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  1. ***** The Evora has got it's magnesium steering wheel just in time.......😃
  2. ***** FIRST MICROCHIPS, NOW MAGNESIUM 'COMPLETE EUROPEAN AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY MAY STOP DURING SHORTAGES' It has been crises saving lately, also in the car industry. In addition to the chip shortage, there is now a shortage of a material that the car industry cannot do without: magnesium. Experts take into account quite a doomsday scenario. The lost car production due to lockdowns has already been completely overshadowed by the effect of the global chip shortage. As a result, the car industry is already largely on hiatus and hordes of people worldwide are waiting a long time for their new car. Just when you think it couldn't get any worse, it threatens to go one step further. Industry analysts are sounding the alarm about magnesium deliveries from China in conversation with the Financial Times. Magnesium is essential in the production of aluminum, which in turn is needed on a large scale for building cars. Without magnesium, therefore, no cars. By far the most magnesium for the European car industry comes from China. However, there is an energy crisis and factories are now also temporarily closed. The magnesium industry is also being hit hard by this and industry analyst Amos Fletcher of research firm Barclays outlines that this could have huge consequences in a short time: "If the magnesium supply stops, the entire car industry could be forced to shut down." According to Fletcher, this could still happen this year, according to the words of the German association of metal producers, WVM. That warns, according to Reuters. that stocks can quickly dwindle. "Current stocks in Germany and all of Europe will be exhausted by the end of November." Only 15 of the 50 magnesium plants in China are now said to be operational, even at half power. If it stays that way long enough, it may become even quieter in the car factories. WVM: "With a bottleneck of such proportions in the supply, there is a threat of huge production loss in all sectors in the aluminum chain, such as the car industry (...)." Google translation: https://www.autoweek.nl/autonieuws/artikel/complete-europese-auto-industrie-kan-stilvallen-door-tekorten/
  3. ***** Indeed.......the carbon tax is terrible in the Netherlands.... Nevertheless I was the guy that purchased this last in the Netherlands available new GT 410 Sport IPS in April this year. I paid a lower price, however still a lot of money......GBP 118.500,- (todays exchange rate) and traded in my '90 Esprit Turbo SE (in immaculate condition) for GBP 31.875,- I am extremely happy with this GT 410 Sport, which I purchased new after being the 2nd Esprit owner for 28 years. I am retired, 78 years old and also have a Mazda Renesis RX-8 HP, a Mazda 2 1,5 GTM and a 1975 Honda Goldwing GL1000 K1 ( with 11.000 mls.) that I overhauled from 2015-2016 (1.200 hrs labour), still as new. In 2016 my Goldwing was rewarded by the NGW Cub.com USA as "Bike of the Year 2016" with an overwhelming 26% of the votes among 12 participants.
  4. ***** @ Kimbers That is very pity to you this new situation........ I wish you all the best both with the near future and the sales of your beautiful Evora....... Kind regards, Ruud
  5. ***** Straight from my heart......!! I lived 28 years (from 50-78 years of age) with my 1990 LHD Esprit Turbo SE.......it was a memorable love story. In April 2021 I traded her in for the last available new "2021" GT 410 Sport IPS in the Netherlands.......there are a total of 3 GT 410 Sport's now in the Netherlands and approx. 20 other new Evora types sold by the Dutch Lotus importer v.d. Kooi between 2010 and 2021. The GT 410 Sport cost you a rib off your body with the resp. official MSRP's of GBP 155k in 2018 and GBP 137k in 2019. I felt lucky to step in with a that time GBP 7,65k reduced price of GBP 118,5k......for my Esprit I received GBP 32k. ......a total investment of < GBP100k My Esprit was sold by v.d. Kooi within 1 week for GBP 38.250,- to a Ferrari + TVR owner. 🙄 It was difficult to trade in my perfect Esprit; especially because of my age and long time of ownership and love relation........however buying my (probably) last Lotus was a real challenge and I did it. I am very, very happy with the GT 410.....it is extremely exclusive in the Netherlands....it was my 1st "automatic" car with my between 1-1,5 million miles car history.....I feared the IPS, however I had to take it because it was part of the deal......now I am very, very happy with this IPS and his peddels.....I can drive the Evora both as a "man of age" and as a "youngster". I was aware of the coming Emira but felt better with the Evora GT 410 Sport which was the last and most improved version....it felt bombproof......furthermore I did not want to wait 1-2 years and to be confronted eventually with possible initial and small quality problems (sorry). And a Porsche would never be the car I would desire.
  6. ***** Indeed, the integrated Evora 410 solution looks far more better than the "glued on"' single tablet in the Evora. The whole Evora instr.panel looks far more balanced and fit for purpose. I expect that 3rd parties modification sets will be offered after some time for the Evora since this a weak design point imho.
  7. ***** Orgasmic sound of 4-rotor Mazda 787B Le Mans winner in 1991...the only year rotary engines were allowed to participate.....immediately thereafter the FIA banned the rotary engine and Mazda could not participate any more. All in all, rotary is probably the best engine for racing. 930hp at 10500 rpm......2,6 ltr. without forced induction.......358 hp per ltr The engine was very reliable and if necessary the same engine could race another 24 hrs.
  8. ***** Chevrolet Corvette C8 3LT Z51 Performance Carbon Magnetic Ride Lift GBP 171742,- 😃 https://www.venza.nl/auto/484
  9. ***** It is a beautiful Evora..........I can imagine that you are very happy with it. I wish you a lot of safe miles and fun!
