The future for Lotus is looking bright after several years of struggling to secure its identity.When you think of Lotus, what comes to mind? More than likely you envision a sleek and lightweight sportscar taking corners at crazy speeds. Chances are that you don't think of a compact city car with a hybrid powertrain or an F1-inspired speedster. The automaker started by Colin Chapman is now in the process of reinventing itself while still retaining it's most treasured philosophy: "Simplify, then add lightness." If you'd like to see what Lotus has in store for drivers in the future, then continue reading on.The Lotus Esira was designed by Jack Lamburn for the year 2025. The Esira has the looks of a Lotus, but its technology is far advanced. Lamburn's design would be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and would feature an impact-absorbing exterior made from "metal rubber."