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  1. 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!!!
  2. Contaminated fuel?? Might be worth draining the tank and putting some fresh stuff in...
  3. I have a full set here I'd be willing to sell, have a couple of the thousand Km on them, still clean and tidy.
  4. Pits, still not convinced with the front cutout panels no. However, the new front and backend are very nicely done. Car looked menacing in my rear view as he followed me to track (painted in Carlton green- empire is it?) . Cabin space is nice, I like how they've raised the door cards to hide the bit of window that doesn't retract all the way in (one of my bugs of the S1). Gear change felt very positive, better the the older set up of the gte. Sparco seats were comfy for me and looked great with the carbon backs and leather design on them. I know I'm bias but it has to be the GTE everytime simply down to the rarity factor and road presence it has over other evoras. Like you say, it looks 700hp standing still. You are right though, the extra width does have disadvantages on narrower roads.
  5. The guy who's owns the one I drove is looking to sell his at 85k. Has all the boxes ticked. Pm me and I can pass is details, he is in Dundee.
  6. I've driven both GTE with Swindon 385hp tune and a GT430 on track at Croft (my local). Both great cars to drive and very rewarding and well balanced when you hook them up. It wasn't a back to back test unfortunately so couldn't comment on the extra power of the 430 but it didn't feel any faster than the GTE tbh. I think what the 430 has on the straights the gte makes back up on the brakes and in the corners. The extra width the GTE is noticeable in the braking zones, turn in and mid corner, it just feels a more stable platform (and so it should being 100mm+ wider...). There were a couple of things I didn't like about the 430, mainly it's valved exhaust. The car I drove had the titanium exhaust and was far too loud for the trackday we were on, we were having to short shift coming out of Sunny where the sound equipment is. We were fine everywhere else but when booting it you seem to be always waiting for the change in exhaust tone as the valve opened and closed. It reminded me of a NA 2zz exige/elise with a cam change... It was a little off-putting tbh. I'd have to change that out for a non-valved exhaust. Other thing that shocked me was the weight of the tail gate. Considering its full carbon it weighed a bloody tonne opening it up.... No damper assistance and a crappy stick to hold it up. No, no, no... Still not sure ot the height of the rear wing, looks out of place a little, I'm sure it's. Very effecti 've up that high though but just doesn't sit right from all angles. Only other negative comment was the crappy "GT430" sticker on the steering wheel... who put that on 125k car?? I peeled it off as it was bubbling... It looked shockingly terrible I have to say!! However, at 85k that you can now pick one up for, they are a cracking buy!! Ps. Gold 2-11 was finished last year, it now lives in Tasmania!!
  7. these are the original GTE cars, they still have their Swindon engines in them... you mean one of the factory re-worked cars
  8. much wider track of the gte makes it far more stable under braking and cornering. They never used longer wishbones on the rear only the front (which strattons have a pair to copy if needed). The spacers they are using on the rear are because they ran out of the GTE wheels with lower offsets and have used a set of standard evora wheels. A bespoke set of forged wheels with the correct offsets will come in around the 4-5k mark. The Stratton GT's have been for sale for a while now, i bet if you haggled you could get the cost of a set of bespoke wheels off the purchase price...
  9. Yes, very lucky indeed! I know the roads pretty well (and the ones that link between them and out to the coast and over to Cumbria). There are some really good roads out the back of Duns also. The A68 is the best of the two but is a lot twistier than the 697, you need to be on it early else you can easily get caught up behind a train of traffic and get stuck. The 697 much more open and more passing places, just mind the cameras on both...
  10. A697/A68. My Saturday morning stomping grounds...
  11. I quite like the design, they could have done with being an inch bigger front and rear though, they don't fill out the arches enough.
  12. No, they made left and right handed for front and rear. I looked to buy some from lotus very cheap a couple of years ago but they didn't have full sets, only one side. Item number 1 https://www.deroure.com/diagrams.asp?TBL=12691&MAK=1&MDL=20&SMA=0&SMO=0&ST=&SC=0
  13. The term I think your looking for is precession! Earth has had many ice ages and then thaws, its even been to the point where the whole planet has been covered in ice. My view on all of this? If you look back over the billions of years life has been present on this planet, the Earth has been hot, cold, hot, cold [hit by gamma rays] hot, cold, hot, cold [super-volcano eruption] hot, cold, hot, cold [hit by asteroids] hot, cold, hot cold [fucked by humans]. We're just another global disaster that will ultimately wipe out 98% of all life on the planet before we've finished. But unlike the mass extinctions that have gone before us, we're doing it in a slow drawn out manner rather than in a short sharp hit (and we get a ringside seat to watch it happening...). I fear it's too late now and there's no going back, it's only a matter of time. One thing I am sure of though is that Earth will survive us, life will survive us (and thrive again given time), but we definitely won't be part of it...
  14. cosworth 4.0ltr NA engine producing 400hp which was for GT4 racing.
