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  1. Ooh I hope you’re wrong - I just paid a lot of money for my Evora but was conscious of this when I shook hands on it. I’m realistic about the current toppy pricing due to general used car demand issues and expect some softening of value but rarity is the thing that I am banking on here. The Emira (on which I have a deposit) is stunning but compared to Evora will be “mass produced”. Plus there is nothing else comparable with the +2 proposition. Most of all though, the Emira will be heavier, significantly quieter and may well have a speed limiter by the time it comes out. Hence i am hopeful that there will always be a market for the relatively small number of Evoras that were built.
  2. Thanks for these comments mik - it’s really helpful to know this. Any suggestions on an airfield day would be very welcome. That’s exactly where I need to get the feel for it.
  3. Had the geometry checked this week and everything is fine in that regard. A couple of the settings are very slightly outside tolerance but the tolerances are really tight. Nevertheless, the conclusion is that the entire dynamics of the car were materially changed by not more than 10% more air than recommended in the tyres. Interestingly the technician mentioned that the standard set up is towards understeer and he has known some owners to request more front camber to balance this out. I’ve seen other topics on camber settings so will check them out, albeit at this early stage of ownership will stick with the standard set up unless anyone has different thoughts on it.
  4. Thanks for your comments. No problem about lack of response - the post was moved from the original location and so I think it just lost visibility. Interesting to read about your experiences and really helpful to see the common theme between the two occasions was sport mode and a heavy foot. Luckily no mishaps on the second time. I have almost exclusively been driving in normal mode but as I build my confidence I will try the sport on! Like you, I thought that 32 on the rear tyres was too low which is why I didn’t think it was odd that they were pumped up to 36. I read the 32/30 targets straight from the owners manual so went a bit closer to that (albeit not all the way down). They do build up pressure pretty quickly so don’t stay low for long at the back but it’s more the front that I felt the difference on I’d say esp the steering feel. I’d add that this is on the Super Sports. I remember from previous cars where there were two different tyre choices from the manufacturer that the target pressure varied depending on the tyre choice, and I understood this to depend on the firmness of the sidewall. I’m guessing that with the 99Y load rating and the tyre structure the PSS must have a fairly firm sidewall this allowing a lower pressure. Over the years it also seems a common thing that tyre fitters a) pump the tyres up too high and b) torque the wheel bolts up too much! I’ve had to unwind both…
  5. I find myself replying to my own topic not because I am schizophrenic but in case someone in the future asks a similar question to me. 5 weeks into ownership of my Evora now and I’ve done well over 1000 miles. What’s more is that I had a 2 week overseas holiday in that period - so I’ve been using the car and I am LOVING it. I’m getting used to the little quirks. The odd things I need to do to open the fuel cap or the boot, and the water that drips into the boot, but also the sound, and the steering and feel of the car. Also amazed at the fact that speed bumps and normal roads do not faze the car. Today, I checked the tyre pressures properly and let out a fair bit of air from how I bought the car to get down closer to the 2.0 / 2.2 bar level. As I pulled out of my drive it felt like I was driving a different car. It felt a bit skitty before but with the correct pressures it just felt right. LESSON no. 1 therefore. In this car, tyre pressures matter. It feels amazing now. Also having the geometry checked on Monday and that is bound to improve it further. Am thinking of booking a wet skid pan day down at Thruxton. Has anyone done one of those?
  6. On the subject of brakes, my 400s brakes are excellent in the dry and the pads are barely worn, but after say driving for 5 minutes or more on a wet motorway the first press of the pedal gives very little in the way of bite. It’s as though they are very susceptible to dampness. I’ve no reason to think that they are not the standard pads. Does anyone experience this? Is it normal?
  7. I visit South Africa regularly and know a few people who do those big overland trips and the vehicle of choice when off road seems to be the Landcruiser, or hilux although avoid anything with leaf springs and certainly on every safari I’ve been on these are the vehicles used. Ease of repairs, parts availability and simplicity is essential and also consider that in parts of Africa diesel is less available and far lower quality that petrol. Dirt roads there are generally dry and dusty rather than wet and muddy which the LRs would be better for. I have a very reliable Toyota Yaris (station and taking kids to rugby and football car), a very unreliable Dutton that I built 30 years ago (currently sorn) and a 125 Vespa sorn. The wife drives a discovery sport which I think will be replaced with something electric in the next year or so.
