From a EU customer point of view, Sownman seems to have some right complaining about some sort of delay in the Lotus queue.
Still he has to admit the following:
1) Lotus' loyal customers live in Europe, and Oz.
2) Lotus made a huge investment to secure the Toyota engine and create a car having as primary target an entirely new market like the US.
3) US market have very aware and conscious customers. Having realised your purchasing power, US customers can sink such niche companies in no time, if they're given a faulty product
. On the contrary, EU Lotus customers may excuse some birth problems, (and some may even be proud that the co-develop such gems you'll receive later on!!!..) and look after dealers' assistance in much closer distances!!!. I've the only 111R for the next 2-3 months, and I live just 15 mins from the dealer...It's a difference, isn't it?
I admit you'd feel crazy if I tell you that I basically had the chance to take the car the same day. I only had to wait for standard procedures to complete...But sometimes, patience rewards you multifolds. You'll feel that by the time you'll get this toy car. As GabbaGabbaHey said, that's the correct term for it.
Btw GabbaGabbaHey, bikes and 111R seem to behave the same in cornering. (look at my thread on 111R impressions). So the more you practice correct cornering on your bike, the more you'll enjoy your toy
4) Having invested so much for the US market, your participation in the waiting list is our promise that this company will stand on it own feet and continue to have such kind of freedom to create this sort of dream cars, and have the neccessary funds to develop more like this in the future.
Stay where you are, don't be disappointed with waiting time, and you'll feel what I felt and wrote in another thread!