Lotus Tightens Partnership with Cosworth

After presenting the Lotus Cosworth T127 Formula One car, an open wheeler powered by a Cosworth engine, British carmaker Lotus announced today it will expand the partnership with the engine maker to include "all motorsport activities which are based on Toyota powertrains." The first embodiment of this expanded partnership will be the V6 engine fitted in the Lotus Evora Cup racing car.

“The ties between Lotus and Cosworth are, of course, already historical ones but our new strategic relationship is based purely on Cosworth’s competencies, brand and race engine development capabilities."

"This new strategic partnership will align two of the most renowned names in the automotive world and will be of huge benefit for both organisations.”
Dany Bahar, Lotus CEO said in a statement.

“I am delighted that the Cosworth name is once again linked to Lotus through this new strategic partnership and these new high performance engines," added Tim Routsis, Cosworth CEO.

"Our mutual history over many decades resulted in a great number of racing successes and I expect to see further triumphs not only on the racetrack but also in the competitive high performance sportscar market, where Lotus is already acknowledged as a world leader.”

On the Evora Cup, the new 4.0L V6 develops 400 hp. The engine, mid-mounted, is paired with a Cima six speed sequential paddle shift dog gearbox, designed for international motor sport.

The car made its debut in Birmingham, on January the 14th, 2010 and will be eligible to compete in a number of different national and international series, including endurance and sprint racing.
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