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  1. 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:

    http://www.saito.it/default.asp

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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??

  5. 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 http://www.btnturbo.com/

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. Renault couldn't make the Team pay so sold it as a financial burden. Do you think Genii would be selling it if it was profitable??

    Honda couldn't make it work, Spyker couldn't, BMW, Jaguar, Toyota (with their huge spending power) etc etc etc.

    What makes you think that Lotus can?? I'm sorry but I just can't see it being anything but bragging rights and a burden on GL.

    I don't think Lotus is in F1 for the long run, they are only in there to counter F1Malaysia. (And maybe a bit for exposure)

    As soon as F1Malaysia will give up it's logo, Lotus can get out of it again and focus on making cars and money.

    Although Lotus would like to be in F1, they know they can't afford a team of their own. Certanly not before they have

    a Ferrari like status. Only now Lotus can't afford not to be in F1 and let F1Malaysia get away with their brand.

  8. Not even this Z?!...

    No not even the Z8, I don't understand what is special or advanced about it. For me not realy BMW,ish.

    What I do like about BMW is the level of engineering, I think they are the best by far in therms of quality

    innovation reliability. I only can't see myself driving one. Also I'm not to much of a fan of the ride feeling,

    I prefer the ride of a Mercedes, for which I'm way to young. So a nice E-class, that would also be a car

    I secretly want but can't quite see myself in.

    I stick with my Lotus,

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