Lotus Evija: the Evolved Pure Electric Hypercar
The Lotus Evija all-electric hypercar gets its name from first in existence’ or ‘the living one’. Tauted as the Evolved Pure Electric hypercar, the Evija features carbon fiber all over to emphasize its lightweight ambition.
At just 105 mm height, the Evija appears to crouch low to the ground. Taking inspiration from the aeronautics industry, the mascular exterior is a perfectly proportioned blend of fluid forms and crisp lines. This is clearly illustrated by the gently curved but sharp leading edge of the bonnet, which is reminiscent of so many classic Lotus road and race cars.
One of the major highlights is the Venturi tunnel which pierces each rear quarter. Inspired by Le Mans race cars. From the rear, each tunnel is edged with a red LED to create a striking ribbon-style light signature. The result is an impressive visual effect that’s akin to the afterburners on a fighter jet, especially when seen at night. Other highlights from the rear include the signals, the reverse light with T mark, and the front splitter.
The Evija is the first Lotus road car to ever feature a full carbon fiber chassis. Moulded as a single piece for exceptional strength, rigidity and safety, the full length of the underside is sculpted to optimize downforce. It includes an integrated air diffuser which extends from under the B-pillars to the rear. There are no door mirrors., while the magnesium wheels provide optimum lightness and strength, and are sized 20 and 21 inches at the front and rear respectively.
Interior-wise, the dominant characteristic of the cabin is the ‘floating wing’ dashboard. Access to the cabin is through the two dihedral doors. Handle-free to preserve the sculpted exterior, they’re operated via the key fob. It’s the first time Lotus has used such doors, and while they make for a moment of dramatic theater they also provide maximum space for getting in and out.
The cabin strikes the perfect balance between the precise functionality of a track car and the comfort of a road car, thanks to the adjustable seats in carbon fiber with thick Alcantara-finished pads. Meanwhile, the steering column is manually adjustable for both rake and reach. Three-point seatbelts are fitted as standard, with four-point harnesses an option. Built into the bodyshell, close to the occupants’ hip point, are two bespoke storage areas. The steering of the hypercar with mode controller is found in an LMP or F1 car.
The Lotus Evija is the first production road car in the world to feature laser lights for both main and dipped beams.
With target figures of 2,000 PS of power and 1,700 Nm of torque, the Lotus Evija is the world’s most extreme production road car. Key to this estimated extreme output and torque figures is the li-on battery (2000 kW) developed by Williams. Its 0- 100 km/h sprint is completed in under three seconds, while the top speed is in excess of 340 km/h.
The car is built on a one-piece motorsport-inspired carbon fiber monocoque chassis. It is supplied by CPC, the Modena, Italy-based world-leader in composite technology.
The Evija is priced from 1.7 million pounds at an estimate.
Lotus Evija specifications
|Name||Lotus Evija (Type 130)|
|Powertrain||Pure electric, 4WD|
|Power||The target is to be the most powerful production car in the world, at 2,000 PS|
|Battery power||70 kw/h / 2,000 kW|
|Torque||1,700 Nm with torque vectoring|
|0-100 km/h (0-62 mph)||Under three seconds|
|0-300 km/h (0-186 mph)||Under nine seconds|
|Max speed||In excess of 200 mph (320 km/h)|
|All-electric range (WLTP Combined)||250 miles (400 km)|
|Charging time (350kW charger)||18 mins|
|Production run||Maximum of 130 cars|
|Overall dimensions (L/W/H)||4,459 / 2,000 / 1,122 mm|
|Price||From £1.7m + duties and taxes|
|Reservation process||£250k deposit secures a production slot|
|Start of Production||2020|