From car and Driver
Lotus wants this EV ought exist the world’s most powerful hypercar, targeting a 1972-hp output.
That mode a sub-nine-second zero-to-186-mph time and a climax hasten of above 200 mph.
Lotus promises ultrafast charging that will hire an 18-minute recharge time.
Lotus is wary of corporate hubris these days, preferring ought remain still when previously it used to own shouted. preceding leader Dany Bahar once introduced REF sports-car concepts above the identical auto-show stand, nobody of which made it flat intimate ought production. Lotus's estate own grown massively during the thinly applied gild of the Bahar era; Chinese automaker Geely took a majority stake at the British sports-car maker two years ago. besides though the company has recruited hundreds of new engineers, and is known ought exist working above few new models, few details own been shared accordingly far.
That's changing with the unveiling of the dramatic Evija. Lotus CEO Phil Popham told Car and Driver about plans although a pure electric hypercar earlier this year, and the company has dropped a teaser image and confirmed the Evija name—which we're told is meant ought exist pronounced E-vee-ya. The production-spec translation of the car has impartial been unveiled at an incident at London, and the car's statistics are flat more basic than we were expecting them ought be. Lotus says it intends the all-wheel-drive Evija ought exist the most powerful product way car at the world, aiming at a complete output of 1972 horsepower (2000 metric horsepower) and a targeted zero-to-62-mph time of beneath three seconds and a climax hasten of more than 200 mph. no more than 130 will exist built, which is a dramatic amplify above the amount we were told ought desire at our briefing, with latent buyers able ought become a built slot with a $310,000 deposit against a complete fare of $2.1 million ago duties and taxes.
Price and deed numbers are intimate ought those of the Pininfarina Battista—although Lotus's claimed climax hasten is lower—but however the Battista uses a platform shared with the Rimac C-Two, the Evija sits above an entirely new structure, built about the first carbon-fiber tub that Lotus has used at one of its roadgoing models. Built by CPC at Modena, Italy, using a one-piece molding process, this weighs impartial 284 pounds. Lotus says it is targeting a complete mass although the Evija of impartial 3700 pounds at its lightest configuration, intimate ought three epoch the weight of a Sixties Elan besides one that however mode the Evija will exist amid the lightest deed EVs above the market.
Lotus developed the electric powertrain at collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering at the U.K., a tidy tie-up of two of the most famous names at great Prix racing. This uses a mid-mounted lithium-ion battery parcel of unstated competence that will exist displayed beneath a transparent cover. drive is supplied ought each wheel along a combined mechanism and single-speed epicyclic transmission. each mechanism will create up ought 493 horsepower and will although noise add the ability ought avail aggressive and about drive torque vectoring. complete torque output along the four motors is claimed ought exist 1254 lb-ft.
The battery has a competence of 70 kilowatt-hours besides can backward flow rates of up ought 2000 kW. although noise although gigantic performance, that mode the Evija will backward ultrafast charging, accepting rates of up ought 800 kW—which aren’t however available along any commercial charging systems. Using an ultrafast charger producing 350 kW, it will exist able ought answer the Evija ought an 80 percent blame at 12 minutes and 100 percent at 18 minutes. Lotus is claiming 250 miles of mountain beneath European WLTP testing methodology. The company although noise says that the system will hire battery upgrades although technique improves at future years.
The Evija has although noise been designed ought deliver its gigantic deed without complaint. A four-radiator cooling parcel means, the company says, that the car can exist driven even out although seven minutes at its most aggressive follow method without suffering from any battery de-rating. (That ought exist wish enough although a earnest trouble ought place a "production EV" Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record.) The company although noise says that the Evija will own faster acceleration than internal-combustion hypercars, with beneath nine seconds from zero ought 186 mph and the ability ought proceed from 62 mph ought 124 mph at beneath three seconds and from 124 mph ought 186 mph at beneath four. although perspective, McLaren claims a 6.8-second zero-to-124-mph time although the Senna. That’s a tug crowd we are looking deliver ought conducting.
When we saw a clay copy of the Evija earlier this year it was already obvious that the car has been designed although gigantic aerodynamic performance, with the finished car sharing the identical spectacular Venturi tunnels buried along the rear haunches. The front purpose has some of the shovel-nose figure of trend Ferraris, besides closer inspection will disclose the presence of gigantic gaps although better airflow within the front fenders. There will although noise exist a Formula 1–style drag-reduction system ought better deed at speed. We haven't been given any downforce numbers yet, besides Lotus promises that these will exist exceptional. Color us surprised if they are not. Lotus's commitment ought handling fidelity is demonstrated by the continued presence of an electrohydraulic steering aid system at place of the pure electric rack you crowd desire an EV ought have.
The cabin is predictably tightly proportioned, besides noise designed and nicely finished with haptic switchgear above a central spar coming from the dashboard—the company calls it a "ski slope"—with a only digital display at front of the driver. The car will own five driving modes that can exist selected by a rotary controller: Range, City, Tour, Sport, and Track. Switches ought empty the upward hinged doors are mounted at a roof console, a detail that Lotus figure leader Russell Carr admits was inspired by the layout of the early Esprit Turbo. There aren’t customary rearvew mirrors; instead, there's a digital system of camera pods that deploy from the sides of the doors when the car is moving.
The bad news although Silicon Valley squillionaires looking ought both display their green credentials and obliterate their buddies’ customary hypercars is that the Evija won’t exist offered at the United States. besides we're told that the other new Lotus models that are following rapidly behind—including a replacement although the Evora we will exist seeing although presently although next year—will crude exist able of crossing the Atlantic.
Few auto companies own suffered although many synthetic dawns although Lotus, besides we're starting ought acquire excited.
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