To turn a profit Renault will have to team up with another carmaker. "A deal exists and it's progressing," Tavares admitted. "We'll make a decision on the car by the end of 2012 and it'll take three to five years from then." With Renault and Nissan
already forging a relationship with Mercedes, this seems the most likely partner; a mid-engine platform coming from the imminent SLC AMG coupe. Less likely is Lotus
, who is in the frame only because of their alliance with Infiniti
, providing the Evora chassis and hybrid powertrain for the Emerg-E.