I found it humorous when the article talked about the vehicle size and the safety of the passengers. But with those huge open wheel front tires, I'd hate to be a pedestrian with that thing coming at me. Those tires would have an easy time pulling me under the wheels, even at very low speeds. IMO, open wheels like that should only be used on the track and never on the street.
And I thought the Pontiac Aztek was ugly, but this makes it look downright attractive. For some people, "taste" is all in their mouth.
Afficionados of "The Prisoner" will recall that the lead character, Number 6, played by the late Patrick McGoohan, drove a Lotus 7, which had a tendency to overheat in traffic. There was also a great book, about a decade ago, written by a guy inspired by the show to build his own Lotus 7 from scratch. (I think it was available as a kit car.) The book seems to be OP (out of print) though; couldn't find it on Amazon.
Have any of you guys and girls ever seen a Lotus Super 7? This car looks so much like one Lotus should cry copyright infringement. This car is very much in the TOY catagory no matter how much design engineering went into it. For many older drivers the seat height alone would be a problem. I'm glad that they could use the tools to optimize it, but it will always be for a splinter market. I also get a kick out of the comment, "It cut the number of prototypes by 50%." Was that from two to one? If I want a performance car I'll by a Corvette. Good support and an excellent bang for the buck.
Style is a subjective thing, one persons cute is anothers ugly. I find the subject of this article to be too throwback for my taste. Cycle fenders, come on. The drag on this thing is going to be through the roof for such a small car.
Always fun to analyze carmaker claims from the comfort of an armchair. This one has many that raise one's eyebrows. 400 HP at 5400 rpm with no turbo from 2480cc - Really? 0 - 100 k/h in 3 seconds with RWD only? Less than 1500 lbs? Of course I don't read Dutch so I could have missed the magic ingredient.
But I love those numbers, it's what I'd love to drive. Now, about those looks....
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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