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  1. 2 hours ago, phil flash said:

    Won't be many British Engineers there.  After Brexshit British Engineering Qualifications are no longer recognised in EU so getting a Work Permit when you have 'no special skill' will be difficult. Glad I've retired but empathize with those who haven't.

    Personally I think they will have who they want there regardless of Quali’s, they will soon find ways around that if it suits them.

    I can’t help thinking all the IP is going east and the European governments are falling over themselves to give out all sorts of incentives to help them do it. Not  looking good long term for the likes of Ford, GM, BMW etc. I don’t have any sympathy for the large car makers but they employ many hundreds of thousands of people and these jobs will end up lost

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  2. 14 hours ago, Barrykearley said:

     this is simply a lovely thing - but do consider the wider implications that go alongside this though. University funding is one to consider - should she apply then you will have to declare your income details to SFE and they will assess her funding on your income.

    Wise words

  3. On 29/08/2021 at 15:39, C8RKH said:

    However, the reason WHY Lotus survived was in a large part down to the enthusiasm of its owners. It does feel to me like Lotus are sticking two fingers up at their loyal customers who have stuck with them through the good, and the bad times, and I think that is what is grating with some.

    It seems some people are going to end up feeling like Les Dennis did a few years back

    It’s a shame, but as they say “ Business is Business”


  4. 9 hours ago, Evotion said:

    Absolutely.  I believe it to be a bargain at that level though we might see very few specced poorly in reality.

    Reminds me of my 520 Eclát, four speed Ford box instead of the 5 speed Lotus with Marina chocolate internals, single exhaust instead of the heavy twin exhaust set up, unassisted steering and no air conditioning, I added the Lotus alloys, a beautiful car and reliable to boot.

    I will only be interested in a base model 4 pot, and am not too interested in all the bells and whistles. To some people, less is more.

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  5. 10 minutes ago, C8RKH said:

    I'd be amazed if the FE V6 came in at £70k (don't get me wrong, I'd be overjoyed too!) and thinking you'd get a 550+ bhp for £100k, well, honestly, I think whatever your smoking has been cut with too much baby powder to be honest  :)

    I understand what you are saying, but I would never of thought an Emira with an AMG engine for under sixty thousand would be possible. At £100-110k that leaves £40-50k for a more powerful engine, better brakes and suspension and a bit of profit. 
    surely it is doable?

  6. 9 hours ago, TomE said:

    I'm sure Lotus will do hotter versions of the AMG in a couple of years.  I'm not sure they'd go for a completely different AMG engine, as the development effort compared to upgrading the launch engine may not be justified if they've only got 7-10 years of ICE left to run.

    The £10-15k premium is for the First Edition compared to base own-spec, not the V6 vs i4 premium - that's not been declared yet and I'm guessing will be £2-3k.

    Thanks Tom

    some good reasoning there. So if the base Emira in both guises may sit around £58-65K I would like to think that a version with serious power priced around the £100-110k mark or even a tad more  would have a market and be profitable. After all  quite a few Evora’s were this sort of money towards the end.

    It would be nice to see Lotus’ final ICE car ending up being the car that set the standard, but perhaps that is just wishful thinking on my part. Anyway, there needs to be a lot of base Emiras to be sold before any radically new model could be financially justified. I personally think it’s going to be a global success, fingers crossed.

  7. Just read through this thread, it seems to me that the Toyota V6 is the weak link in the Emira package for some people, ie BHP/Torque, may be there are contractual or financial reasons why they are using it, or maybe it was a safe bet.

    we all know that all Lotus models have steady increases in power through their production runs, and I would say that the AMG option has had it’s power output held back so as not to embarrass the V6 as it would impact sales.

    Radford are suggesting future outputs of 500BHP for the V6 although they did not actually say it would be the Toyota unit,  I would imagine this would involve great expense and the upgrading of all important internals parts, then there are the gearbox limits to think about.

