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Alpine and Lotus Announce Technical Collaboration Covering EV Sports Car, Formula One, Formula E, and Endurance

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Renault-owned Alpine and Geely-owned Lotus in the favor of various areas including the production of an electric sports car. As per the press release published by Alpine and Lotus, the collaboration will use the expertise and facilities of the respective organizations in France and the UK to undertake a feasibility study on joint electric vehicle design, development and engineering.

In addition, Alpine and Lotus are looking into creating a combination of engineering skills for a joint service offer. A collaboration to leverage Alpine’s motorsport platform covering Formula One to Formula E and Endurance is also under study.

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Laurent Rossi, CEO of Alpine said, “The signing of this MoU with Lotus shows the lean and smart approach we’re implementing as part of the new Alpine brand strategy. Both brands have an amazing legacy and we are most excited to start this work together, from engineering tailored solutions to developing a next-generation EV sports car. This collaboration along with our transformation mark the beginning of a new era in which we’ll be taking the Alpine name and line-up to the future. We’re putting F1 at the heart of our business, leveraging our in-house expertise and best-in-class partners such as Lotus to inject our cars with leading-edge performance, technology, and motorization”.

While Phil Popham, CEO of Lotus Cars added, “Today’s announcement is the first step in what is set to be a hugely rewarding collaboration between our iconic brands. We are proud to be working with Groupe Renault in this collaboration – sharing Lotus’ technical expertise and abilities, and leveraging our long track record of successful collaborations. Our companies have much in common – from a pioneering pedigree in light-weighting, to championship-winning sports cars which perform as impressively on the road as they do in the motorsports arena. It is a natural fit in many ways and the co-development of an EV sports car is hugely exciting for our companies, our fans, and customers around the world. The joint-services element of our agreement will additionally make our engineering expertise available to those wishing to engage our innovations.”

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In additional news, as a part of the brand’s relaunch, Alpine has released photos of its Formula One Car of 2021. This year’s renowned team from Renault F1 will be competing under the Alpine brand. Although Thursday’s photos were a concept that is to be changed before the first race.

The press release published on 10th of January said, “Current activities of Alpine cars, Renault Sport Cars and Renault Sport Racing will be united as one entity under the Alpine brand. Alpine will bring together the credibility of an authentic brand, specialized manufacturing, engineering mastery with considerable media exposure from Formula One. Together, they set the foundations to truly create market value around Alpine and take it to a different league.”

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