  8. My pleasure. It’s rule 129 for future reference. Best.
  9. Hi C8RKH. I think the key issue is that the law has put the responsibility on drivers to take more care around what they call more vulnerable road users. I read vulnerable in this sense as being vulnerable to personal injury from even a slight impact in a way that car drivers will never be. It doesn’t mean vulnerable meaning frail or infirm and so whatever we think about it doesn’t now remove us from that responsibility. And of course we have to assume that everyone has a GoPro these days. But here’s a really tricky one. Following a cyclist on a narrow two way road with a solid white line in the middle of the road. Law says I can cross the white line to overtake if they’re doing 10mph or less but not if they are doing more than 10mph! I was in exactly this situation this weekend. It’s nuts!
  10. Whatever our views, the reality is that the new laws introduced a short while ago are in force and being tested. The principle is clear - more vulnerable road users get the upper hand and the benefit of the doubt - a sort of workplace anti-discrimination for the roads, if you like. I can’t opine on that clip - there were a comedy of errors including the fact that the LR had a learner plate on the back, but it could also have been very much a seriously unfunny matter had the landing not have been a soft one. What I’m sure of though is that there will be a great deal more cases of drivers being made examples of and then the outcomes publicised.
  11. The vast majority of my 35 years plus driving has been in fwd cars, with around 20 plus years of that in fwd hot hatches. I’ve done a good number of track days and usually get a bit of tuition and have also around 40 laps of the Nurburgring under my belt - again all in LSD equipped fwd. I am by no means “fast” but can get round at a reasonable pace. I built and still own a rwd Dutton Phaeton (think very poor man’s Caterham) albeit it is not in use and owned a Toyota MR2 for a few years in the 90s. Naturally the dynamics of the Evora (mine’s a 400) are different to FWD with weight over the rear axle and the thing that worries me is the potential for snap oversteer. I am therefore a little bit anxious that I don’t take potentially dangerous habits from my FWD experience. For example, Megane’s are very light at the back. This means that I do all my braking in straight lines, but they also have a high risk of lift off oversteer (and whilst this can be deliberately provoked) it is is generally avoided by not lifting off mid corner, and keeping the front diff active (ie, bullying the LSD) and front wheels pulling the car hard out of a corner. This may be a bad idea in a mid engined car - or would it not? I’d love to do a track day to get a proper feel but the exhaust is not my friend here so turning to the forum for advice. Can I request any tips that forum members have that I should adopt or avoid. I’m thinking more of snap oversteer and the circumstances that caused it, and also weight transfer under heavy braking ? Also, any experiences of where the car has got a bit out of shape would be most welcome, so I can build a picture of the grip levels and driving dynamics. Many thanks in advance.
  12. Thought I’d follow up on this topic and re-introduce myself now as a fully fledged Lotus owner. The target was a black 400 +2 with alcantara trim and I have to say that I am absolutely smitten by it. I do have to say that there are many compromises coming from my stable of hot hatches which I absolutely adore for the overall capability and vfm, but I can live with every one of those compromises for the overall feeling of driving a car like this. I’m looking forward to many happy miles, and years of ownership. Incidentally, I’ve had adeposit down for an Emira since July but at the moment can’t see why I would want to change - especially given the plus 2 config.
  13. I’m interested to see how this develops for you. I have super sports all round but my fronts are still with good tread but badged as 2016 manufacture. I think realistically I will be changing them sooner than the backs due to age rather than tread wear. I’ve heard that PSS are being phased out. My dilemma therefore is that I will end up with new front tyres which I would like to be PS4S and PSS rears - same as you.
  14. Hi. Fairly new here but have a fair degree of experience with the Michelin tyres. Undoubtedly moving from Cup 2 to PS4S will compromise ultimate feel and handling in optimal conditions for a Cup 2 tyre. But then again the Cup 2 is a massive compromise for a road car in the UK. So with the PS4S you gain so much in terms of all round usability and confidence in sub optimal weather that will allow you to enjoy your car without the teeth grinding that comes with a hardcore tyre in the wet. in terms of wear, the PS4S is excellent. In a previous car I managed 2 track days, + 2 Nurburgring trips and 15,000 miles on a set. I haven’t had Conti’s for a long time but always found them to be higher wearing. I agree with what has been said about the sidewall rigidity in the PS4S. They are soft and not super sharp but they are still very capable. Important point don’t mistake PS4’s with PS4S’s [apostrophes added for emphasis]. They are completely different tyres. I am only talking about PS4S.
  15. Hi. Does anyone know the suspension set up on the test car in this vid? https://www.thelotusforums.com/latest-news/lotus-cars-news/emira-v6-fe-gets-dynamic-shakedown-test-at-hethel-with-gavan-kershaw/amp/
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