It's almost 1 p.m. here. I'm stuck at work wishing I were at the LA show.
For those fortunate to have gone, what are your impressions?
For those fortunate to have gone, what are your impressions?
It totally reminded me of Ferrari Red, I wouldn't describe it as anything else. The other colors were all great, too. The Magnetic Blue car is still my favorite, though it had a tint of purple under some angles and lighting.ulmpharmd said:Chris, you worry me with the "tomato red" statement. I have not seen the car in person but everyone tells me that it is a very rich and brilliant red like a ferrari red. Please comment.
Too bad they can't keep them here in the states to use at the Lotus driving school that was mentioned in the Autoweek article. Seems a shame to destroy them when they could be put to good use. Or they could keep them at Hethel for use when those of us with LHD cars come over for driving schools.jml1952 said:The cars at the auto show will not be sold; eventually they probably will be shipped back to England and destroyed.
I think they are for show and not totally driveable or tested. Clyde or Nick mentioned that the red car "exploded" when they drove it off the truck and needed repairs to the rear end.Lumn8r said:Too bad they can't keep them here in the states to use at the Lotus driving school that was mentioned in the Autoweek article. Seems a shame to destroy them when they could be put to good use. Or they could keep them at Hethel for use when those of us with LHD cars come over for driving schools.
I wouldn't worry too much about the brochures. It's the same single sheet that's been scanned and posted here a while ago that has the specs outline and dealer list. There is another sheet for the "colour" chart which does not have the updated list of colors. The dealers will probably have copies of these, anyway, if not nicer ones.MattG said:It totally reminded me of Ferrari Red, I wouldn't describe it as anything else. The other colors were all great, too. The Magnetic Blue car is still my favorite, though it had a tint of purple under some angles and lighting.
I liked the Lotus display area, though was dissapointed that brochures were not available. The Lotus reps were helpful, but there really wasn't much I didn't already know after reading this message board religiously.
I ended up skipping the Pantry breakfast, which ended up being good, as the line for tickets was long.
Here's a link to some pictures I took at the show (note - the first couple of pages in that album are pictures I did NOT take, I grabbed them from elsewhere on the 'net. This link takes you directly to the page that has new images from today that I took).
I don't doubt what you heard, but I was told the opposite when I asked - that everything was approved and there were no more roadblocks to US sale. I think what you heard is more likely true, though...martinm1 said:* they DON"T yet have final sign off from the government on the waivers; they are confident in getting it as there have been no comments, but it has not happened yet primarily due to the holidays, but it is important to note that something could still go awry--we are dealing with the government here!
Ardent Red always was, and still is, my color choice. I was just initially taken back by the difference in the real car versus the pictures. I immediately looked at the lighting and assumed the outdoor photographs were probably closer to how this car will look in natural lighting. But, since it surprised me, I thought I would mention it. I would also agree that Ferrari Red would be an appropriate description...and a good color, though at least in that lighting, I would not call it a deep red. I wish they had the Bordeaux Red on the floor, in that lighting, for comparison.ulmpharmd said:Chris, you worry me with the "tomato red" statement. I have not seen the car in person but everyone tells me that it is a very rich and brilliant red like a ferrari red. Please comment.
Next Lotus car, according to the Commercial Director - Tengku Hasmadijml1952 said:Nick emphatically stated that the U.S. Elise is by far the best Elise that Lotus has ever built. He said that the concerns about added weight are misplaced. The car has been designed and tuned to perfection.
Lotus is very proud of the forged LSS wheels. They are 4 pounds lighter in front and 6 pounds lighter in back than the standard wheels. However, Nick mentioned that a lot of work went into designing those standard wheels and they are much lighter than you would find in most cars.
Nick told me that if you are planning to use the car as a daily driver, he would highly recommend getting the touring package. The extra insulation in the top and the body cuts down on noise and also cuts down on heat from the engine and from the aluminum chassis, which apparently radiates some heat. The weight gain is really insignificant. However, the padded soft top does roll up into a rather larger package than the standard soft top, so it would take up much of the trunk space.
I asked Nick about the break-in procedure. Lotus will provide guidance. Basically, Nick said to take it easy during the first 1000 miles. During the first couple of hundred miles, keep it in the 3000 to 6000 rpm range, then take it to higher rpms occasionally. The thing to avoid is jamming it up to high rpms for extended periods during the break-in period or lagging it in 6th gear and such. But it's not necessary to totally baby it. As I said, they will provide guidance.
Asked about the driving lights in the front grille. They do not meet California standards if installed by the manufacturer, but it appears that if the dealer's install them and they can be switched on and off, they will be legal, so the cars will be wired for them. They have cars with and without them, and I'm not sure which is more desirable.
Lotus is not pleased that Symbolic is moving from the Beverly Hills location. They want to sell more cars in the west and saw that as a marquee location.
Lotus is eager to succeed with the Elise, because they plan to use the money to develop another car (not saying what). I don't think they have to worry.
It's been 11 months since I saw an Elise in person and the car looks incredible. Visited the rest of the show, but had a hard time paying much attention to other cars. Spent a fair amount of time with the Honda S2000 and it just doesn't measure up in terms of excitement. Even the $440,000 Porsche Carrera did not look as sexy as the Elise.
Lillie had her SELOC calendar with her. Looked pretty cool!
I will probably need to go back next week. But I would suggest picking an off-peak time and going early. I'm sure that I've forgotten some stuff. It was great to meet so many fellow enthusiasts. We are going to have a great time with our cars!
I asked the same question (not sure if it was Clyde or Nick), and the answer was that the person wasn't sure, but didn't think the waivers were finalized. However, he didn't expect any problems based on previous discussions between Lotus and govt regulators.MattG said:I don't doubt what you heard, but I was told the opposite when I asked - that everything was approved and there were no more roadblocks to US sale. I think what you heard is more likely true, though...