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  1. However bad the virus is, panic is doing even more harm. A major concern now is the deaths that might result from vulnerable non-infected people who won't get medical help from an over-loaded NHS. Very disappointed that the media are doing nothing but reassure and instead increasing the paranoia and fear. BBC led with 'first man to die in wales' today. Not that there has been a fall in new cases. They also showed a video of a fight in a supermarket in Australia all promoting the narrative that society is on the brink of collapse. It turns out the fight wasn't actually anything to do with
  2. Does anyone know anyone who’s had the virus yet?
  3. I was surprised by the 'verdict' until I read that it was our very own @JAWS's Evora. As close to a perfect example of an Evora NA as you'll find. You do wonder about the condition of some of the used cars mags base their opinions on. No doubts about this one. Congrats Jimbo, the legend continues!
  4. Welcome to TLF, good luck with the search.
  5. If they had sold them all don’t you think that even Lotus’s marketing department might consider doing something to celebrate the fact, if not shout it from the rooftops? Pretty sure Uncle Bibs would know about it too. It would be the best possible news for the company at this time, not something you would keep quiet about.
  6. Welcome and good luck. Will be great to see another S3 brought back its best.
  7. Those who like shouty exhausts will find it lacking. Those who like being able to forget about noise meters on trackdays will approve. Still a lovely noise just much quieter obviously doesn’t erupt like standard pipes. Does rob the car of some of the theatre but I can’t help but wonder if it robs some bhp too. It may not, might even make more for all we know but some dyno figures from Lotus would be helpful. Be good if Lotus could show a bit more interest in the issue of track noise as it directly affects many of their customers and I dare say has put quite a few off.
  8. I was referring to the electric SUV Mustang Mach E!
  9. Yes the Esprit Sport 350 was under the shadow of the Sport 300 for so long, I can remember a friend buying one for £28k, I had a V8 GT and was a bit stunned by the difference between them, in every department. Felt significantly faster too. It remains the most composed car I have ever launched over the kerbs at the Nurburgring and by some margin. As you say finally getting the recognition now and good to see. Us Lotus types are bit slow on the uptake by the look of it!
  10. A fair assessment. But the Sport 410, GT410 Sport and the GT430 are the Evoras for Exige fans and trackday lappers, whether they know it or not! Sport 410 was the car that sold the Evora platform to me. Don’t love the Exige any less but it’s harder to go back having gotten used to the Evora’s incredible blend of abilities. Funny though isn’t it, take 100kg out of a 650S, add 20bhp and more downforce, call it the 675LT and the world loses their minds. Even now asking prices are around twice that of the 650S. And they made 1000 of them. Lotus do exactly the same thing, limit production
  11. Talking prices down. A Lotus owner speciality! You can hold anyone to ransom on most cars right now. Terrible time to sell, world's your oyster if you're buying. People who paid over the odds on 991.1 GT3 and RS have lost a lot more money. There are Cayman GT4s asking mid-£60k - that's asking. All are low mileage as everyone was scared to put miles on them. 2nd owner could easily have paid £120k for that. These are Porsche GT cars that everyone thinks are a smart place to put your money. Always best to stick to the golden rule of only buying cars that you wouldn't mind being stuck wi
  12. Autocar: New car is "expected to be shown in the first half of next year before going on sale in the following months" The original target was to reveal the car this year with sales early next so it has been delayed by the best part of another year. 'First half of next year' could mean end of June 21, on sale towards end of 2021. It won't take much to make this a 2022 car. So current range will have to be around longer than orginally planned which makes some updates much more likely.
  13. Makes no sense at all to pay more for a GT410 so my advice for anyone looking is to get a GT430 before everyone comes to their senses. In reality it's a very crowded market around this level, all kinds of classics, V12 Vantages, Aston DBS, McLaren 570, 12C, 650S, F-Type, R8, Gallardo to name a few. High end cars have been produced in large numbers in recent years, there are a lot on the market and prices are continuing to fall in most cases in order to get them sold. Amazing time to buy for anyone with £85k in their pocket. Sadly not many know what a GT430 is or will ever test drive one.
  14. I can think of a lot worse than that, Look what Ford have just done to the Mustang name! Very slim chance we’ll see the Esprit name re-used I believe so no cause for concern. I do know of one suggestion that would be very well received here if it ever happens, who knows where they are with that but it relates to the car being digitised at Hethel. Deep pockets will be required in any event.
