Lotus Evija Debuts With 1,973 HP, Will Become World’s Most Powerful Road Car

Following a teaser earlier this month, Lotus has officially unveiled the new Evija.

Set to become the world’s “most powerful series production road car,” the Evija has four electric motors which are targeted to produce a combined output of 1,973 hp (1471 kW / 2,000 PS) and 1,254 lb-ft (1,700 Nm) of torque.  Lotus says this should enable the hypercar to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in less than three seconds.  Given enough room, the model will be able to hit a top speed in excess of 200 mph (320 km/h).

The electric motors are powered by a mid-mounted lithium-ion battery pack which should allow the car to travel up to 250 miles (400 km) on a single charge.  When it’s depleted, owners will be happy to know the model has the “world’s fastest charging battery.”  It can accept an 800 kW charge, even though charging units with that capability aren’t commercially available yet.  However when they are, the Evija can be fully recharged in just nine minutes.

As it currently stands, the fastest available charger has a capacity of 350 kW.  Using one of these will enable the Evija to have an 80% charge in 12 minutes and a full charge in 18 minutes.

Part of the Evija’s impressive performance is due to its ultra-lightweight carbon fiber monocoque chassis.  It features a one-piece design – a first for Lotus – and it weighs 284 lbs (129 kg).  This should help to enable the lightest version of the hypercar to tip the scales at just 3,704 lbs (1,680 kg).

The good news doesn’t stop there as Lotus says the car was designed to deliver an “optimum blend of extreme track performance and on-road comfort.”  As part of this mission, the car has been equipped with a “motorsport-derived” suspension which features three adaptive spool-valve dampers for each axle.  The model also has 20- and 21-inch magnesium wheels that are wrapped in Pirelli Trofeo R tires.  They are backed up by a forged aluminum AP Racing braking system with carbon ceramic discs.

While electric vehicles aren’t ideal for the track, Lotus says the Evija has been equipped with four-radiators that help to keep the battery pack at an optimum temperature.  As a result, the car can be “driven flat out, with no derate, for at least seven minutes in Track mode.”

A Bold New Look For Lotus

Looking like nothing else in the Lotus lineup, the Evija “signals the start of a contemporary new design language” for the company.  The front end is dominated by a bi-plane front splitter, bulging fenders and slender headlights.  The latter were created by Osram and Lotus says they are the first to use laser lights for both the main and dipped beams.

Moving further back, we can see a rakish windscreen and flowing carbon fiber bodywork.  Side mirrors are notably absent as they have been replaced by cameras which automatically deploy when the vehicle is unlocked.  Images from the cameras – including one built into the roof – are shown on three different screens in the cabin.

Given the car’s mission, it’s not surprising that the Evija has been equipped with active aerodynamics.  They include an active rear spoiler and a F1-style Drag Reduction System.  The model also has Venturi tunnels that optimize air flow by directing it through the bodyshell.

Other notable highlights include a massive rear diffuser and unique LED taillights that were inspired by the afterburners used on fighter jets.  There’s also a hidden rear charging port and an illuminated rear Lotus logo that acts as a reversing light.

Once owners open the dihedral doors, they’ll be greeted by a futuristic cabin with visible carbon fiber and a ‘floating wing’ dashboard.  They’ll also find a digital instrument cluster and an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel with controls for everything from the turn signals to the drive mode selector.

One of the car’s more interesting features is the “ski slope-style” center console.  The slender unit ramps up to connect to the dashboard and it features touch-sensitive haptic feedback buttons that are tucked into hexagonal recesses.

Drivers will also find carbon fiber shelled seats which are covered in Alcantara upholstery.  Three-point seatbelts are standard, but four-point harnesses are optional.

Like other ultra exclusive models, the Evija promises an “unparalleled level of personalization.”  Besides the usual custom paint and interior trim, the company will allow for custom Marquetry-style badging.  As they explained, employees can “inlay metal elements directly into the carbon fiber bodyshell, so that the badge sits completely flush with the bodywork.”

