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  1. DanR


    Copycat? That's not a copycat, this is:
  2. Hi John, easier said than done. I'd need to get the car up on a hoist to photograph those extra brackets I made. I'l try and get some for you next time I do an oil change.
  3. I don't think reinforcing the connecting bracket will resolve the problem. The rear cradle is what twists. There are only four points, the two rear bobbins and then the brackets bolted to the bulkhead, that resist the torsional twisting forces of the springs and shocks. Think of a shoe box and how much stiffer it becomes with the lid on. The 300 Sport has a massive bracket linking the rear bobbins to the front of the cradle near the bulkhead. The 300 Sport had a lighter, hand laid body, not as thick or strong as the varimold bodies, so Lotus had to restore the strength somehow. What I did several years ago was two things. Firstly I eliminated the bobbins and made alloy plates. The bobbins work in tension and there's not much surface area so eventually they bust out. With upper and lower plates about 50mm square and 6mm thick and several years of use, I've had no more problems. The second thing I did was making additional brackets halfway between the bobbins and the bulkhead. I used square tubing about 400mm long bolted into the inverted "u" channels on each side of the inner body molds. You can feel those channels by running your fingers under the air cleaner and corresponding side next to the exhaust manifold. From the mid-point of the square tubing I welded triangulated brackets that bolt to the engine mount plates on the chassis. That part of the body mold is very strong, being a box to hold the petrol tanks and inner guards. I well remember my delight the first time I drove my car over a rough road how much stiffer it was with the new brackets. A bit of effort but worth it. Only weigh a kilo or two, well hidden and can't be seen without a very close look.
  4. Carlos Ghosn Replaced as Head of Renault, Remains Jailed in Japan Renault has been under pressure to replace him as CEO as the former Renault and Nissan chairman remains in a Japanese jail, accused of financial misdeeds. By CLIFFORD ATIYEH Jan 25, 2019 Getty Images UPDATE, 1/24/19: It's official: Carlos Ghosn has resigned as chairman and CEO of Renault. He will be replaced by Jean-Dominique Senard, currently president of Michelin, as chairman, while former Renault chief operating officer Thierry Bolloré will become CEO, according to a report by French newspaper Le Monde this morning. UPDATE, 1/22/19: Carlos Ghosn is reportedly exiting Renault, according to Automotive News, citing unnamed sources from multiple publications. This means Ghosn would step down from his positions as chairman and CEO. He has already been ousted from chairman positions at Mitsubishi and Nissan. Renault has scheduled an "emergency" board meeting for this Thursday, January 24. We will update as more information is available. Carlos Ghosn is losing both weight and support from the French government as he and now his wife attempt to combat allegations of financial misconduct at Nissan. Ghosn's biggest supporter aside from his lawyer, who last week said there is "no evidence of a crime," is his wife, Carole Ghosn. According to various media reports, she wrote a letter, which has been made public, to Human Rights Watch criticizing the Japanese government for its detainment practices. "For hours each day, the prosecutors interrogate him, browbeat him, lecture him and berate him, outside the presence of his attorneys, in an effort to extract a confession," she said, according to the Japan Times. "No human being should be detained under conditions so harsh that their only plausible purpose is to coerce a confession." Carole claims her husband lost 15 pounds in two weeks from a diet of rice and barley, is only able to shower two to three times a week, was denied medications, and is pressured to sign translated documents without a lawyer present. Interrogations can reportedly last for up to eight hours a day, according to the Financial Times. His family is not allowed to visit and he has been repeatedly denied bail. But this is all common practice under Japan's legal system. Ghosn was arrested on November 19 and may be in jail for several more months until his trial date is set. "We listen properly to claims made by the suspect," Shin Kukimoto said to the FT. "We don't do the kind of interrogation that forces a confession." France on Verge of Removing Ghosn as Renault CEO Meanwhile, France's finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, said on Wednesday that Renault wants to replace Ghosn. The jailed executive is still CEO of Renault, although an interim CEO is currently acting in his place. The French government has held a stake in the automaker since the end of World War II, when it nationalized the company and left founder Louis Renault to die in prison for allegedly working with the Nazis, and currently owns 15 percent. "I have always said that if Carlos Ghosn were to be durably incapacitated, we'd have to move on to something else, and we're there now," said Bruno Le Maire, as reported by the New York Times. Renault released a statement Thursday stating that the company is "actively working to find the best solution for the future governance of the group, with a view to preserving the company's interests and strengthening the Renault-Nissan Alliance." For its part, Nissan is considering removing the position of chairman altogether and not replacing Ghosn, according to Bloomberg. The Reuters Japan news service, citing unnamed sources, reported that Nissan may file suit against Ghosn personally for damages related to his alleged financial improprieties. Ghosn has been charged with making false disclosures about his income on Nissan's corporate financial statements, and the Japanese automaker has made other accusations against Ghosn for misusing company funds. Ghosn maintains his innocence.
  5. He's been in gaol there since 19th November 2018, yet to appear before a court and reports of ''torture'' to extract a confession. Seems so unjust.
  6. There needs to be a replica/tribute to this car. For me it's a complete transformation that turns a car with little respect to an OMG.
  7. DanR

    Lotus on the Stelvio

    Did the Stelvio a few year ago starting from Bormio. Too much traffic, even cross country skiers in summer training. The road and views were spectacular and watching skiers alight the cable cars from the glacier at the top seemed so surreal in the middle of summer. Next time though, it'll be one of the lesser used passes.
  8. Have you adjusted the throttle stop screws at operating temp?
  9. DanR

    USA Shootings

    So sad. And happening so often that many forums no longer mention or have much discussion on this ongoing peculiar US horror. A few other forums I'm on had nothing about the recent murder of the 11 in the synagogue. I think gun lovers and the NRA are like pagan religions the way they accept regular human sacrifices to their gun gods as ok.
  10. Do an overnight drive and amaze porters with the amount of luggage you can pack in the boot(s). A friend, who also has a Mac and 360CS prefers the Boxster for longer road trips with his wife. And while the performance is nowhere near his two other cars, it still offers a lot of driving enjoyment and sense of occasion for him.
  11. Avoid technical talk too much if you have little knowledge. Just let them know how much you admire the races and closeness especially compared to F1. Watch this, one of the best races ever...
  12. It relates to duelling, using your sword and protecting your scabbard. I think it was Napoleon who decreed it safer to pass each other on the left.
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