Lotus has wowed the automotive world by unveiling what it calls the “most powerful series production car in the world” – the 2,000bhp, all-electric Evija hypercar.
Each will cost £1.7 million, plus duties and taxes, and only 130 will be built. A £250,000 refundable deposit secures a production slot, and if you fancy one, order books are open now.
With five driving modes – Range, City, Tour, Sport and Track – at its most extreme it’s capable of 0-62mph in under 3.0-seconds, and maxes out at more than 200mph. The car’s ultra-lightweight carbon fibre monocoque makes it the world’s lightest production EV hypercar, at 1680kg.
Designed, engineered and hand-built at Lotus’ famous home in Hethel, near Norwich, the Evija will have an all-electric range of 250 miles. Unbelievably, it’s mid-mounted battery pack will be capable of being fully charged in just nine minutes.
The first fully electric British hypercar
Understandably, Lotus believes the Evija “cements the UK’s position as the world leader in high-performance, advanced technology automotive manufacturing”.
The world’s first fully electric British hypercar is also the first completely new car to be launched under the stewardship of Lotus owners, Geely, the world’s fastest growing automotive group. The Chinese company also owns Volvo.
“The Lotus Evija is a car like no other,” Lotus Cars CEO Phil Popham said at the hypercar’s unveiling in London last night (16 Jul).
“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.
“The Evija is a true Lotus, and has been developed with an unwavering passion to push boundaries, to explore new ways of thinking and to apply ground-breaking technologies. It is another amazing moment in the history of our company.”
Visually a stunning piece of contemporary automotive design, the Evija features a dramatic Venturi tunnel through each rear quarter. The result is mightily impressive.
“We studied how Le Mans race cars use air flow creatively to go over, under and around the vehicle, but also through it,” Russell Carr, Design Director, Lotus Cars, said.
“This concept of ‘porosity’ is key to the Evija and has enabled us to create a timeless design with exceptional amounts of downforce.”
What it looks like
The car’s cabin, from the fully adjustable race-style seats to the multi-function steering wheel, is the very pinnacle of motorsport-inspired road car design and technology.
At the heart of the Evija is an ultra-advanced all-electric powertrain developed by technical partner Williams Advanced Engineering, famed for success in F1, and more recently building the powerpacks for the first four seasons of Formula E.
The battery pack in the Evija is mid-mounted immediately behind the two seats and supplies energy directly to four powerful e-motors. The highly efficient system is the lightest, most energy dense, electric power package ever fitted to a road car.
There’s no denying the most striking element of the Lotus Evija is its exterior – it’s like an automotive version of Superman. From every angle the full carbon fibre bodywork is stretched taut, appearing shrink-wrapped over the mechanical components.
Crouching low to the ground, and with a ride height of just 105 mm, the pronounced muscular haunches envelop the teardrop cabin that sinks between them.
And I suspect Lotus founder Colin Chapman would smile as he looked down and saw the rear of the Evija. Each of the dramatic Venturi tunnels is edged with a red LED to create a striking ribbon-style light signature.
The result is a stunning visual effect that’s akin to the afterburners on a fighter jet, especially when seen at night. As an extra detail, an LED hidden within each tunnel illuminates its interior.
There’s no denying, whether you’ve got £1.7m tucked away under your mattress or not, whatever angle you view the Evija from, it is simply a stunning piece of automotive artwork – and one which sets the new future for one of the most famous names in motoring.