  15. Welcome to the forum. Sorry to say that most of us are still wrestling with the conundrum of which Lotus to choose, oscillating between Elise and Exige is particularly common and seemingly incurable. So expect plenty of discussion but not any lasting solution! Just to complicate things I now own an Evora just when I thought of myself as an Exige man for life but still regularly yearn for an Elise! All I can say is Elise is still magic, just as great as you remember, Elise Cup 250 is even better than you remember, seriously impressive car with seemingly endless reserves of grip, the sweet
  16. GT430 sets the bar for driving engagement for me. Elise and Exige even more intensely so but in a narrower operating window. McLaren is only faster and easier which is the direction Lotus are keen to go in. It has worked wonders for Ferrari, Porsche and Lambo sales.
  17. I would love to see Lotus go after the MX5 but it’s not realistic at this time. Lotus need mass production to be able to make sports cars that cheaply. Current production levels do not allow them to compete with the Cayman on price either. So however much we want Lotus to be priced between certain price points we have to make do with the level that is profitable. Or buy something else. Easy to say the Evora’s overpriced but it’s more engaging to drive than any McLaren I’ve driven to date. I still find the Sports series cars a bit unattractive but I’d love to try a 720S, very much admire it. Mu
  18. Or the plan to pitch it at Cayman level didn't work out so they've decided to pitch it higher up, swap 4 cyl plans for a V6, 4 cyl becomes a tough sell over £100k. Take cues from Evija, go for hybrid tech to bring it closer to Evija. Geely are all about tech so they'll want to showcase some on their premium sports car brand. Evija does that in spades. Going to a supercharged V6 would seem a step backwards. It was only a stop gap measure anyway, not the car Lotus really want to be making. As for hybrids and driving dynamics La Ferrari, McLaren P1 and 918 Spyder owners seem happy enough with it.
  19. Unusually for Autocar, this is mostly bollocks but not total bollocks for once! However re-using the Esprit name is highly unlikely in my opinion. The new management are not real Lotus people and I think are more interested in getting away from the past and associated baggage. Love the contrasting passion for the Esprit that exists here but not sure why it would be a big deal to see the name re-used? In fact, unless it was a car worthy of the name and original ambition I'd rather it wasn't used. Elan M100 felt like using a great name to add some gold dust rather than designing a car
  20. Sorry, it's not clear (to me at least) what your concern is here Mel, some possible spell checker/typo errors at critical places perhaps? There's a thread on the Autocar article here The future of Lotus appears to have been delayed for another year by the look of it. My best guess is they've taken the decision to go hybrid which has set them back further. Trying to create some link to continuing what the Evija started I guess. The Evora based car was supposed to be the interim model bridge between the current range and the 'all-new' cars which are still a long way off. As I understood it
  21. Welcome to the forum, that car is definitely in need of rescuing, good luck with the restoration.
  22. Roads were mostly dry but was a very gentle and short drive, nothing to trouble the Cup2s. Such a slow drive I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. Just feeling that chassis react so precisely, the accuracy, agility and poise, so sharp yet so calm. I had forgotten. Really is an automotive delicacy. Only gave it the merest tickle but enough to feel immediate throttle response and that smooth, linear surge just swelling, hinting at the mechanical rage to come. Everything that makes Lotus cars special is here to savour but to find those qualities in the relatively larger and heavier Evo
  23. Very quick run out in the MSG special today. I had forgetten how special these cars are. Gearshift cold and tight to begin with, V6 is so smooth and refined at low rpm. Might be relatively big for a Lotus perhaps but still a very small, compact car compared to everything else. Feels tailor made for me. Weight and response of all the controls so beautifully balanced, not the work of a day. Ride is without question more compliant than my Focus RS yet body control is next level too. Incredible chassis, totally different league to the Aston V12 Vantage (which I loved). That steering seems to commu
  24. MSN article claimed that all 130 were spoken for. But I don’t believe they have sold this year’s allocation either! I’d be amazed if deposits have reached double figures to date but we’ll never know the real number so all we can do is hope that it’s more successful than the T125 programme which is the closest thing Lotus have done to date.
  25. I don’t believe they’ve sold 130 for a second but they have to play the game as everybody else does. Best way to sell a hypercar is to tell a billionaire he can’t have one. Then lest him stew for a bit before telling him the good news that a build slot has become available if he’s quick and pays in full. Fantastic news for Lotus of course if they have sold 130 Evijas, it will get them off the hook financially and will allow them to forget all about the current range and focus entirely on what comes next. 130 Evijas would bring in the equivalent of over 3000 Evora GT410s.
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