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  1. The new nsx has failed pretty badly at going hybrid. High expense, low sales. As for practicality, the new car has to have better features as a daily driver than that of the old ones. That's one of Lotus main problems, people generally buy them as a third or forth car that are for special occasions and limited use. They need to do much better numbers on this one and get people in them as a 'daily driver' else Geely are wasting their time. Turns green when angry?
  2. This design of brake ducting doesnt have to have the feed pipes sitting in direct airflow. The brake disc is effectively a un-housed fan impeller. By adding the backing disc you've now "housed" the impeller which will create a suction. You only have to feed the ends of th{ piping somewhere near a fresh air feed and it will draw it's own supply in, you don't need to force it in.
  3. Ask yourself the question... would you buy the missus a current Lotus, the answer is probably yes!! Would she be happy with it? Probably not!!
  4. Okay so re-read your post, you say carbon rear clam... Fibre glass doesn't usually have a weave no. Get your phone camera and take a picture of the inner face of the rear clam through engine hatch, was if it's carbon you'll see it straight away.
  5. Open the door and inspect the door shut to front clam, you should see a glimpse of the bare carbon during underneath.
  6. not at all, the only other thing I looked at was a Golf/AudiS3/RS3 as she likes the hatchbacks but presented with this car it was again no contest. It's a surprise pessie for the missus, not me. She will have never heard of a Alpine... It's the lowest power version they do (300hp), guards red, shit loads of options (wheels, heated steering, bose etc etc) due to being the dealer demo, 19 plate, they stuck another 12 months warranty on it so it's got 3.25 yrs all for 43k. the missus will never asked or even think about how much power it has,all she will see it's a red porsche, it looks great, it has nice wheels, the roof comes down at the touch of a button, it can get her shopping in with relative ease, she can get in it with relative ease and it plays radio4 on the stereo... Not my bag (give me a pick-up for the week and a lotus for teh evenings and weekends), but for her its going to bring a tear. Lotus need something in their stable that can do the same, hubby has the raw weekend driving machine, missus has the attractive everyday useable.
  7. Well I've just gone and bought the missus a 718 for Xmas and I'm a lotus die-hard.. I would have loved to put her in a lotus but there is nothing suitable in the current range for her needs as a 2 seater sports daily driver that can be used without having compromise... I didn't take two thoughts about it, there was no contest. If lotus want to widen their appeal to more of the market then they are going to have to change part of their philosophy at least in certain models they make in the futrue, adding weight and tech (and ease of use) doesn't mean it looses the "lotus" connection you have with the road. The Evora is testament to that already, weighty yes but still a driver's car at heart, just a shame it didn't sell better from the start. I'd argue the exact opposite...
  8. Not all the front clams of the original cars built were carbon. I have a couple here that were removed from them that are made in f/glass. The red car has a full carbon front clam (you can see the weave in the paint). Same goes for the doors, nose sections and various other bits. Some were made in full carbon, others in f/glass. The 20 factory cars only used f/glass panels all round afaik (other than the carbon car), yours may possible have a carbon front clam Gav being the car it is... you can see a glimpse of the bare carbon when you open the doors. I do remember Lotus saying at the time that the cars that had the carbon panels, door skins etc. were being swapped out for f/glass ones. There were some sets of the full carbon doors being sold off a couple of years ago from the dealer/specialist guy way down in the SW. Phil is it?? They've gone now mind. Stratton may have some tucked away though...
  9. I enquired about the Avon's earlier this year. They've been purposefully manufactured in a hard compound so if it dries up during wet race they don't rip themselves apart after 2 laps and will go to the end. This may suit trackdays where you cba to keep swapping over but for ultimate wet performance I'd look at a set of Pirelli's or Michelin's which you can get in a range of compounds. Can't remember the name of the company that supplies them directly (have them in my phone as Pirelli Motorsport) but their telephone number is - 01926 490002
  10. It will be a grade suitable for cold-forming that doesn't start stress cracking when you fold it to make the bracket. Anyone you give the drawing to must make sure they use a suitable grade of material to make them from.
  11. Only two things bug me about the Evora... Windows that don't retract fully into the doors and the angle you have to hold a fuel nozzle to fill it up (hurts my delicate little wrists), neither of which I can do anything about... I can live with it I suppose!!!
  12. Contaminated fuel?? Might be worth draining the tank and putting some fresh stuff in...
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