British Asia Network - Shahzad Sheikh
London 18 July 2019 - This is more than just a car, this is Lotus finally getting back into the hyperleague of exoticars where it truly belongs. Not since the Esprit, has the British sports car company been able to face down anything from Ferrari, Lamborghini and latterly Pagani, Koenigsegg, and even McLaren.
So here it is - the first all-new Lotus in years, and Britain's first all-electric hypercar! The Evija - look at the logo in a mirror and it appears to spell 'Alive!'
Here's the mains things you want to know first: 2000bhp, 1700Nm torque, 4WD, 0-100kph in under 3 seconds, 0-300kph in under 9 seconds and over 320kph top speed. There's a 400km range with a charging time of 18 minutes. It weights 1680kg and... oh, it features laser lighting technology.
Only 130 will be built, with prices from £1.7m + duties and taxes and production starts next year.
Developed thanks to ownership and investment by the Chinese firm Geely, Lotus has essentially stolen a march on everyone with the launch of the world's most powerful series production road car ever built - take that Bugatti!
And yet it won't just be about pulverising performance, because it's a Lotus and the company claims it's the most dynamically accomplished moderl they've ever made - with that much torque on hand, it would have to be!
Evija (pronounced ‘E-vi-ya’) means ‘the first in existence’ or ‘the living one’. It is highly appropriate; previously it was codenamed Type 130, but the new car upholds the Lotus road tradition of names beginning with the letter 'E'.
It's the first Lotus to feature a one-piece carbon fibre monocoque chassis. The batterry pack is mid-mounted behind the two seats and supplies energy to four motors (each with 500bhp) to drive all four wheels. It's claimed to be the most energy-dense, electric power package ever fitted to a road car and it's claimed to be the lightest pure electric hypercar to go into series production.
A stylised curvaceous design has been employed for a striking presence, most stunning from behind with huge red LED outlines to the aerodynamic venturi tunnels - like afterburners on a fighter jet - whilst optimising airflow by directing it through the bodyshell.
The indicators are incorporated into the light ribbo and the reversing light is provided by the illuminated T of the Lotus script above the integrated charging flap.
Using existing charging technology – such as a 350kW unit, which is currently the most powerful available – the Evija’s charge time will be 12 mins to 80% and 18 mins to 100%. The car’s range is 250 miles (400 km) on the WLTP Combined Cycle, or 270 miles on the NEDC Combined Cycle.