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British sports car firm Lotus will establish a new advanced technology centre in partnership on the campus of the University of Warwick, with the facility playing a key role in the development of future electric powertrains.

The new facility will be built on the University of Warwick’s Wellesbourne campus and will include offices, workshops and laboratory space. As well as an advanced technology centre for Lotus Cars, the site will be the headquarters of Lotus Engineering, the consultancy division of Geely-owned Group Lotus. 

Around 130 engineers will work at the site initially, with Lotus saying it offers “capacity for many new jobs as the facility is further established”. The advanced technology centre will complement Lotus Cars’ existing base in Hethel, Norfolk, which employs around 500 staff.

Lotus Cars boss Phil Popham described Wellesbourne as “the perfect home” for the new centre. He added: “Our engineering and R&D strategy around advanced propulsion systems is lock-in-step with the government’s vision and broader global ambitions for a low-carbon automotive future. 

“We look forward to working in collaboration with government and with our new campus neighbours on this future. Having research partners at the university will bring significant benefits, as will the Midlands location, which is both very accessible and home to a rich pool of automotive talent.”

Lotus is currently gearing up to launch the Evija electric hypercar, which will be followed by a range of  electric and electrified models. Autocar understands that a new sports car powered by a hybridised V6 powertrain will be revealed next year, possibly reviving the Esprit nameplate.

Matt Windle, Lotus Cars’ engineering boss, said: “Our team and specialist skills have grown significantly in the last two years as renewed impetus has been put in to the business with new shareholders and management. 

“The all-electric Evija hypercar is the first new Lotus Cars product for us to deliver, with significant focus on this at Wellesbourne as we complete the project and continue to advance its technologies for our future programmes.”


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TStag 23 July 2020

Don't JLR have a tie up with

Don't JLR have a tie up with the University of Warwick as well?

I've got to say that if Geely and Tata joined forces and dumped Lotus, Volvo, Land Rover and JLR into one company that would make a lot of sense. The British brands will all have physical R&D locations near each other. Lotus experience in Sportscars and Jaguars need to have sportscars align neatly. Volvo and Jaguar both battle with a shrinking car market as SUV sales go up. Combining forces here makes sense. 

The rationale for Premier Automotive Group at Ford was good, just badly executed. Geely and Tata could change that.

eseaton 23 July 2020

I agree that it does, TStag. 

I agree that it does, TStag.  


Really not interested in an electric car though.  Not even a Lotus.


A seriously stripped out Elise with a non-turbo engine and around 160bhp is a very compelling prospect though.

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xxxx 23 July 2020

Under rated

Great to see a Lotus fight back, keep it going but always remember your roots.

Marc 23 July 2020

xxxx wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Great to see a Lotus fight back, keep it going but always remember your roots.

It is, and speaking to some colleagues there are some bold plans to make full use of the brand, but they may not sit too well with traditionalists... still, Porsche hasn't looked back!