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    SpaceX

    For once, awesome is the word, and I can forgive the Americans their overexcitement.
  2. Well nearly, it is mainly Lotus built... If it makes it (and he is quite honest it is a big if), then at a Mars orbit speed of 9,543.5 MPH (https://mars.nasa.gov/express/mission/tl_moi.html), after 1 billion years it will have travelled 83 million billion miles. Even with the lithium batteries, the stereo won't still be playing by then though. Could all be quite confusing for the little green men.
  3. Scotland is way ahead on that! https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@55.9277205,-3.298751,3a,23.1y,274.36h,82.27t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1stf8jaV72bQAmTK3TEcuL7w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 You can just about see the Lotuses stuck away in the corner...
  4. Hi All I saw this on the BBC from September, adds to the promising impression. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37471560 (and "jet-cum-rocket" reminds me of Finbarr Saunders )
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  6. Well, he did well for Caterham today, didn't he?! Overtaken for 11th by Petrov in the last few laps, so Caterham not Marussia get the 10th place in the constructors championship and all the extra money that goes with it. Big relief for the team after really quite a disappointing season, appeared to be going backwards towards 11th/12th not forwards to 8th/9th, looks like Kovalainen is leaving too, he was always very engaging (Twitter etc) and the dominant driver over most of the 3 seasons. Slightly odd that they now seem to be going for pay drivers when they made such a big deal of paying Ko
  7. Depends whether the buyer is taking on liability for the $400M loan?!
  8. Where would the big loan (£270M?) fit in a sale of Lotus? Presumably a buyer would have to take over the loan, and often in situations like that where a takeover target has large debts, the buyer pays little or nothing. But could Proton & the Malaysian Government really accept that politically after all the cash they had previously invested? Could any buyer really take on the loan and pay a significant amount of cash? With the shares not quoted, it's hard to say what the value of company really is.
  9. Yes it was with David Hunt http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2009/jun/07/lotus-formula-one-return-litespeed My take on that at the time was that this GL statement was purely an intellectual property legal move - GL had long disputed David Hunt's ownership of the TL trademark. This was in the pre-Bahar era, and I suspect GL would sensibly have been quite happy to see a Lotus F1 entry that wouldn't cost them anything, subject to a settlement to the TL name dispute. But then the Litespeed entry failed, Fernandes and then Bahar got involved and it all got a bit more complicated...
  10. The judge ruled the "goodwill" associated with the history of Lotus, including the Lotus name and the ACBC roundel, were jointly owned by GL and TL. Though TL can only use them in relation to TL's historical activities, basically F1.
  11. But wasn't the ban itself abandoned, at least until 2012? It's all very confusing!
  12. Indeed - I really can't understand how Proton let things unfold as they did - they seemed to have backed both Fernandes and Bahar at about the same time in 2009 and only later realised they were incompatible. GL will need every last penny of the massive loan to get at least some of the range to market and big money sponsorship of Renault F1 when there was a free alternative is a reckless waste. GL at the moment reminds me of the "burn rate" phenomonon of the 1999 IT bubble (wage bill £4M/week? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/8651844/Lotus-on-the-right-track.html ) but in their c
  13. Poor results for the Lotus teams today - 3 DNF and 12th for Petrov. TL getting ever closer to midfiled but desperately need better reliability. If they can't finish, especially wet races that mix things up, they could easily get pipped to 10th by Virgin or HRT. LRGP seem to have gone backwards - has the benefit of their forward exhaust & blown diffuser worn off now?
  14. Not a great day for Team Lotus - messed up pit stops with Heikki coming in unannounced on top of Trulli and then both cars had mechanical failures, though Trulli managed to finish. Disrupted races like this are surely the best opportunities for the lower order teams - Toro Rosso had 2 in the top 10 and even HRT were 13th/14th. I thought the BBC commentators were very generous to Heidfeld - avoiding the back of the car in front seems like a fairly basic requirement! And that marshal who tried to pick up the bits has a career in the circus ahead of him. Great drive by Button.
  15. Nice! Wish I was there. The only time I went was 1997 - 14 years ago - when the Elise GT1 ran, for a while at least. "17 years" would go back to 1994, which was the last year in F1 of the original Team Lotus, but let's not go back to that one... Have a great time & let us know how it goes. One car running OK, the other seems to have lost 8/9 laps?
  16. Wow! A reminder of what a simple world it was before the Proton / Genii / Renault F1 deal put a spanner in it only a few weeks later. I don't think that there are any legal rights associated with history, only ownership of trademarks (perhaps patents and registered designs too but I don't think they are relevant here).
  17. That was an interesting point, but I checked the Rover trademark: http://www.ipo.gov.uk/domestic?domesticnum=288516 & it is actually owned by Land Rover. Also on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rover_cars So if you want to produce a Rover car, you need to license the name from Land Rover. Also, as others have pointed out, the original "Team Lotus" trademarks are for advertising related to F1 only, not for vehicles. There are plenty of recent applications to use "Team Lotus" in other contexts including vehicles, which presumably will either be upheld or struck
  18. Hear, hear - Joe's a proper respected journalist. He does feel free to express opinion on his blog, and you might disagree, but I doubt his motives are anything shadier than using forthright views to entertain and to promote his magazine.
  19. As I understand it, company names need have nothing to do with trading names, which is what trademarks and "passing off" are about. So you could form and register a company called "IBM Enterprises Limited", assuming that exact company name didn't already happen to exist, and even sell computers, as long as you didn't trade as "IBM" - i.e. use "IBM" in any product names, literature, advertising etc. You would not be able to register "IBM Enterprises" as a trademark for your computer business, as the real IBM would successfully object. So "IBM Enterprises Limited" as a company name would be qu
  20. Next we'll hear Anthony Colin Bruce Fernandes is moving his combined Team Lotus Seven operation to a garage behind a pub in Hornsey. Then he'll be seen wining and dining Hazel.
  21. Team Lotus making "an incredibly exciting announcement about the future of our team" next Weds 27th during the aero test at Duxford. Could be a sponsor, or the outcome of the court case? http://lotusownersclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Duxford.png
  22. IMO this was always the real reason for the F1 split with Lotus Racing/Team Lotus. Proton wanted a partner to help with international expansion and Genii needed big names for the credibility of their automotive "business exchange", so they did a deal. It was then inevitable that Genii's F1 team would have to be the Lotus F1 team, and Lotus Racing was surplus to requirements. All the talk of poor performance, merchandising conflicts and "failed marriages" was nonsense.
  23. :huh: Certainly according to BBC - this is http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/results/9418286.stm sorted by fastest lap: Mark Webber 01:38.993 Lewis Hamilton 01:40.415 Jenson Button 01:40.623 Adrian Sutil 01:41.157 Nico Rosberg 01:41.166 Michael Schumacher 01:41.215 Vitaly Petrov 01:41.261 Sebastian Vettel 01:41.321 Sergio Perez 01:41.643 Felipe Massa 01:41.678 Sebastien Buemi 01:41.696 Pastor Maldonado 01:41.702 Rubens Barrichello 01:42.031 Jarno Trulli 01:42.052 Fernando Alonso 01:42.070 Nick Heidfeld 01:42.406 Kamui Kobayashi 01:42.577 Paul Di R
  24. Good point - I suppose it could be but would that really be prejudiced by the TL/GL dispute?
  25. What is odd is that the lawyer quoted says the press ban would be because reporting might prejudice some other case - but what other case? I thought this current case had included all the disputes - GL's disputing of TL's rights to the Lotus name as well as TL's claim that GL broke the Lotus Racing agreement unfairly. This news suggests there is no end in sight :-(
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