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Al

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  • Birthday 27/08/1957

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    Allan Matheson
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    Ardent Red Evora 2+2 S.+ Elise S2 S in Magnetic Blue Pearl + Emira Deposit.
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    The SR look + Bespoke interior + Pioneer ICE + winter tyres/alloys + more and Elise has Stage 1 Exhaust, Nitrons and TRD Induction kit.
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    Dunblane, Central Scotland

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  1. Unlikely due to the Elf & Safety Taliban. That would open Lotus to claims later when a toddler loses a finger. Having it easily removable however isn’t ‘illegal’ 😎
  2. It is also front cover of EVO (at least as a subscriber) and a 4 page or something inside
  3. Hi George, great to see you coming back to the fold. I am with you on not interested in being a Lotus test driver again so will sit and wait like you. ** I only paid up so I wasn’t too far back when the deposits started going nuts. I also want to experience the AMG before making a decision or at least seeing what EVO and Co think is the sweet spot of all 3 of the options. ** for anybody thinking I’m having a dig at Lotus there it isn’t only them on their inevitable smaller development budget. We had one of the first Evoque’s on the road, the turbo petrol one and it was 8 years of total grief from the day bought to the day sold (with problems) and never happier to see the back of it. It cost JLR a lot under warranty and continued to cause grief (As Bingoking can attest to!)
  4. Al

