The E-R9’s powertrain features an electric motor driving each wheel. A similar setup will power the Lotus Evija hypercar entering production later this year, though in the E-R9 the driver can adjust the torque distribution. The E-R9 also features what Lotus refers to as a “mixed cell chemistry battery,” designed to deliver a combination of high range and power density.
While designing the concept was probably a lot of fun for the team at Lotus Engineering, there was a more serious reason for the project. It serves as a showcase of the capabilities of Lotus Engineering, particularly in the areas of aerodynamics and electric powertrains.
Lotus Engineering was recently relocated to a new facility located at the University of Warwick in Coventry, United Kingdom. Among the projects the division is currently working on is a new electric sports car platform that will spawn models for both Lotus and France’s Alpine later this decade.