Norfolk, England – Lotus has received the historic Dewar Trophy for 2008 for the development of its Versatile Vehicle Architecture (VVA) chassis technology. The coveted award, which has been handed out 40 times since 1906, is given by the Royal Automobile Club for an outstanding British technical achievement in the automotive field.

Lotus’ VVA has been developed for the benefit of producing low to medium volumes for niche markets. It exploits Lotus Engineering’s expertise in aluminum, steel and composite body engineering, joining techniques and vehicle systems integration, offering a fast-to-market, cost-effective approach without compromises that can stem from conventional platform sharing.

“The thing that particularly impressed the judges was the single-minded determination with which the team at Lotus had sought to find the best possible solution to the particular problem of building an uncompromised, lightweight chassis for a low-volume road car, and then continually developed and refined that concept to respond to emerging requirements,” said John Wood, chairman of the Dewar Trophy Technical Sub-Committee. “What they have now is a platform system that is not only ideal for high-performance sports cars, but also almost infinitely versatile and well-suited to the needs of niche vehicle manufacturing in an era where environmental concerns are driving a demand for lightweight structures for a multitude of applications.”

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