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Lotus will build its own V6 and V8 engines

Lotus Esprit

Lotus is doing a bit of rearranging in their kitchen now that plans for the Elan sports car have been placed on the backburner. Apparently, the British manufacturer is using the money that had been set aside for the Elan to develop their very own lineup of engines.

During an interview, Project Boss Dany Bahar said: "This is a big [financial] hit because it’s expensive to do 
an engine," says Bahar. "But 
because the Elan is not happening now we have got capital expenditure headroom 
for engine development."

The first engine cooking is a V8 that will set up the competition for Ferrari’s V8 engine as seen in the 458 Italia . The new Lotus V8 will deliver between 550 - 570 HP and will undergo testing in July 2011. It will be dropped in the new Esprit model. After that, Lotus will go forth with a new V6 engine that will be used for a production version of the Eterne . Both of the new engines will be combined with an all-new aluminum platform that will be spectacularly light.

As for the Elan, Lotus says that the vehicle’s design was just too close to the Esprit so it would not be making its appearance on the lineup until the closer to the end of the company’s five year plan .

Source: AutoCar


11 comments:

Hmm, I would actually say that this one is a much reasonable idea than pushing through with the Elan project. The thing is, this will be more productive than creating two competing cars simultaneously.

Well, let’s just see what they will be able to come up with. I am actually well aware that they will be able to pull this one off rather easily, but I am interested in the results.

Hmm, I think this one is not really the first time that Lotus embarked on building an engine. From what I can remember, they did several similar projects a few years back/. So they have a good background for this one.

:Well, that’s good to know that they will be providing their own V6 and V8 engines. I hope it will perform better than the other types of it.

But I think they are still considering on working on the Elan again. From what I have read, they are just putting the project on the backseat. Maybe they will be able to get a thing or two out of this for that one.

Well, I guess that’s what are they going to do, building a powerful engine is not that easy. I wonder on what would be the maximum month before their car would be ready for debut since Lotus is building their own one?

Wow! Based from building their engine, I think we could now literally measure the reliability of this car. I still don’t know the capacity of their self build engine but I do hope that it would be great since their previous model is quite impressive including the Evora, this would be a great challenge for them.

Well, that one is a much better move than trying to push through with the development of the Elan. Don’t get me wrong, the car is great, but they can really use the money for something else.

Now this one is rather int3eresting. I would say that it would actually be a good move for Lotus if they do really push through with this one. It’s really going to be interesting to see what they would come up with.

I never got interested on the production of Elan for I think Evora is a good production and I’m not wrong! Well, I hope that this future production would be better than the previous.

Oh yes, I have heard this one and its sad to hear that they have dropped the Elan. But knowing that its closely related to one of their current production. Well, I guess its a smart move to modified the car instead of making a new one.

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