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  1. What problems? I’m posting using an iPhone right now. What browser are you using? Safari?
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  3. Evija’s new manufacturing facility readied to deliver final prototypes for last stages of the testing programme Series production to begin in Hethel this summer “With our new factory ready, we are ahead of the pack in the emerging EV hypercar segment and 100% ready for some healthy competition” – Phil Popham, CEO, Lotus Cars New film shows Evija assembly hall coming ALIVE at (Hethel, UK – 19 February 2020) – The new manufacturing facility where Lotus will build the Evija all-electric hypercar is being readied for final prototype production. Series production and first customer deliveries of the all-electric two-seater will begin in the summer. The hall is situated at the brand’s historic home of Hethel, in Norfolk, UK. It has been built trackside, next to Lotus’ storied 2.2-mile circuit which has hosted testing and shake-down sessions with many Formula 1 legends such as Ayrton Senna, Emerson Fittipaldi, Jim Clark and others. The result is a versatile and inspiring workspace that will see Lotus hand-build up to 130 examples of the Evija. The first year’s production allocation is already designated to customers around the world. Phil Popham, CEO, Lotus Cars, commented: “This is now the newest car production facility in the world, and to witness it move from the drawing board to reality has been deeply satisfying. It’s testament to the commitment of all involved, and is the perfect sleek and high-tech production home for the Evija at our iconic Hethel headquarters.” He proudly unveiled the completed hall to more than 1,400 Lotus employees during a series of staff briefings held in the new facility, telling them: “With our new factory ready, we are ahead of the pack in the emerging EV hypercar segment and 100% ready for some healthy competition.” Work on the new Evija factory began in summer 2019. The interior has been fitted on three sides with gantries which frame the build stations. These have been designed and engineered to be sleek and unobtrusive, though robust enough to carry the necessary power, data and compressed air systems required to assemble the Evija. An overhead gantry crane, multiple vehicle lifts and a wheel alignment ramp have also been installed. The interior is illuminated by more than 30,000 of the latest high-density, low-energy LEDs. A state-of-the-art light tunnel will house the rigorous final inspection, before each Evija is driven out directly on to the famous Hethel test track for dynamic validation. Highly collaborative in nature, the project has involved the co-ordination of 20 specialist contractors with more than 50 experts on site over the last six months. About the Lotus Evija: The name means ‘the first in existence’ The world’s first all-electric British hypercar The first electrified Lotus, the first Lotus hypercar and the first Lotus developed under the stewardship of majority shareholder Geely At 2,000 PS, the world’s most powerful series production road car 0-62mph in under three seconds; 0-186mph in under nine seconds; a top speed of more than 200mph Full battery charge capability in under 10 minutes; battery power output of 2,000 kW; full EV driving range of 250 miles Outstanding aerodynamic performance and downforce A Lotus like no other. A hypercar like no other. Yet instantly recognisable – as a beautiful car, as a Lotus Destined to be driven, not left unappreciated in a gilded cage. It is ‘For The Drivers’ A statement of intent, and a global calling card for Lotus Cars and Lotus Engineering It performs like a beast, but looks like a beauty – a technical masterpiece
  4. Evija’s new manufacturing facility readied to deliver final prototypes for last stages of the testing programme Series production to begin in Hethel this summer “With our new factory ready, we are ahead of the pack in the emerging EV hypercar segment and 100% ready for some healthy competition” – Phil Popham, CEO, Lotus Cars New film shows Evija assembly hall coming ALIVE at (Hethel, UK – 19 February 2020) – The new manufacturing facility where Lotus will build the Evija all-electric hypercar is being readied for final prototype production. Series production and first customer deliveries of the all-electric two-seater will begin in the summer. The hall is situated at the brand’s historic home of Hethel, in Norfolk, UK. It has been built trackside, next to Lotus’ storied 2.2-mile circuit which has hosted testing and shake-down sessions with many Formula 1 legends such as Ayrton Senna, Emerson Fittipaldi, Jim Clark and others. The result is a versatile and inspiring workspace that will see Lotus hand-build up to 130 examples of the Evija. The first year’s production allocation is already designated to customers around the world. Phil Popham, CEO, Lotus Cars, commented: “This is now the newest car production facility