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  1. I use a plastic sheet and a couple of packing blankets (used by removal firms to protect furniture) when I transport my bike in the back. It's not as heavy as your kayak and the risk of my bike being soaking wet is lower. If you do it, don't forget to take some pictures to add to the "what have I carried in my Evora" pictures.
  2. Most people on the list haven't updated their original info, so it's not very reliable now as an indication of engine choice or expected delivery date. July should see V6 FE deliveries for deposits through to about 7/8 July 2021 and December should be deliveries for i4 FEs up to a similar point. Each day of Goodwood adds about a month to delivery month, then deposits 12 July onwards post-Goodwood should be roughly month to month (ie August deposits = one delivery month). it depends a bit on level of cancellations, UK/ROW split and second shift productivity.
  3. So the same approach to customer care as on the Emira then. I've cancelled my Eletre deposit. I'm (hopefully) only 1-2 months away on the Emira delivery so will stick it out, as I know the car will be brilliant. I've given up on expecting any improvement in customer care. But I'm not going to endure a repeat of the same terrible early adopter process all over again with a largely unknown quantity in terms of the car. I'll wait for demo cars to be available and have another look then.
  4. Up for auction on Collecting Cars. I expect it'll fetch a decent price. Only 5,000 miles driven in the last 20 years!
  5. Lending a car to a YouTuber is. Keeping deposit holders in the dark is called terrible customer service, something that also gets discussed extensively online and undermines the "schmoozing" of social media influencers to get them to publicise your new car.
  6. Folks doing the factory tour are being told there are no fully production spec cars built yet. Production hall has been quiet this week apparently, most people doing training and setup.
  7. "Acceleration video" = unknown spec car, unclear whether run in or properly warmed up, revs limited, driver not making an effort to quick shift Top Gear review apparently due in June, but that's Harris driving the white prototype car seen at Anglesey several weeks ago, so not latest spec. Catchpole spotted driving an Emira in France, so might be a review coming, but again won't be a production spec car. No production cars built yet, so can't be any reviews of production cars for another 2-3 weeks at least. Lotus already starting to contact July delivery batch to ask people to firm up delivery option and things like preferred agent and if you have a personal registration to be used.
  8. New Lotus Driving Academy website is live and has some new Emira pictures, including the elusive Dark Verdant https://www.lotuscars.com/en-GB/driving-academy/
  9. Followed me (in blue S1 Exige) down the hill from Newlands Corner to the A246 traffic lights then headed off towards Clandon. I was early for the Newlands Corner meet, around 8.40am, so was going for another loop round the lanes. Thought it might be going to do the same but didn't see it back at Newlands.
  10. The driver makes some slow gear shifts and I suspect the car isn't fully warmed up or run in. It's also odd the display says it's in Track mode but the rev limit is 6800rpm rather than 7000rpm.
  11. It's the final version. The originals of the pictures were taken at the Lotus Melbourne roadshow with the more recent pre-production Seneca Blu Emira a couple of days ago.
  12. These are two of the many cars given to staff to drive 100s of miles a week for mileage accumulation testing. There have been several spotted across the UK and a few in Europe.
  13. There are due to be 7 extra colours for Base Edition alongside the 6 existing First Edition colours. Strong rumours the extra ones will be: Meridian Blue (Metallic) Atlantis Blue (Pearlescent) Cosmos Black (Metallic) Osmium Silver (Metallic) Vivid Red (Solid) Zinc Grey (Solid) Aspen White (Pearlescent) There will be a base interior with a mix of cloth and technical fabric. Leather and alcantara versions will be cost options. Whether that will include extra interior colours isn't something I've found out so far. Base Edition details are due to be published in September.
  14. There has been talk before of them organising something for the first delivery batch (was June, now July). I was told this by Lotus seniors and Customer Care but have heard nothing more about it recently. At the "delivery minus 30 days" point they will be asking people to confirm their order (and delivery option, part ex, financing, pay balance etc). If they don't offer test drives and there are no dealer demos available for that early group, then there's a risk some people will cancel or ask to defer delivery. I realise everyone signed up to a pre-launch and took a calculated risk, with the possibility of having to take delivery without a test drive. With the issues with lack of info and delayed parts and key things like seats not yet finalised, plus press reviews also delayed, I suspect some of the early batch may be more nervous now about taking a Month 1 car.
  15. TomE

