Welcome to GYLO XX by Admin
Welcome to GYLO XX!

How GYLO XX Virtual Worked:
Everyone submitted a photo and brief description of their car and/or memorabilia, then we set up polls and everyone perused and voted!

Car Categories were set up based upon the number and variety of cars submitted.
Memorabilia were included under a single Memorabilia category.

- Entries were accepted from Sep 27, 2020 through Oct 6, 2020
  • The entry window is CLOSED.

- Voting took place from Wednesday, Oct 7th, 2020 until midnight, Friday, Oct 9, 2020.
  • The voting window is CLOSED!

- Votes were reviewed on Saturday, Oct 10, 2020.

- Results were announced during our GYLO Zoom call, at 1pm on Sunday, Oct 11, 2020.

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by rcollum
'One that got away'. When I bought my first Lotus (a 1972 Europa Twincam, in 1980), it needed quite a lot of work. As part of the price I paid, the dealer:

1.) Changed out all 4 steel wheels with hubcaps, for 4 x Brand Lotus alloy wheels.
2.) Removed the #%&@$ add-on 'air conditioner' and the remote mechanical oil level indicator. The AC compressor and blower took up 100% of the front trunk, and the remaining AC components covered the engine in back, making the dipstick was unreachable. The oil level indicator was installed right next to the ignition switch. You were supposed to push the 2" cylinder in, and it was supposed to push back out, showing via a green-and-red graphic, if you were short on oil. This Rube Goldberg device was jammed into a very tight space, against the ignition, and was wildly unreliable.  Oh -- and the AC was worthless as anything other than a ventilation fan.
3.) Put new rings in the Twincam engine. The Lotus mechanic said it was common back then, even though my car had only 20,000 miles.

All told, I got a lot of work done for what I paid. The cherry on top was, they needed about 30 days to do the work on the Europa, so they gave me a 1976 Jensen Healey GT shooting brake. I'm not a fan of the Jensen Healey roadster's looks, but I LOVED the GT. It was BRG, with a black leather interior. By girlfriend at the time fell in love with it. She asked the dealer what they wanted for it. The answer was $10,000. GULP! I remember talking to her, and neither of us, in 1980, could conceive of being able to afford a $10,000 car! Less than a year later, that car was totaled. The only things salvageable were the two black leather seats!

--Bob Collum

by rcollum
Interesting!  The current Alpine A110 is a French sports car, with some significant chassis work done by ex-Lotus employees, then working at Caterham.  Caterham ran short of funds, and had to drop out of the project.  There is still an early prototype of the joint venture vehicle on display at Caterham HQ in England.  The major complaint of the A110 is that it does not offer a manual transmission.  Should Lotus and Alpine come up with something, I'd hope it is available with a manual transmission, and be sold in the U.S. 

One possible factor in the Lotus-Alpine link-up: France has introduced some stiff tax penalties on vehicles, based on emissions.  (As in, nearly $2300 in tax on a new A110 in France.  If you bought a V8 Mustang in France today, that CO2 tax would be around $35,000!)  In addition, as of 2022, France will be levying a surcharge on any new vehicle that weighs over 3960 lbs.  This plays to Lotus' strength!

--Bob Collum

by ksm


(Paris, France – 14 January 2021) As part of the Alpine Business Unit development, Groupe Renault and Group Lotus have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to study a number of areas of cooperation, including the joint development of an EV sportscar.

The Alpine and Lotus teams will conduct a comprehensive feasibility study for the joint engineering, design and development of an EV sportscar by leveraging the resources, expertise and facilities of the respective entities in both France and the UK.

Alpine and Lotus will also explore the development of a joint services offer combining their engineering expertise. A collaboration to leverage Alpine’s motorsport platform covering Formula One to Endurance is also under study.

Laurent Rossi, CEO Alpine, said: “The signing of this MoU with Lotus shows the lean and smart approach we’re implementing as part of the new Alpine brand strategy. Both brands have an amazing legacy and we are most excited to start this work together, from engineering tailored solutions to developing a next-generation EV sports car. This collaboration along with our transformation mark the beginning of a new era in which we’ll be taking the Alpine name and line-up to the future. We’re putting F1 at the heart of our business, leveraging our in-house expertise and best-in-class partners such as Lotus to inject our cars with leading-edge performance, technology and motorisation”.

Phil Popham, CEO, Lotus Cars, added: “Today’s announcement is the first step in what is set to be a hugely rewarding collaboration between our iconic brands. We are proud to be working with Groupe Renault in this collaboration – sharing Lotus’ technical expertise and abilities, and leveraging our long track record of successful collaborations. Our companies have much in common – from a pioneering pedigree in light-weighting, to championship-winning sportscars which perform as impressively on the road as they do in the motorsports arena. It is a natural fit in many ways and the co-development of an EV sportscar is hugely exciting for our companies, our fans and customers around the world. The joint-services element of our agreement will additionally make our engineering expertise available to those wishing to engage our innovations.”

by ksm
Searched for new bookends and found these.  I had no idea the color would match so perfectly.
by ksm

Global sales increased by 4.4%

(Hethel, UK – 8 January 2021) – Despite the many global challenges of 2020, Lotus Cars reports today that its new car retail sales increased by 4.4% compared to 2019.

Sales increased in many key markets around the world as the transformation of Lotus continues. Highlights include growth in the USA, Germany, Italy, UK, China, Singapore, Netherlands and others.

The most popular Lotus model globally was the Elise, followed by the Exige and Evora.

Concluding 2020, Lotus Cars CEO Phil Popham said: “Last year was extremely tough in many aspects of business and life – the most challenging we have seen. Huge thanks to all our staff, retailers, partners and, of course, customers around the world for supporting Lotus through 2020.”

He added: “Despite the many challenges, our sales showed positive growth in the year, underlining the significant transformation now underway at Lotus. Our recent performance also bodes very well for the future, as we continue to progress our Vision80 strategy with the Evija hypercar and our new sports car, which debuts this year.”

See the above article link for the sales distribution.

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The Lotus SUV Is Coming Sooner Than We Thought by ksm

The Lotus SUV Is Coming Sooner Than We Thought

A new era will dawn for Lotus by year's end.

Lotus is known the world over for its ability to build sports cars that set the bar in handling dynamics and has recently celebrated 25 years of its beloved Elise, a lightweight two-door sports car that has set the bar for other small sports cars since it was launched. Lotus is currently busy with a number of interesting projects, one of them being the absolutely crazy 2,000 horsepower Evija which is expected to launch later this year, but while fans drool over the new hypercar, Lotus has been hard at work to make its SUV dreams a reality.


According to a recent report from the Dutch publication, AutoWeek, Lotus is planning on releasing its SUV before the end of 2020. The Lambda, as it is called, will be manufactured in China using Volvo parts. The Lambda has been in the works for five years and is set to share the SPA platform with Volvo cars such as the XC90, and Lotus is aiming straight for the Porsche Cayenne Coupe and BMW X6. The SPA platform will give Lotus a wide range of four-cylinder and plug-in hybrid powertrain options to choose from, and an EV version is already in the works.

Former Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales has been quoted as saying that the Lambda will be one of the fastest and most agile performing cars in its segment, but fans will have to take his word for it as no technical details have been shared with the public. Wuhan, most famous for its ties to the recent pandemic, will be the manufacturing base for the new SUV. There has been no word whether or not the Lambda will be coming to the US, but as one of the world's largest car markets, it would be a smart move. With cars such as the Cayenne Coupe offering a brilliant overall driving experience, Lotus will have to bring its A-game to stand a chance in this cut-throat segment.