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20 minutes ago, baronbennyt said:

No. You can order a shower cap for the cockpit but it's only for use when the car is stationary. If it rains you have to keep moving...same in an Ariel Atom. Lucky the weather's so good in the UK you don't need to worry about weather protection ;) 

Who sells the shower caps please

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19 hours ago, Seriouslylotus said:

Who sells the shower caps please

Any Lotus dealer should be able to order you one - my 3-Eleven indoor car cover plus outdoor cockpit shower cap has come through Lotus Bell & Colvill. 

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2 hours ago, baronbennyt said:

Any Lotus dealer should be able to order you one - my 3-Eleven indoor car cover plus outdoor cockpit shower cap has come through Lotus Bell & Colvill. 

Strange!!

Spoke to lotus and they said they don't do them.....

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24 minutes ago, Seriouslylotus said:

Strange!!

Spoke to lotus and they said they don't do them.....

I'm collecting my "shower cap" from B&C on Saturday so I'll post you after what the situation is. 

I see you can also order them from Komo-tec in Germany (but not cheap!):

https://komo-tec.com/Shop/en/Other-Lotus/3-Eleven/Miscellaneous/

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Part number is A145X6000S and I believe retail is £341 + VAT.

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can you really drive the car when it's raining ? no risk to damage the interior of the car ?

 

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3 hours ago, geartox said:

can you really drive the car when it's raining ? no risk to damage the interior of the car ?

 

When driving, as long as you keep above approx. 50mph then the rain blows over the cockpit. Anything below that speed and you and the cockpit are getting wet. If you're caught outside stationary and it's raining you can fit the shower cape over the cockpit. Basically, you need to plan well ahead and watch the weather forecast like a hawk. Dry days only really. 

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So, the first track day of the year in the 3-Eleven at Castle Combe with 'Lotus on Track' last week did not start well: having returned home the night before the track day after a long business trip I found there was no life in the car. It quickly became apparent that the battery had died after I failed to click the kill switch before I left the country. But those nice chaps at Lotus Bell & Colvill (B&C) in West Horsely, Surrey sent round a technician who quickly identified a small button behind the battery that woke it from its hibernation. Phew! 

The 3-Eleven has also been treated to its first annual service recently at B&C which fitted new rear tyres (Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2) and front brake pads. The Lotus had been a bit wayward at its final track day of the year at Bedford last September so the new boots were definitely needed. And the result? Well, I've got to know the 3-Eleven pretty well now having done almost 4,000 miles in it and enjoyed many track days, so at a warm Castle Combe we were both in our element. Probably the fastest I have driven it to date, but there's still plenty more to come from the lightweight if not the driver...

If you have a Lotus and are thinking of taking it on a track day for the first time then I couldn't recommend 'Lotus on Track' enough. Everyone drove quickly but courteously and the atmosphere was very relaxed and friendly. 

Everything was perfect on the day then until this idiot ran the car dry trying to get to the nearest petrol station having left it too late on the circuit. Live and learn...next track day will be with B&C on 10th May. Bring it on! 

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Will see you back there on the 10th. Just hoping noise won't be too much of an issue with the Evoras.

Very unfair to rock up with 475bhp this time!

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5 minutes ago, The Pits said:

Will see you back there on the 10th. Just hoping noise won't be too much of an issue with the Evoras.

Very unfair to rock up with 475bhp this time!

I was on a 100db day with LoT and the 3-Eleven came out at 96db, which was a big relief. 

I've delayed the Komo-tec 475bhp upgrade with Hangar 111 until October so I'm still running stock ;) 

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Was a great day last year looking forward to going back.

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On 23/04/2018 at 21:09, baronbennyt said:

If you have a Lotus and are thinking of taking it on a track day for the first time then I couldn't recommend 'Lotus on Track' enough. Everyone drove quickly but courteously and the atmosphere was very relaxed and friendly. 

thanks for the feedback

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Another great track day at Goodwood was on the cards this morning until I caught a serious bout of the 'Lots Of Trouble Usually Serious'. They say bad luck comes in threes...

