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  1. Check its provenance. (Approved, so one of the benefits promised.) I suspect - but do not know - it to be a very well known and videoed car. If so, it has been well run in!
  2. Mickle, indeed that piece on Youtube was not the full thing. Now seen. Thanks to the posters of the other links. Very positive indeed with a meaningful extra road section and extra duration of track footage. Surely increases the importance of resolving any questions about whether it was close, or close enough, to the final production spec., perhaps most so re track use - wet and dry. I'd like to hear a discussion between Chris Harris and Jethro Bovingdon!
  3. Had to miss the TG programme yesterday but just found CH's brief track drive of the Emira on Youtube. May be of interest to others. No comments as very far from comprehensive and very brief, but key reason that I'm wholly unclear about that white car's relevance to the final Production version. Hmm...... well, not for me to comment about that either. Certainly good to slide about on a wet track - not sure about how many apexes he hit though! Semi-spins at the last corner, coming to a stop as the edit has left a side-on almost stationary view visible for just a moment - I think.
  4. No specific help, sorry, but adding background, my 2019 250 Cup behaves just as Dunc described above on the 5th. (A post update car, with the better exhaust sounds.) After a cold start, there is occasionally a very brief hesitation on giving it some throttle in 1st or 2nd as pulling away. Not looked at rpm as of no concern but around 2,000 rpm, certainly under 2,500. Always within about the first 30 seconds. Never at any other time. Probably not relevant, but I always and only use Shell Vpower (99 octane). If you don't use that, or maybe the BP one, can't remember the name but only 97 octane, I'd try a tankful - from a different location than your usual. I hope B&C square up to the problem - I'd say they have no option if they have experienced the issue. They have a good reputation generally. It seems like exchanging components has to be the next steps, coils, TPS, fuel pressure regulation, whatever. Assume you've had the fuel injection line replaced under the recall? (Fire risk.) Highly unsatisfactory situation. Suggest you express yourself very clearly to B&C
  5. Jimi, I generally share your view. Hope you don't interpret my comments as "making excuses" for "the Emira that we hoped it would be" - a car for us. No, I stood back from it a while ago, as details emerged, and I'm commenting on it as it clearly seems to be, and seeing it in relation to the people that it is pointed at. Not me - nor you, I think. Pity, but ...............
  6. Not being one of the potential buyers at which the forthcoming version of the Emira is aimed, generally I’ve been keeping thoughts about it to myself. But having shared KennyN’s “6,800 experience” above in my previous Exige Sport 350, I will add that: - A deficiency for the Exige does not necessarily make it one for the Emira, a very different car. - The above quote by Bib’s of EVO’s words: “….. performance surge tails off quicker than you might expect, the 6800rpm redline feeling a long way off” emphasises that the torque curve peaks in the upper-mid rpm range and that the 6,800 top figure is of little relevance. - For the Emira to give its drivers a decent sense of being in a “performance car”, the torque curve has to “support the weight”. Lotus had little option, I imagine. - Overall, as has generally emerged from the reviews (I sense), the Emira is happiest operating up to the 8/10ths level – suiting it’s target buyers. - Hence, overall, Lotus has done a decent job of creating a well-rounded package for its intended buying audience – and, necessarily, for itself as a business capable of being ongoing. So, IMO, it’s not reasonable to be negative about comparisons with the previous Lotus cars, loved by the traditionalists. Equally, I, and many I believe, look forward to considerably sharper-edged versions of the Emira. (To be assessed very differently!)
  7. Right, quiet down everybody, let’s get started - I want to hear your fixes – three days and I report to the Board. And low cost, remember, very low, forget your carbon, titanium, all that, Evora's history now, forget it ............. yes, yes, love mine too. Ok, Gavan, what you got? No, No, NO, Gavan, electric seats are settled, you heard marketing last week, and the week before, yes, and before and before, boy, do we hear from marketing. The seats are in, never mind the height, they're right in, yes the 12 way. Live with them – yes, both of them. You lot think it’s tough now, better get used it, it’s only going to get worse, those batteries really weigh............. Ok, I’ll give you a start, I’ve done the hard bit. We’ll call it a Lightweight Solution to a Heavyweight Problem. Good, eh?!! Tracy in media’s started on the cover graphics. VItal, looking good is the name of the game now, you all know that, half the battle, covers all sorts of stuff. Right, ideas. Get going. You at the end there, waving your specs, don’t often see you – what do you do, exactly? Software? Ha, lightweight all right, what, what!! Sets the rest of us an example, doesn’t he, eh?! ……Come on then, let’s hear you. What..... a distraction? Like the politicos? The military? ...... fungible? Fungible? What do you mean? Mushrooms? .......................
