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    Lotus Carlton

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    lotus carlton, it was that quick it got banned by the police haha

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    I love these! One of those sad things i'd like to do... someone asks what engine you have and reply with 'a 3.6 v6 TWIN TURBO'. Nice, and a bit of a sleeper!! Always good!


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    agreed the lotus carlton is a sweet bit of kit but my favourite of the older generations is still this...


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    the 6r4 was amazin my dad used to own a couple of carltons and i remember him try to build a replica 6r4 in our garage haha never got very far as tryin to locate genuine parts was difficult

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    Can we stick to talking about Lotus Carlton's in this thread please.

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    Lotus Carlton is 'Classic' status for me, there use to be one in Birmingham which I passed everytime I went to buy stock, but I think he's upgraded(downgrade even?) to an Evo6 as a replacement.
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    Where's the poll?

    Lotus Carltons are cool for sure, but I'm not sure about "The ultimate of all cars" personally!
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    the lotus carlton is the only car to have ever been banned as it was too fast for police to catch, even today its spec is still better than alot of sports cars. in its day the only car that came close to it was the lamborghini diablo even an M5 was no match. it used to eat ferrari's and 911 turbos and best of all it was british
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    A friend of a friend used to have one of these and it was just immense. Mind you.....it required a lot of money to maintain it and I remember a new clutch was 900 and that was just for the part it self!
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    Quote Originally Posted by munchman s3 View Post
    the lotus carlton is the only car to have ever been banned as it was too fast for police to catch,
    Where did you get that from??

    This is from Pistonheads:

    These days we may be used to the likes of Mercedes and BMW rolling out 500bhp+ uber-saloons, but in 1990 a Vauxhall Carlton that could reach 179mph created a national scandal.The Association of Chief Police Officers reportedly labelled the Lotus Carlton an outrageous invitation to speed, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents said it was a high speed safety hazard, and tabloid newspapers demanded the car be banned.
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    its cool considering what was around then.
    workmate said his was interesting to drive in wet/on ice.

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    Very cool indeed!!

    Bit of a vid:-

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    awesomeness
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    Awesome bit of kit. There was one on stand at a car show I was at th eother weekend.

    It's a family saloon that will exceed 170mph, that's cool, it just is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by munchman s3 View Post
    *it used to eat ferrari's and 911 turbos

    *and best of all it was british
    *No it didn't lol

    *.....and German.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sam4191 View Post
    I love these! One of those sad things i'd like to do... someone asks what engine you have and reply with 'a 3.6 v6 TWIN TURBO'. Nice, and a bit of a sleeper!! Always good!
    They're a straight six
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    Absolutley love the Lotus Carlton. Just an insane car.

    Banned by the police though. :| That ****ing sucks.
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    my dad had a 3.6 about 5 years ago and it is one of the fastest cars i have ever been in, it also confused everybody having a 2.0 cdx badge on the boot and vauxhall badges not lotus!
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    Quote Originally Posted by yellowgti View Post
    my dad had a 3.6 about 5 years ago and it is one of the fastest cars i have ever been in, it also confused everybody having a 2.0 cdx badge on the boot and vauxhall badges not lotus!
    A debadged genuine Lotus Carlton?

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    a guy round my way has two, one mint and standard and the other has been tweaked to 650 bhp and had the clocks re-calibrated to 220mph but i dont know what the top speed is though, he was on about taking it to germany to try it out, oh and just for fun hes got a vxr8, nice on some eh

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtwallet28 View Post
    a guy round my way has two, one mint and standard and the other has been tweaked to 650 bhp and had the clocks re-calibrated to 220mph but i dont know what the top speed is though, he was on about taking it to germany to try it out, oh and just for fun hes got a vxr8, nice on some eh
    How?