in the world, and to witness it move from the drawing board to reality has been deeply satisfying. It’s testament to the commitment of all involved, and is the perfect sleek and high-tech production home for the Evija at our iconic Hethel headquarters.” He proudly unveiled the completed hall to more than 1,400 Lotus employees during a series of staff briefings held in the new facility, telling them: “With our new factory ready, we are ahead of the pack in the emerging EV hypercar segment and 100% ready for some healthy competition.” Work on the new Evija factory began in summer 2019. The interior has been fitted on three sides with gantries which frame the build stations. These have been designed and engineered to be sleek and unobtrusive, though robust enough to carry the necessary power, data and compressed air systems required to assemble the Evija. An overhead gantry crane, multiple vehicle lifts and a wheel alignment ramp have also been installed. The interior is illuminated by more than 30,000 of the latest high-density, low-energy LEDs. A state-of-the-art light tunnel will house the rigorous final inspection, before each Evija is driven out directly on to the famous Hethel test track for dynamic validation. Highly collaborative in nature, the project has involved the co-ordination of 20 specialist contractors with more than 50 experts on site over the last six months. About the Lotus Evija: The name means ‘the first in existence’ The world’s first all-electric British hypercar The first electrified Lotus, the first Lotus hypercar and the first Lotus developed under the stewardship of majority shareholder Geely At 2,000 PS, the world’s most powerful series production road car 0-62mph in under three seconds; 0-186mph in under nine seconds; a top speed of more than 200mph Full battery charge capability in under 10 minutes; battery power output of 2,000 kW; full EV driving range of 250 miles Outstanding aerodynamic performance and downforce A Lotus like no other. A hypercar like no other. Yet instantly recognisable – as a beautiful car, as a Lotus Destined to be driven, not left unappreciated in a gilded cage. It is ‘For The Drivers’ A statement of intent, and a global calling card for Lotus Cars and Lotus Engineering It performs like a beast, but looks like a beauty – a technical masterpiece
  5. Lotus Elise Cup 250 Bathurst Edition launched in honour of the famous race Challenging Mount Panorama circuit is home to one of the world's most famous endurance races – the Bathurst 12 Hour Lotus-owner track day at 'The Mountain' draws more than 150 enthusiastic fans Lotus has a long history in Australia, starting with the Tasman Series of the 1960s (Hethel, UK – 11 February 2020) – Lotus has hosted the Southern Hemisphere’s best track day, and biggest celebration of the Lotus brand, at Australia’s greatest race circuit – Mount Panorama. The iconic motorsport venue, home to the legendary Bathurst 12 Hour race, is steeped in competition history and etched into the psyche of car fans the world over. Australia was the sixth largest market globally for Lotus in 2019 and to mark that success the company has produced a highly exclusive limited edition – the Lotus Elise Cup 250 Bathurst Edition. Paying homage to the circuit and Lotus’ pedigree in motorsport on the continent, the limited-run, Australia-only cars enjoy a host of eye-catching upgrades. These include black forged alloy wheels, a special numbered build-plate and bespoke ‘Bathurst Cup 250’ decals. With more than 45,000 fans attending the Bathurst 12 Hour race weekend, Lotus took its place trackside for the three-day event. There it offered a unique opportunity to more than 150 enthusiastic Lotus owners, who witnessed some of the world’s finest drivers tackle the challenging Mount Panorama circuit. Many then drove it in their own Lotus cars, taking advantage of an on-site mentoring programme that allowed them to get the most out of the experience. They were also able to sign up for hot laps with professional Lotus drivers. Some of the world’s most illustrious and recognised racing names have claimed victory in Australia for Lotus. These include Jim Clark’s dominance in the Tasman Series during the late 1960s, through to 2013 where Kimi Raikkonen claimed Formula One success at the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park, Melbourne. David McIntyre, Regional Director, Asia Pacific & China, Lotus Cars joined the group at Bathurst and commented: “It’s great to kick the year off in Australia, a market that was very successful for us in 2019. Lotus and Australia have a long and rich history and we are committed to building on this close relationship moving forward.” He added: “Through stand-out events such as the Lotus-only track day, we will continue to build the brand across Australia, adding to the success we experienced last year. Globally 2020 is an exciting year for us, with the first of our all-electric Lotus Evija models being delivered to customers.”
