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  1. If you love sports cars, you need to make the most of them over the next two years or so… As many of you are already aware, from June 2022 all new cars will come fitted with speed limiters (Intelligent Speed Assistance – ISA). These will include mandatory data loggers. Yes, initially you will allowed to turn ISA off manually (likely necessitating multiple screens etc. as each car company tries to make it awkward to do). It is unclear as to whether the data logger would be turned off along with the ISA system; I suspect not! The systems will be reset as soon as the engine is switched off, so you will need to manually disable it for every single journey. Engine power will be limited, although this can be over-ridden by pressing harder on the accelerator. Visual and audible warnings will increase in intensity as you remain over the limit; think about how parking sensor alarms sound as you draw near to another car, a wall etc. HOWEVER, the European Transport and Safety Council admits the system will come with a full on/off switch only initially. This is only ‘to aid public acceptance at introduction’ - their quote. New cars will likely not have a switch option for very long! Furthermore, it is all but inevitable that insurance companies will want access to the data logger. This would be automatic in the event of any accident; the technology allows constant recording so millions of drivers will be logged 24/7 automatically, with their insurance companies noting ‘aggressive’ driving and putting up policy payments accordingly – as they already do for many new/young drivers, who have the 'black box/telematics' loggers fitted. No-one will want to have a spirited drive knowing there’s a data logger noting every detail… The part that seems to be largely ignored is that this is simply the first part of the legislation: the systems will be required on all new models given ‘type’ approval from May 2022, with all models on the market before that date required to adopt the tech by May 2024. ‘All models on the market before that date required to adopt the tech by May 2024’! Unless public outcry (i.e. who is going to pay for it/right to not have all your journey data logged/Big Brother/Nanny State etc.) results in governmental intervention, sports cars are around two and a half years from becoming largely irrelevant. A huge proportion of people able to afford a premium car will simply go for luxury/technology instead of a sports car because they are not going to splash out extra tens of thousands of pounds, dollars euros etc. only to be flashed/beeped/recorded/have unpleasant emails/letters/phone calls from their insurance companies. Unfortunately, I envision the 2028 premium sector as being dominated by luxurious electric SUVs (with considerably irony over the ‘S’ part!) Make the most of your driving, folks: May 2024 is not as far away as we’d all like it to be…
  2. To be honest, I think their 'the other sportscar' is meant to be ambiguous, deliberately leading to the range of interpretations expressed above. However, I don't think it's a great approach; having potential customers looking confused, scratching their respective heads and saying, 'Eh?' isn't really helping anyone. Luckily, the car seems superb and will hopefully pretty much sell itself!
  3. Bee

    Lotus Emira

    The (£76K) competition... I genuinely think the Emira (either engine option) will beat that in most categories! Interesting that the GT4 is still 1420kg, by the way.
  4. Looks tremendous in red, but I think I can see why Lotus haven't done the launch car that colour: it would have been described as a mini-Ferrari, cut-price Ferrari by the media, which would have given some people the impression that it was copying their styling. I'm not one of them, I'll stress, but it would have cropped up in virtually every piece about the car. I'd imagine that grey was chosen as a launch car colour because of the target the Emira is aimed so firmly at, i.e. gaining sales from potential Cayman buyers. Every other Porsche you see tends to be grey (the UK's most popular colour for the past 3 years); I seem to recall that around 70% of their cars are either grey, black or white, with the majority of the white choices being made for the SUVs. Given how stunning the Emira looks in white, I'm surprised it is not available as a launch colour. I even wondered whether it was to distance it from the white Evoras with the black pack, which seemed a firm favourite with many for a time. Personally, I still love Military Grey (preferably with a black and red interior). I hope the promotional cars going to dealerships show the full launch colour range, though; I especially want to see the green!
  5. It the UK, we will initially be allowed to switch it off, but it seems likely that option will vanish at some stage. I imagine that a few companies will do a 'fix' enabling you to have it permanently switched off. However, if you have switched it off, you can be fairly sure that in the event of any accident, your insurance will automatically be invalidated.
  6. Just so long as they never stoop to calling it the 'Emotional Control Unit', à la Aston Martin! 😂
  7. With Lotus targeting a new market with the Emira, elements like the key fobs really do matter; it won't do much for the perceived quality if your car's fob looks like a rebranded Ford Transit van affair, and your mates' fobs look like this...
  8. I'd imagine that once the stockpile of V6 engines is run dry, an AMG M139 version will appear, offering at least the 415 horses powering the A45 S. That spec is already compliant with emissions regs around the world, and will be essentially effortless to offer it to customers at any point Lotus wishes to do so. The fact that the engine weighs less than the supercharged V6 means that this will also mean a better power-to-weight ratio, right off the bat! I'd imagine that many of the owners of secondhand Emiras, in 3+ years time, will be opting for power upgrades as it should be cheap and easy to do so - significantly cheaper and easier than the current Komotec options on the current V6s, and they seem relatively popular. I'm sure Komotec will be more than willing to take V6 Emiras up to 460-500bhp, too, come to think of it!
  9. Don't they make ladies hair removal products? 😂😂😂
  10. Bee

    Lotus Emira

    Def the Evija! I'd love to see elements like the floating dash and centre binnacle make their way in to the Emira (and future models, too) though!
  11. Bee

    Who will buy a 131?

