<Archived> Even supercars have their flaws..
This will make David laugh, and apologies to Nick Adams for misusing his infomative posting onthe OLC but, I quote:"Hi Phil, sorry to hear of your troubles! The air-conditioning system fitted to the Exige had to be compromised to some extent to fit all of the necessary components in a very small space. The efficiency of the system is not helped by the exposed aluminium chassis which acts very much like a radiator, cooling the cockpit in the winter and heating it in the summer. This is reflected by the performance of the system, which will not achieve the levels of re-fridgeration achieved in more conventional systems fitted to larger cars. Having said that, the system should be capable of reducing the air temperature to a noticeable degree, so Iï¿½m afraid a trip to the dealers may be in order.Sorry, Nick"In other words, you guys are carrying the weight and power loss penalties but only getting the same cooling effect as winding down the windows!!!...and remind me...Lotus charged extra for this as well...
Well I think I may have found a use for the aircon in it's current form. The pipe coming out of the compressor is actually quite cold so if it could be re-routed to the inlet manifold we could get a small increase in combustion negating the power loss of the compressor drive belt?! Alternatively we could just leave it off I suppose [image]ubb/NonCGI/images/icons/wink.gif[/image]
oh no, not this one again......but if you insist.....at least, the poxy A/C doesn't look as naff as some tinted side windows...he-he.....and for the weight: don't forget, I'm not a beens on toast or chippy eater either....funny, that, I also switched on this wonderful peace of machinery yesterday for the fist time...and it even worked...you wouldn't believe it ! well, first, it made some quite strange noises...but we are used to all sorts of strange kind of noises in this car...he-he...but then after a while, I had to put me jumper on. it got that flipping fresh in the car....what about that then, eh?
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Sorry to open this old chestnut but.........My new car delivery was delayed because. ughhh the air CON was not working. (thanks to JCT 600 for the loan of their demo car)Apparently the air box for the ï¿½1500 CON lives under the batery and is that flimsy it is prone to smashing.No Spares available as Lotus franticly try to get the last ones off the production line.After some preasure was brought to bear Lotus agree to take one of said boxes of the production line and DHL it to JCT 600 who fit it and I picked up my car last night.I tried the air con and was left less than impressed. My esprit air con was that cold it could ice condensation. So I put a temp probe in the vents. Suprise suprise! There is no bloody difference on or off.This one is set to run and run. I've paid ï¿½1500!!!!!!!!!
I would love to have been at Lotus when the design decision was made, maybe someone was in the wrong meeting and agreed to the wrong thing."I've got an idea lets fit Air Con to the last few Exiges, I'm sure we can fit it in somewhere if we make it small enough to be useless.""Brilliant I'll put it on the price list right away. BMW charge about 2000 for theirs so we charge about 1500, ours won't be quite as good so that seems fair."May be they just found a box of the things from somewhere when they were tidying up and decided to do something "useful" with them.All that said I did see an Exige with AC the other day and I have to say I liked the heating controls better on it. Dials rather than sliders. I'm not sure if these were different because of the Aircon though or just because it was newer than mine and Lotus started using other bits.