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  1. mdavies

    What I've discovered, one month in

    Mark, I hope your sentiment was derived from his behaviour rather than from his vehicle perhaps being surprisingly quick! Given even the basic Ford approved Mountune package, as my DD has - all badges removed, of course - and driven entirely responsibly, the aggressive behaviour I occasionally experience from others ("ordinary" BMWs spring to mind) seems to stem from their presumption that a mere Fiesta shouldn't be able to live in the same motoring envelope as they do.
  2. mdavies

    Future of Lotus

    Mostly been said, but my twopence worth. For a top end model to function as a halo, surely it has to have some traceability, however diffuse, to the range they actually expect people to buy. Even if this Omega actually gets built of sale, surely it fails, an irrelevance in that respect? I will not be surprised if it emerges only as a technology demonstrator, a "proof of engineering capability", in tiny numbers for a few museums; potentially "held awaiting the next generation of batteries” to extend its 130 mile range - driven carefully, else 65 miles - before being released. Even if in its own terms it is “successful” - how judged? - it could bring scorn from competitors: What’s the problem, Lotus, afraid to do something real world to compete with the high end models of McLaren/Ferrari/specialists. Hiding behind barely/not there tech, and £2.5 million a throw? Unimpressed.
  3. "8 Evora S Sport Racer models in Carbon Grey were made." (letter from the Lotus Archivist). Well 7 then, apart from mine, #4. As said above, it's not realistic to be too particular about the spec. Bob, given your previous BM, I would have thought you would want an S, but of course trying both S and NA is the only way. Rather depends how many rpm you expect to use as "routine", rather than just having a blast,
  4. Remarkable IMO! Two extracts from the link below. Note the second. I trust Waymo will be sued to blazes for every injury and collision they cause. Published by Business Insider. “Waymo received a permit from California's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) on Tuesday to test autonomous vehicles without human backup drivers on public roads, the DMV said in a statement.” “But an August report from The Information suggested Waymo's self-driving technology struggles with more driving tasks than the company has indicated. The publication said Waymo vehicles have difficulty making unprotected left turns, distinguishing between individuals in a large group, and merging into turn lanes and highway traffic, among other trouble areas.”
  5. mdavies

    "Exciting New Car" - EVO

    Having let this hare out of the trap, thought I'd invest some time in listening to Dennis' phone lines being "unusually busy" to try for more info. Very helpful person eventually, in the dark about the reason but did clarify re the dates. In their world, (Feb 19) refers to the February 2019 Cover Date issue. (Not Feb 19th) Also, very specifically I was told the next issue, 256, will "be published" on 16th November and we subscribers "should receive it" before the end of November. So I now see some conflict between that info and the phrase in their delay warning of "embargoed until the afore mentioned date" - perhaps just some hurried loose phrasing. But pleased at speculation here being over before Christmas..............
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    "Exciting New Car" - EVO

    Michael, indeed, to your comments. Equally surprised my only excuse for "nil on Lotus"! That was ignoring their 6-page feature on Lotus at 70, of course! Apologies. Anyway, herewith the evidence.
  7. mdavies

    "Exciting New Car" - EVO

    What, two of them? One for the dentist's waiting room I guess.
  8. mdavies

    "Exciting New Car" - EVO

    Jonny, I came close to making such an observation, but decided I'd save my cynicism for a post just made on the "Future of Lotus" below. Whatever, I doubt Lotus has the Esprit ready quite yet.
  9. mdavies