  6. Lotus Elise Cup 250 Bathurst Edition launched in honour of the famous race Challenging Mount Panorama circuit is home to one of the world's most famous endurance races – the Bathurst 12 Hour Lotus-owner track day at 'The Mountain' draws more than 150 enthusiastic fans Lotus has a long history in Australia, starting with the Tasman Series of the 1960s (Hethel, UK – 11 February 2020) – Lotus has hosted the Southern Hemisphere’s best track day, and biggest celebration of the Lotus brand, at Australia’s greatest race circuit – Mount Panorama. The iconic motorsport venue, home to the legendary Bathurst 12 Hour race, is steeped in competition history and etched into the psyche of car fans the world over. Australia was the sixth largest market globally for Lotus in 2019 and to mark that success the company has produced a highly exclusive limited edition – the Lotus Elise Cup 250 Bathurst Edition. Paying homage to the circuit and Lotus’ pedigree in motorsport on the continent, the limited-run, Australia-only cars enjoy a host of eye-catching upgrades. These include black forged alloy wheels, a special numbered build-plate and bespoke ‘Bathurst Cup 250’ decals. With more than 45,000 fans attending the Bathurst 12 Hour race weekend, Lotus took its place trackside for the three-day event. There it offered a unique opportunity to more than 150 enthusiastic Lotus owners, who witnessed some of the world’s finest drivers tackle the challenging Mount Panorama circuit. Many then drove it in their own Lotus cars, taking advantage of an on-site mentoring programme that allowed them to get the most out of the experience. They were also able to sign up for hot laps with professional Lotus drivers. Some of the world’s most illustrious and recognised racing names have claimed victory in Australia for Lotus. These include Jim Clark’s dominance in the Tasman Series during the late 1960s, through to 2013 where Kimi Raikkonen claimed Formula One success at the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park, Melbourne. David McIntyre, Regional Director, Asia Pacific & China, Lotus Cars joined the group at Bathurst and commented: “It’s great to kick the year off in Australia, a market that was very successful for us in 2019. Lotus and Australia have a long and rich history and we are committed to building on this close relationship moving forward.” He added: “Through stand-out events such as the Lotus-only track day, we will continue to build the brand across Australia, adding to the success we experienced last year. Globally 2020 is an exciting year for us, with the first of our all-electric Lotus Evija models being delivered to customers.” This post has been promoted to an article
  7. For future reference for anyone else its a pinned topic two above yours as its been asked a few times
  8. Please keep these to the classifieds section, closing topic.
  9. We were right on the border of the next price bracket when ordering this year but decieded to not get the extras as usally we end up with lots left and its a waste of money for the club as no one really buys merchandise. We discussed it on the directors forum and the verdict was that we didnt want to give out the digital version.
  10. LOTUS LAUNCHES NEW EVORA GT410 WITH IMPROVED USABILITY, NEW LEVELS OF COMFORT AND EXCEPTIONAL VALUE FOR MONEY Evora expands to become two-model range with arrival of new Evora GT410 Priced £82,900, it’s £3,000 less than the GT410 Sport and represents exceptional value for money Sells alongside Evora GT410 Sport, which also benefits from revised specification Enhancements to standard spec and options on Lotus Elise and Exige also announced (Hethel, UK – 29 January 2020) – Lotus has launched a new version of the Evora – the GT410. As a second model in the range it sells alongside the Evora GT410 Sport, which also benefits from a revised specification. The Evora GT410 features an enhanced standard spec over the GT410 Sport, providing owners with improved usability and a new level of driving comfort. Numerous features have moved from the Evora options list to become part of its standard specification. Costing £3,000 less than the GT410 Sport, that means it delivers exceptional value for money. The new Lotus Evora GT410 is designed to be a more usable ‘every day’ car. It comes with Sparco sport seats and air-con to create a more comfortable environment for occupants, while a reversing camera improves safety during low-speed manoeuvres. A premium infotainment system with sat-nav and Apple CarPlay is now standard and includes DAB digital radio for the first time. Increased cabin sound insulation for reduced road noise and improved refinement will further improve the listening experience. The GT410’s door trims now feature integrated arm rests and storage bins for greater comfort and practicality. Exterior paint colour choices have been revised to include new options, including some historic shades from Lotus’ past. The car has a revised damper rate compared with the GT410 Sport. While it still delivers an outstanding performance-oriented experience, this creates a more compliant ride for improved real-world comfort. The use of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S all-weather tyres means better all-year usability, while a new rear tailgate features a large glass section for improved rear visibility. The above upgrades are in addition to the Evora’s already high level of standard equipment. These include a body-coloured roof, side sills, tailgate, front access panel and mirror backs, red AP Racing brake callipers and silver or gloss black V-spoke cast alloy wheels, 19-inch at the front and 20-inch at the rear. Interior equipment includes cruise control, heated seats, rear parking sensors. Amazingly, with a UK price of only £82,900 (€99,900 in Germany), the GT410 is £3,000 less than the GT410 Sport (€11,000 less in Germany) so delivers exceptional value for money. The Evora GT410 Sport remains the most driver-focused and lightweight choice in the Lotus Evora range. Its standard specification has also been revised; upgrades include the integration of Sparco sport seats, air-con, and a premium infotainment system including DAB digital radio, sat-nav and Apple CarPlay. Lotus has also announced new ways for customers to enhance the specification of the Elise and Exige, including the reintroduction of the optional Touring and Sport packs. Touring enables the customer to add in comfort and convenience options to create a more desirable ‘road spec’ car, while Sport is based on the more driver-focused features that appeal to those who want to drive in a more spirited way, such as at track days. DAB digital radio is available as part of the Touring pack on each car, or can ordered as a stand-alone option. The audio system also now features two extra speakers. Revisions have been made to the interior colour choices, which will default to match the exterior body colour. These exterior colours have also been revised to feature new choices.
