Toyota asked for Lotus's help in designing the Supra. Part of the partnership/agreement was that Lotus got to use some Toyota parts in its Eclat/Elite successor - the Excel. The Excel borrowed most of the drivetrain minus the engine (i.e. transmission, diff, drive shafts, and wheels) from the Supra... » 10/20/14 8:06pm Monday 8:06pm

Changed? Lotus. In the last 10 years, Lotus went from financial problems, to its most successful product release in decades (the Elise in the US), to its ill-conceived re-entry into every form of motorsport, to an over-ambitious product release, to Chinese ownership, to massive layoffs, and likely an exit from the US. » 10/09/14 1:45pm 10/09/14 1:45pm

I used to own one — this one, in fact. Lots of fun & you didn't need to go fast to have it. You could hang the tail out at 30 mph, drive over curbs, and park it anywhere. Because of their short wheelbase and low curb-weight, with a lightly tuned motor, they'll even pop wheelies. » 10/07/14 2:23pm 10/07/14 2:23pm

The last couple hours of most days are often open for tourist drives - 5 - 7:30pm.

Sure, there are lots of days where the track is fully booked, but it seems that the majority have that last session open to the public (and this video appears to be from that time of day). That said, I have been exactly once, so I'm no… » 9/30/14 5:29pm 9/30/14 5:29pm

Almost certainly a vehicle with four wheels (car/suv) - the camera is very stable and remains vertical all the time. If it were a motorcycle or someone else on a long board, it would be tilting into the corners (or tilting and pitching if it were someone holding it on a following longboard). The shadow you see is… » 9/27/14 11:51am 9/27/14 11:51am

Didn't get as many pictures of that race, as I was running out of memory (so many pictures to take!), but I did get a few of the #5 - none print-worthy. This was one of my favorite races of the weekend, topped only by the absurdity of the St Mary's Trophy's giant Jags racing against the diminutive Austin A34s and A40s. » 9/27/14 11:26am 9/27/14 11:26am

Maybe I've been under a rock & missed where this was dismissed, but I seem to recall some sort of partnership between Alfa Romeo and Mazda regarding a small sports car. Was Alfa Romeo involved with the design process of the MX5 (or Mazda with a potential new Alfa)? If so, in what ways? » 9/05/14 2:19pm 9/05/14 2:19pm