Lotus Evija isn’t Simple or Light, But it Sure is Fast

“Simplify, then add lightness,” has always been Lotus’s philosophy. All their cars put lightweight construction over outright power. Until now. Meet the battery-powered Evija, a 3704 lbs (1680 kg) hypercar with 2000 hp.

Evija means “first in existence,” which is appropriate, because it is the first all-new Lotus in a very long time, and the first Lotus to be launched since Chinese automotive group Geely bought Lotus.

When it’s launched, it’ll have 2000 hp, and 1253 lb ft of torque, which is sent to all four wheels via four separate motors. No exact performance figures yet, but they claim it’ll go from 0-186 mph in less then 9 seconds. There are plenty of cars which take longer than that to reach 60 mph, which is crazy to think about. Top speed will be over 200 mph, naturally. The electric drivetrain was co-developed by Williams Advanced Engineering, of F1 fame, and sits in the middle of the chassis.

And what a chassis it has. It’s a carbon-fiber monocoque, and features pushrod suspension. It rides on magnesium wheels (20 inch front, 21 at the rear) wearing Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R semi-slick tyres. Ensuring proper stopping power are carbon-ceramic brakes from AP Racing. It should offer Lotus’s trademark steering feel too, as despite being an EV, it has electrohydraulic power steering instead of purely electric power steering like most other EVs.

No downforce figures have been released, but they should be exceptional. Just look at the car, with its massive front splitter and rear diffuser, not to mention the rear spoiler, which has a drag-reduction system (DRS) like an F1 car.

So its fast then. But unlike most EV’s, the Evija should be able to go around the Nurburgring flat-out without overheating. Thanks to having four heat exchangers, it takes 7 minutes to overheat in track mode when being driven flat-out. That’s only one lap, but its impressive none the less.

And you can charge it up in 18 minutes at a regular charging station.

Want one? Well you’d better hurry up, as they’re only making 130 of them. Also, you’d better be able to cough up a £250k ($310,700 ) deposit, then another £1.7 million ($2,112,760) for the rest of the car.


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