Lotus Will Get Engines From Geely In the Future10/07/2019
Lotus began using Toyota engines with the Elise in 2004, and continues to do so to this day. That could change, however. Today, Lotus parent company Geely announced its intention to merge its internal-combustion engine development with Volvo to free up the Swedish brand to develop electric powertrains. In a press release, Geely said the internal-combustion and hybrid powertrains it’s developing will find homes in all its brands, including Lotus.
A spokesperson for Lotus told Road & Track simply “we won’t expand upon this suffice to say that details of future product programs will be shared when we are ready to announce them. This includes our powertrain strategy.” The spokesperson didn’t offer when (or if) its Toyota engine supply agreement will end.
We know that Lotus is readying a new sports car based on its current chassis for next year as a sort of step between today’s Elise, Exige and Evora and a range of totally new sports cars a few years away. It seems safe to assume that those future sports cars could receive Geely engines. For the foreseeable future, though, Lotus will likely stick with Toyota power, except in the upcoming Evija hypercar, which gets a 2000-hp electric drivetrain developed in concert with Williams Advanced Engineering.
Currently, Volvo only produces three- and four-cylinder engines, relying on forced induction and electric motors to offer V-6- and V-8-rivaling performance. Geely’s engine lineup consists mainly of three- and four-cylinders, too, though its Emgrand GT sedan is offered with a 3.5-liter V-6.
Lotus fans shouldn’t be scared by this news. As it’s shown with Toyota engines—and the Rover K-Series four-cylinder in the first Elise—Lotus can do great things with rather ordinary-seeming powerplants. And if it ends up abandoning V-6s altogether, remember that the vast majority of Lotus’s roadgoing models have used four-cylinder engines.
via Motor Authority
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