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    Stirling Villeneuve
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  1. Ha.... well I wasn't being serious but I can see similarities with the 2 companies, just differences in budget, available funds.... up to now. Exciting times ahead at Hethel, they've got a bit of catching up to do but it's all good provided the new owners respect what Lotus is all about and don't focus too much on SUV's!
  2. Maybe they should pool resources on the supercars.... unlikely I grant you, but I'm looking forward to seeing what 2019 brings for both companies especially in the hybrid/electric market.
  3. I think you can still order one, likewise you could spec a new 570 but apparently most cars on the Sport Series production line have been 570 Spiders with a few GT's still being made... and now the 600LT's the 'must have' version! I gather McLaren are aiming to make those for the next 12 months which would pretty much fill that side of the order book. It's an amazing car but a long way from the initial 540/570's price wise... meanwhile there's a new Sports Series is due to be announce late in 2019.
  4. I'd love to see the new Esprit, make it a truly usable car but seriously special, something along the lines of the McLaren Sports Series with a chunk of hybrid tech thrown in?
  5. I like it a lot, never seen EG in the plastic though, always looks green in photos. Be interested to see more... would've gone for yellow calipers, stitching though!
  6. No problem McLaren radio's aren't what you'd expect!
  7. Lotus is still seen as one of the 'exotic' marques in the US, the name still carries a lot of respect/weight... neither of which are the right words but you get the idea!
  8. I'm not in the market BUT... I spotted a couple of Lotus dealers offering 430 build slots offered on Pistonheads, it got me wondering whether most dealers secured their own slot as opposed to waiting for firm customer orders? Either way they're a good opportunity for someone.
  9. I saw the Vulcan too... it's seriously ugly IMHO, looks like a real handful. I gather there's a Senna being flipped already... all ready to spec to your liking, after you've handed over £1.3m!
  10. Which brings us back nicely to the giant space turd.... defo a spaceship though.
  11. I saw one last week and liked it a lot, it was only the next day I started reading people's reactions and saw the pics...I guess it's not photogenic! The Senna's got real presence though, think of it as a racer with road tax, it's pure purpose over form. There's some renders of it in darker colours which look amazing...
  12. They'd be crazy not to... a fun, affordable sports car with a halo model in the range such as a new Esprit would have stacks of kerb appeal.
  13. Perhaps 'reasonable' is a little vague....I guess £32k's realistic for an entry level, hand built sports car, it's got to feel special and appeal beyond the MX5 etc. My first Elise cost around £20k, albeit 17 years ago and worth every penny too! Maybe Lotus could consider categories rather than limiting models, again like McLaren's Sports, Super & Hyper Series, each one of which adds and drops models usually annually. How about Lotus Sports, GT & Super Series with between 1-4 variants in each at any given time? The idea being keep the sub sections with clearly defined differences, but make development of each model within each section fluid. That way the Sports Series could contain both Elise & Exiges.
  14. Not front engined, more in terms of a small, agile, fun sports car at a reasonable price. A new Evora in the middle although perhaps not so much a 2+2 , more a GT type car , slightly softer with a few comforts together with space for more luggage. Top of the range would be the Esprit/Supercar. I hear you on sharing the subframe, that's the stroke of genius McLaren pulled off, all their cars sharing a carbon tub, ( albeit improved over the years ), same engine with various levels of tune , not to mention gearbox, dual clutch systems, endless software tricks, brake steer, even the in-car entertainment is the same from the Hyper car down to the Sports Series... with the Hyper cars baring the brunt of the R&D costs.
  15. Elan, Excel, Esprit would be a good move, i.e. three distinctly different ranges of cars... what's the chances of Geely funding that sort of change?
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