Lotus announced it will begin testing its first prototype circuit hybrid, which is made possible by a technology development program subsidized by the British government. The model mounted two electric motors 414 horsepower developed, and a three-cylinder internal combustion acts as generator. In hybrid mode, can travel 482 km.
As the years, automakers are getting in tune with the increasingly stringent environmental regulations. L Even manufacturers of sports you, that questions of logic, were the most resisted in its transition from fuel powered models to new forms of alternative energy. However, all in one way or another have begun to walk that road irreversible. Ferrari, Audi, Porsche and Bugatti are some of the electric motors that added some of their cars and now Lotus’s beginning to realize the “dream of the hybrid itself.”
In 2010 the British automaker presented at the Geneva Motor Show prototype Evora 414E, which had started its development in 2008, a model that, precisely, would aim to become the first brand to mount a drive “green.” Well, this prototype was presented again during the past weekend at the Festival of Speed Goodwood and now heralds the beginning of the first tests on the circuit.
The Evora 414E, like most electric hybrid models today, riding a pair of electric motors that together develop 414 horsepower, thanks to the Xtrac transmission of the brand, bring their power to the rear wheels, ensuring an acceleration from 0 to 100 in just 4 seconds and a top speed of 210 kilometers per hour.
Along with working electric motors internal combustion engine of three cylinders (which can be powered by gasoline, ethanol or methanol) has no direct relationship with the drive system; it functions as a generator and helps to extend the autonomy the prototype at 48 km when operating in all-electric mode at 482 when it does in hybrid mode.
For now, there is no time to market model, but it is clear that within a few years Lotus will have hybrid technology in its range. This project, like similar ones carried hasten by Land Rover and Jaguar, is subsidized by the British government through the program Re-Evolution Project.