LEW's main computer will be out of action for between 3 and 4 weeks. During this time there will be limited updates and responses to emails.
LEW is experiencing some computer problems at the moment, so the site may not be updated as regularly as normal and emails may not be responded to as quickly as normal. Things should be resolved quickly and sorry for those waiting for replies to their emails.
Regular LEW contributor Dermot O'Hare is selling of some parts from his 1993 Esprit S4. Dermot has carried out major modifications to his S4 and has many parts left over, which he is selling on his website. Take a look and see if there's anything you want. Be quick as this stuff goes quickly.
Electric Chargecooler Pump
LEW has finally fitted the Electric Chargecooler Pump to it's 1992 SE. Having had this pump for ages and the loom prepared by Lotus we have finally found the time to fit it to our Esprit. The original pump was working fine, but has been removed for this more reliable and non-service needing pump. The guide to buying, installing and testing is currently being put together and will be published on the site soon.
Lotusbits.com is already THE place to buy Excel, Elite and Éclat parts and are able to serve Esprit owners for all of the common components. They have also broken a few Esprit’s and have supplied parts for Esprit’s for the last few years, but desperately need more Esprit’s to break in order to meet demand for parts. If you are looking to get rid of your unwanted, damaged, incomplete Esprit or Esprit parts, then drop Lotusbits.com a line. They can pay cash and remove your car within just a few days. Lotus bits.com can provide a stress free and quick alternative to trying to sell the car you no longer need on E-bay or other advertising media. Contact Malc Holmes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Esprit: Addiction for Life Trailer
Another taster trailer for the forthcoming DVD documentary. 90 minutes of Esprit's should satisfy most LEW users! See the movies page under 'otherstuff' if you have any issues playing this Quicktime movie.
LEW will again be at Donington for the Lotus Festival. The major Esprit gathering will be on this Sunday (20th March), as the event is held over two days Saturday 19th Sunday 20th March 2004. Hope to see plenty of Esprit owners at the first big meeting of the year!
Members wishing to meet up:
We will be meeting at LEW's Black Esprit SE (will have LEW show plates on) in the carpark at Midday on SUNDAY for a group photo and a chance to put names to faces. See you all there!
Coatech surface technologies
My name is Ewan smith I run a business in Carnoustie Called Coatech surface technologies and we specialise in alloy wheel refurbishment and have been involved also with the refurbishment of esprit split rims.I can repair and rufurbish your wheels and bring them back to the orginal finish.
I had the same problem with my griffith alloy wheels and what i did was blast cleaned them powder primed the wheels coated them in the original base coat colour and powder laquered the wheels the came up like new and they are now easy to keep by using soap and water i charge £50 for 1 wheel inc delivery back to youself and it takes 2 days my advice for anyone with alloy wheels is try and avoid acid based cleaners such as wonder wheels etc purely from the fact is that it does eat into the laquer and dull them silghtly.
Coatech Surface Technologies
Tel: 01241 854911
PUK's Website off line
PUK Esprit Racing's popular website is currently off line and will be back soon. In the meantime you can still order and contact PUK via email. email@example.com
New Modern Esprit Forum
www.lotusespritforum.com is a new forum that has been set up to possibly take over from the UK Yahoo! Group in the future. It's a thread base forum and has many good features. Hopefully it will catch on and become the main source of information for Esprit owners. Visit it and register, then you can try it for yourself.
Engine Oil @ Hanger 111
Elise parts company Hanger 111 have on the shelf a number of 1 ltr bottles of the oil recommended in the Lubricant article (Castrol Formula RS 10w/60). If any Esprit owners are interested in these, they are priced at £ 8 per ltr while their stock lasts (normally around 9.99 per litre). There will be a small charge for shipping on top of this.
You won't find it on the website as it's not compatible with the Elise/Exige/340R kit Hanger 111 sell. It was basically in with a bulk purchase of new/unused bits and bobs they purchased. Their range is currently Elise, Exige and 340R, but with a new website due
shortly, they will be expanding to include Esprit, Elan (M100) and the Excel.
Esprit S4 Sport Website
Dermot O'Hare, one of the most active Esprit owners in the UK has just launched his own website for his Esprit S4. After a few years worth of well researched modifications, Dermot's S4 has just got back from nearly 6 months of work, creating an S4 Sport. The time and effort gone into this car is astounding and rivals some of the best modified Esprits around. Check out the comprehensive website devoted to Dermot's Esprit. It's well worth a visit.
V8 needed for AutoCar Photo Shoot
AutoCar Magazine are doing a '£100 a week heroes' feature which will include an Esprit V8. AutoCar are looking for a 1998 onwards Esprit V8 worth around £25,000 for a photo shoot for this feature. The Esprit will be needed in Wimbledon, London for the day on 10th March (short notice) from 8am.
If your V8 fits the bill and you are interest in getting it into one of the top motoring magazines please contact Matt.Saunders@Haynet.com for more details.
Damper development @ Hethel
Lotus continues to support Esprit owners at Hethel with the development of new damper supplies. The dampers have arrived from Lotus' new supplier and Ride & Handling Engineers will be building them up ready for testing. The exercise should start next week – Lotus will do a baseline appraisal on the current parts before they begin the development exercise on their V8.
Lotus will be keeping LEW in the picture as the development progress. Once the V8 specification is complete Lotus will then start to look at other Esprit models and will be using LEW's support to identify owners willing to get involved and have dampers fitted to their cars for Lotus to assess.
More news will appear here as we have it.
LEW has been contact by 5th gear with regard to their attempts to get their Esprit V8 up to 200mph. More info as it's available for release, but it does seem the project is far from dead.
See the first episode here.
Membership hit 225 today when Paul Bassford joined Club LEW. As the club grows, it will give us more power to get discounts on Lotus goods. We are currently finalising a review and discount of a product to add to the list of discounts available. We already have 10% off tyres and 5% of Lotus parts!!!!!
The club will be reviewed sometime this year, with a few changes to make it run better. Look out for new discounts shortly! And if you haven't joined, why not? Join here.