The new Lotus Evija, an electric hypercar that is said to be the most powerful production car in the world, will go into production this summer, with 2020 production already exhausted. Evija, pronounced 'E-vi-ya', will be the first launch of a new Lotus model under the ownership of Geely, and has been the manufacturer's first new model for over a decade. It will work "like a 'halo' for the rest of the Lotus range" both now and for "new Lotus performance cars".
Who would have imagined 20 years ago that Lotus would get a 2,000 hp electric hypercar and sell it? Evija is being built in a refurbished facility at Lotus headquarters in Hethel, Norfolk, called Factory 3. Work on the facility, which is an old Lotus Engineering building that was once the home of the Vauxhall Lotus Carlton, is now almost completed.
Each of the 130 Evijas will be built by hand there. Gavan Kershaw, director of vehicle attributes at Lotus, said: “Testing the physical prototype at speed is a historic moment for Evija and extremely exciting for everyone involved. Our goal is to ensure that it is a true Lotus in every way, with exceptional performance that will set new standards in the hypercar sector ”.
Lotus said that all the Evijas that are going to be built this year have already been sold, although it did not give an exact figure. “With our new factory ready, we are ahead of the pack in the emerging VE (Electric Vehicle) hypercar segment and 100% ready for some healthy competition,” said Lotus boss Phil Popham, in an indirect reference to the tastes of Pininfarina Battista who have so far remained silent about sales. Dynamic testing of the car is also underway at Lotus' Hethel test track, which is adjacent to Evija's production facility.
It must be said that the only reason Lotus was able to carry out a project like Evija is that the Chinese car manufacturer Geely – the company that also owns Volvo and Lynk & Co – bought it, which means that he is probably more aligned with money now than he was in his 72 years. – history of the year. With that in mind, how has the production process been for the most powerful production car in the world?
Last year, Lotus did the "least Lotus" thing imaginable and unveiled a 2,000 horsepower all-electric hypercar called Evija that it planned to sell for $ 2.65 million. It proved to be a beautiful car, and technically very impressive, but the world seemed a little skeptical about whether or not Lotus could deliver on its promises. Well, it looks like 130 very wealthy individuals were rightly convinced because Lotus said on Friday that all of the planned production had been sold. Amazing, we know. Shocking even, but it seems that this objectively heavy and expensive car is proof that Colin Chapman's ghost did not curse the company forever.
Evija, code-named Type 130, is short and wide, 4.59m long, 2.0m wide and 1.12m high. According to Lotus, “marks the beginning of a new contemporary design language”. Surprisingly smooth, it must be said. The company has apparently been working on all technical failures with its engineering partner on the project, Williams (of F1 fame) and now the hypercar is in the configuration and testing phase, while the company simultaneously reads the car's dedicated production line in Factory 3 in Hethel, UK.
Evija is deeply involved in its final testing and calibration work, with production scheduled to start this summer. Although most of the track tests are done at Hethel, Lotus says it will also use other demanding European circuits. "Over the next few months, several prototypes will cover many thousands of kilometers and hundreds of hours of driving assessment, including on public roads," said the manufacturer in a statement.
A 1973bhp production is promised for Evija, which is more than the 1888bhp and Rimac C_Two Battista and the 1479bhp Bugatti Chiron currently in production. Each of the 130 that will be built will be priced at 2.04 million pounds (about 2.33 million Euros). “Target specifications” include four-wheel drive, 1254 lb. torque vector and torque, giving you a 0-102 mph time of less than three seconds, a 0-186 mph time of less than nine seconds, and a maximum speed of 200 mph-plus. Lotus design director Russell Carr said, “This is how it is
that will be on the road. This is very much the production car. All surfaces are made at the production level ”. The road link is being handled by a man named Gavan Kershaw, who only worked for Lotus.
He started with the company just out of school in 1988 and has had yellow and green blood ever since. His official title is “Director of attributes and product integrity at Lotus”, and he is really concerned with making Evija feel lighter and more agile than the competition (not that there is much). The second part, on precision and placing the car in a corner, is a brand of large Lotus cars, and is made up of design elements that the company calls ´Becker Points´. These are the points on top of the pronounced front and rear bumpers that are clearly visible from the driving seat. This element allows a driver to know where the car is on the road and is named after Roger Becker, the chassis engineer who worked at Elisa, Évora and even Esprit by James Bond.
One of the significant challenges, according to what the US Public Relations team at Lotus has been guaranteeing, even though this car is very anti-Lotus in some ways, still handles and feels like a Lotus should be. This means that there must be a sense of connection with the road and a sense of precision when placing another car in a corner. Lotus has committed to putting Evija into production in the summer of 2020, so it shouldn't be too long before we can see our host in a British video and see if people in Hethel are able to fulfill their part of the deal.