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    from what he was saying its had something done to/with the turbos (dont know what),full custom exhaust without the cats and he took it up to superchips to have something done (not sure what was done) and various other things, cant tell you the full spec as i only talked to him briefly about it when i took a cylinder head in to be tested and refaced as he owns a garage a few miles from me. hes well into lotus carltons and cars in general, hes even got a small museum with a few cars, tractors and bikes called tacla taid in newborough on anglesey.im just going on what he told me about the power figure

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjmspeedy View Post
    A friend of a friend used to have one of these and it was just immense. Mind you.....it required a lot of money to maintain it and I remember a new clutch was 900 and that was just for the part it self!

    Guy near me LC eats its clutch every 2-3 months. A zub zero outlaw mota.

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    my old engineering instructor had one in the early 90's an he said he got rid of it cause he was spendin way too much money per month on rear tires!!! lol

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    there awesome cars!i remember when i was working at a house,and they had one!and i spilt white gloss down the wing of it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtwallet28 View Post
    from what he was saying its had something done to/with the turbos (dont know what),full custom exhaust without the cats and he took it up to superchips to have something done (not sure what was done) and various other things, cant tell you the full spec as i only talked to him briefly about it when i took a cylinder head in to be tested and refaced as he owns a garage a few miles from me. hes well into lotus carltons and cars in general, hes even got a small museum with a few cars, tractors and bikes called tacla taid in newborough on anglesey.im just going on what he told me about the power figure
    Unfortunately chap he was pulling your pilsner.

    If he went on the AutobahnStormers website and claimed that, he'd get laughed off there.

    LC's are pretty close to their limits as they are.

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    fair comment mate, as i said i just went by what he told me and i dont know what these engines are capable of. at the time it sounded feasable to me as i know scoobies an cossies are tuned to silly bhp and theyre only 2 litre

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    When did these cars come out? 1990? 0-60 = 4.9s and 170 mph top end is seriously quick in todays standards let alone 19 years ago. It was the car of its day. So rare, can't even remember the last time I saw one, only 4 for sale on trader - one is 40k!!!

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    Any car whose right to exist is debated in the Commons must be sub-zero!
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    Walking round BVOA show this weekend, had to capture this, all in mint condition


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    Quote Originally Posted by Crombie View Post
    Walking round BVOA show this weekend, had to capture this, all in mint condition

    I find them a bit slow Crombie
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    Of course, thats after you slashed their tyres with the dundee

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    you all dont get the point of the cool wall, Your driving the lotus, you pull up next to a lady, and have to spend 30 mins explaining why it isnt and old vauxhall with a bodykit!!!

    As a drive, its cool. As a car, seriously uncool.

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    Nah...I remember the Lotus Carlton when it was announced.....my parents had an underpowered 1.8 Carlton (LOL).....and it was simply mega !

    For the police to want to ban it at the time means its just sub zero !!!!
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    a company in sussex that done the 2.0 conversion on my corsa many moons ago was in the process of building this when i was there, seen the engine on a stand and what a bit of kit it is!! check out http://www.lc890g.co.uk/

    sub zero for me! truly awesome car!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen lab View Post
    a company in sussex that done the 2.0 conversion on my corsa many moons ago was in the process of building this when i was there, seen the engine on a stand and what a bit of kit it is!! check out http://www.lc890g.co.uk/

    sub zero for me! truly awesome car!!
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    lotus carlton kicked off the mega fast saloon era that we now can thank them for rs4s m5 and amg mercs,well done vauxhall.

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    I always remember Jasper Carrott taking the pi$$ out of Lotus Carltons....as they were being advertised as a family car.......for Mr & Mrs Fittipaldi :-)
    They are awesome cars...and I remember owning Mk1 Vauxhall Cavaliers (yes i am that old grumble) looking up to the Lotus Carlton.....

    Amusingly my mum had a 1.8 carlton....huge body...small engine...pretty gutless...
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    My friends Lotus Carlton bit the dust a couple of months back. His garage was torched by his new girlfriends ex. couldnt get the cossie Rs500 out the way fast enough in just his birthday suit. It was superb to drive and like a bullet. British racing green. R.I.P.
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