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Anyone here is completely free to dislike the Evija or any other Lotus. If they dislike all Lotus cars and people I would suggest that there are better places to spend their spare time. Criticism

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Going tomorrow but I've already had a sneaky peek. This for me is one of the most remarkable figure from the press release, I'm not sure many have grasped the significance of it yet - 4.4m long,

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I'm planning to pop along to Stratton Motors next Friday to take a peek at the Evija. I have a theory about cars in photos and real life:
Dull cars look better in photos/on video than in real life.
Exciting cars look better in real life and photos/video just can't capture the drama.

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Having acted as expert witness in more than one multi-million case between big outfits - really big, much more so than Williams and Lotus (though perhaps not bigger than Geely in one case) - I can vouch for how juicy the details can be that each party unearths from the dirty laundry baskets of the other through the stages of the formal "disclosure" process.

When purely commercial parties are involved, whether details "leak out" likely depends on whether it is in the interests of both parties to remain silent. One or the other may judge that there is no reason for silence on their part.  From the fact that a fairly descriptive outline has emerged - the Telegraph also had the story - it would seem that the latter is the case.  The sequence of the news report and the statement by Lotus would also seem to indicate who did what here, assuming that it was one of the parties, rather than an extremely well connected reporter. 

Could be fireworks to come!

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Pictures don't do it justice. Quite an astonishing piece of kit. I did fit but it was very awkward getting in an out despite a bigger door opening and more space than my Esprit. Then it dawned on me, left hand drive. 15 years muscle memory wiped out. Leading with my right leg felt most peculiar. So I'll pass I think, if there's no right hand drive 😄

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I know ... LHD only!

 

I don't want to sound unsupportive of my favourite car company by far, but there's a certain sour taste left in the mouth when the phrases 'British hypercar' and 'LHD only' end up applying to the same motoring product. 

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I had not realised it was LHD only. That really is a poor showing to be honest.

The Evija is stunning, I cannot believe RHD would have been that hard.

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Alcohol. Sex. Tobacco. Drugs. Chocolate.  Meh! NOTHING in this world is as addictive as an Evora +0. It's not for babies!    

The first guy to ride a bull for fun, was a true hero. The second man to follow him was truly nuts!   

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I was watching Supercar Megabuild on National Geographic yesterday. Couple of guys brought a Camero over from the States. Amongst several performance and handling upgrades they converted it to RHD. Hugely complex of course and needed a whole new dash imported from Australia (!) but here's the thing. The biggest issue they had was the routing of the steering column and rack round the the engine and exhaust system. None of which is present in a BEV of course. And with such a simple interior and drive by wire, I would have thought doing both RHD and LHD Evijas would not be a huge challenge for Lotus, surely, even at such a low volume.

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57 minutes ago, stephenwhyte said:

(which is incredible given the car hasn’t had a chance to show itself off there yet!)

https://www.thelotusforums.com/latest-news/lotus-cars-news/lotus-blossoms-at-monterey-car-week-with-evija-public-debut-and-significant-sales-success-for-electric-hypercar/

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1 hour ago, stephenwhyte said:

But maybe the harsh reality is, the buyers of the Evija will unlikely ever be from the UK.

Plenty of Bugatti's. Koeniggsegg and other £1m+++ cars sold in the UK so don't agree with that quote unless the UK buyers would NEVER buy Lotus.  

Alcohol. Sex. Tobacco. Drugs. Chocolate.  Meh! NOTHING in this world is as addictive as an Evora +0. It's not for babies!    

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Several sales in the UK have been mentioned but most are in the States as you'd expect. Whilst some buyers are fussing about the gold inlay in the nose badge, some have seen it as a technology step change and are keen to add it to their collection as it is likely to be 'historically significant'. And most intend to use it every day 😊

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6 minutes ago, hedgerley said:

Several sales in the UK have been mentioned but most are in the States as you'd expect. Whilst some buyers are fussing about the gold inlay in the nose badge, some have seen it as a technology step change and are keen to add it to their collection as it is likely to be 'historically significant'. And most intend to use it every day 😊

That’s a tad strange as I asked Ian Gorsuch (Head of VIP Relations for Lotus) on Friday at the Park’s display, specifically how many orders for the Evija had come from the UK.....and he told me none up to this point.

Maybe a couple of orders have come in from when I saw the car on Fri and you seeing it. Us (well those technically) filthy rich Scots know a bargain when they see one clearly......😉

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1 hour ago, C8RKH said:

Plenty of Bugatti's. Koeniggsegg and other £1m+++ cars sold in the UK so don't agree with that quote unless the UK buyers would NEVER buy Lotus.  

Difference with those you’ve quoted......they’ve had a Marketing Team peddling their goods to get them recognised. Lotus have only just stepped aboard that particular vessel....

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The reason I did not buy a McLaren F1 was they refused to make me a RHD. 

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