Saw this on Fifth Gear (Astro ch 734 - also known as the bane of me wifey's life!) last nite. The one-off Lotus Exige runs on bio-fuel & is purported to be a lot fooking faster than the standard model. In fact it is the fastest bio-fuel car on the face of the fooking planet! And no major mods to the engine is required.
The clip brings up a whole lot of interesting issues. For example, in the UK bio-ethanol is only available in just a few stations although it has 70% less emissions. On top of that, the price is only 2pence cheaper/litre than normal fuel in the UK.
It is also made from farm produce which means each country can produce its own source of fuel & at a stroke eliminate dependency on petroleum-rich nations. And let's not forget, bio-ethanol improves yer car's zoom power substantially. Its a fooking win-win situation.
Apparently, in Sweden bio-ethanol is widely available & costs half the price of petrol. If yer car is using bio-ethanol, you are exempt from a whole bunch of taxes & get this . . . parking is ABSOLUTELY FREE EVERYWHERE! Save the environment without burning a hole in yer pocket. Fooking sweet deal or what?!?
Me question is why so few places have followed Sweden's example?
Do enjoy the vid just to ogle at the sexy lil Lotus (Malaysia Boleh?). Look forward to hearing yer comments on this green topic & hope the petrolheads amongst you will discuss the merits of the "Malaysian" super coupe.
ps: Have always had a soft spot fer Lotus ever since seeing the Esprit turn into a submarine car in 007's The Spy Who Loved Me (below). Sad that Proton doesn't quite know what to do with this wonderful marque.
pps: Me colleague Szu Pau says she was given a lift in an Esprit by her lecturer (?!?) when she was but a 17-year-old SYT. "Not impressed", she pronounced. Wonder what the lecturer was trying to prove eh . . .