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Lotus Will Build Its Own Range of Engines

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On: Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 10:07AM | By: Chris Weiss

Lotus Will Build Its Own Range of Engines

The tide of change continues to rise over in Hethel. Lotus revealed late last year that it planned to make a decision on whether to build its own engines for its upcoming sports car expansion. The automaker was supposed to come to the decision in the winter, but apparently it took a little longer to green-light an internal engine production program. What it took was the freeing up of some funds in order to allocate monies toward engine development.

Lotus found the funding it needed from the delay of the Elan 2 + 2, a decision that it announced recently. The automaker decided that the car was just a little too close to the Esprit and delayed its development for a few years.

With the Elan out of the way, Lotus has some money free to focus on building engines. And the first order of business is a V-8, which will motivate the Esprit and Eterne sedan. That engine, the first prototype of which may be complete as early as next month, will produce somewhere around 550 to 570 horses, according to Autocar. It will likely get some turbocharging in its Esprit layout, as the Esprit concept from last year's Paris Motor Show equipped an undisclosed pressure charger onto the Lexus IS-F's 5.0-liter V-8 to put out around 620 horses.

Lotus' decision was, at least partly, in response to its fans and customers. Hethel held an Internet survey after revealing six concepts at last year's Paris show. Some 10,000 people responded and overwhelming opinion held that Lotus should be building its own engines, not borrowing them from Toyota. Win one for the fans.

In addition to a V-8, Lotus will also develop its own V-6, which should find its way into the Evora and Elan. It's also considering developing a four-cylinder out of the V-8, which could work its way into the Elise.

New focus on top-performing supercars, internally built engines—what's not to like about the all-new Lotus?


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