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  1. Ok So if you are new to the Sport 350 ownership with these fantastic cars approximately 85 kg lighter than a normal UK car Welcome , if like me you still have yours that's Brilliant. Well guys I don't come out to play as one would have said as a young lad, meaning now I'm the opposite end of young as in Old Fart. So it's the first time back on these pages for a long time. Please confirm that You Own one of these cars again now !... Here now ! & also my dedicated address is ....... [email protected] and questions etc. In the UK now there is roughly 15 cars lef
  2. hello, I know all about what your saying, even Alex had a similar story to tell, ok I've been building cars are my life.(long life) One does need to understand how these fantastic flat plane engines work. My own Esprit story started with a 97 (98) year a Sport 350.... Six Speed gearbox. Just wanted to say, in the end you will love the car, the photo looks fab. ps done roughly 60k miles in these fab V8's all together, Super Unleaded. Jay from JAE is a great bloke and very very helpful, dealt with him since around 2005/6.. they have custom parts you can't buy now. L
  3. Well guys old and new, I ran the ownership registry with the factory for many years, owned my car since 2001 and I still have no 26 in Monaco car. 6 speed 500bhp (I built the car like it is now) Ok why now, well why not, getting our limited edition cars together has to be a good idea, or at least you the owners can meet greet and maybe get a good reason why or how to get your cars made legal once again with help via the registry and each other I think a very good idea back. Fact at this time there is 8 cars legal on the road of a total of 15 left in the UK. I will be at Cast
  4. I now wonder How many V8 owners have had or do have any problems with there cars Heater, The info about that Water Pump was brought about because my heater had stopped working. I spent a lot of time looking at my car, that meant removing each seat in turn and actually lying on the floor with a torch and finding out where all the Parts were located, NOT EASY. So having done all of that and noting where the Vacuum operated Recirc Valve, was, which I removed and tested, because I could. and inside the boot behind the Power Steering Reservoir the Vacuum Tank and ONE Solenoid Valve ( Whi
  5. Think you will find that its normal sensor that brings in the Cooling fans. On that subject My car has an override switch to manually switch the fans on with a warning light. Note the take off point in the wiring is an negative Wire not a live.. look at the AirCon Drawings tip 2 use the unused Fuel Filler flap to trickle charge the battery
  6. Ok if your an avid V8 owner new or old, this tip may give you at least peace of mind. I'e run V8 Lotus Esprit's, longer than most I guess, 1998 and running. I wonder how many owners, Know there is an Electric Water pump on the car ! its mounted N/S Rear outside the chassis main frame, its purpose is to cool the engine, if for any reason at Rest the car has been parked Red Hot. It's to protect this very special 918 Flat Plane Crank Engine from Damage. Note the Engine Temp will rise even Higher after it's switched off With latent Heat....(ALL ENGINES)..... before they cool down.
  7. Hope I'm not sounding to big headed here, but having spent 9 years creating my version of what the Sport 350 could have been. Here is my 5p worth 6 speed dog box, lsd of course geared for over 200 mph, inter-cooled & SBO valves, forged pistons, flowed, hybrid Turbo's, ecu done, 200 cell metal cats, custom silencer, apexi boost controller, the list goes on and on So turbo lag not really but at 3000, you have to be ready for a massive wave of trust that is with 18psi .. throttle response err yeah scary comes to mind, I just wish I was 20 years younger now. I WILL BE AT CASTLE
  8. Hello Guys, it's been a long time since I posted on the forum about our model The "Sport 350" I wish and Hope you all see this and respond... please tell your SPT 350 pals I looked after the Sport 350 register for Lotus for many years. to my knowledge there was only16 cars left in the UK. that was about 8 years ago. I have had No 26 in Monaco White, since 2001. It's my wish that as many of you can attend the Club Lotus Day at Castle Combe race track on May 27th. I can arrange with Allan at Club Lotus an area for us the Sport 350 Owners, old and new. I also hope you g
  9. Hello Howard, I'm from across the Pond in the UK, like to think I know a bit about the V8, having owned 2 and looked after them for some 40k miles after the warranty periods. Just to put you at ease.. the 918 engine is a real gem of an Engine.. my own car is making a lot more than a stock unit.. I even have a very strong 6 speed gearbox. Most problems are caused by misuse / poor maintenance / lack of knowledge or understanding. The header tank has a float level switch to warn of water loss.. they do sludge up and will stop working which means the driver will not see the Light com
  10. Castle Combe Race Track Every year there is the Club Lotus Track Day and gathering, this year it's on May 24th a Saturday. I've been going since 1985 and only missed it 3 times. Having been on track in many Lotus cars and 3 of my own. It's a brilliant day out, in the past, one year there was 600 Lotus cars there. This Year I plan to be back on track for the second time in my toy of 12 years with my Sport 350, which all being well, will be ready in time as, once again It's been nose to the grind stone during the winter months with more upgrades. With a lot more than 350 bh
  11. Your right this switch is actually above the Oil Filter Casting and slightly higher up, when viewed from the gear box forward. the casting block that feeds the two Oil Coolers. I'm not sure if you can get to it with engine in place But.......... If you remove the oil filter to start with.... one push on wire connection. I do have a photo, but it's to big for the upload, my e mail is on my home page.
