• Aug 19, 2010
2010 Lotus Evora – Click above for high-res image gallery

Lotus is considering offering up its latest sports car platforms to other automakers, and this isn't the first time. When the Elise debuted in the mid-90s, Lotus sold the chassis to form the basis of new lightweight coupes with different powertrains, the most notable of which included the Opel Speedster/Vauxhall VX220 and, of course, the Tesla Roadster.

According to recent reports, Lotus has received inquiries from several automakers about using the new Evora in similar ways. While the Evora is all-new, the chassis is built using similar, Elise-like aluminum extrusions riveted and bonded together for a light, strong structure. Since the Evora has been designed around a V6, automakers have the potential to fit a range of larger, more powerful engines. The upsized chassis could also provide a better platform for electric motors, with far less modifications than those required to turn an Elise into a Tesla. However, if any automaker does develop something off the Evora, it's likely to be a few years away.

Us? We're thinking about a 3.5-liter Ecoboost-powered, mid-engine mini-Ford GT. How about you?


Photos by Michael Harley / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Interesting.

      I wonder if Tesla is one of the companies inquiring about this.

      The exterior styling of this car has not grown on me, but as a huge Lotus fan, I would love to see their engineering used by others with new, more exciting sheetmetal, and possibly EV-power.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What a depressing background.
      • 4 Years Ago
      how about the new Strata?

      cheaper than an F430 basis, and still potent
        • 4 Years Ago
        My thinking exactly. Then it can have a V6 too!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Throw in the 2L from the Cobalt SS and put the upgrade kit on it. 300hp of tasty quickness.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wouldn't be surprised if Vauxhall decided to get back into bed with lotus to make a VXR-branded sports car.

      With the 1.6 Turbo from the Corsa or 2.0 Turbo from the Astra/Insignia it could be sold for quite a bit less and not compete with the Evora itself.
      • 4 Years Ago
      1. Tesla's 2nd coupe/convertible.

      2. Toyota's mid-engined Cayman/GTR competitor nee NSX that never was.

      3. Ford's next Pantera.

      4. Jaguar's oft-rumored mid engined sex machine.

      5. Ferrari Dino II.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Basically, Who has a car company, but lacks a sportscar and/or the platform to develop one :

        6. Saab Sonnet IV

        7. MG Magnette

        8. Triumph (who own that TM these days?) Project Lynx reborn?

        9. A reborn Jensen?

        10. Abarth could do wonders with this and an Alfa V6

        11. a new Panoz with the Eco-Boost (more likely than a Pantera)

        12. Mitsubishi Starion (cost could be a problem)

        13. an 'entry level'(in relative terms) Spyker.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Now that I think about it... a Pantera isn't that unlikely aster all... We just saw a new DeTomaso logo here the other day... Why a new logo without a new car? This platform could make for a nice new Pantera or Mangusta (the DeTomoaso version, not the pug-ugly Qvale Mangusta).
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd rather not see them dilute their brand and engineering, but when the dollar (Euro/Pound) is king, I can't exactly blame them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Care to provide even a vague explanation of how lotus doing what they did for the vx has had or will have any effect on the brand? So far I'm hearing rubbish.
      • 4 Years Ago
      3.5 Ecoboost sounds a lot better than the 3.5 lump from Toyota that is in it now. Out of all the reviews I've ever read, most of the complaints source from that Toyota mill and its unwillingness to rev.

      Ecoboost 2.0 would be nice because of obvious weight savings.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How about you drive a 2gr-fe? Fill it with mid-grade or premium fuel, it revs.
        Pulls very well from 2700-4700, and then crazy from 4700-6200,
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lotus have said repeatedly how modular their design is, including the ability for it to be a front engine/rear drive setup. I'd love to see something like that. Maybe a Sky/Solstice revival?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I miss my Sky. Great car, but depreciated like mad. :(
        -Taylor
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really dont think that a large manuracturer will take them up on this. It will be a smaller company that does not have the resources to design their own chassis.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i wondering if HOnda is asking so they can get us an S200 replacement

      this car with the weight balance does not need a 3.5L Ecoboost engine
      it'll add too mcuh weight to the front and mess up tha balance

      give it a nice 2.0L 4 cylinder ecoboost and keep the weight at about 3k lbs

      all it needs to be an awesome car would be something in the order of 280HP out of the 4 cylinder

      maybe even Hyundai power version is not that far off since they have about 274HP

      I stil think Honda is the one that's asking
        • 4 Years Ago
        How could the Ecoboost engine add too much weight to the front end when the car is mid-engined (as in behind the driver mid-engined)?

        If Honda was asking, that would be really awesome, but I think that is wishful thinking.

        But to grab onto that wishful thinking- Evora chassis, TL V-6 and HSC body and you have yourself an offering to compete with the Cayman.

        Soichiro would be rolling over in his grave though- but then again, looking at modern day Honda, he is probably used to it.
      • 4 Years Ago
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      • 4 Years Ago
      Dodge EV?
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