Bob Lutz has been linked to an advisory role at Lotus as the firm aims to reinvent itself under a new five-year business plan.
The recently retired General Motors stalwart is believed to have had formal talks with Lotus, although an offer for his services has yet to be tabled, industry sources have told Auto News Europe.
Lotus will reveal plans to turn itself from niche sports car maker to a producer of Aston Martin-rivaling GT and luxury sports cars at the Paris motor show in September. The plan has been hatched by Lotus CEO Dany Bahar, who joined the firm from Ferrari last autumn.
Former BMW executive Tom Purves has also been linked with an advisory role at Lotus and told Auto News that he “would be happy” to be involved with the firm.
"The goal is to make a contribution to projects of the future - improving the quality, the product offerings and the operations of the company,” he said, although no formal deal has been agreed.
“It's exciting, and there is no question it is a great brand and has a good future.”