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Lotus, Toyota Expanding Ties On Track And Street

Makers planning announcements at upcoming Paris Motor Show.

by on Sep.20, 2010

Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda and Lotus CEO Danny Bahar in Elise R.

When the tarp is lifted at the upcoming Paris Motor Show look for Lotus to unveil more than just a new model.  The British maker plans to announce details of its expanded partnership with Toyota, an alliance that is expected to involve both street and racing efforts.

Promising to “take (their) relationship to the next level,” the two makers intend to work together on “tailor-made powertrain solutions for Lotus cars,” they say.  The news was a significant development, presenting a positive spin on what could have been  troubling development for little Lotus.

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The British maker has long depended on Toyota engines for products like the Elise and Exige, but Toyota has pulled the plug on the torque little 2ZZ-GE engine used in those two-seaters.