Lotus 131 reveal

Lotus 131 reveal

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BertBert

15,233 posts

178 months

Monday 1st March
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Europa Jon said:
4 cylinder Merc motor? Surely a Volvo one would be more likely? (Both owned by Geely).
I guess we'll just have to wait and see. I'm plumping for Merc biggrin

mathubbard

3 posts

5 months

Tuesday 2nd March
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Geely own 10% of Daimler (Mercedes)

Ved

3,825 posts

142 months

Friday 23rd April
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Looks like it's happening next Tuesday at 12pm with an embargo for 12:15 the same day, although that information isn't on the page now.

https://drivingtomorrow.lotuscars.com

admin / admin does work smile

Edited by Ved on Friday 23 April 11:50

BertBert

15,233 posts

178 months

Friday 23rd April
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Ved said:
admin / admin does work smile
Doesn't seem to now!

Ved

3,825 posts

142 months

Friday 23rd April
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Sorry that should have been 'doesn't' work smile. My typo.

BertBert

15,233 posts

178 months

Friday 23rd April
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Ved said:
Sorry that should have been 'doesn't' work smile. My typo.
I thought it strange that they would have left that open biggrin

snotrag

12,760 posts

178 months

Tuesday 27th April
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Ved said:
Looks like it's happening next Tuesday at 12pm with an embargo for 12:15 the same day, although that information isn't on the page now.

https://drivingtomorrow.lotuscars.com

admin / admin does work smile

Edited by Ved on Friday 23 April 11:50
Anyone else watching this video?!


(It was advertised to make it look like a live broadcast but its a pre-record. And you can FFWD it or see how long it is!)

snotrag

12,760 posts

178 months

Tuesday 27th April
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"Type 131, our last Gasoline car"

Direct quote from the CEO!

snotrag

12,760 posts

178 months

Tuesday 27th April
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4 new architectures

Hypercar (the evija, already shown)
Sportscar (The 131, what we are about to see)
Electric Premium (?)
Electric Sportscar (?)

Ved

3,825 posts

142 months

Tuesday 27th April
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What a load of tosh this was. Nothing on 131, no photos, nothing on the engine, just a lot of justification and marketing. July 6th better be a lot better and for, ya know, people who want to buy stuff.

snotrag

12,760 posts

178 months

Tuesday 27th April
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Some further info - paraphrased what I just heard -

"The new sportcar arcitechture continues to use the mid mounted engine and aluminium chassis...

... it is evolved to give us our first new car for 2021"


The use of the word evolve, again auggests that this really is a stopgap using some existing stuff, so a mini-evora might be along the right lines I think.

They are really not giving much away so far.

Fishlegs

2,146 posts

106 months

Tuesday 27th April
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Waste of bloody time.

snotrag

12,760 posts

178 months

Tuesday 27th April
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New non hybird engine.


So whos got a state of the art petrol engine out? Koreans maybe?

Fishlegs

2,146 posts

106 months

Tuesday 27th April
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Volvo, innit.

snotrag

12,760 posts

178 months

Tuesday 27th April
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Ah yea, obviously.

This thing, maybe...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volvo_Engine_Archite...

BertBert

15,233 posts

178 months

Tuesday 27th April
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I thought we'd worked all this out already! It's based on the Evora chassis. Toyota+manual box or 2.0 trubo merc motor with slushbox. swanky interior from the merc parts bin and a body shape styled a la Evija.

Fishlegs

2,146 posts

106 months

Tuesday 27th April
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I missed that. Merc 2.0 turbo does sound quite plausible. More so than anything in the Volvo lineup.

BertBert

15,233 posts

178 months

Tuesday 27th April
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I ran out of interest less than half-way through! But the whole presentation made the 131 definitely feel like an interim step. But maybe it is a good test of their ability to carve out a better place where they want to be in the market. Higher price, higher volumes, plusher interiors with loads of tech whilst still maintaining lightness, driver involvement and fantastic chassis dynamics. Sounds easy when you say it like that!

Fishlegs

2,146 posts

106 months

Tuesday 27th April
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I think that's exactly what they're doing. Moving upmarket to test the waters.

I can't find any info to back up the Merc engine idea though...

BertBert

15,233 posts

178 months

Tuesday 27th April
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Fishlegs said:
I can't find any info to back up the Merc engine idea though...
I can't reveal my sources biggrin