20 August 2004
20 August 2004
Car maker Lotus has admitted it is working on a new GT sports car in a move that could expand production at its Hethel headquarters in the UK.
A prototype of the new car, which looks like a larger and more powerful Elise, has been spotted by purists on a test drive in the lanes near the Lotus factory and expected to be priced around 40,000 GBP.
Lotus spokesman Alastair Florance said: ""Yes it is true that we are looking at a GT-style car. At this stage it is just a concept car and we have not decided whether it will go into production. It is likely to be more touring and less track based. It is in the very early stages of evaluation. We are looking at the market and whether it fits into our long term ambitions.""
Lotus is placing great emphasis on how lightweight the car would be, with a glass fibre body designed to keep weight to a minimum.
According to Industry sources, Lotus is aiming to make the GT a world car – available in markets around the world, including the US, Japan and Mexico where the Elise is now on sale.
As well as the Elise, Lotus also manufactures the Exige as well as the Vauxhall VX220 and Opel Speedster, and makes advanced composite structures for the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish.
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