Howard Fielding chats briefly with Karun Chandhok at Autosport International
The Zenos E10 is the first of three planned models launched by the new British sports car company co-founded by Ansar Ali and Mark…
My English teacher once proclaimed that all good stories should start at the beginning, finish at the end and have something worth reading in…
It’s been a long time since we last saw a Noble on sale in the UK, and during the intervening period the still-born M14 and M15 have come and gone, both of which were supposed to lift the Leicestershire sports car maker into the exclusive supercar club, alongside Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini. Founder Lee Noble said at the time, “..it’s time for Noble to take a big step up in terms of refinement, practicality and style.”
Officers from the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) unveiled ajam-jar liveried Lotus Evora today at the ‘Autosport International Show’ at Birmingham’s NEC after which the car will be used on the Midlands’ busy motorway network for a two week period. The CPMG have taken loan of the Lotus Evora to support their campaign to raise awareness and promote road safety.
This morning at the Autosport International Show Caterham revealed their first all-new model in over 20 years – the SP/300.R is a joint project between Caterham and Lola Cars that they describe as “..the perfect alchemy of British engineering superiority and rich motorsport heritage”.
I received a heads-up early last week when Steve Hindle, ex-Motorsport Manager for Westfield Sportscars, contacted me and mentioned Lola and Caterham were definitely getting together soon to produce something along the lines of Westfield’s XTR.
This Thursday (13th January 2011) at 2pm, Group Lotus will take-over the NEC in Birmingham as it unveils the Lotus’ motorsport line up including F1, GP2/GP3, IndyCar, GT2/GT4 and much more besides.
It is perhaps ironic that Caterham face a similar challenge to their erstwhile neighbours up the road at Lotus, as they look towards the future shape of their model range. Just like Lotus they have a loyal and fanatical customer base whom the company depends on for their current success, but the relationship can sometimes been a fragile one – some of the core enthusiasts have been around longer than the current management team and take it upon themselves to regularly remind them of their responsibilities to the marque.