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  1. Positive news ... *faints* Great stuff, hopefully a few more motoring journalists might get in on the act!
  2. Ooft, I'm in love! How does it compare with the Exige, Frank?
  3. Bee

    Exige S Roadster

    Happy to be proved wrong! Really looking forwards to seeing some pic's, now! Anyone on here ordered a Roadster?
  4. Bee

    Exige S Roadster

    The premium interior is just quilted seats/door cards; I was referring to the fully trimmed roadster interior as seen in the Geneva/Goodwood car.
  5. Happy Birthday! Have a good 'un!
  6. Bee

    Exige S Roadster

    Disappointed, as I expect many are, by the lack of a Geneva/Goodwood style interior (quilted seats/door cards aside) but do Lotus offer this kind of thing as an extra, i.e. leather covered dash, door top handles, sills ect. Don't know anyone who's ever had any such work done by Lotus although I've seen a few good specialist re-trims over the years.
  7. Clarkson is being - as ever - confrontational and controversial; he is triggering debate and there are enough elements of truth in there to make it uncomfortable reading to any Lotus fan. If Lotus want to improve their communications (the COO having very recently discovered that this 'is' an issue) then invite some motoring press to Hethel to share the vision. If a new Elise and Evora/Elan are being planned, and the new Esprit 'is' a goer, then share that with the world. Lotus would seem to be stabilising, quality is evidently significantly improved and the Exige in particular is winning c
  8. So, the Snows Lotus Hedge End opening looked good. Did anyone here ask COO Aslam Farikullah any interesting/pertinent questions? Even better: did anyone get any interesting/pertinent answers? (Gratuitous image of new model Esprit for aesthetic purposes only ...)
  9. Was nice to see this interview with Donato Coco, still Director of Design at Lotus. Does anybody know whether Wolf Zimmermann is still there?
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    Komo-Tec Exige S

    I appreciate what you're saying, Mel, but Komo-Tec were testing with one skinny guy in what looked like pretty clement conditions. It would be good to know the fuel load but with an extra 60 bhp or so, I'd have hoped the 0-100 kph time would have dipped below 4.0 seconds flat. Obviously, it's just one acceleration benchmark; the other two could be mightily impressive. As I mentioned, I couldn't find the 0-200 kph time (or the 100-200 kph). At the end of the day, tenths of a seconds in acceleration times are pretty subjective in terms of the 'driver experience'. I'll be interested to re
  11. Just seen Komo-Tec's test footage of the Exige S they've been working on - was a bit disappointed to see they added 60 bhp and got a 0-100 kph time (4.1 seconds) marginally slower than a 'standard' Exige S (4.0 seconds). I don't know how the 0-200 kph time (13.6 seconds) stacks up against a regular Exige S.
  12. Great news! Glad to see there 'is' obviously a new plan, one the Regional Growth Fund is confident enough to back to the tune of £10 million - something I understand they only do when the company in question will create economic growth and sustained new employment. Now, if they'd just share that plan ...
  13. Best wishes for a swift recovery, Frank! I'm trying to make those best wishes not be for any selfish reasons, such as seeing your new baby in action, for instance ... Trying!
  14. From Top Gear website ... 'We recently learned from the DVLA that the Lotus Elan is the hardiest classic car... in the world. And by that we mean number of cars still taxed or SORN'd versus the number built in the first place. 8955 were built, 2151 are still taxed, and 1210 are SORN'd. That's a survival rate of 37.5%. Perhaps Lotus should start building these again ...'
  15. Congratulations, Frank: that looks the business! We're all desperate to see her tearin' up the twisties, now ...
  16. Not entirely sure which I'm most jealous about: the stunning Esprit or the roads he gets to drive it on ... ttp://
  17. Has the Esprit definitely been canned, then?
  18. Oops, meant Buddsy, not Bibs! Sorry, guys: my bad!
  19. Terrific news for Lotus! I hope this does much to reassure people that Lotus is stabilising!
  20. Putting this up as much to illustrate the common impression about the stabilty of Lotus as a company as much as anything else. Please, please, please, DRB, do something to reassure the public about Lotus' future before the damage becomes all but irreparable! I find their obstinate silence utterly unfathomable. Recent reports from the factory paint a 'far' brighter picture, but that is the sort of thing only Lotus enthusiasts are ever likely to pick up upon.
  21. I agree with you, Bibs: the Elise S looks like a cracking proposition - even does high 30's mpg on the combined cycle, too! Given how easily people get the power up to 240-60 bhp, I do wonder if Lotus didn't keep the power lower when they reintroduced a top-end Elise so as to not tread on the Exige's toes! If I had the £££ for an Exige S but wasn't prepared to wait until ... this Christmas? Next one after that? ... I'd be tempted to buy an S2 Elise, pop in MSC's 310 bhp Honda set-up (stilll does 40 mpg) and get the interior refurbished into something resembling the Exige S Roadster shown a
  22. I'm with Buddsy: Wow! All the best for your surgery, we're all longing to see this beauty/beast out in the canyons!
  23. The whole affair, along with the delays in getting product out, is really tarnishing Lotus' reputation and credibility. I have to agree with all the people who have asked why the dispute was allowed to reach this stage in the first place! I'm more annoyed that DRB haven't made any statement to allay fears/reassure potential customers. Even a simple, 'Everything's fine - it was a misunderstanding; we are investing in Lotus's future ect.' would be better than complete silence! Even better, turn this into a positive by announcing some plans so that potential customers know that there IS a fut
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