Lotus Engineering has announced that it has a new director as well as 'significant new contracts' with Chinese clients.

Dr Robert Hentschel joins Lotus as Director of Lotus Engineering replacing Paul Newsome, who takes up a new role as Director of Product Engineering for Lotus Cars.

Lotus says that Dr Hentschel's task will be to 'lead the expansion of Lotus Engineering's third party consultancy work and to further develop its position of technology leadership in lightweight architectures, driving dynamics, efficient performance and electrical/electronics'.

Dr Hentschel will have full responsibility for Lotus Engineering worldwide, reporting to Dany Bahar, CEO of Group Lotus plc. He has previously held positions at EDAG as Chief Operating Officer for North American operations and as Head of the Electrical/Electronics Business Unit.

Lotus Engineering has also announced that it has secured 'major new projects with three Chinese clients'.

These projects, it says, will result in a fourth consecutive year of growth in new orders for Lotus Engineering's global third party consultancy work.

Dr Hentschel said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for me to contribute to the continued success of this outstanding business which boasts talented engineers and an iconic brand. Lotus Engineering has an exceptional heritage with an exciting array of future products, technologies and services that will further enhance its position as a pioneer in the new automotive era.

"Our key areas of expertise allow us to deliver exciting vehicles and sustainable transport solutions that are exactly aligned to the needs of the global automotive industry."