Blog: Latest Lotus proActive is off the presses
Dave Leggett | 9 May 2013
BMW i3 and i8. The use of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) for body panels is finding favour where weight saving is at a premium and can justify the additional costs - for example, in premium electric/hybrid models
The latest edition of Lotus Engineering's proActive e-magazine is now out. We help Lotus by providing some of the content. You can read proActive online, download it as a PDF or visit the dedicated website that showcases the content, allows archive search, interactivity. It's all free to access.
In the current issue, there is the usual breadth and depth, including articles on the use of new materials, hydrogen propulsion, an exclusive column from me, an interview with Lotus Car's quality man (I learned a bit) as well as one that shed some light on the latest developments in a non-automotive transportation mode (rail). There are some really intriguing tech crossovers with automotive (electric trains that can run on direct current or on batteries!) and it's a dynamic business sector with plenty of light-rail/urban and also high-speed rail contracts around the world. Which reminds me, I need to book a Eurostar seat from London to Paris next month for the Automotive News Europe Congress...always a pleasant way to travel, compared with flying.
I'm starting to get a small idea of the scale of things here in China, but really, I'm only scratching the surface of this vast country....
Given the startling complexity of obtaining a journalist visa for China - the code 'J2' is now indelibly stamped on my mind - it was with some surprise how swiftly I managed to sail through airport im...