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Hello everyone 

I am soon to be a proud but very nervous owner of a 10 plated Evora (see the wanted threads for the that story)

my car is in preparation at a dealership being prepared it will hopefully be delivered to me when I complete paperwork for transfer of my personal plates.

my Question

i haven’t the sports pack but have upgraded exhaust lanrini I think , so can I still have sports button retro fitted or is it waste of time and money better spend on other things ? 

Also have a local chap very close to me that has a couple of barge boards for Evora last pair gloss or Matt black he can put on for me are these worth it or can they damage car ? Your thoughts 

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Sports button on an NA does nothing other than to alter the throttle response to make it faster and increase the rev limit. There is no "exhaust valve" on the NA exhaust for instance to open and close. So you can fit the button but somehow you need to tell the ECU you now have it for the throttle/rev limit benefits.

I have barge boards on mine. They do not damage your car if fitted properly. However that means drilling some holes and if he does not know what he is doing he could easily drill into one of the fluid pipes in the sill.  They look cool, but my god are they a dust/dirt magnet.

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I have the after market exhaust so was hoping the button could be linked to the ECU easily ? Is there any place I can ask ? 

The guy who offered these barge boards makes them and he now saying he will not make anymore for Evora so has the last couple ? I assume he knows the car very well ? I can ask him 

do the barge boards make it even more difficult to get in or out the car and prone to damage to the car ? Would my 6 yr old daughter step on them causing damage to bodywork ? 

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23 minutes ago, Cdm2018 said:

I have the after market exhaust so was hoping the button could be linked to the ECU easily ? Is there any place I can ask ? 

Well you've asked here so hopefully someone with knowledge should be along shortly or the Dealer you're buying from should know as they are a specialist. 

It may be that the wiring is there and you just need a switch like the folding mirrors (in case you didn't know you can get folding mirrors by buying a £12 Fiesta/Focus part off eBay) or it could be that you need to rewire.  If you do need to rewire then I would strongly suggest finding out the cost and If nothing else getting a passenger ride in someones car with Sport pack fitted before completing your purchase.  It may not bother you, in which case that's great, but the first thing I do every time I start mine is put it into Sports mode as for me the throttle response is to too dull in normal mode.

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Interestingly, Sport pack was the one pack I'd always recommend.

Tech can mostly be refitted, Premium is a nice to have, but Sport was essential for me.

Does the car have the CR gearbox or Long ratio?

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The car has CR box 

it’s got the folding mirrors

yes in ideal world I would have the sports pack but I had to weigh up all the options in the end. 

The lotus dealer told me sports button alters the exhaust and as I had upgraded exhaust it was almost the same effect 

I can ask the dealership as it’s still going through prep and they will have it for a few weeks still ? 

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9 minutes ago, Cdm2018 said:

The car has CR box 

it’s got the folding mirrors

yes in ideal world I would have the sports pack but I had to weigh up all the options in the end. 

The lotus dealer told me sports button alters the exhaust and as I had upgraded exhaust it was almost the same effect 

I can ask the dealership as it’s still going through prep and they will have it for a few weeks still ? 

That doesn't sound right to me.  From the Bell & Colvill website (also same info elsewhere)

 

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The Sports pack is available as an option on Evora. It provides switchable sports mode with sharper throttle response (standard with IPS Option), increased rpm limit and sportier setting for Dynamic Performance Management (DPM), Sports diffuser, Titanium sports exhaust tailpipe (stainless steel on Evora S), Cross-drilled brake discs, and red painted brake calipers (black is a no-cost option).

 

For me the important parts of the pack are the increased RPM limit and sharper throttle response.  I recall you mentioning that you are not such an 'enthusiastic' driver so maybe it won't matter to you but you should at least try a car with it so that you know.  If you want to keep the car for a long time I think it would be real shame if you found out down the road that it's not a compromise you should have made.

 

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Sounds like you just want the sport button for the exhaust. Does your after market exhaust have a valve is probably the first question to be answered. if not, the sport button is a waste of time and money.  If it does, then it "should" be possible to link the sports button to activate the valve but it might be costly as it will be bespoke.

If you want the sport button to alter the throttle response and rev limit, then then ECU will need to be reset by the dealer to tell it that the sport button is there and to activate the features.

It's not really clear to my why you want it other than to open/close an exhaust valve that may or may not be there.

