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The Lotus Evija On The Track At The Goodwood SpeedWeek

The Lotus Evija is stunning to look at when sitting still, electrifying when tracked

  • Three Evija are on public display at Goodwood.

  • Lord March, son of the event host, the Duke of Richmond, gets a hot lap.

  • As a reminder, the Evija has 1,972 horsepower.

This weekend marks the debut of the Goodwood SpeedWeek and there are no better venues for the British sports car maker to display its electric hypercar. Three pre-production examples of the Lotus Evija are on hand and all are dressed for the occasion.

Lotus Evija | Photo: Lotus

The Evija is Lotus’ first all-electric car and it’s not gone unnoticed. And just in case you’d not read about it or seen pictures of it, Lotus has brought three prototypes to SpeedWeek. One is draped in a vibrant Lotus ‘Solaris Yellow’ finish while the other two are wrapped in stunning black and gold, recalling iconic Lotus liveries of the past. The latter two also feature a stylized image of the famous West Sussex circuit, accompanied by the words ‘Lotus x Goodwood: Creating History since 1948 – the year of the very first Lotus car and the first motorsport event at Goodwood.

Gavan Kershaw, Director of Vehicle Attributes, Lotus, added: “We’re having a great time demonstrating the Evija here at Goodwood.  Bringing the cars to an event like this is a welcome break from the hundreds of hours spent on proving grounds, where there’s a huge amount of open space and long straights to test the car’s performance limits. Goodwood is a fast and flowing circuit with numerous undulations in the surface, and so is a fantastic test and demonstration for the Evija as it’s the type of environment where many owners will use the car.”

Lotus Evija | Photo: Lotus

Lord March, the 25-year-old son of the Duke of Richmond, was given a hot lap in near-2,000-horsepower electric hypercar had this to say about the experience: “The Evija is unbelievable – the power, the speed, I’ve never experienced anything like it – it was exceptional. This new dawn of electric hypercars brings ultimate motoring to life for a new generation and a younger audience. The advancement in electric cars over the last 10 years is astonishing.  There is a huge amount of growth potential for these machines to continue allowing us to keep enjoying and driving high-performance cars.  Lotus continues to appeal to both the inner driver and the inner child in all of us – so much fun, and ultimately for the driver to control and enjoy.”

To show how big an event the Goodwood SpeedWeek is, Lotus has more than 50 historic cars scheduled to take part in in the festivities and they include:

  • Lotus 25 – the car driven by Jim Clark car during the 1963 F1 season when he won the Drivers’ Championship
  • Lotus 18 – the car in which Sir Stirling Moss won the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix
  • Lotus 49 – the car in which Graham Hill won the Monaco Grands Prix in 1968 and 1969
  • Lotus 72-5 – Emerson Fittipaldi’s car from the 1970 season
  • Lotus 72-7 – Emerson Fittipaldi’s main car from the 1972-73 seasons, and the car in which he won the most F1 races – five in total
  • Lotus 79 – Mario Andretti’s main car from the 1978 season
Lotus Evija | Photo: Lotus
Lotus Evija | Photo: Lotus


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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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