• May 13, 2008
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Lotus and Spyker have worked together on a variety of projects over the past four years, but today, they've announced a new partnership that will further solidify both automaker's technical and design prowess. As its name would imply, the "Parts and Platform Commonality Agreement" involves Lotus supplying both elements to Spyker, helping to build the Dutch supercar producer's new C8 Aileron and possible the D12 Peking-to-Paris SSUV. According to AutoCar, that could mean that future Spyker's could be based of the Lotus Esprit and that Lotus will increase its stake in the development of Spyker's cars.

Hit the jump for the Lotus/Spyker press release.



PRESS RELEASE

Spyker Cars N.V. and Lotus Cars Ltd., of Hethel, England, announce the signing of a cooperation agreement.

Spyker and Lotus have reached agreement today on the outline of their intended cooperation, which will include a Parts and Platform Commonality Agreement (PPCA), a Parts and Accessories Supply Agreement pursuant to which Lotus would provide certain parts for Spyker's new C8 Aileron super sportscar, and a concept Design and Engineering Agreement relating to all of Spyker's future models.

The parties' objective is to reduce costs of parts and components by sharing technology.

Victor R. Muller, CEO of Spyker Cars comments: "Our company has had a very fruitful cooperation with Lotus, developed over the past four years, relating to engineering services in respect of certain components of our cars, as well as in respect of worldwide certification. Spyker and Lotus have now come to the conclusion that they need to intensify their cooperation to the point that we intend to share parts and platforms, as well as an agreement on the supply of parts. Moreover, Lotus Engineering has become Spyker's preferred subcontractor in respect of a number of engineering projects relating to the Spyker C8 Aileron and the Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris.

Michael Kimberley, CEO of Lotus Cars, added: "Lotus is very pleased to be identified as Spyker's preferred Engineering supplier for these unique "high Brand Image" ground breaking cars. We look forward to working with Spyker to expand our global business opportunities, projects and interests for our mutually synergistic Products and Technologies. Lotus Engineering has a great heritage and solid track record in developing innovative solutions for clients and we look forward to using Lotus' advanced light weight vehicle know-how and vehicle dynamics technology to enable Spyker to establish itself as a dynamic premium automotive player."


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Cool speaker enclosures. They'd sound better on the inside, though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice interior.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looking at all those scoops reminds me of the girl at the bar wearing too much makeup. Stop trying so hard!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Although I do have to say that it looks pretty cool, and a lovely, traditional spyker interior. I especially love how you can see how you are swithching the gears. Niice
      • 6 Years Ago
      I want a Spyker in the worst way. If only to sit in it. They have the most well thought-out interiors of any car i have ever seen. Every single detail has had countless hours poured over it to make sure its proportions, placement, matierial, craftsmaship, and beauty were flawless. Then they took the doodles form my fifth grade notebooks and used them as the basis of the exterior.

      Seriously, i hope part of this partnership will include some of the Lotus exterior designers moving over to Spyker to give them some tips.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Those air ducts look like rocket launchers. Is this Bonds next lotus...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I thought the same thing folks! If I were to see one of those things come up from behind me on the highway, I'd definitely move over into the next lane for fear of being blown up or something!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Exactly what I was thinking. This thing looks like a killing machine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      it needs more vents!! more vents!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Spykers are some sweet rides mixs that with Lotus Performance/Mechanicals and these could be the best vehicles on the planet.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree with alex about the interior. Spykers are beautifulcars, especialy the Zagato C12/raptor. Unfortunately they are all
      style and no substance. According to reviews, they handle like a kitted out accord are uncomfortable to drive.
      As an aside, is it the norm for executives to imbezzle funds and let the company go bankrupt? Spyker had hundreds of orders on the books for close to $300K a pop. It just doesn't addd up to me, but it seems to be the norm in the industry. Screw limited liability.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What would the love-child of the Spyker & Saleen look like?
      • 6 Years Ago
      How many torpedo bays does it have?
      • 6 Years Ago
      More cowbell
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