In September last year Lotus revealed a new Lotus Esprit. Lotus promised that it will be the ultimate supercar and they have kept true to Lotus’ core values which is performance through lightweight and decked with future technology and exceptional engineering measures.
At that time, Lotus said that the car was to feature a Lexus 611bhp 5.0 litre V8 engine, reaching speeds of up to 330km/hr. Now, Lotus has revealed that the new Lotus Esprit will get a home grown engine.
Lotus tested the new engine at its headquarters in Norfolk, UK. Currently, the engine makes around 570bhp at 9000rpm and 540Nm of torque from 3000rpm upwards. Lotus believes that the engine can make more power, somewhere in the region of 630bhp and about 575Nm of torque. An engine power output of that magnitude can put Lotus at the same level as automakers such as Ferrari, with its 458 Italia making around 562bhp.
The engine uses a dry sump and flat plane crankshaft. It weighs roughly around 170kg, 80kg less than the intended Lexus engine. After considering suggestions from potential Lotus buyers, Lotus abandoned the Lexus engine which they find it too big and heavy. A seven speed dual clutch transmission and an electro-hydraulic power steering will give the driver rapid shifting and good driving feedback respectively.
Its chassis will be built entirely out of aluminium and targeted weight of the car is said to be around 1460kg. The car will also feature forged aluminium wishbone suspension and the engine will emit around 250g/km of CO2, considered low for a supercar.
It is rather surprising to learn that Lotus is developing their own engine as they have been using other manufacturer’s engines for many years and this may take Lotus to a whole new beginning as a supercar manufacturer.
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