Well, I finally caught up with both episodes last night, watched them back to back (my wife was out with the local Women's Institute, so it was just me and the dog..... we get to use the TV remote, and the dog can sit wherever he feels comfortable
So, what about it ? Well, I'm not a purist where cars are concerned although I do tend to keep them similar to what they came out of the factory; my days of frenched-in lights and side exhausts are long gone. I do like mods that improve or update mechanics, just because Lotus did things one way doesn't mean it's the only solution, but I tend not to get so excited about bodywork mods.
I'm split between "cool, looks neat" and "uhhh ?". For example the headlights looked good and no doubt a modern version would have them. The new dash looked good and the retrimming excellent. (although I'm puzzled how they managed to add 2" width to the seats, I thought they were pretty much sized to fit as it was ? ) The CV joints in the drivetrain, the suspension looked well engineered and I like stuff like that, although you'd need to drive it to see how the mods worked in real life.
"Uhh" moments were when they decided to stiffen the floor for example. uhh ? When Lotus designed the TC version the first thing they did was to try and increase cabin space from the S2, so these guys take an S2 Europa and shove a load of board and fibreglass on the floor and firewall to reduce space ? And the "essential" engine bay inlets behind the doors ? I thought the engine bay air flow relied on the low pressure area over the rear deck dragging air up from beneath the car to cool the whole volume, surely adding a high level inlet will reduce that effect, the air will go in at high level and straight out of the lid vents ? Perhaps I'm getting it wrong and the inlet, together with the door/roofline mods are under the "show" rather than "go" banner, which means - "hmm, ok, if that's what you want".
But overall, yep, I liked the enthusiasm of the program, the quality of the work they were doing and the overall result. When you stand back the car definitely says "Europa" and it's only when you look closer that you see the numerous modifications they've made. A bit like some of the Bank's Europas that I've seen over here, a sort of "Europa for the 21st Century" which is what I think they were aiming for.