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  1. Uh the tech director was none other than former and current HWA engineering director...
  2. I agree, the cars have been in gestation for long enough. Now they will look reactive instead of proactive, but it is not just McLaren, it is also Maserati and soon Ferrari. They are all coming down with V6 twin turbo and hybrid. if Type 131 is indeed 2 cars a 4cyl and a V6. I'm afraid the V6 has been upstaged already. The fun thing is that JMG wanted that 3.0L V6 twinturbo supercar out in 2019. By that point they had been working on it for almost 3 years. They were really happy with the design. Geely was bringing the parts bin, the change in leadership and the strategy review delayed things
  3. McLaren definitely poached pages of the playbook and a lot more than that when they started their road division. The tech spec of that Artura is very impressive. The design leaves me a bit cold as most of the work is in the detail but the overall look is an evolution on 570S. Still the implementation is very McLaren, clinical, beautiful but somewhat devoid of passion. And yes should Type 131 be in the price bracket mentioned and well executed. it should represent 95% of the value at a fraction of the cost.
  4. fun story and cool looking poster, the return of the Deltawing.
  5. Well i hope we don't get to wait 9 years to see Lotus get back to racing. Considering their deal with Alpine they have an easy path to LMDh racing and I'd bet that making the upcoming Hybrid PU compatible with that categor would be privcey but doable. Still that is a fun little story to fill a page or two.
  6. How did they manage to make the Evija looks to big? Is the engine in the cockpit?
  7. Pfff They are not and I mean not messing around... That car, under the wraps, looks sleek tiny and light I wonder if it is a scale model, definitely Elige class if it is the real thing. That change in global footprint is mighty.
  8. Uh the AMG 4 cyl is probably out of the equation as the deal between Geely and Daimler was signed way after the development team froze the spec. Beside Volvo has a very potent 4cyl that does fit the need for a lightweight mild hybrid (48v battery) sport cars and also a PHEV (the SUV), and has it come from within the group there is no license fee to pay and dealership staff can easily be trained to service it.
  9. The V8 was put on dyno but its IP belongs to HWA I Believe, it was good for 600bhp + in base tune... They could have gone with any number of gearbox as the engine bay set up allowed mechanical, automatic and DCT. So a hint of a truth at last... An Exige class and an Esprit class to replace the Evora and leaving the Elise to posterity. Hum it really is JMG's masterplan.
  10. Yes, it would be unprecedented in a way... Except that McLaren has been doing it ever since the MP4-12C and everything Sport and Super Series up until 720s has been built on the same core chassis. Technically very doable for Lotus even more with VVA or VVA+, so if you add to that Volvo and Geely experience on the matter. If lotus had access to everything, as I believe, they had access to literally everything - and they did not need that much : a loom, and powertrains to work with - and you consider that Type 131 has been in inception for a little while (2015 give or take a few months) th
  11. Some guys on Lotustalk and elsewhere have an interesting theory regarding the term sport car series and the visual used by Lotus. What if Type 131 was not one car but one chassis able to accept 3 different bodies?
  12. Your computer was made in Britain?
  13. Weight gains being pretty much compulsory when adding a big fat battery to the car...
  14. Back under MJK Lotus engineering did a lot of work on metal lightweighting, Using a Toyota Venza as model for weight loss... they shed weight massively. I believe some of that work continued under DB, albeit with a skeleton team, and under JMG again. There's nothing official about the switch to an aluminium body yet though. But got very strong hint that the new car may be even more alloy heavy than Evora... that would mean the core chassis, but also front and rear subframes and yes the body: doors, roof, and possibly other part of the skin of the thing. JMG both hinted at full aluminium body
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