Looking back into the past, there’s a noticeable expansion of the Chinese market towards cars. I’m not talking about their domestic brands. I’m talking about buying other brands. One such example is the Chinese automotive giant Geely, who owns the Swedish brick, Volvo, Malaysian Proton and as of 2017, Lotus. Since the buyout, Lotus experienced a two-year hiatus, but they’re back and boy is the return worth the wait. It’s the super-exclusive all electric Lotus Evija hypercar.
Internally dubbed Type 130, the unusually named Evija is Britain’s first ever pure electric hypercar. It’s also Lotus’s first ever foray into electric technology which they’ve taken on quite head on. Even though it’s made under Chinese ownership, all 130 examples of the low-slung Evija will still come from Norfolk.
Now, the looks. Honestly, at first glance, the aggressive front screams Brabham BT62, albeit with a twist. As this is an electric hypercar, the body is pure aero. Unlike its fossil fueled counterparts, the large vents in Evija’s bumper don’t feed any radiators. Instead, they allow the air to flow through them, thus increasing frontal downforce. There’s also some brake cooling involved as well. I’m not really sure what’s the reason behind the two angular vents between the curvy arches, but they do add to the aggression.
Transferring the attention to the side of the Lotus Evija, you’ll see two distinct triangles. The lower one is on the outlet from the bumper, while the upper one guides the fast-flowing air out the back. You’ll notice there’s no mirrors. In the spirit of futuristic design, rear view cameras allow you to see who’s eating your dust.
Looking at the rear of the one and a midge meter tall Evija, I must say it’s a thing of beauty. I’m absolutely a fan of the thin LED lights and their after-booster shape. The rather large diffuser adds to the aggressiveness of the rear, while the sleek ducktail spoiler changes it’s position depending on what level of warp speed you’re at.
Speaking of warp speed, the 3700 lb Evija has plenty of grunt to get you there. There’s no mention on the position of the electric motors, but given the 1972 hp number, I can only assume that they’re hub mounted. Besides, anything other than hub drive motors couldn’t reliably handle the torque that gives you 0-60 in sub 3 seconds.
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Since this is an EV, the range plays a major role in the battle for the crown. According to Lotus, the Evija’s range is in the 250 mile range, of course, depending on your driving style. If your chasing the max speed number, which is north of 200 mph, you can’t count on adding a lot of miles to your odometer.
Moving things to the interior, the Evija is again a thing of beauty. I’m all for rugged and minimalistic interiors, especially in a drivers car. Bucket seats, leather, carbon fiber is all you need. The center console is a nod to the future with a plethora of hex shaped buttons.
I’m not a fan of the steering wheel, but it’s what the cool kids are doing. Adding to the functionality is the big red knob which allows driving mode selection, while the traditional levers for wipers, blinkers and such, have given way to more modern buttons. Rounding up the minimalistic interior is the sleek digital dash on which Evija’s vitals are displayed.
The exclusive Lotus Evija will hit the showroom floor in 2020, with a $2.2 million-dollar price tag. Given it’s prestige level, I’m pretty sure that all 130 examples have found their owners.