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    Lupo GTI ITB conversion.

    Not sure how many of you know but I made a 430 mile round trip to Designadubs last Friday. Firstly what a great company. They gave me about 3 hours of their time, using internet and making phone calls to find out information for me. All the guys there were super helpful, keen and friendly. They have given me lots of information and made me even more determined to get things moving. Unfortunatelly they will not being doing the work for me as they are too far away for me to leave the car for 2 weeks and also too far away if I have any problems after the work is completed. Basically I could have..... style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" /> 600 bhp 1.8t 20v like a Mk1 they are currently doing though I did not dare ask the price. style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" /> 225bhp 1.8t 20v for £6000 + vat. style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" /> 190-200bhp (estimated) supercharger conversion on my engine for about £3000 I guess. style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" /> 170-180bhp (estimated depending on headwork and cams and how well my engine reacts to this method) throttle body conversion for about £2500-£3000. No real experience on the latter 2 ideas as not been done by them before (in fact they have not had chance yet to modify and Lupo Gti as they are still a bit new to be hacked about with) so power and costs are approximate. There is no simple solution though and everything will leave me being a guinee pig. Although throttle bodies will give least power/£££££ I am having them. They are so simple in terms of no intercooler, no boost hoses all over and no risk of blowing my motor with boost pressure the engine was not designed for (remember I do 2000 miles a month and have a bit of a fettish for minimalism so nice sparse engine bay is what I want).

    GTi NA Power upgrade

    Right I have been thinking about a power upgrade for some time now and after thoughts of a 1.8T, turbocharging my Gti engine and attempting to get a supercharger I have settled on my old favourite (and something I have done before) and started looking at normally aspirated power. I want `190-210bhp` from the Gti engine by whatever means possible. Thinking major head work and cams, throttle bodies, management and any other tricks possible. I heard rumours of a 205bhp Lupo Gti engine that was normally aspirated but cant remember the source of this. Can anyone help as come summer my warranty will be out and I want some power.

    GTi replacement

    I pretty much dislike all French cars but the Megane R26 F1 is one of the only ones I considered buying a few years ago when they came out. Good choice and I have no doubt you will enjoy the ownership experience.

    How many miles have you driven

    Only including cars I have owned... 1000cc Mini - 5,000 miles AX GT - 10,000 miles Mini (full race spec) - 50,000 miles BMW 318ti - 20,000 miles Lupo Gti - 80,000 miles Mondeo - 8,000 miles Mercedes 190 - 46,000 miles Mercedes E250 - 15,000 miles Lotus Elise R - 34,000 miles Been driving 13 years now so I have averaged a little over 20,000 miles every year I have been driivng so far.

    Hello old members?!

    Not as often as I used to (used to post every day) but I still browse and look out for anything interesting.

    Red Arosa (possibly Carter's old tdi)

    Sometime over the weekend just gone (possibly Friday afternoon or Saturday afternoon). I was behind you going over the M1 bridge in to Loughborough and then following some traffic you followed me in to Loughborough. I was in the titanium coloured Lotus.

    T350 or S1 Exige?

    Pretty much the worst weather of the year to be driving an Exige on A048's...and it is too cold to even spend time cleaning it and doing a few small jobs. Next breakfast club is the 12th December, I will be up in Yorkshire that weekend so wont make breakfast. Pretty sure if you go in the Exige you will be surrounded all morning and have plenty of company to chat to though, I think the S1 Exige draws a crowd like a few other ledgendary Lotus, the Cortina, the 340R, the late Esprit's and the Carlton.

    T350 or S1 Exige?

    Awesome car Matty, looks in superb condition too from the photos. I prefer the wheels in silver myself, though I don't like black wheels on any car. I bet it will be such an occasion to drive, you are in for some good times. Edit to add: I also prefer the quartz silver to the new aluminium colour. My first choice would be titanium but when the cars sell as quickly as they do you have to 'grab' the first good one you come accross. The larger black diffuser on the new aluminium car looks nice, the diffusers look more purposeful in black I think.

    T350 or S1 Exige?

    Matty - with the Honda converted Lotus, I was meaning to get an Elise with the Honda engine in, realised the Exige were a little on the high side of the budget range. Not my thing but what about Lotus Europa? Potential to be very quick (see Hofmanns of Henley who have got a well sorted Europa race car) but might be quite boring compared to Exige and T350. Turbo might be something different for you as a change from n/a, though if you are like me you will find turbo engines boring and lacking in throttle response. If you like interiors then the Elise S2 Elise/Exige is pretty nice in a minimalist way. T350 is obviously beautiful but more focussed as a sporty GT rather than racer, depends on your preference.

