Lotus Announces Partnership with Cosworth for Road, Racing Engines

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Lotus announced yesrterday that it is forming an official partnership with Cosworth– the same engine development firm that provided the DFV engine that pushed Lotus to the F1 winner’s circle in the 1960s — to develop new engines for its road-going and racing cars.

“The ties between Lotus and Cosworth are, of course, already historical,” said Lotus CEO Dany Bahar, “but our new strategic relationship is based purely on Cosworth’s competencies, brand, and race engine development capabilities.”

Although Cosworth is providing its 2.4-liter V-8 for Lotus’ revived F1 effort, this agreement tasks the firm with developing high-performance engines based upon the existing Toyota engine architectures used in virtually every modern road-going Lotus.

Both Lotus and Cosworth aren’t discussing the details of the arrangement, but Lotus did note the first Cossie-Toyota engine will be a high-power version of the 3.5-liter V-6 that is destined for the new Evora Cup race car.