10/01/2020: Happy New Year! yadda yadda yadda. Brexit looming has seen the EU piling in with orders which must arrive before the 31st Jan. I've never had a quiet start to a year, so this is no different from other years but I had hoped to squeeze in a visit to the Autosport Show in Birmingham, having missed Essen! Ain't happening. When are these electric cars coming?!
28/12/2019: My fb admin guy has moved on from the Lotus world and he reckoned I should have the full fb experience! Joe Taylor advised me to get on Instagram - did both!! How mad is that?! Anyway - have a look if you're interested.
27/12/2019: Huh - so much for the quiet run-up to the holidays! Essen trip cancelled. 14-16hr days to TRY and keep up with the orders coming in (no chance!). Shipping was good up till the 20th - better than previous years. I had Christmas Day off. Back in the workshop yesterday to wrap/pack exhausts as I can get orders shipped today (so I'm told - we'll see).
16/11/2019: Looking forward to our visit! - https://www.essen-motorshow.de/car-exhibition/ a fantastic, eye-opening show of everything you need for your performance car.
30/10/2019: Does anyone on the Seloc or TLF forums actually know anything about the exhausts available for their cars?
Unless they've visited http://www.exhaustcompare.com/
Case in point; does anyone remember the big splash on those forums about the new Lotus Track exhaust? A re-packable design with very exact claims made about db levels - an expensive piece of kit! All over Seloc and TLF - gone the next day! Even Hofmanns (I know) displayed it on their website. BUT(!) - that expensive piece of kit has disappeared without trace or comment.
Dear reader, I bought one - see here for my report - http://www.exhaustcompare.com/index.php/news/item/416-quiet-trackday-exhausts
16/10/2019: 2bular workload would kill a horse! Not killing me but it's killing my TIG-welding machines. This past three weeks has been ................ challenging. Full compliment of machines up-and-running now but back-log has grown again.
Recent comment: "Problem with you Jim is, you have no competition" - Whose fault is that?
Thank you for all the recent communications congratulating me on entering my 15th Year in the Lotus exhaust market.
The popularity of http://www.exhaustcompare.com/ continues to grow.
29/09/2019: Joe Taylor wins at Silverstone! http://joetaylorracing.com/
Running the 2bular 48mm 4-1 + SDCP and ECU supplied by
Means best power and torque for your 2ZR motor.
27/08/2019: Shipping - no collections, no deliveries - must be a Bank Holiday week-end!
16/08/2019: Fantastic result by Joe Taylor Racing! - https://www.facebook.com/joetaylorracing/?pageid=150596595539475&ftentidentifier=431990914066707&padding=0
01/08/2019: Entering the 15th year of designing and building my own exhausts exclusively for the Lotus Elise/Exige/Evora platforms.
20/07/2019: Catch up on the latest info on Trackday exhausts!
14/07/2019: Fantastic performance by https://www.facebook.com/joetaylorracing/
at Spa! Much more to come from the Elise Cup!
01/07/2019: Bought a new Lotus Evora/Exige 4** series and wonder why you can't meet the UK trackday noise limits? Check out this page -
getting a LOT of hits these days!
30/06/2019: With no NOISE/db limits to worry about, the clever race teams in https://www.lotuscupeurope.com/ fit the Lightweight 2bular system! 9kgs, zero maintenance, no packing materials to worry about - just a great racecar exhaust sound.
29/06/2019: 2bular clients are helping this firm - https://en-gb.facebook.com/RRR.Engineering/ with their new stand-alone ECU's.
Joe Taylor is racing his Elise 220Cup. His adventures can be followed here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTIlviC7jXc&t=7s
If it wasn't for some chocolate wheel studs he might have had a better result at Croft! - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWUJ2RXBKw0&t=32s
A 2bular client with a 260Cup (and air-conditioning) is also on the RRR dyno - more information soon. Supercharged V6 with full 2bular system next. Firmware changes to later cars out of Lotus mean that re-flashes/re-tunes are ................ difficult. An RRR ECU will help optimise power and torque when changing to a manifold/downpipe/performance exhaust - and no CEL's!
28/06/2019: CATALYSERS! Buy cheap - pay twice (or more!).
Check out my latest guide to these exhaust components -
The rare metals used in the catalysing process, Rhodium, Platinum etc are not cheap. There's a reason that aftermarket catalyser you're looking at costs buttons. It doesn't have much weighting of those metals to actually do any catalysing!
Actually - some of them are very expensive for what turns out to be a useless piece of exhaust. My local MoT station tells stories of enterprising motorists buying cheap e-bay cats and welding them into their exhaust. New catalyser - still can't pass an emissions test!
If you HAVE to pass an emissions test, if you want a reliable and efficient catalyser, you must fit HJS.
