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    simon bates
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    elise S1 & Esprit S2.2
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  1. Not sure that it is the right time for massive investment in a v8 engine
  2. Had a go in a JP-LM two seater prototype thing at bedford autodrome a few years ago with its manual paddleshift box, and was just blown away by it. It is just so nice and so good; a really good dual clutch box does come close. Fashion seems to be to knock the two pedal set up in favour of 3 pedals and a stick, and a manual can be a joy - I used to have a marcos 1500gt with a Ford "rocket" gearbox, and a stubby gearstick that was connected to the selection rods without any remote control mechanism - that was also a joy I have never driven a mid engine Lotus where I would consider the "stick" to be a joy. My elise has the eliseparts mechanism upgrade, and the quickshifter, and it is kind of OK; but go to a car equipped "as it left the factory" and the porridge spoon like shift is horrible. The other advantage of paddleshift is that you only have to link the driver to the gearbox with some copper wiring, which is far easier to route when you move a FWD package (driver behind engine) to a mid engine situation (driver in front of engine)
  3. OK if Nicotine is 1000x more potent than alcohol, how come I could drive OK after 20 a day, but could not after half a bottle of Scotch
  4. Launch edition is £52K, with a £16K deposit down to confirm order. Standard edition price not out yet, but it will be forty something. The lack of a cloverleaf badge suggests that there will be a faster one. Talk seems to firm up the idea of a convertible, but I suspect that this will be on the lines of the Exige S roadster, with a removable roof Lights are OK IMHO - the change to the wing mirrors is the biggest bit of butchery
  5. Media is coming out on the Alfa 4C, and Maserati production facility looks impressive. How does it compare to Hethel (as it is now) and chassis lay up
  6. 1800ES is steel, never seen that colour before - lovely
  7. Mmmm bit whiney, take it off, lob it over there, I will get some sawdust in the morning and we can chuck it back in another car
  8. Caterham entering Le Mans, or sponsoring a Zytek (A certain whiff of Dany about this)
  9. If you took the wheels off, you would have to be quite an expert to tell the last S1 from the first S2 I can see the interest in the early gelcoat cars, but expect to see the whole S1/2/2.2 range to take a lift in price, with the early tartan / white cars leading with a significant premium. I expect the JPS cars to be a bit retro-cool as they now look like a modern F1 car
  10. Big salary designer and a team of seventy! Is that still all in place? Do hope Lotus bring something out from this design team (is Exige V6 theirs?)
  11. simonb

    Boston Bombs

    No news on the "cause" yet? I do not believe that the media help, at the moment far too much infamy is created. Unless it is a manhunt, then they should keep to a small grainy photo, and put the name of the offender in the third paragraph. We create infamy for monsters
  12. Class went out the window over 100 years ago, when the merchants built themselves estates; and those whose families were given estates after the Norman conquest were quitting them as they could not afford to maintain the piles. I work, so working class, there is a massive "Jeremy Kyle" class who do not work and a tiny elite class who watch daytime tv using their own money rather than taxpayer money. It could be that the whole system is "on its head", and we now pay our feudal obligation (taxes) so that the workshy can parade around their "Manor"
  13.     Manufacturer suing automotive press would be a pretty stupid thing to do; Lotus need autocar more than Autocar need Lotus
  14. My understanding of "underwritten" is that after you sell off every last piece of "Lotus", then Proton are liable for the balance of debt. Hardly an interesting route to follow. I would really like to see a facelift model out of Lotus, to me Evora is a bit fugly, same underpinnings, same improved build quality, but a new DRB body would seem to show a "reborn" Lotus
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