Lotus Elan

Lotus is in a new era ..

PostPost by: 2cams70 » Thu Aug 03, 2023 8:18 am

Donels wrote:I suspect a lot of Lotus engineering went into it. The Lotus CEO Matt Whindle is also ex-Tesla.

It really is difficult to attribute technological advancement or design brilliance with particular companies (especially these days) as it mainly comes down to certain key individuals. These individual are typically traded as assets amongst companies like star football players amongst football teams
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PostPost by: JonB » Thu Aug 03, 2023 8:07 pm

I doubt that the newer Teslas have much Lotus DNA in them. My Model 3 handles like shit. Too heavy! Also, Tesla have the financial grunt to innovate by force; for example, their "Giga Press" (I do wish they would stop using the word "Giga") which is so big and powerful that it can create the whole arse end of the car's structure in one cast aluminium assembly. Fewer parts, higher precision, lower cost to manufacture, but god help you if you're rear ended. Write off.

But that's a bit off topic, so apologies. FWIW I'm with the sceptics. Anything that takes the Lotus experience away from the common man is to be slated, IMHO. Such as, the sprialling cost of the Elise. I mean an S1 fully specced in 1998 was about £26.5k. I know, becasue I bought one; but you could buy the entry level model for a tad under £20k.

On the other hand the BoE Inflation Calculator claims that the £26.5k in 1998 would be £48,956 today... So perhaps I've been breathing the blasting dust for too long!
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