The Lotus Eigne concept was designed by David Fearnley,
a 2008 graduate of the Transportation Design Course at
Northumbria University, England.
The Eigne was designed to be more practical than the usual
vehicles from Lotus, like the Elise
Based around a 1+3 seating layout, with the driver in
a central position, the Eigne can accommodate 3 adults
and one baby seat. While at the rear a spacious luggage
area can be accessed through the rear hatch.
One of the main reasons that the Lotus Eigne concept has
such a large amount of interior space is due to its power
source. In-wheel electric motors drive all four wheels
(with a RWD bias for sportier handling), and require no
space inside the chassis of the car. The batteries are
sandwiched in-between the floorplan to reduce the center
of gravity and keep them cool.
The body of the Lotus Eigne concept is designed to provide
a high degree of downforce over the entire car. At the
front a large wing is discreetly formed into the bodywork.
The airflow around the car is channeled over the roof
and at the rear of the car it is met with a subtle lip
spoiler on the rear hatch - just above the smoked taillight
In an effort to improve performance, reduce weight and
increase strength, the body of the Lotus Eigne is formed
fibre. This sits atop a bonded aluminium chassis which
incorporates the passenger compartment.
Inside the Lotus Eigne - which is entered via large doors
which cut into the roof to help access to the central
drivers seat - is a modern and stylish cabin with carbon
fibre seats and just a few hints at the cars electric
power source. Including a circuit board design on the
floor panels and a battery shaped logo.
Similar and related vehicles:
Lotus Hot Wheels
Lotus Europa S
Lotus Esprit Turbo SE
Lotus Elise 111R
Lotus Elise S
Lotus Exige S
Lotus Exige Cup 240
Lotus Sport Exige GT3
Lotus Track Car Concept
Lotus 2-Eleven Track Car
Lotus M250 (prototype)
Lotus Eagle (prototype)
Lotus Elan SE
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