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  1. Several sales in the UK have been mentioned but most are in the States as you'd expect. Whilst some buyers are fussing about the gold inlay in the nose badge, some have seen it as a technology step change and are keen to add it to their collection as it is likely to be 'historically significant'. And most intend to use it every day
  2. I was watching Supercar Megabuild on National Geographic yesterday. Couple of guys brought a Camero over from the States. Amongst several performance and handling upgrades they converted it to RHD. Hugely complex of course and needed a whole new dash imported from Australia (!) but here's the thing. The biggest issue they had was the routing of the steering column and rack round the the engine and exhaust system. None of which is present in a BEV of course. And with such a simple interior and drive by wire, I would have thought doing both RHD and LHD Evijas would not be a huge challenge for Lo
  3. Just back from Parks. Had an invite about a week ago from Laura, ex-Leven. I used to get stuff from Murray, both Lotus and Aston Martin and Leven kept in touch. Don't know why some folk are kept in the dark. Evija is awesome. Pity I forgot my cheque book
  4. Pictures don't do it justice. Quite an astonishing piece of kit. I did fit but it was very awkward getting in an out despite a bigger door opening and more space than my Esprit. Then it dawned on me, left hand drive. 15 years muscle memory wiped out. Leading with my right leg felt most peculiar. So I'll pass I think, if there's no right hand drive
  5. Further investment in engineering and technology. Good news. https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/lotus-open-technology-centre-warwick-university
  6. Sunday lunchtime. First and only lotus out to play we've seen in a while.
  7. From a distance thought this was an Elan S2. Walked through waist high grass and nettles and found this in front of an overgrown dilapidated garage. Not a huge fan but a shame nonetheless.
  8. Original bread van rear I think. It was in a garage but my wife saw it out and about the next day. Also an original Vauxhall Viva on jacks out front at some stage of restoration. Obviously a connoisseur of fine automobiles. Might be cheeky and knock on the door next time I walk by.....
  9. Seems to be the bastard child of an Evora and an Evija. Quite a mash up. For some reason, clicking on the +5 image icon and scrolling down reveals......what appears to be the Eterne from 2010 (quite a pretty thing, that and the 2010 Elite). Makes you wonder if Autoexpress know what the hell they are talking about.
  10. I've put a few cars through these guys and can highly recommend them. Rob and Lauren really know their stuff and as a broker they have access to a range of lenders and schemes including asset finance and equity release. Their newsletter and market information is always interesting to read and customer service is top notch. They are also real petrolheads.... https://www.classicandsportsfinance.com
  11. So that's another major objection knocked off - the 'upstream' generation of electricity has now gone completely fossil fuel-free in the UK. So no feelings of guilt when you plug your BEV in to top with 'dirty' electricity. To be replaced by smuggness no doubt . Whilst the end of Covid-19 and the advent of winter may bring one or two power stations back on stream there is no doubting the trend. I for one would now seriously consider a BEV for the next family car. But will never sell the Esprit.... https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-52973089
  12. As a long time fan of Harry's Garage and an EVO subscriber since Day 1, he has been at the top of may Petrolhead Superhero list for a long time (Henry Catchpole is a close second). I doubt his crown will ever be taken. This has been on my wish list since about 1978, when it would have be in my dream alongside the Esprit. I'm almost there, having owned a 1992 Zephyr 1100 for the past 15 years, along with the current V8. I have started perusing the classifieds since Harry announced its arrival . Better get one soon before I'm to old old and feeble to hold the damn thing up.
  13. It certainly has the race car 'patina' but I guess the number roundel is the giveaway..........
  14. Sunday 31/5, early afternoon. Heading out of Kinross towards the M90. Large white number roundel on the bonnet, wife thinks it was a 16. Sounded very rumbly and if it had seen better days.
  15. Lotus has form of course. Reading this thread reminded of the introduction of the Tesla Roadster. It had its naysayers who said it would never sell but it was very well received and Tesla managed to shift 2500 of them (see https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/tesla/roadster-2008-2012/verdict.) A very nice cash injection for Lotus who badly needed it at that time. The Tesla drive train initially went in to an Elise of course. Considering this was around 15 years ago and the advances in battery and motor technologies since then as well as the reduction in costs, a new electric sports car from Lo
  16. Just got round to listening to the podcast or whatever these are called these days. I must admit to being somewhat disappointed and would endorse what others have said. It got me thinking about the lack of marketing effort behind what are superb drivers cars that are an absolute delight to drive and own (mostly). Plus they are pretty rare - I'm usually the centre of attention when parked up with Porsches and the like and its a 2001 Esprit! Notwithstanding the 70th party, which was an awesome day out and extremely well organised (thanks Bibs) I simply haven't been engaged at an emotional level
  17. Lotus did get some some coverage a few weeks back. Also good to see a Chinese company getting a little credit for helping out locally due to the Lotus connection. https://www.edp24.co.uk/business/lotus-boss-reveals-protect-and-preserve-plan-against-coronavirus-1-6591824 Interesting to compare with how McLaren are promoting their Covid-19 work. I couldn't see anything on the Group Lotus site..... https://www.mclaren.com/group/news/articles/
  18. According to my Goodwood Road and Racing Newsletter. Nice to see the Evija making the list. And that's an awesome picture of it.... https://www.goodwood.com/grr/road/news/2020/4/the-best-british-cars-to-buy-in-2020
  19. I did, forgot about that @Bazza 907! Car of the Show, as judged by MJK and Martin Donnelly. I had no idea I was even in a competition. We were just about to leave when the announcement was made. It was also a big surprise given some of the very nice machinery there, especially the Essex Esprits. I think one of the stunning Lotus Carlton's was second and someones restored Elan, possibly, was third. The comment was IIRC "a very well turned out Esprit that is obviously used and enjoyed, rather than being a garage queen". Donnelly must have seen the rust..... Won a Scare Yourself Sensible tra
  20. Just caught up with this thread and read about Barry Ely's Essex looking a bit sad in his back garden. Reminded me of our meeting at the 60th Anniversary in 2008, when we were parked up at Bib's invitation on what was then the Lotus Esprit Forum stand. Looked stunning.
  21. Apologies for the non-Lotus content but trying all my networks.... I am replacing the trailing arm links after one broke. I have the new links but need to know the torque settings for the top and bottom fixings. Bit of a long shot but does anyone have the Haynes manual or the tech specs they could message me? Tried the owners forum but no joy. Old and new photo for reference. I do love shiny new stuff...... Thanks all.
  22. I've been using this for the past few months, perfectly adequate and portable. The lighter plug is not a great fit in the socket in my old Volvo but it works fine. And the power lead is long enough to reach my bike parked in front of the car. Ring do have an extensive range. https://www.ringautomotive.com/en/product/RTC300
  23. Sorry Chris, link seems fine. Works for me. Anyone else having problems? The spot was originally posted on Twitter and I commented there also. Try this -
  24. Bit of a good news story in these trying times. Interesting to hear that Geely's factories have reopened and they are selling new cars again. And Popham seems be saying all the right things. I'm just glad they are owned by Geely. I doubt Lotus could have survived this onslaught without them. https://www.edp24.co.uk/business/lotus-boss-reveals-protect-and-preserve-plan-against-coronavirus-1-6591824
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