Tuesday, June 22, 2021
News Lotus Evija Will be Late, but More Powerful When it Arrives

Lotus Evija Will be Late, but More Powerful When it Arrives

Lotus Evija delayed because of pandemic, engineers used time to find more power

  • Delays in testing push back deliveries five months

  • Lotus used that time to tweak power, aero


The first hypercar from Lotus, the 2,000 hp all-electric Evija is going to be late, says a new report. And if you’ve been paying any attention at all to the news in the last seven months, you’ll probably already have guessed why.

Deliveries of the first EV from the British sports car company were supposed to have begun just before the end of this year, but that’s changed now, Autocar has revealed. They’re reporting that letters have been sent out to customers waiting for their cars telling htem that the deliveries will start closer to the end of the first half of 2021.

What’s to blame? Travel restrictions and quarantines as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe. “We have lost five months of testing, mainly in continental Europe,” Lotus head Phil Popham told Autocar. “We have missed hot weather testing in Spain. It’s not as simple as moving everything to the right as you have to book facilities and there’s a queue, with everyone in the same boat.”

That new delivery date is a bit of a moving target, Popham said; the company is working on getting its testing done as quickly as possible, but it’s a complicated and interconnected world which has made it difficult to make arrangements.

Though there’s a silver lining in this electric cloud. Lotus said it’s used the delay in testing to focus on things it could still do. That means power for the Lotus Evija is up to more than 2,000 hp, over the 1,973 previously quoted. Aerodynamics and downforce have also been tweaked. Which makes up for that loss, we’d say, and we’d guess the 130 or so buyers have other vehicles to play with in the meantime.

 

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