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I wonder if this car will ever stop being "just another 4–6 months away"...
 

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Can you please, PLEASE stop with the wild speculation and "my dealer guy knows things" and such talk? We've been obsessively analyzing every single piece of information available globally for over 2 years now and I guarantee you your "dealer guy" has next to zero unique information.

In fact, as a dealer, he's likely kept more in the dark by Lotus than the average person who happens to schedule a tour at Lotus HQ in Hethel and then chats informally with the tour guide.

The things you've said here about production, about Toyota discontinuing production of the 2GR-FE, and other comments, are almost entirely unsupported by hard facts. Please stop speculating, or at least if you're going to speculate please moderate and qualify your comments clearly so people can tell the difference between what's actual information and what is a wild-ass guess.
Reading some of the "informed" comments lately on this forum makes me laugh. Where do some of these posters come up with this stuff. Not worth even responding to. :geek:
 

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The most senior person at Lotus USA told me directly that the US certification process wasn't started until after UK and EU approval was complete. Now, the reasons WHY they delayed the start of that certification process are unknown... I have a speculation that it's a strategic delay to hit EPA Tier 3 fleet averages with a combined first year simultaneous V6 and I4 build plan, but I don't have any direct evidence of that. It's an inference I'm making based on the specific numbers achieved by the same drivetrain in the Evora for the MY2021 EPA certification process.

I just simply don't believe that Lotus, as professionals, somehow didn't anticipate how much time it was going to take to get through EPA and CARB process, and the suggestion that that is the root of the whole delay... well, it just doesn't pass the sniff test for me.


You mean other than the Exige, Elise, Esprit, Elan, and every other car that's been homologated by Lotus for US sale in the past 30 years? This isn't a new set of hoops to jump through, the process hasn't materially changed. The primary thing that has changed in the past few years is the numeric targets for the emissions criteria.


The same submission engineers are involved, it isn't a new team. Ian Cawdron is still the Principal Homologation Engineer and in the past has been the lead engineer for Type Approval. He's the same guy that's been on Lotus EPA submissions for more than the past decade. He keeps getting new bosses, but the guy has staying power. His old boss was Simon Wood, the Chief Technical Specialist and head of Type Approval, but Simon retired in July of 2021 and I believe he was replaced by James Eccleston who came over from Aston Martin in October of 2021. Eccleston was hired as Chief Engineer, Type Approval and then progressed to Head of Type Approval, which matches the title that was used previously by Simon Wood.

The Principal Engineer on the ICE vehicle development side is Mark MacDonald, some may remember him from the A New Dawn documentary. He's the guy responsible for all the ECU and TCU calibration for Lotus ICE cars, including both Emira V6 and Emira I4. He's also a listed EPA/CARB liaison together with Ian Cawdron, and participates directly in the homologation process.

Hope this helps.


[edit] Adding some more details to keep it in one place... there's also someone at Lotus UK named Sarah Way, who has a role called "Lead Engineer - Legislation". It looks like the structure of the team moved around a bit with Simon Wood's exit, because she was promoted from Senior Legislation Engineer to her current Lead Engineer role in Oct of 2021, just a few months after Simon Wood's retirement, and at some point in the past few years Ian Cawdron's title also changed from Lead Engineer to (now) Principal Homologation Engineer. There's also a second Principal Homologation Engineer named Brian Hope, who seems to be focused on homologation for new gen products like the Evija, and a Lead Engineer for Type Approval named Richard Clough (formerly at Williams) who also worked on Evija compliance. I don't know whether all four of these people are simply colleagues within a department or if there is a reporting hierarchy, but I suspect that they all report to James Eccleston. From what I'm able to tell, "Principal" is a director-level title at Lotus, and seems to be senior to a "Lead" designation.

I also suspect that Sarah Way is the same person listed as "Sarah Stewart" in the NHTSA database as the US Reporting Engineer, because Sarah Way's LinkedIn indicates that she previously held a role at Lotus called "US Certification/Reporting Engineer", and she has been at Lotus (with a 6 year break elsewhere) for a cumulative 17 years.

Any way you look at it, Lotus has a very experienced, very competent homologation team, staffed with people who have been doing this same process repeatedly for many years. There is just no way (in my opinion) that there is an ignorance gap at work in this process.
No Offence....Why would the most "senior" person tell you anything? I worked in automotive and the high ups kept a tight lip on everything. What would the benefit be for them to tell you this sensitive information. You think they would want to keep any negative information away from the competition and public. Unless Lotus executives are more incompetent and moronic than some people think already.
 

