Spotted in testing on Friday evening in NZ, a new model of Lotus believed to be named the “Lotus Expire”
Car ran like clockwork during the trackday on Friday, but sadly, on the joruney home all went awry! Floored it in second to overtake a car on the Napier-Taupo highway and could hear a faint jangling sound as I pulled back into my lane. A quick scan of the dashboard revealed the alternator light on, so I quickly shut the engine down and coasted to a halt.
Turns out the crank pulley bolt had loosened and the crank pulley parted company with the engine. Thankfully I got it shut down before the cam-drive pulley walked off and took the entire engine with it! Saw my mate’s S160 expire in this way so I was very determined not to have it happen to me!
Called the AA and due to the remote location, had to wait 2 hours for the low-loader to arrive… FANTASTIC service from them though, really top-notch.
Spent saturday inspecting and rebuilding and it’s all back together and as good as new. Only damage was that it snapped the key off on the cam-drive pulley that locates the crank pulley so my timing marks are no longer valid.
It’s due a service in a couple of months and I think I’ll get both pulleys replaced as a precaution and I may as well get the cambelt and tensioner done at the same time (it’s not due, but given that the work is 90% of a cambelt replacement, it makes sense to).
Think I dodged a bullet there!