Yet another Lotus chassis has been re-purposed as an electric vehicle, this time as the foundation of the Infiniti Emerg-E concept. Previously the Elise/Exige chassis has been used to underpin the Tesla Roadster along with a few other concepts and attempts at electric sports cars that went nowhere.
Nissan opted to use Lotus' newer and larger Evora to make a roomier and more comfortable car.
Both of these chassis' make good platforms thanks to their light weight and flexibility. The original Elise marked the debut of platform constructed by adhesive bonding of aluminum extrusions. This construction method makes the chassis strong and easy to modify by lengthening various sections.
For what it's worth, this isn't Nissan's first interaction with Lotus. Like many major automakers, Nissan has quietly contracted Lotus Engineering in the past for vehicle development help, especially on ride and handling.
Dissected: Lotus-Based Infiniti Emerg-E Sports-Car Concept
Infiniti's stunning Emerg-E sports-car concept gets broken down to expose its Lotus bones and range-extended electric powertrain. Read the story and see photos at Car and Driver.
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