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'Lightness still key to Lotus' - Bahar
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.

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.”

Bahar also confirmed that a Lotus-developed, electric or range-extended supermini will go on sale in late 2013, initially as a Proton and then as a Lotus. It will cost from £29,000.

“There’s no point building a car that chases sales from Audi, BMW or MIni,” said Bahar. “We have to do something that’s different, and better. We believe this is it.”


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I dont think we should have ever been worried. They are expanding their range with the next gen cars. Lotus still has like what 4-5 full track focused models, go karts and the super awesome almost F1 level racer.
 

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...two cars down, two cars to go and I'm set for life. Haha. The Celica was just a bump car...never had truely owned an FWD car, maybe the Integra GSR for like 5 months until I traded up for 240sx + cash.

But a Lotus....that's just pure :drools:
 
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