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FisiP1

1,257 posts

41 months

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What an idiot this guy is.

Hopefully what comes out of this is that he is unemployable in the car industry henceforth.

SWoll

5,054 posts

146 months

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JonRB said:
peter450 said:
I think you would have to be sniffing petrol for real to find any of the content on that site amusing, it's just not funny at all
Really? You've read the whole site going back to 2001 have you? It started out consistently brilliant and, although a little hit & miss these days, is still very good.
Been piss poor for years IMO. Its like the Russell Howard of internet sites. Tries way too hard to be funny but just ends up being very obvious and frequently cringeworthy...

JADCampbell

122 posts

101 months

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SWoll said:
Been piss poor for years IMO. Its like the Russell Howard of internet sites. Tries way too hard to be funny but just ends up being very obvious and frequently cringeworthy...
It's deliberately cheesy and/ or obvious. It's not trying to be Oscar Wilde, more Tim Vine... It's meant to illicit the odd groan.

laam999

370 posts

57 months

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in the words of all the ashamed ph's

'w00p w00p'


PW

2,278 posts

127 months

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PiB said:
Lotus should never have done the Indy sponsorship not because hindsight they did poorly but because Indy racing isn't really that highly regarded as a motorsport like F1 - even in America. Perhaps ALMS, viewers of that are where potential buyers are.
They have the Evora in the ALMS GTE class racking up some solid DNFs this season...

I bet there were more people watching them get disqualified from the Indy500 race for being dangerously slow than will see them in ALMS, or will be tuned into the USGP.

That is what sponsorship is about - getting the name in front of as many people as possible, and building an association with success. Going slowly so people can see the name better, and grinding to a halt in front of the grandstands is just Lotus' unique spin on a classic strategy.

Maybe if they had developed some of these programmes properly, rather than painting anything that stopped too long black and gold and rushing it onto the track regardless of how ready or competitive it was, it might have sounded like a proper motorsport programme, rather than another PR exercise.

IMHO; it seems the whole of Lotus's strategy under Bahar has been to use someone else's money to try and buy success, endorsement and global prestige for the brand overnight, rather than building it the on reputation of a good product. Porsche and Ferrari didn't get to their position just by throwing money around - they have the 458 and 911 in showrooms too.
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peter450

1,450 posts

121 months

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JonRB said:
peter450 said:
I think you would have to be sniffing petrol for real to find any of the content on that site amusing, it's just not funny at all
Really? You've read the whole site going back to 2001 have you? It started out consistently brilliant and, although a little hit & miss these days, is still very good.
Really??

A little futher down from the Danny B story (which i found not funny at all) i stumbled accross this.

"Crazy Daves"

Maybe i'm just getting old and out of touch these days, so serious question do people find this this stuff really funny??

From Sniff Petrol

""Crazy Dave at the 2012 Monaco GP
Posted in Crazy Dave Coulthard by Crazy Dave on Monday, May 28th, 2012
Och aye tha noo muthafukas! Crazy Dave comin’ atcha from the Monaco Gee to tha Pee. Conveniently close to ma apartment. Yea. Desirable postcodizzle.

So Thursday we slide on over Monte Carlo side but then Friday there ain’t no track action cuz F1 be gettin’ busy wit’ tha partay. Crazy D, sippin’ down Cristal. Difficult to get through BBC expensizzles.

Come tha three stage sprint ‘n’ pit who this be slammin’ it on tha ones but ma old homie Mickey Schu. Where that cat get so fast from again, huh? Thing is, tha Mickster, he be carryin’ a penalty from tha las’ race where he be had a senior moment and that be droppin’ him to tha six leaving ma brother M. Web parkin’ it on tha primo spot. Psychologically importantizzle.

Come tha five an’ bye, tha Webmaster be away faster than Crazy D when he hear about a tighty whitey jeans sale. Tings ain’t so gravy fo’ ma old buddy Mickey Schu though cuz that brother be bangin’ and a bhin’ and eventually he retire. Like he should o’ done befo’ tha start of this season! Yea, Crazy D made a funny. It also jus’ ain’t workin’ out fo’ ma boy P. Maldiddy neither. Fo’ erratic performancizzle.

Up tha pointy end, it be lookin’ sweet fo’ ma buddy Nicky Ro cuz that boyband bh be holdin’ it on tha twos and who this be on he’s tail but ma brethren Nando. Man that dude be extractin’ performance from tha ‘Rarri. In your face, ongoing technical issues that need to be resolvizzled.

Come tha three step pop ‘n’ prince, it be Webbo on tha ones wit’ NiRo and Nando on tha twos an’ threes. Nuff respec’ to ma homie P. diddy Resta who be bringin’ it home on tha seven slot. The power of porridgizzle.

And remember, we won’t be broadcasting live from the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday 10 June but we will have a comprehensive highlights programme starting at 10:30pm only on BBC One and the BBC HD channel.""

Pommygranite

5,980 posts

104 months

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So Aslam is English educated in Bath,England with an English wife and he's an English citizen who likes English breakfast tea and everyday has a full English breakfast every morning and plays regularly with his dog, an English sheepdog. It should be known that he stood and sang the full national anthem at the jubilee and likes nothing better than an episode of Benny hill or Monty python.

