Lotus to develop biofuel engine

Lotus Engineering has announced plans to develop an engine that runs on renewable fuels.

Sponsored by the Department for the Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) and in partnership with the Jaguar and Queen’s University Belfast, the engine is expected to significantly increase fuel efficiency for sustainable bio alcohol fuels.

With an innovative variable compression ratio system and a two-stroke operating cycle with direct fuel injection, the new development will have a higher degree of optimisation than that of current vehicles.

Mike Kimberley, chief executive officer of Lotus, said that the company was responding to an industry demand for reduction in CO2 emissions.

"Not only does our brand value of ‘performance through light weight’ fit perfectly with the necessary direction of the industry to produce lighter, more efficient vehicles, we are also working on all aspects of future fuels, investigating alternative powertrains to accommodate alcohol fuels as they enter the market," he added.

The development complements the Lotus Exige 270E Tri-fuel and is part of the firm’s bid to understand the complex combustion processes involved with bio fuels.

Other cars in Lotus’ iconic range include the Lotus Eagle.

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