  11. LOTUS LAUNCHES NEW EVORA GT410 WITH IMPROVED USABILITY, NEW LEVELS OF COMFORT AND EXCEPTIONAL VALUE FOR MONEY Evora expands to become two-model range with arrival of new Evora GT410 Priced £82,900, it’s £3,000 less than the GT410 Sport and represents exceptional value for money Sells alongside Evora GT410 Sport, which also benefits from revised specification Enhancements to standard spec and options on Lotus Elise and Exige also announced (Hethel, UK – 29 January 2020) – Lotus has launched a new version of the Evora – the GT410. As a second model in the range it sells alongside the Evora GT410 Sport, which also benefits from a revised specification. The Evora GT410 features an enhanced standard spec over the GT410 Sport, providing owners with improved usability and a new level of driving comfort. Numerous features have moved from the Evora options list to become part of its standard specification. Costing £3,000 less than the GT410 Sport, that means it delivers exceptional value for money. The new Lotus Evora GT410 is designed to be a more usable ‘every day’ car. It comes with Sparco sport seats and air-con to create a more comfortable environment for occupants, while a reversing camera improves safety during low-speed manoeuvres. A premium infotainment system with sat-nav and Apple CarPlay is now standard and includes DAB digital radio for the first time. Increased cabin sound insulation for reduced road noise and improved refinement will further improve the listening experience. The GT410’s door trims now feature integrated arm rests and storage bins for greater comfort and practicality. Exterior paint colour choices have been revised to include new options, including some historic shades from Lotus’ past. The car has a revised damper rate compared with the GT410 Sport. While it still delivers an outstanding performance-oriented experience, this creates a more compliant ride for improved real-world comfort. The use of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S all-weather tyres means better all-year usability, while a new rear tailgate features a large glass section for improved rear visibility. The above upgrades are in addition to the Evora’s already high level of standard equipment. These include a body-coloured roof, side sills, tailgate, front access panel and mirror backs, red AP Racing brake callipers and silver or gloss black V-spoke cast alloy wheels, 19-inch at the front and 20-inch at the rear. Interior equipment includes cruise control, heated seats, rear parking sensors. Amazingly, with a UK price of only £82,900 (€99,900 in Germany), the GT410 is £3,000 less than the GT410 Sport (€11,000 less in Germany) so delivers exceptional value for money. The Evora GT410 Sport remains the most driver-focused and lightweight choice in the Lotus Evora range. Its standard specification has also been revised; upgrades include the integration of Sparco sport seats, air-con, and a premium infotainment system including DAB digital radio, sat-nav and Apple CarPlay. Lotus has also announced new ways for customers to enhance the specification of the Elise and Exige, including the reintroduction of the optional Touring and Sport packs. Touring enables the customer to add in comfort and convenience options to create a more desirable ‘road spec’ car, while Sport is based on the more driver-focused features that appeal to those who want to drive in a more spirited way, such as at track days. DAB digital radio is available as part of the Touring pack on each car, or can ordered as a stand-alone option. The audio system also now features two extra speakers. Revisions have been made to the interior colour choices, which will default to match the exterior body colour. These exterior colours have also been revised to feature new choices. This post has been promoted to an article
  12. Ok, how much interest is there for getting more printed, the more we get done the cheaper it is but obviously we have to cover the costs?
  13. Sorry, I've been off MLOC for a month for various life reasons but I'll talk to the other directors as there has been talk of getting more printed.
  14. Yep not Mark it was Snapper (Jamie) who took the photo as he was an ex press photographer I think and had done plenty of helicopter photos before, I'm the Orange Exige on the C
  15. Possibly, paid up members get them first and then any left get sold, we wont have as many spare this year as the cut-off number for printing was very close to the number of paid up members.
