Requests to Lotus - Page 9 - LotusTalk - The Lotus Cars Community
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #161 of 217 (permalink) Old 08-13-2007, 05:54 PM
Registered User
 
Z-dculus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: US OF A!
Posts: 2,509
I'd respectfully request a cargo net behind the seats standard on all models.

2011 PB Lotus Evora
2014 RAM 1500 Express - Black Express Package (DD)
2006 KG Elise - SOLD
Z-dculus is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #162 of 217 (permalink) Old 08-30-2007, 05:24 AM
Registered User
 
exige cup dr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Smyrna, DE
Posts: 123
Lotus Cup Challenge Series

Us Exige Cup owners would like to race them, since we can not go on the street!
exige cup dr is offline  
post #163 of 217 (permalink) Old 08-30-2007, 05:37 AM
Registered User
 
exige cup dr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Smyrna, DE
Posts: 123
Cup Owners need a race series, please.
exige cup dr is offline  
 
post #164 of 217 (permalink) Old 08-30-2007, 05:57 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: austin texas
Posts: 1,152
Quit the yearly 20 hp. power increases and instead bring in the GT 3 with 250+ hp. The Exige S was not enough bang for the extra bucks for me to consider trading in my 06 Exige however a GT 3 would do the trick.
texige is offline  
post #165 of 217 (permalink) Old 10-04-2007, 02:11 PM
Registered User
 
Nikki's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 331
Shorter shifter throw.
Nikki is offline  
post #166 of 217 (permalink) Old 01-20-2008, 08:54 PM
Registered User
 
R'elise Me's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Venice CA
Posts: 1,519
How about just a great shifter mechanism, short throw or not. Mine gets locked out of third on occassion and its a wiggly, clumsy thing that is just so ill suited for such a precision, direct car like this. I actually fear it on the track. It's truly the worst element of this car IMO. Lotus should at least make a Motorsport shifter.

Wheel well liner screws that don't fall off

Easier to service air filter box

Headlights

Sometimes you have to go in circles to move forward.
05 Elise NA
- 2009 Lotus Challenge Series NA Mod champion
- 2010 Lotus Challenge Series Superstock champion
- 2012 Lotus Cup Open Class 2nd Place

R'elise Me is offline  
post #168 of 217 (permalink) Old 07-25-2008, 01:59 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 3
you should put a toyota emblem on the hood. its the heart of the beast
jed patout is offline  
post #169 of 217 (permalink) Old 07-25-2008, 03:26 PM
BANNED
 
CertifiedCC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Northern VA [The BEST Part of VA.(Sadly)]
Posts: 874
make the ac work a bit more
CertifiedCC is offline  
post #170 of 217 (permalink) Old 12-16-2008, 04:55 PM
lotuschamp014
 
viloprods's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Cal.
Posts: 402
seat

Please make the hans compatible seat in the 260 available soon, as
an item to order from Lotus
Cheers Vilo
viloprods is offline  
post #171 of 217 (permalink) Old 12-16-2008, 05:16 PM
Registered User
 
dayton72's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Dayton Ohio
Posts: 54
Quote:
Originally Posted by DesignIt View Post
I should first make the disclaimer that I'm a product designer, so all of my responses are tainted by that fact.

None of what would typically be considered "shortcomings" of the Elise bother me at all. These include the lack of amenities and occupant comfort issues. I don't even mind the paint imperfections (after I buffed them out), grit under the Star Shield (I'll ignore that), rough engine idle and performance when cold (kinda like the sound that it makes), water leaks around the windows, and marginal air conditioning. In my opinion this gives the Elise a real sense of character that is sorely missing in todays "santitized for your protection" mass produced cars. My point is, don't add or refine things to try and make the Elise acceptable to the general public. This isn't a generic car and Lotus should never attempt to make it one. My one suggestion for the current list of options is to make the car standard without a stereo, and make an optional stereo of higher quality for those who want it.

The main issue that bothers me about the Elise is the styling. It's not that the current styling is that bad, its just that Lotus doesn't seem to have any brand identity in its product line. Comare the current product line of the Elise and the Esprit to see a good example of a lack of brand identity. The original Elise was definitely paying homage to the Europa in its facia, but the overall styling was a bit too retro and cute. The S2 followed the styling cues of the 340R very well but was a bit too swoopy and overdone. The next generation Lotus appears to be going too far the other way to the conservative side. Perhaps the design department within Lotus should have a bit stronger position in the company with more of a long-range strategy than they currently have. The proper evolution of design makes for a strong visual brand equity.

John

Not sure I agree with the "no brand identity". If you look at their line you will notice some similar design cues. The Evora and Elise/Exige are very "Lotus" branded and the next gen Esprit looks like it will follow suit. I rather enjoy the eclectic yet family look of their cars. Much more fun than the homogenized looks that larger car makers force feed to the public...speaking as a guy with a design degree - just my two cents.
dayton72 is offline  
post #172 of 217 (permalink) Old 12-30-2008, 03:55 PM
Registered User
 
Joecooool's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Duck Key Florida
Posts: 758
I'd really like a damn t-shirt.
Joecooool is offline  
post #173 of 217 (permalink) Old 01-08-2009, 06:27 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: So Cal
Posts: 61
Street Legal Two Eleven

Give us a two-eleven that we can drive on the street. Just add a pair of airbags, and a detachable windshield with wipers. Add only what is necessary to comply with the letter of the law. Don't glue these additions on. Please bolt them on. They come off much easier that way.

