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Taken from a supposed press release on Pistonheads. Regarding the K series motor and the Federalized motor.


LOTUS HOT UNDER THE COLLAR Wednesday 9th July



Denial issued as Lotus get fed up with the rumours

There have been rumours for a long time now that Rover might be about to ditch the K Series in favour of another power plant for the Elise.

With the speculation ongoing, Lotus have taken the unusual step of issuing a statement categorically denying such a move is afoot. The statement reads, "Lotus Cars Ltd, would like to state categorically that the K-series engine, as used in the award winning Elise, is not to be dropped in favour of another."

Many of the rumours stem from the assumption that a different engine will be required for the US Elise. Lotus's answer to this is, "It will come as no surprise to most that there is to be a new engine installed in certain versions of the Elise, namely the federalised car, the details of which will be released in due course. This engine will not replace the K-series engine ..._ Lotus Cars will continue to use the K-series engine within the Elise range for the forseeable future."

 

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in other words, please don't postpone your plan to buy an Elise because you feel the current engine will be obsolete in a year... we need your money now.
 

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Hope that doesn't mean they'll rush out the Fed version.
Probably not any more than they have already felt pressured to do so since they are not selling any other cars in the US, they announced the new cars (which as marketing people know, does not help the sale normally of existing product) and perhaps Proton wants to see a return on their financial investment. All told, that is a lot of pressure I AM GUESSING for them to get this car done.

I know in my business, it's a sparring act between marketing wanting it yesterday (with a lot of features), accounting demanding it's developed very inexpensively and quickly, and engineering trying to do it right the first time. Since I work in engineering, I would rather they took a little bit longer and got it right. :)**

**The above is a generality about common product development issues from my biased design point of view. Damn bean counters and marketing guys! :)
 

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If the home market is going soft, that will be a lot more pressure on the financial side to get it out ASAP/on time. Coming from a engineering background as well, they could tinker with it till the cows come home getting it just right :eek:... my feeling is the time line is fine to get it done & Lotus will do it right. But given any last min. problems it's more likely to be*rushed* Being a early adapter and plan on keeping the car long term don't want any problems cropping up down the road. No sense in worrying about it only time will tell.
 

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I agree with waiting.

Ive already waiting a year and some change, its not going to kill me to wait a little longer for a more polished finished product.
Id rather wait now and get something well done over the option of "get it now" and have to spend lots of down time for recalls and sitting in the garage busted.

With that said, we could also be optimistic and focus on the fact that, for all we know, Lotus has all its preverbial ducks in a row and a fine well thought out finished product waiting to come over.
 
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