BlackPrince

841 posts

57 months

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Pommygranite said:
So Aslam is English educated in Bath,England with an English wife and he's an English citizen who likes English breakfast tea and everyday has a full English breakfast every morning and plays regularly with his dog, an English sheepdog. It should be known that he stood and sang the full national anthem at the jubilee and likes nothing better than an episode of Benny hill or Monty python.
:P

Yeah I thought that odd too, unless Aslam normally lives in Malaysia and worked for Proton or something, and to give the public confidence, Lotus is trying to play up his Englishness.

T.K

443 posts

66 months

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This news has literally made my week! Bahar was corrupting Lotus because he has no idea what the true value of a 'brand' is.

Good riddance.

Onwards and upwards.

ESOG

1,273 posts

46 months

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T.K said:
This news has literally made my week! Bahar was corrupting Lotus because he has no idea what the true value of a 'brand' is.

Good riddance.

Onwards and upwards.
I totally agree!!

PiB

1,168 posts

158 months

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Onwards and upwards!

After watching Harry Metcalfe's "Evo Diary" on the Lotus Elan recently I'm smitten on an Elan +2. Beautiful engineering simplicity. Maybe current Lotus could make an unconventional extruded aluminum/glued/plastic sexy looking Fiat 500/Smart car and share with Tesla.

GAGA knows what he's talking about.

Itsallicanafford

914 posts

47 months

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...when I first read that he was late for an interview in London because his helicopter was grounded I thought that this could spell trouble, Lotus simply don't have that sort of cash to be waiting on helicopters from Norwich to London (it's a pleasant drive, turn up in a classic élan and people will love you) and it you are prepared to waste money like that it never bodes well for other aspects of the business. I disagreed with the 5 model strategy, but having set the company on this course I was really interested to see if he could pull it off, as in business, some people are brilliant at what they do and was Bahar one of those people?

Altstetten

7 posts

33 months

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I read somewhere that he was recently flying every week to Malaysia to try and convince the new owners of his "master plan". When I was at Hethel, someone discussed that the motorsport center was kitted out with Italian designer furniture at his request which looked nice but was incredibly expensive and not durable enough to be in constant use by Joe Public, Racing Driver.
Small things but they give the impression of someone who was not cost conscious and not acting like an owner / entrepreneur would. Other people's money and all that.
I think it is best that he has gone. It would be interesting to know how much work has been done on the Esprit or any of the other cars. Time will tell.
I really hope Lotus can recover from this.

Edited by Altstetten on Friday 8th June 07:23

forzaminardi

1,287 posts

75 months

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Phew...

fathomfive

7,769 posts

78 months

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So we can look forward to some insightful Autocar photoshops of new, future Lotus product soon then? hehe

JonRB

44,311 posts

160 months

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peter450 said:
Really??

A little futher down from the Danny B story (which i found not funny at all) i stumbled accross this.

"Crazy Daves"

Maybe i'm just getting old and out of touch these days, so serious question do people find this this stuff really funny??
Oh do give it a rest. Just because SniffPetrol doesn't appeal to your sense of humour (or lack of one) doesn't give you the right to brand an entire site that has been running for 11 years as "rubbish". It just means that you don't like it. Move along, nothing to see here, thousands of other websites that might appeal to you.
It's like watching an episode of the Fast Show and saying 'what's so funny about a TV presenter who can't stop coughing?'. It's a running gag, that's all.

Anyway, back on topic...

crofty1984

10,513 posts

92 months

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Scuffers said:
it's worse than that, the team is called LOTUS now, and it would be dam near impossible to get them to change it now (even if they wanted to).

effectively, they have got the rights to the name for zero cost.

Just another part of the legacy of Danny-boy...
Or Lotus got some fantastic advertising for zero cost.

Scuffers

14,929 posts

162 months

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fathomfive said:
So we can look forward to some insightful Autocar photoshops of new, future Lotus product soon then? hehe
that's an interesting point, I wonder how all the Jurno's that were fawning all over Dannyboy will play it?

after their comments to date, some of them already look pretty stupid.

vimfuegoturbo

11 posts

53 months

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Forgetting the the rather horrible very recent past for a moment - isn't this the perfect chance to promote a rather talented engineer 'in the field' and at the same time give him his dream job and us the chance to wonder at what he can do?

Step forward Mr Gordon Murray!

Lord_Colin

73 posts

82 months

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ALL WRONG: Lotus has no new CEO!!! Aslam Farikullah, is announced as new COO!
CEO and COO is not the same, just to point that out. I have no interest in education most people here, but it had to be said!

Also, Lotus would be allready history without Dany Bahar. You can not run a business anymore, by selling hardcore lightweight cars, as great as they are, these days are over. Lotus needed and NEEDS a visionary like Bahar! Just look at the impact, the new Exige S had allready made, this is Bahars (and his Team's) child. So stop telling the same BS again and again, that Lotus has to stick to his lightweight pilosophy, it was right years ago, but times chanche, markets chanche and Lotus has to chanche as well!!

I was and always and will be always a Lotus fan, but its a sad story what happend here. How can anyone belive, that DRB Hicom has any serious interest in Lotus????

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