Oh, and consider an option of heater/ac that you could hook up to your driving suit to warm or cool the driver. It would be like a four wheel motorcycle that isn't constantly scaring you. ( Like the Ariel Atom )

Give this top priority and create another landmark car.
shoco is offline  
post #174 of 217 (permalink) Old 01-09-2009, 07:24 AM
008
Registered User
 
008's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 1,217
Quote:
Originally Posted by shoco View Post
Give us a two-eleven that we can drive on the street. Just add a pair of airbags, and a detachable windshield with wipers. Add only what is necessary to comply with the letter of the law. Don't glue these additions on. Please bolt them on. They come off much easier that way.

Oh, and consider an option of heater/ac that you could hook up to your driving suit to warm or cool the driver. It would be like a four wheel motorcycle that isn't constantly scaring you. ( Like the Ariel Atom )

Give this top priority and create another landmark car.
I'd buy one.

Sold: Ardent Red, LSS, Touring, Hard Top
008 is offline  
post #175 of 217 (permalink) Old 01-31-2009, 03:27 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: So Cal
Posts: 61
I would buy a street legal two-eleven here in the usa. Even in this terrible economy I would buy it. Lotus are you listening?

Lotus you don't have to produce a car that appeals to a broader market. (Evora) You just need to federalize what you already produce (Two-eleven) It would cost less to do also.

Sometimes history really does repeat itself. Lotus remember the Super Seven series 4 ? Going into this depression common sense says give 'em what they want not what they need! That's how to be successful in any market. Just look at drugs or alcohol to prove my point. Lotus what your selling here is a state of mind, adrenaline machine, a drug really. I don't want more room I want more sporting equipment.
shoco is offline  
post #176 of 217 (permalink) Old 02-01-2009, 07:18 AM
Registered User
 
wallabyguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 7,430
federalizing the 2-Eleven is a lot harder than you may think. Things like windshield requirements, impact requirements, interior crash standards, etc. would cost quite a bit and leave you with a heavily modified vehicle from it's initial concept which would still only appeal to maybe, let's be very generous here, 200 buyers in the US per year. On the other hand, you could build the Evora which is expected to sell 500-800 min per year in the US. It will be the basis for several variants including a convertible, 2 seater, HO version, etc. It is a consumer retention vehicle and also opens Lotus up to a much larger market. The Evora also acts as a bridge and thus a marketing tool for the next MSC (a.k.a. Esprit). So while the project does cost more, it makes more sense for the company over the long run.
wallabyguy is offline  
post #177 of 217 (permalink) Old 02-02-2009, 10:50 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: So Cal
Posts: 61
Robert, I am going to have to respectfully disagree. All the parts needed are already produced and like I suggested bolted on to be removed ( for racing purposes only) wink wink later.

Robert, I like you, I even bought a car from you in 2007. If the people on the other side of the pond can't do what I want I guess I will have to find another way.

I know every sports car manufacturer is tooling up a bigger or 4-door car but I will not go along with this insanity. I think this is a fad and in a few years we will all look back and laugh.
shoco is offline  
post #178 of 217 (permalink) Old 02-03-2009, 04:12 AM
Registered User
 
eliiz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Finland
Posts: 111
Please, donīt change a thing. Just make it quicker and more racecar like. Maybe if you could make it lighter? Donīt add anything, just improve things.
eliiz is offline  
post #179 of 217 (permalink) Old 02-03-2009, 04:35 AM
Registered User
 
wallabyguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 7,430
Quote:
Originally Posted by shoco View Post
Robert, I am going to have to respectfully disagree. All the parts needed are already produced and like I suggested bolted on to be removed ( for racing purposes only) wink wink later.

Robert, I like you, I even bought a car from you in 2007. If the people on the other side of the pond can't do what I want I guess I will have to find another way.

I know every sports car manufacturer is tooling up a bigger or 4-door car but I will not go along with this insanity. I think this is a fad and in a few years we will all look back and laugh.
First off, thanks for the kind words.

I agree that material wise, the parts are already available with some minor exceptions (like a fed compliant windshield and bumper structures). Versions of the Elise/ Exige units could be modified, I think.

I still feel that Lotus has a higher chance of selling Evoras than road legal 2 Elevens in the US. I'm not saying there aren't buyers for a complaint 2-Eleven, just not hundreds of them every year.

I agree that it doesn't make a lot of sense for Lotus to do a Panamera/ Rapide type car at this point. While I happen to love the Rapide, I think, as you do, that these cars will be interesting for a couple of years and then fade. Aston can get away with it as they don't have to produce tons of them (especially at a quarter of a million each). Lotus I would be worried about unless they could find a sister car that would share components with to reduce R&D, tooling and production costs. Porsche, depending on the eventual price point, could be making a huge mistake. That said, they got away with the Cayanne and actually made a good profit on them (a few years back). The Evora is not a Panamera or Rapide. It's much smaller and is not really a 4 seater. It's important to remember that from the Elan +2 all the way through the Excel, Lotus produced a similar type of car for about 25 years.
wallabyguy is offline  
post #180 of 217 (permalink) Old 02-03-2009, 07:10 AM
Registered User
 
spectre's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,273
First off I love Lotus and have owned 2 Elise and now s240.
But they need to focus on Build quality...Build quality...Build quality.

There is no reason you can't build a light weight raw car that is buttoned up. I'm sure a huge amount of time has gone into everything but they seeming over look the basics that are boiler plate to all other car manufacturers. I could care less about more features and most would say the same but do the features that you offer at high quality and not half assed. Yeah, it's hand made...do it better.
spectre is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  LotusTalk - The Lotus Cars Community > Lotus Discussions > New car information, Specs, Demos, Price.

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the LotusTalk - The Lotus Cars Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome