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    Tom Edwards
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    Evora S, Sport 110 Bike
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    Surrey

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  1. The company car scheme has improved a lot since the Proton days! I wonder if they'll pass it on to the dealer network after 6 months at a massive discount?
  2. Yes, B&C Parts/Deroure for OEM parts https://www.deroure.com/
  3. The track is Bicester Airfield. The internal shot in the hangar at the end is Bicester Heritage.
  4. Time for another Sunday breakfast gathering for some of the finest bacon rolls around. In collaboration with the "little cars" this is our regular third Sunday of the month event, a chance to gather with like-minded enthusiasts and a cross section of Lotus models. An informal gathering with no particular runs in or out organised, just a chance to chat, look at cars and take in the view. Join from 9.00 when the café opens for bacon rolls. We'll probably be around until 10.00/10.30. Location map for Newlands Corner here Note that there is a charge for parking. First 20 mins are free (but you still need to get a ticket) then £1.30 an hour. Payment by credit/debit card or mobile phone (extra fees apply) but not cash. To get the free 20 mins press the green button on the ticket machine before entering any payment.
  5. Decent feedback from the riders ... and the price confirmed as £15,000 for a complete bike or £5,000 for the frame. Not as outrageous as I was expecting. https://road.cc/content/tech-news/268299-great-britains-ps15k-lotushope-track-bike-debuts-uci-track-world-cup-event
  6. On track this weekend at the World Cup in Minsk - Ethan Vernon third in the heats and through to the final
  7. That would be a great comparison to see. When Boardman set the Tour de France Time Trial record in 1994 on a Lotus Sport 110, that record stood for 21 years and was only broken by 0.5% There was a recent test of the 25-year old Lotus Sport 110 against a modern Cervelo P5 - it was only a few percent faster.
  8. Yay! A Lotus bike back on the boards. Looking forward to seeing how this performs at the World Cup in Minsk this weekend.
  9. Welcome! You've come to the right place for advice. Bibs' long term tests are worth a read if you've not found them yet and cover all the variants you're looking at https://www.thelotusforums.com/category/latest-news/long-term-tests/ There's some buyers guide info in the "Evora market watch" thread for example here. And a good set of info and links here. And an old 2015 Pistonheads buyers guide here which obviously only covers the earlier models. Key decisions include 2+0 or 2+2 seating, S versus NA, manual or auto and optional packs. I'm with you on the S1 shape. You'll find several on here who've owned both S1 and later variants, and people who swear by one or the other. If you go for an S1 you'll find references to MY12 in the reviews, when several key changes were introduced including fixes to some of the earlier common issues and improvements to build quality. There are decent pre MY12 S1s too that were either well-built to start with or have been sorted by previous owners, such as upgrading gear linkages (a common gripe). There are a few well-documented things to check, covered in the links above, such as water leakage in the boot and foot well, warped airbag covers, cracked A-pillar covers, seat wear, peeling headlights. And of course the dreaded clutch question. I've had my S1 S since 2011 and still don't see anything else I'd swap for it yet. It's comfortable on long journeys, practical (2 kids or a suitcase or a road bike or a lot of cases of wine on the back seat) and an absolute hoot when pressing on. I moved from a supercharged Elise and first time out on track at Goodwood in the Evora - being careful in my shiny new grown up car - I was comfortably bettering my lap times. In the hands of a driving god it might be a different story. For me the Evora is very rewarding to drive briskly and gives brilliant feedback. On normal roads there's not a significant difference performance-wise between S and NA S1s. The auto (IPS) is also pretty good, if you find one, and avoids the gear linkage and clutch concerns. VED is different on the S and NA and IPS, if that's something that matters. Mine has been very reliable, only broke down once when the starter motor jammed, which Lotus replaced FOC despite being out of warranty. Running costs have been fine, a bit more than the Elise but not supercar territory. The original spec Pirelli tyres used to be pricey and wear quickly but newer options are longer lasting and less eye-watering. Another plus is you get great reactions from other people, with other drivers letting you out of side roads and people coming up to you in car parks to talk about the car, as well as the "nice car mister" comments from kids. I was flagged down by two families while driving on the Isle of Man a few weeks ago, as they had never seen an Evora in real life before and wanted their pictures taken with it. And then there's the friendly owners community, always ready to help out and with plenty of interesting events to join. Once you've worked out what you're looking for, contact a few of the larger dealers such as Silverstone and B&C as well as your local one and tell them what you're after. There's often a waiting list for used Evoras and so cars will be offered out to people on the list before being advertised. You may have to wait for the right car but it'll be worth it. Good luck with the search.
  10. Time for another Sunday breakfast gathering for some of the finest bacon rolls around. In collaboration with the "little cars" this is our regular third Sunday of the month event, a chance to gather with like-minded enthusiasts and a cross section of Lotus models. An informal gathering with no particular runs in or out organised, just a chance to chat, look at cars and take in the view. Join from 9.00 when the café opens for bacon rolls. We'll probably be around until 10.00/10.30. Location map for Newlands Corner here Note that there is a charge for parking. First 20 mins are free (but you still need to get a ticket) then £1.30 an hour. Payment by credit/debit card or mobile phone (extra fees apply) but not cash. To get the free 20 mins press the green button on the ticket machine before entering any payment.
  11. There are a few Lotus owners on the Isle of Man and most know each other. We take a group of Lotuses over there every year and meet up with some of them - was there a few weeks ago. Several are on TLF, but not sure how active they are. Stu Peters @islandbloke has a 1990 Esprit SE there and may know about yours. If you know roughly when it was IOM registered or have any other relevant info, I could email a few of them to ask.
  12. Welcome to the Lotus and Evora family Alex. It was great to meet you at the Newlands Corner meet in August and see your stunning car. Interesting write up and good to hear that you've been getting some fun miles done.
  13. Welcome and a great looking car. If you need an excuse to get out of London, explore some country roads and meet other Lotus owners then look out for our regular third Sunday of the month breakfast meetings at Newlands Corner near Guildford. Details are posted in the SLEGS regional forum each month but it's the same format every time https://www.thelotusforums.com/forums/forum/437-topics/
  14. Very practical cars! I've had my road bike and (separately) my TT bike across the back seats. I put a blanket underneath to stop them marking the seats.
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