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    The Case For Lightweight

    For the past year or so I have been much enjoying my GT4 ownership, which has left less time to drive my Lotus, which is best used for a quick 60 - 90 minute drive at most.  I was a bit worried that I wouldn't enjoy driving it any more.

    After a recent drive, its uniqueness is apparent.  It was never a "fast" car in a straight line back in 2005 and maybe even a bit slow by today's standards.  But find me a car today that has better steering and responds to driver input more directly and honestly.

    You can really use its performance on the road, with the exception of its cornering speeds, which are still far too high to fully exploit without a race track.  I use full throttle very frequently on the road and am always heel-toe shifting (4th gear tops out around 110mph).  The 8k rpm redline requires attention to being in the proper gear at all times.  Because of the unfiltered sensations coming through to the driver, I can drive it fast with a lot of confidence, but can also drive it slowly and still enjoy the drive.

    This is still a toy car at best, but worth keeping in the garage, to remind me why I enjoy motoring.

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    On the way back, we ran into some 356 Porsches stopping for lunch:

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    A fun size comparison in front of my friend's home:

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    Re: The Case For Lightweight

    Very nice!


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    73 Carrera RS 2.7 Carbon Fiber replica (1,890 lbs), 06 EVO9 with track mods. Former: 16 Cayman GT4, 73 911S, Two 951S's, 996 C2, 993 C2, 98 Ferrari 550, 79 635CSi


    Re: The Case For Lightweight

    Have had this for 12 years - still puts a smile on my face every time I drive it

     

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    Re: The Case For Lightweight

    Nothing beats a light agile car on public roads for best sensations . I drove my RS today , and got actually pretty frustrated that I had to cut the power each time I touched the speed limit . 


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    Re: The Case For Lightweight

    Great stories!

    I agree - a simple car, without gizmos, just pure lightweight driving - and maybe a little bit sunshine - this is what men dreams are made of!

     


    Re: The Case For Lightweight

    What a special and beautiful car, the light weight must provide a wonderful driving experience.


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    Re: The Case For Lightweight

    I'm firmly in the lightweight camp, it's easy to forget how much fun a pure driving car without gizmos can be. Efficient too: ran 2 seconds faster in Mettet (small mickey mouse circuit) than a friends GT4 with my 4 tiny cylinders kiss

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    Re: The Case For Lightweight

    vantagesc:

    For the past year or so I have been much enjoying my GT4 ownership, which has left less time to drive my Lotus, which is best used for a quick 60 - 90 minute drive at most.  I was a bit worried that I wouldn't enjoy driving it any more.

    After a recent drive, its uniqueness is apparent.  It was never a "fast" car in a straight line back in 2005 and maybe even a bit slow by today's standards.  But find me a car today that has better steering and responds to driver input more directly and honestly.

    You can really use its performance on the road, with the exception of its cornering speeds, which are still far too high to fully exploit without a race track.  I use full throttle very frequently on the road and am always heel-toe shifting (4th gear tops out around 110mph).  The 8k rpm redline requires attention to being in the proper gear at all times.  Because of the unfiltered sensations coming through to the driver, I can drive it fast with a lot of confidence, but can also drive it slowly and still enjoy the drive.

    This is still a toy car at best, but worth keeping in the garage, to remind me why I enjoy motoring.

    IMG_1614.JPG

    IMG_1618.JPG

     

    Lovely spec - can see how it's hard to let that one go. I suggest you don't... ever Smiley 

    I've gone through a lot of cars already, I don't regret ever selling any of them, but I do miss some of them sometimes Smiley


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    Ex: ''91 BMW 535i, '91 BMW 318i, '89 BMW 525i, '74 Mercedes-Benz 280E, '87 BMW 325is, '86 BMW 325e, '05 Ford Focus ZX4 S, '85.5 Porsche 944

     


     
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