I don't recall seeing it before. It has a lot of common themes in it, though, because they're not reviewing the Fed version and they did a good job of summing up where things currently stand - the changes that will be made to the car, etc. Their driving conditions also seem similar to the TopGear review video, so I'm guessing that Lotus had a press event at their track a short while back.
That autoweek article originally appeared right after the 2002 LA auto show. Which was when the car was originally scheduled to arrive in 03. But due to various business concerns (Proton wanted 100% ownership of Lotus, so they had to buy % from Artioli who maintained ownership after Bugatti went belly up).
The article was loaded with misquotes, saying Arnie J. had said the car would have 120 hp which was NEVER the case.
Yes I got the feeling instantly that this was "deja vu, all over again". I'm happy to know now what I was hoping when I first read this piece, that not everything Autoweek publishes turns out to be true. I think we'll be getting a substantially better car than Autoweek implies in this piece, not just a "gutted" Elise but an upgraded one !
I know the (Type 121) Europa never made it to the USA, but I thought some of you might be interested in an article I wrote for a number of magazines, here published by Lotus Club Queensland.
The Forgotten Lotus ?
In the boardroom scene when Lee Iacocca is doing the slide show is the red car he shows a S1 Elite? It had a yellow badge on the hood which made me think it was. It was only a brief look so I'm not sure.