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    Lew Barrett
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  1. All this leaves me content with my nasty old 2017 400 that came with a $20K discount from list and a new car warranty. What should I buy with the $40,000 I have left over? I'm thinking Komotec tune, some personal track lessons and Type R for a daily. Any other suggestions or have I got that about nailed? Type R is a dud you say? Well, at least I get my wing!
  2. I'm fine with Lotus SUVs, welcome it. I don't currently own an SUV and don't have plans for one. Lotus could build me a tasty, modern practicalish Cortina to go against the usual suspects. That's something I am up for right now. Or maybe it could be a hot hatch in Lotus style, a Golf R with steering, feel, presence and no coking. Which I guess an electric wouldn't have. I buy cars like that. Well not an electric one yet. These still qualify as niche products given what most Americans seem to want but they are big niches by Lotus standards. I hope they do something like that and would perhaps be happy to sell a few thousand of them here (and one to me) instead of seeing people buy Golf Rs, Audis or M cars. Or Jaguars or whatever. Unique and clever cars a reasonably ambitious person could hope to attain with all the fixings of modern service/serviceability. I trust Lotus is thinking like that along with whatever else they are thinking. But really, the Evora is a near perfect package for me as a sports car I can use a lot of course. Flawed but, what ain't? I think we all know why they don't sell like Porsches. but what's not to like if Lotus comes to build a broad range of best in class vehicles focused on quality and enthusiast appeal? The possible future that concerns me is the loss of the clever cars relatively focused cars we have right now. Important to me is that the 4XX or 'whatever they call it' series be supported with the things we need to maintain the best of Hethel's pre world conquering builds. The 400 is a weapon on backroads, really not requiring much more to be an apex predator. Of course I would love to have a proper 430 but instead I plan to do what suits my car as time goes by while keep all the OEM parts. You know. So it can be somebody's perfect dream car someday when they don't make them like that anymore. That's until the next Lotus makes sense to me. I bought my car when Lotus was in the dumps here, which is still sort of the case but looking up. I blame nobody for the inability to perfectly manage national car sales with so few resources but perhaps those days will draw to an end. I paid a perfect price for my car and bought it with the expectation that it would not be orphaned and any problems, and there are always problems with all cars, be resolved to my satisfaction. I like to believe the 400, in whatever iteration, is positioned for a bit of a breakout just now. Interest and talk about Lotus is getting around because..... internet. Slowly, but it is, and we owners and ambassadors have been a help in that because we like the cars and the place they come from. Nothing better than word of mouth. Wise guys frequently predict in media that the 400 is going to be a future hottie. As will be the variations, I'm sure. There will never really be too many even if a small glut of them (can that be a thing?) had to be digested. I thought that a fine possible future (not immediate, silly!) awaited the car when I decided to buy one. And still do. Lotus can build on that right now. They can perfect this series and keep it "relevant" and sell some in the next few years. As they have to do anyway. They need to execute perfectly of course. Real improvements all the time in QC, performance, endurance and in materials. Sensible attainable improvement provided in attainable packages. Needed is full parts availability, the extra, even trying effort to recognize customer expectations....knowing that customers talk to each other. And finally, to sell no wine before its time. Easy to say, hard to achieve, but necessary. That Lotus can now do this is exciting. I hope Lotus makes marvelous, solid cars in the future and sells them profitably. I hope Geely will help Lotus be its best as it has helped Volvo while keeping the core values. The winds in general are really blowing against Chinese-American (I mean American and everybody) trade but one imagines that will eventually pass. I think it will be quite a challenge given what is going on but Geely may have a better than average recipe for dealing with acquisitions and challenges. I now think of Lotus as a British company with the support of a multi-national that happens to be Chinese. Yett clearly Lotus is wanted to be a British company with its brand of engineering and esthetics and that is what appeals to me. I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but that's what appeals to this American so absent that, not as interesting. I have every confidence it on't be that way. I am Loquacious Lew. So as I've said before, I expect my car, the one I just bought, to get the respect (best practice and treatment) from Lotus that I have for it as a future classic and future Lotus legacy. Or as my son in law would have it as "gonna be mine someday if I have anything to say about it." (He doesn't). I really hope they don't forget these cars in the mix. And that is my perspective on Lotus in America. From the Deep South of the USA where it's awful hot and sticky and good working aircon is a must. Which the 400 has and every road car that comes here needs so no fudging the weight numbers. Wanna see some pictures of the Dragon? .
