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Lotus announces “strategic technical partnership” with Williams Advanced Engineering to develop electric powertrains
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28 January 2019

Lotus has announced a collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering to develop and research “advanced propulsion technologies”.

The announcement comes after Autocar exclusively revealed a £2 million electric hypercar was under development by the Norfolk-based brand last month. It's expected that Williams will contribute its technical know-how gleaned from supplying battery systems to the Formula E grid since 2014. 

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The full extent of the partnership is yet to be detailed, but we know that Lotus will be leading the development of the car itself to ensure that it meets the brand’s standard of structural lightness. Williams will focus on the EV powertrain necessary to give it an expected four-figure power output, which is needed to take on the current crop of hypercars at this price point. 

Lotus Cars CEO Phil Popham said: “Our new technology partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering is part of a strategy to expand our knowledge and capability in the rapidly changing automotive landscape. Applying advanced propulsion powertrains can provide numerous exciting solutions across multiple vehicle sectors. 

"Our combined and complementary experiences make this a very compelling match of engineering talent, technical ability and pioneering British spirit.”

As the first electric Lotus, the hypercar - codenamed Omega - is part of the brand’s repositioning as the cutting-edge technology and performance-focused leader of the Geely Group, its majority shareholder. The group also includes Volvo, Polestar and LEVC, three makers with extensive experience in electrification already.

Four-wheel drive through at least two electric motors is expected for the Lotus hypercar’s powertrain, giving serious acceleration figures. Despite this, advanced battery technology should allow for a range of more than 250 miles, with fast charging and some sort of energy recovery system part of the package.

With the Omega project car not launching for around two years, it remains to be seen if Lotus and Williams will be working on other powertrains or models together. 

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lambo58 28 January 2019

A so called hyper car from a

A so called hyper car from a blundering car maker that is going to make a car with less than half the range of the upcoming Tesla roadster 2 and less performance in every way at nearly ten times the cost? Lol.

This I have to see...

 

CarNut170 29 January 2019

lambo58 wrote:

lambo58 wrote:

A so called hyper car from a blundering car maker that is going to make a car with less than half the range of the upcoming Tesla roadster 2 and less performance in every way at nearly ten times the cost? Lol.

This I have to see...

 

 

Tesla, really....

You mean the guys who based their roadster on a Lotus Elise to save costs and not have to develop the platform quite as much...

Besides which, the Tesla roadster is a sports car not a hypercar.

CarNut170 28 January 2019

Sounds great!

There's a massive gulf between sports car and hypercar!

Lotus are the luxury performance brand - polestar are the sporty electric version of volvos, still a substantial difference. It's equivalent to Audi vs Porshe - Porsche make a whole load of powertrains and vehicles Audi do not.

Looking forward to seeing what Lotus produce.

giulivo 28 January 2019

There's already been a Lotus Omega

And it was a scorcher.

owenmahamilton 28 January 2019

giulivo wrote:

giulivo wrote:

And it was a scorcher.

Omega is just the codename, but yes the Lotus Carlton was awesome.

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