OK, now we’re talking … hear that Tesla? That is the sound of one of the most impressive car companies on the planet zeroing in on you. Lotus, makers of the best handling cars in the world since … well, since Colin Champan founded the company, has said they will be looking into making full electric cars.
Those of you who have been paying attention know that the Tesla roadster is, essentially, a Lotus Elise that’s been stretched & massaged and had batteries and electric motors stuffed where the Toyota mill used to sit, so for the boys from Hethel to go the other way seems like an easy change of polarity.
Lotus has not said just which platform they will use (or even if they will use an existing platform) but in addition to the electrified Elise, Dodge also used the upcoming Europa platform for an electric show car of its own, so Lotus has no shortage of off the rack options.
Then again, “off the rack” was never something the company had a habit of doing.
What they most certainly DO have habit of doing is making cars that are light, tight and handle right, so seeing what they can gin up is going to be very, very interesting.