RIP Diana Rigg. Of her extensive and significant career, personal highlights for me: made the Elan popular via the Avengers series; was a Bond girl; was in Game of Thrones and, as a second language, spoke Hindi!
If you're getting bored being at home, try checking out the internet coverage of the Goodwood Speed Week. This year, because of the lockdown, the normal Goodwood events - the Festival of Speed (featuring a 'hillclimb' up the 1.16 mile driveway of Goodwood manor) and the Revival (lots of vintage classic race cars and airplanes, around the British Grand Prix circuit from the 1940's through the 1960's) were cancelled. In their place, Goodwood held what they re calling 'Goodwood Speed Week'. There are a lot of videos on YouTube, many with actual Lotus commercials interspersed. You can see Lotus employees drive an Exige V6, and an Evija. (I'm told your 'production' Evija won't be as noisy and rough-riding as the prototype shown.) There is a race with several Lotus F1 cars from the past, with Emerson Fittipaldi (among others) driving. Check out this clip, and look up the many, many others online!
The Evija looks great, but I was VERY disappointed that James May didn't get to drive it. Also, what was with the amazingly slow-closing door? When Mark Franke and I visited Hethel in November of 2019, we saw the assembly building for the Evija production line being built, so we should be getting closed to seeing the final product. Back in September of 2020, I was not happy to hear that Lotus had broken ties with Williams Advanced Engineering, who was responsible for the electric drivetrain. I thought it was a prestigious partnership, and a good way of invoking some sort of tie with current F1. I'd guess that someone at Geely must have decided to use technology from Polestar, the electric-vehicle company they also own.
Back in mid-October, Lotus demo'ed a couple of Evija test mules. They look great from the outside, but clearly not a production interior - and noisy like a racecar (though not a pleasant drivetrain sound.)
It's possible that I am still upset about the false excitement of the 'new range of Lotus cars' promised by Bahar, including the mock-up of a 'new Esprit' I saw at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, back in 2011.