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Those links are all broken. You need to insert '3quarksdaily' into the URLs between '' and the date.

Wow, that might be the first time I've ever seen the words "Lotus" and "luxury" in the same sentence; typically "Lotus" and "spartan" are together. I've owned, driven and worked on enough Lotii and other Brit cars to have a sound opinion about that. Lotii are wonderfully responsive sports cars, but you won't ever close your eyes in one and think you're in a Jaguar.


My deep dark secret is out -- I know nothing, absolutely nothing, about cars, although I can change a flat tire all by myself, thanks to my dad's tutelage. :) But believe me, Tesla Motors is trying to take the Lotus to at least semi-luxury levels. For an all-electric vehicle, the bar for "luxury" is still set fairly low....

Hi Jen,
let me see if I can help out here.
Luxury is a relative term, are bubble baths luxury. When we come to cars Lotus were as bc pints out pretty bare essential 'performance' cars...
lotus engines are still the 'performance' engines.

However though lotus cars & prices have gone up in the world, they are still in the semi-precious gem range for price & comfort ...
Certainly not the plusher sofa like leather clad comfort that a Lexus or Cadillac or Roller or even big Jags offer the clients needing limousine style seating space.

But younger, leaner, men & women Posches, sports Jags, or even little lotuses are not known for their seating capacity, headroom of boot space, but rather affordable performance, affordable as in compared to Ferrari or Aston Martin.

As for Tesla Motors, some pretty impressive figures they are quoting - though they are still on four wheels, so tire changing skills are still handy

A small confession here; I am a car guy who builds his own cars (including some from scratch i.e., starting with a stack of chrome moly tubing and a welder), races them, and writes about them once in a while for some of the glossy periodicals.

For me, racing is a competitive exercise in applied physics, engineering and materials science that also requires strategy, tactics and physical skill to be successful. I'll spare you my waxing philisophic on the symphony of physimechanical chess that I find it to be...

On the electric car note, I did a little after-hours work on a friend's all-electric race car 6-7 years ago, a project that died from a lack of investment, sadly. I hope the Tesla folks can develop the all-electric technology to a point where something useful is affordable to the average consumer.


Hi there!

thank you for linking me, and congrats for your site here - quite a blog!
Will come back and have a deeper look tomorrow... In the (t1+t2)/2 take care!



As you know, we are extremely proud to have you writing a column for us at 3QD. Your blog is no car, it is a Saturn V Rocket!

Sorry I haven't been in touch. Have been very busy with some things I'll tell you about when I see you...

"James Bond prefers "the gentleman's game," baccarat, but poker is fast becoming the most popular form of legalized gambling in the US -- especially with celebrities getting into the game."

Sadly it now seems even Mr Bond has switched allegiance and has started playing Texas Hold'em. It's simply not right.

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    • Heavy G
      The perfect pick-me-up when gravity gets you down.
      2 oz Tequila
      2 oz Triple sec
      2 oz Rose's sweetened lime juice
      7-Up or Sprite
      Mix tequila, triple sec and lime juice in a shaker and pour into a margarita glass. (Salted rim and ice are optional.) Top off with 7-Up/Sprite and let the weight of the world lift off your shoulders.
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      1 oz dark rum
      1/2 oz light rum
      1 oz Tia Maria
      2 oz light cream
      Crushed ice
      1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
      In a shaker half-filled with ice, combine the dark and light rum, Tia Maria, and cream. Shake well. Strain into an old fashioned glass almost filled with crushed ice. Dust with the nutmeg, and serve. Bongos optional.
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      Electrify your friends with amazing pyrotechnics!
      2 oz brandy
      1 oz Campari
      1 oz fresh lemon juice
      Combine Campari and lemon juice in shaker filled with cracked ice. Shake and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Heat brandy in chafing dish, then ignite and pour into glass. Cocktail Go BOOM! Plus, Fire = Pretty!
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      Dr. Strangelove's drink of choice.
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      1-1/2 oz sour mix
      1 splash soda water
      151 proof rum
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      Warning: may result in amplified stimulated emission.
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      1/2 oz Amaretto
      1/2 oz sloe gin
      1/2 oz vodka
      1/2 oz Triple sec
      7 oz orange juice
      Combine all liquor in a full glass of ice. Shake well. Garnish with orange and cherry. Serve to attractive target of choice.
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      3/4 oz Rum
      1/2 oz Strega
      1/4 oz Grand Marnier
      2 oz Pineapple juice
      Fill with Sweet and sour
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      So called because after one of these, you have already passed the event horizon of inebriation.
      1 oz. Kahlua
      1 oz. vodka
      .5 oz. Cointreau or Triple Sec
      .5 oz. dark rum
      .5 oz. Amaretto
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