Production will be limited to 130 units and the company is currently accepting orders with a £250,000 ($310,177 / €276,718) deposit.  The first models will be built next year and each will cost £1.7 ($2.1 / €1.9) million.

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  • Six_Tymes

    WOW! I don’t know what to say other than this is so exciting. I certainly did not expect that news. Lotus please make the car Exactly as seen here, its amazing.

  • Smartypants

    OMG where do I apply for credit?!?

  • ErnieB

    Holy mother of god! I just fell off my chair.. really upset I can’t afford this! Caught me completely off guard. Speechless now. It’s a concept I assume.

  • Ben

    And just like that, Lotus Evora 400 sales go up overnight!

    • Callanish

      So, another 2 more sold for the entire month.

      • Astonman

        That’s mean! True. But mean:)

  • Ruel Lewis

    Front end is a mix of jesko and 812, but overall well done Lotus.

  • maz09

    cool car but what for? The track? No, too heavy. Grand touring? No luggage space, 250 mile range and not comparable to a Chiron, so not that either. Lapping Harrods? Seems so, more of a Geely hypercar than a Lotus hypercar in my eyes

    • Ben

      You think people will only buy this vehicle if its practical?! Nobody takes their Chiron out for a road tour of Europe on public roads with their luggage. Most LaFerrari owners are terrified to touch their vehicle in fear of triggering Ferrari HQ. Most of these owners baby these cars around a track, bury the throttle on straights and get into the brakes early. That can even be said for most 911 owners.

      And the Lotus isn’t that heavy considering its power and peers. Othan than Jesko (~600lbs lighter), the Evija’s peers are roughly 200lbs lighter. Considering its an all electric vehicle I’d say that’s not a bad weight difference. Oh and the Evija is roughly 660lbs lighter than Chiron. To put that gap in perspective, that’s a sports bike (Honda CBR1000RR) + 230lb rider.

      • maz09

        You’re not wrong about Chirons not being taken on road tours, but that’s not my point. The Chiron is the ultimate expression of luxury and quality in a car, nothing compares in that regard. The Holy Trinity were exercises in new tech and design for performance cars, as well as previewing what was/is to come from the brands.

        What is this supposed to be? It’s not for the track, not a ‘driver’s car’, not a hyper GT, not a design-car either (De Tomaso P72 and new Aston Zagatos for that), and really not that revolutionary either. It’s essentially an off-the-shelf powertrain with a pretty body. And whilst there seems to be some clever aero going on, I doubt it’s that significant, as there doesn’t seem much mention of it in press releases other than how it looks.

        I just think it’s another £2m hypercar. We’re starting to see a lot of these cars in this bracket, but in my opinion very few will have any long-term significance, and I think that will show in the 2nd hand market for this car and others.

        • Ben

          You’re correct, I think a lot of B-list hypercars are phoning in the ethos of their performance because they know no owner is going to remotely explore the vastness of 1,000+hp. However, we must be watchful not to drive a vehicle through a stat sheet.

          Nissan’s GTR, Porsche’s 911, Viper ACR, McLaren 720s, Bentley CGT are just the short list of vehicles that either perform better than their stat sheets might suggest or defy conventional wisdom based on their size/weight. Those examples are still conventional in the sense of ICE. We’re now dealing with an all electric vehicle that can torque vector better than anything thought possible just five years ago.

          We see how the GTR made Porsche, Ferrari and other’s honest with short gearing coming out of corners and launching. We see how Bentley can move a yacht like an ICBM with massive amounts of torque.Now imagine what a 2,000hp hypercar can do with instant torque, no spool time required and advanced traction systems.

        • Astonman

          Why do you say it’s not a driver’s car? Or a hyper GT? Or a design car? That rear end is pretty dang revolutionary. To say it’s just off-the-shelf powertrain with a pretty body is not fair. A lot of the car companies don’t have the money to create their own power plant so they borrow from others – like De Tomaso P72 did recently using a Ferrari V-12. Pagani uses a Mercedes V-12, McClaren F1 used a BMW engine. I personally think they’re using Rimac’s battery technology.

