In the midst of all the changes in Lotus’ neck of the woods is the development of an in-house developed V8 engine with a total output of 562 HP. This engine is being created for the future Esprit, but is also working double time as inspiration for a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that will be used for the Elise replacement set to be launched in 2014.

Why the sudden rush for engine development when they’ve never done it before? It could be the fact that Lotus was announced as one of three engine providers for next year’s Indycar series where they will be supplying a 2.2-liter turbocharged V6 developed alongside Engine Developments. Another valid reason could be that Lotus heard the responses of an online survey where about $10,000 participants thought it would be better for the company to create their own engines instead of making their customers pay about $100K for vehicles housing Toyota engines. We don’t know what impresses us more; the fact that an online survey was taken or the fact that a big brand like Lotus paid heed to the suggestions made. Either way, Lotus is going full steam ahead on their engine development. Aside from the V8 and the four-cylinder engine, Lotus is also preparing a V6 engine that will be used for a production version of the Eterne.

As for the yo-yo vehicle, the Elan may end up making it to the production line after all, but not until late 2017 (talk about procrastination). Before that, Lotus plans on unveiling the "Ethos" city car in 2014.


Source: AutoCar

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  (197) posted on 09.8.2011

I really consider the v8 engine as an outdated technology. However, there’s still a lot that has been using this one. Well, the deliver power output is quite powerful. I wonder on what will its performance for the tuned up version.

  (449) posted on 09.8.2011

I have seen the design of its future production. Lesser cylinder means better handling! The figure performance of the car is quite impressive. I cant’ wait to get my hands behinds it steering!

  (287) posted on 08.9.2011

The platform of the car is not impressive!I think this is worst than the Exige. The plan for its engine performance is quite good. I guess they just need to modified its exterior!

  (398) posted on 08.9.2011

Well, its kind of sad that they have made a final production for the Exige.. Well, I do hope that this would be the last time that we can see the Lotus in the production lined up!

  (797) posted on 07.25.2011

I was impressed with the strategy of the Lotus wherein they have modified the look and upgrade the speed performance of the car rather than building a new mode and the power output would be the same. However, I was wondering if they are going to use a more modern technology for their future line up?

  (580) posted on 07.25.2011

Hell! That car looks like the distorted face of the Enzo! Admittedly, the speed performance of the Lotus is quite impressive and it seems that the new four cylinder was built to boost the power of the car. BTW, I wonder of they have modified the interior of the car.

  (415) posted on 06.27.2011

Hey, I think that this one is actually very good of Lotus, just goes to show that they are really bent on improving their cars and products.

  (441) posted on 06.24.2011

I hope the production time is enough despite of the news that they’re rushing its development. At this moment, we shall check on its progress, let’s pray that no problems will encounter in the future.

  (428) posted on 06.24.2011

I really don’t see their lack of experience as a problem for the engine project. Lotus can always hire some of the best mechanical engineers to help in the development of this one.

  (594) posted on 06.24.2011

One thing that really worries me is that Lotus doesn’t have any extensive experience when it comes to developing engines. Their first products might not live up to a lot of people’s expectations.

  (401) posted on 06.23.2011

Well, I find the new engine to be rather interesting. It is really a good thing that Lotus decided to focus on that one. Though, I am not yet that keen on the idea of a four cylinder engine.

  (502) posted on 06.23.2011

Actually, this is one of the biggest reasons behind their decision to scrap the Elan project. They will be using the funds from that one for this, which I think is a better idea, since it will greatly widen their scope.

  (502) posted on 06.23.2011

Yeah I would agree with that. I think Lotus would like to come up with Ferrari and Porsche. In the past months, they’ve been trying to offer a new model. And now, their new V8 Engine? I guess its gonna be a good competition for super cars.

  (9) posted on 06.21.2011

lotus looks like they want to make a new stand to try to match up to porsche and ferrari

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