Lotus and Alpine join forces to engineer electric A110 successor
They may work together on motorsports too
Lotus has signed an agreement to work with feisty lightweight sportscar manufacturer Alpine on a number of engineering projects.
The Norfolk brand will be helping its French friends with the joint development of an EV sportscar – presumably the follow-up to the critically acclaimed A110. It's likely that Lotus will use this collaboration for its own ends too, putting out an electrified car along the lines of the Elise.
While Lotus says it will conduct a feasibility study for the "joint engineering, design and development of an EV sportscar", the two companies will also explore the possibility of working together under the banner of Alpine's motorsport wing, which now covers F1 as well as Formula E and endurance racing.
Phil Popham, CEO of Lotus said: "Today’s announcement is the first step in what is set to be a hugely rewarding collaboration between our iconic brands.
"Our companies have much in common", he continued, "from a pioneering pedigree in light-weighting, to championship-winning sportscars which perform as impressively on the road as they do in the motorsports arena. It is a natural fit in many ways and the co-development of an EV sportscar is hugely exciting for our companies, our fans and customers around the world."