  16. Latest shakedown follows extensive computer simulations, plus multiple sessions in UK and Italy Date: 6 December 2019 Driver: Gavan Kershaw, Director, Attributes and Product Integrity, Lotus Cars Location: Hethel, Norfolk, UK Car: Lotus Evija engineering prototype #2 Pre-test notes: Latest shakedown follows extensive computer simulations, plus multiple sessions in UK and Italy. Engineering prototype #2 is the most advanced of three on test, with customer-specification suspension, EV powertrain, brakes and full carbon-fibre body panels. Features most complete interior yet, with key elements such as production seats and ‘ski slope-style’ floating centre console in place. Fitted with hydraulics to support deployment of car’s active aerodynamics. Driver’s notes: “The car is in a completely pure state at the moment, with no stability control or torque-vectoring. This is so we can evaluate the fundamentals of the chassis, to create the mechanical advantage before the other layers, such as the electronics, are added. It means we can really read the car. Later we can tune what we’ve gained as a mechanical advantage as we add layers. It’s the Lotus way – get the fundamentals right from the start and use baseline aerodynamics, suspension kinematics and geometry to feel the vehicle’s response. I feel really at home in it, it’s really driveable. We assessed the stability and agility through tight corners. We did brisk accelerations to work out the torque split and looked at tyre grip and response. Lotus has always been about ‘input = output’, so if you do something you get a response, and that’s what we’re balancing now. It’s all about the detail so, for example, we’re validating the progressive response from the pedals. We know there’s an enormous amount of torque but drivers will only want it when they ask for it with their right foot. It’s about getting that throttle balance right. We assessed steering-wheel angle versus vehicle response at different speeds to ensure the car feels nimble at 30mph as well as 200mph. Through testing like this we can work on every element, like how connected you feel to the car, the driving position, location of the primary controls and visibility. It’s all about validating how the thousands of hours of computer simulations actually translate into the vehicle. It’s a two-fold process: proving they were the correct targets in the first place, and that the results are accurately translating into the car. It’s also about bringing in experience from other vehicles – what we know from driving Exige and Evora, the Lotus GT race cars – and making sure that core Lotus DNA is all at its absolute best in the Evija. It’s really exciting for me. I love this part of developing any Lotus because it’s proving the mechanical design and the physics behind everything is right, and then working with our engineers to enhance the experience and give the car a true Lotus character. It’s the step-by-step stuff we do with every Lotus – Evija is no different. It’s another chapter in my 30+ years at this company. Yes, I’ve got a big smile on my face because it’s the latest tech, it’s a Lotus and we’re at the forefront again.”
  17. Latest shakedown follows extensive computer simulations, plus multiple sessions in UK and Italy Date: 6 December 2019 Driver: Gavan Kershaw, Director, Attributes and Product Integrity, Lotus Cars Location: Hethel, Norfolk, UK Car: Lotus Evija engineering prototype #2 Pre-test notes: Latest shakedown follows extensive computer simulations, plus multiple sessions in UK and Italy. Engineering prototype #2 is the most advanced of three on test, with customer-specification suspension, EV powertrain, brakes and full carbon-fibre body panels. Features most complete interior yet, with key elements such as production seats and ‘ski slope-style’ floating centre console in place. Fitted with hydraulics to support deployment of car’s active aerodynamics. Driver’s notes: “The car is in a completely pure state at the moment, with no stability control or torque-vectoring. This is so we can evaluate the fundamentals of the chassis, to create the mechanical advantage before the other layers, such as the electronics, are added. It means we can really read the car. Later we can tune what we’ve gained as a mechanical advantage as we add layers. It’s the Lotus way – get the fundamentals right from the start and use baseline aerodynamics, suspension kinematics and geometry to feel the vehicle’s response. I feel really at home in it, it’s really driveable. We assessed the stability and agility through tight corners. We did brisk accelerations to work out the torque split and looked at tyre grip and response. Lotus has always been about ‘input = output’, so if you do something you get a response, and that’s what we’re balancing now. It’s all about the detail so, for example, we’re validating the progressive response from the pedals. We know there’s an enormous amount of torque but drivers will only want it when they ask for it with their right foot. It’s about getting that throttle balance right. We assessed steering-wheel angle versus vehicle response at different speeds to ensure the car feels nimble at 30mph as well as 200mph. Through testing like this we can work on every element, like how connected you feel to the car, the driving position, location of the primary controls and visibility. It’s all about validating how the thousands of hours of computer simulations actually translate into the vehicle. It’s a two-fold process: proving they were the correct targets in the first place, and that the results are accurately translating into the car. It’s also about bringing in experience from other vehicles – what we know from driving Exige and Evora, the Lotus GT race cars – and making sure that core Lotus DNA is all at its absolute best in the Evija. It’s really exciting for me. I love this part of developing any Lotus because it’s proving the mechanical design and the physics behind everything is right, and then working with our engineers to enhance the experience and give the car a true Lotus character. It’s the step-by-step stuff we do with every Lotus – Evija is no different. It’s another chapter in my 30+ years at this company. Yes, I’ve got a big smile on my face because it’s the latest tech, it’s a Lotus and we’re at the forefront again.”
