Lotus to leverage Volvo EV tech for new hypercar?
Before stepping down as Lotus CEO, Jean-Marc Gales hinted at two sports cars that are in the pipeline. One is thought to be an Elise replacement while the other could be a high-end model, possibly bringing back the Esprit badge. A new report from the UK has shed more light on the matter.
Apparently, there’s an electric hypercar under development to resuscitate the brand, which will have the chops to go up against Porsche and Ferrari.
It would use high-performance electric technology from Polestar, Volvo’s performance arm, and would let Lotus bring the car to market sooner than it otherwise might.
The hypercar, codenamed Omega, will be built in limited numbers, with an appropriately long pricetag. An output of 745kW is targeted as a minimum, putting Omega in the firing line of Rimac’s C_Two and the upcoming Pininfarina PF0.
Expect a concept to debut next year with production starting in the early 2020s.
Aside from the hypercar, Lotus is said to be working on an SUV to help boost sales and generate development funds for upcoming vehicles.
Geely is committed to the beleaguered British brand, injecting as much as $US2 billion on future developments. Among the upcoming plans is the construction of a customer experience centre at Lotus' Hethel headquarters, along with a new design and innovation centre at Geely's existing design facility in nearby Coventry.