Lotus And Williams Have Teamed Up, And It Might Involve A £2m Hypercar

Lotus has announced a "strategic technical partnership" with Williams Advanced Engineering - could this be to do with the rumoured £2 million electric hypercar?
Lotus And Williams Have Teamed Up, And It Might Involve A £2m Hypercar

Today we bring you some news straight from Lotus which doesn’t involve yet another new version of the ageing Elise/Evora/Exige. Nope, this particular item looks well into the future.

Hethel has announced a new “strategic technical partnership” with Williams Advanced Engineering, the offshoot of the famous F1 team which busies itself with projects ranging from Formula E car battery supply to Singer’s beautiful 964-based DLS.

The press release is for the most part quite vague. Lotus says that it intends to “share research and development into advanced propulsion technologies” with WAE, and…that’s about it. Some reading between the lines is necessary, but it’s hard to imagine what else this is related to other than electric powertrains.

Lotus And Williams Have Teamed Up, And It Might Involve A £2m Hypercar

This is particularly interesting since it was only a few months ago that a report from Autocar emerged claiming that Lotus has plans to make a £2 million electric hypercar. Should this be going ahead, it seems likely WAE will have some sort of involvement.

The tech would be used beyond the big ticket hypercar, however. “Applying advanced propulsion powertrains can provide numerous exciting solutions across multiple vehicle sectors,” Lotus CEO Phil Popham said. Colour us intrigued.

WAE managing director Craig Wilson said, meanwhile: “Williams Advanced Engineering takes great pride in delivering innovation for our customers at a rapid pace of development, born from our Formula One heritage. We will be further developing next generation powertrains in this partnership with Lotus.”



inb4 Evora RS with 20 more hp

01/28/2019 - 13:43 |
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Evora RS GTE with +10 hp more

01/28/2019 - 15:31 |
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jdm-supra-1600(md squad)(Supra squad leader)

In reply to by Elliot.J99

Evora but with 0.00000000000001hp

01/29/2019 - 12:48 |
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Can williams teach Lotus to make money . And can lotus teach williams to make a compettive car

01/28/2019 - 13:58 |
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TheDriver 1

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

You realise lotus is already making money…

01/28/2019 - 16:42 |
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Freddie Skeates

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Don’t remember Williams having to quit in 1994 after they lost sponsorship and hadn’t built a competitive car in 8 years

01/28/2019 - 18:31 |
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01/28/2019 - 13:59 |
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Robert Gracie

Red Bull-Aston Martin, McLaren, Mercedes have all done F1 derived hypercars, I wonder when some of the other teams will pluck up the courage to do this with car manufacturers, Ferrari has done this before with the F50 yes that had an F1 derived V12 engine even though it was a 4.7L V12 it was bored out from a 3.5L V12 engine that was used in the Ferrari F1 car at the time….I would like to see Ferrari try something next……

01/28/2019 - 14:05 |
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Duggan (koalafan) (koalafan7) (Esprit Team) (Z32 Group) (Lot

Yeeeeess!!!! Please be an esprit!!!

01/28/2019 - 14:18 |
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RWB Dude

Im intrigued

01/28/2019 - 15:12 |
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Imagine a lotus chassis with formula e battery pack and motor

01/28/2019 - 15:55 |
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lotus would consider that too heavy

01/28/2019 - 17:54 |
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Radu Gabriel

How about launching a new Esprit to compete with the Porsche 911?

01/28/2019 - 19:29 |
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carguy 6

I hope they aren’t thinking of making any more electric sports cars!😡

01/28/2019 - 21:06 |
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Well the title literally says it’ll bw electric 😂

01/28/2019 - 22:02 |
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Basith Penna-Hakkim

Glad to hear some awesome news

01/29/2019 - 00:13 |
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