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    Stephen Green
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    2013 Lotus Evora Sports Racer N/A, Abarth 595

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  1. Maybe that's @Bibs receipt for his new Evija
  2. @Dan E you have to buy one. When I'm not driving mine I want to drive it and when I come back from a long drive, I want to drive it more. It's brilliant and highly tormenting.
  3. Damn it @Bibs you are a massive tease!
  4. I've run wider tyres on cars in the past like that, it was fine no problem at all. The only issue I've seen is if you go smaller and it looks terrible as it has a 'pinched' look
  5. TdM

    Stick or Twist?

    If you don't like the colour you could always go all YouTuber and wrap it... Just check the insurance impact first but the rest of the car is much harder to change!
  6. I think sometimes when looking in the rear view mirror, it's hard to gauge your gapping speed unless it's really quite significant. Generally, if you are in front it feels like it's really hard to shake the chaser, if you are behind you get a more realistic assessment of how hard it is to keep up. Doesn't matter for most of course, the most important thing is how it feels to you in the environment that you normally drive in. A slow car on the redline can be a lot more exciting than a supercar pootling around the backroads because you can't put your foot down! The Evora is a lovely car. Speaking from the perspective of an NA, I think it's a great balance between supercar attention grabbing (prepare to be photographed and video'd out on the road, no really...) special sounding with the right exhaust and great feel and handling through the bends. It has a good power band which is fun to use. I feel the Exige would feel more like a race car, which is great for a fizz but could be a negative if you are using it everyday or for long trips depending on your fortitude! I always thought it would be the lotus I got (in green or orange!) but in the end I think the Evora is a better road car for me.
  7. It's usually blown under the wing I believe to allow a more aggressive wing angle so, yes, it would be angled in the same direction as airflow over the car. Straight up would detach the airflow and probably cause low pressure behind it and therefore turbulence that will result in loss of downforce and increase drag I would think.
  8. I agree that car looks nice without the black pack, I do generally prefer the Evora with it though. The 'pinch' in the middle makes it look a lot sleeker than without it. Definitely overpriced, but if you look at what is available at the moment on PH at least, I can see where they are going with it. There's one at 30k in a probably hard to sell (even if historic) paint scheme and IPS just below it at higher miles, an all black number with cloth back seats and a recent slightly late service for £28.5k privately and then other Lotus dealer cars of which even the S at the same price is an IPS. That doesn't make it good value at £33k but from a relative standpoint a near perfect car from a Lotus dealership could be seen in context as one of the better options at this specific point in time which is exactly how cars appreciate. That position will change as soon as another car is listed at less than this with similar draw or a manual S at a similar price from a dealer (that laser blue number does put some pressure on it though, but still it's private which does make a difference to many)
  9. Do note, and I'm sure you are aware, you won't get 1k for it from WBAC even if they say that. You'll probably get another £150 knocked off that at least. They are very efficient and, in my experience not as bad as advertised, but you should definitely expect to be knocked down. I can't help you on the repair costs/effort unfortunately, you may get away with getting at it and treating it rather than replacing if it's not too bad?
  10. 1991 Peugeot 205 1.1SX (I was proud of the green seatbelts, amazing) 2002 Peugeot 206 1.4LX from brand new. Totally non descript in silver. Quicker than the 205 in every way, less interesting but a 'nice car' 2000 Alfa Romeo GTV 2.0 TS. Wonderful car. Literally wonderful. Great community, made lots of friends, invited the owner of the local Alfa garage to my wedding. Loved the comeraderie on the roads when you saw another one. 2000 Volvo V70 2.4T. ugh... Needed a big boot. 2008 Jaguar XF SV8 - Oh so very very fast. 0-60 doesn't do it justice because it can't get the power down. Rolling launch its just stupid. Nice car but limited feel. Convinced me that I don't need more power as you can get to very bad numbers very quickly so can't really enjoy it on the road. 2013 Abarth 595 Turismo (still own it) - my path back to sports cars. It's light and just so much fun you can't drive it without laughing out loud. (If you ever get one make sure it has the record Monza exhaust). Convinced me I needed something that made me laugh again with a community. 2013 Lotus Evora NA sports Racer - wanted an NA so that it was well balanced power for the road. Is exactly what I wanted and enjoying waving at other Lotus owners on the road.
  11. This resurrection does allow me to address one point that I've noted come up a few times on different threads... What's wrong with the gearbox noises? I really like them, all the mechanical noises makes it sound more like a proper car.
  12. How long do you think it took him to come up with 'I am he and it's so good to see me and here's why!'? That's the kind of line that gets you a top job in Trump's speech writing team
  13. It often makes things you wanted to read disappear as soon as you scroll past it at well. FB is truly crap. This forum is great though! Also, nice lights!
  14. Suddabym, that's beautiful! Dream garage material.
  15. I've now got an image of you at work, windows open, absolutely drenched as is throwing it down, windscreen wipers sweeping water into the car, mask on holding a speed gun to a scared looking 17 year old's head... There's definitely a sketch in there somewhere.
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