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I'm absolutely certain that this has already been discussed, but I can't find it... are we getting the "L O T U S" badge on the rear of the car? (I hope so). All of the pics I see now have it that way. I thought that Lotus had decided to go with the puny round badge?

If we are getting the PunyRoundBadge(TM), can it be removed w/o exposing holes?

Thanks for tolerating my repeat-question.

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That's great! When did they change their minds (again)? And, why didn't I get the memo?!

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Are you sure? All of the articles in EVO and CAR mags from the UK featuring the new Toyota powered 111R have the round badge not the letters like the 111S had. ACS' Elise in Australia has the same round badge too. I hope it is the letters as i like them better.
 

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It should be lettering.

I'm at the point where I don't care, just want my baby!

Besides, if you really want the badge, get one from the parts department and put it where the "T' is.
 

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Now the real question is... what sort of quality letters will be on the rear? The pre-production cars all have chrome VINYL lettering. I worked at a print shop and worked with vinyl for 3 years - and know that vinyl isnt the most reliable stuff in the world. For a $40k+ we should get some chrome lettering, right? If not, at least I know I can get replacement letters when I need them.

Aftermarket anyone? Also, are the Brit's cars using the vinyl letters?

PS, if they stick with vinyl letters, those of you who want stripes could stick the vinyl stripes on your cars and put a new "L O T U S" badge over the stripes.

But i know, i know... paint IS the best way to go with stripes.

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Yes, the test car that I drove at AutoEurope had the flimsy and very cheap looking chome vinyl letters. Hopefully they went to a nice die cast or machined metal part.

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The 111R gets the Badge and we get the lettering (don't know why). Of course everything is subject to change, so who knows. Personally, I like the look of the vinyl over chrome.

I wouldn't count on them doing anything new with the letter fabrication, especially something more expensive to manufacture.
 

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The letter is the stick on variety, worse case scenario you can always clear coat them.

Metal letters totally suck, I had them on my old europa, and what a pain to wax around. I'm glad they're sticking with the "cheap" vinyl letters, also quite easy to replace.

You guys are getting bored and finding really trivial things to complain about now.;)
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BraFish said:
The 111R gets the Badge and we get the lettering (don't know why).
It would make sense for Lotus to use the "L O T U S" for the U.S. Elise to promote brand recognition in the states.
 

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I agree with Allan's post above.

Chrome vinyl letters are not as durable as the single badge. My advice is to keep a nice coat of wax on the letters (and car!) and steer clear of high pressure wash nozzles.
 

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>You guys are getting bored and finding really trivial things to >complain about now.
>Chris

You know, I don't like the way that Chris signed his post without leaving an extra blank line before above his name.

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In order to get the engine from Toyota, Lotus had to agree to put T O Y O T U S on the back.

By the way, I hear that the same guy that designed the reflectors is in charge of designing the lettering.
 
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