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    Lotus comes out swinging for lighter, more efficient vehicles
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    2020 Toyota Venza as realized by Lotus – Click above to enlarge
    When General Motors got to work seriously changing the Chevrolet Volt from blocky concept to sleek production model, company engineers discovered that by improving the aerodynamics by 80 counts, the car netted a six mile per ...

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    Lotus celebrates after 2011 Elise is rated at 46.7 mpg
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    2011 Lotus Elise – Click above for high-res image gallery
    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/autos/46_7_mpg_2011_Lotus_Elise_Goes_0_60_in_6_Seconds'; When Tesla Motors wanted a lightweight sports car body for its Roadster electric vehicle, the company turned to Lotus. Why? Because Lotus has, ...

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    Report: Proton Emas plug-in hybrid minicar to hit the streets by late 2012
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    ItalDesign-Giugiargo Proton Emas – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Proton is an automotive nameplate that few in the United States will recognize since none of the company's cars have ever been sold here. However, the Malaysian automaker, which has largely made do with cast-off ...

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    Geneva 2010: Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid Concept mixes old and new
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    Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
    We got sneak peek of the first ever Lotus Hybrid a couple of days ago, and now we've seen the Evora 414E Hybrid in the metallic flesh. Just a slight refresher on the technology, the 414E makes 408 horsepower and a ...

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    Geneva Preview: Lotus formally introduces Evora 414E Hybrid
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    Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid teaser – Click above to enlarge
    Lotus has just formally introduced a new 400-plus horsepower sportscar concept. That news in and of itself would be enough to pique our interest, but the rest of the car's spec sheet makes the Evora 414E Hybrid an astonishingly ...

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    Geneva Preview: Proton hybrid concept uses Lotus series hybrid system
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    As we suspected recently when we heard that Proton would be showing a hybrid concept car next week at the Geneva Motor Show, the propulsion system has been developed by Lotus. Malaysian automaker Proton owns the British engineering consultancy and sports car builder. While we might have ...

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    Lotus gets animated with its Omnivore engine technology
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    Omnivore [(om-nuh-vawr)]: An animal whose normal diet includes both plants and animals. Human beings and bears, for instance, are omnivores. digg_url = 'http://digg.com/autos/Lotus_gets_animated_with_its_Omnivore_engine_technology'; So says Dictionary.com, at least. Ask the engineering boffins ...

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    Lotus' Omnivore engine is already 10% more efficient, with more to come
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    Last March at the Geneva Motor Show, Lotus announced its new Omnivore research engine. The Omnivore is a two-stroke direct injected engine designed to take advantage of the latest in electronic engine management to allow it to run on just about any liquid fuel (hence the name). In the time since ...

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    Lotus now offering the Evora chassis to other automakers
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    Back in the 90s, shortly after Lotus introduced the original Elise, the company made it known that platform was designed to be easily adapted to different applications including different powertrains. Any companies that were interested in a platform for a niche products using its own powertrains ...

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    Sneak peek of Jaguar's 'Limo Green' series hybrid concept
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    For the past year Jaguar, Lotus, Caparo Vehicle technologies and the MIRA proving ground have been working on a UK government funded project dubbed Limo-Green. The goal of the project was to develop and build a series hybrid luxury sedan. Earlier this week, Jaguar showed off the car for the first ...

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    Lotus announces Elise Club Racer, 31 mpg sports car
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    Lotus Elise Club Racer - click above for a high res image gallery
    One of the upsides of Colin Chapman's philosophy of "adding lightness" is that Lotus sports cars are typically very efficient relative to their performance levels. Such is the case with the Elise, which is one of the lightest cars ...

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    Frankfurt Preview: Lotus develops a range extender engine
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    The latest product of Lotus Engineering's ongoing development work on alternative drivetrains is a new engine custom designed for use as a range extender in electric drive vehicles. The engineers at Lotus have developed an optimized architecture using a mono-block layout that combines the ...

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    Automotive Engineer commissions Lotus to design tiny city EV [w/VIDEO]
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    Lotus city car design – click above to watch the videos after the jump
    Developing cars quickly is nothing new to the designers and engineers at Lotus in England. They do contract development for automakers around the world all the time. With that in mind – and knowing that Lotus has ...

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    Lotus Exige 270E Tri-Fuel to enter production?
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    Lotus Exige 270E Tri-Fuel - Click above for a high-res image gallery
    Could the Lotus Exige 270E Tri-Fuel enter production? According to a post on Lotus Enthusiast, that's an entirely real possibility due to interest from Youngman Auto, which is the British automaker's Chinese partner. It seems ...

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    Lotus announces new, cleaner and more efficient Elise and Exige
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    2010 Lotus Exige S - Click above for a high-res gallery
    Earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, Lotus released the newest version of the lightweight Exige S. At the time, the UK-based automaker highlighted the fact that the new model was both faster and more fuel efficient than its ...

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    Geneva 2009: Lotus touts efficiency of new 2010 Exige S
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2010 Lotus Exige S
    "The same technology that makes a lightweight car a high performer also makes it efficient – how many cars have performance figures of 0 - 100 km/h in 4.77 secs but produce only 199 g/km CO2?" That question was posed by Mike ...

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    Bond would kill for this Lotus-developed biofueled Antarctic speeder
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    For the engineering crew at Lotus, building transportation devices that are not sports cars is nothing new. Back in the early 90s they put their knowledge of lightweight materials and aerodynamics together to create a race bicycle that tore up the velodrome at the Olympics, not to mention wild soap ...

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    Lotus Engineering director talks about Dodge EV
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    click the Dodge EV for a high-res gallery from the show
    While strolling around one of the smaller exhibit halls at the Los Angeles Auto Show I ran into an old acquaintance I hadn't seen in about 15 years. I met Roger Becker early in my engineering career when I was working on the ABS system for ...

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    VIDEO: Zero Carbonista wind car update
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    We have been following the efforts of Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity, and his attempt to build an electric sports car which he can power from the wind. Like several other efforts, a Lotus (in this case, an Exige) is being used as the underlying platform. Also like others, his project is taking a ...

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    Lotus wins award for HOTFIRE engine that cuts CO2 by 15%
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    Another of Lotus Engineering's research projects into more efficient motoring has been recognized. This time around, Project HOTFIRE received an accolade from The Engineer Technology + Innovation Awards 2008. HOTFIRE was a joint effort with Continental, University College London (UCL) and ...

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