• Mar 4th 2010 at 5:31PM
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Jarno Trulli shakes down the Lotus Evora Cup racer – Click above for high-res image gallery

Ham and eggs. macaroni and cheese, chocolate and bacon (a new personal favorite!). Some things just naturally go together. Such is the case for Lotus and Cosworth. In 1967 when Keith Duckworth, Mike Costin and Ford got together to create the DFV Formula One engine, Lotus was the first team to install it in a car. Ultimately, the DFV won 12 world drivers championships and 10 F1 constructors titles.

Lotus and Cosworth are now back together again working on high-performance engines. The current-generation Lotus Elise, Exige and Evora are all powered by Toyota-derived engines, and now Cosworth will be uprating these engines for new Lotus road and race machines, starting with the new Evora Cup car. The GT4-class Evora is propelled by a 400-horsepower 4.0-liter version of Toyota's V6 engine with dry-sump lubrication all supplied by the engine specialists. We can't wait to see what Cosworth cooks up for the new Esprit... if and when it ever arrives.

[Source: Lotus]
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Group Lotus and Cosworth Announce Strategic Partnership

Two of Britain's most renowned automotive names to become closely associated through a strategic partnership looking at the opportunity to develop high performance engines for Lotus road and race cars

The new partnership includes the supply by Cosworth of high performance engines based upon existing Toyota engines for future Lotus cars and the assembly by Cosworth of racing engines for all motorsport activities which are based on Toyota powertrains. The first application of these race engines will be for the V6 engine in the new Lotus Evora Cup racing car.

Dany Bahar CEO of Group Lotus commented, "The ties between Lotus and Cosworth are, of course, already historical ones but our new strategic relationship is based purely on Cosworth's competencies, brand and race engine development capabilities. This new strategic partnership will align two of the most renowned names in the automotive world and will be of huge benefit for both organisations."

Tim Routsis, CEO & Managing Director of Cosworth Group said, "I am delighted that the Cosworth name is once again linked to Lotus through this new strategic partnership and these new high performance engines. Our mutual history over many decades resulted in a great number of racing successes and I expect to see further triumphs not only on the racetrack but also in the competitive high performance sportscar market, where Lotus is already acknowledged as a world leader."


About Lotus
The main operating subsidiary of Group Lotus plc is Lotus Cars Ltd, which has two operating divisions - Lotus Engineering and Lotus Cars. Lotus Engineering is an internationally recognized automotive engineering consultancy based in Norfolk, UK. Global facilities include those in Michigan (USA), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), China and offices in Germany and Japan, with rapid expansion in new territories such as South East Asia.

Lotus Engineering provides comprehensive and versatile consultancy services to many of the world's OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, offering a full engineering service from initial concept and project design through development and integration of the complete vehicle to meet all worldwide markets and customers to full production. This includes third party 'niche vehicle' engineering and manufacture worldwide.

Lotus Cars builds world class, prestige, high performance sports cars for sale in 37 countries. These include the iconic Lotus Elise, the Exige, the 2-Eleven and Lotus' latest model, the Lotus Evora. Lotus is a global high-tech company, expanding rapidly and committed to driving forward technology for both Lotus Cars and its Engineering clients, spearheading research into such areas as hybrids, electric vehicles and renewable fuels.

About Cosworth
The Cosworth Group provides high performance technologies to a diverse range of global industries including automotive, defence, clean energy generation and sports.

The Cosworth Group is headquartered in Northampton, UK and operates additional facilities in the UK, North America and India to leverage its unique combination of advanced technologies, mechanical and electronic engineering expertise and globally recognized brand to deliver performance solutions.

Cosworth has been at the forefront of international motorsport for over 50 years and is a brand synonymous with success. Cosworth high performance race technologies have delivered championships in every major series across the globe including Formula 1, IndyCar, NASCAR, World Rallying, World Touring Cars and MotoGP.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      sucks for toyota? are you serious? all their cars use toyota engines. Doesn't suck for them. In fact it's good for them. I guess you didn't read the story. Also it's rumoured if the Epirit uses a V8 it'll be from the IS-F. Lotus uses Toyota engines but cosworth will tune them, so it doesn't suck for toyota.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good for Cosworth. Sucks for Toyota.
      • 5 Years Ago
      finally , Lotus is back. can't wait to see the new Esprit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      New esprit?

      Isnt the Evora close enough?

      I mean they're practically the same fundamental layout. the Esprt came with 2.0, 2.2 and 3.5L motors...similar to the toyota lumps. And even then it was years and years before they made over 220HP and went v8.

      I don't know what the esprit would do that an Evora cannot, other than go underwater in bond films.


        • 5 Years Ago
        look good
        • 5 Years Ago
        The new Esprit will be closer to a Ferrari 430 / Gallardo competitor. The Esprit was a competitor to the Mid engine Ferrari's in the 80s and 90s. You are forgetting how far Ferrari has advanced in 20 years.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cant wait to see Cosworth editions of street Lotus'es ripping around the streets talk about scary fast! I wonder if they will release the Esprit with the 400 hp V-6 that would be INSANE bit so awesome all in the same breath.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fantastic news. Although Lotus has never been about the engine - more lightweight and agile chassis - the technology is there to make much better engines without gaining any weight. I would love to see 300+ hp in the Elise 400+ in the Evora and the new Esprit needs 500-600 if they want the car to compete with the Ferrari.
        • 5 Years Ago
        your statement begins with "Although Lotus has never been about the engine - more lightweight and agile chassis" and ends with "new Esprit needs 500-600 if they want the car to compete".
        Long day, but seems contradictory. To me, a 600HP engine is SOMETHING.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm curious whose V8 they are going to use, and with which transaxle.

        There aren't a lot of longitudinal V8+transaxle combos laying around. Using a G50 probably wouldn't look so good.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think you just read it wrong xtasi. Makes perfect sense to me...
      • 5 Years Ago
      This should be fun, Can't wait for a V8 car from them again.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Chocolate & bacon???
      • 5 Years Ago
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