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Lotus is increasingly building on its 60 year history of creating more with less with all its recent efforts on electric and hybrid drive cars. Besides the powertrain work, Lotus has plenty of experience with lightweight structures. The latest evolution of that is the architecture of the new Evora sports car that debuted at the London Motor Show this summer. Lotus has now won an award for the aluminum chassis of the Evora at the Aluminium 2008 trade fair at Messe Essen in Germany. The Lotus arch

Audi has been on the forefront of using aluminum in its cars since the original A8 debuted in 1994. Since then, the German manufacturer has used what it calls the Audi Space Frame (ASF) for the mini A2, the TT and the R8 sports car. When the next-generation A6 debuts in 2010 it will be the first mainstream Audi to make extensive use of aluminum to slash the weight. The new A6 will use an evolution called ASF II that incorporates a mix of aluminum and steel to cut half the weight of the structure