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Someone who asked one of the senior Lotus team about colour samples at one of last week’s roadshows.

I’d also raised it with Scott at the B&C event and Lotus were already looking at whether they could get some larger panels painted in time for later roadshows.

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It's taken me ages to decide my colours.

If they start showing me large panels it might not actually help me! :wallbash:

If Lotus turn around and say that they have listened to feedback and are nor making the green a lot lighter it would make a HUGE change to our preferences. Green was originally the most favoured.

If it has an engine, I am there to thrash it.

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I sent this image into Lotus, along with a request that they allow their paint company to color match the green that's on the configurator, as it's the one everyone who wants green, wants.  The samples they've sent out aren't even close.  The color has too much blue in it, and comes across as cold and uninviting.  The green in the configurator is beautiful, rich, warm and exactly what I want.  I received confirmation today that the people in charge of this at Lotus have received what I sent in, so I'm hoping they'll be open to making the change.  I also requested samples of the remaining 4 FE colors be put on either entire cars, or at least some body panels such as a door, hood, etc.  Due to the inaccuracy of the configurator compared to the paint samples that have shown up, it's very difficult to make a color choice for a car that costs this much.  We need better and more accurate color examples.

 

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I sincerely thank all of you who have posted pictures of the samples you've seen at the showings.  It's been both a blessing and a curse lol.  I was all set on Dark Verdant, and Nimbus Grey was the last color I would have chosen.  Now I'm extremely hesitant about Verdant, and actually find I like the Nimbus Grey based on the samples some of you have posted.  The configurator is doing a serious injustice to some of these colors.  My greatest hope is they'll get their paint supplier to match the green on the configurator.  With today's digital color matching scan technology, they should be able to do it.

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When Lotus launched the Evija, they made a big thing about having the very latest top end technology for their configurator. Customers would be invited to a special studio to select their specifications, with the images being as close as possible to the finished article. Perhaps they could have brought a version of that technology to the road shows?

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Back to topic but I put my deposit down in March and no call from lotus yet! Also picked up my fe elise 6 weeks ago, still no soft top and passenger door handle wasnt attached so wouldnt open!. Just laughed as I have had lotuses before, but they have 6 months to reach porsche quality… really hope that is possible..

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march!?

Blimey, makes me feel better.

Then again, a call will now mean naff all to me. I have done the config links.  A call, though nice, will not add anything to the progress.

If it has an engine, I am there to thrash it.

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Updated with 2nd deposit paid 

11 March 21 - 6970K - 

27 April 21: Lotus company update and Emira name announced

27 April 21 - TomE - UK - V6 manual

28 April 21 - JamesDG - UK - V6 manual

30 April 21 - Pugwash - UK - V6 manual

4 May 21 - Philsport300 - UK - V6 manual

7 May 21 - Mark030358 - Undecided 

15 May 21 - JCR - Undecided 

19 May 21 - Gashead1105 - Undecided 

20 May 21 - Evotion - V6 Manual

20 May 21 - Evotion - i4

22 May 21 - KennyN - V6 Manual

4 June 21 - DJW - V6 FE Auto ordered - 2nd deposit paid 

5 June 21 - Worldwidewebs - 

9 June 21 - Lavazza - undecided

7 June 21 - MarkWilliams1 - Undecided

23 June 21 - KJD - V6 manual

28 June 21 - DaveC72 - i4

29 June 21 - greg/valetpro - Not decided which engine yet.

6 July 21: Emira reveal at Hethel

6 July 21 - Duncs - V6, but cost dependent.

6 July 21, 22:00 - EmiraSi -

6 July 21, 08:00 - Claymore -

6 July 21, 23:09 - Abgreenbank -

7 July 21 - Lockey - i4 

7 July 21 - freefall_junkie - V6 manual UK

7 July 21 - glen8 - i4

7 July 21 - Al_C - I4

7 July 21 - Neilread - I4

7 July 21 - Philnotts - V6 Manual

7 or 8 July 21 - JJ - Cost dependant

7 July 21 - marclurr - UK - V6 Manual

7 July 21 - LotusAmateur - UK - undecided

7 July 21, 15:45 -Emiralust - UK - V6 Manual

8 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 1 (Thursday)

