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You drive Renault's new Spider at your peril. The dash-top deflector that substitutes for a windscreen sweeps airborne midges and spray harmlessly over your head. And it does nothing to protect against flying stones and bumble bees. Even a moth becomes a blinding missile at 80mph. Ideally, you need to tog up like a motorcyclist in this uncompromising, back-to- basics sports car.

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The story of Rod Mansfield's appointment at Lotus is intimately linked with the fate of another great motoring name, Bugatti. He was appointed by Romano Artioli, an Italian businessman who for the last eight years has been struggling to revive the famous pre-War marque and who now also owns Lotus. In August Artioli fired Adrian Palmer, whom Mansfield replaced, and his finance director Andrew Tempest. Last week he issued a writ accusing them of trying to sell Lotus to the Korean car company Kia without telling him.

This sporting strife

Brickbats are flying as the fortunes of Lotus collide with those of another motoring legend - troubled Bugatti

Lotus competition

Because of an administrative error, the wrong coupon for our Lotus competition has appeared in today's Real Life section. The correct coupon is printed here.

Lotus car group sues former directors

Group Lotus, the UK sports car maker, yesterday issued writs against two former directors in a bid to recover several hundred thousand pounds.

A supercar for a snip (pounds 19,000)

Most of us have not got the cash to match our driving dreams. Supercars are indulgent, impractical and above all expensive. Even a millionaire might think twice at stumping up the pounds 635,000 plus VAT required to put a brand new McLaren F1 on the road. However, by rummaging around the used car market, thinking laterally and buying wisely it is still possible to join the supercar club for less than pounds 20,000.

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how to fly a chopper

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Lotus comes up with a speedy response to departures

Lotus, the engineering and sports cars group, has appointed former Ford special vehicles chief Rod Mansfield (left) as its managing director following last week's sudden departure of Adrian Palmer. Mr Mansfield is joined by Neeraj Kapur (right) who takes the post of finance director, also abruptly vacated by Andrew Tempest. Lotus, which is owned by Bugatti International, said that the company remained strong and was not affected by financial problems at the automotive arm of the Bugatti group. The company declined to comment on reports that Lotus was about to be bought by Shivagi Rao, a wealthy Indian entrepreneur.

THE MATERIAL WORLD / only pounds 634,500, car included

This is the most sought-after wing mirror in the world. It is made by Citroen, and is available from Citroen dealers for pounds 72.55. They cannot sell you a car to go with it, because the model for which it was made, the CX, went out of producti on in 1989. But you can buy a car with these wing mirrors: they are fitted to the McLaren F1 supercar, which costs pounds 634,500. If you want something cheaper, you'll find them on the Jaguar XJ220, the Aston Martin Vantage, the Lotus Esprit, the AC Ace , and the TVR Griffith and Chimaera.
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