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  1. 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...

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  2. 3 hours ago, exeterjeep said:

    Government announces £30m investment in EV and hydrogen technology-

    https://www.am-online.com/news/latest-news/2021/03/30/government-announces-30m-investment-in-ev-and-hydrogen-technology

     

    Government’s £30m funding will be structured in two parts:

    £9.4m for 22 studies to develop innovative automotive technology, including hydrogen vehicles and a lithium extraction plant at St Austell, Cornwall.

    A further £22.6m committed by the government-backed Faraday Institution to build on vital research into battery safety and sustainability.

     

    £30m does not sound enough to achieve much.

    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!

  3. 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?

  4. '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...

  5. 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!

     

  6. Anyone brave (or knowledgeable) enough to predict an Evija lap time... I'm intrigued as to how much all that power, aero, 4WD and Lotus knowhow offsets the weight penalty. I'm assuming a stellar time at somewhere like the Nürburgring but it'll be interesting seeing what it does on a twisty little track like Hethel!  

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  7. 1 hour ago, NedaSay said:

    Lotus could totally produce an esprit but pinning organic growth on a Esprit class vehicle is a stretch.

    Pinning organic group on a slew of cars using the same skate and sharing componentry like never before and starting with the midrange model does make sense.

    The range is bond to change especially if the next sport car is a "more capable" Exige class vehicle, I do think that this car will help Lotus produce an supercar class vehicle down the line. 

    I agree, and furthermore it would appear to make sense for Lotus to cut their teeth on the many and varied new skills, technologies, engineering, manufacturing aspects etc. from producing the Evija and this mid-range transitional model before their entirely new range arrives. Being honest, the MP4-12C is largely forgotten, now, but it gave the McLaren teams the knowledge, experience and underpinnings they needed to go on to create their current well-regarded range (disregarding the current reliability issues, which Lotus cannot afford to emulate given their widespread - however undeserved - reputation).

     

    Obviously, it's important for this new model to get it right: it's still got to be a 'Lotus' but also be as competent a daily runner as any Cayman or Boxster; the interior, especially, will be prodded, pushed, pulled and highlighted in pretty much every single review. Lotus will not want to see the words: 'But it's still no Porsche' in regards to this aspect of the car.

     

    However, bigger picture and all that  - as noted before, the MP4-12C was largely forgotten given what followed; being honest, I think it will be the same for this interim model for Lotus. It basically just needs to play it safe - look good, be dynamically interesting, be a daily driver without serious compromise, and not have any notable flaws. The Alpine A110 has very recently showed us all that a highly-competent, reasonably priced Cayman competitor is entirely achievable. If the new car is Lotus's more exciting version of the Alpine, then they will likely have enough of a success story on their hands, with that and the Evija, to see them through to the genuinely new models. If Lotus are planning a convertible model, too, the aforementioned two models will keep them in the headlights of the motoring press just about long enough to plug the gap until the completely new stuff arrives - just what an interim model 'should' be doing...

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  8. Do you know, that's a decent-looking car too! If Kia's Stinger can achieve a few sales over here, I can see a car like that generating quite a few more - a cut-price RS3 competitor? I've wondered what Lync & Co cars are like since hearing they were 'coming soon' but having something like that in the range, and with an awareness that it shares architecture with Volvo and has development from Polestar … well, they might be off to a good start!

     

    As for the engine, next gen Elise/Exige/Evora/Elan anyone? Surely that's a perfect powerplant for any of them!

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  9. 4 hours ago, The Pits said:

    I've got nothing against her personally but she looks like she's talking to young children. Maybe she is?

    Let the dumbing down commence!

    Wouldn't you all prefer to see what former Lotus F1 drivers think of it?

    I know what you're saying but she's become 'the' name for first looks at hypercars and high-end supercars. I'd imagine someone in Lotus's team considered her growing reputation for showcasing these types of vehicles, saw her 1.78 million subscribers on YouTube and thought that's got to be worth 15-20 minutes of our time before the car's loaded up and taken to the next location.

     

    I'd rather see the thoughts of former (and current) F1 stars when they actually allow people to drive it at speed. I realise that could be quite a while away yet though!

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  10. 1 hour ago, rjwooll said:

    Unfortunately, the BBC is extremely biased in its coverage of climate change. They constantly do the Al Gore trick of generalising from the particular. With a hugely complex system like the climate, it is possible to cherry pick any event that supports your view, as we see with all these shock headlines about weather events that turn out to be entirely within a normal range. The world has gradually been warming since the end of the Little Ice Age in the 1800s, and this has nothing to do with anthropogenic CO2 emissions. Even now, CO2 only represents .04% of the atmosphere.

     

    The world's average temperature has been very consistent over the past 2,000 years (as reconstructed through various methods, e.g. ice core samples, sensitive isotope variations etc., all showing very similar results) with all the temperature variations (including the Little Ice Age) falling within less than a 1°C range. There was a gentle rise, following the Little Ice Age. Since 1900, however, that rise has been unprecedented, i.e. there has most certainly not been a gradual rise since the Little Ice Age, and the evidence suggests this very much 'is' to do with anthropogenic CO2 emissions...

     

    Once the rise over the past century has been factored in, we have to say that the temperature variations over the past 2,000 years now fall within 1.4°C; that's a colossal difference caused just over the past century alone.

     

    This coincides with the sharp rise in CO2 levels. The CO2 levels 'were' at 4% in 2015 (equates to 400ppm); they now look set to top 415ppm in 2019. They were at 369ppm in 2000; 353pppn in 1990; 328ppm in 1980 and at around 300ppm - 3% of the atmosphere - just before 1900. From, 200-1,000 years ago, they fell within a few points of 2.8%; in fact the only other time CO2 levels topped 300ppm/3% of the atmosphere within the past 800,000 years was around 330,000 years ago, which conicided with a global rise in temperature. 

     

     

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  11. Well, we've all had a good chance to pore over the pictures, watch the videos and hear what Lotus, themselves, had to say about the Evija. Now, we all know that this car provides design direction for future models, but what are those direction? What styling, design and engineering cues do you believe we will see on the future models?

     

    My guesses would be an increased focus on aerodynamics, especially ground effect and active elements; negative space that supports weight efficiency/the aforementioned aero (the flying/floating wing dash and the floating centre console strike me as something that would look great on pretty much any model); technical elements deliberately left on show, as seen with the glass rear screen (and in the popular exposed gear linkages on current Elises/Exiges); and, a deliberate simplicity in the interiors.

     

    Those are very much guesswork, obviously; I'm extremely interested to hear what design cues from the Evija you guys believe will make their way onto the upcoming line-up...

     

     

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