8 July 21, 09:39 - mctaff - UK - V6 manual

8 July 21, 16:34 - JimH - i4

8 July 21 - MJON - i4

8 July 21 - Wake - i4 (V6 cost dependant) 

8 July 21 - Johnhoward - V6 Auto

8 July 21 - EmiraJam - 

9 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 2 (Friday)

9 July 21 - Beady - I4 (probably)

9 July 21, 08:00 - Beancounter - probably i4, but maybe v6 manual

9 July 21 - Speedluvver - i4 (most likely)

9 July 21 - E1M2I3R4A - V6 manual

10 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 3 (Saturday)

10 July 21 - Washy - undecided 

10 July 21 - Al - completely undecided. 

11 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 4 (Sunday)

12 July 21: post Goodwood Festival of Speed

12 July 21 - emstan - V6

12 July 21 - Denno - i4 (most likely)

15 July 21 - nohl2678 - V6 (I hope!)

16 July 21 - Frickin Idiot AMG / V6

19 July 21 - slotdawg - V6 Manual

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11 March 21 - 6970K - 

27 April 21: Lotus company update and Emira name announced

27 April 21 - TomE - UK - V6 manual

28 April 21 - JamesDG - UK - V6 manual

30 April 21 - Pugwash - UK - V6 manual

4 May 21 - Philsport300 - UK - V6 manual

7 May 21 - Mark030358 - Undecided 

15 May 21 - JCR - Undecided 

19 May 21 - Gashead1105 - Undecided 

20 May 21 - Evotion - V6 Manual

20 May 21 - Evotion - i4

22 May 21 - KennyN - V6 Manual

4 June 21 - DJW - V6 FE Auto ordered - 2nd deposit paid 

5 June 21 - Worldwidewebs - 

9 June 21 - Lavazza - undecided

7 June 21 - MarkWilliams1 - Undecided

23 June 21 - KJD - V6 manual

28 June 21 - DaveC72 - i4

29 June 21 - greg/valetpro - Not decided which engine yet.

6 July 21: Emira reveal at Hethel

6 July 21 - Duncs - V6, but cost dependent.

6 July 21, 22:00 - EmiraSi -

6 July 21, 08:00 - Claymore -

6 July 21, 23:09 - Abgreenbank -

7 July 21 - Lockey - i4 

7 July 21 - freefall_junkie - V6 manual UK

7 July 21 - glen8 - i4

7 July 21 - Al_C - I4

7 July 21 - Neilread - I4

7 July 21 - Philnotts - V6 Manual

7 or 8 July 21 - JJ - Cost dependant

7 July 21 - marclurr - UK - V6 Manual

7 July 21 - LotusAmateur - UK - undecided

7 July 21, 15:45 -Emiralust - UK - V6 Manual

8 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 1 (Thursday)

8 July 21, 09:39 - mctaff - UK - V6 manual

8 July 21, 16:34 - JimH - i4

8 July 21 - MJON - i4

8 July 21 - Wake - i4 (V6 cost dependant) 

8 July 21 - Johnhoward - V6 Auto

8 July 21 - EmiraJam - 

9 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 2 (Friday)

9 July 21 - Beady - I4 (probably)

9 July 21, 08:00 - Beancounter - probably i4, but maybe v6 manual

9 July 21 - Speedluvver - i4 (most likely)

9 July 21 - E1M2I3R4A - V6 manual

10 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 3 (Saturday)

10 July 21 - Washy - undecided 

10 July 21 - Al - completely undecided. 

11 July 21: Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 4 (Sunday)

12 July 21: post Goodwood Festival of Speed

12 July 21 - emstan - V6

12 July 21 - Denno - i4 (most likely)

15 July 21 - nohl2678 - V6 (I hope!)

16 July 21 - Frickin Idiot AMG / V6

19 July 21 - slotdawg - V6 Manual

27 July 21 - Scrute - V6 Manual

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43 minutes ago, Scrute said:

Hi folks, first post! 

I placed my deposit online on the 27th July, and I’ve been to the Rybrook Bristol roadshow day. 

Such an excruciating wait for the phone to ring to firm up the order! 