  18. I run those on my daily driver, never had winter tyres on my Lotus when it was my daily. AO48 tyres in the snow are erm... fun, even with no throttle and just lifting the clutch it was sliding on the camber of the road at pull away, took me from 16:30 until 23:00 to get from one side of Brum to the other!
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  20. New film shows Lotus Evija engineering prototype in action during rigorous global development programme World’s first all-electric British hypercar makes its China debut at Guangzhou Auto Show Comprehensive validation and initial build process well underway ahead of start of production in 2020 (Guangzhou, China – 22 November 2019) – Lotus confirms today that the Evija has entered its initial build phase in the UK, as the hypercar’s global tour continues this week with its Chinese debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show. To celebrate, Lotus premiered a new film during its press conference at Guangzhou. It reveals engineering prototype #2 in high-speed action on a private circuit, and marks a landmark moment – the dynamic world debut of the all-electric British hypercar. The film highlights just how far development work has progressed since the Evija was unveiled last July. It also confirms the pioneering two-seater is on course for start of production next year. Dynamic testing will involve track time at Hethel, UK – the home of Lotus – and on other demanding high-speed and performance handling circuits across Europe. Over the coming months several prototypes will cover many thousands of miles and many hundreds of hours of driving assessment, including on public roads. The Evija – with a target output of 2,000 PS making it the most powerful production series road car in the world – has already been through kinematic and compliance testing and endured multiple dynamic load and suspension simulations. Both the dynamic and static testing are part of a comprehensive validation process designed to guarantee the car will meet customer expectations and demands in key global markets and environments. They are in addition to the extensive programme of computer simulations already completed as part of the hypercar’s development. Gavan Kershaw, Director of Vehicle Attributes, Lotus Cars, commented: “Physical prototype testing at speed is a landmark moment for the Evija and hugely exciting for everyone involved. Our aim is to make sure it’s a true Lotus in every sense, with exceptional performance that’s going to set new standards in the hypercar sector.” Speaking from the Guangzhou Auto Show, Matt Windle, Executive Director, Sports Car Engineering, added: “Everything about the Evija is ‘For The Drivers’. I don’t believe there is another EV in the world that can claim this. From the mid-engined-inspired Lotus layout, to the aerodynamics and downforce, the driving position, vehicle stance and unbelievable performance. It is instantly recognisable as special with a unique character, yet it is unquestionably a Lotus.” Illustrative of the innovative thinking and ingenuity which has always been part of the Lotus DNA, the Evija is a technical tour de force. It continues the legendary Lotus bloodline that’s rich in firsts and technical game-changers, both in the automotive and motorsport sectors. Lotus-Evija-Dynamic-Debut.mp4
  21. New film shows Lotus Evija engineering prototype in action during rigorous global development programme World’s first all-electric British hypercar makes its China debut at Guangzhou Auto Show Comprehensive validation and initial build process well underway ahead of start of production in 2020 (Guangzhou, China – 22 November 2019) – Lotus confirms today that the Evija has entered its initial build phase in the UK, as the hypercar’s global tour continues this week with its Chinese debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show. To celebrate, Lotus premiered a new film during its press conference at Guangzhou. It reveals engineering prototype #2 in high-speed action on a private circuit, and marks a landmark moment – the dynamic world debut of the all-electric British hypercar. The film highlights just how far development work has progressed since the Evija was unveiled last July. It also confirms the pioneering two-seater is on course for start of production next year. Dynamic testing will involve track time at Hethel, UK – the home of Lotus – and on other demanding high-speed and performance handling circuits across Europe. Over the coming months several prototypes will cover many thousands of miles and many hundreds of hours of driving assessment, including on public roads. The Evija – with a target output of 2,000 PS making it the most powerful production series road car in the world – has already been through kinematic and compliance testing and endured multiple dynamic load and suspension simulations. Both the dynamic and static testing are part of a comprehensive validation process designed to guarantee the car will meet customer expectations and demands in key global markets and environments. They are in addition to the extensive programme of computer simulations already completed as part of the hypercar’s development. Gavan Kershaw, Director of Vehicle Attributes, Lotus Cars, commented: “Physical prototype testing at speed is a landmark moment for the Evija and hugely exciting for everyone involved. Our aim is to make sure it’s a true Lotus in every sense, with exceptional performance that’s going to set new standards in the hypercar sector.” Speaking from the Guangzhou Auto Show, Matt Windle, Executive Director, Sports Car Engineering, added: “Everything about the Evija is ‘For The Drivers’. I don’t believe there is another EV in the world that can claim this. From the mid-engined-inspired Lotus layout, to the aerodynamics and downforce, the driving position, vehicle stance and unbelievable performance. It is instantly recognisable as special with a unique character, yet it is unquestionably a Lotus.” Illustrative of the innovative thinking and ingenuity which has always been part of the Lotus DNA, the Evija is a technical tour de force. It continues the legendary Lotus bloodline that’s rich in firsts and technical game-changers, both in the automotive and motorsport sectors. Lotus-Evija-Dynamic-Debut.mp4 This post has been promoted to an article
