Can super rich, automobile enthusiasts enjoy what they love, i.e. speed and power, while keeping it green? Well, with the Lotus Evija (pronounced as ‘E-vi-ya’) all-electric hypercar, they certainly can. I am pretty pumped about the Evija. Not going to lie, but at the same time, I am not going to dance to the marketing tunes that came with the press text. So, lets just get on with the key details.
Lotus Evija is the first all-electric British hypercar that packs 2,000 PS (1,972 HP) and 1,700 Nm (1,254 lb-ft) of torque, thus making it the world’s most powerful series production road car. It is also the lightest EV hypercar to enter production at just 1,680 kilograms (3,704 lbs) – thanks to the ultra-lightweight carbon fiber monocoque.
The electric drivetrain developed by technical partner Williams Advanced Engineering that drives it is capable of rocketing this evocative ride from 0-62 (0-100 km/h) in under 3 seconds, sending it on its way to a top speed of 200 mph (320 km/h). Its mid-mounted 2,000 kW lithium-ion battery pack, a nod to the marque’s mid-engined sports car layout, provides a pure electric driving range of 250 miles (400 kilometers).
Other highlights include the world’s first main and dipped beam laser lighting technology, deployable rear spoiler, F1-style Drag Reduction System (DRS), magnesium wheels (20 inches front; 21 inches rear), specially developed Pirelli Trofeo R tires, forged aluminum AP Racing braking system with carbon ceramic rotors, handle-free dihedral doors open using a key fob, and instead of traditional mirrors, it has electronically deployed cameras at the sides and the roof that provides images on three screens in the cabin.
TBH, everything looks really exciting until the deploying cameras came up. I mean, seriously, I rather go with actually mirrors over bits that jut out like a sore thumb. Just saying…
Lotus Evija is a confirmed ride, btw. In other words, this ain’t no concept (yay?). In fact, it is open for reservation now where a £250,000 (roughly US$314,000) deposit will secure you a unit that will be made in 2020. The actual car price is priced from £1.7 million (around US$2.1 million) plus duties and taxes.
All images courtesy of Lotus Cars.