  3. ^Yes, although how much more power it will make is always a question. It probably won't be much and sometimes there can be a modest loss even in closed loop systems like the Evora's. The sensors will report to the ECU and ask it to adjust to as close to a stoichiometric fuel/air ratio as it can get but any changes will be in a narrow range from a single exhaust modification. It's difficult to achieve meaningful gains over stock unless multiple factors are addressed in a systems approach. These things are interactive with a change in one typically dictating changes in other areas (intake, fuel metering, boost pressure, etc). The car will adjust A/F ratios to the new circumstances over time but gains from a single change will be minimal if they aren't actually negative, which is why mods can be a crap shoot leading to a rabbit hole. I like the black car (I usually do when they're fresh and clean) but would personally buy the yellow one. I like my sports cars in colors but mainly I dislike living with black for the usual reason....hard to maintain. They both look great in your pics and as it only matters what you like, buy the one that lights you up and celebrate your good taste!
  4. No matter how it ended some were bound to be disappointed. Just knowing it was over was a let down that meant no ending, happy or bittersweet, far fetched or logical, could really tie it all together in a buttoned down way that would leave us in a happy alternative universe. What kind of happy universe doesn't have more GoT seasons? I say congratulations to the entire GoT team for being able to keep the attention of the world's presumed 'adults' using only zombies, dragons, wizards, reincarnation and a gratuitous helping of beheadings and boobies to maintain prurient interest. I don't usually go in for this kind of thing but somehow they hooked me from episode one. I kept thinking: is that really what it was like in pre-history Scotland? No wonder they go to war in kilts! I just had to know how week after week how it came to such a pass! But the question is: is it really Dany's end? Everybody knows you can return from being stabbed in the heart, even easier if you have a dragon! Just make sure the right kind of sorceress is on call. You don't want the kind that leave you alive but with the intellect of a zucchini. The future is bright with potential. We've already agreed to believe anything they toss at us! In the real world of Trump and May, Brexit and US immigration policy, I have been steadily groomed and prepared to believe anything can happen. Dragons surviving the combined fire power of the Iron Island fleet? Arya finally finding something that gets to her? A guy who actually has a complete sense of history ruling the kingdom? Piece of cake!
  5. If the younger generation is anything like what I imagine it to be, they'll be wanting electrics. But for enthusiasts, and there will be those as long as we can burn petroleum, I agree and repeat that the Evora will be sought after in the years to come. I don't know what I'd replace mine with. The car has the underpinnings and the mechanicals to last a long time as long as one doesn't crash it, and it isn't reliant on electronics to suspend itself (rather beautifully I might add). It looks the part and drives the part. It is plenty fast enough and it can be worked on by the more ambitious and talented owners. No, not me! The talented ones! Apart from bodywork and Lotus built parts, replacement kit will be relatively easy to find for such a low volume car. People are going to miss them when they are gone. I think ,as an owner, what I'd like to see is just a nice letter from Lotus saying: "Thanks for buying your new sports car from us. We will fully support your car for years to come with all the parts, information and enthusiasm we have specially engineered into this car for your enjoyment." And then see them do that. That's all the statement I need. As regards my ownership experience I don't care about the new super/hyper car although I wish it great success and see no reason why it shouldn't be one. But I thought I owned Lotus' "supercar" already. It would be reassuring to know they aren't tossing the Evora series out with last week's news.
  6. I've had three British sports cars and two of them have been in green. People seem to like Motorsport Green or at least that's what they tell me as it gets frequent compliments on its livery.
  7. I won't repeat here what I said on LT but for America, the 400 is the only sensible Lotus to buy from new. (Don't say Duh! Of course it's a duh!) If they want a placeholder until later they should just get on with promoting the shit out of the 400 and selling a few in pretty colors at aggressive prices to those of us who see it as a sensible proposition. Also, getting to work on customer interactions and service capabilities here. They're going to need them anyway so why wait?. That's something that can be done without retooling anything except attitude coupled with a small investment in those much needed parts stocks and response capabilities. The 400 has taken a long time to get into the market but people are buying them if slowly. They should build the best ones they can and sell them here with full confidence as expressed in a generous warranty.