  15. I've always wore a front plate, can't be arsed with the hassle of potentially being pulled over. As for the excuse "it fell off", coppers will have heard that a million times... better off telling them the dog ate it!!
  16. Try only half depressing the clutch pedal, see if it want to go straight in then. Likewise ^^^^
  17. AFAIK Lotus weights have always been dry (ie no fliuds). We have a 50t weighbridge at work that is calibrated once a year. Most weighbridges go up in 20kg increments so if your car weighs 1019kg it would only show 1,000kg on the scale. Seeing weights of 1500kg going in and 1520kg going out is there or there abouts... Lots of things can effect a weighbridge - wind, metal expansion from the heat of sunshine, water sitting on it from rain etc, etc. If you want a accurate weight then a set of corner scales like above is the only way, you'll not get it on a public weighbridge.
  18. @LotusLeftLotusRight Correct, I had my car dyno'd at 385hp with the Swindon engine. At the time I wasnt checking it for power output, I was checking there was nothing untoward such as knock and the engine wasn't going to lunch itself when I started to use it, it only had 33km on the clock when I got it. They did approx 10 runs on the dyno back-to-back all showing that power output within a couple of hp from each other. There was no distinguishable drop in performance at all and the dyno guy commented "it could do that all day". The dyno plot showing power and torque at 385 was super sweet, I couldn't have drawn the lines any smoother myself.... The supply of engines from Swindon (I saw them sat in boxes at Lotus brand new) were all marked up as "Swindon 420's" . I spoke to the head man at Swindon at the time, he said with a simple pulley change to a smaller one it would release the full 420hp. I chose not to go this route. I was really happy with how the engine was performing and an additional 35hp on a 1.5t car is not going to make a massive amount of difference imo (give it a day or two and I'd of been used to it...) and it would just use more fuel, more consumables and generate more heat on the inlet temps and in the engine bay on a 'non-intercooled' engine. So the Swindon engines are capable of higher output, how well balanced they are at those figures though I don't know and I'm personally not interested in finding out. For me, it's a 'whole package' thing - The looks of the car, the road presence it has, the rarity factor, the noise it makes, the fact people know it's my car when they see it or pictures of it. I'm super happy just as it is with the 385hp!! I have no doubts the Stratton cars are running higher outputs as described in the adverts, how they have achieved that I don't know, it could just be a pulley change, it could also be a different ecu tune or ecu altogether... best calling them and asking. Okay, so the gearbox on them. Of the original 30 or so cars made, there were only two true automatic IPS cars (No.s 1+2 on the register above, both in midnight blue) all the others had converted manual gearboxes to 'AMT' (automated manual transmissions) which were never developed properly. I converted the AMT gearbox in my car back to a regular manual, it wasn't that hard to do. I took out the AMT unit and gubbins and replaced the clutch pedal, gear change mech and cables for std items. I imagine this is what Stratton have also done. There were 6-8 of the original cars that were RHD from the get-go. All of the rhd cars were reworked by the factory as part of the 20 GT350's, so what's detailed on the register above is correct, non of them were converted from LHD. When I ordered my silver GT350 from Lotus (No15), I asked Lotus if they would consider changing it to RHD if I paid them, the answer was a firm 'no'! Like you say, the 2 GTE races cars that ran in LeMans in the GTE class were built to GT2 spec. The GTE road cars we own were not built to any race spec, they were simply modified standard cars for road use only that had only had a token nod to the 2 races cars that Motorsport built. The only issue I see with the Stratton cars above is the wheels they've put on them. They all have the longer front wishes as used on the GT350's but they've used normal evora wheels with spacers to mount the rear wheels so they fill the arches (front are fine) as there wasn't enough of them to put on all 5, look like they only had 1 set which went on the green car (not advertised as I can see, maybe already sold). I don't see this as a massive problem, there are loads of aftermarket wheel manufacturers that can make you bespoke wheels to the correct dims that will fit without spacers. Everyone who has one of the 20 factory cars is in the same boat if you knacker one, there are no replacements available (Stratton may have a couple of front wheels, definitely no rears) and you'll be having to look to the aftermarket to resolve the problem. I've considered getting a set of different wheels for mine and boxing the originals up... If I were looking at one of the Stratton cars I'd be pushing for a little discount to put towards a bespoke set of wheels (you'll be looking at least 4-5k for some) Other than that, I'd have no concerns. HTH Regards, Gav
  19. They're both good Lookers, fancy a threesome?
  20. Coming up 12 years of ownership for me... still in love!
  21. I'd personally spend a little more and go for 2-way Ohlins TTX Mechatronics. Theyre a known entity, and have a great rep. Never heard of these guys before and certainly not on a lotus. If you look at all the cars in Lotus Cup Europe and UK the front runners will all be on TTX 2-way (without the mechatronics). Speak to Russ at Mick Gardner Racing in Barnsley. They supply all the Ohlins dampers to Lotus and also support the Lotus Cup Racing. You could also try Dave at Seriously Lotus. He had a secondhand set of Ohlins TTX mechatronics for V6 Exige. @Seriouslylotus
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