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  1. Nope, the layout of Emira is an evolution of Evora mid mounted transverse V6 and i4. The V8+ gearbox would not fit at all in that layout. reengineering the rear subframe would be possible but the car would no longer be an Emira and no longer be a "sportscar"... Lotus will not do that.
  2. That is not a mock up that is a rehash of the 2010 Lotus Elise intent prototype developed during the infamous DB era. Motor1 being lazy as f. as usual.
  3. Yes the LEVA Seems to do without a bolt on rear subframe, which is great for weight saving not so great for repairability from my understanding. VVA on which LEVA innovates is/was tough. So tough that during crash test, they could replace just the front subframe or rear subframe and send the central chassis core back to crashtesting. Now LEVA will keep a front subframe because most crashes are front and front 3/4 incident first so having a removable repairable subframe seems like sound business. However with the rear subframe now integrated to the core chassis it means any rear crash will be pretty much terminal. Notice that the subframe does still exist but as it is set to be bonded and riveted to the core and no longer bolted I wish any mechanic in charge or a LEVA sportscar rebuild the very best of luck. However these LEVA cars will also come with a Volvo vetted arsenal of ADASS tech which sole aim will be to prevent the drivers of these cars to get into trouble. So safe driving to everyone who buys and try to have some fun while you are at it.
  4. Lotus to use a chassis supplied by Geely for their upcoming Coupé? I think that is a bit of either bombshell or misunderstanding. Coupés do stay in Hethel, "Gran coupés" aka Porsche Taycan competitors will be made in Wuhan on a platform that will share significantly more with other Geely group products, lets say SEA platforms with Lotus staples double wishbones and or bespoke multi-link rear articulation. Taking a page of the SEA playbook should be easy to incorporate the A pilar rule underpinning everything developed initialy by Volvo for their Scalable Product Architecture, and then jointly with Geely Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), and finaly the Geely branded Sustainable Experience Architecture, SEA which is essentially a skate on which one can bolt whatever subframe they desire to as long as they respect a few bolting and anchoring points.
  5. They finally finally finally go official with alloy casting on subframes... They've been refining this - or kept it on a shelf somewhere - for the better part of a decade. The core chassis looks nicely evolved from VVA now known as SCA/Elemental, the side sills are really thin and they have built in more rigidity below the Bpillars it seems. My question is always the same right now with the powerpack, if it goes bad how do you service it. because, it will be an issue. it seems Lotus has engineered an access from down below. But with the slab that will be a whole lot of aluminium sheet to be removed. They've been working on this since JMG...
  6. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and satellite navigation, Bluetooth and USB/12v sockets are not the same as a 10-channel/340W premium audio system. Every car will come with the 10 inch display not every car will with the premium audio. for all I know the base sound system will be an unbranded/Alpine sourced 4 channel stereo
  7. it is part of an upgrade package after that.
  8. Lotus wants to undercut Weissach on value... I think they've just done it smashingly.
  9. NedaSay

    Type 131 GT4

    The company did not say that 1260 kg is the lightest the car can be, it is only the homologation weight they want to be at. There's a fair bit of faffing around with weight in GT4, on behalf of manufacturer that is, and in order to make the car compoetitive vis a vis the BOP, that's why the Camaro is lighter on paper than the carbon intensive 570R...
  10. Yes he 's a very fast driver in a serene environment, he's very methodical and should have had a few more podiums if not a win by now if Redbull had not had cold feet. His arrival at Williams will bring a driver that I believe to be as competitive as George on a good day and also he can bring sponsorship to them which is clearly not the main motivation at Williams to hire him but when he joined Alpha Tauri, Albon brought on board two significant sponsorships from Thailand: Moose ciders and PTT lubricants, these companies would not look out of place at Williams,
  11. BlueDriver for me, more expensive than some but super easy to use.
  12. Oh it has a lot of stuff shared with Emira, not just the steering wheel...
  13. The new retail strategy of Lotus was made to be flexible to do most of if not all of that... It will be used in China and realistically anywhere lotus dealer presence is weak... That means in a lot of places.
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    Type 131 GT4

    The balance of performance will determine the final spec of the car. Lotus will need to attend a SRO Motorsport/ FIAGT4 test day when they will benchmark it with the usual suspects of the category, Cayman GT4, Mclaren 620R, BMW M4 GT4... Final power numbers are literally out of their hands until that test. they can only get the weight as low as can be and hope for a positive power to weight ratio. The car could end up getting 360bhp or 480 bhp. The goal of the BOP is to make the gentleman drivers somewhat equal on track regardless of the mill they are running. That's why the Alpine sometimes win races while competing with AMG GT and its v8 twin turbo. the Alpine is a momentum car unable to get out of its own way at Monza but at Brands hatch it is a freakin weapon. The car is said to compete with heavy hitters but the weight spec looks favorable at this point. Find below a list of the cars homologated for 2019-2020 season, weight is the "homologated weight", and Emira target spec. Toyota Supra GT4 (3.0L inline 6 N.A, 430bhp, 650nm, 1350kg) Porsche Cayman GT-CS (3.8L flat 6 N.A, bhp unknown, nm unknown, 1295kg) AMG GT4 (4.0L V8 Twin Turbo, bhp unknown, nm unknown, 1400kg) McLaren 570R ( 3.8L V8 Twin Turbo, bhp unknown, nm unknown, 1425kg) Ford Mustang GT4 ( 5.2L V8 N.A, bhp unknown, nm unknown, 1490kg) Chevrolet Camaro GT4 ( 6.2L V8 N.A, bhp unknown, nm unknown, 1420kg) BMW M4 GT4 ((3.0L inline 6 N.A, bhp unknown, 650nm, 1430kg) same engine as the Toyota Supra GT Audi R8 LMS GT4 (5.0L V10 N.A, bhp unknown, nm unknown, 1460kg) Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 4.0L V8 Twin Turbo, bhp unknown, nm unknown, 1435kg) Alpine A110 GT4 ( 1.8L inline 4 T, 360bhp, nm unknown, 1080kg) Lotus Emira GT4 (3.5 V6 Supercharged, 400bhp, nm unknown, 1260kg) When I say unknown i mean that the numbers are not officially communicated but you can find the numbers on the website of each car company under their motorsport tab... I guarantee thought that the advertised numbers are not the numbers they race at.
  15. NedaSay

    Type 131 GT4

    To your last and very good point. That maybe because they have worked a whole lot on passive cooling for the engine bay. the road car Emira' side air intakes are way bigger than the ones on Evora. The engine bay is also open on the rear deck and it has these air vents on either side of the lid. It also appears that the supercharger has its own cold air intake from the Motor1 video ( and it looks to be a much bigger diameter compared to the Evora. My understanding of things is that they much better cooling in the engine bay and that engine sits slightly lower in it. Emira road version keeps on using the Edelbrock unit. Emira GT4 uses the TVS unit maybe because at the end of the day, the BOP will make more sense with it.
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