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    This is why I disagree with people who say that the hypercar is a terrible idea. Yes, most of us here can't afford it. The goal of the hypercar is not to make money directly. In fact I won't be shocked if it loses them money (directly). Honestly a hypercar is probably the cheapest (relatively speaking), quickest and easiest way to bring Lotus back into prominence. The only way this won't work is if its a terrible car. That way when the new line-up launches or 4 years Lotus will have some clout. Will the hypercar fix all of Lotus' issues? No, Lotus still needs better dealership networks, especially in the U.S. I don't think Lotus is oblivious to this. However to get new dealers or a better network they need cars for the dealers to sell, but the cars also need to actually sell. The hypercar helps this. You can't afford the new Lotus hypercar, but you can afford the new Elise, Evora or Esprit (whatever they would be called).
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    So, there will be a bunch of nay-sayers but, for me at least, I'm genuinely excited. Love the advert, and the nod to the PlayStation generation with the "For the Drivers" strap-line is inspired to my mind. A GT4 racecar is maybe underwhelming to some, but a Lotus competing in multi-brand Motorsport has genuinely put a smile on my face this morning. (WARNING! Only read the first part - if you can be bothered - the rest if you have way too much time on your hands)
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    Lotus confirms first all-new production car since 2008: Type 130 – The world’s first full electric British hypercar Lotus Races Into China with British built Evora GT4 Concept
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    Considering the amount of unimpeded coverage Lotus has been getting in the past 12 hours... I would considering that unveil a success. The GT4 Concept is clearly destined to flatter the Chinese market, Opening a new Driver Academy that ties in the work that Geely is already doing over there is great. It is still not a commitment to a full motorsport return though, which is what we really want don't... Hopefully some teams jump in to get this thing on track PB Racing, VSA motorsport... The Type 130 is going to be an amazing piece of kit by the look of it and the words of Pistonheads!! My understanding is that Type 130 is the successor of the 3-Eleven that JMG was reportedly wanted to bring to market... It is indeed going to make it to market with an electric powertrain that includes an AWD system and a dress that will be very very revealing if we just go by the air movement of the CFD imaging Lotus has put out for all to see : Now one question, how heavy light is this Lotus going to be? The journos are adamant the car will have no less than 1000bhp and be good for 250 miles before a charge ; for something about as long as an Evora so 4,30m long and almost 2m wide. Should we start a poll for the weight of the thing ? The fact that the new management is massively investing in the brand history is great. The new website may still be in an interim stage but it is really looking the part, there again a good use of the infrastructure provided by Geely group. It seems the new management and Classic team Lotus have been working together closely on the launch of GT4 Concept as a lot of the media content provided has been shot at CLT new workshop and a lot of memorabilia on the stand is actually also coming from CLT. The future looks bright. Can't wait for the London display.
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    The Hypercar is a bit out of my fanancial possibilites, great if its successful but not a Lotus I'm craving for. I find a new race car for China a bit underwhelming. BTW ist the Union Jack on the front supposed to reflect the Brexit status? It looks a bit torn apart.
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    Do I win a prize? The announcement is pretty cool, but nothing really new to see yet. The website is looking good
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    Literally the second coming of the Type 124, reborn from its ashes. Bringing back the original side mirrors is a nice touch. Now they have to get teams on board and really go racing in SRO/FIA GT4 + GT4 America, IMSA GT4, Creventic 24h series, the lot. They have less than twelve months to get Type 130 out and about under the spotlight. Does London still have a car show... Popham said it would be unveiled by the end of the year so i'm thinking private event launch as Goodwood is way to soon.
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    I have it sussed. It is a Lotus Lego model. The self build element will appeal to the older enthusiast, and the young fascinated child that likes a challenge. As a Lego car the engine will be light and simple thus ensuring both DNA and reliability, whilst avoiding the usual supercar servicing and running costs. The build sheet will have a huge margin, which in turn will help pay for the development costs and a bit left over for the design of new models. Lego also means the continuous heritage by association with plastic, and in true tradition the Hethel accountants will be bricking it. It's a win - win
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    Just took my Eclat in for its yearly MOT. (not that its needed by law of course) Found 2 dangerous splits on the inside of the rear tyre, 1 small one but the other is about 5 or 6 inches long. No idea it was like this. They are completely exposing the inner lining. I havent had the Eclat up on ramps for a while. Too busy with the Esprit. Thank goodness I went for the MOT. Stupid idea not to have to have one. Things can get overlooked. SO CHECK OUT YOUR TYRES NOW. Not next time you have the car on the ramps etc. NOW!!
