News that former Lotus chief Dany Bahar and Lotus have settled their competing claims out of court adds fuel to my abiding, though unsubstantiated, impression that Bahar, widely criticised (especially in hindsight) for his too-ambitious plans for Lotus, was never a bad man.

I interviewed Bahar on behalf of Autocar at least three times, and it always seemed to me he fairly articulated Lotus’s key problem: that there simply weren’t enough Elise-Exige buyers in the world to sustain the company.

He also alighted on what seemed a plausible course of action for Lotus, to propose more models as a way of eventually selling a lot more cars, perhaps as many as 5000 a year. He also initiated an approach to the government for development funds, an idea that eventually bore fruit to the tune of £10 million.