Of the project, Hill commented: “What we’ve tried to do is to push the boundaries of where we are technically today and extrapolate into the future. The Lotus E-R9 incorporates technologies which we fully expect to develop and be practical. Lotus has an amazing history of developing unique solutions, and we’ve done it many times in motorsport and with our road cars.”
In the concept’s design, Hill was joined by principal platform engineer Louis Kerr, and the technical director, GT, Geely Group Motorsports International. Design Director for Lotus, Russell Carr, brought their concept to visual fruition.
While the design is a firm step into the future, its black and gold livery is steeped in history, nodding to the pioneering spirit that saw the manufacturer accumulate 13 Formula 1 championship titles. The name, and year too, hold significance to Lotus, with ER denoting Endurance Racer, while 9 refers to the Lotus Mark IX with which the race team made its debut appearance at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1955. The year 2030, then, would mark 75 years since this inaugural entry, in which company founder Colin Chapman was among the drivers competing.