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Car spot: A British classic

Even though they are now owned by a Chinese company

When I think of great British automotive names, Lotus immediatley comes to mind mainly because of Jim Clark and Colin Chapman. That dynamic duo won with just about any car they put on the track. It’s that great racing heritage that lives on to this date with their sport cars

Take for example this week’s car spot the Lotus Evora. Normally a very easy car to spot, this one even more because of its color. It’s factory. I checked. Launched in 2008 at the British International Motor Show, it was based on the first all-new vehicle platform since the introduction of the Elise in 1995.

How could I possibly miss this car at the gas station?

A Toyota-sourced 3.5-litre 24-valve 2GR V6 engine, mid-mounted engine powers the car. I could not find out a horsepower number for that engine but on the S version, not sure if this one was or not, comes with supercharger pumping out 416 hp. The standard Evora does 0-to-60 mph in 4.9 seconds, 0 to 100 in 11.8, and the quarter-mile in 13.4 at 105 mph. Top speed is 162.  Evora S reaches 60 in 4.3 and 100 in 10.4, and it covers the quarter-mile in 12.8 at 110. It also adds 10 mph to top speed.

Besides being fast, the car is super light and slippery with a drag coefficient of 0.337. Super light because it’s constructed on a lightweight aluminum tub with an additional front crash structure also made from aluminum, along with a steel rear sub-frame that houses the drivetrain. The chassis was designed to utilize proprietary 6000 Series alloy extrusions, which are bonded with an epoxy based adhesive and riveted together to increase torsional rigidity. All this for around 100 grand.

I actually got to talk to the owner and he seemed to be a true enthusiast and has had the car on the track at Road America. It also turns out that he is a Ducati owner. I like him.

I want to back up for a bit. After Colin Chapman’s death, the company passed through several hands being owned by General Motors, then Romano Artioli and DRB-HICOM. It is currently owned by Chinese multinational Geely. Nowadays what doesn’t China own?

Here’s a bit more information on Chapman that I discovered while watching a documentary on Netflix about John DeLorean. Chapman invested into DMC when DeLorean was desperate for cash and just before DeLorean was busted in an FBI sting for trafficking cocaine. It was shortly after Chapman’s investment that he passed away on December 16, 1982.

Be sure to check back next week for another car spot and have a great weekend.

Chasing Classic Cars: Here come the British

It was the other British invasion

The one that involved the British auto manufacturers finding a new customer base in the U.S. MG’s were one of the first cars in the late 50’s, Austin Healey’s in the late 50’s and then from Canley, Coventry, England there was Triumph Roadster. Legendary British sports cars. In this blog entry I’m going to write about the later Triumphs because I have a connection with them through a friend.

Hey Paul, check out Tim’s new toy

British sports cars, Triumph TR6, Triumph Tr4, Triumph GTA6+, collectable british sports cars, chasing classic carsThat was an e-mail I received from one of my buddies, Dave Flick, just before I went to meet both of them in Green Bay. Buddy Tim Monday had just purchased this TR6. When I saw it sitting in the garage my heart started beating. There it was, low miles, no rust, no nothing. It was in great shape but needed a little bit of TLC. The Triumph TR6 was built from 1969–76. The best-seller of the TR range built by Triumph when production ended. Continue reading Chasing Classic Cars: Here come the British