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  1. A flying car was already done, though for the bad guy: see The Man With the Golden Gun. Elon Musk blasted its Tesla Roadster into space, thus that’s not a real option too 😀… I’d still like to see a classical chase… with the badass in a Pininfarina Battista for instance (Tesla’s for the badass helpers which are rocketed from the road by the Evija onboard firing power) A full EV James Bond movie in support of the zero carbon - zero emission move we’re expected to make. Just in time for the after-Emira era of Lotus. Why not even a cameo of the first new EV Lotus model? Oops, here is Lotus PR on the phone, have to go 😂
  2. Too expensive? Not for her majesty’s secret service 😀 Anyway, in movie making there are simple workarounds to make us believe. They didn’t blow up a real DB5 in Skyfall… 😀😀
  3. The Esprit was out of this world back in the 70s. And that’s what a Bond car should be. Therefor for me the Evija should be the next Bond car. Given its power, sophistication, incredible good looks and being ahead of its time, I see no other option. Imagine a shot where Bond would need to unleash that 2000PK… OK, the batteries wouldn’t last for long, but hey, which Bond car does 😀…
  4. Hopefully not having to put it in a container full of water for 3 days like a Tesla… 😀
  5. PascalM

    Lotus Emira

    It’s simple though… the owner of no 1 will be chinese 😆
  6. Oh, must’ve been too early 😀. I thaught you’d venture yourself in Evora country... All is well over here. Missing the gatherings and trips for sure. Yet, lucky we can still have ‘non-essential’ drives... and with the weather improving it’s even getting better. Stay safe!
  7. Congrats Filip! Hope you’ll pay a visit to the Lotus Drivers Meeting Belgium gatherings, whenever allowed by Covid-19 regulation...
  8. Hope the Pocher kits are of better quality than they used to. I have the Testa Rossa: parts didn’t always fit and the body was like an orange. I went on buying the Testa Rossa Spider. Things got better then, though there were some modelling flaws e.g. fuel cap with no tubing to tank... I took my chance one more time and bought the F40. Overall, best of the 3. Think I’ll be selling all 3 to get the 72 🙂
  9. For sure not huge... for our meeting (Lotus Drivers Meeting Belgium) of 19 September we called Elise S1 owners to join us. call it some kind of a Covid-19 proof mini event 😀
  10. yep. 75 years (2023j is a more viable option to me (plant overhaul ready, new car line up, good timing to evaluate Geely’s achievements...)
  11. What was that banner at the end of the day saying again? See you next year?
  12. Le Mans Classic has been postponed to 2021: 1-4 July. More information: https://www.lemansclassic.com/language/en/2021-le-mans-classic/
  13. Bonjour Laurent, welcome and yes please keep us updated on your project. In case you would be interested: Lotus Drivers Meeting Belgium Here is more info for 2020
  14. Hi Jonas and welcome! Seems indeed that you have embarked yourself in an adventure. But as I read, you don’t lack any motivation. Success! (craziness is a word 😀)
  15. Well, received today my copy of The Roadrat Special Edition signed by Russell Carr, Anthony Bushnell and Barney Hate. Strange to see it's limited to 260 copies, while initially it was said to be limited to 130 as the Evija. Nice drawings and still need to read the article. Almost 20 pages for Evija. Yet, my expectation was a more extensive elaboration...
