PH Blog: "If you see SID..."
The 'Bahar car' isn't the only interesting old Esprit still at Lotus...
Do you remember SID?
I do. It - or to acknowledge the anthropomorphic acronym - he, was one of the most famous cars from my early life. SID was the heavily modified Lotus Esprit test car from the early 1990s: a rolling test bed for technology that should have made it to market in the mid-1990s, but which never reached production.
contemporary commentators completely befuddled by its abilities to absorb bumps, but at the same time remain accurate, agile and without roll. It remains possibly the most advanced, and therefore the most significant, road car Lotus has ever produced. So where is this integral part of the company history?
Behind a shed in the pissing rain, that's where.
I spotted it earlier in the year when we shot the Exige V6 video, pushed up against a fence - looking about as sorry and dejected as a car could. Would Porsche leave a development 959 by the gent's bog at Weissach? Does Ferrari litter the place with its historical artifacts?
And now he wants £6.7 million.
There must be something in that kind of technology that puts makers and buyers off - think Xantia Active - as manufacturers who surely could and would (Porsche springs to mind) have obviously assessed and dismissed the technology.
Would love to have a go in it though.
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And I still don't understand why ppl hate him,I liked the new line up incl the esprit