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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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...
  5. 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
  6. it is part of an upgrade package after that.
  7. Lotus wants to undercut Weissach on value... I think they've just done it smashingly.
  8. 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...
  9. 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,
  10. BlueDriver for me, more expensive than some but super easy to use.
  11. Oh it has a lot of stuff shared with Emira, not just the steering wheel...
  12. 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.
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    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.
  15. Lotus has had an engine with uprated internals for a while now, at Evora+ Exige production levels and price points they could not make a business case for it. From my understanding Radford is paying up front for the powertrains. We don't know what is the Classic/Gold Leaf/JPS split though, and that is only 62 engines some of which will come straight of the line while other will have to be opened and built up. for 62 engines you don't need a lot of investment in resources to make it work and you know it is a finite number which makes it fairly easy for prep for. ? The i4 will remain the entry level model of the Emira range for the foreseeable future, Lotus wanted it because of multiple factors among which are CAFE. They need a fuel efficient, with great emissions, model, and that is the 4cyl. They are target 35+ MPG with this one. The V6 will remain the top dog because in North America and for many relevant markets a V6 is seen as superior. The V6 will also remain the mill of choice in GT racing because it is a proven engine with very long rebuild intervals and cheap to maintain for raceteams. Beside I think they have manage to raise the bar past 450bhp while coping with the 6 speed gearbox, this is what some skunkrats have been working one behind closed doors after hours. That's what they alluded to few years back. and that teaser image with 478bhp would tend to confirm that. With better engine bay cooling and the twin exhaust, I'm in no doubt that the engine will fork 440/450bhp. Evora gt430 was 436hp so not to hard to go from one to the other and they can do that on a flat torque curve no need to push it much more. Will we have the 600bhp engine in the Emira ? Does the car need it? As a sportcar the answer is no, it would be a supercar the answer would be yes, but it is not. Also are you guys willing to pony up some 200,000$ to get it?
  16. NedaSay

    Type 131 GT4

    it did! However the initial bhp number was only 360bhp but they had no problem getting to 400 post BOP. According to some racer it made the car a bit of a momentum racer, great at Brands Hatch where it's all curves not so great at Silverstone where you need more oomph. Adding the supercharger is a sure way to provide a less peaky ride.
  17. How is that a secret plan? I thought it was the business plan🤔
  18. NedaSay

    Type 131 GT4

    That looks seriously good. On the outside, they just added a front splitter side skirts, flat diffuser and a pulled-up wing. On the inside,we find Lotus trusted components : motec data logger, Xtrac gearbox... it is a continuation of the Evora GT4 program. The choice of the V6 for it is rational,the base mill is a proven unit in competition and fits the gt4 bill nicely, and with the supercharger it will make it more of an all rounder and less of a momentum racer Hopefully. By the way, mentioning the BHP is useless as the BOP will virtually add or remove BHP at the season first official test. If anything the BHP numbers are adequate for the category when compared to other cars and the power to weight ratio looks quite favourable. Alcon, disc and calipers are a bit of a surprise, as the company as been using AP racing for so many years, but change is good and Alcon track record is not subject to questioning. That kit should be quite a cost effective option for racers. Hopefully it gets picked up and Lotus can provide adequate racetrack support.
  19. Peter Horbury is now officially VP of design for Group Lotus, not that it will change much to how things are run, Russel Carr stays the director of design, Horbury was de facto an overseer already, this is just an officialization and also a way for Geely to prepare the after Horbury.
  20. That was the first render Lotus allowed the media to get access too and is derived from the SUV project developped under JMG, hopefully it retains most of the design as it was a looker.
  21. Paradigm change or shift as they say. The factory was a shared one with other Geely premium brands but now it is fully Lotus dedicated. The link with NIO is surprizing in a way but Geely and NIO have been working together behind the scene. Still Geely just provided Lotus with... independance, which is crazy to think about. Lotus went from the brink of oblivion to enough capacity for 160k cars per annum production from next year onward. It will be tricky to reconciliate the ethos for the driver with all that ADASS but as long as every aides can be properly disconnected. Now Geely is already looking at making a quick return based on the brand goodwill, which does seem a little hasty but at the speed they are going why not. Maybe we should pony up some cash to make sure smaller voices are heard...
  22. Also that base V6 form is hum Porsche Cayman GT4 power level... just saying.
  23. Let me formulate and educated guess. You wanted this car to be an Esprit successor, but that is not what the Emira is. I, for one, am glad about that, getting another 100k plus entry level supercar which is only set to get more expensive with ulterior versions is not moving the game forward in terms of making this type of cars available. I think that at 60k entry price, in bone stock form, without the leather seats, the premium sound option, a base color, touring package, the car is in a league of its own visually speaking. Yes, Cayman may remain a more popular option as will the F-Type or the C8 and a few others... Do they look as good or exotic, will they drive as nicely? I don't think so. On specs, it will be compared to cars that are way pricier and faster. but why pay for speeds you cannot reach without losing your licence? The Emira, Lotus just presented is the first of things to come. Will it get more powerful versions ?I do think so. Will lotus decide to put 600bhp into it? I seriously doubt it, but I've been wrong many times before. Still opening the GR-FE to change the cams, pistons and rods may not be worth it. However if Radford has paid in kind for a batch of engines and some end up not sold or if Geely says do it, who knows. We may get a very limited edition of crazy stupid fast and pricy Emiras hooning about in 2026 or something. Will they decide to ditch the V6 for the 4cyl? In north America at least, it would be a mistake, the V6 will keep the upper hand especially on something that is a lifestyle/trophy car. Food for thoughts, back when JMG was still in charge, he mentioned that the next top spec car would be slightly more powerful then the most powerful in the range, in its top spec, back then it was the Evora and Exige with the 436bhp engine spec. With 478bhp, the Emira would match that expectation that I have of a slightly more powerful top spec car. I think it is a sensible number for a sportcar. Especially with a slight weight loss and refined componentry.
  24. The return of the LOTUS SPORT brand is now official at least on instagram, the Lotus Sport insta page will centralise all sport activities related to Lotus Extreme E, GT Racing, Cycling...
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