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First few weeks of owning a Zero..
October 23, 2015
6:41 pm
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Drove from Cornwall to Harrogate with trailer to collect the Zero in horrendous weather & wife asleep in the back and me anxious about a possible test drive in monsoon rains...
Next morning, sun shining, we went to the dealer and there she was a thing of beauty! I had took a gamble and paid a deposit a couple of weeks previous while working offshore and thankfully it paid off, the car was immaculate, brand new and as per the dealers blurb.
Looking around the car I was impressed by the quality of the build and the smile on my wife's face, much to my surprise (she’s no petrol head) she loved it! On starting the exhaust rumble put a smile on my face and a buzz in my pulse…
The dealer took the wheel first and he gives it a good burst in second as we accelerated away, jeez it felt grunty and the noise was music. My turn and the traffic cleared enough for me to short shift it up through the gears, my senses trying to remain clear enough to check for any obvious problems, the car felt taught and responsive although the throttle peddle seemed a little sloppy, and it went like stink, I was not disappointed, it was everything I thought it would be. I have driven many high performance cars but none assaulted the senses with pure mechanical & symphonic grunt like this one. I just wanted to keep driving, but I couldn’t, I needed to do the deal, load it up and get off back down south, so we headed back to the dealership and I got a chance to drive it through town and was pleased by how easy it handled normal driving in traffic, no dramas.
I did the deal and loaded the Zero on to my trailer; my concerns of it not having enough ground clearance not to get stuck on the ramps were unfounded as it drove straight on.
We stayed in a hotel that night and set off early to miss the traffic, 7 hours later I was back in Cornwall. I dropped the trailer off at the hire company and drove the last few miles home, what a joy; I have instantly bonded with the car and had a spirited drive home.
With the car on my drive it felt like it was finally mine and I set about having a closer look. The whole thing looks really well put together with straightforward engineering and the simplicity of design really appeals to me with these cars, 4 x wheels, a motor, transmission, a stiff chassis, decent brakes and no unnecessary gubbings to get in the way of pure driving.
The car had taken a bit of a battering with heavy rain on the drive down and although the cabin had took some water it faired remarkably well. We had a few good sunny days which give me chance to get out with the top down and dry the interior out. Over the next few weeks I used the car as much as possible and got to know how to drive it properly and its nuances, the torque of the motor impressed me as did the power available right up to the red line, (wherever that is!). I sorted the sloppy throttle pedal out with an additional light spring attached to the peddle and a long bolt to act as a back stop, it’s a bit of a temporary fix, until I source the right bits to do a proper job, even so it improved the drive no end. The driving position is perfect for me and I found it to be comfortable and relatively easy to get in and out of once I had the technique. I tend to go out either with the roof on and no doors, if it looked like rain, or the roof off and the doors on if it didn’t. Driving with no door & no roof gave a bit too much wind blast. I found the standard wing mirrors get in the way of me looking through the corners, especially on right handers; something I will change with smaller bike bar end type mirrors. I bought a cheap stick-on interior rear view to test and it proved more useful (to check for blue flashing lights) than the wing mirrors…
I had a day at the Goodwood revival and met Keith & Wayne from GBS, they spent the time to have a good long chat and obviously enthusiasts not just there to punt the cars....
I had some great drives and did over 1000 miles in 2 weeks, one particular sticks out; a night drive back from St Ives to Falmouth, with my brother, a nearly full moon was casting shadows and the Zero’s headlights bright as I blasted through empty back lanes that I know well with the sound of the engine echoing off the Cornish hedges, I could really expand and had the car drifting ever so slightly on a couple of damp bends and I could sense my brother involuntary going for the brake with his right foot on the approach, the car felt wonderful and in it’s element…
An added bonus is my wife loves the car and quite often chose it over using the Jeep, we attended a friend’s wedding at Pendennis Castle and I think the Zero got more admiring glances than the bride! Which is another refreshing thing worthy of note; wherever I went the car got really positive and admiring reactions from people, young and old, male female, smiles and questions about it, something, being a biker I am not used to…
Unfortunately my time to go back to work (6 weeks offshore) came around too quickly so I gave her a good clean and packed it safely in my garage...until next time.
I am over the moon with my purchase and if anyone one is thinking of getting one, do it, do it now, don't wait, sell whatever you have to, max the plastic, pimp the wife, whatever, you won't regret it!Kiss

October 25, 2015
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If anyone would like to buy one mine is for sale.
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