  16. I have a copy too. was on the watch and hit AddToCart as soon as it appeared
  17. Going on Saturday too. Looking forward to the last paragraph of the Lotus press release: “Finally, there will be one last surprise at the Goodwood Festival of Speed for Lotus Fans. Further details on this will be communicated nearer the event” Type 130? I really hope so.... LOTUS AT THE GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED 2019 Celebrating the unbreakable Goodwood lap-record New Evora GT4 Concept race car world dynamic debut Legendary cars reunited with legendary drivers Prize draw to win the Jim Clark Trust Lotus Evora, signed by all 2019 F1 drivers Lotus is following this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019 theme ‘Speed Kings – Motorsport's Record Breakers’ with a celebration of some of the most successful, pioneering and record-setting cars ever made, and the drivers that steered them. Goodwood is the perfect setting for Lotus to follow up on last year’s 70th anniversary celebrations with an even greater presence in 2019. The Lotus stand will house the current Lotus range of Elise, Exige and Evora, plus the recently unveiled Lotus Evora GT4 Concept race car which will be campaigning in the global GT series in 2020. Alongside the Evora GT4 Concept will be a very special Lotus Type 25 F1 car – the almost mythical 25/R6 – which is the actual car in which Jim Clark set the best ever time of 1:20.4 for a lap of the Goodwood circuit in 1965 *. This lap time has never been and never will be bettered due to changes in the original configuration of the circuit, and Lotus is grateful to the Museum Tinguely for the loan of this unique race car. Another Jim Clark record still standing is his eight “Grand Slams”: pole position, fastest lap, leading every lap and victory all in the same race, two of which he achieved in 25/R6 at the 1964 British GP and the 1965 French GP. Jim Clark is still way ahead of the next best three who are on five “Grand Slams” each. ** There will be two Evora GT4 Concept race cars at Goodwood this year – both in identical colour schemes mimicking the Lotus Type 25 livery. One will be on the Lotus stand, while the other will be driven up the Goodwood Hill Climb course by Lotus’ Director of Vehicle Attributes, Gavan Kershaw, a former winner of the British GT Championships in a Lotus Evora. Win a unique Lotus Evora Lotus is a committed supporter of the Jim Clark Trust, the Scotland-based charity that celebrates the life of one of the greatest racing drivers of all time, and who first entered the world stage driving a Lotus. Goodwood visitors have a chance to win a unique Jim Clark Lotus Evora special edition, a tribute to Jim’s 1960’s famous red and silver Elan, through a prize draw. This special Evora GT410 Sport is officially designated the 100,000thLotus road car ever built. With it comes a spare tailgate signed by all 20 F1 Drivers from the 2019 season. This shows the global support for this worthwhile charity, and Jim Clark’s legacy 51 years after his untimely death Each ticket costs £20/€20 and the money raised goes towards supporting the Trust’s new museum in Duns, Scotland. The draw to win the Lotus Evora Jim Clark special edition will take place in mid-August 2019, so this is one of the last opportunities to win this unique and valuable car. Phil Popham, CEO, Lotus Cars, said: “Lotus’ connection to Goodwood is long and strong, and this year, with the theme being Record Breakers, it is fitting that we remember the remarkable and unbeatable lap by Jim Clark, This heritage is our bloodline, but our focus is on the future and this will be reinforced by something new and extra special during the Festival.” Up the Hill Eight legendary Lotus cars prepared by Lotus Cars and Classic Team Lotus will head up the Goodwood Hill Climb at the 2019 Festival of Speed: Lotus 18 – chassis 912 This famous Lotus Type 18 in Rob Walker Racing colours was driven by Stirling Moss to arguably his greatest victory at the Monaco Grand Prix in 1961. It’s a race where the temperature at the circuit was so high that the side panels of this particular car were removed to allow cooler air to circulate around the cockpit, helping Moss to a spectacular win. This Lotus 18/912 will be driven by Clive Chapman, the son of Lotus founder, Colin Chapman. Lotus 38 – chassis R7 Following a painstaking restoration, this Lotus Type 38 was driven by Al Unser in 1966 and Jim Clark at the 1967 Indy 500 races. It is liveried in the striking ‘Dayglo-Rocket-Red’ STP colour scheme with white high-mounted exhausts. The car will be driven by owner Nick Fennell. Lotus 49 – Chassis R10 Chassis R10 