    Emira - technical

    Previous house had a single garage with a particularly narrow door (but now I can't go and measure it) I used to go in nose first and have my nearside mirror pass about 1-2cm from doors wood insert frame and I knew without looking that drivers door mirror passed about 6-8cm from offside. I then had glued wood strips on floor to know when far enough in and wall at drivers door had foam glued on it. It was tight but do-able. The other trick was to put down drivers window glass which made entry and exit a lot easier as it has quite a lot of tumblehome when up to use a shipping expression. Lean in and put back up before grabbing keys. Emira being a few cm wider is going to cause me grief at new house as I have a 4 poster used for 2 car storage and it was sized to take the Evora rear track and it is tight now and I suspect may be a wheel eater. I will not be going for the diamond cut ones!
  5. 27 April 21: Lotus company update and Emira name announced 27 April 21 - TomE - UK - V6 manual 28 April 21 - JamesDG - UK - V6 manual 30 April 21 - Pugwash - UK V6 manual 7 May 21 - Mark030358 - Undecided 15 May 21 - JCR - Undecided 17 May 21 - DarrylV8 - Undecided 20 May 21 - Evotion - V6 Manual 20 May 21 - Evotion - i4 22 May 21 - KennyN - V6 Manual 4 June 21 - DJW - undecided 23 June 21 - KJD - V6 manual 25 Jun 21 - scotty435 - V6 manual 28 June 21 - DaveC72 - i4 29 June 21 - greg/valetpro - Not decided which engine yet. 6 July 21: Emira reveal at Hethel 6 July 21 - Duncs - V6, but cost dependent. 7 July 21 - Lockey - i4 7 July 21 - freefall_junkie - V6 manual UK 7 July 21 - glen8 - i4 7 July 21 - Al_C - I4 7 July 21 - Neilread - I4 7 July 21 - Philnotts - V6 Manual 7 or 8 July 21 - JJ - Cost dependant 7 July 21 - marclurr - UK - V6 Manual 8 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 1 (Thursday) 8 July 21, 09:39 - mctaff - UK - V6 manual 8 July 21 - MJON - i4 8 July 21 - Wake - i4 (V6 cost dependant) 8 July 21 - Johnhoward - V6 Auto 8 July 21 - JimH - i4 9 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 2 (Friday) 9 July 21 - Beady - I4 (probably) 9 July 21 (8am) - Beancounter - probably i4, but maybe v6 manual 10 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 3 (Saturday) 10 July 21 - Washy - undecided 10 July 21 - Al - completely undecided. 11 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 4 (Sunday) 12 July 21: post Goodwood Festival of Speed 12 July 21 - emstan - V6 16 July 21 - 27 April 21: Lotus company update and Emira name announced 27 April 21 - TomE - UK - V6 manual 28 April 21 - JamesDG - UK - V6 manual 30 April 21 - Pugwash - UK V6 manual 7 May 21 - Mark030358 - Undecided 15 May 21 - JCR - Undecided 17 May 21 - DarrylV8 - Undecided 20 May 21 - Evotion - V6 Manual 20 May 21 - Evotion - i4 22 May 21 - KennyN - V6 Manual 4 June 21 - DJW - undecided 23 June 21 - KJD - V6 manual 25 Jun 21 - scotty435 - V6 manual 28 June 21 - DaveC72 - i4 29 June 21 - greg/valetpro - Not decided which engine yet. 6 July 21: Emira reveal at Hethel 6 July 21 - Duncs - V6, but cost dependent. 7 July 21 - Lockey - i4 7 July 21 - freefall_junkie - V6 manual UK 7 July 21 - glen8 - i4 7 July 21 - Al_C - I4 7 July 21 - Neilread - I4 7 July 21 - Philnotts - V6 Manual 7 or 8 July 21 - JJ - Cost dependant 7 July 21 - marclurr - UK - V6 Manual 8 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 1 (Thursday) 8 July 21, 09:39 - mctaff - UK - V6 manual 8 July 21 - MJON - i4 8 July 21 - Wake - i4 (V6 cost dependant) 8 July 21 - Johnhoward - V6 Auto 8 July 21 - JimH - i4 9 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 2 (Friday) 9 July 21 - Beady - I4 (probably) 9 July 21 (8am) - Beancounter - probably i4, but maybe v6 manual 10 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 3 (Saturday) 10 July 21 - Washy - undecided 10 July 21 - Al - completely undecided. 11 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 4 (Sunday) 12 July 21: post Goodwood Festival of Speed 12 July 21 - emstan - V6 16 July 21 - Frickin Idiot AMG / V6
  6. Don't worry, that was the bits left over after his last Ikea flatpack build and strip down of his washing machine.😊
  7. 🤣 Actually at the time there were quite a lot of photos of it here on TLF somewhere. It was used as a fast response vehicle to get donor organs, bloods and other such like products moved quickly in UAE. It was fitted out with chillers and such like and again from the old failing grey matter may also have had some "first on scene" type equipment carried. There was no passenger seat from memory
  8. Don't even think about it or worry about it. Treat it like steel and forget about non existent issues. The bonding technique is probably stronger than the alloy in places so will not come apart like a hot knife through butter.
  9. When I was watching a video, I think the actual Goodwood FoS Thursday full day vid on U-Tube, I saw the brake light coming on across the rear of the car a couple of times and though looked neat solution.
  10. Laura my dealer up in Scotland is on the ball and in touch by email today with instructions what to do and a form to complete to get my deposit returned from them. 👏
  11. 27 April 21 - TomE - UK - V6 manual 28 April 21 - JamesDG - UK - V6 manual 30 April 21 - Pugwash - UK V6 manual 15 May - JCR - Undecided 20 May - Evotion - V6 Manual 20 May - Evotion - i4 4 June 21 - DJW - undecided 23 June 21 - KJD - V6 manual 25 Jun 21 - scotty435 - V6 manual 28 June 21 - DaveC72 - i4 6 July 21 - Duncs - V6, but cost dependent. 7 July 21 - freefall_junkie - V6 manual UK 7 July 21 - glen8 - i4 7 July 21 Al_C - I4 7 July Neilread - I4 7 July Philnotts - V6 Manual 8 July 21 - MJON - i4 8 July 21 - Wake - i4 (V6 cost dependant) 8 July 21 - Johnhoward - V6 Auto 8 July 21 (Goodwood Thursday) - JimH - i4 9 July Beady - I4 (probably) 10 July Washy - undecided 10 July Al - completely undecided. 12 July 21 - emstan - V6
  12. I have been using my Evoras as daily drivers in Scotland since 2009 Launch. I do have a second set of winter wheels and tyres to Lotus Spec (but haven't needed them last couple of winters as so mild) Absolutely no problem with salt and such like and underside is still fine. Drives well in the snow until the front splitter I fitted acts as a snow plow. (Having said that although it looks lower than my previous Boxster S with factory body kit, it isn't, as doesn't hit the same kerbs nose in parking. I do see the underside of my car as have a 4 post ramp for storage although I do have one of those Karcher underbody cleaning attachments I use in the springtime after salt season finished. (About March up my way) The tyres may be the same size and name but will be different compounds. Having said that I religiously stayed with Evora spec Pirelli P Zeros to Lotus Spec or whatever for years but then changed when the 400's came out and I saw they were on Michelins and for me a) I couldn't tell the difference in fast road driving and b) my wallet didn't feel nearly as light as I managed to get past 5K miles for a set of rears for the first time.🤣
  13. Al

    Lotus Emira

    Yep definitely new to Lotus! This always seems the way and I guess deliberate. Gets the market talking about it, gets our juices flowing, gets everybody pent up waiting for the next snippet or step - dealer static preview/ spec and price release/ Car mag drives/ dealer demo/customer cars. Then there will be the Lotus Marketing trolls who will be watching forums like this to see what a) new customers to the brand think and b) what serial Lotus owners like me think being on my 4th Evora and with other ones in the family or garage. There is that expression there is no such thing as bad publicity in motorsport and I guess this is the same. Doesn't time just drag though! Only just over 2 weeks since launch! 🙄
  14. She's alive! 🥰 I'd lost track of current owner! Good to see one of the oldest around still looking so good. What mileage are you up to now? I'm still driving my 4th one.
  15. Al

    Lotus Emira

    They have said not in one of the interviews. in the case of the Evora they said they to me on a factory visit at about the same stage we are at now with the Emira that they were going to do a soft top or targa (manual removable panels) and some 12+ years later we are still waiting. 😖. So who knows. Never say never! 😆
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