Well, that’s what Autocar says is possible in their new report. Not just the Alpine, Lotus could also produce the production version of Infiniti Emerg-e. This makes perfect sense. Now that the British firm has ditched its ambitious plans, they can go back to low-volume contract works. That’s how they used to make a living back in the day.
The word is that both Renault and Infiniti are speculating using the Lotus Evora platform as the base for their new sports cars. That will bring the costs down, and it’s a good chassis anyway, much better than what they could have come up with on their own.
The Emerg-e concept is already using a version of Evora’s platform and Lotus’s experimental 414E range-extender drivetrain. The same can also be used for the Alpine’s mid of rear-engined layout.
This whole thing sounds like a viable plan, seeing as sharing a platform will bring the costs of production down for the car makers, which means marketing men cannot stop the engineers making the cars, and it will also help Lotus getting back on their feet.