Recently, after driving the new Lotus Exige Sport 350, Jean-Marc Gales, the CEO of Lotus, to talk about the company and the direction he sees it headed in.
For those of us in the U.S., it contained some juicy tidbits, including but not limited to that the next-generation Elise and Exige will be headed Stateside. The disappointing news is that it's probably going to be at least another four years until that happens, but still, we'll take what we can get at this point.
When those cars are eventually redesigned, that they will continue to use an extruded aluminum tub instead of making the switch to carbon fiber. Yes, carbon fiber is light, but he said the cost is currently too high, and the platform can't be extended like an aluminum one can, so it limits what Lotus would be able to do.
To tide us over until the new Elise and Exige get here, in 2016 the company a convertible version of the Evora that Chris Chilton loved so much.
When pressed about how Lotus stacks up against its competitors, to take a shot at Porsche.
"I suppose for the Exige Sport 350, I'd say a Cayman GT4 is [the closest competitor]. Except, we have the power-to-weight ratio of a 911 GT3, and our car costs less than a GT4. And of course, we can actually supply a customer with a car. I don't think you can buy a GT4 any more."