Lotus Evija revealed; world's most powerful production auto

Daniel Fowler
July 18, 2019

Launched to the global press at a packed Royal Horticultural Halls in London last night, the all-electric two-seater was proclaimed the world's most powerful production road auto. This power output with its 1,700 Nm of torque the auto can reportedly sprint from zero-62mph in under three seconds and has a top speed that exceeds 200mph.

The Evija's raw statistics are impressive enough, but at the official unveiling last night PH discovered that Lotus is already considering some record-setting with its new EV hypercar.

What will set the Lotus Evija apart from other hypercars is that it is fully electric and there will be just 130 cars made, production will start in 2020.

At the core of this supercar lies an electric powertrain developed by Williams Advanced Engineering, the guys behind the powertrains used in Formula E. It comprises a 70 kWh lithium-ion battery and four merciless electric motors.

Since 2017, Lotus has been part of Chinese company Geely.

Lotus Cars CEO Phil Popham said: "The Lotus Evija is a vehicle like no other".

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 auto.

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Billed as the world's first pure electric British hyper, the Evija (pronounced E-vi-ya) arrives with a "target output" of 2,000PS (1,973 horsepower).

The Evija is to be followed next year by a petrol sports auto.

The Evija will also pave the way for "further visionary models", the British sports vehicle specialist promises. Using a 350 kW charging solution - not very common, but the most powerful now available - the battery can be recharged to 80 percent in 12 minutes and to 100 percent in 18 minutes.

Lotus CEO Phil Popham is now providing the answer as he talked about the company's future with Autocar. The available driving modes are Range, City, Tour, Sport and Track.

The manufacture of Lotus Evija will establish the main plant of the brand in Hotele. The battery pack is also swappable, although this takes a couple of hours, with Lotus considering ways to ultimately let buyers upgrade to newer and more powerful packs as technology improves.

Just 130 cars are expected to be built, with prices starting at £1.7m. Pricing starts at a hefty £1.7million (€1.8m), with a £250,000 deposit required to secure a production allocation.

Lotus is known for its low-slung lightweight sports cars and the brand has attempted to maintain that trait despite the extensive use of heavy batteries.

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