Automotive Engineer magazine asked Lotus to design a vehicle that could evolve the city car concept into new directions, improving on models such as the Smart ForTwo and the Toyota iQ.
In just two weeks a team formed by Head of Design Russell Carr, technical director Simon Wood and vehicle architectRichard Rackham have come up with a series of sketches and basic layout ideas - about 10% of a concept phase in a normal project.
The resulting car is a compact - 3.7 inches shorter than a ForTwo - city vehicle capable of transporting up to four adults.
It features sliding doors and is powered by a 37 kW electric motor coupled with two blocks of four lithium ion batteries, each providing up to 50 km of range. The second one is an optional equipment which could be used during winter or for extra range.
(Car Body Design news)