'The Living One' - The Lotus Evija
Last month, Lotus teased the world with an image of its own badge. Very little else was given away except that the badge belonged to a new car and that this new car would be electric. Now though, the veil has been lifted, on the new Lotus Evija. Formerly teased as the 'Type 130', the Evija is Lotus' new and first electric hypercar.
Pronounced 'eh-vi-ya' the name means 'the living one' or 'first in existence', a feature that Lotus are keen to exaggerate, as they claim the Evija to be the first electric hypercar to be built and released in the UK by a British company.
The Evija marks Lotus' first all-new car since 2008, and brings with it an impressive score card of numbers. While the full details of the powertrain and capacity have not been released, the bhp is expected to be over 1000 and a range of 250 miles has been promised. Not sure how much I'd believe that range estimate at this point though.
As expected, the Evija is low and wide, with huge, gaping wind channels around the car and especially towards the rear. These rear passages also house the taillights at their end, making for a statement of a backside.
The carbon fibre structure is built in Hethel, away from the main assembly line in Norfolk. The battery sits beneath a transparent cover, behind the driver's cabin. The cabin itself is the familiar hypercar teardrop shape, keeping airflow to a maximum. In length, the Evija is similar to the existing Evora's 4.4 m.
Inside, the cabin is recognisably hypercar, but not sparse. It features a comfortable list of tech and a futuristic but ergonomic layout. The reasoning behind this is that Lotus don't want people taking their eyes of the road for too long when they're playing with the A/C, things happen a lot faster when you've got over 1000 bph at your disposal.
The powertrain is being developed in conjunction with Lotus' F1 competitor, Williams Advanced Engineering. Again, while the full details of this aren't yet known, we do know that power from the rear-mounted battery will be supplied to all four wheels.
Only 130 Evijas will be made available for ownership, with orders set to begin next year at a seven figure price tag.