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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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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. 👏
  18. 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
  19. 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.🤣
  20. 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! 🙄
  21. 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.
  22. 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! 😆
  23. So does anybody actually know where they sit on this mythical order queue/list? 🧐 I haven’t seen a single post showing that, although some seem to be aware of their date of landing on said queue. I placed my order via dealer and am still waiting to hear more info when available
  24. I You beat me to the comment about the Evora. I hadn't seen it mentioned prior to last week but I have seen him mention it about 3 different interviews now. Out somewhere in the States on the W coast it seems? If true then maybe a true fan boy even before the latest crop of toys.
  25. Oooooh I like the conspiracy theory, & I can see why you would think that way. Are you a lawyer per chance? Or is that just general sales knowledge of your rights that I have never paid any attention to, to be honest. Having said that I'm not sure you will be invited to an event to sign your order. That will just be a normal sit across desk from sales thing. To be fair to Lotus last time those of us brave souls who did place an Evora deposit early were invited to Hethel for a tour of the whole place inc. design studio with clay full sized model and a factory guided tour (same as you get on a half day Scare Yourself Sensible tour) when the production was put back. That allowed us (SWMBO was having a say in colour choice) to see many different colours. I also remember the very early cars had no sun visor mirror which my wife told the design team over lunch was ridiculous for a car of it's type. Soon after we took delivery of our car (without visor) one arrived in Edinburgh for fitting, so somebody had paid attention! 👏
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