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I expect it to be the Renault Alpine A110 successor EV collab.

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In 2022, Lotus will debut an E-segment SUV codenamed Type 132. It will be followed in 2023 by an E-segment four-door coupe, Type 133, and in 2025 by Type 134, a new D-segment SUV. This trio will be joined in 2026 by an all-new electric sports car, Type 135.
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Hope those are just code names and they actually give their vehicles proper names. I hate the alphabet/numbering names that manufacturers put on vehicles.
 

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Hope those are just code names and they actually give their vehicles proper names. I hate the alphabet/numbering names that manufacturers put on vehicles.
Not to worry, the numbering scheme is a long term Lotus tradition until an actual "E" name is released to the public. :cool:
 

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I found this a bit confusing. The Emira and Evija will be built in Hethel, but all future Lotus cars will be built in Wuhan? And it seems they are teaming up with NIO, having let the Williams deal end, and no real mention of the Alpine deal recently. Or is it that everything other than sports cars will be built in Hethel, thus, we will have a range of cars, SUVs, etc. all electric, with Lotus tweaking and badging built in Wuhan? The Wuhan cars will be the centerpiece of the premium lifestyle brands, so that's SUVs and 4-doors, say, akin to the Panamera? Maybe trucks (Gladiator and Maverick competitors), semi-off-road vehicles (some Jeeps, Broncos, etc.) E-segment is MB e-series and BMW 5-series, Audi A6; D-segment is 3-series and Jeep Compass, but I do see that segments are pretty fluid, depending on manfacturer (anyone rent a full-size car at a rental place recently? I would call them mid-size). 150,000 Lotus per year. Wow, good on ya, as they say. Certainly has worked for Porsche.
 

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Here's the chunk in the wall of text that explains the plan:

Lotus in the UK will be responsible for the development and production of sports cars and the Evija electric hypercar, as well as co-ordinating global sales for the Lotus brand. Lotus Technology in China will be responsible for integrating a new generation of lifestyle products, bringing together China’s EV and manufacturing specialisms, UK’s design and advanced performance centres and Germany-based R&D resources (Lotus Technology Innovation Centre, Raunheim), as well as the global development and production of premium intelligent drive technologies.
They're very careful to discriminate between 'lifestyle/performance' cars and 'sports' cars (see also the Windle quote). Looks like Hethel will be running all of marketing, and will be the center of actual sports car development and manufacturing. The brand extensions that pay the bills will be built in Wuhan. It does look like the EV technology for the Type 135 sports car will be developed and probably manufactured in Wuhan. This would fit with Lotus Hethel's existing model of buying prime movers from elsewhere and bolting them into a Lotus Hethel designed and manufactured car.
 

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Glad to hear more about what's now Type 135. I think this is all pretty good news. Lotus UK alone would have a hard time being competitive in the power, range, efficiency, and affordability arms race of EVs. Having a greater engineering site and investment, 3 other EV releases, and 5 years gives a ton of resources, experience, and time to optimize its performance and make it competitive. The NIO investment is a big vote of confidence, since they've already been involved in Formula E and have released an EV hypercar in a similar price range to the Evija. Still wanting Lotus Engineering on top of that is good.

Lotus UK seems to still be involved in the tuning of all its products, and much more involved with sports cars. And considering the lifestyle platform is a dedicated resource to Lotus vehicles, this doesn't just seem to be badge engineering.
 

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Good news, this just instills more confidences about the future of Lotus. With big dollars behind the brand Lotus can finally see a better road map starting with the Emira and Evija. Lotus has never been in a better position to succeed.
 

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That's great news for Lotus! NIO has invested so much in light weight aluminum chassis for all their cars, would be great to have their R&D and resource on the upcoming Lotus SUV lineup.
 

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Hope those are just code names and they actually give their vehicles proper names. I hate the alphabet/numbering names that manufacturers put on vehicles.
Lotus has used that system consistently since DAY1... Unlike most of the incomprehensible german crap, Lotus sequence makes 100% sense. The SEVEN is quite famous as is the . Experts feel free to educate the milestone vehicles.
 

