Lotus modernized its UK headquartersOctober 13, 2020
An exciting new chapter for Lotus is about to begin. The British brand is undergoing a major update.
Lotus is currently undergoing a major transformation. After being bought out by the Chinese company Geely, the British automaker received the multimillion-dollar investment needed to create completely new models for the first time in more than a decade. Lotus has already unveiled the extraordinary Evija hypercar and plans to expand its lineup with new sports cars and the company’s first SUV over the next few years. To prepare for this exciting new era, Lotus has made several significant changes to its production in Hethel, England.
State-of-the-art engineering test facilities have been installed in Hetel, allowing the company to expand its consulting services and vehicle range. Improvements include an all-new test box designed to test electrical powertrains including engine, transmission and auxiliary electronics, test and development boxes for combustion engines, a power plant and vehicle prototype workshop, and an emissions laboratory that allows engineers to meet international standards.
The famous 3.5-kilometer Hethel test track, which was used to test historic Lotus racing and road cars, has also been redesigned with new barriers, security cameras, updated entry and exit barriers and improved fire protection. In addition, Lotus is building an all-new plant that will be used to produce the next Lotus sports car in 2021, as well as a new assembly hall for the Evija electric hypercar.
This will be the first time Lotus has built an entirely new sports car since the Evora in 12 years. The lightweight sports car, codenamed Type 131, will ride on a new platform and will act as a link between the Exige and Evora. Don’t be surprised if it gets an electrified powertrain, as electrification is a key part of the company’s new strategy.
“We see tremendous potential to put Lotus Engineering at the cutting edge of automotive innovation, further building on our core competencies as well as enhancing our growth opportunities. An example is electrification: the challenges of reduced weight and improved dynamics are central to the search for more efficient electric vehicles, and they are directly linked to Lotus’s core values, ” – said Matt Windle, executive director of engineering, Lotus.
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