Dave, you ask for our thoughts but it seems you're only interested in people thinking like you.
** As opposed to you? Hardly. I accept that opinions are just that, and mine is no more or less valid than yours. I wasn't the one who trashed the entire concept of the Elise/Exige. I would also ask what you propose as another street/track compromise? None out there that I am aware of, but I would like to hear your thoughts further on this.
The Caterham, I owned one (hayabusa Caterham 400hp/ton). Amazing car. No need to bring this up, we're talking Exige. But if you want to talk about aero, the Caterham is arguably the worst car you can bring to a track. Ask how I know...
*** I agree that the Catherham has the aerodynamic qualities of a brick. No, that's not right, a brick no doubt has less drag. I know first had as I tracked mine with a QED Vauxhall based two liter engine. Great acceleration out of corner, no top end and tons of buffeting.
Posers, never used that word. You brought that up and I don't understand what you mean.
** Those who talk the talk but don't walk the walk. Own a fast car or bike and never drive/ride it hard or as intended. More into the look of fast than going fast.
I say if you are a serious track driver, you are gonna take off all the Exige aero stuff and replace them with better parts. If you think the Exige aero is fine, well keep it like that, but be prepared to be hugely disapointed when a Lotus with proper wing and splitter pass you by. It could even be a 190hp Elise...
**** I am not questioning the fact that the existing Exige/Elise package can and should be redone for track use. I intend to take it out to have fun with it and still drive it on the street. I have no intention of adding track only changes that I am sure will enhance my lap times. Don't need to. To quote Chevy Chase in CADDYSHACK when asked how he measures himself against other golfers if he doesn't keep score, "By height."
****I intend to work on lowering my own times in the Exige as it is. At 62, I sure ain't gonna be as fast as I was when I was in my early twenties and doing this with an eye towards turning pro and was sponsored. I may be a very fast 62 on a bike or in a car, but my only sponsor now might be Cialis.
If you watch the movie about the conception of the Elise, you'll see that everything is a compromise. The designers and engineers constantly fight for the last word. The Exige wing is a compromise, the splitter and diffuser too. It is much better than most street car out there, I admit. But still when a company decides they want to make a (close to) no-compromise track car for the street they can come up with real wings and splitter even canards that can still be used on the street. The SRT Viper is a fine example.
*** And UGGGGLLLYY.
That's what I, personnally, would like to see from Lotus. And this would make me spend the extra $$$ for a new Exige. And in that regards, the 2010 is a small step in the right direction.