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No Offence....Why would the most "senior" person tell you anything? I worked in automotive and the high ups kept a tight lip on everything. What would the benefit be for them to tell you this sensitive information. You think they would want to keep any negative information away from the competition and public. Unless Lotus executives are more incompetent and moronic than some people think already.
We were having a freewheeling conversation about a bunch of other things. If you prefer that I not share it with you, that's fine, but I tend to err toward frank transparency wherever possible.
 

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I’m of the mindset to welcome people to post what they want (as long as it’s not offensive) and individually separate the wheat from the chaff.
 

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I’m of the mindset to welcome people to post what they want (as long as it’s not offensive) and individually separate the wheat from the chaff.
Having a Chaff button as a response option
would be both interesting and fun-depriving.
 

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An old forum I had you could give "reps" to people, positive or negative. People would gang up on people and put them in the -1 mil rep. Was really a cool feature when used correctly.
 

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Boom! Spoke to my dealer. I am FE 2.0! I have until September 20 to lock in my spec. In order of preference I am DV, Vivid, and Mist.

He said he was just in New York for the Lotus event and was told production is estimated for Feb 2024 which means my car should be here April/May. Exactly 6 months as @eriegz predicted.

I am in baby!
 

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Why does Lotus have us "Lock-In" a spec 5 months before it is going to be built? Especially when there are few "options" that need to be ordered. I can see a 60 day (2 month) pre-production lock window, yet 5 months??
 
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Why does Lotus have us "Lock-In" a spec 5 months before it is going to be built? Especially when there are few "options" that need to be ordered. I can see a 60 day (2 month) pre-production lock window, yet 5 months??
It provides a sense of hope
 

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Boom! Spoke to my dealer. I am FE 2.0! I have until September 20 to lock in my spec. In order of preference I am DV, Vivid, and Mist.

He said he was just in New York for the Lotus event and was told production is estimated for Feb 2024 which means my car should be here April/May. Exactly 6 months as @eriegz predicted.

I am in baby!
Congratulations!! I am also thinking mist white. Would be great if we eventually get some real pictures of colors!
 

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Congratulations!! I am also thinking mist white. Would be great if we eventually get some real pictures of colors!
I just bumped Vivid. It is now my original DV spec against mist white. Would put BBS wheels (non track setup) on it just like my Avatar. I got 4 days to decide. Let the agony begin!
 

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I think I've settled on the i4. Touring, Osmium Silver, lower black, Red leather, Silver wheels, privacy delete, red calipers , Alcantara with Red. Family friend had a Silver Renault with Red interior way back when so that's an old European tradition. Will probably go with one of my alternates for the V6 later.
 

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I just bumped Vivid. It is now my original DV spec against mist white. Would put BBS wheels (non track setup) on it just like my Avatar. I got 4 days to decide. Let the agony begin!
My 2 cents (I ordered Mist White, so take that into account)

Dark Verdant probably will be far easier to resell later, because people tend to like green on Lotus.

Mist White is likely going to be one of the lesser chosen colors (Someone posted these pie charts previously, which is why I think this to be true).

So if you want the more traditional Lotus type look maybe DV. If you want a rarer color that might be harder to resell later maybe Mist White.

I haven’t seen a bad color yet on this car, so I don’t think you can go wrong.

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Did anyone ever get the chance to make changes to their 1.0 order like Lotus suggested would be able to be done?
 

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My 2 cents (I ordered Mist White, so take that into account)

Dark Verdant probably will be far easier to resell later, because people tend to like green on Lotus.

Mist White is likely going to be one of the lesser chosen colors (Someone posted these pie charts previously, which is why I think this to be true).

So if you want the more traditional Lotus type look maybe DV. If you want a rarer color that might be harder to resell later maybe Mist White.

I haven’t seen a bad color yet on this car, so I don’t think you can go wrong.

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Has anyone tried contacting Lotus CS and asking about the Mist white paint / sending better pictures of a planform? Is it metallic or flat? Would be great to get some better idea with color samples. I have a feeling that Mist might be very similar to BMW mineral white. Which is a fantastic white IMO. Very difficult decision @Pegasi.
 

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