17/05/2019: Outrageous demand for all the 2bular exhausts - K-series to Exige 430. Shipping: I've said this before - if I could personally deliver every exhaust I build, I would. The local UPS franchise has gone bust. Back to Parcelforce for the moment - not looking good tbh. Phone: new phone - new Sim but same number. EE made a complete horlicks of the whole thing. Must admit with no phone calls to interrupt my day, things went very well in production. Almost cleared the 4-cyl orders, back on the V6 jig tomorrow and all next week. (hate to hear a grown man cry).
05/04/2019: Well that was a day and a half! On the V6 jig up till lunch-time. S1 K-series jig all afternoon. Then the 2ZR jig to finish the day with. Need to stay on this jig for a few days to clear the back-log (sorry guys!).
03/04/2019: 2bular Vs Andrew Betts - sole director of The Lotus Forum On Line Ltd. It's gone legal now so no further comment.
www.exhaustcompare.com check it out!
11/02/2019: It's been late nights and week-end working since returning after the holidays!
The message is definitely getting through. If you run a supercharged V6 - you need a 70mm exhaust. It's 63.5mm for the N/A guys. If you want an aftermarket catalyser, it has to be the HJS designs. If you run a supercharged 4-cyl motor, you need a stepped 4-1 manifold with a merged collector.
If you run an N/A 4-cyl, you need a 4-2-1 manifold. Only 2bular offer all of these options to the Lotus world. Hence the late nights and week-end working! Living the dream ;-)
24/12/2018: I never have a 'quiet' time at 2bular. I ship over 70% of production overseas, so there's always someone, somewhere wants a 2bular exhaust! I could work 365 days a year and it wouldn't be enough. Heh Ho.
Somehow, the 70% overseas figure was reversed this last quarter. It became 70% UK sales! Mustn't grumble ;-)
A Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year to all my customers and agents! Back to work 3rd January, 2019.
04/12/2018: Well, the nights are drawing in and the temperatures are falling. Time to throw another TLF newsletter on the fire and snuggle up. However, demand for 2bular exhausts during October/November was exceptional so it's going to be a very busy December! E-mails - hopeless - sorry.
11/10/2018: New website under development. Time, time, time.
12/08/2018: OK - another week of 18hr days, THEN I'm going on holiday. Coming attractions?
1/. TVS1900 charged-cooled supercharger kits.
2/. Super-quiet V6 exhausts for the UK trackday enthusiasts.
3/. Stainless name/model tags for each 2bular exhaust design. Owners know that only 2bular build specific exhausts for each motor. Being asked a lot now if the used 2bular exhaust offered for sale is the right one for their car. Glad the message is getting through!
29/07/2018: Always happy to entertain the Seloc massive! There's seldom any certainties in life but here's three;
Never again will a Seloc moderator delete a thread criticising a sponsor.
Never again will we see a gagging order(!) imposed on a customer by a Lotus aftermarket supplier!
Oh - and never again will one of my competitors buy up an un-used 2bular domain name and use it to divert enquiries to his own 'site.
20/07/2018: The new Rev2 70mm valved system for the supercharged V6's is in demand! From Stuttgart to Singapore, from Austin Tx to Australia - the whole World wants this exhaust. Rev 2? Different internals, double-skinned silencer body, small change on the exhaust valve itself, 3-rod hanger bracket layout and my favourite - a V-band connector on the tailpipe module. Still the only manufacturer who uses 100mm diameter tailpipes. Still the same manic howl at full throttle (you only get the scream when you ditch the factory manifolds/headers). Imbecile of a moderator on TLF calls it "anti-social" - good enough for me ;-)
23/06/2018: Interested to read the new "Absolute Lotus" magazine! Will make a change from the Porsche/Ferrari dominated market. Must be over 20 years since I had an advertisement in a print magazine but I was beaten into submission by Karen ;-) Certainly don't need the work(!) but always exciting to see your business advert when you open a new magazine with that freshly-printed smell.
TVS1900 conversions: Not quite convinced of the need tbh and I'm hearing some experiences haven't been great. I'll have more install information/guidance etc with before/after dyno-graphs - all in short supply at the moment it seems.
04/06/2018: Apart from the demand/sales through the website, some of you will know I have to supply an ever-increasing Lotus dealer network. The factory does not carry any OEM-fit catalysers and the 2bular options with their HJS catalysers are extremely popular. Mainly because they actually work(!) and I try to supply them asap. Doesn't help my every-day timetable but I hate to hear a grown man cry.
Demand for 2bular exhausts continues to grow - no big surprise as I'm the only supplier to cover all the different models with all the different systems from NOISY to quiet and of course, performance manifolds for the N/A (4-2-1 designs) and the supercharged (4-1 designs) models. I even have 3 different 4-1's for the 3 different 2zz superchargers.