  22. Innovative new bike meticulously designed and engineered to deliver outstanding track performance Lotus Engineering has created the unique front forks and handlebars, with Hope Technology developing the frame Will be on show in London from Thursday, and makes competitive track debut with the Great Britain Cycling Team at the weekend (Hethel, UK – 30 October 2019) – Lotus Engineering and Hope Technology have unveiled their exciting bicycle collaboration – an innovative new track bike designed to deliver medals for the Great Britain Cycling Team at next summer’s Olympic Games. The new bike will be on public display later this week at London’s Rouleur Classic event and make its competitive debut with the Great Britain Cycling Team this weekend. Riders have been testing the bike in secret over the past weeks, and will continue their evaluation with a view to riding it at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Lotus Engineering is the internationally recognised automotive consultancy division of Group Lotus, best known globally for its iconic British performance cars. Its industrial design innovation and expertise has been seen in sectors including aerospace, medical research, furniture and boat-building. Lotus Engineering has created the unique front fork design and handlebars for the new bike, working with Hope Technology to integrate these components into the overall package. This has included a full programme of wind tunnel evaluation on both bike and rider, plus testing to maximise the strength while minimising the weight. Lotus has also worked on improving stiffness and front end feel to improve rider confidence. Lotus has a highly successful history in cycling through its Lotus Engineering division. In the Nineties, Lotus was instrumental in the design and development of Lotus Sport bikes for cycling legend Chris Boardman at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, where he won gold, and in the 1994 Tour de France, where he won the prologue time trial to take the famous yellow jersey. Miguel Fragoso, Executive Director, Lotus Engineering, commented: “Lotus has always been at the very cutting edge of lightweight racing performance with its cars, and now – after 25 years away from cycling – we’ve collaborated to apply the same Lotus core values to this new track bike. We look forward to working with British Cycling as testing continues towards next summer’s Olympics.” Hope Technology has been designing, creating, manufacturing and testing innovative components for bikes at its Lancashire HQ for 30 years. Countless British bikes and riders have benefitted from Hope products and today the business exports around half of its output. After years of success in racing, it has recently moved into making complete, ready-to-ride bikes. Ian Weatherill, Managing Director, Hope Technology, said: “We have created the frame using high-modulus composites with fabric woven in UK, the in-house team has unrivalled engineering expertise with 30 years of composite experience and two Olympics behind them. Together we have refined the manufacturing method to make a superior product”. A large proportion of the development of the bike’s aero features were done following the 2016 Olympics, when the UCI – cycling’s governing body – changed the rules on bike development. At that point a knowledge transfer was made by the English Institute of Sport (EIS) to key UK suppliers, in this case Hope Technology and Lotus Engineering. The pair have worked closely together to refine the design and perfect the manufacturing processes of the new bike. Tony Purnell, head of technology for the Great Britain Cycling Team, said: “It’s a dream team of engineering prowess – Hope Technology bring high quality manufacturing standards and Lotus Engineering is renowned for lightweight design and outstanding aerodynamic efficiency. Both have been supported and advised by additive manufacturing experts Renishaw, who have ensured that Lotus and Hope have access to the most modern and fastest turnaround process from design to usable pieces. To qualify to be ridden at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the bike’s design must be approved by the UCI and it must be ridden during the 2019/2020 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup series by the Great Britain Cycling Team before the end of 2019. This means the bike will be ridden by British Cycling athletes at the Minsk-Arena velodrome in Belarus this weekend (1-3 November). UK cycling fans will be able to see it in action on home ground for the first time at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow, the following weekend (8-10 November). Tony Purnell added: “Following a terrific effort from our sponsors to bring this bike into reality, we have the task of evaluating the bike together with the English Institute of Sport to ensure it’s going to have the right performance in Minsk and Glasgow, and of course in Tokyo, and providing feedback to Hope and Lotus engineering teams.” The new bike will also appear at the Rouleur Classic event in London this weekend (31 October - 2 November). It will be displayed on the Hope Technology stand for the duration of the event. For more information visit www.rouleurclassic.cc To learn more from British Cycling about how the bike will be used in competition please click here.