1. I had yet another engine/electrical cut out - coming out of the first right hander after the main straight under power, the car just died without warning (engine, lcd dash and all electrics cut). I coasted to a standstill just off the track and turned the green battery cut-off switch off and on again. The car came back to life! This is now the fourth track day in a row that this has happened to me. It's seriously frustrating since I pay a lot of money for these track days and it's missed track time for me but, more importantly, it's bloody dangerous! (even the hazard warning light don't work when I have a cut-out). It has also happened to me on the road when I hit a particularly vicious bump. Lotus Bell & Colvill had run a complete electrical check before Goodwood and found nothing - typical! The consensus from others at the track was: its the lithium battery, or a solenoid problem, or still an electrical issue which needs yet closer investigation. Have any forum users experienced something similar / can offer any advice? 

2. The car is now snaking under heavy braking - I brake very hard before corners but always in a straight line and allow plenty of laps for warm up and cool down. Until recently, the 3-Eleven has always been rock-solid under heavy braking but at the last two track days (including Goodwood today) it has started to feel extremely twitchy with the rear in particular feeling very nervous and loose, which really dents the old confidence. Could it be worn bushes? Again, have any forum users experienced something similar / can offer any advice? 

3. The underside panel of the roll hoop broke - the car has been suffering from quite a severe vibration noise from the rear at high speed (e.g. above 120mph). I had always assumed it was the rear wing supports which can move from side-to-side a bit under load and even asked Lotus Bell & Colvill to tighten the rear wing supports, but it appears that the problem has always been the the underside panel of the roll hoop...This element came away on one of the straights at Goodwood today and I had to come into the pits for the final time! The panel has sheered away from the bolt on the passengers side. On closer inspection some observed that the bolt was not appropriate for the fastening and didn't have a washer. Poor quality control! 

I love my 3-Eleven and always expected a few niggles along the way, this being British and a Lotus after all! But, these issues have dented my affection somewhat. Hopefully Bell & Colvill can make it right...

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@baronbennyt My Exige Cup cut out at the Ring earlier this year. I went over a rumble strip at very high speed and everything died. It took me about 20 mins to try the green button on and off - but it fired straight back up.

I'm told my car does not have an inertia switch, but I'm not so sure...........

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10 minutes ago, 550superfast said:

@baronbennyt My Exige Cup cut our at the Ring earlier this year. I went over a rumble strip at very high speed and everything died. It took me about 20 mins to try the green button on and off - but it fired straight back up.

I'm told my car does not have an inertia switch, but I'm not so sure...........

Thanks, I really want to get to the bottom of the problem. It's driving me round the bend! 

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A friend had a battery cutoff switch in his X180-R (I know not the same as a 3-Eleven), but it was the battery cutoff switch that was cutting out on left hand turns. A wire was tugging on the switch, or the switch was loose.

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I've got a single 3-Eleven carbon seat, brand new if anyone is interested. Retail is just over £2,700, yours for £1k + delivery :)

 

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On 29/09/2018 at 18:35, 550superfast said:

@baronbennyt My Exige Cup cut out at the Ring earlier this year. I went over a rumble strip at very high speed and everything died. It took me about 20 mins to try the green button on and off - but it fired straight back up.

I'm told my car does not have an inertia switch, but I'm not so sure...........

Turning the isoloator on and off (green switch) won't reset the inertia if it was that.

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On 29/09/2018 at 18:35, 550superfast said:

@baronbennyt My Exige Cup cut out at the Ring earlier this year. I went over a rumble strip at very high speed and everything died. It took me about 20 mins to try the green button on and off - but it fired straight back up.

I'm told my car does not have an inertia switch, but I'm not so sure...........

if it had a inertia switch it would have needed resetting manually, it wouldnt do it itself. 

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