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Poll: Is the VX220 a real Lotus? (11 member(s) have cast votes)

Is the VX220 a real Lotus?

  1. Yes (10 votes [90.91%])

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  2. No (1 votes [9.09%])

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#1 charliedrives

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Posted 21 March 2020 - 01:25 PM

Hi all, hope this is the right place to post! New to the Forums here and just thought I'd share my latest purchase! 

Always had a thing for these cars since my dad bought one home as a company car when her worked for GM! I've got other Lotus cars so have asked the question to lots within the general communities as to whether the Type 116 is a real Lotus. Feel free to vote in the poll on the video below! :) 

 

https://www.youtube....w-vddby0&t=606s

 

 

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#2 PaulCP

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Posted 21 March 2020 - 01:48 PM

Looks a nice example ๐Ÿ‘

 

Think of it this way. It is more of a Lotus than a Lotus since it shares all its running gear with the Elise, Lotus sourced the body from its usual source for clams etc and to top all of that Lotus had a hand in developing the 2.2 Ecotec engine rather than using a BL or Toyota lump.

 

oh, wait a minute ๐Ÿ˜ฎ, yours is a turbo, it got an old GM engine. No itโ€™s not a Lotus, only the VX220 NA is ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›


Edited by PaulCP, 21 March 2020 - 01:48 PM.


#3 chris_uk

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Posted 21 March 2020 - 02:02 PM

looks well does that ! 



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Posted 21 March 2020 - 02:59 PM

Wear your griffin with pride!



#5 pete-r

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Posted 21 March 2020 - 04:20 PM

In terms of build components as Paul says, the VX with the Z22SE engine the most 'lotus' of them all because the engine was designed with them. Think of it like a watch with an in-house movement. The rest are off the shelf Rover, Toyota and Honda/VW units.

It's the least 'Lotus' only in badges and the dealer network it was sold through.

People originally said the VX wasn't quite as sharp as the Elise which is a fair point out of the factory, but 99% of cars will have been modified or refreshed and with the same suspension and geometry there would be no difference in how they drive.

Subjectively it's a well trodden subject but i think it's the best car on the platform they have ever made.

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Posted 21 March 2020 - 05:27 PM

Of course it's not a Lotus, it's quicker hehe.



#7 charliedrives

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Posted 21 March 2020 - 08:38 PM

Haha Nice one! :) I'm going to do a comparison video soon! 

 

Of course it's not a Lotus, it's quicker hehe.

 



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Posted 21 March 2020 - 08:40 PM

Really interesting. I've read that about the Z22SE think Lotus did the headers on it? 

Will certainly be doing a comparison video, got a few friends who have 111R Elise's so will be quite interesting to see how they compare! 

In terms of build components as Paul says, the VX with the Z22SE engine the most 'lotus' of them all because the engine was designed with them. Think of it like a watch with an in-house movement. The rest are off the shelf Rover, Toyota and Honda/VW units.

It's the least 'Lotus' only in badges and the dealer network it was sold through.

People originally said the VX wasn't quite as sharp as the Elise which is a fair point out of the factory, but 99% of cars will have been modified or refreshed and with the same suspension and geometry there would be no difference in how they drive.

Subjectively it's a well trodden subject but i think it's the best car on the platform they have ever made.

 



#9 charliedrives

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Posted 21 March 2020 - 08:41 PM

Haha Nice one :) 

Looks a nice example ๐Ÿ‘

 

Think of it this way. It is more of a Lotus than a Lotus since it shares all its running gear with the Elise, Lotus sourced the body from its usual source for clams etc and to top all of that Lotus had a hand in developing the 2.2 Ecotec engine rather than using a BL or Toyota lump.

 

oh, wait a minute ๐Ÿ˜ฎ, yours is a turbo, it got an old GM engine. No itโ€™s not a Lotus, only the VX220 NA is ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›

 



#10 pete-r

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Posted 21 March 2020 - 11:01 PM

I used to have a 111R. Nuff said...

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 06:20 AM

Change the body and it becomes a Lotus Europa. So yes, it's a Lotus. Though that contradicts my forum name!

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 07:57 AM

yellow you cant beat a yellow peril 



#13 Dan r

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 08:47 AM

Welcome.

A good friend of mine worked at lotus while the s2 and vx where being developed and he said just the other day while looking at mine that he remembers there being a lot more effort on the build quality for the vx as there was an external QA team.

Not looked at an s2 in detail myself though.

Lightening yellow was a limited run of NA cars by the way. Turbo are a different yellow.


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Posted 22 March 2020 - 03:41 PM

Welcome.

A good friend of mine worked at lotus while the s2 and vx where being developed and he said just the other day while looking at mine that he remembers there being a lot more effort on the build quality for the vx as there was an external QA team.

Not looked at an s2 in detail myself though.

Lightening yellow was a limited run of NA cars by the way. Turbo are a different yellow.


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I believe the first run of VXs off the production line were rejected by Vauxhall as the build quality wasn't high enough.



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Posted 22 March 2020 - 05:11 PM

 

Welcome.

A good friend of mine worked at lotus while the s2 and vx where being developed and he said just the other day while looking at mine that he remembers there being a lot more effort on the build quality for the vx as there was an external QA team.

Not looked at an s2 in detail myself though.

Lightening yellow was a limited run of NA cars by the way. Turbo are a different yellow.


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I believe the first run of VXs off the production line were rejected by Vauxhall as the build quality wasn't high enough.

 

 

They must have been really sh*t considering the state of some of the ones that got out!
 



#16 charliedrives

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 05:58 PM

Iโ€™m going to make another video rounding up some of these great comments. Really interesting to hear about the Vauxhall QA team. ๐Ÿ‘


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Posted 22 March 2020 - 11:26 PM

Graham did a good history lesson on the VX.

 

 


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#18 OneYet

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Posted 23 March 2020 - 12:09 PM

Nope.
The Lotus is much tighter, faster and quite a bit more well built.
More bulletproof is one way of putting it.

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Posted 24 March 2020 - 01:52 PM

Nope.
The Lotus is much tighter, faster and quite a bit more well built.
More bulletproof is one way of putting it.

 

It's too reliable to be a Lotus.



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Posted 25 March 2020 - 09:21 AM

Really interesting. I've read that about the Z22SE think Lotus did the headers on it? 
Will certainly be doing a comparison video, got a few friends who have 111R Elise's so will be quite interesting to see how they compare! 

 

 

 
Lotus Engineering (who do / did a lot of external consultancy work - Think Yamaha and how many engines have had input from them) were heavily involved in the design of the entire Ecotec engine range. Whether they were responsible for the engine family from a clean sheet design or not, isn't clear.

 

Ps.- Not sure I'd popularise loosing the back end on these - many an owner has done so unintentionally.. :lol:


Edited by Rosssco, 25 March 2020 - 09:24 AM.






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