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Hi All.

 

Fairly new to these forums having been posting in the market watch section as I try to buy a car. Wasn't sure best place in forums to ask this question...

 

When I get my S1 Evora it will live on my driveway as I can't make it fit in my garage. In summer it will be driven on a regular basis although it is a weekend toy not a daily driver. In winter it will therefore be driven much less and I'll probably have a car cover on it when not in use.

 

My concern is the battery. In summer I'm thinking a solar powered trickle charger sat inside the car feeding via a lighter socket (the car does have one?). When away on holiday for a fortnight or winter is where my concerns start.

 

Im told disconnect the battery, but I've read elsewhere that can cause issues when connected back up, like warning lights etc, but my fundamental concern is how do I leave the car secure and still be able to get back into it and the boot. Using the manual boot override just sound horrific, so is it possible to close the boot with wires still hanging out of it, so I can connect a trickle charger and then leave the car with a cover over it?

 

What do other people do?

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Yes it is. I do it all the time and have done for 4 years without issue. I use a C-tek

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Thanks for the reply. Having always had mainstream cars this is new to me. If I used C-tek in that manner and perhaps left a cover over the car, but clearly a wire still running from the car to the garage - would that be a safe set up to leave unattended in British Summer weather whilst I was away?

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Mine is like that all year round... C-tek cable comes out of the boot in the corner, there's enough latitude with the seals that the tailgate latches and locks ok.

 

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Would be fine.

As long as the plugs are in the car or in the garage (depending on extension leads) then it's fine.

There is enough room in the boot seals to allow the cable to hang out.

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Just looked up C-tek and looks good. Which one do you use?  Apparently the 7000 adjusts according to how hot the temperature is which sounded interesting given I'll be leaving it unattended whilst on summer hols.

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 I use a MXS 5.0 C-tek that seems to work well, no battery problems. Make sure you close the boot fully or the lights will be on all the time, unless you take the bulbs out. By the way, check your messages Alastair

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Evora isn't that hard on the battery tbh - i only drive mine once a week at best in the winter and it's been fine for 3 years.  

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It'll last OK for a week without charging but mine didn't last two weeks, hence now on a CTEK MXS 5.0.  Mine is in the garage but same setup - charger connected to the 12V socket in the boot, cable run out of the corner over the boot seal and across the garage then car closed and locked.  No visible wear on the cable after 4 years.

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What do folks think about outdoor covers for Evora? I am in a similar situation that I can't get the Evora into my 230cm wide garage, so looking to cover it in front of the garage on a trickle charger.. Or there is a carcoon?  Any help would be appreciated.

Eventually we'll move house a decent double garage is first on the list of wants!

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Unless the car leaks, I wouldn't keep a cover on it.

If you remove and refit cover without cleaning and drying the car each time, you are likely to scratch the paint work, thus doing more damage than leaving it uncovered.

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Good point Lee, although I would clean it before covering and it'd only be for longer periods of time. Its the Bird**** I worry about.

The covers don't scratch if the car is clean right?

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It's not soluble - it will be fine.  If you get bird shit on it you clean it off.  

 

 

 

EDIT : I left a vx220 on the street in scotland every night for 9 years and it was fine.  

Well maybe not fine.  

It was a shed.  

But i guess my point is that wasn't due to the weather.  

Well purely the weather :D

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I just got a new Evora.

There's no garage space so I'll be keeping it in the driveway under a cover and with a Battery Tender solar trickle charger.

I have a BMW z3 that has been kept in a similar fashion, in my driveway for 15+ years. 

Before covering, I use 'quick detailer' to remove any debris.

The paint on the car still looks like new today.

My concern about keeping the Evora this way is that I've come to understand that the car is painted with lacquer and not enamel (if that is wrong someone please say so !).   Since lacquer is not as durable as enamel, I'm wondering if I will have any paint damage from storing it this way..

 

 

 

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 I received the following info from lotus regarding the Evora paint:

"Cromax Pro, which is an activated water based coat, was introduced for specific paint colours in May 2010 as a running change and can be identified by the letter ‘C’ prefix on the paint code, whereas the previous standard Cromax paint was identified with a ‘B’ prefix.

The difference between the standard Cromax and the Cromax Pro is the finished appearance, i.e. the metallic effect of the Cromax Pro system is now applied to the base coat with a standard clear coat, whereas the previous Cromax system the finished effect was achieved through a tinted clear coat over a solid base coat."

I believe the topcoat (clear) is a two-component acrylic. 

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