is the only F1 car to have won the Monaco GP twice - in 1968 and 1969, both times by Graham Hill. R10 will be high-wing 1968 specification and driven by the Graham’s son Damon, the 1997 F1 World Champion. Damon is familiar with his father’s legendary Gold-Leaf red-white-and-gold car, having driven it at the 1,000th F1 World Championship race at Shanghai earlier this year. At that event, this famous Lotus 49 was given pride of place by being the only historic car invited to celebrate the landmark occasion race. Lotus 72 – Chassis 5 The Lotus Type 72 is the most successful F1 design in the history of motorsport. At Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019 it will be united with its legendary driver Emerson Fittipaldi who drove it to the drivers’ and constructors’ World Championship honours in 1972 and again in the 1973 F1 campaign until it was crashed at the Dutch GP. The car has undergone a complete repair and restoration by Classic Team Lotus, using the original design drawings penned by Colin Chapman and chief engineer Maurice Phillipe to ensure it is returned to original specification. Emerson Fittipaldi considers 72/5 to be his favourite, having won his first GP in it, at Watkins Glen in 1970. Multiple Le Mans winner, Jacky Ickx, who raced a Lotus 72 in the 1974 and 1975 seasons, will also be taking the wheel of 72/5. Lotus 79/2 79/2 is one of the cars that Mario Andretti campaigned and won the F1 Championship in 1978. The Type 79 pioneered the use of ground-effect aerodynamic downforce through its Venturi profiled underbody, and recently won the ‘Innovation Category’ award at the London Concours. This car will be driven by Lee Mowle, a British GT competitor and Classic Team Lotus customer. Clive Chapman, Director of Classic Team Lotus, said: “This year’s contribution from Classic Team Lotus will be one of the most special for a long time. I am absolutely delighted that Damon, Emerson and Jacky will be reunited with the cars with which they have so much connection. And of course, I will fulfil a lifelong ambition to drive the Stirling Moss’ Lotus 18 – and if the weather is good, we can remove the side panels to recreate Monaco 1961!” Exige Sport 410 and Evora GT410 Sport In the supercar runs, a Lotus Exige Sport 410 and a Lotus Evora GT410 Sport, both in the iconic Lotus yellow colour scheme, will be driven by two of Lotus’ leading Vehicle Dynamics Engineers, Dan Peck and James Hazlehurst. Finally, there will be one last surprise at the Goodwood Festival of Speed for Lotus fans. Further details on this will be communicated nearer the event.
  18. Great Bibs. I’ll be there on Saturday.
  19. Mailing from Goodwood Festival of Speed giving an overview of what we can expect. Lotus is partner and following was mentioned: The all‑electric halo hypercar Catch a glimpse of Lotus' bold and exciting future which begins with the astonishing Type 130 electric hypercar. It will leave you in no doubt that the pioneering spirit of innovation which created the Type 25 is alive and well at Hethel. With the unveiling scheduled in London 16 July, what glimpse will we be seeing a week earlier...
  20. Agreed, there is a cost. But with subscribers who generate the revenue left out of the blue... At least a signal via email or the site could've been given. Word would spread very fast and have resolved the issue without a costly operation. But maybe that's my simple thinking...
  21. How do you mean Jean? Yet, I can tell you that there were delivery problems with latest issue 7 (May/June) which was published early April. Did you receive this issue? I did not receive the issue neither and contacted the magazine ([email protected]). Apparently they lost a full batch of shipped Lotus magazines. I had to contact them twice 😠 (the second copy they sent didn’t reach me neither - did they send it or were there other problems? - so a third copy was sent) when I finally received my copy this week. As they knew they lost a full batch of Lotus magazines and a lot of subscribers would not receive their copy, they could have at least by default re-send a batch. As it seams they just wait until each individual subscribers contacts them and then promptly try to get you one...
  22. I was in Monaco last summer and the showroom was still there. Here you see Lotus showroom of Thierry Verhiest in Oostende, Belgium.
  23. Teaser from Lotus Cars for Shangai Auto Show for all new sportscar that Phil Popham announced in recent interviews
  24. For those of you wanting to know where the Ypres Lotus Day will bring you, watch the cycling event Gent-Wevelgem today.
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