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  1. Dobbin145

    Lotus Emira

    Made a little easier by the lack of Final Edition Evora perhaps?
  2. Yes it sounds excessive but if NCAP need four cars and about the same for NHTSA then there's Asia and numerous other countries. It soon adds up.
  3. I'm pretty sure these blue cars are homologation vehicles. There are some other post sales cars in other colours as well for training etc.
  4. @yentl Speaking as one of those clueless irresponsible drivers, I started my Lotus journey with an S2 111S about 15 years ago, took it on track and spun it several times over. Then on a damp day spun it on the road and wrapped it round a telegraph pole 🙄 Went back to school, starting with Car Limits (a 'Walshy Day') and progressing through various other course over the years. Best thing I have ever done and continue to do as regularly as my wallet will allow. Most recent was the Lotus Driving Academy at the factory and probably one of the more intense (if you do Bronze, Silver and Gold back to back). Worth every penny and a great way to learn more about the car and drivers capabilities. The S3 Elise being more up to date obviously benefits from ABS, traction and stability control without loosing that special Lotus feeling.
  5. Always wanted to drive at Millbrook heard/read many things about it. I'd be interested. It certainly would be a change from the regular track day 'merry-go-round'.
  6. That's good to hear. I think my confusion may have arisen from the fact that it's going to take a while to complete this tour and that it may not be until October when the car gets to some dealers. The actual schedule of which dealers when does seem a bit vague at the moment.
  7. I think mid Oct, but have to confess I have not verified this with my contacts at Hethel.
  8. Yes they would. Has anyone heard much about Emira production since the middle of last month? Lotus have only just started a significant recruitment drive for production staff. The VP dealer tour has been put back to after the point that deposit holders are supposed to commit.
  9. The main assembly line is, but the production process is quite different to existing models. As such is reliant in the delivery of sub assemblies from other parts of the factory (currently being used to build existing models).
  10. It is. I think the big question will be if this impacts the move of the current model production line to Emira sub assembly.
  11. .... before you loose interest and get your deposit back? Like many I would really like Lotus to achieve the ambitious timescales for Emira production they have set themselves. However, since some dealers have had the delivery of their Final Editions pushed back by three months I can't help thinking this may have a knock on effect on Emira production. I seem to remember reading somewhere that the Elise delay/waiting list ran to two years when that was launched. Obviously I don't think that Emira will be that bad but I'd put money on the Spring 2022 target slipping to late summer/autumn [insert year here]. This may apply more to those new to the brand, than existing Lotus owners who know their MO.
  12. Personally I think that looks pretty good. I may be pushing my luck, have you had a go at the green?
  13. I think that's bloomin' good for a first go, I wouldn't know where to start. Good luck with the yellow and green versions.
  14. @TomE funny you should post this now, I've just had a similar conversation this evening. I am pressing Lotus to provide sample paint swatches before I commit to the spec of my Emira. I'm going to follow up with them in the next week or so to ensure that this is available when the Emira does the rounds at the dealers next month. As far as I know there will be metallic colours (as per the online configurator) but no one knows what they will really look like.
  15. @TomE worlds apart from the steel Ribble bikes I used to ride round the velodrome in the mid 90s.
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