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Lotus and Williams Enter Technology Partnership, Might Be Collaborating On a New Hypercar

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Lotus on Monday confirmed that it would be partnering with Williams Advanced Engineering to share R&D resources in the interest of developing advanced propulsion technologies. While that is an extremely vague topic to collaborate on, Lotus says it brings expertise in lightweight structures and advanced materials to the table, while Williams has experience with battery technology from its four years as exclusive battery supplier for Formula E.

Phil Popham, CEO, Lotus Cars 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.”

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This partnership is said to be an effort to bring to market an ultra-advanced electric Hypercar under the Lotus nameplate, internally codenamed project Omega, according to Autocar. Further claims indicate that Omega will be a $2 million four-wheel-drive electric hypercar to compete with the likes of Aston Martin’s Valkyrie and Mercedes-AMG’s One.

Lotus has been incredibly ambitious a number of times in the past only for it to fizzle to nothing. Personally, I hope this project comes to fruition. So long as it continues the decades-long Lotus lightweight ethos, it should be an excellent addition to the hypercar lineup. 

Jalopnik contributor with a love for everything sketchy and eclectic.

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This looks all well and good, but Lotus is a company with a lot of history that just fizzled, and was never known for hypercars, instead recently for the $50k or so lightweights and before that the lightweight but more luxurious esprit. Before they go around trying to charge upwards of a million dollars on a car they should prove to the world that they’ve still got it with a new Esprit. They’re owned by Geely, so maybe use a TT v6 from the S60 Polestar in a mid-engine lightweight platform slightly bigger than the Evora, boosted to 11 and relatively de-contented aside from some leather and maybe Carplay. They could undercut the R8, NSX, and 911T not to mention the true exotics and get their name back out there as a real contender. Then debut the money-printing SUV, THEN the hypercar.

The public aside from the trackday enthusiast with $30k has practically forgotten about Lotus on this side of the pond, just like we did with Alfa Romeo. We need to be reminded of its greatness and true roots before a LaFerrari and Valkyrie competitor is feasible.