High performance models launched by Lotus will continue to be focused around lightweight construction, along the lines pioneered by company founder Colin Chapman, CEO Dany Bahar has confirmed.
Lotus’ five-year, five model plan is due to commence in 2013, when the new Esprit is launched. It will be unveiled at the Geneva motor show in March, before going on sale in Europe in the late summer.
The base model of the new supercar will be a hybrid, linking an electric motor producing around 100bhp to a Lotus-developed, normally aspirated V8 engine.
However, Bahar confirmed that a faster, hardcore version of each new car will be produced, and that they will be made faster than the standard model through engine and weight-saving measures.
“There will be no hybrid system, the engine will have more power, but the major performance gains will come from losing weight,” said Bahar. “The ‘Racing’ versions of each model will always be pure, driver’s cars. There will be never be anything unnecessary on them, and we will use materials such as carbonfibre.”