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    I have to admit, the description paints a drool-worthy picture of a car! I quite like the Auto Express render but the car seems considerably more extreme, perhaps similar to the aforementioned render but with a bit more AM Valkyrie about it? The forward, jet fighter-like 'dome' and 'the two huge air channels that effectively tunnel beneath the rear bodywork and which will have elements of the taillights around the exits (details from Pistonheads) sound amazing! The Pistonheads report also notes that the two channels (venturi tunnels) 'will incorporate light elements to better show them off in the dark, and there will also be a transparent cover which will show off the top of the battery pack and also the pushrod cranks for the rear suspension'. Bedroom poster/desktop photo appeal aside (as near as most of us will get to one) there are undoubtedly cues here for the future Lotus models. The showing off of mechanical elements ordinarily kept out of sight seems pretty reminiscent of the exposed gear shifter mechanism, for instance - a feature seemingly well appreciated by most fans - and makes you wonder whether this will be a design feature of upcoming models. There's something undeniably cool about having so much confidence in the engineering that you want to world to see it. Lotus have increasingly noted their expertise with aerodynamics over the past few years and aerodynamic features are all over the hypercar - again, potentially a direction we'll see much more of in the new models. REALLY looking forward to seeing the 'real thing' this summer, regardless of the fact that it's a halo model out of the reach of most mere mortals, because I think we'll learn a great deal about the directions taken for those next models at realistic price points.
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    I believe the translation from german to english did generate a few typos... lol
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    I recently returned from a trip which included two days at a wet Ascari and two days at a hot Portimao, so thought I’d give some feedback on the Avon ZZR vs Michelin Cup 2. I had the chance to drive my Exige 350 on Michelin Cup 2 and a friends 350 on ZZR. Both had 3-way Nitrons installed and set up by Hoffman’s. The ZZR provides much more dry grip and a better turn in than Cup 2. However in the wet the Cup 2 is far better. On the road the Cup2 is significantly more comfortable, thanks to the taller front tyre at 45 v 40 for the ZZR and the much softer sidewall helps to even out road imperfections. I haven't had the wheels off yet to check how much life is left, but they look good for another two days. Last year at Portimao on the same set up with ZZR, they were pretty much done after two full days. If you are looking for out and out grip then the ZZR in my opinion are better. If you are looking for a tyre to get to the track, blast round then drive home, the Michelin Cup 2 is a better proposition. I’m sure it varies depending on how each person drives but that’s just my opinion after the 4 days. I was running ZZR hot at 29psi and Cup2 at 30-31 hot. Photo with @mcx in Portimao pitlane.
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    Well guys old and new, I ran the ownership registry with the factory for many years, owned my car since 2001 and I still have no 26 in Monaco car. 6 speed 500bhp (I built the car like it is now) Ok why now, well why not, getting our limited edition cars together has to be a good idea, or at least you the owners can meet greet and maybe get a good reason why or how to get your cars made legal once again with help via the registry and each other I think a very good idea back. Fact at this time there is 8 cars legal on the road of a total of 15 left in the UK. I will be at Castle Combe for club lotus day on Saturday may 25th You can contact me via this new email address [email protected]
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    A photo of the Esprit and a link to info/photos/clips of some of our previous non-Lotus motoring follies :
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    I think a realistic probate valuation (i.e. what you could actually expect to receive in your hand rather than advertise it for) would be around £7-8K for a 521 eclat on a galvanised chassis in very good condition (condition 1). A concours (show winning) car might get a bit higher. Even at this level, it would take a while to actually sell the car, as these cars arent the most liquid market in terms of good cars and good buyers willing to pay for a good car. I disagree with Mike above in saying that the eclat is more popular than the elite (although that certainly used to be the case). The Elite commands a small premium over an equivalent eclat in the current market (and I have no idea why as Elites are hideous...) ;-). As far as the dealer quotes you have received - view them as what they are - a dealer looking to make a quick 5-6K on an estate sale. I have a part restored eclat series 1 on a galvanised chassis that has no doors and hasnt moved in 20 odd years and I wouldnt sell that for £1.5K If you want me to view it and give you an honest opinion of what I think you realistically could sell it for, post up some pictures, or email them to me at: [email protected] best wishes Duncan
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    I'd imagine the £1m electric hypercar will be the halo model mate.
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    I fully agree, great to hear Lotus will be back out there racing! Especially in a class that is close to the roadcars (unlike F E). That's how it all started. Filip
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    New season of Game of Thrones, Avengers End Game, Star Wars "The Rise of Skywalker" teaser and now a proper (at least on the face of it ) Lotus announcement at a major car show? I am, to all intents and purposes, squealing in a most un-masculine manner this April. After the almost weekly special editions of the JMG Era, I'm kind of excited... there's been lots of infrastructure announcements... now hopefully for the real deal. I'm off to sacrifice a goat.
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    'They are rapidly rising in price, mine is worth 50,000 now.... and i'm thinking about selling' This car has been on the market for some time - hovering around the 30k mark - not yet shifted so I would say the above statement is tosh
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    I'm in a retro Music page on FB and someone posted these images - Summer '84 - Car owned at the time by the Spandau Ballet drummer John Keeble - thought someone might be interested to see............. Looking at the DVLA site though I don't think its still around. Apols images are flipped for some reason so it is a RHD
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    Just back from Oz and New Zealand visiting relatives. (visited WOW museum in Nelson (NZ) Nice Lotus Cortina inside. ) Anyway back to the grind. Got my brake servo reconditioned so ready to put back in.
