Give Cody a round of
. We took off the tire and got some better photos.
Honestly, I'd prefer to be wrong.
Straight on: I haven't seen the other side, but is that much glue supposed to be coming out?
Yeah - that's just a function of the chassis assembly. There's joints all over the car where a bit of adhesive is squeezed out. I'm sure there's an engineered thickness expected to the adhesive and a process for the application that allows for just a little more than needed to ensure coverage while wasting as little as possible.
Is that bar bent? Should it be bent?
That's the lower A-arm. Don't think it should be bent and there's a mark visible on the outside of it in this photo which would indicated it was bent over something:
That piece is easily replaced though.
Cody's Smoking Gun.. the wheel.
Wow - did a number on the wheel too.
The thing that would definitely put it over the edge would be if the lower A-arm/chassis points got bent out of shape.
In these photos, they appear OK, but can't be seen well enough to say:
I bet the car would be fine to repair and drive but doubt Lotus would ever back that since we're so litigious here in the States.
As a side note, I had a ding in an R1 frame push it over to total status with USAA back in 2000 (there was a whole lot of other damage too). While the bike was structurally fine, the cosmetic issue called for frame replacement and the labor pushed it over the threshold. Of course, it also took a month to settle since none of the local USAA adjusters knew jack about bikes. Although it was a little slow, they didn't even blink... but pretty much dropped me ASAP.
Man... that whole High 5 75/Hillcrest/Preston/635 business is just not working as intended. We were just talking about that the other day - seems like they waited way too long to try to expand the 75/635 intersection and everything around it was far too built up to leave adequate room for when they finally got around to trying to make it better.
Congratulations on your new exige 240!
Time for an upgrade!