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  1. All kinds of points made and angles mentioned on this subject in the posts here and elsewhere, but one potentially significant aspect was missing, I felt: the potential societal reaction to something that could have such major effects on the lives of many people - in the age of the internet and social media. I started drafting a paragraph on it twice tonight, and stalled both times. Should I, dare I, risk saying that? (I mean for rather more serious reasons than any flak here!) Now I don't have to worry - unless the Telegraph thinks I taken a little too much from the concluding paragra
  2. The really big news today: T50 production arrangements. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2020/11/09/f1-engineer-ploughs-50m-british-supercar-headquarters/
  3. PS to the above. Pleased to see that news the top item on one of the Business News summaries that I follow. (Sorry, can't adjust text size). "Hugely wrong"! From some others who actually understand! Made my day. Plans for cars to drive themselves on UK motorways as soon as 2021 are unlikely to go ahead after insurers warned government proposals were risking lives and "hugely wrong".
  4. Thank goodness for some sense from Thatcham. Link below under some extracts. "LONDON (Reuters) - British government plans that could allow self-driving cars on motorways as soon as 2021 would put lives at risk because the available automated technology falls well short of human driving capabilities, UK insurance group Thatcham Research said on Friday. ………………. “We don’t believe that this technology adequately addresses what consumers will do and how they’ll use it,” said Thatcham’s research director Matthew Avery. ……………. But Thatcham Research, which is funded by insurers but o
  5. First start-up of the actual drive train in a mule, soon for Millbrook, then test tracks. https://www.evo.co.uk/news/22743/gordon-murray-automotive-t50-test-mule-fires-up-on-video-for-first-time (Not lost interest in Lotus, but this development process may be a historic last of its kind. Would it really hurt if we were treated to the equivalent for our "last IC" car - or cars? Whatever. Whenever. But doubt it, somehow.)
  6. Seems the Evija can whine- sorry, breathe – a little easier. Good overview of the Battery Day show from the “visible battery tech” position but of course the leading edge (Skeleton, Gnanomat, Maxwell, others doubtless including Tesla) working with more advanced materials (notably graphene) and with some initial success. “Elon Musk made big promises at Tesla’s highly anticipated event. But a prototype never appeared, and it was unclear what the company had actually achieved.” https://www.wired.com/story/where-was-the-battery-at-teslas-battery-day/
  7. A mode relatively briefly used, as I recall...........else "she canna take it"? But always that whining soundtrack? I'm expecting an option of a "real car noise"* system. And that it will be a popular option. * (Yes, that's what I meant!)
  8. For EV enthusiasts - Tesla focused anyway. https://electrek.co/2020/09/16/tesla-battery-cell-in-house-roadrunner-first-look/ Sneak preview or Tesla PR. Seems more incremental improvement than battery breakthrough, but article says that more to come on Tesla's "Battery Day". Unless future-proofed in the battery compartment, Evija may be last generation tech already.
  9. Now the rather seriously-track-only version - with racing intentions. "hundreds of changes and different components" Price gone up a bit but still have to be quick to get one - 15 of the 25 gone already. (The 100 "ordinary" ones sold out in 48 hours.) https://www.evo.co.uk/track-cars/203056/track-only-gma-t50s-detailed-the-ultimate-rendition?_mout=1&utm_campaign=evo_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter
  10. On here (as I am too) you may well be right, but I'd be very surprised if Lotus's marketing department is not paying keen attention.
  11. jerzybond, I go along with your summary of the pro/con balance in EVO's appraisal of the Evora GT410. It being the choice "for the drivers" certainly comes across. Glad you left the actual denouement of the EVO piece as being "for the readers", for now anyway. I shall do the same.
  12. Of course a personal decision for individuals but I didn't give much away in starting this thread, nor in it subsequently as those who've read the article will know. My personal reason is to avoid being unfair to those who have paid for it, or at least put some effort into getting hold of a copy. It seems that some others feel the same. Different when it's "yesterday's news" perhaps.
  13. Not familiar with either EV's or this thread so apologies if already posted,, but with backing from VW and Gates, this may be an important straw in the strengthening wind: https://www.fastcompany.com/90548121/this-gates-backed-startup-is-building-a-better-battery-for-electric-cars?partner=rss&utm_campaign=rss+fastcompany&utm_content=rss&utm_medium=feed&utm_source=rss Number of other projects on solid state batteries claiming better performance than current tech of course. E.g. Tesla's "Battery Day" launch 9.30 pm GMT on 22nd Sept has been widely trailed/hyped. Almos
  14. No, not that old story, it's a new one - but with a familar theme, twist in tale (yes, tale) included.
  15. OK, it's the GT410 vs a base 911 but neither actually wins.............
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