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  1. Yeah, ideally the industry, as a whole, should be looking into upgradable systems, but as Andy said, perhaps the ICE is seen as one more way to make your car feel obsolete in 5 yrs time so you feel pressured into a new one! It will be interesting to see what directions Lotus take in this front. 'Luxury' was a word being thrown around a bit so I suspect fairly high-end specs. You're 100% right, though - high-end looks ordinary at best after 5 yrs if it's integrated and can't be easily updated.
  2. I completely get what you're saying; however, if the stop-gap car's/new cars' ICE offerings don't at least match up to the opposition's, then it will be the big 'BUT...' on every other review, group test etc. and we'll see phrases like 'old Lotus bugbear' and 'not there yet...' Realistically, assuming a £110,000-£130,000 price it will be largely compared with the new 992 model 911, AMG GT and Audi R8 so as well as hitting 60mph/100kph in around 3.5 seconds and matching handling etc. it will need interior quality and technological toys/ICE of equivalent quality to those cars if it w
  3. It will be interesting to see what they deliver as the stop-gap car, before the all-new models arrive, as it will very much be taken as a statement of intent from the world's motoring press and interested potential buyers. It does sound most likely to be based on the Evora platform so I'm genuinely intrigued to see what they have up their sleeves; they really have to nail it because it will be expected to stand up (excel against?) against the competition in every sense, not just 'feel', ride and handling. I wonder whether we're going to see a mock-up, concept etc. at Shanghai... It
  4. Really idiotic - after Gales' 102mph fine, this could end up in the press (ANOTHER Lotus executive in trouble etc. etc.) and be quite an embarrassment to the company! I can see that a one year ban seems quite harsh for just moving a vehicle into a car park but when you work in a senior position at a car company and you are responsible for signing off new product, there's really no excuse whatsoever!
  5. The hypercar market is really surprising me, to be honest - Lotus's offering is going to be compared with the Aston Martin Valkyrie and AM-RB 003; the Pininfarina Battista (which seems perhaps the most similar and direct rival); Koenigsegg Jeska; and, undoubtedly, whatever hypercars Ferrari, McLaren (and perhaps even Bugatti) are planning for 2-3 years year's time. The group tests should make for some incredible TV at least! I would never have guessed that the £1-3 million market would have so much product. With them all offering staggering acceleration, 1-2,000 bhp and insane looks, I wonder
  6. €2 million, cool-looking (well, perhaps not front), electric hypercar, stylish interior, 0-60mph in 'under' 2 seconds, 1874bhp, very decent range - Pininfarina's Battista, just unveiled at Geneva. https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-news/first-official-pictures/pininfarina/battista_pf0/ Your move, Lotus...
  7. The drivetrain is very interesting, for sure, and perhaps not just for the upcoming SUV... As for the Polestar 2, I am the only one that thinks the interior looks overly dark and grim? It doesn't so much scream 'innovative' and 'high-tech' as it does 'undertaker' or 'crypt'!
  8. I liked the G12 too! This new project looks like it'll be impressively capable but ye gods - the aesthetics! However the Lotus hypercar goes, no matter what it can do in terms of track times etc., I dearly hope that it's gorgeous too! This Ginetta could make blind people feel nauseous.
  9. Agreed, and although I'd love to see Lotus do this sort of thing from the ground up, we have to remember that so much of this is new territory for them - £million+, electric/hybrid hypercars are not really on their CVs as yet! To develop the next generation/s of cars, they are going to need to develop a very significant number of technologies and this sort of partnership makes an awful lot of sense in order to develop the skills and expertise within their own staff. It is also, surely, the only conceivable way to do it within a reasonable timeframe. A Lotus hypercar that is blister
  10. 'If' Lotus are taking this route, I'd be most surprised to see them leave the chassis as it is, regardless of Williams' engineering expertise, however, I would imagine Williams would also be quite happy with that. They would surely expect any partnership utilising their platform to develop and evolve what they have offered, and Lotus have a pretty stellar reputation for chassis design. I, for one, would also be interested to see what else WIlliams can offer: their F1 experience with air effect, for instance, must surely be worth considering...
  11. This would seem to add up very nicely. WIlliams state that they could make a production run of 100 or so of these rolling carbon fibre chassis, with an electric 652bhp torque-vectored AWD system, weighing only 955kg each. Add in an equivalent to the Toyota supercharged 3.5l V6 (175kg?) to top it up to 1000bhp, and have it sound the way you'd want it to, and you would surely have something quite phenomenal for the Lotus ride and handling wizards to get their teeth stuck into! Could be very interesting... www.topgear.com/car-news/electric/fancy-building-652bhp-4wd-electric-supercar-
  12. Fair point, Mel! I'd just lost track of what was still in the pipeline, beyond the SUV and a likely halo hypercar, and wondered if anything more was still confirmed or likely. I was definitely not expecting anyone to risk their careers with unscheduled model announcements!
  13. I have been an enthusiastic Lotus fan for more years than I'd care to mention but I must admit, I've not kept up with what's been confirmed, suspected, disconfirmed etc. in these exciting times for the company. At the risk of sounding lazy, can anyone here provide a brief overview of what is definite (or seems very probable) in terms of the new/updated models expected from Geely-backed Lotus over the next few years? In the absence of 'definites', I'm certainly interested in hearing what those on the site, who have a little more insight and/or insider knowledge, believe to be 'likely'...
