feynman wrote:That could very well happen I don't disagree ... but I think the Lotus brand, and its generally more widely known history, is clearly valuable enough for Fernandes to try to keep a hold off if he can. Even trivial stuff like KAR 120 C which features in the brochure today, is clearly more part of the worldwide Lotus, not Caterham, public recognition factor.
xpensive wrote:For an old geezer like me, Ronnie Peterson in a Lotus 72 is as much of a heritage as you can ask for, but I doubt if those years rings much of a bell to those born post-1980? It even seems that Senna in a 97T is forgotten, anyone still remembering the man seems to place him in a red and white car, no?
As for Lotus street cars, kit-cars with doubtful reliability comes to mind. In 1992 I ditched my Porsche 944 turbo for a turbo Esprit, a trade I regret to this day, but I was completely taken by the image. Useless piece of crap outside the parking lot.
It did serve me well in the mistress department though, far better pay-off than with the Porsche I admit.
xpensive wrote:why not dig up Cooper and Vanwall from the grave when at it, surely at least Cooper built a street car or two way back when?
gibells wrote:I did some Google research the other day- 'Google research' is one heck of a lot easier than having to go into the library and flick through those darned papery woody things- I think they used to call them Encyclopedias. Anyway, turns out Lotus in the east is a lot more symbolic than Colin Chapman's racing team ever was. A Lotus flower is, it seems, a divine symbol of purity of the mind body spirit something something something.
Could this be one of the reasons why it is being so hotly contested.
feynman wrote:Ricardo Teixeira, not Tony.
Teixeira is a common Portuguese language name.
marcush. wrote:nevertheless the 7 is fun ,no question.
bot6 wrote:The more I read about this whole Team Lotus - Caterham setup, the more I like what Fernandes is building here. He is riding Chapman's legacy, but he does it with respect, keeping true to the "less is more" spirit.
Makes me want to buy a 7 kit, paint it green and go racing.
EDIT: But then again, I've been wanting to do that for ages. Anybody have an extra 20K pounds?
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