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  1. 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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    Emira 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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    Emira 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 ( https://youtu.be/Y8Dk093fqJk) 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.
  4. 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?
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    Emira 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.
  6. How is that a secret plan? I thought it was the business plan🤔
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    Emira 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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... https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-08-30/lotus-cars-said-to-finish-funding-round-at-2-billion-valuation
  11. Also that base V6 form is hum Porsche Cayman GT4 power level... just saying.
  12. 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.
  13. 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... https://www.instagram.com/lotussportofficial/
  14. I think the sports car, the original sport car has always been the 911, I think that Lotus is trying to undercut the 911, they benchmarked the Cayman really well, but Cayman buyers have been for years, people not quite able to go for its big brother. So when lotus says that "the other sportscar". I don't think they are talking about a model in particular but rather a brand. They are taking aim at Porsche in general and If Emira will compete with Cayman mostly, Emira may have free reins to go hunting above its weight class. I was just about that 478bhp leaked image, i don't think it was a gaffe or a computer glitch, I think it was purposeful or I hope it was ; an Emira with 478bhp and a weight trim becomes a defacto competitor with a certain GT3. I think Lotus want people to think about them as the other sportscar maker, the other being naturally Porsche, all the others being generalists masquerading as sportscar manufacturers.
  15. It was not bold but necesary, they are going to refurbish the old production line into something even more high tech than the Emira production line. they need time to do it.
  16. NedaSay

    Emira GT4

    ACO just announced that GT3 will race at Le Mans starting 2024. I'm now hoping to win the freakin lottery only to convince Lotus to build the upgrade kit from GT4 to GT3 for Emira. Le Mans 24 is really were Lotus belong imo. Eventhough with Mercedes Benz and Audi leaving Formula E, It would be very easy to join the electric racing arena which may align better with lotus fuure range of products.
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    Emira lite

    if you think Emira was supposed to be a step forward to Evora in terms of a drivers car you missed the point. It was not the brief of the car, not under, JMG, not under Popham, and not under MW. The brief was make a car that will sell by the thousands and keep the company afloat. Is it going to be a step forward in terms of driving dynamics, I think it is more refined and will only get more refined. it will get lighter because loose the seat and save 20kg at least so your car is now lighter than Evora 400. Again Lotus did not show their entire end as some people seem to point out they did they merely introduced a new base model that is meant for conquest.
  18. New video from motor1 USA with a Lynk&Co easter egg in plain sight :
  19. Until Geely came around Lotus did not have the legs to get the DCT and do the internal work on the engine past prototyping. and with the exige not being a global car the reach of that vehicle would have been limited. Could they have done it, yes probably but at what cost. Radford is in different little league, that car will compete with the Singer's engineered and other high end tuners of this world, they pass on the cost to a select few who do not car if the car is 500k.
  20. Oh the UI is pure Geely Group, it has a Lotus layer as the Geely base sdk allows it. this is the interior of the Geely Binrui, just look at the screen and climate controls ... The interior of Emira is completely bespoke to Emira but it is a very clever use of available geely tech and parts bin, even the air vents are sourced from another Geely model while the door handles appear to be the ones you see above but flipped sideways and upside down. Evidently as Geely car are not sold in Europe and America, it will feel clearly bespole to Evora but on the chinese market, people will clearly see the family connection between Geely products. I think they have done it tastefully and brilliantly. As for reliability that SDK is different from the one used by Volvo now, since they use Android Auto sdk and Geely products are a generally just a step behind but Geely is also working with Foxconn and Baidu, so in terms of tech, that doesn't leave much to be desired. The electronic architecture is available on all Geely Auto products (Geely, Lynk, Proton and now Lotus) that was about 1 million cars sold worlwide (ok mostly China) last year alone so since chinese customer appear to be as picky if not more when it comes to onboard tech... no reason to believe it will lag behind. If anything Geely is changing UI and SDK faster than average it seems as Zeekr and Geely Emgrand premium models have a new Ui with screens covering almost the entire dash https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E0DX6vNXMAIm7lN?format=jpg&name=4096x4096
  21. Lotus is going to display the Emira and the Evija at the Quail in the Team Lotus Camel colors, as well as the Radford Lotus Type 62-2 Lotusnerdgasm. https://www.instagram.com/p/CSX8x9YleyT/
  22. ^^ Chassis built by lotus (Exige V6 base), Loom provided by Lotus, engine provided by Lotus courtesy of Toyota, base Gearbox sourced at Aisin, DCT sourced at Getrag?? body designed by Radford, carbon fiber body parts provenance unknown as of now. Final assembly in the US or the UK? Priced at 500k USD so at Singer level.
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    Lotus Emira

    The Jubu unit is the VW/Audi designed Getrag unit. Jubu is a tuner. They just got a gearbox that fitted the need and worked on the CPU to make it work.
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    Lotus Emira

    The most logical gearbox Radford probably sorted is a Getrag unit. The cost to Lotus to mass buying these would have pushed the price of Evora skyward while the Toyota units were known quantities and rather cheap by comparaison.
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