Lotus confirmed today at the Shanghai Auto Show it is developing an all new hypercar. Currently dubbed the Type 130, it will use an all-electric powertrain, free of any internal combustion assistance. The company released a teaser image of the car, as well as a short video. It's set to be unveiled later this year in London.
The Type 130 will be Lotus's first truly new vehicle since 2008, and its first all-electric production car. This isn't some rebodied Evora with an electric drivetrain—it's an entirely new car. The teaser image shown above was "illustrated through computational fluid dynamic modeling, demonstrating its unique lines and airflow."
"Type 130 will be the most dynamically accomplished Lotus in our history," said Lotus CEO Phil Popham in a statement. "It marks a turning point for our brand and is a showcase of what we are capable of and what is to come from Lotus."
In January, Lotus announced a partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering, the sub-division of the Williams F1 team responsible for developing cars such as the Aston Martin RapidE and Singer DLS. So it's safe to say the firm has a hand in the Type 130 as well.
Will a Lotus without an internal combustion engine still be fun to drive? Well, we'll just have to wait to get behind the wheel to find out. Judging by how this project is going, though, we're not too worried.