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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. Al

    Lotus Emira

    All pretty much the same as Evora. Launched a show car at Excel in July 08. Dealer static tour of Show car to poke and prod and sit in etc. I think around the Nov without checking old photos dates. Press launch at Cameron House (Loch Lomond) in the March 09 then some delays due to comments I believe and first test drives I seem to remember around July? Fuzzy memory about that timing though. Took delivery of LE car in Sept and my first one was something like 13th customer car down the line and 2nd into Scotland about a week after Andrew L picked #1 up at factory.
  2. Nope nothing yet from Laura since this thread started but when I was in touch with her very recently she was still waiting for info herself. I’m sure she will be in touch as soon as she has something factual to share.
  3. Awesome. I’m in love with my new car right there! I have been asked numerous times over last 10 years if my Evora’s in Ardent Red with SR black packs are’s Ferrari’s and thought how can you mistake that unless you know nothing about cars. BUT that does look like a Ferrari.
  4. Well from the get go I have told my dealer I will not be taking a first edition even if offered as I think the colour selection is frankly “very poor” to keep it polite with only 1 nice colour being the yellow but somebody else is having an opinion and hates that. I’ve already said I will continue to fall back in the order list until more colours are available. It will also allow time for the AMG to arrive as well so I can make my mind up on engines. Now if Ardent Red (a nice simple solid colour -hint Lotus) was available with black pack I’d be a happy man with only an engine quandary to solve.
  5. Much nicer than an S anyway. Sharp.
  6. Re factory collection I seem to remember is was a £700 extra back in 2003 for a Porker and that was on a new car at £43K. You had to arrange your own travel out, although they would collect you from airport. They then had retired Porsche employees/enthusiasts do the handover and Museum tour I seem to remember but no factory tour. You then had a free check up at your local dealer which was in effect the introduction although you ordered through them. (I didn't do it) When original Evora deposit holders were on hold as things got delayed, like Tom we got a full tour not only of the factory but everywhere inc the design studio and saw the clay buck and it really helped my wife feel the whole thing was special even although she still curses them for entry and egress and only drives them under duress. The bit I remember most was the few laps in an Elise with Martin Donnelly. 🤩(Ex Lotus F1 driver for the younger audience) Martin at 8/10ths - his words - was an awesome experience and makes you realise a) you can't really drive and b) how good the cars really are without a muppet behind the wheel. The factory tour I did again on a driving academy day with eldest when he was 21 and went to Booklands one day and Lotus the next. He still talks about the behind the scenes aspect and how special the cars - although it is his brother who bought 2 so far and hasn't seen factory yet.🙄 Definitely something I'd be interested in if offered.
  7. I'd love to know more about the gassing off comment when the paints are water based these days (& have been for years) so no VOC's to 'gas off' and with this latest fan-dabby-dosey paint shop being built with electrostatic enhanced painting will it need such a period? Serious question! Not doubting the comment meant in good faith or heard some time.
  8. 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’ 😎
  9. It is also front cover of EVO (at least as a subscriber) and a 4 page or something inside
  10. 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!)
  11. 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!
  12. 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
  13. Don't worry, that was the bits left over after his last Ikea flatpack build and strip down of his washing machine.😊
  14. 🤣 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
  15. 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.
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