Roger Becker, formerly of Lotus, died this morning. Becker was the chassis genius responsible for the unique Lotus handling characteristics. Danny Behar--the former head of Lotus who nearly destroyed the brand--fired Roger and then named a special edition of the Exige after him as a tribute! Becker was a close friend of my brother Chris, former Communications Director of Lotus USA. Luckily Roger passed his expertise on to his son, and the Becker Magic is now evident in every new Aston Martin, where his son went to work after leaving Lotus. May he rest in peace.