I’m looking for a V6 manual FE. But if the timelines are getting tight on the FE run I could be persuaded on a different spec altogether. 

I also put my deposit down on the 27th.

Hoping for a V6 FE Auto

Fingers crossed we can get them 

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Sounds like they are definitely upping production then, as 800 would be a 1.5 year wait at the original numbers which I was told 500-600 per year uk allocation 

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1 hour ago, Dommo said:

Got my call today. I placed my first payment on 11th July. I'm going for FE V6 Manual. I asked the Lotus caller where I am in the list and he told me that I'm about number 1200 of the total priority orders and number 800 of the FE V6 orders. 

Useful info. That suggests a higher proportion now going for V6 FE than the initial indications of 50/50 two weeks ago. 

7 minutes ago, Mctaff said:

Sounds like they are definitely upping production then, as 800 would be a 1.5 year wait at the original numbers which I was told 500-600 per year uk allocation 

Yes, it’s been increased to 1000-1100 for UK for 2022. Unclear at the moment if that is due to re-assigning global allocations or adding a second shift at some point. 

2 hours ago, Scrute said:

Hi folks, first post! 

I placed my deposit online on the 27th July, and I’ve been to the Rybrook Bristol roadshow day. 

Such an excruciating wait for the phone to ring to firm up the order! 

I’m looking for a V6 manual FE. But if the timelines are getting tight on the FE run I could be persuaded on a different spec altogether. 

Welcome!  Do pop over to Introductions and say hi.

Any spec other than V6 FE is going to be later.  UK V6 FEs should all be delivered in 2022, a few might spill over into early 2023.

Exciting, but it’s going to feel like a long wait (and I’m early in the list)!

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27 minutes ago, TomE said:

Yes, it’s been increased to 1000-1100 for UK for 2022. 

Sounds positive. With a bit of luck I might get mine by the summer then!

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14 minutes ago, PaperLawyer said:

Hmmm, so it sounds like all i4 FE will be 2023...

Well, some of us have been told conflicting messages, even from senior Lotus staff.

The i4 FE Was originally due in late Summer/Early Autumn of 2022, a good few months after the V6 releases but we have heard that it might now be January 2023. Until they put something firm on the websites or socials we won't know for sure - and even then it might be subject to change.

The own spec cars are still showing as Spring 2023 - that might even be put back should Lotus see more profit in the FE car spec sales.

If it has an engine, I am there to thrash it.

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44 minutes ago, Mctaff said:

Sounds like they are definitely upping production then, as 800 would be a 1.5 year wait at the original numbers which I was told 500-600 per year uk allocation 

yeah, similar story. One senior Lotus staff member saying definitely only 1 shift and others reporting that they will meet the demand - which is a lot higher, in the UK and globally.  it is this demand that seems to be pushing everything else back.

As more and more people are somewhat frustrated with the delay in the i4 and own-spec cars then even more will plump for the V6 FE.  In which case, can we not expect Lotus to meet that demand and push back the others even further out?  The only way to know meet Lotus buyers' expectations is, at some point, next year, 2 shifts finishing off the V5 FE cars and one shift making the i4 FE cars - which then moves over to 3 or 3 shifts for own spec cars.  What we or Lotus don't know yet is the level of demand for the Emira when the Summer/Autumn of 2022 comes.

Let's not even  dare think about other factors such as a bad winter covid, supply issues and logistic failures.

 

1 hour ago, Dommo said:

Got my call today. I placed my first payment on 11th July. I'm going for FE V6 Manual. I asked the Lotus caller where I am in the list and he told me that I'm about number 1200 of the total priority orders and number 800 of the FE V6 orders. 

This is continuing what looks like a "call them as the deposits come in' BUT after July.

By the time they have finished all of those, the earlier depositors in June, May, April and even March might not get their call until they have the actual cars 😄

If it has an engine, I am there to thrash it.

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On 11/10/2021 at 22:08, Eagle7 said:

Here are some samples I pulled from the House of Kolor paint company that are much closer to the green shown in the configurator, so paint in that color is definitely available.

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Here's the configurator green:

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They are the exact small car models they need/needed at the Roadshows to show how the light plays off the curves

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They're called 'Speed forms' I believe, very smart and do show the colour well. 

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