Headquartered in Hethel, United Kingdon, Lotus Cars is known for its Esprit, Elan, Europa, Elise, Exige, and Evora sports cars. With its parent company Geely, a privately held global automotive group in China, it is no doubt that Lotus Cars would manufacture a hypercar of its own.
The all-electric car is a very powerful sports car that targets over 2,000 horsepower and charges in just nine minutes. “The Lotus Evija is a car like no other. It will reestablish our brand in the hearts and minds of sports car fans and on the global automotive stage,” Lotus CEO Phil Popham said. “It will also pave the way for further visionary models.”
“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,” Phil continues.
The name Evija which means ‘the first in existence’ is an old British brand that has a reputation in road and race cars. The Evija weighs 1,680kg only, making the car the lightest electric car that ever exists.
The sports car has no mirrors on the doors but has cameras deployed from the front fenders and another one in the roof that provides a central rearview. Lotus wanted the hypercar more modernized.
“We studied how Le Mans race cars use airflow creatively to go over, under and around the vehicle, but also through it. This concept of ‘porosity’ is key to the Evija and has enabled us to create a timeless design with exceptional amounts of downforce,” said Russell Carr, Lotus’ Design Director.
The battery of Evija was estimated at 70 kilowatt-hours that can run 250 miles of range. It uses a 350-kilowatt charger that can charge 80% of the car in just 18 minutes.
Lotus Cars collaborated with Williams Advanced Engineering in developing the hypercar. Williams Advanced Engineering is a British firm delivers highly innovative products and services to the motorsport, automotive, defense, aerospace and healthcare sectors. The technology and engineering firm is known for its Formula 1 and Formula E work.
“Every element of the Evija has been meticulously analyzed and validated,” says Lotus’ Executive Director of sports car engineering Matt Windle. “Precision engineering is nothing without human engagement, and that’s why technology with soul is the benchmark for this and every Lotus,” he added.
Evija’s production was said to start next year at Lotus’ headquarter in Hethel and will have a limited production of 130 cars only. The price won’t be cheap, of course. Lotus prices the Evija sports car at £1.7 million or a massive amount of $2.1 million. Lotus also lets its buyers’ deposit at least £250,000 or $310,177.