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  1. The difference is aluminium oxidises on the surface and then doesn't continue unlike steel that rusts away completely. The technology has been in use since 1996 at Lotus and then on to Aston Martin for the VH chassis (which Lotus helped them with). Corrosion is not an issue. Accident damage is more likely a problem on a daily than corrosion long term.
  2. I think the point is that the AUS government have wasted all the hard work that the isolation and lockdowns have utilised by failing to roll out the vaccine quickly enough. The current situation would not be a problem if vaccine penetration was much higher. As to why that has (or hasn't) happened is probably political and beyond the remit of this thread! Partially! The risk of a vaccinated person spreading the virus is drastically reduced. Firstly they are much less likely to catch it (as per my post above) and if they do they are about 50% less likely to shed virus and will shed at a lower level. They are most certainly not a greater risk. The greatest risk is the asymptomatic unvaccinated case.
  3. gregs24

    Lotus Emira

    Not so much what people want but what is legally required these days. Having said that a proper infotainment system and more creature comforts will sell the car to a wider audience and sell more cars. Lotus cannot continue at current sales levels. I have owned Lotus cars despite the lack of these creature comforts, not because of it.
  4. Yes and no! The vaccine's primary role is to create immunity in the body, however the way this works and how long it lasts are variable. The vaccine stimulates antibodies and also t-cells which are part of the body's 'armoury' against infection. Some of these defences act locally such as in the mucous membranes of the airways and others act systemically through the blood. The method and location of this activity is important in determining what happens. Vaccines are always person dependent and so the general health of the individual and their immune system are always a factor in determining how effective that immunity is in any individual. There are then complex stages depending on how the virus acts within the body as to what happens when challenged. In some vaccinated people (after 2 doses) they will be completely immune where the virus cannot replicate in the body. In others they will be largely immune where replication can take place but at a very low level. In others replication will evade the 'immunity' for a while and will replicate and maybe even be shed for a while before it is overcome. In a few they will still get ill and even die. What the vaccine program does is skew this massively in favour of the former, so most people will not get ill or shed the virus, but some still will. The biggest factor however is the chance of becoming ill enough to go to hospital or subsequent death are massively reduced. This is orders of magnitude less - that significant. What will happen with time is the virus will become endemic rather than a pandemic. It will continue to circulate but in general illness will be minor for those vaccinated. No country will ever eradicate COVID long term, lock downs and quarantine only buy time for vaccine roll out - at an incredible economic cost. Without a vaccine for COVID the world would be in a desperate situation. It is also worth pointing out (as some of the anti vaxxers love to tell) that double vaccinated people will die. This is NOT because the vaccine is not working, it is because the vaccine is not 100% protective. If you have 10,000 unvaccinated people say 100 will die from COVID if infected, If you have 10,000 vaccinated people then maybe 2 will die. Both of these will have been vaccinated but far fewer died. So as the vaccinated population increases inevitably more of the people getting ill or dead will have been vaccinated, there will just not be very many of them.
  5. The way the figures are calculated is clearly explained so there is no deception / errors. In fact there are 3 figures used for deaths using slightly different calculation methods. It really isn't as simple as some may think it is in how you define a COVID death, when taking into account testing, timing, co-morbidities etc etc. Regarding numbers of deaths using similar methods to record them for other diseases, in a bad flu year there are about 200 - 300 deaths a day From the latest influenza and covid surveillance report (01/07/21) the case rate in the age 20-29 is 424 per 100,000 and for the over 80's it is 16 per 100,000. Clearly showing how effective the vaccine is. The situation is complex and clearly COVID and flu are very different but BOTH are major killers. However how many times has anybody batted an eyelid at maybe 50,000 excess deaths caused by flu in the winter of 2017/18. We live with flu with no major impact on our day to day lives, this is what will happen with COVID. The unpalatable bit is now that everybody is so tuned into the figures for COVID the other diseases that are still around get ignored, or even the fact that most people don't have a clue about the number of deaths caused by these myriad other diseases. I completely understand the logic of reducing restrictions now and not in the winter when cold weather and flu will probably bring the NHS to it's knees again. Will removing restrictions actually make that much difference when you look around you now. I suspect Euro 2020 finishing will be a MUCH bigger factor in case load!
  6. Of course you are assuming that speed is the only differentiator. Personally think the Emira is a way better looking car than the Evora (inside and out) which will be a factor for many.
  7. The death rate for those admitted to hospital has dropped from 1 in 60 to 1 in 1000. Partly because those being admitted are younger now as most older double vaccinated people are avoiding hospital. In addition those going into hospital are being treated for less time and being discharged quicker so keeping the overall number down. It will be interesting to see the conspiracy theorists explanation as to why the vaccine roll out has reduced deaths and hospital treatment! Or is that just a conspiracy in itself and that aliens are now removing the bodies to hide them ?
  8. I assume they will build 30 or so cars as a pre-production run for crash testing and pre-release testing etc. I think Lotus built 17 Elises for this sort of thing back in 1995/6. My understanding is that the grey one is the only one that actually runs and the blue one is incomplete?
  9. gregs24

