Lotus followed that announcement with news of a new track-only Evora GT4 Concept (pictured above), a lightweight carbon racer powered by a 450-horsepower V6 engine and capable of a top speed of more than 270 km/h. Lotus hopes the cars will help it gain traction in key global markets.
The million-dollar Type 130 will be revealed in more detail, along with a full specification list, in London later this year. Production numbers are expected to be low, so it’s no surprise the company says it’s already received expressions of interest. The car will serve as the halo vehicle for a new generation of Lotus vehicles produced as part of Geely’s £1.5 billion ($A2.73b) revitalization strategy over the next couple of years.
“[Geely’s] going to change the brand massively,” says Knappett, who’s owned and run Lotus Cars Australia and New Zealand for 12 years. “Lotus is small, it’s been successful in engineering and racing, and has built some amazing cars and achieved some amazing things, but it’s never taken the corporate attitude. Geely will commercialize and make Lotus profitable. “