lotus. @Matt W No, it didn't cost me anything, and there is in fact a little voucher thing in the service booklet that says it covers labour for that 'service' but you need to pay for any oil or consumables. But in my case, because there was no oil change, there was none. I hope it's got the right oil in it.... I guess it's possible it could be different for overseas markets.
  19. So I had my run in service done last week. Finally able to give the car its head. But I was very surprised to learn that there is no oil change performed at this service. I'm sure I've read on here that there is a mineral oil used for run in and then it is changed to fully synthetic at this service. This is the 1000km/600mile "after sales" service. Not the full 1year/15k km/9k mile service. The dealer just performed checks. Any others have experience with this?
  20. Yes likewise Frank, great to catch up and hopefully we can again sometime soon. The drive back was just as stressful! The last couple of hours were in the dark and with maybe over an hour of really bad rain. Something I haven't ever noticed in the Elise (but probably only because I've never been in that situation) is that sat so low, oncoming headlights lights really blind me, add bad rain (as in, rain with the wiper on the max setting) and due to the presence of other traffic, not being able to use main beam, and I just couldn't see the road. I could just about see where it went, but I couldn't see the road surface. So I realised that this is a problem. The guys in SUVs and UTEs don't care and just blast on, but I really think hitting one of those deep nasty potholes would do damage. In some of them the car would ground out I'm sure. In the day, constantly scanning the road was exhausting. Look too long in your mirrors and you'll get a nasty surprise when your vision turns back to the road surface. At night and in those conditions it was scary and felt dangerous. I pulled off the road 3 times, and speed ranged from 50kph to 85kph depending on visibility (i was the slowest car on the road!) I'm not really keen to make the return trip tbh!, The sun was shining and I went on my first "drive" drive, i.e. my normal weekend morning drive just for fun on familiar roads while driving the car normally post run in. So this was really the first time I've used the car as I will do from now on. On one of my favourite local windy roads, the traffic was mostly kind (as in clear) so I could push as hard as I wanted. It's all up hill second and third gear stuff and I never once managed to put my foot flat... Some thoughts: The car is very, very fast. Faster than the spec numbers would suggest imo. Faster than me. It will take some getting used to and lots of respect. It's so capable. Always feels like it's cornering flat, the ride is so controlled, the brakes are the best I've ever felt, everything is drum tight. The steering is great, not deserving of the description of being "heavy". It just feels meaty at all times. The exhaust opening at 4,500rpm or whatever it is, is too late. On that sort of road I was in the mid range and therefore exhaust closed more often than not. When the exhaust does open, it's either very loud, or shockingly loud! If you have the window down and a median barrier or bank or rock face for example. The car is savage, mental. When conditions allow and you can open it up it really is an extreme ride. It's limits are so high for me, that I cannot push up to them, no where near currently. That same road in the Elise has given me some of my best ever drives, because sometimes you can get it moving around or really feel it working. The Exige is much too fast to do the same at this stage. I cruised home at a sedate pace feeling like I needed to come down and relax! So maybe the Elise is sometimes more fun, but this thing is an intense hit. You'd think it's the same sort of thing but a different performance level, but the Exige is so much more intense. It's a much bigger hit of adrenalin. Oh, and the fuel gauge seems terribly pessimistic. Drove about 50km with the fuel light on and still had 11 litres in the tank when I filled up? Weird. Anyway, I got 26.7mpg or 10.6L/100km out of that tank. Which was mixed driving, some on the run home, and some "spirited" which I think is pretty much bang on what they say it's meant to be. So that's nice. So today was a good day!
  21. Wow that's crazy, never heard anything like that. The quicker you get that seen to the better.
  22. Congrats on the exhaust! Sounds great! I need to do the same to check mine. I noticed that also in the AIM settings, but not holding my breath as I figure Lotus are all in on the Emira and Evija right now. Maybe in time they will add a software update to the dash for us. Fingers crossed!
  23. I'm booked in for this time next week! The car has literally sat for the last 4-5 weeks so I'm keen to be able to start enjoying it properly.
  24. Well that sounds like there is going to be a run on fish tank valves soon... πŸ˜‚
  25. Hi Frank, yes I have. I think it's a case of reading plenty and then working from there to find what suits you. Hopefully these links all work. Based on this search (try different keywords also) adjustment&quick=1&type=forums_topic&nodes=344 This thread look useful: but this post (that is linked from there) in particular: I would still definitely ask the Lotus mechanics at Gilptrap though as they probably have plenty of experience with similar things in other high performance cars.
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