    Future of Lotus

    Can't make quote work, my ignorance I expect, but re the above market focus, would there be a clue in the recent BBC report: That word "luxury" still featuring. Oh, dear.
  10. I expected to find a more frequent contributor than myself had already opened up this topic. I'm in no position to speculate but expect many here will be better informed. Anyway, with my subscriber copy of EVO 255 (more wide-ranging than some, though nil on Lotus) two days ago, came a note that: "The next issue (Feb 19) will arrive with you few days later than usual......................due to the announcement of an exciting new car embargoed until the aforementioned date." EVO copies usually reach me at least a clear month ahead of the cover date. No. 255 is marked January 2019. So it seems there will now be two and a half months until receiving the next one (which they give as No. 256) - not what I'd call "a few days" after when I would have expected it, before Christmas anyway.
  11. I bow to any specific knowledge you may have on the matter, Bibs, but I understand the legislation referred to the provision of a "change up now or you are being really naughty" light. I doubt it stated that rpm indicator lights must be removed! Lotus, in a whole new design of instrumentation and interior, chose simply to drop rpm lights. If the Change Up light had to be in the speedo (?) and it could not be accommodated there whilst retaining the rpm lights (?), then rpm indicators could have been retained, perhaps located higher up, as Pete has suggested. I have expressed myself quite strongly on this matter, and I stand by that. It is a fair reflection of how seriously I see the loss of something that so well expresses the character of a performance car. Again, the loss of the water temperature gauge is also a serious deficiency for a performance car. For ordinary cars they are little more than a general health indicator, rarely looked at by most drivers in most circumstances. Not so in a performance car with, in the main, responsible and caring drivers who want both to manage the engine carefully and, when appropriate, to use it to its maximum capability. A single light provides considerably less information and is an inadequate replacement IMO. Entirely so regarding over-temperature! Together these two downgrades are symbolic of the two-sided approach that Lotus adopted in moving from the S1 Evora to the 4xx series. Yes, hurrah for the lighter weight and greater power - let's not get into torque issues here - and the dynamic and performance improvements so enabled, but boo to the "cheapening" - figuratively if not literally, though I suspect so - and general loss of "character", both generally as a car, and specifically as a performance car. (Note that I hold back from comment on whether "cheapening" is the right term in other respects! Don't want to be here all night!) Yes, of course I applaud the positives of the 4xx, those I've already mentioned and the styling changes insofar as they reflect the Evora's performance nature, and, in the latest models, the aero improvements. But IMO Lotus got it badly wrong in revising - yes, cheapening - the instrumentation and so, in a practical use sense, significantly detracted from its performance character.
  12. Tim, indeed several have mentioned that upgrading the supercharger makes a real difference. I have pondered that and not ruled it out. My concern though would be whether the transmission could handle the extra torque if it was used to any extent - and if not............ Then, noting that this thread is about classic status, originality counts for a great deal. (No problem if people hang on to the original kit.) Pete, as a general response, I again note the basis of this thread is "classic status", rather whether something provided as part of the standard original is effective or optimised - or indeed a blooming nuisance, awkward to use, or useless! Having said that, I find the standard shift lights in the speedo entirely effective without being looked at specifically. (On the S anyway, in the gears when they are useful, the second and third light follow the first pretty quickly! I gather that racers starting on the front row do not focus specifically on the five lights, but are just acutely conscious of them. (Advice welcomed from any with practical experience there!) I owned an early S1 NA for three years, and loved it. However I am very aware now of how the S differs. Again, IMO this thread is not for that debate. I am making the case that the S1 S SR manual is a "natural classic" in many ways superior to most of the 4xx series, claimed by R&T. (Going further, I suggest that the only 4xx models in contention are those that can perhaps justify the "stripping out" by having the most extreme performance as a consequence - 430, Cup versions.) The boot power socket - always live - is it not perfect for plugging in a battery charger/conditioner? It is for me. Full leather - was it not standard on the SR? If not, yes it's needed for the "perfect classic". Note I am always speaking specifically of the one model, in its entirely original state, Union Flag badges and all. Re the interior, and this is not being argumentative, what you or I may prefer about some aspect is not quite the point - the car is what it is. If you see the 4xx interior as being preferable as a classic, then fair enough. I don't though. Finally, I hope readers of my initial post saw what I intended as slightly humorous hints of a tongue-in-cheek tone. Let's not get too hung up on the subject - only time will tell!
  13. All Evora's, indeed all Lotuses, have ‘future classic’ potential but I’m with those who see the Evora S Sport Racer manual as the star amongst them. The “original” design - and already thin on the market. The Lotus archivist confirms the total production number for the UK (including IPS models) as 53. I guess that the manual was the more popular, so say 30-35 manuals. (What’s that about “Only 60” Evora 430’s?). Some changes Lotus made in moving to the 4xx series are desirable but, keen as I am on the light weight approach, I don’t see all as improvements. In stripping out weight - and, I imagine, production cost - Lotus also stripped out character. Rather important for classic status; performance alone is not enough IMO, except in rare special racers and suchlike. The glass rear hatch - replaced by some plastic strips on the 4xx - yes heavy, but class. And whoever said “being easier to enter and exit” added to classic status? Rpm warning indicators are a natural feature for a performance car - eyes stay on the road. A real loss and a near crime that Lotus sacrificed them in the 4xx. Replacing them with a “gear change-up now for maximum economy” light, likely only of use to some minority of the most special-needs Evora “owners-but-not-drivers”. What better illustration of adding insult to injury? And when our cars (Oh, didn’t I mention I have one?) become part of motoring history, that characterful interior, quirky if you like, the dash sweeping around to the doors, with its integrated set of control buttons grouped around the steering wheel, Sport Mode at one finger tip, glove box at another, with an engine temperature gauge (no, really, the 4xx doesn’t!), even three 12v sockets in good locations - and a cargo net! So what if the mirror switch is awkward to get at - we will reminisce about such details. The Evora S Sport Racer manual - they don’t make them any more - are even nearer a classic age than a 4xx. Not so much a classic in the making as one already made!
  14. That's all very well, but, but, but........... What about the circumstances where a no-driver car (mis)behaves in a way that forces a driven vehicle to swerve to avoid impact? Where, as a consequence, the driven car hits another vehicle, perhaps scraping by a parked one? Or hits a lamp post or a tree and its occupants are injured? Or even hits a person? A myriad potential circumstances where the no-driver car suffers no, or negligible, impact and its whatever sensors are not triggered and it drives on “obliviously”? Or perhaps is slightly damaged, stops and the occupants of the victim vehicle get out and, “untrained” do “the wrong thing” and are injured by the no-driver car, perhaps now with damaged sensors? What about no-driver cars and cyclists? By (mis)behaviour or by “not seeing” causing a “brush-by”, or passing just too close, causing the cyclist, even if not entirely blameless, to fall to the ground. And the no-driver car, oblivious, simply carries on? Witnesses? What witnesses? It is irrelevant that such things happen with driven cars. Of course they do - but driven cars stop. Their drivers investigate and do whatever. A serious offence not to. Oh, they will be insured, that solves everything. Indeed..................
  15. Indeed a shame, March, but looking to the future rather than the past, I am more worried by the prospect of trying to live with those platoons on our major roads. "Live with" in both senses of course.