    Thinking out loud, Lotus did not know how much demand there would be for the Emira, and could not throw absolutely everything they had at it in one go, so far it has been well received and if all the deposits translate in to sales things will be looking very good at Hethel. I think the tie up with AMG Mercedes is good news and if the Emira continues to sell well I would not be at all surprised to see a larger displacement  AMG engine available for a top of the range model in the next two years or so which would put the cat amongst the pigeons

    This would give us three model choices,

    The sub £60k 4 pot with sub 400 BHP

    The V6 Toyota   £70k 400+ BHP

    The flagship model at £100k 550+ BHP

    Personally I am in the £60k 4 pot bracket and that car would give me everything I wanted.
    Although we have had no firm prices as of yet,I personally don’t see the reason for the  talked about £10-15k premium for the Toyota over the Mercedes, as other than sound and manual box there is very little in it performance wise, and I wouldn’t think that much money wise either.





  8. It’s good that you are having first class treatment, but plenty of people aren’t, it all comes down to where you live and who is treating you, bit of a lucky dip really. I have met the head of Oncology at my local hospital and would liken him to Coco the clown. Whereas my Father in law was treated at The Royal Free and like yourself has had excellent treatment…. Shouldn’t really be down to where you live or who is treating you, but unfortunately it is

  9. 13 hours ago, Bibs said:

    Lolz. He's not even seen the car and knows nothing about it apart from watching other people's videos. Bit strong to base an opinion on that really, it would have been better to record a video with more, and correct information having seen the car and researched it more but #youtubeviewsmatter. 

    Have a read through the comments, they're not very complimentary in this instance.

    Clickbait, the more people that view it, the more money he gets.

    also, the Emira is not a reworked Evora, people saying this seem to be a bit salty to me

  10. The NHS is rotten on all levels, for a start, conscientious full time nurses have to work alongside work shy uninterested agency staff who actually earn more money per shift than the regulars, you can imagine the effect that has on morale. Then there is the Covid thing which has allowed the workshy even more opportunities to skive, and that is on all levels, from the cleaners to the senior management.
    As for your sister, obviously I know nothing of the facts, but I do know that their is a two tier hospital system in most other european countries, there are hospitals that will do nothing without payment first, then there are the hospitals that work in a similar way to ours, ie treatment first. These hospitals are on the local government lists, I realise that in an emergency it would be easily overlooked.

    As for the Bollocks side of things, I stand by my original comment, and the unfortunate thing is a few of us on here are getting to the age that we are going to find out how fu**ing useless they really are


  11. 19 hours ago, Slow Yank said:

    An fair argument could be made that the featherweight S1 is pinnacle Lotus/Elise, or the S2 Exige (NA or Supercharged) with the screamer 2ZZ

    Only thing I preferred on my S1 compared to S2 and S3 was no servo on the brakes. As for the FE, can’t help but think the digital dash is out of place, but like you say, you can’t have them exactly how you want them.



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  12. Funny enough was talking about this engine earlier tonight with a Mitsi Guru, he told me that the last Evo engine, although powerful had many flaws, including the liners and that they basically shot themselves in the foot much to Subaru’s pleasure, no opinion, just saying

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  13. Mercedes once again showed their inability to change strategy mid race, something Red Bull are very good at. I would imagine Honda are working tirelessly to get the engine right, even more so since Alonso bad mouthed them publicly the other year, the Japs take things like that very personally.
    I believe Red Bull are capable enough to build a great chassis as they have done in the past, when Red Bull and Honda eventually get it right Mercedes will have lost their dominance which will be refreshing in itself, as long as it doesn’t become 4 or 5 years of Red Bull dominance as before

    As MG4Lotus said “just watch the racing”. The rest of the F1 model is broken. Political and social opinions have been introduced  (to a sporting event) and it is becoming increasingly harder to watch without being financially ripped off.

    As for taking the knee (or not) and wearing T-shirts with various slogans on, none of which have anything to do with motorsport WTF is going on.The American owners have pandered to certain teams and drivers and there will be a price to pay through future revenues.

    I used to see Bernie and think what a slippery fucker he was, but on reflection he had it right, he understood all the aspects and knew how to handle things.

    I’m starting to see similarities between F1 and Iraq, both fucked up by American meddling 




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