  12. Look up mine "damfastgang" I have so much lotus footage from inside my own car and also from Throckmorton, I filmed the guys making the film, in fact I think I captured more, my own car had a puncture on the day, I went up there with my pal in his Elise. What I need is time to upload more, I also have "damfastgang02" which has my last V8 chasing my pal Lee's "Countach"
  13. I did know where most of the 55 were... I have the Factory data that tells me the engine/ vin no /colour/ info. Fact is the factory allocated 50 plaque numbers, for the UK cars only. you could choose a number when you bought a car if it was still available. the USA cars are listed 1-8 the cars in japan have UK plaque numbers, which I know. So Lotus actually asked me to check the plaque numbers against the chassis/vin data which I have done. Lotus never kept a record at the time of who had what plaque number, I gave them the data a few years ago. Ok you have 16 Martin, that is vi
  14. I believe the new owner is called Andy, My friend Chris had a message saying you had bought his car. The telephone number given does not work.! I ran the sport 350 register for about 8 years, but the UK numbers are so low now, no one seems very interested any more. Any way I have No 26 in white and it's Bonkers Wild. . If you Andy or any other V8 owner is seeking advice or data/dna ref the Esprit V8/ Sport 350 then please mail me at [email protected] Having owned V8 Esprit's for some 15 years now and working on just about every part, uprating modifying etc ....
  15. WELL IT HAPPENED TO ME. Just to put you all in the picture. My Sport 350 is very modified including the ECM as Lotus call the magic box of tricks made by EFI. One day all is well the next No start Up... first clue No Fuel Pump sound .....priming the fuel rails. I was a qualified Auto Spark (now retired petrol head)......I spent many hours doing lots of tests and a good few actually making circuits come to life, with out the ECM connected. I have of course the work shop manual. I was then certain the ECM was at fault. I found out that Lotus them selves had been sending there ECM's to
  16. Well here is another interesting one... your car has an Oil Pressure gauge, so nothing to worry about assuming pressure is normal. my guess the low pressure to bring the light on would around 15-20 PSI... your right it will be as common as muck. I guess you know where it is, just forward of the Oil Filter in the block . remove and plug the whole to keep the dirt out. Go to a good factors ask for one same thread, pressure as above. My car has both Pressure and Temperature now.
  17. Hello Che, guess we have similar thoughts about where to go with the ECM stuff, my ECM is Now Dead. When you ask about the Connection block, I do have some data about the connections, to me the female part is the Plug side and the ECM has the Male part. So I guess your wanting this part off an ECM itself.? You can e mail me direct if you wish, as I'm not able to drive my 500 bhp toy at this time. my car has a 6 speed dog box. cheers Rob
  18. Rob C

    Replacement ECU

    Hey Guys, I need a Replacement V8 ECM ( as Lotus call them) mine has gone pear shaped.. Blue Streak have done there best to help me. So If any one can help please Shout me ok. 07976 609881 regards Rob
  19. Looking at one ECM, all you Guys have Smart Ones..Yes. down load the Torque and then buy a Blue Tooth adapter off E bay. the app is about £3-4 the Blue tooth gizmo about £24 for descent one. Where ever you are, in what ever OBD2 car you can look see & play... but this App does a whole lot more... 0-60 bhp etc etc
  20. Hello guys, I know how frustrating this Pipe is, When I modified my engine, my Dip stick would not come undone in the sump it's self. I had to get heavy to get it out. It's obvious your compression flange with the brass olive was not secured properly at build, while mine was over tightened. I should have recorded the fitted length. Just looked at my 800 build photos. I had to cut my olive off to make repairs to that gland nut, I used a copper olive instead and made sure it fitted tight, but not over so. cheers Rob
  21. Sound if one fits 200 metal cats, mine looks like the photo above, thay came from Aussie cost me with postage £357 for the pair back in 2008 I think, But with out a silencer you will not be doing any track days for sure. Fact stock lotus cats..just pipes.. made 116db, at high revs. Metal cats, my mk 2 silencer.. 103db in 2009 at Combe, just let through then...twin centre pipes Today same 200 cell metal cats.. MK 3 silencer.. much better flow. twin sq tail section on the box, having a custom stainless tail pipe being made, that is the part you see. I should say I built my 500 bhp Toy.
  22. Here I go again, done this so many times..Pass the Word...... Flat Esprit batteries, my own back ground was looking after Aircraft batteries at one time, inmy working life...I was a qualified Auto Spark. 1/ you should never ever fit jump cables to a Dead flat battery and start the car. 2/ best advice always keep any V8 with a thatham one alarm on a trickle charge, this alarm system is good but old school and takes power to make it work, hence 10-14 best flat battery. 3/ If you need to disconnect the battery or the Ecm unit, it will re learn the fuel dna on it's own. 4/ if you
  23. Be nice to know why you want to know about the ECM connecting plug, my car is very modified I have been in there, to make connections for my Apexi Boost controller and other stuff, my ECM is also modified with Emprom sockets and different chips.
  24. Unless it's near the Exhaust, you can slide either end to close the cap, use cable ties on the ends. spend ya money else where. it's a common eye sight
  25. Bill from the USA put that over really well for you, I would also add, the flywheel is very light, it's very easy to stall a V8.. even I stall my car now and then, with a loud exhaust not wanting wake up every body, 15 years of V8 ownership. Bill mentioned a metalic Clutch....I went there did it, due to making serious power, what a disaster that was, getting away was hard any time, and worse still my 6 speed is a dog engagement, not scyncro, I would say to any owner DO NOT USE A PADDLE Clutch you will regret it.
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