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  1. Thanks both. Off v early tomorrow so must sign out now.
  2. Has anyone explored that Goodwood FE/V6 statement? It may or may not be precisely Lotus's position. Key point for me is whether there will be V6 cars subsequent to FEs, after the FE V6 model sales slow significantly - may not happen if not many price-conscious Emira buyers but I'd guess I'm not the only one. A Base model V6 to one's own spec would certainly interest me. Could be relevant that on another thread someone said that Toyota was now making the V6 motor only to supply Lotus - so possibly no fixed end.
  3. I note the title of this thread includes “….have you selected”. Not, for instance, “what you would select if you were going to buy an Emira”. (And I wonder how many can truly be committed given the current lack of information.) So I’ve not voted as, foreseeably, I am not a buyer. The Emira is of no interest to me without a manual gear change – yes, I’ve tried paddle shifts, an Alpine quite recently – and I’m not going to pay £90K+ for a First Edition V6 as currently known. If – and I rather doubt it – Lotus do the V6 in a future, lighter, higher performance, Evora GT430-equivalent version, those will likely top the £100K mark, perhaps significantly so. Not for me. I would need to be committed to choosing a Lotus on principle alone to pay that amount for a power train that is certainly getting on if not yet wholly past it. As a long term, multi-Lotus buyer, several new, should I feel that I’m now a deserter? No, not with a 250 Cup in the garage. (Not many available now!) But, by Lotus not including a manual gearchange in a more moderately priced version, I do feel a process of desertion has happened.
  4. mdavies

    Lotus Emira

    Even accepting the first edition Emira for what it clearly is, surely whoever approved the mass of official verbiage – on here via one of Bib’s links – had an extremely serious shortage of Lotus DNA in his make up: “….will drive their Emira in a spirited way, and even on a circuit…” ….. “even on a circuit….” EVEN!!!!!!! Heavens to Betsy! Words fail me…………….must turn away……
  5. mdavies

    Lotus Emira

    A detail in the current context but re a high set manual gear change, it was the same in the Zenos. Which was great for serious driving. Just a slight movement to it from the wheel and back again. Windle was senior there - no idea if any common influence, but I'm with Jensen - just give me a gear lever!
  6. mdavies

    Lotus Emira

    Way back on page 8 my caricatured “new buyer” of the Emira, after enthusing about its appearance and other visible aspects said: “No, I don’t care what size engine and all that stuff – can’t go fast these days anyway. “ This morning I’m thinking that last night’s launch was aimed directly at him. The only senior Lotus person who seemed relaxed and confident with their words, though practiced I expect, was the aero designer. Well done him. Currently no idea if I have any interest in the Emira or not. Like him, now: "I must get on".
  7. mdavies

    Lotus Emira

    j141, yes just seen that engine info on the Lotus site too. Rory got it mixed up it seems. Pity.
  8. mdavies

    Lotus Emira

    I was about to ask for opinions of others on that video, From 2.20 mins Rory is quite specific. Launch first in Spring is the V6 at 360 hp and "under £60K basic". The i4 at 400 hp comes later.
  9. mdavies

    Lotus Emira

    Knowing nothing of prices or powers as yet (just finished watching the launch), any thought of weakening and having one without a gear lever, should it be more desirable or accessible in some way, were scotched by seeing Jenson Button change gear.
  10. mdavies

    Lotus Emira

    From the limited info I've seen it seems the Ferrari uses some sort of "touch panels" but hugely different from a touch screen if they don't have to be looked at. It's the looking at, searching for the right spot that's the killer. Howard, I can't comment on the "Clarion CZ313E". Think I have something of that sort in my Elise but I've never turned it on - but only had for 3 years so who knows! PS: If the Emira has to lean on infotainment to impress, I'll give up on Lotus.
  11. mdavies

    Lotus Emira

    Is it too much to hope that the Emira will match the latest Ferrari, the 296 GTB, in at least one respect? Will it manage, as the Ferrari does, to provide control interfaces without using a touchscreen - that most dangerous “feature” of most modern cars? Or indeed, in the context of the modern driving environment, the most dangerous feature deliberately introduced ever. Large pics: https://www.evo.co.uk/ferrari/203962/2022-ferrari-296-gtb-unveiled-v6-hybrid-to-pack-818bhp-punch?_mout=1&refid=09228E75F0406E58FEE79A00174F2107&utm_campaign=evo_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter
  12. mdavies

