Lotus is one of these car brands that is not known for boasting about their products, per se. They’ve always built some of the purest driving machines in the world but never have they made claims about one of their vehicles being the most powerful, lightest and sexiest of them all.
That was until now. While we may have added the sexy part, the Lotus Evija will quickly (an understatement) become one of the most electrifying electric hypercars the world has ever seen. Within a few months, depending on the coronavirus situation, production of the Evija will begin and many standing performance records may fall.
What is perhaps most impressive about the Evija is the fact that it will be built by Lotus. This small scale British car-builder is known for its small ultra-lightweight cars such as the Elise, Exige, and Evora. The all-electric Evija is quite the departure for the company but its existence is in part a result of Geely’s 51% ownership of Lotus and its expertise in EV technologies.
The Lotus Evija is an incredible piece of engineering
What’s New About The 2021 Lotus Evija?
The Evija, codenamed Type 130 (for a specific reason) is to Lotus what the P1 was to McLaren. It is a showpiece, a tour-de-force that will serve to prove that Lotus has the know-how, the abilities, and skills to build some of the greatest cars in the world. It will also clearly inform all that it now has the resources required to engineer and build such cars.
This all-electric hypercar features a 70 kWh battery pack that feeds four electric motors, one per wheel. Each produces 500 PS or 493-horsepower for a grand total of 1972-horsepower and 1254 lb.-ft. of torque. Lotus not only says that this makes it the most powerful series-production car ever but that it’s enough to get the car to 100km/h from a standstill in under 3 seconds. Lotus also boasts that the Evija is the lightest EV hypercar in the world. AS we know, battery packs are extremely heavy. Top speed is said to be in excess of 200mph or 320km/h while range is expected to be 250 miles of 400km (WLPT cycle.)
The all-electric Evija will support ultrafast charging rates of up to 800 kW. On an ultrafast 350 kW charger, the Evija’s battery will reach an 80% charge in only 12 minutes and a full charge 6 minutes later.
The Lotus Evija’s body is made entirely of carbon-fibre and was designed to slip through the air and generate incredible downforce when needed. The most notable aerodynamic aspects are the venturi tunnels which reach from the dihedral doors to the very rear of the car, essentially piercing it. There are some aspects of the car that may or may not make it to production, given that we’ve only seen the concept. Namely, there are front fender cameras, which project their images to a trio of screens in the cabin.
Occupants are treated to a pair of carbon-fibre shelled seats which are split down the middle by a thin center column. The car includes all manners of infotainment and connectivity as expected today.
What’s The 2021 Lotus Evija’s Price?
Very few modern Lotus vehicles, even with options, have ever surpassed the $200,000 mark. The Lotus Evija, given what it is, is far more expensive.
Its price tag is over $2 million, in fact, closer to $2.5 million.
When Will It Be Released And How Many Will Be Built?
Production of the new Lotus Evija is planned to begin this summer at the company’s home base in Hethel, United Kingdom. Tooling at the factory was completed in late winter and once the line starts churning them out, 130 will be built in all.
Who Will It Compete With?
The Lotus Evija will take on all electrified super- and hypercars.
The list includes the Tesla Roadster, the Aspark Owl, the Pininfarina Battista, the Rimac C_Two, the Dendrobium D1, as well as a number of as of yet announced 100% electric hypercars from brands like Porsche, Lamborghini, and Bugatti.
What Do We Think About the 2021 Lotus Evija?
The first thing that crosses our minds is that we’ll probably never see one on the road. With so few assembled and the fact that it’s not street-legal in the US means that these cars will be stored in a collection or two never to be seen again.
The Lotus Evija is also a snapshot of where Lotus is headed. The brand has the necessary clout to make these cars and sell them for this price. This means that there will be others, but not necessarily $2.5 million cars. The return of the Esprit, an electrified supercar, will pave the way for a complete rebirth of the brand.
The Evija is splendid on countless levels but we’re more interested in what’s next at Lotus.