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Official: Lotus will build Range Extender engine for hybrids

Fagor Ederlan has entered into a partnership with Lotus Engineering to collaborate on technology to make the Range Extender engine, which was presented last year at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show.

It will take some time yet before production begins but already, Lotus and Fagor Ederlan have already completed a joint technical and market study. Both sides concluded that the range extender is worth manufacturing.

The 3-cylinder 1.2l engine, which will be used in a series of hybrid vehicles, has an aluminum monoblock construction. Inside this structure is where the cylinder block, cylinder head and exhaust manifold are found in one casting. As a result, cost and mass are reduced as the engine weighs just 85 kg. This unit works with alcohol-based fuels and/or gasoline.

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