    Lotus Emira

    Ade, great to see your full-on responses to my thoughts - a weight off my mind! 😀 Look forward to your feedback on the Emira.
  13. mdavies

    Lotus Emira

    I hope my post above won’t be taken badly by anyone. If you read it, you are here - so you must be a “real Lotus person”, whatever Emira you might buy. I am raising what I see as a serious point, but perhaps my slightly-tongue-in-cheek words didn’t properly show the humorous element I intended. I hope my caricatured buyer never comes into existence!
  14. mdavies

    Lotus Emira

    The flow of expectations, intimations and revelations about the Emira seems to have slackened recently. Perhaps because most aspects and opinions have been explored. Or perhaps because speculations might soon be exposed as embarrassingly wide of the mark – reputations ruined! Something safer, but as vital to the Emira's commercial success as the car itself, is that the whole “switch to a Lotus” persuasion package is able to attract the new prospective customers; those clearly not like us but who will buy a Lotus for their own reasons anyway. Presumably they will be like us in wanting their cars to provide more than A to B transport – but not like us in having whatever further features have led to them being around in considerably greater numbers than us. My suggestion is that, central to their additional characteristics, is a greater awareness of the importance in life of presenting to the world clear and constant evidence of ones importance, financial status and general superiority to the common man. (Hence achieving a higher reproductive rate and consequently existing in greater numbers than us.) I am reminded of the “Class System” sketch from John Cleese, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett. Made very clear the visible differences from Upper Class through Middle down to those who can only say “I know my place”. An analogy stretched I suggest not quite to breaking point is a resonance with the now historic Lotus range of Evora, Exige and Elise. Unmistakeably distinguishable in appearance and in rank. Now the Emira - will three into one go? Whatever the differences in technology and price across – or, more correctly “up and down” – the range, to the external general observer it’s the same car, however much paid or not paid for it. The salesman producing £100k from his annual bonus – “plenty more where that came from, old chap” - gets no greater boost to his social status than the hard-saving engineer delighted with his life-achievement buy at £50K – “had to sacrifice, but worth it”. What will those status conscious types soon hopefully to be augmenting the pool of prospective Lotus owners make of discovering the cheapo-versions? More than likely at some stage before handing over their cash. “Glad I came in. Lovely car. Yes, the wife - over there looking at the fabrics - said she loves it too. Plush, goes well, masses of goodies - crazy screens! Really impressed, decent price – expect a bit of discount of course. Glad I came in - persuaded by bloke at work who kept on at me to take a look. Lotus fanatic - has one – called an Elsie or something, small thing anyway. Said he really hoped to have an Emira soon. Can’t believe it of course – nice chap, but cars like this way out of his league. …........…WHAT!! How much?!!! And looks the same?? No, I don’t care what size engine and all that stuff – can’t go fast these days anyway. Come on sweetheart, time to go, must get on. Thanks for info, I’ll have to think about it.
  15. Evora owners get no support for SH values there then. Good news for those seeking one - more cast-offs likely from suitcase owners. A hopeful..........
  16. A subject I know near nothing about – be warned! I’ve read some good-sounding marketing ideas in previous posts, of course including really attractive finance packages, but a key aspect surely is for the Emira to make a news-worthy splash. An impact beyond excellent performance in magazine-tests. Hopefully even something to get mentions beyond the motoring columns of the mainstream press. The Emira’s optioned initial price range of say £60K to £90K is not one where, for most people, “overheads” and running costs, on top of finance payments, do not matter much. (E.g. buyers of new McLarens and Ferraris.) Beyond attractive finance, the largest item will likely be the insurance cost, even for “good risks”. Porsche, Jaguar, and probably others such, offer insurance packages, branded ”their own”, backed by the usual big outfits. Suppose Lotus did the same, but with a deal with the insurer that, after a claim-free first year, the second year’s premium would be discounted by 50% of that of the first year’s; and so on for subsequent years. Claim-free drivers would thus get half-price insurance and the insurer 50% of premiums without any claim costs. It would cost Lotus something to the insurer, as does cheap financing, but news-worthy? Obviously have to be limits on amounts and duration. Lotus to the market: “Are you a good driver? We’ll be paying you to prove it!” Buyer to himself: “Of course I’ll be claim-free – a skilled careful driver like me!” Buyer to Significant Other: “And do you know, sweetheart, that we’ll only be paying XX on the financing, and the insurance will be only half what the Porsche was!” We save money!
  17. mdavies

