"Simplify, then add lightness," Colin Chapman once said. The 2015 Lotus Eterne is incredibly complicated, but it is pretty light. The 612 HP four-seater won't just reach 195 MPH, it's a hybrid.
For automakers heavily invested in light hybrids when extended range electric vehicles become the newest green fashion accessory, Lotus has developed the Lotus Range Extender, a self-contained EREV crate powerplant. It would seem Lotus is bringing "green" to the aftermarket.
Lotus Engineering, in collaboration with Jaguar, is starting up a project they're calling "Omnivore," a task which, if successful, could see traditional internal combustion engines go the way of the dodo. Lotus is planning to meld the two-cycle engine with new technologies — direct injection and a variable compression…