Mark Webber driving the Infiniti Emerg-E at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of SpeedEnlarge Photo
It’s no secret that the Infiniti Emerg-E range-extended electric car concept, one of the crowd-pleasers at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, was built on a Lotus Evora platform
. Though rivals on paper, Lotus and Infiniti are both working with the UK’s Technology Strategy Board to further the development of eco-friendly technology.
Hence, a collaboration like the Emerg-E makes sense for both parties, and Lotus has a history of selling platforms to automakers like Tesla and Hennessey. Renault is said to be seeking a partner for the development of its Alpine sports car
, so could Lotus be just the match Renault is looking for?Autocar
says yes, and even goes so far as to say that both the Infiniti Emerg-E and the Renault Alpine
could be built in Britain by Lotus for the respective sibling brands. As the Emerg-E was primarily developed in the U.K., there’s likely a financial incentive to continue development and production in-country.
Renault’s head of Marketing, Steve Norman, has previously stated that the Alpine will be mid or rear-engined, which means that development of a production version “probably needs more than the Renault-Nissan Alliance on its own.”
The Lotus Evora
is a suitable chassis for both vehicles, and platform sharing would reduce development costs for Renault and Nissan. It would also give Lotus much-needed business, even if the projected volumes for both vehicles are low. With that much to gain by both sides, we’d give this particular rumor a bit more credibility than most.