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  1. 5 minutes ago, hexbit said:

    Ah, there you are! 😄

    Was it you who applied for the Show or Display exemption? I'm wondering how you found the process (if you were the one that did it).

    I’d never even heard of a show or display exemption until now, so it wasn’t me

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  2. 36 minutes ago, TheKevlarKid said:

    If you remember, they had planned/informed us they were going to make 5 full carbon cars but only one of them ever appeared.

    The original plaque on my car shows that it was indeed one of five planned.


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  3. 9 hours ago, Bibs said:

    Regarding the Stratton cars, I'm fairly sure some of them (I can't remember which) are full carbon bodied too. Spotted the weave through the paint on a recent visit. 

    How do you define “full carbon bodied” Bibs?  Does that include the doors?



  4. The Mansory seats do make the driving position higher. That’s fine for seeing what’s in front of you but not so good for seeing what’s behind you. I opted for a very simple solution. I duck my head when I want to see what’s behind me! Maybe I don’t look in my mirrors often enough but I survived two European Road trips with that solution. 

    The Mansory seats are more upright but you get used to that.

  5. 3 hours ago, 21gg said:

    Fair point Gav, cheers. The picture C8RKH posted shows a bolt hole drilled in the side frame but not sure if this was how it was done by mansory/factory? Obviously it's only the seat belt clip as the outer/lower anchor point is on the car floor.

    Adfer,  have you got any pictures of the seat belt mounts on yours?


    I’m not near my garage at the moment but maybe these will help :



  6. 29 minutes ago, C8RKH said:

    Those seats on the ebay link are just standard S1 recaro's retrimmed are they not.

    The original proposed GTE seats were these carbon ones I believe, weighing only 5kg a piece and they are lovely in the flesh. Craig Moncrieff had a set in his office in Edinburgh in red. Lovely....



    The red set that were in Craig Moncrieff’s garage are mine. I fitted them to my white GTE. They are incredibly light and very comfortable. I still have them.



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  7. 20 minutes ago, C8RKH said:

    No issue for me. I took the bulbs out of the boot lights anyway as I sometimes leave it open when the trickle charger is on.

    The real answer @adfer is:

    1. They fitted one boot light to the 400 to reduce weight - one is lighter than two!

    2. Sparco seats are lighter than the Recaro's

    3. Plastic grills are lighter than metal ones and they don't need to be repainted when you've been washing the car for a few years

    4. Michelin tyres are lighter than the pirelli ones....   hehehe...

    See, all those improvements where for the benefit of the new owners driving pleasure and to stay true to Colin's original ethos of light is right.....



    Andy, I detect a tongue in cheek attitude in your response!

    Yes, the squeaky Sparco seats are lighter than Recaros, but Mansory carbon GTE seats are lighter still. 

    The metal mesh top grills were prone to rusting if you are over enthusiastic with the power washer. Mine are fine.

    "Light is right" is an admirable philosophy but doesn't mean that light is always better.  Weight on a tyre gives you grip.


  8. 29 minutes ago, TBD said:

    The aggressive camber increases tire wear, but should not have a serious impact on grip in the wet.  The 10mm increased width increases the contact area by about 3%. Water displacement is heavily driven by tread design and depth. Both are supposedly better on the Michelin, which is why Lotus chose it for the Evora 400.

    I think Lotus chose to use Michelins because they were cheaper to buy. This is the same company that decided to fit one interior boot light in the 400 where previously there were two. Sparco seats instead of Recaros, plastic grills instead of metal. I'm sure the price of tyres came before any performance advantage if indeed there is an advantage.

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  9. 55 minutes ago, bingoking said:

    My rear tyres shredded on the inside edge within 4,000 miles and I was told that the rear camber and toe out is set up on the GTE's very aggressively to improve the handling. 

    If that is the case then the tread pattern can't be square to the direction of travel and would that not reduce the effectiveness of the tread in shedding the water in heavy rain.

    I may well be talking tosh and happy to be corrected!

    I think the aggressive camber on the GTE is a factor in the tyres ability to shed water but what effect does fitting a wider tyre have? I would have thought that less weight on the contact area between tyre and road would decrease grip, or am I missing something?

  10. 7 minutes ago, BigErch said:

    Hi Brian, that was your way to Brooklands? When we were down there my tyre wore down through the radial belt too. Murrays said that the car left the showroom with 4mm so it looks like I went through that and a bit more in 1000 miles! 

    The key words in your post Archie are "Murrays said"

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  11. I seem to remember that the Michelins are 10mm wider at the rear than the standard Pirellis. That's fine in the dry but I wonder about how much that extra width increases the chances of aquaplaning when it's wet.

  12. 9 hours ago, EuropaSman said:

    Very very nice. Porsche test track Leipzig?

    I was suprised to find out a couple of months ago that there is a Lotus dealership in Leipzig (I was just checking in case I have to relocate in case of a Brexit - the company I work for has it's main European air hub next door at the airport - you can't miss it because the buidings and aeroplanes are very yellow!).

    Yes, the photo was taken at the Porsche test track in Leipzig. They have a museum and restaurant there too.

    The Leipzig dealer is the same guy that has the Berlin dealership. It's not an official dealership.

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