  14. You only have to read this to see that a 'propulsion system' for the hypercar could be expedited relatively quickly... www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/april/insight-williams-updated-battery/ Hopefully, many lessons learned from this 'technological showcase' will swiftly trickle down to the new sportscars, as happened with McLaren after their development of the P1. Lotus might be bringing in a lot of new talent but they are also going to be stepping into new territory if their new models are going to be world beaters. It will be a steep learning curve; hopefully, a bi
  15. This makes a great deal of sense: Lotus needed to bring in real expertise for their upcoming hybrids, be it for the SUV(s), the 'hypercar' (which may even be purely electric, of course) or the new sportscars (whatever they might be!) A partnership with an established company is surely a good business decision; Williams have been the battery supplier to all Formula E cars for five years, not to mention to mention having a huge amount of know-how when it comes to hybrid systems. McLaren and Ferrari are able to bring their own F1 expertise to their road cars, in the this regard. Porsche are able
  16. Would be great to see any new Elise (similar entry-level Lotus) with a similar engine - reduced weight, lower centre of gravity, efficiency and lowered emissions to meet future targets, allowance of more space for improved practicality etc. I am intrigued to see what innovations the new models will bring, although I have to wonder whether we'll see an entry-level model like the Elise ever again. I've always thought that a reasonably priced Elise with decent practicality and a stylish enough interior would sell very well (Porsche's Boxster all but saved the company) but I do understand that man
  17. I agree; in fact, I think there's a definite danger of things starting to look and feel a little stale unless they begin to drip feed details of what's to come. I appreciate that's a balancing act, however, as Lotus will not want current potential customers to think, 'That looks incredible - I'll wait for that!' Lotus may well suffer in the sales department, for a while, until the 'next generation' start arriving. I hope I'm wrong about that but unless there are some substantial upgrades on the way it looks like there will be a calm before the media/sales storm to come. Evora Road
  18. If a plethora of Lotus SUVs and a couple of sporty luxo-barges mean we get an assortment of incredible new 'proper' Lotus sports cars, I can live with that. And if those 'proper' sports cars are cool and modern inside, with the tech, for those who want it, all nicely integrated so that it doesn't detract from the driving experience, I can live with that too. I think we've all always known that Lotus was never going to achieve the numbers required for it to begin to make cars like a new Esprit until they strongly appeal to demographics, who - at the moment - would not currently entertain the th
  19. That proposition for a new Elite was the only car from Bahar's wish list that genuinely caught my eye; frankly, it made my jaw drop! It seems to take all the best that an M4 convertible offers and then adds Lotus in place of the downsides! Make that, Geely, and you will have my undying devotion! I would have thought the nearest we'll get to it, however, will be an Esprit roadster variant with all the luxury options ticked on the spec sheet.
  20. I suppose it's not that large a figure given the $11b pumped into Volvo. With so much investment and expansion, however, it would seem clear that we can expect the two new SUVs to be produced in pretty significant numbers, and it makes me wonder whether the two 'all-new' sports cars, which we have been told to expect around 2020, will be taken back to the drawing board to make them competitors to the likes of Porsche etc. in ways they have simply not had the funds/resources to match before, i.e. interior quality, technology etc. Will the carbon-tubbed, track-focussed flagship model become the
  21. I think the limiting factor is how much torque can go through that gearbox, not how much power the engine can produce! Komo-Tec are already knocking on the door of a reliable 500bhp, with some uprated internals.
  22. To be honest, it's incredibly rare that anyone, whatsoever, has done a high-profile, mainstream video about Lotus. It was embarrassing to realise that Seb Delanney was probably doing more to bring the brand to a large audience than Lotus's own P.R. Just seen a nice video, today, in which someone who vaguely knew the brand, and liked it, but did not know what they were like 'close up' had a day at Stratton's open day. For an amateur piece, he was really able to challenge the negative stereotypes by encouraging the viewer to actually see the cars up close and personal, pointing out the quality
  23. I keep thinking that the Evora Roadster has to be the key interim sales boost between now and 2020. I would have thought that the only questions are the number of variants (especially with regard to engine tune etc. - 410bhp and 430bhp anybody?), finalising a roof strategy (electric or DIY roof disassembly/assembly at this price point?) and where to place in terms of luxury versus sports. Mind you, I predicted it would have been out 2-3 years ago so what do I know!
  24. I'd dearly love to see a new Esprit, but they don't half have their work cut out to build a £150,000 car from scratch that can take on the 570GT, developed off the back of McLaren's past few years' work, and the best 911s, developed since the early Palaeolithic. Of course, there's also Lambo's Huracan in the mix, too. They (or rather their equivalent models in x years' time) are what the new Esprit would be lining up against in the inevitable group tests, and they are all developed off the back of many years of work on similar models. I'd imagine Nissan's GTR successor will be around by then,
  25. I think it probably has to be the SUV - they're not going away any time soon! I think they really, really have their work cut out as to where to position it on the market, though! Assuming it's heavily based on someone else's underpinnings, I can't see it being exceptionally light for its class. I'll be very intrigued to see what size it ends up being, to be honest. The Mazda CX-5 is only 1500kg, just 85 kg more than the Evora 400. Make it sporty - which it would have to be, bearing the Lotus moniker - and it's up against the Macan or Cayenne, neither of which I like (I'm just not an SUV fan a
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