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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-30-2004, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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no rubber plug on the engine cover

Don't know if this has been discussed, but I noticed today as I was looking at my Elise during PDI that mine doesn't have a rubber plug on the engine cover for where the antenna used to be mounted.

My VIN is in the low 1200's. It was a nice surprise. I could care less that I'm getting the Acupulco stereo instead of the LA.

It looks much cleaner without the plug.
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What is covering the hole?
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there is no hole, it's gone
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I think he is implying that there isn't a makeshift plug anymore and that it is fiberglassed over.
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someone stole your hole! bastards!!

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Thats Lotus quality for ya... even the holes are falling off the car!!
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But, but, that means his car is heavier!!!

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rofl...so i guess they got a new shipment of updated engines?
No....they're just waiting for a shipment of updated holes. Fed holes!

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Anybody know what a hole weighs ?

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Anybody know what a hole weighs ?

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That depends. What material was the hole made of? Obviously a hole that used to be made out of lead will weigh more than a hole that used to be carbon fiber. I bet our hole weighs more than the European hole due to safety regulations.
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I believe Lotus announced the hole will be added to the other items already included in the optional Touring package. This will unfortunately raise the price of the Touring package to $4000
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Don't worry, I think the aftermarket segment will soon be offering alternative hole shapes, sizes and materials...

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well i know some of you already have aftermarket holes. surfer? randy? i think they have proven to be fairly expensive too!

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it's a blackhole so it wieghs a w"hole" lot!
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>>>I think he is implying that there isn't a makeshift plug anymore and that it is fiberglassed over.<<<

Molds cost a bunch. I wouldn't be surprised if the holes were added afterward. So they can actually save money by leaving out the drill a hole and then put in a black plastic plug step.
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And it only took 12000 cars to figure that out

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And it only took 12000 cars to figure that out
But now they have to stock two versions of the engine cover - the new "no plug" version, and the old "with hole" version for those that have an antenna there (assuming that the engine cover is the same on the old S2 and the 111R/Fed S2).




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But now they have to stock two versions of the engine cover - the new "no plug" version, and the old "with hole" version for those that have an antenna there (assuming that the engine cover is the same on the old S2 and the 111R/Fed S2).
I was told that the cars shipped to the dealer with the rubber plug, and it was the dealer who was supposed to install the antenna. But the dealers found that the radio worked just as well without the antenna, and some customers requested that the antenna not be installed because of this. That led to the dealers not installing them by default. And now it appear Lotus is in complete agreement with the dealers, by removing the hole entirely.

That said, they'd only need to carry one version (no hole/plug). If someone demands the antenna be there, it's not tough to drill a hole in GRP (even I can do that, and often do (just not with cars)).
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