Agreed about the difference between handling and roadholding, but they are interdependent.There is a difference between HANDLING and ROADHOLDING. Lotus always knew this.
Roadholding is how many Gs a car can achieve on a skidpad. The diameter and surface of the pad are giant variables.
More importantly, Handling encompasses roadholding and the ability if the driver to USE it's potential. C6 Corvettes generated great skidpad numbers but were difficult to drive at 9/10ths on a track.
The fuel starvation issue mentioned, is telling....
That's aero. (and somewhat, it could be alignment settings)I think the lack of weight in lotus vehicles makes them unstable at highspeeds. My exige just doesn't feel planted sometimes.
If you see the rank of 8 out of 8 cars for the Lotus Esprit Turbo (1984 - it should be Turbo Esprit), you'd think the Esprit was outdated or outgunned in a tough crowd.Audi Quattro vs. Porsche 911 and Six Others – Archived Comparison – Car and Driver
Check out this article from the 80s. I was shocked!
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