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Comedian last won the day on October 14

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    RC-F Blue
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  1. Swapped seats today in a 718s boxster. Sent from my STV100-4 using Tapatalk
  2. 65% yes. All painted afaik. You might see more and more of it. Isn't prius plug in a carbon hatch? Nasty stuff in an accident. Sent from my STV100-4 using Tapatalk
  3. Test drives.

    There is a 500h at Lincoln and I was offered it when my car is in for new wheels.
  4. The NHS are soon opening special wards for people offended or damaged by an opinion expressed online. Serious religious cases take priority with car brand fans just behind. ;) A simple rule is easiest. Criticise or ridicule the idea; never the individual expressing it. Sent from my STV100-4 using Tapatalk
  5. That should say unintentionally. Sent from my STV100-4 using Tapatalk
  6. Oh I see, that's fair enough. Was just making sure I wasn't talking to a world renowned structural engineer and making a fool of myself (again). Well I have less faith than you - a quick Google of manufacturer safety recalls makes for pretty scary reading. They do make mistakes. However in this case I'm not criticising lexus build quality or the quality of the carbon. I'm questioning the contradiction between the manual, what the emails states and what dealers and owners are doing. How that will impact the life of the parts. Not to run lexus down but to get the info. It's my feeling that info resides in Japan and lexus UK are handling my email by looking through a document, not finding the info I need and by default saying it's not written here so all is well. Carbon is very strong in tensile only, that's why it's in epoxy resin for compression strength. What happens when a stone hits is, let's call it cracking, happens sub surface, the force causes invisible delamination you can never see by eye. If water gets in it will track between and break down the epoxy carbon matrix. Just putting a dab of lacquer on might too late. not sure about all applications but on aircraft cfrp is always painted and a vulnerable area like the bonnet would be kevlar which absorbs energy by deforming (see bullet proof vests). If a carbon roof cracked it could be repaired, but the equipment needed is highly specialised and a repair scheme would need to be produced by the design engineers. If I dipped you in a pool of great white sharks would you like a cfrp or steel cage? You have 10 seconds to decide ;) With regards UV. Paint is better as it will stop it, the manual implies it's not UV proof. But as well as discolouration the scientific literature notes a reduction in strength due to UV damage. If the roof is 3x stronger than it needs to be we don't have to worry. On a steel roof paint will discolour but we don't lose strength - yet the manual doesn't say to not leave metal cars exposed due to discolouration. I just think buyers should know what they are dealing with and realise it may need to be treated differently to steel parts. That's all. I wouldn't buy one though. And in motorbike world I have seen 10 year old carbon fibre mudguards. They look like they have milk inside them and covered in fine cracks. Although I doubt the quality is lexus standard we are also talking about something that rarely stands outdoors. Sorry if this reads badly. Typed it all on my phone. I'm not running lexus themselves down. Im mainly wondering if dealers are intentionally damaging cars through lack of knowledge. Sent from my STV100-4 using Tapatalk
  7. What are you basing this opinion on? Sent from my STV100-4 using Tapatalk
  8. You missed off 'they should last the lifetime of the vehicle, unless external influences such as stone chips are apparent' Stone chips..... Common or uncommon? Sent from my STV100-4 using Tapatalk
  9. Kemble 'Grand Tour' - 19th Nov 2017

    Nice one :D Sent from my STV100-4 using Tapatalk
  10. It's like they took away the exterior dullness and hid it in the engine bay. Sent from my STV100-4 using Tapatalk
  11. Kemble 'Grand Tour' - 19th Nov 2017

    Quite fancy this. Even though I've been there too many times before and used to fix them, so more interested in the cars. I might stay outside and look round the Motors instead. :D Sent from my STV100-4 using Tapatalk
  12. It's vague isn't it. But you went off on a bot of a rant there mate :D I've emailed again as follow: Thank you for the email. However, I don't feel you addressed my questions fully. The reply read a little like a passage from a brochure at first. Is it safe or unsafe to keep carbon models outdoors against the advice in the owners handbook? Like dealers do. What is the expected 'lifetime of the car' as mentioned? Do dealers have equipment to scan the parts for delamination? What is the procedure for inspecting for BVID after a stone hits the bonnet or roof? While I am emailing; what is the cost to the customer of roof and bonnet replacement outside the warranty period please? Kind regards Sent from my STV100-4 using Tapatalk
  13. I've stopped worrying about depreciation for sure now.... According to my avg consumptions and predicted average price of fuel for next 10 years. 100000 miles of use is 30k petrol, 7k servicing, 5k tax. I wish I hadn't done that. Especially after what I was saying earlier in the thread...... Ooops. It's like saying do you want the rc-f and work for 10 years or a prius and have a free year off work !!!! I don't know what would be more boring though. A prius or a year off. Sent from my STV100-4 using Tapatalk
  14. Customer Relations ref: CASE0826819 Dear Thank you for your email. I have spoken to our Technical Department and they have advised the following: Carbon Parts (Models with Carbon Package) CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic) is used in the hood, roof and rear spoiler to reduce weight. A special coating is used to ensure a beautiful appearance due to the pattern of the carbon fibers and to ensure weather ability. There are no comments regarding the lifespan of the carbon parts, however this also suggests that they should last the lifetime of the vehicle, unless external influences such as stone chips are apparent. If there was a risk to the reduction in strength, the vehicle would also require that these items are changed periodically. As there are no such comments about replacing the components, this would indicate that they were designed and homologated to last the lifetime of the vehicle. I hope that this helps and thank you for contacting Lexus. Kind regards Lexus Customer Services They ignored my question about dealers keeping them exposed to sunlight against advice of the owners manual. They make no comment on UV specifically. To me it summarises as: Not got a clue mate Kind Regards Lexus Customer services Just change the roof 'periodically' ...... :D Sent from my STV100-4 using Tapatalk
  15. Detail and ceramic coating today.

    I like the life span though. I think something can last too long and then be too hard to remove if required. It's important to get the right products for you. I have no idea if previous owner polished the self heal away. I have machine polished with R222 so may have affected it myself. It looks great and I'm happy polishing so maybe it's more of a concern to someone who doesn't enjoy that stuff? I did not know abut the self heal though and I did months of reading and research before buying.