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Thanks for the the info guys really useful. We test drove an exige 380 sport and the engine, brakes and overall experience was stunning. The standard bilstein suspension was absolutely bobbins though. Not enough compliance and you felt like you were fighting the car at high speed - some may call that a feature but I'd have to sort that out. The brakes deserve a special mention though, way more progressive and easier to modulate than the GT4. Also the engine note surprised me, there was very little noise below 4k but above that all hell breaks loose, it was epic.

 

Having done some research I think the Evora might be a smart choice and I understand the suspension is much better as standard @DJW your comments were very helpful. I'd kind of dismissed it as boring or flabby but seems I've misjudged it. I've seen a few 410 sports but they seem to be getting snapped up pretty quickly. With all the carbon they look lovely.

 

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If your budget stretches the GT410 have come down a fair bit now second hand and more chance of normal seats.  That would be my choice if I was looking now 

Previously owned :Exige 380,  Exige 350,  Evora 400,  Exige V6S,  Esprit GT3,  2-11 SC,  Evora S,  Elite 501

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I fitted one way Nitrons in their ‘fast road’ spec to my 380 Sport’ (actually fitted and set up by Back on Track in Guildford) was immediately happy with the change vs standard Bilstein suspension - in standard settings you get a lovely flowing suspension feeling on the road. 2 clicks up (meaningful difference) and you have fantastic control on track and still an improvement on road damping quality vs stock.

Was running with a 430 Cup and 410 Sport and didn’t feel I was missing anything in the corners vs their 3 way Nitrons.

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Taking the Cup on track for the my first time.

I'm after some advice re tyres, Trofeo R's fitted, the rears are down to 2mm, I have available a new pair of rears that I can have fitted if needed, would I be better fitting the new rears or using the existing rear for the trackday? 

Note, the trackday is a track evening so runs will be a lot less than if it were all day

Also what pressures should I be looking at on track?

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Hi Tony,

For the sake of an evening session I'd just utilise it as a send-off for the existing rears. 

Aim for 30psi hot.

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3 hours ago, Tony4147 said:

I have available a new pair of rears that I can have fitted if needed

Also, ideally, try and get a couple of heat cycles into the new tyres before you use them in anger for the first time. Their performance and life will be significantly improved if you do. 

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Did the TD with my old Trofeo and just had the new ones fitted to the rear. Regarding heat cycle, any advice of a way of doing this on normal roads, ie country roads / mway? How long for etc

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Just drive them gently warm when they are new, then let them cool down. After that they are run in and will last a lot longer, at the cost of slightly less performance. For example when you would start the trackday on brand new tyres, they would give incredible performance for 5 laps, then quickly start to degrade. When you run them in before you will have a less steep degradation over the following laps. 

Glad I decided to keep mine 4 years ago, as I see now it will be the last of an era. 

 

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Ideally a long private road or test track is the best place to bed brakes in properly. As that's unlikely for most of us then 3am on quiet roads might be your best bet 🤔🤪

Arun, just out of interest, how many of us on here are the original owners of their car? 

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@Arun_D Steve It's only you and I  as far I know, certainly in the UK.

Gosh I'm surprised by that 🤔

 

So what do we think values might do now on our Cup cars with the final EXIGE production done & the new Emira - Which looks lovely but is somewhat heavy compared with the DNA Lotus have aimed for historically? 

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Artificially brightened up the above video--first time using the new version of I-Movie, sorry. 🤪

 

https://youtu.be/WwfHPxv9jwk

 

 

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2015 Exige V6 CupR
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2010 Lotus Challenge Series ULTRA Class champion
2012 Lotus CUP USA OPEN Class champion

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