A jet flight with GM's ex-chief, Bob Lutz
Top Gear's mag boss is taken for a spin by a true captain of the industry...
Posted: 19 Dec 2011
My un-g-ready mass struggles to handle the loading, and, as we run along the shore, dropping down ever lower, the sheer speed becomes even more... impressive.
‘Low' doesn't quite cover it. ‘Exciting' certainly does, albeit in high-def understatement. Lutz senses something in my silence.
"I used to do this for hours, when I was in the Corps..." he says quietly, crackling over the radio. "This was our mission, low-level, under-the-radar operations."
If you haven't already guessed, you can't keep a man like Bob Lutz down. Instead of wandering off into a world filled with carpet slippers and daytime TV, Bob's gone and got himself a little retirement project; he's joined the Lotus Advisory Board. He also seems to appreciate a clear line of questioning, one that's unadulterated by flowery language. So I ask whether Lotus can actually do it this time.