There's serious EV brilliance here.
Lotus recently revealed the Emira, its first small sports car in years. While many auto journalists around the world bemoaned the lack of anything new from Lotus for years before the Emira, one could never deny that old products like the Elise and Exige were unrivaled in terms of driving feel and handling ability.
Old Lotus sports cars like these served as the bedrock upon which cars like the original Tesla Roadster and the Hennessey Venom GT were built. This helped Lotus stay afloat despite some questionable management over the years. Now that the British automaker has found a second wind and is aiming to revitalize itself, it wants to follow a similar recipe with its electric vehicles, saying that its new electric platform is made for sharing.
Richard Rackham is working on the next Lotus platform for its electric renaissance and intends for it to be suitable for model proliferation both inside and outside of Lotus. This means that it is being designed for modularity so that various cars can use it.
According to an interview with Autocar, Rackham feels that Lotus is "way ahead of the game now" and could stretch the platform from something the size of the current Porsche 718 to the Ferrari SF90. Furthermore, Lotus has no qualms about who the platform is made available to. "This platform will underpin many vehicles from different manufacturers," says Rackham.
He is speaking, of course, about the E-Sports platform that will underpin a mysterious new Lotus sports car set to be unveiled in 2026 and will debut as a new Alpine sports car a year before that. As we've covered in the past, this platform allows for various layouts for the battery packs, meaning that handling characteristics and body styles can change based on the application.
At this point, Lotus has designed the rear structure that supports the battery box, the drive unit, and the suspension. Despite not having completed the aluminum architecture of the platform just yet, Lotus says that a company can design its own body, specify the required outputs, and then begin building a car on an affordable yet sophisticated base. We can't wait to see what small sports car manufacturers do with it.