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About Thorburn

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    Porsche Carrera 4S
  • Birthday 09/06/1984

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    IT Support and Contracting
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    Lotus Elise, Ford Fiesta Zetec S
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    Lotus Elise, Subaru Forester
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    First run of the year out in the V12 Vantage S V12 Vantage S by James Thorburn, on Flickr V12 Vantage S by James Thorburn, on Flickr V12 Vantage S by James Thorburn, on Flickr
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    I drive too slowly now to bother taking it off.
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    10 years in March, so definitely its longest term owner. Only 20,000 miles in that time though! I ran no front plate at all for a number of years as I got fed up of knocking them off and losing them. Never had a smaller/stick on one, just kept one in the boot. Put it back on a few years ago (along with an original plinth) as the missus refused to drive the car without it.
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    Fortunately not - was boiling it out the expansion cap so noticed steam coming out the engine cover. Shame as didn't think I was going round too badly for first time on track in 7 years up to that point. Type-R engines are a nice option, but £11,750 inc VAT for a turn key installation from MSC is more than I want to spend. Also traditionally driveshafts are a bit of an issue with converted cars as the angles aren't ideal on converted K-series cars.
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    Elise out on track at Silverstone. Lotus Elise S1 Silverstone GP Track Day by James Thorburn, on Flickr Was going well until it blew a load of coolant out in the first afternoon session. Think it was just a duff coolant expansion tank cap - seal goes and coolant boils. Had a spare so let it cool off, topped back up and popped a new one on, but didn't risk taking it back out on track afterwards and headed home - didn't want to disrupt the running for others and easier to call the AA to the A34 than the Silverstone paddock. Plans now a foot to give the car a fairly through refresh (it is 20 years after all), including switching to a S2 VVC engine with 160bhp or so.
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    Parking at Goodwood today wasn't Evora friendly. Let's offroad by James Thorburn, on Flickr Let's offroad by James Thorburn, on Flickr Didn't help with the marshal directing us all towards the boggiest patch of grass possible, and then buggering off once a Bentley Continental GT, Aston Martin, Citroen Berlingo and myself were all stranded! Tractor pulling by James Thorburn, on Flickr Tractor dragged us to a space with a gap in the fence to park up, and then a few kind passers by gave us a push start when we were leaving.
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    Took the Evora down to Cornwall to brighten up the place a bit. IMG_20180309_142034 by James Thorburn, on Flickr Wife and dog came along too. Evora selfies by James Thorburn, on Flickr
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    I kind of agree, I'd have considered a red one, but does seem a bit Ferrari wannabe. Nah, need the contrast with a bright colour IMO. Elise is yellow with silver wheels, but I have a ratty set of AWIs I keep meaning to sand down and have a go at painting black.
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    Agreed. Had seen this one advertised in Lamborghini Verdi Mantis Green Metallic, but decided that was a bit TOO lairy.
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    Still the Toyota 2GR-FE engine, but new supercharger/charge cooler arrangement and power up to 400bhp, revised gearshift mechanism (I've gone with a manual) and a Quaife LSD at the back. Quite a different interior to the earlier models with a revised dash layout and Sparco seats, along with revised chassis with lower, slimmer sills so getting in and out is a breeze. Performance is around 4.1s to 60mph and will go on to 186mph apparently. I've also got my dads V12 Vantage S now as he passed away October last year, but getting the Evora to use regularly, V12 Vantage will be kept for special occasions and hoping to manage some track days in the Elise.
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    Evora 400, 2+2, Metallic Orange, Alcantara Interior Trim Pack, Alcantara steering wheel, Black Pack (roof, sills, chin spoiler, wheels), Cruise Control, Subwoofer and Cupholder (yay!). They've got things like satnav, parking sensors, reversing camera and heated seats as standard on them.
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    Was worried it might be a bit subtle. I was going to go yellow to match the Elise as it is a no-cost colour on factory orders vs. £1200 for orange, but the saving on an unregistered late-2017 car already at the dealership was huge vs. ordering new.
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    Picking up later this month. Lotus Evora 400 by James Thorburn, on Flickr Lotus Evora 400 by James Thorburn, on Flickr
  14. M2 or Macan

    M2, manual. The M135i feels like it is limited by the open diff, would certainly be interested in trying an M2 to see if it is better.
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    Picked up the Vantage yesterday after getting the Performance Pack with titanium exhaust fitted. Takes it up to 595bhp and it is really rather loud now! Need to do a proper recording, but short clip here: