The 1,500 PS Bugatti Chiron and 1,600 PS Koenigsegg Jesko maybe the fastest production cars on the road today, but they're all powered by internal combustion engines. All well and good, but in the near future, both of them might be overtaken by pure electric power.
Lotus, it seems, have beaten the two (and the rest of the world) in making an all-electric hypercar. After a lengthy teaser campaign, the Norwich-based sports car manufacturer has unleashed the Evija. Touted by the company as the world's first fully-electric British hypercar, it's set to rewrite the performance rule books, as well as set a new bar in making lighting-fast hypercars.
At the heart of the Evija is an all-electric powertrain co-developed with Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE), the same folks that helped Aston Martin build the Rapide E. Producing 2,000 PS along with 1,700 Nm of torque, Lotus claims the Evija is the most powerful production road car. Power comes from four electric motors and a 2,000 kw lithium-ion battery pack which allows it to sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in less than 3 seconds. Top speed, on the other hand is rated at over 340 km/h.
Producing that much power means it will generate a lot of heat. Fortunately Lotus was also busy building a complex cooling system to keep the Evija in working temperature. It comes with a four-radiator cooling system which can keep the batteries at optimum temperature even while being driven flat-out for at least seven minutes in Track Mode. Speaking of modes, the other four modes available in the new Lotus includes: Range, City, Tour, and Sport.
Need to quickly recharge the Evija after a drive? Thanks to WAE, Lotus claims the Evija can accept an 800kw charge, albeit in theory as there is no commercial means of making it a reality yet. When it does arrive, it means the Evija's batteries can be fully recharged in only 9 minutes. For now, it can recharged to 100% in 18 mins via a 350kw charging system. It also has a maximum range of around 250 km.
It's not all high-output electric motors for the Evija however. In true Lotus fashion, the electric hypercar makes use of lightweight composites and materials. Starting with its chassis, it is made from a one-piece carbon fiber monocoque. Also made from carbon fiber is its exquisite bodywork which blends muscular shapes with sleek and fluid lines.
According to Russell Carr, Design Director at Lotus Cars, he said that the Evija takes inspiration from geological forms – rocks that have been carved out by nature over the centuries. He believes they were able to capture these design elements neatly for the Evija.
Also helping the Evija cut through the wind its active aerodynamics. It features an integrated diffuser that extends from below the B-pillars all the way to rear, an active rear spoiler which can adjust itself depending on the speed, and an F1-style drag reduction system (DRS). No traditional side mirrors here as Lotus opted to use digital cameras to further reduce drag on the Evija.
As for what's inside, Lotus made use of a motorsport-inpsired cabin. From the racing wheel, unique digital instrument panel, and the fully adjustable race-style seats, Lotus wasted no time making it look like a race car's cockpit. But what is perhaps the Evija's most eye-catching feature is its tablet-like center console. It serves as the car's infotainment system and can also display important information about the car itself.
Looking to secure one? Better be quick as Lotus will only build 130 examples of the Evija. Did we mention each one costs an eye-watering EUR 1.7 million (about Php 96.973 million) plus duties and taxes?