The development of ultra-high-efficiency hypercar engines will keep Lotus Engineering busy with combustion engine development as the 2030/2035 ICE deadline approaches.
“We still have many customers who in some cases are getting the most out of things like the looming 2030 deadline,” said Mark Stringer, chief commercial officer of Lotus Engineering.
Lotus provides its advanced 16-bit T-series engine management system and ECU to various projects and uses its experience in global certification programs, especially in the United States, to occupy Hethel’s 22 ICE test cells. as Lotus Cars looks to an all-electric range within a few years.
According to Lotus Engineering business development manager Lee Jeffcoat, Lotus has built up a strong slate of hypercar projects, “because we have our own products in the US market with our own ECU, we know exactly what to do, the processes follow and have all the software with the calibrations to be applied to the customers’ engines”.
“One of our unique offerings is that we are ‘pre-qualified’ for US homologation,” added Stringer.
Lotus will not name the customers or models these engines will be fitted to in production, except to describe them as “fantastic hypercars that are the best of the best with highly complex, high-performance multi-cylinder engines. “.
Lotus said its engine management system offers cost savings over a system designed and developed by a major Tier 1 supplier like Bosch or Continental because it can be developed at a faster pace and at lower cost.
“Our ECU is a much lower investment than the majors, which will provide great service but are very expensive,” Stringer said. “It’s great if you do lots and lots and lots of cars, bBut if you’re building a hypercar, you’re looking for something that requires less investment but may be a bit higher on the price per part, while you have a high degree of complexity to deal with. We can work well with that.”