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My new 2019 Lotus Exige Sport 410

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Lovely car - looks great I’m red with all the contrasting black👌😎 I wonder why the Oz spec means no carbon seats - they look like 350 seats with updated stitching

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Looks fantastic! What’s your first modification going to be ;)

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The carbon fibre seats and side intakes were on what might retrospectively be called the "Launch Edition" Exige 410 Sport.

After the initial launch, they were removed from the standard spec, along with the 3-way Nitrons, and the base price was lowered.

So this is not due to it being Australian Spec

Still a very nice car though!

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57 minutes ago, alias23 said:

Looks fantastic! What’s your first modification going to be ;)

Harness bar and harnesses! 

34 minutes ago, PeteType25 said:

The carbon fibre seats and side intakes were on what might retrospectively be called the "Launch Edition" Exige 410 Sport.

After the initial launch, they were removed from the standard spec, along with the 3-way Nitrons, and the base price was lowered.

So this is not due to it being Australian Spec

Still a very nice car though!

Ah, interesting.  I still have the 3-way Nitrons. 

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Lovely choice.  Just put a deposit down on something pretty similar.  I've got Nitrons and all of the carbon bits (inc seats) but I don't have the carbon intakes.

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Looks great. Carbon side pods are only on the cups over here in the uk (380 and 430).

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Stunning. Great choice of colour too!

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Thanks for the kind comments.

The weather has been really bad around here since I took delivery.  Storms, and hail.  So I haven't been able to drive her since delivery day.  The weekend is looking like more of the same :(.

I do have one regret.  I regret not getting the whole car wrapped. I only had the entire front clam wrapped in PPF, and sections of the rear bumper.  Everywhere else I noticed the dealer installed swirl marks.  Seeing as I don't really want to drive it in storms I figured I'd get started on removing the swirls. 

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(before anyone comments, I know the foam pad isn't on the DA polisher! :P )

 

I also took the front access panel for the first time since I got her home, and took a pic of one of the remote reservoirs.

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First track day was scheduled to be on March 23 with my local Porsche club.  But with the weather looking horrible this weekend I don't think I'll be able to drive the car enough/get enough kms/seat time belt before then. 

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On 15/03/2019 at 05:40, wilchelus said:

Thanks for the kind comments.

The weather has been really bad around here since I took delivery.  Storms, and hail.  So I haven't been able to drive her since delivery day.  The weekend is looking like more of the same :(.

I do have one regret.  I regret not getting the whole car wrapped. I only had the entire front clam wrapped in PPF, and sections of the rear bumper.  Everywhere else I noticed the dealer installed swirl marks.  Seeing as I don't really want to drive it in storms I figured I'd get started on removing the swirls. 

IMG_1274_%20(Large).jpg

(before anyone comments, I know the foam pad isn't on the DA polisher! :P )

 

I also took the front access panel for the first time since I got her home, and took a pic of one of the remote reservoirs.

IMG_1272.jpg

 

First track day was scheduled to be on March 23 with my local Porsche club.  But with the weather looking horrible this weekend I don't think I'll be able to drive the car enough/get enough kms/seat time belt before then. 

A bunch of us lotus guys will be at SMP on Sunday 24th at the NSW Supersprint, I'll be running in a 430 cup. Come along and we'd be happy to share track info and recommendations.

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Hi Martin

I was originally planning to be there and take some photos (without taking the lotus), now I guess I'll need to bring mine along!😆

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2 hours ago, Martin Duursma said:

A bunch of us lotus guys will be at SMP on Sunday 24th at the NSW Supersprint, I'll be running in a 430 cup. Come along and we'd be happy to share track info and recommendations.

Awesome.  I'll try to make time to stop by.  I'll be at the PCNSW Supersprint tomorrow, just taking it easy and getting a feel for the car.  I've not really had much seat time in the Lotus and I'm a little nervous tbh.  I normally try to take a few long twisty drives, and do a couple of motorkhana's in a car before I take it to a sprint.  I've just not been able to make time this time around.

I have a feeling that the car's front end doesn't bite as well as I'm use to, and tends towards push understeer given the little drives I have done.  But I'm not sure.  I guess I'll find out tomorrow.

 

2 hours ago, Lxsx said:

Hi Martin

I was originally planning to be there and take some photos (without taking the lotus), now I guess I'll need to bring mine along!😆

Very cool.  Make sure to say hi if you see me about :)

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Wil, you are clearly well red. Fab. I hope you love it as much as I do my Lotus.

Justin

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On 12/03/2019 at 22:09, GuyT said:

Lovely choice.  Just put a deposit down on something pretty similar.  I've got Nitrons and all of the carbon bits (inc seats) but I don't have the carbon intakes.

Nor me, haven’t seen one from stock with them

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Glad you enjoyed the car at SMP. Was there today and did a PB even through it was around 32 degrees. The PB was in the morning before the temps hit the 30's. Had another Porsche driver come and chat to me today after he saw the 430 Cup in action, think he'll be buying a Lotus soon...

 

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I'm disappointed that I couldn't get to SMSP today to say Hello.  One of my friends from the Porsche Club knows you.  He told me that he knows of a car similar to mine that lives near him.  I was telling him the story of how I drove a laser blue 2013 Exige V6 S that I was about to buy instead of my car, but didn't due to some unexpected health issues coming about.

I think you might know the car pretty well :)

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It was sold while I was sick.  :(

But it worked out for the best.  When I saw it was sold I emailed Lee, and after a few phone calls with Lee, and more emails I ended up with the Sport 410.

Congrats on the PB!  I was checking Natsoft throughout the day. 

I was taking it easy (it was only the 3rd time I had driven the car and the 1st time at the track) and was surprised at running consistent 1:50 (when out of traffic) around GP circuit yesterday.  It also became a hot day.  These cars are amazing.  I'm itching to get out on track again so I can start to push.

I definitely want to meet up and talk Lotus with you.

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I'd be tempted to slap a silver stripe down the centre of that with maybe black outline or something. Reckon that would set that off.

Looks tiny against the porkers but definitely better looking

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Lots of the guys from the Porsche Club came over to have a look and ask a few questions between each session.  Lots of people commented on how it looked and sounded on track, many were shocked when I mentioned everything was stock from the factory.

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Wow; how about the gearbox, would it stand up to the extra power??

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