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  1. I would strip a bodyshell and fit a modern engine & gearbox, probably an Audi 2.0L Turbo with flappy paddle gearbox, complete with loom and engine management, all the relevant controls, All the convenience of a modern car with those classic looks, maybe you can have it all !

    think modifying to improve reliability is totally acceptable.

    Yes but I can't see any reason for putting a Audi 2.0 Turbo in it.thats just horrible.

    If you wan't a more modern engine, whats wrong with uprate the current unit to S4 or GT3 turbo spec.

    Only reason for putting a Audi or worse, a US unit in it, is because you can't afford to upspec your current unit.

    And I can't see any way of doing a engine swap with a horrible unit correctly on a budget either.

  2. Not completely correct,

    Yes all the parts are individually ballanced and you can run a turbo without balancing of the complete CHRA assembly, but just like a tollerance stack up, the unballance of each individual component can together create a balance beond the tollerance.

    On durability and performance strangely the unballance is of almost no harm. But on NVH it is.

    So running it without complete CHRA balancing can only cause compressor noize.

    Then on a Italian company specialized in turbochargers:

  3. I suspect GL would sensibly have been quite happy to see a Lotus F1 entry that wouldn't cost them anything, subject to a settlement to the TL name dispute.

    There is no such thing as free F1 advertisment.

    Well should Joe Saward scenario become real! Lotus will be a laughing stock in the F1 circus and the automotive industry at large and it will be a while before it's given another shot in F1! It would be a complete shame to happen but this scenario is unfortunately realistic I just hope things happen at LRGP before they happen at Team Lotus! I guess the winter will not be that long this year!

    I do hope the scenario will become real. No Lotus in F1 next year. That will mean they don't waste excesive amounts of money on which return on investment will be very hard. Lets get the money in the cars.

    DB from his time with Red Bull and Ferrari will certainly know how both these companies account for the costs & benefits of their sponsorships. The logic will be very different for both companies & I'd guess for Ferrari it's much more about events. Certainly a friend was very impressed by being driven around the Ferrari track by Alonso earlier this year after he picked up his gto.

    Porsche is pretty succesfull without F1 and a motorsports programme that is more than payed by its customers.

    F1 is marketing business, not nescesarily related to car business. Look at current F1, Ferrari which is clearly DB example is beaten by a soft drink. Even now Ferrari has the best driver of the pack a soft drink company can build a better car than Ferrari.

    I really hope Lotus will go for Porsche as an example and leave the marketing madness.

    DB has to learn to understand that Lotus is not a soft drink, on which u can spend 80% of your turnover on marketing and 5% on your product. In automotive it's the other way around, 100% world wide brand recognition will not sell you cars, making a better product than the competition does.

  4. I wonder if they wouldn't be better off appealing to the entrepreneurial leaders in skateboarding/snowboarding, like Rob Dyrdek.
    I do agree on this one, but get Tony Hawk instead.

    On rap culture getting involved with "high" class brands like Dom Perignon, Lotus, Ralph Lauren etc..

    If the target audience can even afford your product. Such marketing only works for a small time frame,

    pop culture is always quick on changing brands. Like Chrystall, for a while it was nice, but the old reliable

    customer base in fancy restaurants changed to a different brand because of the rap relationship. Now they

    are left with nothing. Even without the bad publicity eventualy the rap community would have changed their favourite drink.

    I also do agree on the target marketing, I think the money in future Lotus buyers is in the Financial and IT companies.

    Better get some fancy 1 page adds in the lifestyle magazines that apeal to these people.

    Still my favourite lotus marketing tool is getting their cars in some nice computer games as one of the main event cars.

    Test drive 1 and Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge 2, were hugely contributing to me owning a Lotus now.

    Although F1 and James Bond can also not be forgotten for that.

  5. When driving around at 110/120kph, there is a light judder in the steering wheel,

    No a constant vibration but a vibration going on and of every other second,

    I have all my wheels balanced. but this did not have any influence on it.

    Can this be due to brake disks, as this is rotational mass that is not balanced,

    or can it be due to worn steering rack or column??

  6. Hi Mike,

    Rebuilding a turbo is no problem to do yourself,

    just make sure you don't damage the compressor blades or R shape in the compressor cover.

    As explained all components are balanced separatly, although after assembly of the cartridge

    the turbine shaft and compressor assembly are balanced together in the normal production process.

    This will have only minor effect on durability and is mainly done for noize. (Which if you don't care is ok)

    Good quality parts in your neighbourhood can be found at BTN Turbo in Uxbridge

    Then when you rebuild make sure you use the correct torque value for the compressor nut.

    Also make sure you get the actuator values right, as you have a single turbo some deviation should be

    ok, but clearly mark the lenght in assembled condition.

  7. Agreed, the latest Lotus action against TF/TL seems beyond pointless, can someone explain what DB's problem is with TF's purchase of Caterham?

    What's not to understand,

    You have a car company and a logo, now somebody managed to get the license to use your logo and is buying a car company to put your logo on. And start competing you with your own brand.

    I don't think Lotus is against TF buying Caterham, as long as it stays being a Caterham, without any relation to Lotus. (Besides that its a old Lotus design) Now Tony even made

    a "Team Lotus" edition Caterham, that's almost as confusing as a "Lotus" edition Renault F1 car.

    This reminds me of saying, all the people who think Malaysia F1 is running a F1 team in true Chapman style, and Lotus not as they just bought themself into a existing company and not designing their own

    car from the ground up. What to think of TF then who bought himself into a car company, just putting purchased logo's on a purchased car company.

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