The Low CO2 concept is based on an Opel Astra and powered by a Lotus designed pressure-charged three-cylinder 1.5L gasoline engine that has been outfitted with a number of Lotus and Continental technologies.

Lotus Engineering has developed a new system for reducing CO2 emissions, which will give manufactures a practical and affordable option to reduce their emissions. The Low CO2 concept is based on an Opel Astra and is powered by a Lotus designed pressure-charged three-cylinder 1.5L gasoline engine that has been outfitted with a number of Lotus and Continental technologies.

The engine features an integrated exhaust manifold, centrally-mounted injectors, cam profile switching for lift and timing, a high pressure fuel pump, and mild hybrid drive. As a result there is a 15% reduction in C02 emissions compared to a naturally aspirated 1.8L four cylinder Astra. The concept also features an additional 20hp and 48 ft-lbs of torque over the 1.8L Astra.

Lotus CEO, Mike Kimberley, said “…the most important part of this project is that the solution is a combination of technologies that are available and can be implemented in next generation models and with further work beyond the scope of this initial project.” Given the growth of the green movement and the potential of this new set of technologies, expect development to continue.

Lotus Presents Results of their 'Low CO2' Research Collaboration