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Lotus has used that system consistently since DAY1... Unlike most of the incomprehensible german crap, Lotus sequence makes 100% sense. The SEVEN is quite famous as is the . Experts feel free to educate the milestone vehicles.
I read that the cars beginning with an 'E' was when Colin Chapman developed the Lotus 11 (Eleven). After that, he kept it going for all of his cars (Elan, Europa, Esprit, ect.) Of course their were a few exceptions like the Cortina & Carlton.

Nio seems to be the leader in EV's in China and if they are going to partner up, why not have a facility there to build them, sounds good to me. I think Lotus needs to do something to stay ahead of the game aka Porsche/BMW/ect. And to do that, they have to have a good platform and money to back it, which Nio is. Nio is backed by the Chinese government and their sales/car deliveries have been increasing and have over taken Tesla in China. Not only is Lotus going all EV but other manufactures are too and with Lotus partnering up with a company already making and selling EV cars, its a no brainer. However; I do hope that they will continue to stay in contact with the Elise/Exige/Evora/Esprit owners and provide parts and quality service to all of those owners. You want to make new cars to gain more money and new customers but you don't want to loose your old ones.

Speaking of the SEVEN... Here is mine :)
 

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A Chinese made Lotus is all but certain. Lotus made in the USA could be a possibility in the future if the marque catches on enough in the States. New buyers to the marque do not have the UK manufacture association to Lotus like new buyers do for Ferrari to Italy, Rolls Royce to UK etc...
 

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The Lotus Electric!
 

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Good article on Type 135, but some key takeaways if it's too long:
  • Type 135 could cost around $100,000. Lotus forecasted that Type 135 could be priced at the upper end of Exige pricing, and Autocar (the original article with Lotus) thinks that suggests a price between 80-100k pounds. Oof. From what I researched, the Exige Sport 410 version starts at 80k pounds when not including super unique/limited editions. In comparison for exchange rates, the Emira First Edition is 76k pounds and $96k in the US. Lotus emphasized committing to affordable performance in the article.
  • The vehicle size is often compared to an Elise, but it may in reality be closer to the 2 seat Emira than the Elise. The LEVA platform wheelbase is minimum 97 inches, while other vehicles are the 90.6" Elise, the 95.2" Alpine A110, 97.4" Porsche Cayman, and the 101.4" Evora. Though EVs don't need as much front/rear overhang, so the overall size may be closer to the A110.
  • Using an EV has "a lot of storage and packaging benefits", so Type 135 will likely be more space practical for its size than ICE counterparts.
  • The E-Sports platform can have a front motor, and Lotus doesn't want to close off that possibility, especially with the tech/learnings from the Evija. Lotus sees torque vectoring as a key advantage in precise handling adjustments for EVs.
  • Aerodynamics are becoming a core part of Lotus' defining differentiators. It's not just from a historically practical standpoint but seemingly also marketing; so much so that Type 135 will have aero aids "running through the car" similar in some way to the Evija.
  • LEVA is compatible with 800V charging.
Personally, the pricing is a bit of a shame. I was hoping Type 135 would come priced around the Emira or a bit above even after EV incentives. I don't expect the EV Cayman to be that expensive and it's still a long ways out, so maybe competition and general changes will bring the Type 135 actual pricing down. I'll wait with tempered expectations and crossed fingers.
 

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The one thing by going to electric is hopefully Lotus will no longer be bound by the performance limitations of the motors and gearboxes it currently has access to. This should allow Lotus to compete much better with its competition in those regards.

Personally I am not ready to hop on the electric sportscar train yet, but my guess is younger people will be more accepting and maybe someday I will as well.
 

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The speed across the finish line is insane. Like "this looks like a video game set to some unrealistic physics" insane.
 

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2MW in a fairly light platform will do that. Wow. I have to say, though, that the sound reminds me of taking a ride on the Interurban trolley at the Illinois Museum of Transportation...
 

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Newest edition of Autocar has more info on the engineering of the LEVA innovations. Lotus seems to think that this platform will be like the next Elise in that several other companies will want to utilize the platform. That doesn't seem super unreasonable since most models cheaper than super cars won't have bespoke non-skateboard platforms, which is limited to being huge in size and high in height.
 

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