  8. Tom, I'm not a lawer (though worked closely with litigation ones at times, on big cases) but IMO that is inadequate as a "warning" to those potentially liable to misinterpret whatever CH says about the car and its performance. In isolation, the phrase is entirely open to interpretation. It could equally well be interpreted as implying that a production version might be an improvement on that prototype as that a version you could actually buy could be degraded from what CH has experienced and commented on. Hence it fails as a warning. Now I'll await the programme!
  9. So it seems that car is one of the prototypes sent out for the first set of reviews. Received pretty well in general. But if so, and if the car is anything other than a production version as to be supplied to those paying up for one, whatever Chris Harris says or does not say is, at best, irrelevant. I assume that adequately emphasised warnings and caveats will be given about the car. Anything other, and Lotus's marketing and PR will be exposed to serious criticism. Given the widespread viewing of Top Gear, including by some not necessarily familar with the full "Emira picture", there could then be accusations of being mislead, with regrettable consequences.
  10. Entirely agree with your comments, but those of us grieving for the passing of the "old Lotus" that we have loved, for decades, some of us, perhaps should have some sympathy with those now expressing very strong feelings about any negative comments made about the Emira. They too are in various stages of the grieving process; grieving for the end of their dreams about the Emira. The realities obvious for some time as the facts and figures emerged, well prior to reviewer's comments, have come to pass. We have to co-exist. Different people, different cars. The Emira FE version is not for me either.
  11. Only a quick scan but in the mentions of the Emira's weight in comments above I didn't spot a figure. In the reviews I have seen so far, there is only one given, in Stuart Gallagher's words in EVO. Quite specific: " to the 1486kg kerb weight of our test car ".
  12. Written review from EVO (Stuart Gallagher). Mixed comments, including irrelevant Porsche references, but does include positive as well as negative comments. EVO to get a car with right tyres soon. Mentions CUP 430 Emira in 2024. "Feels there’s more potential waiting to be untapped" Something to look forward to.
  13. Not the sort of mistake I'd expect Lotus to make for such a review: known to be on a circuit and by EVO. EVO addresses the all round driving performance of a car, way ahead of anything else. (Fair enough, known to be what they do.) At Anglesey circuit, naturally it was about the Emira's performance on a circuit. Lotus knew that. "We can't stop them reviewing it - so what to do? .............Got it! Give them a car with an inappropriate setup. The track suspension and the road tyres. Not the tyres for which that suspension was designed. So their conclusions can be said to be irrelevant --- what a shame!" PS : Pure speculation by me. EDIT: NedaSay: you posted while I was writing mine! Great minds!
  14. This video gives a history of Lotus that is pretty well up to date. It has recently been given exposure on another forum, so due acknowledgements. I’ve not seen it posted here – surprising, as it contains a mass of information about Chapman (and, importantly, Hazel), many others, and the cars that I found hugely informative – ok, I was far from well-informed previously. It would a pity to allow the title to put anyone off viewing it. The title is relevant – potentially - only to the last minute of about 40, where it is raised as a question rather than a conclusion. Not always the case, I make no comment now about that question. IMO the video is too good overall to be side-tracked by it. Some have spotted the odd error of detail or omission and some experts here may see larger ones – it would be good to hear of corrections. The one I spotted is trivial in relation to the overall story that covers Chapman pre-Lotus, his creation of and his development of Lotus, the cars, racing, and then Lotus post-Chapman. It does not shrink from the darker aspects.
  15. LLLR, An Autocar comparison, not by EVO. Yes, the usual result in EVO I expect. (Wow! otherwise.) But my point is that if the basis of the Autocar analysis and the weight given to the factors are creditable to me, then, if the Porsche wins, I no longer see any reason not to see it as the one to pick*. Just two brands now. * When the time is right.
  16. For those prepared to recognise the name “Lotus” as now simply being that of a brand, and no more, the ethos that it used to represent having disappeared with the Elise, Exige and Evora, this will be a particularly interesting comparison. For the first time for me, their pick of the car that they prefer will be as interesting and relevant as what they say about both of them, on a 50/50 basis. A new challenge re future choices!
  17. There has been so much poorly informed and misleading information and comment circulated in recent times with the words "self-driving", or equivalent, and “safety” included that commenting could be a full time task. Two items today concern me particularly - doubly so when taken in combination. First, remarkably uncritical words from the RAC’s head of policy, Nicholas Lyes. He does identify the driver education issue, but seems to think that “intensive publicity” will ensure that every Jo(e)-average-driver can, or will, study, retain and obey potentially complex knowledge of the operating boundaries of even “driver assistance” systems - and its interpretation in all circumstances. See midway down the first article here: Secondly, I’ll extract just “……..failed to avoid head-on collisions…….” from: Adding just one of my own comments (from many, many others, potentially): it is appalling that the way is being prepared (Law Commission recommending) to absolve drivers from responsibility in these matters. Stay safe - as far as you will be able to!