    Lotus Emira

    I've no idea if B&C currently have the status among dealers that applied back in the days of the Evora launch, but I know that they received the first Evora to reach a dealer. I happened to be there late one evening and saw and photographed it being rollout out of the transporter van. (No, afraid I didn't post pics here.) Possibly Silverstone may be a contender now but, whatever customer deposits may have been placed with dealers, I'd be very surprised if advance orders had not been placed by dealers themselves and my money is on B&C again to be the first recipient. (Regrettably not a deposit, no.......now if the £55K version was to have a proper gear change.........!) PS: All bets off if Geely has now funded a second transporter.
  18. Obvious but didn't see it said: two sides to the coin. Yes, new logo to mark the entry to a new phase - but also to mark the leaving ............. Don't think I need finish the phrase. Oldie, waving .......😢
  19. I support the Glucosamine and Chondroitin suggestions. No pains but I play the fiddle and prevention better than cure so a half-dose daily. (Mine from Boots - so H&B have penny sales? I'll look out, thanks.)
  20. Evotion: "deposits"? Hope not too rude: a typo? Or one of each version?
  21. Bruss, you made a lot more progress than me - great figures! TDI were excellent indeed, but pity they didn't put us in touch: 2012-13 also. I'd have benefitted - my limit was from not being able to fix the AFR with the HKS - not brave enough to play with the electronics! The HKS venturi was better than mine. Made from plastic tube, bell-shaped out over a funnel under boiling water, then cold to harden. Sliced it to squash overlap smaller to get into filter then held back in normal shape fixed to end of Radium tube. Bigger filter, plus venturi (also straightened flow into the Radium), plus mixture weakened by better flow (never tripped a fault) together gave just 300. Hope not boring readers!
  22. Photo 3 - HKS fitted without baffle Photo 4 - Baffle for HKS, two sections velcro'ed together Have to take my word that it fitted tightly around the upside-down Radium tube!
  23. Photo 1 - Adjusted Radium Screen behind foil. Photo 2 - HKS on Radium tube Not sure how many allowed. two more to follow.
  24. Collected my photos - masses of them! Many of my developed Radium intake, with a larger, longer filter - offset as the original had to be. TDI had measured that the basic Radium specc'ed filter was restricting flow. It was too small as easier for "everybody" to fit. I fettled the Radium mounting and the Radium baffle and just managed. (Allowing for some engine movement.) New filter allowed me to fit a venturi inside it which screened out the 90 deg part close to the tube but allowed (I think) 14% greater effective filter area. For that I covered the Radium baffle with cooking foil - reflected a little heat (!?) - Photo 1 but the foil hides where I had to cut the baffle slightly. The two part baffle was to try a HKS filter - tricky. Radium tube inverted and various changes - TDI thought couldn't be done! - Photo 2, and 3 installed but without baffle as couldn't then see HKS. (Allowed engine movement.) The two part baffle is in photo 4. Don't seem to have a photo in place. Strong plastic - much lighter than Radium that catered for an oil capture tank. The separate sections fitted right around the repositioned Radium tube, then pressed Velcro together. It was a pretty good fit everywhere. Better than Radium. Had to remove HKS though TDI tested clearly most power, but AFR was dodgy - over 17:1 or whatever, at all but top revs on the dynos. As Bruss has warned! Bruss, interested you were doing similar at TDI. We should have met to discuss it all! Written all this and now not sure how to attach photos - not done for ages and can't risk losing this. Photos to follow!
  25. Tom, many apologies, but only just seen your post. I'll try to find some photos tomorrow, but then was using a previous computer, now a stand by. Might have them. Also on Photobucket, but that went subscription only. Afraid can't promise anything though. Don't know why messaging didn't work - I've not knowingly changed anything. M
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