  23. Innovative new bike meticulously designed and engineered to deliver outstanding track performance Lotus Engineering has created the unique front forks and handlebars, with Hope Technology developing the frame Will be on show in London from Thursday, and makes competitive track debut with the Great Britain Cycling Team at the weekend (Hethel, UK – 30 October 2019) – Lotus Engineering and Hope Technology have unveiled their exciting bicycle collaboration – an innovative new track bike designed to deliver medals for the Great Britain Cycling Team at next summer’s Olympic Games. The new bike will be on public display later this week at London’s Rouleur Classic event and make its competitive debut with the Great Britain Cycling Team this weekend. Riders have been testing the bike in secret over the past weeks, and will continue their evaluation with a view to riding it at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Lotus Engineering is the internationally recognised automotive consultancy division of Group Lotus, best known globally for its iconic British performance cars. Its industrial design innovation and expertise has been seen in sectors including aerospace, medical research, furniture and boat-building. Lotus Engineering has created the unique front fork design and handlebars for the new bike, working with Hope Technology to integrate these components into the overall package. This has included a full programme of wind tunnel evaluation on both bike and rider, plus testing to maximise the strength while minimising the weight. Lotus has also worked on improving stiffness and front end feel to improve rider confidence. Lotus has a highly successful history in cycling through its Lotus Engineering division. In the Nineties, Lotus was instrumental in the design and development of Lotus Sport bikes for cycling legend Chris Boardman at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, where he won gold, and in the 1994 Tour de France, where he won the prologue time trial to take the famous yellow jersey. Miguel Fragoso, Executive Director, Lotus Engineering, commented: “Lotus has always been at the very cutting edge of lightweight racing performance with its cars, and now – after 25 years away from cycling – we’ve collaborated to apply the same Lotus core values to this new track bike. We look forward to working with British Cycling as testing continues towards next summer’s Olympics.” Hope Technology has been designing, creating, manufacturing and testing innovative components for bikes at its Lancashire HQ for 30 years. Countless British bikes and riders have benefitted from Hope products and today the business exports around half of its output. After years of success in racing, it has recently moved into making complete, ready-to-ride bikes. Ian Weatherill, Managing Director, Hope Technology, said: “We have created the frame using high-modulus composites with fabric woven in UK, the in-house team has unrivalled engineering expertise with 30 years of composite experience and two Olympics behind them. Together we have refined the manufacturing method to make a superior product”. A large proportion of the development of the bike’s aero features were done following the 2016 Olympics, when the UCI – cycling’s governing body – changed the rules on bike development. At that point a knowledge transfer was made by the English Institute of Sport (EIS) to key UK suppliers, in this case Hope Technology and Lotus Engineering. The pair have worked closely together to refine the design and perfect the manufacturing processes of the new bike. Tony Purnell, head of technology for the Great Britain Cycling Team, said: “It’s a dream team of engineering prowess – Hope Technology bring high quality manufacturing standards and Lotus Engineering is renowned for lightweight design and outstanding aerodynamic efficiency. Both have been supported and advised by additive manufacturing experts Renishaw, who have ensured that Lotus and Hope have access to the most modern and fastest turnaround process from design to usable pieces. To qualify to be ridden at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the bike’s design must be approved by the UCI and it must be ridden during the 2019/2020 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup series by the Great Britain Cycling Team before the end of 2019. This means the bike will be ridden by British Cycling athletes at the Minsk-Arena velodrome in Belarus this weekend (1-3 November). UK cycling fans will be able to see it in action on home ground for the first time at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow, the following weekend (8-10 November). Tony Purnell added: “Following a terrific effort from our sponsors to bring this bike into reality, we have the task of evaluating the bike together with the English Institute of Sport to ensure it’s going to have the right performance in Minsk and Glasgow, and of course in Tokyo, and providing feedback to Hope and Lotus engineering teams.” The new bike will also appear at the Rouleur Classic event in London this weekend (31 October - 2 November). It will be displayed on the Hope Technology stand for the duration of the event. For more information visit www.rouleurclassic.cc To learn more from British Cycling about how the bike will be used in competition please click here. This post has been promoted to an article
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