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Lotus to open new engineering centre in Warwick

23/07/2020
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UK based automotive firm Lotus have announced that they are opening a new advanced technology centre and headquarters for the Lotus Engineering Consultancy division, in partnership with the University of Warwick.

Designs for the new Lotus Engineering campus in Warwick
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The centre will house 130 engineers, adding to the 500-strong team based at Lotus Cars in Hethel, Norfolk.

Long-renowned for their lightweight sports cars, Lotus’s engineering arm are also a leading developer of advanced powertrain design & validation, lightweight material research and ride and handling. Lotus Engineering has been responsible for technology in the Lotus Carlton, Tesla Roadster, multiple F1 campaigns and projects in other industries including Olympic track bikes, boats and light aircraft. 

In their new technology centre they will focus on the development of low-carbon technologies to aid the transition towards decarbonising the automotive sector. 

The centre will be based at the University of Warwick’s Wellesbourne Campus and will include offices, workshops and laboratory space, with additional opportunities for future expansion.

“This is a big step forward for Lotus and our engineering consultancy.  The new space, facilities and job opportunities at Wellesbourne will be in great demand as we rapidly build our portfolio of external projects,” said Matt Windle, executive director of engineering at Lotus Cars. 

“Our team and specialist skills have grown significantly in the last two years as renewed impetus has been put in to the business with new shareholders and management.  The all-electric Evija hypercar is the first new Lotus Cars product for us to deliver, with significant focus on this at Wellesbourne as we complete the project and continue to advance its technologies for our future programmes.”

“The UK needs to retain R&D capability in our manufacturing sector, and at WMG we are working with partners on many R&D programmes which are focused on innovation and future growth towards net zero,” said Margot James, executive chair of the University of Warwick.

“We look forward to collaborating with Lotus on projects which seek to create a greener, more connected future”.

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