Now that Lotus is part of the Geely family, it will be able to make the most of technology developed by a number of the Chinese parent company's brands. The relationship it has so far expressed the most interest in, though, is the one with Volvo.

Jean-Marc Gales, Lotus' CEO, recently told Autocar , that the British brand is interested in making the most of the powertrains options that the tie-up allows for.

It should hardly come as a surprise that Volvo would be the brand it has in mind since the Swedish brand's R&D trickles down to both Polestar and Lynk & Co.

Although Lotus currently uses Toyota powertrains and has said that it will continue using them in the near-term, Volvo's use of low-displacement, high output engines is right up Lotus' alley.

Gales told Autocar that hybrid and electric vehicles are in the cards, but that he expects that "there are some years left for combustion engines in sports cars." He did also admit, though, that a hybrid could work.

Polestar currently can squeeze 600 hp (and 1,000 lb-ft of torque) out of Volvo's four-cylinder hybrid system. Whether Polestar will be eager to give its hard work away remains to be seen, though the Polestar 1 is more of a grand tourer than a hardcore track car, which may encourage Polestar to be collaborative.

[source: Autocar ]