Since Zhejiang Geely Holding Group’s acquisition of a controlling stake in Lotus simply over a 12 months in the past, there’s been little or no element in the best way of an up to date product roadmap for the British efficiency marque.
That modified on Tuesday at Auto Shanghai 2019 the place Lotus confirmed that an electrical hypercar is within the works and already at a complicated stage. A reveal of an idea will happen later this 12 months in London.
A teaser shot supplies a preview of the design, which naturally appears to be like not like any Lotus that has come earlier than. There’s a reference to the British agency’s older fashions, although. The automobile is code-named the Sort 130, which continues a bloodline of groundbreaking automobiles launched by Lotus over the previous seven a long time.
Earlier examples embody the Sort 14 (Elite, 1957), thought of the world’s first manufacturing automobile with a monocoque construction product of composite supplies; the Sort 72, a a number of Formulation 1 championship-winning race automobile; and the Sort 111 (Elise, 1995), the world’s first manufacturing automobile with aluminium and bonded extrusion building.
The electrical hypercar is being developed to assist restore Lotus’ picture as a real different to Porsche and Ferrari. Most of its rivals do not plan to have electrical sports activities automobiles on supply till the center of the following decade.
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Fellow Geely model Polestar is already growing high-performance EV tech, which Lotus may leverage to place itself as a expertise chief amongst unique manufacturers. There’s additionally a newly minted partnership with Williams Superior Engineering, which helped fellow British model Aston Martin with growth of the Rapide E electrical sport sedan.
The Sort 130 is anticipated to be extraordinarily restricted and more than likely will include a 7-figure price ticket, thus making it a rival to electrical hypercars like Rimac’s C_Two and the associated Pininfarina Battista. An output of greater than 1,000 horsepower is the goal.
Geely is dedicated to Lotus and is reportedly spending as a lot as $2 billion on future developments, together with doubtlessly rising its stake within the British agency from the present 51 %. The rest is owned by Malaysia’s Etika Automotive.
Past the electrical hypercar, there are plans to launch a brand new sports activities automobile subsequent 12 months primarily based on a closely up to date model of Lotus’ present aluminum sports activities automobile platform. Not less than one SUV can also be within the pipeline to assist the model appeal to a extra common viewers.
Lotus additionally used the Shanghai auto present to unveil an Evora GT4 race automobile idea. For extra of our protection from Shanghai, head to our devoted hub.