The horsepower war between hypercars seems to be shifting from the realm of petrol-fuelled beasts to electric ones, and fast. While Rimac claims an output of 1,888bhp from its C_Two, and Pininfarina promises 1,900bhp from its Battista electric hypercar, legendary British sportscar maker Lotus has entered the fray with a new model that claims an outrageous power output of 2,000PS, which is about 1,972bhp. If this target output is achieved for real, the first ever fully electric British hypercar will also be the world’s most powerful series production road car. The all-new Lotus Evija (pronounced ‘E-vi-ya’), which was revealed yesterday in London, is the storied brand’s first model with an electrified powertrain and the first completely new car to be launched under the stewardship of China’s Geely.
The Evija is also the first Lotus road car to feature a one-piece carbon fibre monocoque chassis, while the cabin, from the fully adjustable race-style seats to the multi-function steering wheel, is motorsport-inspired. The all-electric powertrain has been developed with technical partner Williams Advanced Engineering. The battery pack is mid-mounted immediately behind the two seats and supplies energy directly to four powerful e-motors, and Lotus claims the system is the lightest, most energy dense, electric power package ever fitted to a road car. With a target weight of 1,680 kg, it will be the lightest pure electric hypercar ever to go into series production. The Evija has five driving modes – Range, City, Tour, Sport and Track. Generating massive torque of 1,700Nm, it can do 0-100 kph in under three seconds and hit a top speed of more than 320kph. It takes just nine seconds to reach 300kph, doing 100-200kph in less than three seconds, and 200-300kph in less than four seconds.
“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,” Lotus Cars CEO Phil Popham said after unveiling the car in London. “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,” he adds.
The full carbon fibre bodywork sits low to the ground, with a ride height of just 105 mm, and muscular haunches adding to the hypercar’s hunkered down looks. A blend of fluid forms and crisp lines, the exterior styling is reminiscent of classic Lotus road and race cars. Lotus says the design has also drawn inspiration from nature. “During the initial design stage we spent many hours studying images of geological forms – rocks that had been carved by nature over the centuries. We believe we’ve captured these beautiful, intriguing and elemental lines within the Evija,” says Russell Carr, Design Director, Lotus Cars.
Using existing charging technology – a 350kW unit, which is currently the most powerful available – the Evija’s charge time will be 12 minutes to 80 per cent and 18 minutes to 100 per cent. The car’s range is 400 kilometres on the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) Combined Cycle.
In a nod to the car’s project code, Type 130, production is limited to not more than 130 examples, giving it an added aura of exclusivity. Order books are now open through www.lotuscars.com for the £1.7 million (Dh7.74 million) Evija, where you can secure a production slot by paying a £250,000 (Dh1.14 million) deposit.