    T350 or S1 Exige?

    Matty, et-all, Example of how fast a series 1 Elise/Exige can be with Honda K20 power. http://www.vimeo.com/11578403 Decision made now Matty?

    T350 or S1 Exige?

    I can see where the 993 suggestions are going, very nice cars and in my opinion more of a 'pure Porsche' that the newer stuff. I also like the the suggestion of a lesser model with 2wd, again more pure than the 4wd stuff. Having been in a 996 turbo I can say that despite being silly fast (it was near 600bhp) aside from the speed it was incredibly boring, no sense of occasion inside and very muted from what was happening outside. Matty - still got Elise, did it's third trip to the Nurburgring this summer and also took in the Stelvio pass, well some of it as it was closed up near the top due to snow. Just shy of 30,000 miles now. Considered a change to something more family orientated such as a CSL of E92 M3 this year but decided to keep Elise and maybe supercharge it for 260bhp. I never drove a Tamora, viewed a few and after a long discussion (4 hours) with a Lotus, TVR and Noble dealer I decided to go with the Elise (close call but the reliability aspect swayed me after having had the totally reliable Lupo for 5 years I did not want to go down the unreliable route again - been there with a full spec race Mini years before). I suggested the K20 Elise option as it would look like the Exige but be faster and likely cheaper to own maintenance wise. I realise it will not be a real Exige but not sure if you would be concerned about that or not? I guess the price would be similar to that of a good Exige but if you were planning to do lots of miles you would likely not wipe value off as quickly as you would if you put high miles on a 'real' S1 Exige. I know I already said we dont buy cars as an investment but it is not worth ignoring costs completelly. May I also throw in a comment on Caterhams and Westfields. Went to look at an R500 a year ago as the Midlands Caterham is not far from me. Not impressed at all, cannot see why they are so expensive, the Lotus is so much more complete for the cash. Also check out the reviews of Atom 'vs' 'R500' 'vs' 211, the Lotus is down on power but still the fastest around a track, backs up my theory of Caterhams just being in the German saloon car style bhp shouting game but in reality a well sorted Lotus is still a more complete car despite its more humble output. Certainly drive both before deciding, even if ti just so you can say to yourself that you have driven a TVR and Exige S1 irrespective of shat you buy in the end. Keep posting too as I love discussions like this.

    T350 or S1 Exige?

    Exige would get my vote Matty. Not a biased opinion either (for those who don't know me I have had a 200bhp Lotus Elise for 3 years and am a Lotus lover of most models) but before buying the Elise I was looking for a Tamora which is basically a T350 underneith anyway. S1 Exige are not losing any money, in fact the good ones are appreciating so if it doesn't cost too much in repairs during ownership it may become a sound investment. Just like me though, you don't buy your cars for an investment, you buy them to drive and for that reason I think the Lotus has to be the one. Not only would it reward you far more than the TVR, I know that I would feel more comfortable driving it hard than I would the TVR, feeling scared of breaking the sensational but fragile speed six every time I gave it a workout would sour the experience somewhat for me. Exige might be hard to source, very few for sale and plenty leaving the country due to current exchange rate. Saying that, T350 are not exactly 10 a penny! Not much more to tell you as having had the S160 you know all you need to know about the S1 chassis and sure you have already done your research. As an aside (and this may not float your boat), what about getting a K20 powered S1 Elise and swapping to Exige clam shells? That way you get performance, reliability* and the Exige look with refreshed paint. *Not that the K series is bad engine, in VHPD form yes it is more delicate than in lesser performance builds, but head gasket issues aside - which can be fixed once and for all anyway, they are great engines with superb power outputs for their weight and size.

    Saxo VTR vs Lupo/Arosa Sport?

    Standard 'vs' standard the Saxo would handle better, you only have to read a few reviews to see how well regarded the Saxo VTR, VTS and sister car the 106 Gti handled. I don't buy in to the the comments saying the Lupo would be faster if you modified it, what a daft statement, how can you compare two cars with similar performance then say along the lines of "but if you modify the Lupo it will be faster"...not exactly a straight comparison there. Agree on the comments made that the Lupo would be safer, better built and certainly more reliable. I personally would take a Saxo VTS over any Lupo except the Lupo Gti. Saxo VTR would be a closer call, certainly rather have a Lupo Gti but not sure if I would take a sport unless it was a colour concept.