The barge boards make no difference to getting in or out of the car and I'm a lardy arsed fat bastard so it should be easier for skinny gets/normal people. As for your daughter standing on them - well children will do the stupidest of things at any time they want no matter what you have told to do or not to do.

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59 minutes ago, Cdm2018 said:

I have the after market exhaust so was hoping the button could be linked to the ECU easily ? Is there any place I can ask ? 

The exhaust switch can be an aftermarket retrofit. But it won’t use the OEM button (it has a separate remote). 

The other ECU features (rpm limit, throttle map, TC/DPM settings) will be much trickier. These would require a different ECU map (which I doubt that Lotus would be willing to supply). You might be able to get an aftermarket map but that then opens up other issues. 

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Thanks for all the comments

i summary I may abandon the sports button option.

i am not a driver looking to extract the car limits , I could double up as a driver for Miss Daisy ? 

The barge boards are located at this sellers place just a 10 miles away so thought it was a good chance to get them ?

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I would echo @C8RKH with the amount of dirt the Boards collect.  Also note they sit over the PPF (if installed) so careful about damaging/piercing them.

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I have to say having now lived with an Evora for a few months that, like Lee,  the sport pack is essential - especially having come from an Elise.

I actually thought the Evora felt a bit laboured when I first drove one, and to me the sport button makes the car drive like it looks.  In my view the "button" is actually holding the car back when its off rather than sharpening everything up when its on, which may not be a bad thing if you want some decent economy and are doing a long run.  For a weekend car I would say you need it.

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Agree that Sport pack is an absolute must-have over and above the other packs. The market also agrees: non Sport pack cars have been known to sit unsold for ages. There was a silver one that kept popping up for sale and they couldn’t shift it even though it was several thousand pounds cheaper than any other Evora on sale.

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22 hours ago, Cdm2018 said:

In summary I may abandon the sports button option.

I’d abandon the car, seriously Sport Pack is essential. You’ll find it harder to sell later on unless you plan to keep forever.

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Or they sold it to someone keen who hasn’t really followed the markets...

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It's still sold and I don't recall anyone on here saying that the sport pack was important to Clive while he researched the market? If fact, I've just read the whole thread again and it's not mentioned at all. 

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Has it got a cup holder ?

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Yes. One in each door. :rtfm:

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Guys

i bought car from snows it wasn’t advertised as it was traded in when I called by sheer chance. Fate???

given low mileage and colour , it’s spec I am happy ! We both test drove it and my 25 yr old son who is a petrol head gave the thumbs up ! Unfortunately I can’t get him insurance lol 

the sports pack (button) would have nice but I made a choice and took descison that lower mileage given I want to keep for long time , the performance is within my driving capabilities so I made the purchase.

maybe a few years down the line I may change my outlook but I think my partner who is already very very apprehensive about the car she will be better with this car and I am not too interested in changing to anything more powerful.

i look forward to long rewarding ownership and my main concerns are it’s not going to give me trouble ? 

 

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You’ll love it chap ??

31 minutes ago, Bravo73 said:

Yes. One in each door. :rtfm:

Well thank the lord for small mercies. Anyone ask about usb charging points yet?

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48 minutes ago, Cdm2018 said:

Guys

i bought car from snows it wasn’t advertised as it was traded in when I called by sheer chance. Fate???

given low mileage and colour , it’s spec I am happy ! We both test drove it and my 25 yr old son who is a petrol head gave the thumbs up ! Unfortunately I can’t get him insurance lol 

the sports pack (button) would have nice but I made a choice and took descison that lower mileage given I want to keep for long time , the performance is within my driving capabilities so I made the purchase.

maybe a few years down the line I may change my outlook but I think my partner who is already very very apprehensive about the car she will be better with this car and I am not too interested in changing to anything more powerful.

i look forward to long rewarding ownership and my main concerns are it’s not going to give me trouble ? 

 

Great post.  Glad you like your Evora. I think Evoras do shift faster from dealers than private sales and every bow and then some seem to take longer but they all seem to go in the end.

I think the topic is a little old as the OP would have been better asking about what the sport button did.

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Maybe the question I should have asked 

“what changes can I make to a NA car to make it more appealing of drivers car on the road only ? “

Alternately 

“how can my partner drive this car without being overtly too nervous about a car like this ? “

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