    Lotus Emira

    I'm holding off until I know the actual prices for the different specs etc but yes - cheque book is hovering! I assume the V6 has been used as it is a relatively simple job to just carry it over, especially for the launch cars and maybe even Lotus have committed to buying more than they actually used on the Evora and Exige ? But long term the i4 will be the only one available as Euro 7 kicks in in about 3 or 4 years time, I very much doubt the V6 will be made to be Euro 7 compliant. Not to say it will not be sold elsewhere such as the US. After doing a bit of digging the combined weight of the V6 plus supercharger plus auto gearbox is 311kg. The AMG engine plus DCT is 231kg. 80kg difference - you are going to notice that!
  10. gregs24

    Lotus Emira

    Question is, how heavy is the AMG engine with DSG compared to the Toyota V6 plus gearbox? Could be 50kg or more lighter ?? Can only help with handling as that V6 lump always sat quite high up in the Evora, and assume similar in the Emira ?
  11. There is no 'science of the few' going on here. Hundreds of thousands of medics and scientists are working on COVID, it's treatment, gene sequencing, pandemic modelling and monitoring. The modelling has not been 'wrong on every count' and has in fact been remarkably accurate in many cases. The rate of progress in understanding the disease and creation and roll out of the successful vaccination program has been genuinely astonishing and would not have been possible as little as 15 years ago. Thanks to those people you will probably live to moan another day. UK government data always provides the evidence for the source. Does your alternative source of information provide that ?
  12. The optimism is coming from the significant disconnect between cases and hospitalisations / deaths. The case numbers are growing very quickly, but mostly in younger unvaccinated people. These generally show lesser clinical signs and rarely require hospitalisation. I think it is still the case that nobody under 50 who has been double vaccinated has died from the 'delta' variant. So effectively the disease is transitioning to a managed condition, rather than 'out of control' because of the vaccine. With over 80% having had a single dose and well over 60% having had two doses, and almost all of the 'at risk' adults protected it is now time to move on to 'living with' COVID. Yes people will still get ill and a few will die for many years to come, but it will be no worse than many other diseases. Some 'common colds' spread through the community even more rapidly than COVID and lead to some hospitalisations and deaths. In fact some 'common colds' are caused by coronaviruses. Bit of a late reply, but the pathology associated with the vaccine coagulopathies is very different to other clotting problems. They are completely distinct and distinguishable.
  13. That is not the normal presentation for post vaccination coagulopathy, and they are not treated with anticoagulants. That certainly sounds like a more traditional dvt.
  14. They may not rust, but aluminium can oxidise and lift the paint. Most likely somebody a bit cack handed taking the wheels off or on has scraped the wheel holes with a socket and then as water and air gets in it oxidises, lifting the paint. The wheels will need a complete refurb as any localised repair will soon fail again. Aluminium oxidises in seconds.
  15. I honestly haven't used cash for over 12 months - I have the same £10 note in my wallet as last May ! I am as mean as F**k mind And some people's paranoia reaches new levels ...
  16. Viruses mutate in many ways and it is a relatively random process and can result in a more contagious (or less) virus and in an unconnected way a more virulent virus. What does tend to happen is that the most contagious variants rapidly overtake the less contagious and become dominant (as happened with the Kent variant). To a certain extent increased virulence does reduce transmission as the most sick spread less as they stay at home or go to hospital. The least virulent spread well because when people are not ill or even asymptomatic they are able to spread the virus more easily. However transmissibility is far more important than virulence when it comes to epidemiology
  17. Which dream world do you live in ? 1000 deaths from Covid in the UK ? What caused those huge number of deaths in excess of normal then ? There are no secrets or conspiracies and the exact explanation of how figures are collated are publicly available. Behind the headlines: Counting COVID-19 deaths - Public health matters (
  18. Do you mean this ? Excess deaths figure is negative at the moment compared to 5 year average, probably because Covid deaths are low and there are no flu related deaths either
  19. It is what it says to do in the workshop manual. The garage I use followed it to the letter and all was fine.
  20. TPMS does require care. Lotus recommend releasing the valve first and letting the TPMS sensor drop into the wheel or it could be damaged as they push the tyre off the rim.
  21. But maybe they will sell some cars, because if they don't they have no future. If building like a VAG product then they will have taken a 30 year step forward in quality !!! The Elise is a dead end - it can never be compliant with upcoming new car standards, so even if somebody does try and make something with the old tooling it is very unlikely to sell in Europe.
  22. If by agreeing to disagree you mean I have to accept Ben Davidson is a reputable source of information then I'm afraid not. This is a man who reckons he can predict earthquakes and is nothing more than a charlatan and purveyor of snake oil. Happy to end the discussion. Hopefully at some point she will find boys and move on !
  23. Good old Ben - Well we know what he is, so that doesn't leave much for you! Galactic forcing - that old chestnut. Well according to people who have done more than 12 years worth of Googling, it is a hoax theory promoted by conspiracy theorists. Don't forget to pay your Q subs 🤣 For anybody in the UK who hasn't heard of Ben Davidson - Think Youtube's equivalent of David Icke - only a bit weirder !
  24. Why, if you have been researching this for 12 years have you quoted that crank? More to the point after 12 years I would hope you have published something that has been peer reviewed that we can all read ?
  25. Oh dear - do your research !!!! Q 🤣
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