Lotus and Renault Are Teaming Up to Build an All-Electric Alpine Sports Car

Brian Silvestro
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Photo credit: Lotus
Photo credit: Lotus

From Road & Track

Groupe Renault and Group Lotus are teaming up to design an all-electric Alpine sports car. A direct replacement for the brand's current mid-engine A110, the new car will be just one of "a number of areas of cooperation" between the two brands going forward.

Pictured above, Lotus's all-electric Evija hypercar.

Both Renault and Lotus confirmed the news in separate statements released on Thursday. The firms have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) so they can work together on chassis, drivetrain, and other design elements. From Renault's statement:

The Alpine and Lotus teams will conduct a comprehensive feasibility study for the joint engineering, design and development of an EV sports car by leveraging the resources, expertise and facilities of the respective entities in both France and the U.K.

It's not clear at this time what the new EV will look like, or what sort of segment it'll be competing in. Seeing as how it's a direct replacement for the small, punchy A110, we're guessing it'll be around the size of a Porsche Cayman, with traditionally mid-engine proportions. There's no way to tell for sure at this stage, however.

"The signing of this MoU with Lotus shows the lean and smart approach we’re implementing as part of the new Alpine brand strategy," Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi said in a statement. Both brands have an amazing legacy and we are most excited to start this work together, from engineering tailored solutions to developing a next-generation EV sports car."

This isn't the first time Lotus has been tapped to help develop a sports car for another brand. The British performance car firm has had a hand in developing a handful of legendary vehicles, including the Aston Martin Vanquish, the Isuzu Impulse, the DeLorean DMC-12, and the original Corvette ZR-1.

"Today’s announcement is the first step in what is set to be a hugely rewarding collaboration between our iconic brands," Lotus CEO Phil Popham said in a statement. "We are proud to be working with Groupe Renault in this collaboration—sharing Lotus’ technical expertise and abilities, and leveraging our long track record of successful collaborations. Our companies have much in common—from a pioneering pedigree in light-weighting, to championship-winning sports cars which perform as impressively on the road as they do in the motorsports arena. It is a natural fit in many ways and the co-development of an EV sports car is hugely exciting for our companies, our fans and customers around the world."

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