The Evija: Everything you need to know about the new Lotus electric hypercar
We’ve been waiting a while, but the all-electric Lotus Evija hypercar is finally with us. Here’s all you need to know about Hethel’s finest
Alex Goy is a freelance motoring journalist who writes for the likes of Motor1, Carfection, CNET and DriveTribe.
Lotus is moving on from the ol' ICE days, and the Evija is just the halo car to signal its intentions.
Let’s take a look at the headline figures (because that’s what you’ll be parroting at people in the pub/school yard/office/car park), shall we?
Zero to 62mph takes less than three seconds, 0-100mph is dispatched in less than nine. Top speed is more than 200mph.
Its electric motors have an output of more than 2000bhp, because Lotus doesn’t just want to be very powerful, it wants to be the most powerful out there. Oh, and it’s got 1254lb ft firing through all four wheels. That, my friends, is a serious dose of grunt.
What about the other numbers, the ones used to back up arguments after the headliners run out?
ell… it’ll be 1680kgs in its lightest spec, and can go approximately 250 miles on a charge. Only 130 will be made at Lotus’ Hethel factory, and will set you back £1.5 to £2m, plus local taxes.
If you want one you’re looking at a £250,000 refundable deposit to secure your spot. And, after some sneak peeks for interested clients you may need to get in quick if you want one.
So there’s the numbers bit, what about the rest?
Well, Lotus is saying many things about its new multi million pound halo car. All of them, funnily enough, are good. The Evija will set a new standard for driving performance, and marks the beginning of a new Lotus design language, according the info they sent over.
Currently I can’t vouch for the former, but I sincerely hope it’s the case for the latter. I caught a sneaky peek of the Evija at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed and, hoooo boy it’s a looker in the metal/carbon.
The star of the show is the Evija’s rear end, which is just staggering. And those big ol' holes go all the way through to the side of the car to help it slip through the air as cleanly as possible. The whole car is all about aero. See that raised plate on the nose? Aero magic. Under the car? More aero magic.
Keen eyes will notice the front wheel arches are quite high – this is a fresh Lotus hallmark and it’s called the Becker Bump. Named after late Lotus test driving hero Roger Becker, they are there so you can place the front wheels on an apex correctly.
Inside is stripped out to save weight, but not in the same way as, say, an Exige. The materials are stunning, the driver gets an infotainment screen to feed relevant info their way. The centre stack has touch pads to activate various functions, each surrounded by a pretty cool hexagonal pattern. Also, where others keep the seats fixed and have movable pedals/wheels, etc, the Evija’s seats move because adjusting pedal boxes and the like adds complexity and weight.
Oh, and the name Evija (pronounced E-vi-ya) means ‘the first in existence’ or ‘the living one.’ In this instance it’s set to represent something of a first for the company – the first EV hypercar, and the first in a new line of Lotus cars.
I think it looks ace, and knowing how well the guys in Hethel make cars go round race tracks I’m pretty sure it’ll be mega to drive. Bring it on…