Jaguar and Lotus collaborate

New reports have surfaced indicating extensive collaboration between two of Britain’s most significant automakers – Jaguar and Lotus.

Currently under development between the two firms is a proposed Jaguar XE roadster. While initially reported by the media as an Audi R8 competitor, recent reports indicate the car will most likely be a Porsche Boxster rival.

Lotus is crunching the numbers to see if the Jaguar XE makes financial sense. “They’re sending data to Lotus Engineering on Jaguar’s behalf,” said a well-placed source. Under critical evaluation is whether the XE can be made cost-effectively on a lightweight aluminum chassis unlike the steel chassis of the XF sedan.

Ever since the development of the Elise, Lotus has been at the forefront of aluminum automotive construction. Lotus has used this knowledge on numerous other consulting projects with other firms like Aston Martin, where Lotus engineered the Vanquish.

While Jaguar has yet to sign off on the XE project, it is rumored that the extra plant capacity at Lotus headquarters in Hethel could be tapped for production.

Another recent Jaguar-Lotus collaboration was the limited edition Jaguar XKR-S coupe (pictured above); Lotus helped determine the chassis settings.

Source: Autocar

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