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Lotus teases the Type 130 electric hypercar

18/04/2019
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The iconic British sportscar manufacturer Lotus has this week announced its first all-new production car since 2008; the Type 130. The car is set to become the first all-electric hypercar from a British manufacturer.
The new Lotus Type 130 illustrated through computational fluid dynamic modelling, demonstrating its unique lines and airflows.
Commenting on the planned hypercar Lotus CEO Phil Popham said:

“Type 130 will be the most dynamically accomplished Lotus in our history. It marks a turning point for our brand and is a showcase of what we are capable of and what is to come from Lotus”.

The all-new car will be revealed, along with its technical details and specifications in London, the birthplace of Lotus, later this year.

Whilst further details are not available at present, the Type 130 is the first major development since Chinese automotive giant Geely bought a controlling stake in Lotus back in 2017. It’s clear that with the cash and infrastructure support that Geely has brought, Lotus is back in full health.

It’s possible that the Lotus Type 130 is also partially the result of Lotus’ partnership with Williams which was announced in February 2019. The two companies agreed to jointly develop advanced propulsion tech. With Williams providing the batteries for Formula E since 2014, it’s possible that this partnership has helped to bring about the Type 130.

Although pricing and production runs have not been confirmed, some Automotive websites are claiming a price point of £1m for the Type 130. It’s also been suggested that production will to only 25 units. Despite a small production run Lotus has been engaged in an enormous recruitment drive having recruited nearly 300 engineers since 2017. It’s expected that another 500 new recruits will be added to Lotus over the next four years.

Like many Lotus cars of the past, the driving experience is going to be the central factor in the Type 130. In a recent interview, Lotus CEO Phil Popham said as much:

“It’s not a car that we particularly just want to sit in a showroom or collection. We’d actually like people to drive it and we will be using this around the world. It will be technology leading and all-electric”.

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