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  1. Might be the upgraded S to 280hp from 250.
  2. The E10 is the nearest thing I've driven to the feel of the original 1997 Elise but has many modern tweaks. Brakes feel better and the engine is less likely (fingers crossed) to have issues. All the drive train is lifted from standard Ford parts so no reason to suspect any issues. I survived with an Elise as my only car for years - certainly no reason why it can't be used even in the harshest weather. However as good as the E10 is, I agree it's not an all-weather car. You can go out in thunderstorms (I have) and only get "moderately damp" but it's not ideal. And the lockable storage is
  3. The E11 is next (the coupe) and looks amazing. People won't be disappointed (and will have doors and windows and a boot). As any Lotus owner knows, doors and windows are hard to get right. So made sense to prove the chassis tech with the E10 as this was considerably easier (relatively) without having to consider doors. The hard part is that whilst the E10 could survive as an IVA approved card the E11 will be (I believe) type approved... whole new level of complexity.
  4. I think the interior works well (ok, probably biased!). The screens are great even in sunlight and the ergonomics are every bit as good as the elise. I don't think it's fair to compare with an elise though as easy to have a nicer interior if you want to add the best part of 200kgs! I never really liked the 211 interior as it wasn't even tweaked for screenless/roofless driving leaving a lot of exposed areas. It has some nice touches... Things like lockable storage, access to battery/fuses/OBD. I can totally recommend the heated carbon seats - comfy even on a long journey and being he
  5. Yeah I know about the "roof" - hence the quotation marks! I agree it could definitely use something to tension it as you can see on my pics it has a large unsupported area. I was tempted to use a fibreglass strut like what you find with modern camping tents to give it some tension and support. Just to take the floppiness out of the roof. As an added bonus it would help clear water that can pool in the middle of the roof.
  6. The chassis is every bit as stiff as the 211. All the suspension parts attach to the central spine which is incredibly strong. As an added bonus, this allows much longer front wishbones than you can fit in an elise. I had some upgrade work on my car and was stunned to see that there wasn't any metal under the top edge of the body side panels (metal is there just far lower). When you get in and out you put your full weight on that part of the body work and given how solid it felt I was expect it to be supported. Nope, it's a few mm of carbon fibre and it doesn't deflect a bit. The main pa
  7. I got my e10r back in April (1st customer e10r). coming from a 211 I'm really really impressed. I think with the R they have applied a lot of updates that address the comments on the brakes and gearshift. I use mine as a daily driver which I'd never have considered with the 211. for the carbon tub, they use pieces but ones that are full length. So whilst being recycled it's not a patchwork quilt. They panels are bonded together.
  8. bit of a zombie thread but thought I'd comment. with aero its all balance. the Audi TT had issues as it produced (like most cars) lift at the back (afterall cars in profile are essentially aeroplace wing shaped). However this wasnt balanced with the front so at high speed the loading of the tyres moves forwards as the rear lightens so provoking an oversteer situation. As the Exige in both forms produces front and rear downforce its not omparable. lots of aero downforce isnt always good. take the S1 elise - it had nearly 10 times the front and rear downforce of the S2 yet the S2 had much bette
  9. Hmm. They have metallic blue but it's much much darker (like nautilus blue). Quite fancy a good old laser blue to match my first elise 15 years ago!
  10. Does anybody know if Laser Blue is still available to order? Just noticed it's not showing in the brochures or online
  11. From the lotus cup rules for example: 1.3.2 All participants are required to have a minimum of four-point safety harnesses. A minimum of five point harnesses is required for all race group participants with non-expired FIA or SFI 16.5 certification. So 4 points with a current FIA certification will be valid however there is a definite move to phase them out.
  13. Following on from the Exige V6 thread I inadvertently high jacked: I find driving with harnesses great and generally would spec cars with them. However in my opinion I'm not doing it for safety reasons as a I believe harnesses have some serious gotchas: Racing harnesses are designed for high speed impacts usually encountered on track. The principle is simple - the car's occupants are safer if they stay in the main passenger cell of the car. Being ejected during a crash is usually "a bad thing". As such the harnesses are made from different material, much wider and importantly feature
  14. Anyway - any more on this? Sorry - my fault. Will do.
  15. I used to run 4 point harnesses but never again. There's a reason they are being progressively outlawed in motorsport. I don't have issues with people using harnesses - just the blanket "they are safer". Yes they have advantages in a very select number of scenarios but come with their own baggage.
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