The Emira to be the Last Petrol-Powered Lotus Sports Car as Company Goes Electric

Lotus has confirmed the name of its all-new sports car – which to this point has been codenamed Type 131 – will be Emira.

The company also confirmed that the Emira will not be a hybrid but will be powered by a choice of internal combustion engines (ICE). While the new powertrain will be cutting edge, it will also be the last one that Lotus develops with the Emira being the final ICE-powered car the company builds as its shifts completely to an electrified future.

“It’s the most accomplished Lotus for generations – the perfectly packaged, powered and formed sports car,” said Lotus Managing Director Matt Windle. “Beautifully proportioned, shrink-wrapped, but with comfort, technology and ergonomics built in. With a design inspired by the Evija all-electric hypercar, it’s a game-changing Lotus sports car.”

More details on the Lotus Emira will follow on July 6 when the car is revealed.

As well as confirming the name of its last ICE-powered sports car, Lotus has also revealed plenty of details of its future strategy – most notably the architectures upon which future Lotus models will be built.

Working with colleagues in Europe and China, Lotus says its engineers have developed this dedicated family of four structural platforms for the brand. Exclusive to Lotus within the Geely group (which is the majority shareholder in Lotus), they will be available to other OEMs through the Lotus Engineering consultancy. They are:

  • Sports car architecture: The platform on which the Lotus Emira will be built. Flexible, lightweight and featuring the signature Lotus extruded aluminium technology.
  • Hypercar architecture: The Lotus Evija EV hypercar is the first vehicle to be built on this platform and goes into production later this year.
  • Premium architecture: This platform will be the basis for an all-new range of lifestyle vehicles from the company.
  • Electric sports car architecture:

In January this year Lotus and Group Renault’s Alpine brand announced a new partnership. The Lotus Engineering consultancy is leading development work on a new vehicle platform – known internally as E-Sports – and from that will come new products for Lotus and Alpine.

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (June 2021)

11 June 2021

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