  10. ***** What do you think........ I have noticed in the past that new models of all kind of manufacturers that from the first instance were nearly 100% beautiful and perfect in the end were disappointing during their life cycle in relation with their sales succes. It just seems that new models with some less initial overwhelming beauty did actually better because that model comprised often some (hidden) kind of "character" that was increasingly attracting unexpected numbers of buyers over the years........ I wish Lotus really good luck with the new Emira however think it could be possible that the aforementioned would be the case with the new Emira and people get bored of it relatively quickly. The Evora for instance is not the prettiest girl on the dance floor imho but has that that indefinable x factor and maturity that made him more and more attractive over the years, certainly now during it's final stage.
  11. +++++ Even since the Emira is introduced for me in each case the further ultimately developed and refined Evora GT 410 Sport with IPS............ It is a bomb safe combination...... Sorry, personally as with other car brands I would not buy any new Lotus model in the first 2-3 years of production.
  12. ***** As the age-old saying goes, always leave them wanting more. That certainly seems to be the case with the Lotus Evora GT which, as it heads towards the end of production, has set several significant sales records in the United States. https://media.lotuscars.com/en/blog/lotus-evora-gt-sales-in-usa-hit-new-high.html
  13. ***** Do you remember that..?........with all those car emission controls California was leading.......😒 Will be tuning of the Emira by private persons in the next years less plausible......? Some folks on social media have started to post about a new California smog testing procedure that is supposed to check for modified or non-CARB compliant software in vehicle ECUs, which I did some digging into. Using the link posted at the bottom of the screenshots I’ve seen, I followed it back to the California Bureau of Automotive Repair’s smog FAQ page, where the confirmation was clear as day: California is indeed going to start sniffing for tunes during smog checks. https://www.carbibles.com/california-will-start-checking-for-ecu-tuning-in-smog-checks-this-month/
  14. ***** Total amount new sales / sold Porsche and Lotus units In the Netherlands.......... TOTAL PORSCHE Porsche 911 5.724 Porsche Boxster 1.014 Porsche 718 373 Porsche Cayman 327 Porsche 918 8 LOTUS EVORA | NEW SALES TOTAL 20212019201120101236 JAAR AANTAL 2021 1 2019 2 2011 3 2010 6 NEW SALES SINCE 1983 Merk Totaal Lotus Elise 87 Lotus Exige 24 Lotus Evora 12
  15. ***** Moreover the GT / 410 / 430's are the final results after intensive modifications on the 1st Evora ref. specification, performance, handling and especially reliability. Several road tests of the last years are all very, very positive. It now already is recognized as the last true Lotus. Imo it will take years for the new Emira to reach the same level as the Evora finally has. We all know that new Lotus models have their issues / problems to be eliminated in the following years. I find the Emira a nice car from the outside, especially the back however a little "Caymannish" which I absolutely dislike. The interior for me is to fancy, the added 2nd display looks as it is glued to the dashboard and can fall of. You can expect that in later versions it will become embedded very nicely as with the Evora. I just recently did purchase a new (the last Dutch imported) GT 410 Sport and this is the 3rd GT 410 in the Netherlands. There are only 20 officially Lotus imported and 15 side imported (2nd hand) in the Netherlands now. In the next years this will remain a very exclusive car amongst many, many Emira's That's the way I like it........
  16. No, no, no.........! But you can have chrome cupholders....... And last but not least..........a true "lane-assist"...,,,,,
  17. AMG 45 4 cylinder.........
  18. **** Was suddenly on You Tube about +1 hour ago and immediately frozen and indicated as "private" .............picture location Goodwood.......
  19. ***** Was this picture already posted? If yes, please eliminate....... Lotus Live Stream...........
  20. ***** I like my new Evora GT 410 Sport IPS now just as my Esprit Turbo SE for 28 years and find my personal motivations for ownership at both occasions typically reflected in talks with other Lotus car enthousiasts....... the handling, the looks and the exclusivity. 1) -The number of registrations of the Evora in the Netherlands is 29 x of the 2009 > 400 models; 1 x GT 430 (not registered but driven on a dealer's registration) and only 3 x GT 410 Sport, incl mine; the last new GT 410 Sport available / sold in this country... 2) -(Dutch Dealers list price 2019 for a fully equipped GT 410 Sport IPS = GBP 165.000,-) This { 1) and 2) } makes the Evora extremely exclusive.....and that suits me enormously....for instance; from all Mac Laren types over 200 are registered over here.....Ferrari's in the thousands and Porsches in the 10-housands. In a 1/2 hour trip from Amsterdam to the beach in Zandvoort generally I count 5-10 Porsches crossing my way and another 5 x Porsche parked at the Beach promenade........oooh I love my Evora. Imho people buying / interested in Lotus are a kind of car enthousiasts (generally with a financially "limited" budget / versus a top budget over 200-300k GBP) and with a rather specific taste, different as the potential buyers of several other sport cars as Porsche etc.. I truly hope that the Emira will be a succes for Lotus, however personally I doubt if with the new Emira Lotus is able to find it's way outside the borders of the typical Lotus enthousiasts in considerable sales numbers. Frankly speaking, if the new Emira shows to be successful outside the typical Lotus crowd it actually would not be a Lotus any more as it has to be...... I hate to say this, mainly because of the fantastic work of the Lotus manufacturing crew, however I feel it can happen (again). The number of people which in first instance consider a Porsche and finally switching over to the Emira will be very limited.......imho.
  21. A Filipino Elise amongst 21 smuggled cars.........each car receiving an individual free governmental tuning /treatment ...... https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2021/6/18/BOC-destroys-21-smuggled-vehicles.html
  22. ***** https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/332530805526 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/372203532748
  23. ***** Congratulations......fantastic....! I have much respect for this young lady...! Regards, Ruud
  24. ***** Very, very nice spot......! Oh boy, what do I miss my Esprit.........I should have never sold it....... Besides.......I myself was never pictured, because the SE was to much in the garage.......shit. All those painful pictures.....wil this ever end? Congrats for Onno with this beauty.......!!
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