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Lotus reveals its 2,000PS Evija hypercar

17/07/2019
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Oh. My Days. When we first reported on Lotus’s forthcoming electric hypercar we knew it was going to be good… but we didn’t realise it was going to be THIS good! Revealed last night in London, UK the Lotus Evija represents several firsts for the Norfolk-based small volume sports car manufacturer.
Lotus reveals its 2,000PS Evija hypercar.
(Image via Lotus).

Firstly – this is Lotus’s first all-electric vehicle. A bold move for a company which has traditionally relied on ICE powertrains from other manufacturers (think Toyota, Ford etc). Secondly – this is Lotus’s first ever attempt at a hypercar, and what an attempt! Traditionally associated with the production of lightweight sportscars, with the Evija Lotus has chosen to completely skip the supercar category and go straight into hypercar territory. Another very brave move!

But let’s take a look at the details- the one that everyone is going to be talking about for some time to come is the headline performance figures. With its electric motors, Lotus claims the Evija has a power output of 2,000 PS making it the world’s most powerful series production road car. With such phenomenal power on tap, you’ll be looking at a 0-60 mph time of less than 3 seconds, and a top speed of over 200 mph. This ultra-advanced all-electric powertrain has been developed by Lotus’s technical partner William Advanced Engineering which has used its extensive experience from Formula E to inform the development of the Evija’s mid-mounted battery pack. Lotus and Williams claim that this highly efficient system is the lightest, most energy dense, electric power package ever fitted to a road car.
The Evija possesses many hypercar styling cues yet remains unmistakably a Lotus
(Image via Lotus).

Don’t think that Lotus’s legendary commitment to lightweighting has been sacrificed for performance either. The Evija, like all of Lotus’s models, has been unrelentingly scrutinised for weight reduction opportunities. The car’s ultra-lightweight carbon fibre monocoque makes it the world’s lightest production EV hypercar at just 1,680kg.

Visually, the Evija takes styling cues from many of the other niche hypercar brands out there, yet also remains recognisably a Lotus. Perhaps the most remarkable feature of the Evija is the two Venturi tunnels through each rear quarter, giving the car an imposing presence. The car’s massive (and adjustable) rear wing is also a striking presence. We’ve heard from several automotive journalists close to Lotus that the wing is capable of generating more downforce than the Evija weighs – meaning that it could theoretical drive upside down! (We doubt many Evija owners would be keen to put this to the test though).
With 2,000PS the Lotus Evija becomes the world's most powerful series production car
(Image via Lotus).

Commenting on the car’s styling, the appropriately named Russell Carr, Design Director at Lotus, said:

“We studied how Le Mans race cars use air flow creatively to go over, under and around the vehicle, but also through it. This concept of ‘porosity’ is key to the Evija and has enabled us to create a timeless design with exceptional amounts of downforce.”

A statement from Lotus says that ‘The Evija signals the start of a contemporary new design language for Lotus, which will evolve and reappear on future high-performance cars.’

Here’s what Phil Popham Lotus’ CEO had to say about the Evija at the launch party last night, “The Lotus Evija is a car like no other. It will re-establish our brand in the hearts and minds of sports car fans and on the global automotive stage. It will also pave the way for further visionary models. This is another amazing moment in the history of our company. The Evija is a true Lotus in every sense – it has been developed with an unwavering passion to push boundaries, to explore new ways of thinking and to apply ground-breaking technologies.”
The two Venturi tunnels at the rear of the Evija make a bold visual statement.
(Image via Lotus).

 The Evija represents Lotus’s first new model launch under new owner Geely and will act as a ‘lynchpin’ for the company’s expansion into new segments including a rumoured SUV and possibly even a sedan.

With a limited a production run of just 130 vehicles and a price tag of £1.7m the Evija is certainly the boldest way possible that Lotus could have entered the ultra-competitive hypercar niche.

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