British manufacturer Lotus unveils Evija all-electric supercar

Lotus announces Evija EV hypercar<br>

Lotus announces Evija EV hypercar

Lotus's 10-year growth plan includes an expansion into new segments, Popham said after unveiling the Evija at an event in London where it displayed past models including the 1960s-vintage Elan and the wedge-shaped Esprit, famously driven underwater by film spy James Bond.

Lotus CEO Phil Popham is now providing the answer as he talked about the company's future with Autocar.

Geely Chief Technical Officer Feng Qingfeng, also CEO of Group Lotus following a takeover by the Zhejiang-based automaker in 2017, told journalists that while Lotus's core sports lineup would continue to be built in the United Kingdom, higher-volume models could be made in China. As a result, the electric powertrain can output 1,972 hp and 1,254 lb-ft of torque, taking the 1,680 kg Evija from 0-60mph in under 3 seconds to a top speed of over 200 miles per hour.

As Lotus design boss Russell Carr explains: "We studied how Le Mans race cars use air flow creatively to go over, under and around the vehicle, but also through it". This concept of "porosity" was key to the Evija provides high levels of downforce. Lotus partnered with Williams Advanced Engineering to develop the powertrain, which is expected to deliver a 0-62mph time of under three seconds.

The battery pack is mid-mounted immediately behind the two seats and supplies energy directly to four powerful e-motors.

This being 2019, going electric is all the craze and the Lotus Evija indeed boasts some insane specs and a stunning design.

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The batteries, too, will apparently offer industry-leading performance, with a claimed 250-mile range made possible in part by an exceptionally light 1,680kg kerb weight.

However, what is impressive is that the cars will reportedly be able to be recharged in just nine minutes when connected to an 800kW charge point and 18 minutes to full while attached to a 350kW charger.

The Evija features a dramatic Venturi tunnel through each rear quarter, adding to its presence.

Cues for the Evija's surface language was also taken from nature. The cabin, from the fully adjustable race-style seats to the multi-function steering wheel, is all about motorsport-inspired road auto design and technology.

Lotus Cars is preparing for an expansion under Asian owner Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd that could see the iconic British automaker open a second United Kingdom factory and target new markets by building higher-volume models in China. A deposit of £250,000 secures a production slot.

The production number of the vehicle will be limited to just 130 cars each costing in the region of £1.7million or over and production will begin in 2020.

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