Lotus to spearhead development of lightweight EV platform

Lotus is leading a consortium that won a U.K. government tender to develop a modular platform for EVs.

The consortium includes Sarginsons Industries, an automotive supplier and consultancy adept at developing lightweight components, as well as researchers from Brunel University London.

Utilizing support and funding from the U.K. Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the consortium will develop a platform called the Lightweight Electric Vehicle Architecture, or LEVA for short. It is expected to feature innovations in both the areas of powertrains and chassis.

More details on the platform will be announced at a later date.

Lotus is putting the final touches on its Evija, an electric hypercar riding on a bespoke platform developed with Williams Advanced Engineering. The company is also working on its last cars powered solely by internal-combustion engines, meaning soon every Lotus will either be a hybrid or battery-electric model. The LEVA platform

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These Classic Images Prove Alfa Romeo Is the Most Romantic Automaker

When describing classic Alfa Romeos, it’s difficult to avoid the clichés that tag along with one of Italy’s most distinguished marquees. The 110-year old automaker established itself in its first 60 years as the purveyor of aesthetic and deeply passionate vehicles that inspired generations of automotive enthusiasts from all walks of life, and a classic Alfa in an equally fabulous environment represents la dolce vita more than perhaps any other automaker.

Because of Alfa’s elegance and evocative character, there’s no shortage of gorgeous historical images of the marque’s machinery. We scrounged around in the archives to gather a tasting menu of Alfa’s history, rounding out somewhere around the mid-1980s. Of course, we picked a few of our favorites to highlight in the text, but don’t miss the full gallery.

Glamor Shot of a 1968 Alfa Romeo GTV 1750

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