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It is one thing to offer amazing sports cars for sale, but it’s another to do that and offer engineering services to other companies. Lotus is one of the few that does this, doing chassis and engine work for companies like General Motors with the famous Carlton or the LT5 engine in the C4 Generation ZR-1 Corvette.
Now Autocar is reporting that some companies are trying to entice Lotus to allow them access to the Evora chassis, and Lotus is more than happy to oblige for the right price. The Elise chassis was popular to use in past Opel/Vauxhall sports cars and a heavily modified version is currently in use with the Tesla Roadster.
However, what makes the Evora’s chassis so desireable is its modular design. There is a rear section that is used to hold up the Toyota-V6 and double wishbone suspension. Up front there is another section that works as a successful crumple zone. In the middle has the obligatory passenger compartment section. Other than that, it uses the bonded and riveted construction with aluminum forms that gives all current Lotuses their lightweight.
It isn’t clear what companies are asking to use the chassis, but thanks to the modular abilities, should make it quite easy to choose a different powerplant for the inquiring parties.