Lotus Evija: Meet The 2000-hp Car For Millionares
Forget 0-60mph statistics - they're irrelevant. The Lotus Evija rockets from 0-186 mph in just 8.6 seconds.
Forget 0-60mph statistics - they're irrelevant. The Lotus Evija rockets from 0-186 mph in just 8.6 seconds. That's 5 seconds faster than a Bugatti Chiron.
And that isn't the only impressive number that is orbiting the Evija. Lotus is targeting 2,000 bhp and 1,700 Nm of torque. This unheeded amount of power is vectored between all 4 wheels because, as you guessed it, it's four-wheel drive. Production is planned to start in 2020 and Lotus is only building 130 of them.
Ludicrously quick acceleration aside, the Evija is going to be remembered as one of the most striking looking hypercars of our era. Lotus, who have traditionally played it safe when it comes to automotive design is taking the sleek modern hypercar look that Ferrari and Lamborghini have spent decades refining and infusing it with some wild sci-fi looks.
Lotus designer Russell Carr explained "The electric powertrain gave us more design freedom and aerodynamic advantages. There is a huge available area for creating downforce and lots of free-flowing air to reduce drag". And forget Tesla's primitive pop-out door handles, in fact, the door handles have been done away with entirely - that's how aerodynamic the Evija is.
At every angle, you can't help but notice the massive vents on each side of the British hypercar. These act as wind tunnels, channeling air from the side of the car, out through the rear. The design was inspired by the way Le Mans cars creatively channel air around - and through - their racing cars to achieve massive amounts of downforce.
Knowing that driving around with such a large amount of torque isn't necessarily practical, Lotus has programmed five selectable driving modes into the Evija - Range, City, Sport, Tour, and Race. These are changed by a rotary controller and allow the driver to dial in how much torque they want.
At it's most aggressive setting, the Evija can be driven under full throttle for 7 minutes before battery derating occurs. Lotus clearly has the production EV lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in their sights, a time of 6:06:336 held by Volkswagen.
So how much does it cost to own the fastest production car in the world? Well if you manage to get your hands on one of these extremely limited production hypercars, you can expect to pay at least $2.2 million, but you'd better be quick because most of them are already allocated.