  8. A good dog is family. Thoughts from Nashville, TN.
  9. Reading this thread makes me feel that unless you live here and are keen on following the Evora market, you will have no idea how chaotic it is. From what I can glean US delivery of the GT has again been pushed back. This on a specification I'm still unclear about but comes off sounding like a US spec 410 to me. I think that is essentially what the extra carbon infused top spec '18s look and are priced at. The real differences start to blur to me which confuses the equation. Regardless, if one thinks any of these sell at MSRP here, one would be mistaken so adding to the questions are notions that pricing is mercurial if not unstable. The differences between the '17, '18 and whatever the GT may be all seem unimportant if what one wants is the driving experience. The notion of rarity as respects Lotus is a given and the effect on the hoi polloi is the same so poseurs need go no further than the 400. At some point good 4xxs of any specification may start to level off or even go up in price but for now and here, pricing for any 4XX derivative has to take into account the price of the least expensive new '17 Evora 400 because frankly, in this country no matter how much you hold your nose, shake your head and say no no no, it doesn't matter what they call it. What you are going to get is very (very very) heavily based on the Evora 400. The "used Evora 400s" on the market are almost all being offered by dealers. What used means (in the context of car with 46 miles and a warranty) is a matter for debate. But nonetheless I think this is what the market baseline is for late model/new Lotus cars in most American cities. It's more of a problem for Lotus than it is for me. This isn't the time to have been an early adopter and then be offering my car for sale so as long as I enjoy it, the market price this morning is meaningless to me. If I was a new buyer in the market, I'd be looking at the new or slightly dusty '17s and '18s that can be had in excellent specification at prices in the mid 70s and up for a new car and just a tad bit less for used ones, whatever that term implies. As I said, I think It's no time to be selling a 400 as the first owner/early adopter. Buying a similar one would be hard to do a second time for me. The new 'Vette could very well be a disrupter but I love my car so I'll keep it for now. Lotus has a lot of work here to sell a new car so similar to the old one for more money. I don't know who the customer is.
  10. There may be other "content providers" I prefer to follow but like the rest of us, I avidly devour all new Lotus content and Tyler (AKA "The Virgin") has enough experience with other supercars to winnow the wheat from chaff. Ignore a few of the (expected) minor errors and enjoy the rave.
  11. A four banger Evora based car as the new interim entry will greatly strengthen potential for the future collectibility of current 4XX models so bring it on.
  12. Exactly. That said, I put more miles on my 400 than I do on my GTI which is my daily. The Evora gets used on glorious days or special occasions pretty much as I would use any such car be it a Corvette, Porsche or Audi R8. Why waste it on mundane use? When I do use it, it's for pure pleasure and it gets driven in a manner befitting my intent which unsurprisingly was exactly my purpose in buying it in the first place. It was never expected to be anything else. Enjoyed in this way, I can still sit in my garage two years after acquisition and look at it after a hot drive while I soak up the special that oozes out of it. And yet, unlike so many poseurs, it can be driven anywhere, anytime and be enjoyed as reasonably practical transport for two people and a week's worth of luggage. It's so much better used that way than anybody unaware of its qualities might ever imagine.
  13. Ferrari and Lamborghini don't need to prove anything to anybody to sell their cars. They have market support systems in place, generally good resale values and will sell every car they build. Lotus can't claim these things, most importantly as regards support and market visibility. Both Lamborghini and Ferrari (Lambo especially) have benefited by their associations with larger parents, but their renaissances are now well established and they are reaping the benefits of customer acceptance, desirable and recognizable products and prestige brand names. Comparing them and their evolving strategies or how they go to market at this point isn't fair to them or Lotus. It's true that we don't need to know minute details of Lotus' long term product plans or the specs of future cars. What we as owners would like to know is that every late model production Lotus car will get the immediate support that such a purchase deserves. When Lotus releases the news of support developments here that at bare minimum measure up to what exists in Great Britain, I'll be content to wait in the wings for the new exciting products while I enjoy the one I just bought. A bit cynical? Perhaps. But I have faith the brand can be reestablished and optimized for growth if that is what is wanted but how about implementing the backbone of the strategy while we await new model announcements? Lotus need to start building the foundations now, and if they are already working on that, to let us in on it. I really hope there is more to the picture than what new car is coming in 2020. In other words, .some assurances that existing owners and product will be well supported and that we will be more than an asterisk in the future. We have a good product here. We need the resources to develop a smart management plan for it that can be a foundation for all future developments. I know I sound like a broken record but I really think that's "job one" and the most important good news they can release to me.
  14. Two words say it all. Space Force.
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