May 28, 2017

Lotus Evora Long Term Test – It wasn’t meant to be this good

I may have already mentioned my dislike for automatic transmissions in a previous update and I'll maintain that dislike but with a 2 IPS based caveats, namely the steering wheel mounted paddles and 'Sport' mode! Paddles are fun, they're engaging and almost as enjoyable flipping up through the gears as dropping a clutch and feeling the power delivery in a manual car. It's nice, it makes me feel like an F1 driver! Keeping 2 hands on the wheel makes a lovely change through demanding corners and left foot braking becomes a much easier and rewarding proposition too. This … [Read more...]

Lotus Evora Long Term Test – Winter Tyres

I think people thought me mad. Seeing a mid-engined sports car out in thick snow, especially a rear wheel drive one earned me more looks and interest than if I'd been driving along with the car in flames. Usually this would be well deserved, my Esprit with open differential would spin up a wheel at the first chance leaving me stuck on even the flat in the cold. The Evora has the advantage of traction control, an electronic diff and most importantly the Evora IPS Long Term Review car is fitted with the original equipment Yokohama W-Drive tyres in 215/40 ZR18 on the … [Read more...]

Lotus Evora Long Term Test – Intelligent Precision Shift

After 3 months of supercharged goodness the next quarter year will be spent in an automatic Evora. Yes, an automatic. I know, I thought the same too as I've never been much of a fan of automatic gearboxes and the Evora IPS uses a torque converter, often referred to as a slush box as the clutch is replaced by a hydrodynamic fluid coupling attached to a planetary gearbox. If you want to know how a torque converter works, check out this website. The alternative, as is seen on the upcoming Elise SPS is a automated manual gearbox, these are now available in single and … [Read more...]

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