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    Mel
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    Elise 250 Cup. Previously: Evora S SR, Exige 350, Zenos S, Elise S CR; Exige V6/Race; Evora NA(CR, Radium); Elises, favourite Series 1 Sport 135)
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    Various minor interior so far. Quite a lot on previous.
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  1. Thought I'd put up a topic title for any that wanted to post on the matter. Me, I can't be bothered.............
  2. Spotted the mag on a news shelf today. Checked the goods before buying - and didn't. Almost wholly speculative; certainly not meriting that front cover "Autocar Image". The car some years away. Positioned above the Elise. Few if any details. More about the Lotus design philosophy than the car. The only mention worthy of its space was about the new version Evora due at the end of next year. I wonder if some deal was done with the Lotus PR department. I suppose such a splash presentation of very little was worth some pounds or promises from that viewpoint. All IMHO, of course.
  3. Can't compete with some above but changed a Cortina GT head gasket on the then Oxford bypass. Had the tools. Dispatched the good lady on foot to seek a new gasket and lots of water. Many motor factors around in those days and people usually helpful to a lady in distress: "You're looking for a whaaat?!" But she succeeded. Good that she'd managed to get a big tub of Swarfega too ........ we just made it in time to a wedding, down in Cardiff.
  4. Apologies that I didn't appreciate that the Telegraph article is Premium - for subscribers. I believe the paper offers a freebie or two to non-subscribers though. For anythat don't get to read it, the title is "The five reasons driverless cars could cause havoc on Britain's roads". The fundamental point!
  5. Despite its slightly historic title I've reused this thread rather than creating a new one because, IMO, it would be a pity to lose track of the material on it. The topic has been quiescent here for near a year, but certainly not so the attempts by manufacturers to develop realities to approach the hype. This article from today's Telegraph Technology is worth a read in relation to the UK. Despite pointing out several (just five - Ha! Only 5?!) big issues, it completely overlooks for instance the importance of overtaking as a topic. A huge subject covering the nature/driving style of relevant vehicles, the likelyhood of doing/being, actions prior/post. Each a complex subject in its own right. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2019/10/02/roundabouts-country-lanes-will-driverless-cars-cope-british/ Then again today, I see the following. Good luck with that. It's not "vision" itself, it's the interpretation that matters. A sign of worry and of seeking help, I suggest. https://www.hl.co.uk/news/2019/10/2/tesla-is-reportedly-buying-a-computer-vision-company-to-help-it-make-the-technology-for-self-driving-cars-tsla?cid=halDM89070&bid=357711102&e_cti=481268&e_ct=T&utm_source=AdobeCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EONRM_Daily Newsroom_Opt in_02.10.19&theSource=EONRM&Override=1
  6. mdavies

    Turbo Esprit

    Near Alton, today. On tour from Holland. It looked in lovely condition. Original paintwork. Done only 26,000 miles the owner said. He thought the only one in Holland. (By the way, the owner's teenage son was keenly taking pictures of my 250 Cup at the opposite pump - another Lotus enthusiast in the making!)
  7. “unnecessary”, “bit of a shame”, “looks awful”, “unfinished”, “don’t like it”, “considerably less stylish”, “ghastly”, “hate it”, “old one much better” I agree.
  8. Jonny, I used the words "huge detail" in relation what Lotus themselves have revealed so far. Interpreting some of what 'Jas' has said does depend on having some knowledge of the Valhalla. (Not that I have much.) And taking it (e.g. re the weight) together with comments from others on the thread. I'm not going to take material from another forum. Must press on now.
  9. In more than one post on the thread - have to read it I'm afraid.............
  10. Don't know quite how to put this, and amazed that one of the major contributors here has not already done so - some sort of extreme loyalty? - but huge detail by someone very well informed has appeared on the.......um .......place where some go out to play. "........can buy it if I want to......" "....guy who saw it after me was an Arab Prince, who arrived in a helicopter, with entourage... " This by me! Not the "informer". Some how feeling rather guilty................. but someone would have soon.
  11. Tim, no technical feedback - not really surprised - so thanks for your interest. My plan now is to fix short lengths of string along the wiper arm and investigate. That needs time, a calm day and passenger with a camera. Getting those together won't be immediate - so a chance for someone else to take the glory! Be my guest, but please do post results here - I will, unless beaten to it. A range of speeds photo'ed please. And with the hard top on for my interest, though others may differ.
  12. Making the wiper blade park vertically in the centre of the screen is occasionally done. I’m pretty sure some hot version of the Evora did that, for instance, and it’s not uncommon. Minimising aero drag the reason. (Let’s stay technical and leave aside possible issues re road use.) Since first wondering about this, I can’t now ignore the rather substantial wiper assembly on my 250 Cup, in its standard park position standing proud and well into any potential airflow up the screen. Potential is the point. The 250 Cup is an aero-conscious model - there may well be little actual airflow there. I’ve not been able to find anything about the 250 Cup in a wind tunnel to compare with this link for the Mk2 Elise. it’s interesting anyway, and shows flow from three different angles. Worth watching all the video. Clearly on the MK2 there is little flow close to the screen in the centre, but see how there certainly is with flow from the side, right where the wiper parks. Of course the air flow on the 250 Cup could be quite different. Any information or pointers, perhaps from people with “inside” knowledge, would be great. Else should I stick a lot of lengths of string all over the screen?! Mods, I’ve posted this in the Chat thread to start with as it might interest more than those who follow the Interior/Exterior etc thread. If you disagree you will doubtless move it.
  13. No arguing with the facts you state, Jonny. My point is the comparison of the two concepts. If your forecast proves correct perhaps I should be pleased: no car will sort of cancel out no lottery win!
  14. Vapourware - a somewhat pejorative term! A concept at this stage indeed, as all such projects start from, but with some interesting other parties named, and specifics. A Cosworth 4.0-litre NA V12, revving to 12,100rpm and making 650hp. Xtrac-developed six-speed manual. Collaboration with a F1 team. A wind tunnel developed 400mm ground effect fan. Ambitious perhaps, but the F1 happened. Until fully developed versions are in the hands of ordinary purchasers, all new models are to some degree unrealised - recall Bahar’s motor show clays? The Type 130 remains so at this time. And when it is? A largely unusable technical extravagance - IMO of course! (On another thread I estimated the limited battery life if the power was actually used meaningfully.) So I know where my £2m will not be heading ....... er.....would not.
  15. And for those - including me - who prefer a traditional approach. Something worth buying lottery tickets for. https://www.pistonheads.com/news/ph-britishcars/gordon-murray-automotive-previews-f1-successor/40311?utm_medium=EMAIL&utm_campaign=Enews Bulletin&utm_content=PHDS - ENews Bulletin (06.06.2019)::Main_3_2_1&utm_source=20190606
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