• Jul 29, 2006
Well, we knew that Lotus personnel had been working with the folks from Tesla Motors on their sexy electric roadster, and today we received a bit of interesting related news. According to a report on EDP24.com (the Norfolk Eastern Daily Press website), Group Lotus' involvement with the Tesla Roadster project is now very much official: the Roadster will be built by Lotus at its Hethel facility.

The move is part of Lotus honcho Mike Kimberley's ongoing plan to increase the company's involvement in outside design and engineering projects. It comes on the heels of Lotus' new deal with Nanjng Automotive to aid in the development of new MG vehicles.

We'll bring you more info on the Tesla/Lotus deal when the companies issue formal announcements in the coming days.

[Source: EDP24]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      To Pork Rind (post #12): you're close, it's not exactly an Elise chassis, but shares some elements of it. Read the second blog entry on Tesla's web site for more.

      To lalaland (post #14): Silicon Valley is where the money is (and where the founders live), and Lotus is one of the few companies willing to manufacture low-volume cars for others. You can bet that Tesla's second model won't be built so far from its customers, but you have to start somewhere.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hooray!!!

      It was pretty obvious that the Tesla Roadster was a development of the Lotus M250 project. I'm so glad to see that it wasn't scrapped. It's fantastic to see such an inovative company making headway again. I've allways been a Lotus fan I've seen the demise of the British Car industry and the loss of so many renowned marques Lotus keeps slogging through it all and just keeps comming up with superb British creative flair and inovation.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I guess Lotus wasn't working on anything to replace the aged Esprit. Bummer.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #2: It's not M250 based. It actually uses the Elise chassis with different bodywork.
      gkz
      • 8 Years Ago
      strongly resembles a miniaturized f430 in profile... which is fine by me
      • 8 Years Ago
      #3: The Esprit replacement is set to be unveiled next year. It's already undergoing testing in mule form using hacked up previous-generation Esprit bodywork. It uses the BMW V8 out of the last gen M5.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The only problem is that such a vehicle would garner some pretty powerful enemies in the fuel industry - anyone want to bet on a mysterious decommisioning/plant fire/poor reviews in the not so far future? Best of luck to Tesla though, and Lotus' involvement can only be a good thing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This deal would be sweeter if Lotus were allowed to market the technology in Europe in a Lotus badged car. Not willing to undermine Tesla's brand or achievements, but if they can concentrate on developing the technology I reckon an electric Lotus sportscar will be much more successful in the European market.

      Put my name down, I'm going to see what's in my piggy bank...
      • 8 Years Ago
      good decision.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I can see it now! Hundreds of kids and drunks will be getting knocked down 5 years from now because nobody can hear the car coming!!! Narr really its a great technological advance, it's just a shame that we've reached an automotive peak in our life times and now we will have to start all over again! Am aware formula 1 will be using different idea's such as this to power their cars. I love motor racing, but how on earth is it still legal when one formula 1 car alone can use 300-400 litres of fuel in one weekend! surely were just wasting it all! But no one seems to realise this planet has always suffered from change, we cant stop it! next time someone tells me to buy a hybrid ill point them in the right direction to the FIA head office and ask them to explain why they allow hundreds of different kinds of motor racing when i cant buy a simple car with a 3 litre engine?