Lotus Cars isn't synonymous with high-volume production. In 52 years, the British motorsports specialist has assembled only 60,000 cars. But the company's engineering arm, Lotus Engineering Ltd., is trying hard to make a name for itself in powertrain development for everyday, mass-produced vehicles. In Europe, the company estimates that 10% of all new cars sold will be powered by Lotus-designed engines by the end of this year. In 1998, Lotus Engineering produced 350 engine prototypes — ...

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