    Newlands Corner Sunday Brekkie

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    Time for another Sunday breakfast gathering for some of the finest bacon rolls around. 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. Everyone welcome and we look forward to attendees from The Lotus Forums, SELOC, Lotus Drivers Club and Club Lotus. 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
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    Time for another Sunday breakfast gathering for some of the finest bacon rolls around. 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. Everyone welcome and we look forward to attendees from The Lotus Forums, SELOC, Lotus Drivers Club and Club Lotus. 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
  17. Time for another Sunday breakfast gathering for some of the finest bacon rolls around. 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. Everyone welcome and we look forward to attendees from The Lotus Forums, SELOC, Lotus Drivers Club and Club Lotus. 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
  18. I use one of these: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B09NM3NR61/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It's stuck to the lower part of the windscreen on the right hand side so the phone sits between the binnacle and the A-pillar. I run a long cable from the 12V socket in the footwell (S1) and route it between the steering wheel, binnacle and right hand control panel. There's a groove it can be tucked into so it's out of sight. You could use a similar under-dash route from the glove box connectors.
  19. They wouldn't need to stop the dealers taking pictures if they'd got on and published their own. They have been promised "soon" every month since October. There are people flying over from the US and Europe to do the factory tour in the hope of seeing all 6 FE colours before having to make spec commitments. That's how bad the customer experience is.
  20. Late June/early July was what I was told by Customer Care when they told me about the delay to my delivery date from June to July. Lotus Driving Academy are expecting their fleet of Emiras in mid June.
  21. Yes it's Shadow Grey. I really like the diamond cut wheels - getting them on my Hethel Yellow one and didn't think they would necessarily work with the Shadow Grey. Seats are rather worrying. After all the effort that has supposedly been put in, those look saggy already. But I don't think they're the production spec ones, as they haven't got the 3 bars on the back. Credit to Mike Rysiecki for the safety car pics this week and of the Seneca Blue safety car at Oulton Park a few weeks ago. He's very lucky to be able to get up close with these and the race cars.
  22. I’ve heard of a handful of others being given a similar opportunity this week. Customer Care seem to have had to work a long way down the queue on some of them, for exactly the reason you highlight of only a partial match to people’s spec and no option to change.
  23. TomE

    Emira GT4

    There were people on the factory tour when they were doing some of the testing and filming last week. A few had been posting about seeing and hearing a white GT4 on track. Everyone said it sounded fantastic. It would make sense for Lotus to stay with the proven and reliable 400bhp and meet BOP by adjusting the weight.
  24. Welcome and congratulations on a great car collection. My first Lotus was an M100 Elan and I can vouch for how capable they are, and how much fun. I wish I'd never sold it - went for about £6k and these days would be more like £10-12k to get similar. It seems like you have had a similar thought process to me. I bought an S1 Exige last summer as a keeper, as I wait for my V6 Emira (Hethel Yellow) to arrive in July (or whenever). In the meantime I've had an Evora S for the last 11 years and before that an Elise. Your 4th pic with your Elise parked next to the McLaren is in my back garden - Denbies. About 5 mins walk from my place and where we had our wedding reception. We have a regular Sunday morning breakfast meeting at Newlands Corner near Guildford (and B&C) if you fancy a drive out. It's third Sunday of every month and info gets published in the Events calendar and regional forum: https://www.thelotusforums.com/forums/forum/437-topics/
  25. TomE

    Emira GT4

    Komotec publicised a while ago that they signed up for #1 and #2 of the GT4. Other teams have signed but not gone public yet. I think all are planning to race it in the 2023 season, so 2022 will be development and shakedown, possibly the odd race.
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