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Lotus Elise Diary - December 2007

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1st December

In this years EVO Magazine car of the year, the Lotus 2-11 comes a dissappointing 9th but, then I guess this is to be expected when a bunch of (mainly) old men drive a load of super cars in the rain and the 2-11 is the only one with no roof or windscreen!

8th December

Two new cars have caught my eye this month:

The first is a the Farbio GTSRemote site because this is basically the car that Lotus should have built and is the M250 in all but name. 1048Kg, 254bhp/ton and it looks fantastic. Initial reviews also suggest that it has the required driving experience too. If I recall correctly, a certain Dave Minter had a hand in this cars development too.

The second one baffles me. I've found myself arguing in a few forums as to why you shouldn't want a practical 'sportscar' that weighs 1740Kg, is full of electronics to keep it on the road and will cost the best part of 55k by the time it appears in this country. The Nissan GT-R is the antithesis of my Fury R1.

I would always choose to split its role in life. For the money, I could buy two cars to meet my requirements for a practical and fun family car, along with a dedicated road-legal sports car. It makes no sense at all to me but likewise, I still find myself wanting one all the same. 55k is not a lot of money to pay for a car that with 276bhp/ton, is claimed to do 0-60mph in 3.6 seconds and reach 196mph. See, I'm trying to justify it already!

And for all of us Playstation wannabe's, this is what it looks like when it's not computer generated. The new Nissan GT-R laps the Nurburgring in 7m 38s:

Whilst on the subject of new cars, it's not really new but I've got to give the Ariel Atom 3Remote site a mention, simply because it's a bit bonkers and it's definitely my kind of car. Apart from a few chassis tweaks, it's got the latest Honda engine from the new Civic. Another Honda engine that will be finding its way into the Lotus Elise in the near future.

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