    It seems likely for the 300bhp version to clock in at around £55k as it will be head-to-head with the Cayman S at the same price point and power. Anything much above that, and it will need to be spectacularly ahead of said Cayman S in order to justify the extra £££, or look like poor value by comparison. Other competitors for the inevitable group tests with this lower price-point model are likely to be the Alpine A110, Z4 M40, Supra and possibly the TT RS. Hopefully, it'll make mincemeat of the lot of them!
  12. The £55K 300bhp entry-level model will be road tested against the £55K 300bhp Cayman S (and probably the 250bhp Alpine A110) by just about everyone. When it comes down to the general public's opinion as to whether Lotus has produced a competitor, which has no compromises (i.e. genuinely becoming a potential purchase for thousands, whom would not have chosen a Lotus before) it's fair to say that it has to come out on top in the majority of those road tests. With the Cayman S and A110 doing the 0-60mph times in 4.7s/4.5s respectively (and Porsche famously underquotes), the 300bhp Emira needs to be in that region or better. I imagine it will especially be compared to the A110 as it would be embarrassing for Lotus if Alpine out-Lotused Lotus by producing a faster accelerating car, with less power, by virtue of its lightweight construction... In fact, given that the last of the Elises were going for close to £50K, it is going to be compared with them, too, and although it will undoubtedly be superior in all kinds of ways, it is likely going to be knocked if it's half a second slower to the 0-60bhh benchmark. It's quite a competitive end of the market, to be honest. It will be interesting seeing it in group tests with the Cayman S, Alpine A110 and likely Toyota Supra and Z4 M40i, too! Personally, however, I think Lotus will nail it: for the first time, they've had the backing and resources to really show what they can do. Competitors? Bring 'em on!
  13. Now that we're already down to the last few brand-new Lotus cars for sale, we'll probably fairly soon be at the point where there are no brand-new Lotus cars for sale - and a wait until 2022 until the Type 131 graces dealer forecourts. I wonder what kind of marketing Lotus will employ to plug the gap... Goodwood (8-11th July) is not so very far away so I am expecting a few teases to come before then, and hopefully some development diary-esque videos, once the cat is out of the bag. I can only assume that Evija coverage will also help keep Lotus in the public eye. What I am really wondering, however, is 'who' the Type 131 will be aimed at, and thus what kind of advertising/marketing we will see. Will we see them try to appeal equally to existing fans and to those whom would not have seriously entertained buying a Lotus before, or do they go all-out for the new buyers and rely on brand-loyalty from the faithful. I would imagine that in the year to come, we are going to get a good idea of how/where they intend to position themselves for the decade to come... Interesting times...
  14. Excellent - in the dystopian future, 20,000+ years from now, I will have something to power my Nokia 3210, the only surviving technological device...
  15. Agreed - it's piddly-nothing compared to the sums being thrown around in the industry, investing in electric vehicles. Porsche alone are talking figures of 10 billion euros invested into electrification by 2024. I believe they've thrown 'around' £30 million just into their e fuels project!
  16. Am I the only one that keeps calling it the 'Arthur'?
  17. Bee

    500bhp Exige

    Turns out that the sweet spot in the Exige range is 500+bhp and a DCT...
  18. I know ... LHD only! I don't want to sound unsupportive of my favourite car company by far, but there's a certain sour taste left in the mouth when the phrases 'British hypercar' and 'LHD only' end up applying to the same motoring product.
  19. Nice to see one in motion, if only digitally...
  20. Whilst it would be fantastic to see 500+bhp, I suspect the Achille's heel of the Toyota engine set-up is indeed the gearbox; if they believed that the current gearbox could have been strengthened enough to reliably handle it, then we would surely have seen a 500bhp Evora/Exige (instead of the 430 variants). They would have been incredibly desirable propositions! I can only assume that there is no easy answer to the gearbox issue or Komo-Tec et al. would be offering it, even if it was not viable for Lotus themselves?
  21. First time I've seen them on film - very impressed! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoPww8I-1vA
  22. 'Popham says there will be versions of Lotus’s new car that can fit all of the company’s existing price ranges, depending on specification, starting at today’s £55,000 and reaching £110,000 for the best-equipped and fastest.' That's quite a spread of pricing for the one car, even factoring in a premium for an electric-hood convertible. I wonder if this means versions with different engines...
  23. Honestly, the more I see the Evija, the more I appreciate that the styling really is something else - just epic! I dearly hope that major styling cues will feed into the future Lotus models; if versions of those Venturi tunnels with afterburner-effect wrap-around lights don't make it to some of the new cars, it will be a massive wasted opportunity!
  24. Bee

    Electric Evora

    Interesting project, here - Mountain Pass Performance's electric Evora, with a Tesla motor and two Chevy Volt batteries. It's only 200lb heavier but has over 500 horses so … 1/4 mile in 10s. There's no denying that the lack of sound takes something away from the character, but if this is just what someone mechanically-minded can cook up with spare parts, then Lotus' future electric cars should deliver epic performance!
  25. He's most certainly showering himself in something...
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