The Lotus Esprit could be the inspiration for a future electric Lotus sports car.

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Lotus has announced a new battery collaboration and unveiled an electric sports car concept based on the iconic Esprit.

The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to “collaborate on advanced EV technology research and development.”

The program’s primary goal will be to build batteries for the Company’s planned family of EV sports vehicles, the first of which is expected to be the two-seat Type 135, released in 2026.

Here are the major highlights:

  • Lotus has unveiled a concept drawing for a future electric sports car with a wedge-like form that pays homage to Esprit.
  • The Company will begin delivering the EV Evija hypercar and launch the Type 132 ev SUV before this EV sports car arrives.
  • The sports car will use batteries developed in a new relationship with Britishvolt, a battery cell expert based in the United Kingdom.

Overview

Britishvolt has not provided additional technical information about the batteries.

Lotus heralded the new relationship with Britishvolt as “another key development in Lotus’ continuous transformation from a UK sports car company to a global and all-electric performance car business and brand.”

However, specific details, such as output targets and cost per unit, have yet to be revealed.

According to the Company, the initiative will “benefit from the close vicinity” of its research and development center and Britishvolt’s in the West Midlands.

According to Windle, “Lotus is ecstatic to be working with Britishvolt on innovative battery cell technology to demonstrate the exhilarating performance that a Company’s EV sports vehicle can bring.

“These are the first exciting steps on the road to the Company’s all-new electric sports vehicle, as well as another step toward the transition to sustainable, renewable energy stored in batteries.”

Design & Aesthetic 

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The Company has released a concept image of the upcoming sports car, which boasts sharp, angular lines reminiscent of early Esprits from the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The new sketch hints that the model will take design cues from classic sports cars like the Esprit and Europa with a low-slung, cab-forward profile, broad front wings, and muscular rear haunches.

The Esprit’s characteristic wedge shape, which was memorably shown as a submarine in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, is extended in the image, with a Union Jack motif over the rear haunch. Although it’s unknown whether the production sports car will be as close to the Esprit as the prototype, Company claims it provides “initial clues.”

Powertrain

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A British sports car manufacturer has already started the shift to EV vehicles with the 1972-horsepower Evija, a hypercar with a claimed top speed of nearly 200 mph.

The Company has now unveiled plans for a second battery-powered sports car, which will result from a partnership with Britishvolt, a battery-cell research business.

According to the Norfolk-based firm, the lowest battery paired with the E-Sports platform will be 66.4kWh, while the highest will have a capacity of 99.6kWh.

After delays caused by the global pandemic and accompanying supply limitations, the Evija should begin in 2022.

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