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  1. Some extra dates also just added in London on 7-9 November at Duke of London in Brentford
  2. Or go for the full auto-loader - not cheap but a few folks on Pistonheads have them and rate them
  3. It looks dark blue. But I’m officially colour blind
  4. There's a useful refinement to the string and tennis ball technique: two balls As well as the windscreen-nudger ball, hang a second one half way between the door opening and the first ball. Suspend this so the ball doesn't quite hit the roof of the car and in line with the first ball. Now as you approach the garage, ensure both strings/balls line up and drive in A variation on this is to paint a vertical line on the back wall of the garage. I'm sure for the technically minded it would also be possible to rig up a system of coloured lights inside an angled enclosure, like a VASI aircraft landing system on it's side ✈️
  5. Sorry I just don’t agree. Lotus are ride and handling wizards and if they say Touring will be a great setup for fast road driving then I believe them. Other manufacturers will try and convince you that “sports” suspension and “sports” other gubbins are must-have, because then you pay for the upgraded spec. These two suspensions cost the same. I’ve had two long conversations with people at Lotus on this, one who leads R&H and one who has driven almost every Lotus road car including Emira and knows the roads and tracks I drive. Touring is exactly what will suit me, and many others. I think it’s unhelpful to describe Touring as likely to be disappointing or some kind of also-ran. OK, it’s a shame we can’t all drive both before deciding. But Sport won’t be everyone’s preference, even if they could drive both. Sport may well suit you best and that’s fine.
  6. I’m 5’9” and with the seat in a decent driving position it was 30cm gap behind the seats. In my 2011 Evora I sit with the seat on the front stop but in the Emira there was still an amount further forward it could have gone. A 6’0” person adjusted the seat after me and the gap was still 20cm. So plenty of room for a cabin-sized bag behind each seat. There’s a shelf at about the same height as in a 2+0 Evora.
  7. I was the nerd who took a tape measure That’s odd. The seat was adjustable when I went on 29 Sept and I had a chance to adjust to a good position. Perhaps it’s broken from all the traffic it’s had.
  8. I saw that, these pics. Looks nice - hints of Lotus Storm Titanium.
  9. Yes, Scott told me year 1 subscription is included in the option price on the configurator.
  10. Great Grahame, will be good to have your Esprit along. I'm at Goodwood for the Members Meeting but there are usually 15-25 cars and their friendly owners each month.
  11. You can only order a V6 FE this year. The demand has been so high it will take April to roughly Nov/Dec 2022 to build all of them.
  12. Here's a useful comparison:
  13. Presumably it's still a refundable deposit until a later commitment date?
  14. I had been wondering if I had enough info and assumptions to create a delivery date modeller. Then I realised I was getting far too caught up in this and decided to wait for Lotus to tell us
  15. The calling team are working from a mix of scripts, briefings and training. That doesn't get updated in real time or even every day, so inevitably they aren't as up to date as Lotus staff at the dealer events or some of the people on this forum. They have been having about 25 refund requests a day in the UK since they started the calling exercise on 20 Sept. They've also had 50 new deposits per day, which obviously go on the end of the queue. I did a rough calculation based on figures I had at end of last week, with a lot of assumptions, which suggested they could deliver all the UK V6 FEs by end of 2022 and have capacity for maybe 100-200 i4 FE deliveries at end of 2022. That all assumes no second shift, which if demand continues at this rate I'm assuming they will want to put into action, but will need time to hire and train and ramp up. The 5000 per year figure is total for all global markets for a full 12 months for single shift. In 2022 production only starts in late April. Other figures being mentioned (500-600/800/1000-1100/1200) are all UK-only. Pricing for non-UK markets is being rolled out country by country: New Zealand just announced, Canada next and probably on Friday, Japan and other parts of Asia later in the month. So global demand is not as well defined yet. It looks like Lotus are handling that by country and dealer allocations for 2022, so once those are sold out each dealer should have a good idea that deposits/orders beyond a certain number mean delivery in 2023.
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