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Lotus will partner with Obvio! Automotoveiculos in Brazil to develop two high-performance mini sports cars. The '828' and '012' (pictured) will be ultra-lightweightv and use "aerospace-developed structural technology" to make them strong and safe. Oddly enough, the cars will be three-seaters: the driver and passengers sitting three-abreast and the doors will be scissor-opening.

Lotus will partner with Obvio! Automotoveiculos in Brazil to develop two high-performance mini sports cars, Channel 4 reports. The ‘828’ and ‘012’ (pictured) will be ultra-lightweightv and use “aerospace-developed structural technology” to make them strong and safe. Oddly enough, the cars will be three-seaters: the driver and passengers sitting three-abreast and the doors will be scissor-opening. Channel 4 reports:

Power will come, at least initially, from the Brazilian-built Tritec 1.6-litre engine as supplied to Chrysler, as used in the Mk1 Mini. This will be adapted by Lotus for ‘trybrid’ multi-fuel capability, giving the option to run on petrol, bioethanol or natural gas; and besides an entry-level normally-aspirated version, 170bhp and 250bhp turbocharged variants will also be produced. Shortly after the launch of these models, eco-friendly electric versions will follow too.

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