Archive for the ‘Exige’ Category

Wakefield Pk Lotus only day

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

6 Hour Regularity – MSCASA

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

We did the six hour for the second time. Once again we utterly failed to contain our enthusuasm. The Exige is really just a wonderful drive for a road car.

We nominated 1:35 as we thought it was going to rain but as you can see it didnt so we had to back off for parts of the lap but we were not very successful.


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Exige tyres again!

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Exige has eaten yet another set of tyres. I’m going to have to get a job just to support its rubber habit.

Smartycam aggravation

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Spent yet more time on the Smartycam today. Got the throttle graphic working by following their instructions but am seriously failing and wasting lots of time trying to get the calculated gear position to work. I can’t get any support as I got dudded in Singapore where I bought it by the dealer there who for some reason referred me onto someone else who is not an authorised dealer. The Australian distributor wont even approve my membership of the support forum here even though it was his sub dealer in Singapore who I tried to buy from and they redirected me. It’s really pretty poor and one of the great failings of the Smartycam and of AIM themselves.

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Sunday Lotus gathering

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Took the Exige on the run. Having been driving the Esprit so much recently it made the contrast much more obvious. The Esprit is a capable loper that eats road surprisingly quickly. The Exige is an angry terrier that makes a huge fuss and talks to you all the time. It is fearsomely quick but never easy.

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test run on our closed road procedures

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Hills drive

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Fantastic weather and clearish roads made for a great run today.

Photos taken by Patrick on our Lotus drive today.

The Exige has now done 14000km in the first year. I love this car. I have some Smartycam video but the Adelaide hills are so bogged with traffic at the moment it doesn’t seem worth uploading.

Early Morning Run

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Went for a nice driver with some of the Lotus guys. The new mount on the smartycam is good but the sound still has some digital noise on it. The Exige just gets better and better.

Drive NZ Classic – Day 7 – Akaroa to Dunedin

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Rebecca and I managed to get up early and have an hour wandering the town as the sun rose. Akaroa is a really nice place and I suspect we will return, probably without an entourage of motor heads and a death march schedule.

We used the coast road to exit Akaroa and head off on our long journey. It’s hard to make every day interesting and this was is really just a transport stage. 500 odd Km. Today marked the demise of the second of Rogers support vehicles. It’s lucky the competitors are more reliable than the support cars. The v12 jag lead car has also eaten all it’s oil so it may be on the way too..

Arriving in Dunedin is no great tonic for the soul after a big day in the road. The hotel is tired, food poor and the greyness crushing. The hotel staff were actually the high point and tried to be cheerful but you can only do so much

Drive NZ Classic Day 6 – Ruapuna trackday

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Hamner Springs is such a pretty little town with so many possibilities that it seemed a shame to arrive at 6pm and leave again at 7am. Such is the schedule on this trip.

We did a couple of hundred Km over the beautiful high country roads in drizzle to Ruapuna Race track mostly in convoy with Andrew in his S1 and Keith in his S2.
After a couple of dry orientation laps the rain set in. Unlike Manfield where I had to find my way again, this track was very familiar after an absence of 10 years.
I am progressively dialling in the suspension of the Exige to try and eliminate the low speed understeer. I can’t recommend the Ohlins dampers enough as although Lotus give you a pretty narrow range of adjustment it is enough to change the car quite a lot without making it lethal. The wet track at Ruapuna was good for having an explore and the odd spin. It’s great track with plenty of complexity. I remember being totally exhausted at the end of the GP.

We had a quick stop in Christchurch for a display in the cathedral square and after a quick bite I finally got to a shop where I could grab a local Sim for my phone so I can get a data pack. Now I might get some of this blog down.

In the afternoon we did the drive that Keith has been talking up so much to Akaroa via the back ways and the high pass. It is a great road and we did most of it maggot free (white camper vans). The high pass over to Akaroa is one to try for sure. There was only one section of grit still from the ice and a quite foggy section but it was a great drive. We paused at the top to admire the view and the temperature was still pretty cool.

Akaroa itself is quiet little spot at this time of year with a strong French background. We had a great meal at Bully Hayes Restaurant and collapsed into bed exhausted.