Floating Esprit: The Raft Who Loved Me

When car manufacturers talk of bringing a 'raft' of changes to an existing model, we don't think they've ever meant it literally.

But PHer haining does, because he's created this Esprit-raft-replica thingy, which he's (rather brilliantly we think) dubbed the 'Flotus'.

"I've always liked the Lotus Esprit since the first time I saw it in The Spy Who Loved Me," says Andrew. "Like most people though, the nearest I ever got to one was the Corgi toy version I had as a kid. So recently I decided to build a 'replica' of the James Bond Submarine. Sort of."

What Andrew has actually built is, in his own words, a "raft that vaguely resembles the Bond car so I [he] could enter it in loads of silly raft races this summer".

Apparently it isn't quite finished yet, hence the 'rough around the edges' look, but then Lotus itself hardly has a history of immaculately turned-out cars, so perhaps he's being more true to the brand this way...

If you want to have a more in-depth look, you can check out Andrew's blog at Flotus.co.uk or, for those more fond of real-life, Andrew is - er - driving (is that the right verb?) the Flotus at the Paddle Round The Pier this Sunday, 3rd July in Brighton.

We hope it all goes swimmingly, Andrew...



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  • TobesH 29 Jun 2011

    Well done that man! If it survives, enter the Rother Raft Race near Midhurst this August Bank Holiday and take down the fish ladder for a final send off! T

  • benim83n 29 Jun 2011

    im intrested to know what its made of
    looks like sheets and ply???

  • fatboy69 29 Jun 2011

    Only in England would you find somebody as mentally unhinged as this building a Flotus in the rain!!!

    Fabulous & i hope he achieves his aim however something tells me he probably will not as it will break as it is after all a 'Lotus'.

    It's obviously lightweight as well as are all things Lotus so it should at least float.....

    Look forward to seeing, hopefully, the video of his efforts.

  • soad 29 Jun 2011

    Good effort! cool

    Rafting video should be quite priceless! biggrin

  • M666 EVO 29 Jun 2011

    That is radio rental. I love it!

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