    Crusoe what car upgrade thread

    Excellent choice Crusoe, I had no interest in the Z4 but the M3 is a fine choice. I have no doubt you will enjoy the car and love the noise and speed. Have you gone for a soft top or coupe this time? If it si black then I hope it has polished 19's or CSL's on as they work so well with nice clean black paint.

    VW or Audi

    Looks wise I think I would choose the Golf on a 3 door 'vs' 3 door or a 5 door 'vs' 5 door basis. Fasvourite of the four options is the Golf 3 door. I would need to become mental before I paid £40,000 for a Golf though...in fact I would need to become mental before I paid £30,000 for a Golf either!

    2011 Polo GTI

    I like that, nice bit of chunkiness to it, the side swage line has a hint of recent BMW to me. Lowered, some wider and larger diameter wheels and some decent seats and I would be pretty interested.


    I would second Al's advice regarding brakes. I have been there a couple of times in the last year and it did appear pretty heavy on brakes, I didn't really notice any wear but I could smell them getting hot so they were working hard. If nothing else I would want to be going with fresh pads and fluid (even if they are OEM).


    I was going to take my old Gti to the place below for a full respray (possible colour change) before I sold it. I never got as far as having it painted as bought a new car instead. http://www.autofinishers.co.uk/index.htm

    Cheap BHP

    Quite a few of these going cheap. http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/1238029.htm ps: Those Cerbera don't do 200mph and whilst plenty quick, not really cheap speed.

    What's the biggest bill you've had at a garage?

    Which car Matty?

    Quick diesels..

    BMW E46 diesels are pretty fast and can be had for as little as £3000 now - though that is only likely to get you a 320d, might need a bit more cash for a 330d. Some of the Volvo's with the D5 diesel in are pretty quick too.

    What's the biggest bill you've had at a garage?

    £4500 when I picked up the Lupo after having the throttle bodies and management fitted. £3500 when I picked up my old mini after having a full race engine fitted. £1200 for a new oil cooler on the Lotus and a service. For some really scary bills pop over to the TVR forums where owners of speed 6 powered cars often have £8000+ engine rebuilds...to think I was going to buy a TVR instead of the Elise...it was a decision that could have gone either way on the day.

    is this a real lupo gti

    Worst Gti I have ever seen, all of the things wrong with it shout out 'modified on the cheap' and 'totally uncared for'. So many little things wrong that are cheap to fix yet have not been attended to, sure as hell that anything expensive has not been attended to. Also noticed: No rear VW badge. Instrument clocks cleaned with wire wool...how the hell do you manage to scratch them that bad? Huge crease in driver seat base bolster would indicate a collapsing bolster to me, my seats were firm as they day they were new after 80,000 miles so this is caused by careless entry and exit - ie: sitting on the bolster. Red edging on the mats looks like it has never had a clean. Lower door panel on driver's door looks scuffed a plenty. So many obvious faults that would all be cheap and easy to fix. Obvious lack of care makes me wonder how many hidden faults are lurking. I would not give more than £2000 for this, purely to get the shell and log book as a restoration build.

    E38 2009 - Review Thread

    A few years ago when I was attending E38 it was the best car show I had ever been to, could not wait for it to come around each year. I worry about my cars, maybe too much, but at E38 I used to leave the windows open and the bonnet open without worry of anyone damaging or stealing from the car. One of the things i really liked about the show was the friendliness and consideration for each others cars, it was the only show that I found to be similar to how the classic mini scence was. This year I considered coming down on Friday afternoon and camping Friday night but I am so glad I did not now after hearing of the large amounts of cars suffering damage and people messing with them and leaning on them. I would be really p!ssed if anyone messed with my car, innocently or not, one persons meddling can easily resort in £1000's of pounds of paint damage for example and we are not all fortunate enough to just be able to pay for repairs after spending to get our cars how we want them ready for the show. Sounds to me like the show was full of d!ckheads with no respect in other peoples property and if they are playing with balls at a carshow then they are not really that enthousiastic about the cars...I mean would you go to football match a read a book for the entire game? If this is how the scence is going then I am glad I am not involved anymore, a real shame as it used to be so great.

    Your favourite build thread.........

    That V10 E30 has to be the best BMW ever created. The best off the modern BMW technology combined with the best 3 series model ever. One of my favourites from Lotus world http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.a...0&nmt=Exige S1 over-winter Refresh

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