From the first use of aerodynamic ground-effect on Formula 1 race-cars, to pioneering the use of extruded aluminum for lightweight automotive construction, Lotus has been at the forefront of automotive innovation for almost 50 years.
We’ve covered Lotus’ a bit of innovative history and involvement in Chrysler’s ENVI electric vehicle program before, but this release might the public’s first glimpse of the innovation new technology behind the revolutionary hybrid this Financial Times article says Lotus will be revealing at next month’s Geneva show.
Called the Omnivore, this new kind of engine takes aspects of a conventional 2-stroke, and adds a few neat tricks to that proven technology to create an engine truly flexible enough to run on almost anything, from 87 Octane to Cabo tequila to VP Nitromethane.
As an examination of the relevant research materials would suggest*. Also: in light of this if I find out that they’re working on a model that can metabolize hemoglobin I will lead the pitchfork-and-torch-carrying mob on the factory myself.
*Oh, thank God. For a really bad two-minute period I thought that there was, or was going to be, a sequel to that one.