  18. MJON, why the surprised?! I've quoted your comment in support of my very recent post in the Comments and Expectations thread.
  19. As my post above is still the most recent here, I'll add another comment. The words “...complete the checkout process...” in the emails now being sent out by Lotus fit my view as expressed above just too well to ignore. As MJON has said in the "Delayed delivery thread": "like something from Amazon".
  20. A situation that's hard to come to terms with for long term customers of the "old Lotus" - although "customers" is a wholly inadequate term for their previous involvements with the cars, and with the people. I can only guess at how UK management, staff and the "Agent" network feel. Today, compounding and enlarging the situation, we have the announcement that: ".....ongoing transformation of the Lotus global retail network continues apace..." “……. roll-out of sculptural and artistic new retail environment continues……” So "retail" is still the term! Pretending nothing much has changed?! (Perhaps we still say "retail" because a word can mean whatever we want it to mean - get with the new scene!) I'm seeing the priorities of Geely as clearly aiming to cultivate an unquestioning "worship of the brand", whatever the - tightly specified and enforced - nature of its interactions with its ......... What, "Customers"? "Followers"? "Users"? "Punters"? Believers? I don't know. Perhaps Elon Musk could help. Equally I suspect that Geely will apply those same principles regarding its Lotus products - "you take what you get - and you like it". I'm severely tempted to repeat a sentence from a published interview that quoted Matt W - but having said it's now behind me, I won't. But I've decided not to "like it", so cancelled my order for a First Edition Emira. Still hoping for a Basic model that I can like.
  21. Saw that article elsewhere and now see here, posted some days ago – a chunk of "likes" but few comments so far. I’ll chip in. Accepting the argument of SUV’s for the sake of the Lotus Business, why the defensive tone? I read it crudely as: “we didn’t want to but we had to - for the same business reasons as many other car manufacturers”. For those business reasons, doubtless strongly expressed by the powers that now be and presumably supported by MW – although even as far as playing (who precisely?) on stage in the Eletra’s launch? - surely a positive tone in the article would have been appropriate? “We at Hethel are delighted to welcome the Eletra into the Lotus family, confident it will prove that being for the drivers can emerge from any shape and size”. For example! Do Geely subscribe to Top Gear Mag? As background to his tone, perhaps MW has been receiving stick along the lines that: “The Lotus brand has been besmirched”; “Colin Chapman’s principles and legacy betrayed”; “A pretence – in the launch and the PR – that the Eletra has anything to do with Lotus’s history, or with its sports cars”. Sports cars being, as MW noted, “the heart of the brand”, although personally I question whether the “heart of that heart” is sustained without IC power. To my point: regrettably, I find that not only the theme of the article, but the ethos and image of Lotus Cars, is failed by the initial implementation of its first product, the Emira. Presented as “a sportcar”, “the heart of the brand”, no less. With electrically adjustable seats? With driver assistance? With a 10-channel audio system. With more weight and less power than its predecessor? Is the ability for Lotus Cars to make such a “sports car” sufficient to justify a SUV? Not for me. I’m hoping for better things to come.
  22. Trust Lotus will be giving figures for the range remaining after one 0-60 in 2.9sec run, then after 2 runs, then after 3 .................... etc. Pretty important factor for an EV designed for practical use, rather than for enjoyment. In the dark, wet, and cold weather, of course.
  23. mdavies

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    I don’t follow F1 comment sites so apologies if this already common speculation, but re Red Bull results (lovely!) it seems to me that common factors causing very closely timed fuel pump failures of two separate cars are hard to conceive of. Except for one. No fuel being pumped because………none to pump! Common factor someone’s finger slip on their calculator?!
  24. Being tall, something that's concerned me since it was first mentioned as being high in the (unrepresentative) showroom model is the seat height. One of the recent reviewers has now mentioned a "high" seat, in apparently its production form. He was sufficiently concerned to question Gavan Kersaw and was told that the motors for electric adjustment caused it to be 2cm higher than otherwise necessary. I wondering if the manual seat in the eventual base model will allow a lower setting. Another factor to explore ahead of a decision.
  25. Surely more of an exercise to prepare the journalists than anything meaningful for potential buyers. Four months behind, according to one; just the “best chassis we have at the moment” from another. A version primarily for the road given to test on a track in an unfinished state of tune? Combine all the “yet to be finalised/fixed/not quite right” comments from the group and it’s clearly – and openly said by Lotus - that that car is some way from an actual production version. Trying to fathom why Lotus chose to expose those trials to the public rather than keeping them private, my top thought is that when the same lot get to drive a “real one” they will be truly exuberant about how brilliantly wonderful it is. A classic “switch sale” technique! And perhaps the real reviews out shortly.
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