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by George Skentzos

Lotus has released its first teaser of Project Eagle, a 2+2 Lotus sports car to be fully unveiled at the British Motor Show in July.

Not quite a conventional reveal, our first glimpse of Lotus’ new sports car showcases the front module of the chassis.

The aluminium front module on its own measures 938mm long, 864mm wide and 387mm tall and weighs in at a featherlight 25kg – establishing Lotus’ trademark design principles.

Project Eagle will be using Bilstein dampers and Eibach springs with unique dual path top mounts for optimised vehicle refinement.

Lotus Project Eagle teaser and 200kW Exige

The high performance bespoke Lotus AP Racing four-piston callipers work in tandem with ventilated cross drilled 350mm diameter brake discs to ensure phenomenal stopping power.

Entering production at the beginning of 2009, Project Eagle will enter the market as Lotus’ flagship performance car above the Elise, Exige and Europa.

In addition to Project Eagle, Lotus has also unveiled its first ever Exige to pass the 200kW mark.

Lotus Project Eagle teaser and 200kW Exige

Developing 201kW at 8,000rpm and 260Nm at 5500rpm, the Lotus Exige 270E Tri-fuel is the most powerful road-going Exige ever.

It will cover zero to 100km/h in just 3.88 seconds on a mixture of gasoline, bio-ethanol and methanol.

Lotus Project Eagle teaser and 200kW Exige

The Lotus Exige 270E Tri-fuel runs the same 1.8-litre 2ZZ-GT VVTL-I engine as in the regular Exige S.

Only small changes to engines are required such as sensors to detect alcohol content, modified ECU software, and a fuel system compatible with alcohol fuels, along with the higher flow rate fuel pump and injectors required to produce the 200kW.






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