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Trying my best to keep this topic going, as I know a few on here came from VX220's, love VX220's, and still, like me, have a VX220.

As many of you will know the light switches on a VX220 are now getting really hard to find and many are starting to fail after 20 years of dust, dirt etc. As a result I decided to jump in and get the new switches and switch panel that has been developed by Type 116 Motorsport, one of the newer companies that has sprung up recently to support VX220 owners.

The ew switches have given me the drive to do my first ever piece of retrimming, as I have decided to brighten up my interior through the addition of some red leather. So, here's the before and after results, and I cannot recommend highly enough the quality of the product from Type 116 Motorsport.

As I progress with the retrim, more pictures will follow.

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I thought it was about time we added the VX220 to the list of "other" Lotus cars that we have on here. There's quite a number of Lotus members on here who either currently have, or have come from, the

And here’s mine!      

So, VX was in for a service, new full exhaust system and a few bits and bobs last week. Today I finally got round to fitting my 8" Garw screen and it worked!  It's not often I get the spanners and scr

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I appreciate the work which is done with the buttons, but imho they don't fit to the design language of the car.

Iirc the illumination is also not like the stock ones with missing illuminated signs when lights are on?

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The only other "buttons" on the car are round (starting button and button for the trip counter). Also the heater buttons are circular too. So actually I do believe that Lotus compromised the design language of the originals (under the direction of Vauxhall I am sure) which used bargain bin square button parts from the Vauxhall Cavalier at the time.

The lights all illuminate when they are "on" so your info there is not correct I am afraid.  You also get the "clicking noise" and flashing of the switch when the hazards are on. Also correct functionality re sequence for fog lights with headlights etc. Basically, 100% original functionality and workings. Picture below taken from the "test" video from the manufacturer.

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If they're not for you then that that's fine, but with replacements for the originals very hard to find, good luck! 

Right now, my "original" switches are all in the box, cleaned with contact cleaner, safe for the future and at any time when these cars rocket in value (lol). The individual switches currently go for around £30 each IF you can find them, so in a few years, with 5 of them, I'll get £500 lol and so a nice weekend away for me and the wife :)

My car is not standard Don. It is supercharged. It has a removable steering wheel, harnesses, a digital screen to replace the original instruments , turbo ears and lots more changes to original spec etc. I'm not bothered about keeping it standard but do want to keep it on the road and track because it is such a blast and great fun. It'll never be a future classic and to be honest, looking at the prices paid for some classic cars (e.g. 1980's hot hatches) there are some fools being very easily parted with their hard earned cash, in my very humble opinion.

So for me, these switches are more in keeping with my car. I do know that Chris from Type116 Motorsports has been struggling with manufacturing these due to the demand which has far exceeded his expectations. So many owners seem to agree.

Alcohol. Sex. Tobacco. Drugs. Chocolate.  Meh! NOTHING in this world is as addictive as an Evora +0. It's not for babies!    

The first guy to ride a bull for fun, was a true hero. The second man to follow him was truly nuts!   

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No offence intended. If you like it => bingo

concerning the stock features... i mean the stock switches have 3 conditions:

1 all out

2 switch background illuminated with lights on

3 switch complete illuminated when engaged

 

point 2 is missing right? 

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No offence taken Don - each to their own ;)

 

Mine don't Don - they are either lit (if switch is on) or dark (if switch is not on). There is no background illumination on my car for when they are off.

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27 minutes ago, Hairy said:

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A few summers ago...

👋 😀 Coming over to the light side Hairy?

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No - at least not yet Steve. I was watching the Esprit rebuild on Soup the other night and he mentioned this site so I thought I would take peak. I didn't realise you had gone V6 though!

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3 hours ago, Hairy said:

No - at least not yet Steve. I was watching the Esprit rebuild on Soup the other night and he mentioned this site so I thought I would take peak. I didn't realise you had gone V6 though!

I’m on my second V6! After keeping the VXR220 for over 12 years with no thoughts of changing it, I bought a yellow Exige V6. Within a year I’d swapped for the car I’ve got now, much happier now & have owned this one for 3 years next month

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On 05/02/2021 at 19:47, 2GOOD said:

I’m on my second V6! After keeping the VXR220 for over 12 years with no thoughts of changing it, I bought a yellow Exige V6. Within a year I’d swapped for the car I’ve got now, much happier now & have owned this one for 3 years next month

👍 Good stuff - you'll have to give me a ride up Frocester Hill once this lockdown malarkey has finished!

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