As with one of those blockbuster three-team NBA trades that actually improves the fortunes of every team involved, a report in Autocar indicates that Renault, Infiniti and Lotus are in talks that could benefit both manufacturers and enthusiasts. Renault is considering a production version of the devil-in-blue Alpine A110-50 concept but has said that it "probably needs more than the Renault-Nissan Alliance on its own." Enter Lotus, whose Evora platform could supply the running bits for the mid-engined Alpine revival.

That same Evora platform, in range-extended 414E concept form, is the basis for the Infiniti Emerg-E concept. Even though a decision hasn't been made on the Emerg-E's production, it is still being developed and the company has admitted that it "could be built in Britain." For its part, Lotus has said that it's ahead of schedule on the Evora 414E, with its 408 horsepower, 738 pound-feet of torque and 30-mile electric range. Development funds from both Renault and Infiniti could help make all three cars a closer possibility.


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      Batsu Mochizuki
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope this collaboration will grab Lotus (and Proton) before Volkswagen does...
        Jonathan Ippolito
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Batsu Mochizuki
        Yes because Lotus / proton is doing a great job building low quality cars and it would be a shame if VW/Audi bought them out and they were to start making high quality cars ! If they bought them out it would also be a shame that they'd have the Capitol to fully develope great new models to ad to their lineup !
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Maddoxx
      • 2 Years Ago
      This needs to happen! Take the strengths of each company and pool it together to make an awesome car!
      AutoVido
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hate to be 'that guy' but I'd SO rather drive an original Renault Alpine A110 - here's an under-produced video (ie no music to ruin the engine sounds) of one driving fast on the dirt - http://skyontech.com/videos/cars.php?video=YOU-JcEnMf5AtNo
      gtv4rudy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cool car that looks pretty HOT.
      Bret Frohwein
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's a sweet car.. but I think the reality is.. with the European car market in shambles.. this will never get built.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bret Frohwein
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      Jan Calloway
      • 2 Years Ago
      beautiful car
      drewpy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just the potential for a matchup like this just made my day...it just really makes me feel hopeful about the future...Lotus is my barometer...
      Sukairain
      • 2 Years Ago
      Could, Should, Would..... but probably won't. Sigh~
      Swagger
      • 2 Years Ago
      Excuse me sir, are you from the future?
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really want the Alpine A110-50, but only if I can have the illegally loud mufferlerless exhaust system. What a sound! I heard it did parade laps before a GP2 race and was as loud as the entire field of formula cars COMBINED!
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