As you probably have heard already, Lotus is about to join the Geely family and it seems that will leave the door open for Volvo to benefit from Norfolk’s know-how in terms of suspension tuning. The reveal was made recently by Roger Wallgren, the new XC60’s principal engineer of vehicle dynamics, while speaking with Australia’s Drive.
He went on to specify Lotus’ expertise in that area “would be appreciated” and at the same time he believes it going to be “pretty applicable all over the board.” That being said, no plans have been made so far. After all, the deal between Lotus’ parent company Proton and Geely was announced just last week and it won’t be finalized until July, at the earliest.
If Lotus is going to lend Volvo a helping hand as far as optimizing suspensions, chances are the hotted-up Polestar models will be the first to take advantage of the tie-up between the two automakers. Speaking of the performance division, Wallgren says Geely has “a lot of ambition” when it comes to future Volvos and it will make a solid investment in the Polestar branch.
Geely officials have already made the promise to “unleash the full potential of Lotus” and will do their best to rejuvenate struggling Proton as well. If Geely will be able to replicate the success it’s having with Volvo, both Lotus and Proton have a bright future up ahead.
With Polestar also being part of the same team, this could be the beginning of something great and maybe in a few years Mercedes-AMG, BMW M, and Audi Sport will have to face a new rival. We can already imagine a performance Volvo tweaked by both Polestar and Lotus…