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Lotus Omega Eludes Swedish Police Pursuit

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A little over eighteen months ago in Christofuh's "GM's Best Attempt at a Slayer" thread, I mentioned the Lotus Carlton / Omega because of GM's period ownership of Lotus. For close to ten years this car was the unknown King of the Hill in true four passenger sedans worldwide.
http://www.styleforum.net/showpost.p...0&postcount=28

At the time I neglected to mention a You Tube video from Top Gear circa 2000 in which Tiff Needell puts a Carlton through its paces on the track at Hethel. You can how soft the suspension is as Needell has fun going sideways. Don't forget the car was built eighteen years ago.

Finally, this video is not today's news either. But it is a fun watch. Even though the Police Saab 9000 Turbo is capable of approximately 220-225 kph, they hit only 207 kph (130 mph) due to traffic conditions. You can see the police car nearly rear-end a Volvo sedan during the chase. The Omega the police pursued left them in the dust.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHbAu...eature=related

This is the LHD Omega built by Opel.


Here's the RHD Carlton by Vauxhall in the car park at Lotus owner's event. Note the Elise and early Turbo Esprit to the left.

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Lotus Carlton ownz j00. I would love to have one in the states, just for the "WTF is this???" reaction it would get. There are only a few cars with that factor in the states, maybe a Lancia Delta Integrale or an Escort RS.
 

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Meh. My Honda is agile enough to thread its way past idiots in their mid-life crises who've abused machines like that.
 

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Now this is the kind of decadent silliness I know and love. Styleforum - more European luxury car police chases - less Sarah Palin!
 

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Originally Posted by johnapril
Meh. My Honda is agile enough to thread its way past idiots in their mid-life crises who've abused machines like that.

So you think your Honda could dust this Lotus, just like this Lotus dusted the police? Wow
 

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Before seeing this, I wasn't aware that GM and Lotus worked together on any car beyond the original ZR-1's. It's ashame a car like this was never brought to the states, it would have likely made a good performance sedan at the time.

....and is it really that hard to elude the Swedish police, they likely all drive Volvos as cop cars.
 

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Originally Posted by Tarmac
So you think your Honda could dust this Lotus, just like this Lotus dusted the police? Wow

No, fuck wad. Once the Lotus is smoking in a heap I would drive past it.
 

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I still like the looks my (2) Subaru SVXs get..."what the hell is up with those windows?"
 

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Originally Posted by johnapril
No, fuck wad. Once the Lotus is smoking in a heap I would drive past it.

Ahh so you feel that unusual cars are frivolous. Maybe you can start a thread about how swesomely practical your Honda is?
 

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Originally Posted by Southern-Nupe
....and is it really that hard to elude the Swedish police, they likely all drive Volvos as cop cars.

At one point they drove Porsches!!!!
 

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Originally Posted by RJman
At one point they drove Porsches!!!!

They are on par...
 

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Originally Posted by RJman
At one point they drove Porsches!!!!
I was just joking about the Volvo, but I was suprised to find they were driving Porsches.
 

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Originally Posted by AryanDandee
I own a yellow Lancia Delta Integrale HF and a Maserati Spyder. Lancia is on legal on the states that I know.
Forgive me if you are Indian - but otherwise you're going to have some explaining to do about your username....
 

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Originally Posted by Magician
Forgive me if you are Indian - but otherwise you're going to have some explaining to do about your username....
lol


Maybe he thought SF stood for "Storm Front".
 

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Originally Posted by Tarmac
Ahh so you feel that unusual cars are frivolous. Maybe you can start a thread about how swesomely practical your Honda is?


Define.
 

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