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Late to the party but wanted to comment..

Im watching the carfection review of the car as we speak. Its the first time ive seen the car.

I am really impressed, lots of innovation and looks next level. 1.7 million however.... if the badge was equal to the big boys then maybe theyd fly out the door. But that kind of money for a first attempt hyper car... hmmm.

Again, happy to be wrong, as it does look stunning

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A little bird tells me that Lotus has so far received 20 firm (hefty) deposits on the Evija globally. So if they all get delivered in 2020, that’s about £40 million extra turnover, so equivalent to about an additional 500-600 “normal” Lotus sales. The skeleton building is still being prepared for production but there’s still time. Does anyone think they’ll get anywhere near the planned number of units?

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I think the productions plan sounds far to many for a car at 1.7m . It’s not exclusive enough, especially as the brand sells cars from £40k ish. I hope Lotus achieves its numbers as it’s a awesome project. Turnover isn’t related to profit 

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I assumed they'd sell all of them - most powerful car in the world has a lot of cache if money is no object?

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1 hour ago, Stuart Monument said:

Turnover isn’t related to profit 

Agreed. One is vanity, one is sanity!

I had heard they were taking a steady stream of orders.

Mine would have been for an exposed carbon weave in green with yellow highlights, but the wife wanted a new kitchen....

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Popham is being intentionally vague about production numbers. In the highly unlikely event that they sell 130 with ease then expect another 130 of some future variant to be announced shortly afterwards. If they sell 20 like the show car then you can expect other variants to be announced to bring the total combined number up to say 60, thereby maintaining ‘no more than 130’. They all do it, 675LT sold well so along came the 675LT Spyder, La Ferrari Aperta and so on.

I would be amazed if they have orders for as many as twenty cars, it’s also standard practice to exaggerate your hypercar’s success but good luck to them if they have. Geely certainly won’t want to write off a huge loss on the program, Lotus will  be mightily relieved if they can hit or surpass the break-even number of sales. I think this goes some way to explain the woeful neglect of the current range.

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Well if the VIP sales specialist hired cannot get more than 20 cars sold, he is a bit of a waste of money. The initial run was going to be 20,  20 was and is a fairly easy target, 130 is a different ball game. if they end up with 60ish car made it will be a lukewarm success ... it will take quite a lot of spin to make that into a positive if they get to the low 80 cars then I would deem it a franc sale success. but it should sell over 20 on looks alone, the car is the best looking one out there. However they do really need to do a better job at getting the car to meet its potential buyers, the road tour did not include Russia! I believe not even more than a day in China - for now - this is nuts! 

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How will we ever know how many have really been sold? Every hypercar is a tremendous success according to its maker. Lotus aren’t ever going to admit to it being a failure are they?

Oldest trick in Ferrari’s book is to tell you that you can’t have one and the waiting list is 2 years. A month later the phone goes, ‘we have great news, a cancelled order has just become available here are the bank details for your deposit’.

Evija’s success will have a real bearing on future Lotus cars which will be more relevant to more people here. Those who like the way Lotus are going had better hope it’s a success.

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Agree, why bother with the camo when we've already seen the car? 

There hasn't been a squeak from Lotus since Goodwood. The silence is very strange particularly when the marketing budget is many times what JMG had to play with. There appears to be no interest in the current cars whatsoever and equal apathy for building some confidence in the brand. This is the critical time to lay the foundations for what is to come but it seems the guys who should be doing the groundworks are sleeping on the job.

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You would have thought they'd had enough sleep over the past 7-10 years!


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3 hours ago, LotusLeftLotusRight said:

Was that really the Hethel test track? If so the surface has deteriorated dramatically in the past 12 months. Also why the camouflage? 

Looked like Dunsfold at times...

My guess is that the camo is to hide what isn't on the car / test mule yet - working lights perhaps!

Video looked like a rush job to me, over-pitched title for what you get to see "Shake down tests commence" might have been more apt.

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I believe that's now earmarked for a housing development. Looked more like Elvington in Yorkshire to me. 

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Looks great in camo and for those saying why? I say why not, don’t understand all the negativity, sure we will see more promo videos of not just the Evija  but at least one other future model in the new year.

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I don't understand the negativity about the camo either. It is just marketing IMO. It is green and yellow, to start with. I sometimes wonder if there is some sort of reverse psychology being used in some of the posts.

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Reckon the camo get up looks frankly amazing 🥰

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Genuinely curious about the camo really not bothered either way but it is usually used to disguise the car before launch. Very unusual to disguise a car that everyone has seen, can’t help but wonder what the idea is. Best guess is they want to make it look like a big development budget.

I am far more concerned about many other things that are going on (and not going on) up at Hethel but remain impressed by the work on Evija to date.

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Who says it’s camo? Maybe it’s a genuine colour scheme? 😉

Yes video looks a bit rushed and lacking of real substance but every other car manufacturer does this. Everyone drops a tiny snippet of video every now and then. Or even the fake spy shots where the manufacturer them selfs have paid for the photographer to follow them round or tipped them off where the car will be. It helps to keep the hype up and keep the car in the media and people’s minds. 

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In my opinion, the camo doesn't really hide how the car looks.


All we know is that when they stop making this, we will be properly, properly sad.Jeremy Clarkson on the Esprit.

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