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    The car and the model? I'm impressed :D
  30. 1 point
    Have you got any left? or are you selling other people's now? and have you told them?
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    More info
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    Do anybody else think there’s something a bit wrong with this sentence:”The World’s first British electric hypercar”? Surely that’s just “Britian’s first electric hypercar!
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    Great video on the Lotus site - you can make out the hypercar shape much more clearly for a start! Great to see the website looking this slick and professional!
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    Despite my children being named Luke and Leah, neither I nor my wife have watched a Star Wars film, ever.
  36. 1 point
    Ahhh fret not - that +4 suv configuration is on its way
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    Take a look on the Maserati Barchetta chassis:
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    Why would you say that when you have no idea about what any of it is until tomorrow?
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    I'm in talks with someone about making new mirror stalks out of CNC aluminium which are similar dimensions to the TFR single stalk mirrors, but the design will be a bit different (a bit more angled and sharper looking). It would have a ball joint attached directly to the stalk which means less to go wrong, plus the thread will be tapped into the stalk so it would accept the bottom two bolts from the standard mirrors which will be a proper, solid, mounting solution. If others are interested, then we could turn it into a batch which would make it more cost effective. I'm hopeful that this would be the ideal, working solution to the mirrors. Increased visibility with good quality mounts.
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    I'll pop you a PM with a copy of the press release*! *In 2 days time
  42. 1 point
    Vehicle Virgins Evora 400 review video, I think this guys hooked, and this guy has driven a lot of exotica, and to compare the ride to a 720S is high praise indeed.
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    No. Breakfast meet at the Departure Lounge Cafe, Alton south of Basingstoke. Started off 3 or 4 years ago with a handful of Alfas and has grown to around 150 vehicles.
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    Had mine set by the book as close as possible, and it is fine. I don't think the workshop manual is wrong. Getting the rear toe in is very important too, but adjustment range with the spacers is limited. Mine were as close as possible, but not quite to spec.
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    I saw the auto at the Practical Classics Restoration show last weekend and it did look very nice although all the dash was out as were the seats. Owner went through the work that had been done on it an it did look like a good buy.
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    Hi Shaun Welcome to the Forum. If you fancy an excuse for a drive take a look at You will see that our next meet is only a short drive for you - to the Mayfly on the Stockbridge Road. There should be a good selection of cars to look over - and you never know what @pbharcourt is going to turn up in! Kevin
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    Finally, only 6 months after collecting it at Hethel from @a7esk, I got some free time coinciding with a couple of hours of reasonable weather and so got the Radium CAI fitted to the Evora. A bit of a phaff getting the old air box out - Lotus must start with it and then build the rest of the car around it - but it seems to have been a worthwhile exercise. I've only managed a quick run down around the village so far but already I'm aware of the throttle response being noticeably crisper. All I've got to do now is retrieve the jubilee clip that was securing the hot air vent pipe to the heatshield at the bulkhead, which managed to disappear down into the engine bay during removal. At least the air molecules don't have as far to go now, and won't get lost, on their way to the inlet manifold, .
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    A little side project, while the dash was out, was the heater register. The original had been touched up rather hamfisted, was warped and glued on with double sided tape. Not pretty! So I spent some time on the computer, scanning the original, and then "repairing" it in Paint (don't have photoshop). Some self adhesive photo paper and a printer later: New heater register decal! (Still needs some trimming around the edges, I know) :-)
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    Good morning, Elite world, after a long wait caused by the incredibly hot and humid weather, Wedgie could finally get her new green coat. Have to say, it turned out GREAT! My Buddy Todd, in charge of prep and paint did a wonderful job. All the fiberglass repairs and careful sanding and blocking turned into arrow straight panels and beatyful lines without a single crack anywhere left. It was quite the investment, but you get what you pay for, and in this case, in a positive way. We sank over 150 manhours into it, but that's what it takes to bring a battered body up to this show quality standard. And then there is the colour. We all were a little nervous as how the 2005 Lotus British Racing green would look on the car, but man! It is gorgeous! Well, it better should be at $450 the gallon... the pics really don't do it justice, as the pearl effect doesn't like fuorescent light and flash, but in daylight it really is beautyful! If you wonder about the orange peel on the rear quarter shot: The car still needs to be coloursanded and buffed. Now it is off to the upholstery shop!
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    Upon the great demand Here are the latest pictures fresh from the paint shop. As always, things take much longer than anticipated, and life get's in the way also...but no complaints, as the result sure will be stellar! All the cracks (and there were quite a few!) in the body have been relaminated with veil cloth and resin after stripping the paint. We did that in large sections rather than patchworking. The underside has been cleaned, and now it is in primer. Because the roof section had a huge dip in it on the right side just after the windscreen (the Georgia sun wasn't too kind to it), we decided to not fill it in with tons of bondo, but to go with a vinyl top, as it presumably had from factory. This will add some more cool 70ies vibe and straighten out the wavyness! After the paint it will go straight to the upholstery shop where the carpet and interior is done and waiting.

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