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by rcollum
Ahh... the Lotus 23B! Doc Bundy still races one (along with the gorgeous Lotus 72 F1 car) for Regogo Racing. In addition, older-model Lotus owners who have had the pleasure of buying parts from Ray at R.D. Enterprises, you may recognize that their logo is a Lotus 23 mechanical drawing.

Several years ago, at a Lotus Owners Gathering (LOG) in Atlanta, everyone went for a spirited North Georgia Mountain drive. This was on a beautiful, curvy road used by many automakers for impressive driving videos, as it is devoid of ugly armco barriers, and through a lovely wooded area. Two LOG participants were driving a beautiful Lotus 23 replica, made by Xanthos. As fun as the road was, it was also wet and leaf-covered. (I think you can see where this is going...) As we got well into the drive, the distance between cars lengthened. We had been 2 cars behind the Xanthos, and lost sight of it about 3/4 of the way to the picnic stop at the top of the mountain. The Xanthos skidded on wet leaves in a corner, went straight off the road, flew briefly, hit a tree, and slid down the tree several feet to the steeply-sloped ground. Fortunately, both occupants had been securely belted in with competition harnesses. They climbed and crawled back up to the road, where someone in a pickup truck gave them a ride to the picnic stop. They were taken to a nearby emergency room, and one of the guys had an uncomfortable drive home to Chicago, flat on his back in the rear of a Suburban, the next day.

The Lotus 23 - a beautiful, important part of Lotus history!
by ksm
by olfac87
Back in 2016 Darryl of Odds & Ends Detailing held a detailing clinic for the club. I took a few notes and am finally putting them out here for all to enjoy. A little bit about the document. It is a PDF of a mind map. The topics are organized left to right, and each topic is read top to bottom. It is way too small to print. The best way to absorb is on-screen, zooming in with your browser or Acrobat Reader. If anyone wants it in MS Word instead I can do that. I tried to be as accurate as possible in my note taking. If you have any technical questions, I would contact Darryl as I am not an expert detailer (although I love doing it). Enjoy!

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NoVA Detailing Clinic.pdf (144.24 KB)

by rcollum
I just saw this picture on Facebook.  This is the parking lot of Lotus Engineering, the consulting arm of Lotus.  In the parking lot - an Evija.  That's $2 million, right there.  
Next to the Evija is....  --??  It's under a cover.  Is it a prototype for the rumored collaboration with Alpine?  Is it a first cut at one of the new Lotus models?  
I can't wait to find out!

--Bob Collum


by ksm
The 2021 show is cancelled.
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Lotus will kill Elise, Exige and Evora by ksm
www.autoblog.com/2021/01/25/lotus-killing-elise-exige-evora-for-new-type-131/

Lotus will kill Elise, Exige and Evora to make room for the new Type 131
It's the beginning of a major lineup overhaul


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Lotus ended years of speculation by announcing it will begin rejuvenating its range when it releases a new model in 2021. Known as the Type 131 internally, its arrival will mark the end of the Elise, the Exige and the Evora.

Although the three aforementioned models are showing their age, putting them out to pasture at about the same time is a surprising move because they're currently the only cars in the company's lineup. Saying that the Type 131 will have big shoes to fill is an understatement; it will blaze the path that a full family of new cars will follow.

Official details about the 131 are few and far between, but an earlier report sketches the outline of a driver-friendly sports car powered by a mid-mounted engine. While it won't stray far from the lightness and the nimbleness that Lotus is famous for, it will be equipped with more tech than even the Evora, which offers a more comprehensive list of features than the track-inspired Exige and the back-to-the-basics Elise. Insiders have claimed that the 131 will be built on a new modular platform, and that it will not use any kind of electrification.

Lotus released an image that shows the Evija (an electric, 2,000-horsepower halo car strictly limited to 130 units globally) next to three enigmatic cars hidden by a cover; one is presumably the 131. Another might be the battery-powered model that it's developing jointly with Renault-owned Alpine. As for the third, your guess is as good as ours. We know that the British firm is developing a Volvo-based SUV, but it's not pictured in the lineup.

News of a new Lotus model will bring joy to enthusiasts and economists alike. The company is investing over 100 million British pounds (about $136 million) into its Hethel, England, facility, and it will hire about 250 employees to bring the 131 to the market. Most of the recruits will work in engineering and manufacturing.

Lotus noted that it hopes to start building prototypes of the Type 131 — an internal designation that will likely not appear on the production model — in 2021. We don't know if deliveries will also begin this year, or if they are scheduled to start a little later. Regardless, it will be worth the wait. Lotus told Autoblog that all of its future cars will be engineered for global markets, and that its intention is to sell the Type 131 in North America.