          • maz09

            A driver’s car (imo) isn’t about outright performance but more about the reliance on you as a driver to get the best out of the car, and also how it makes you feel. Good driver’s cars tend to be light, which massively helps with handling and braking, and limited in terms of electronic assistance/interference, which gives you a better feel for what the car is doing but also a much bigger responsibility to stay in control, which in turn makes a more involving and (in most cases) enjoyable driving experience. A car weighing over 1700kg that’s all electric will in no world be as involving or driver focused as anything from Lotus’ current range. Not saying it won’t be fun to drive – in no world would I turn down the opportunity to have a go in one of these – but it’s not a driver’s car, that’s for sure. I’m sure they’re aware of that though, and this isn’t being marketed as a driver’s car either, so I guess that’s okay.

            Grand Touring is about going long distances in style, luxury, comfort and at speed. This is a really good looking car, agreed. Is it luxurious? Not particularly, but that was intentional, no? Comfortable? Again, I don’t think this will ride like a Bentley or 911 (I know that’s not a GT), but it wasn’t meant to either. Even if it was these things, the fact it only has a MAX range of 250 miles, something I’m sure you wouldn’t be able to achieve in real life, massively limits it’s capability as a GT. But that’s fine, it’s not meant to be one. And as a side note, that’s the reason this car weighs considerably less than the other EV hypercars; they saved a lot of weight by reducing the size of the battery pack and thus the range. Not very innovative or revolutionary to me. But anyway, it’s okay that it’s not a GT, it wasn’t meant to be one.

            It’s not ‘design’ car either because a lot of the body work is intentionally functional. Nothing wrong with that either, but it’s not like the P72 or new DBS Zagato which are purely made to look pretty. But again, it’s not meant to be that either, so it’s okay.

            It’s not a good track car either for two big reasons, one being weight and the other being the battery pack: Lotus reckon this can do about 7 minutes of near flat out driving (if you start from a fully charged battery), which sounds to me like it can only do one flat out lap of a track before needing to come in. And at this price, there are a lot of other cars which are both cheaper and will have better on track performance: Senna, any GT3 car, old/used LMP2 and LMP3 cars, and at this price, old F1 cars as well.

            And as much as I wish it was a bespoke Lotus powertrain, it’s not. Williams Advanced Engineering have done the battery pack, and Integral Powertrain are supplying the motors. It’s understandable, why spend the money on R&D to develop your own electric powertrain for this kind of car when you can go buy a proven one for much less? But that’s my point, it’s not revolutionary. And the reality of it is is that now they do have the financial backing to develop their own powertrain, it’s just that most of that money will be devoted to their new SUV and saloon/sedan, not this.

            Obviously I’m not a big fan of this car, but it’s just because I think if you’re spending this much on a car, it should be for a very good reason, regardless of how much money you have. And that’s why I made the point I made, I really struggle to see what this car is for other than grabbing money from 130 millionaires. And I think that’s what a lot of these new £1.5 to £2m cars are just doing, which to me is disappointing. The rear is amazing though!

    • MarketAndChurch

      It’s a great car to show off and be seen in something different, but it needs to have an open top.

  • eb110americana

    It looks neat, but nothing about it says “Lotus” to me.

    • Sovereignty

      This is the first serious investment Lotus has received in more than twetny years, when the Elise was launched. If this is the sign of things to come, this is very exciting indeed.

  • Puddingpopper

    Tell me how they added lightness, and where’s my new GD elise

  • Mr. EP9

    I seriously doubt there will be 800kw chargers available for public use at any point.

    • 2PacOfCarscoop

      my moms basement..

  • Carenthusiast

    £1.7 million to buy this one! Looks amazing though

  • 2PacOfCarscoop

    Now your turn Musk!

  • OdysseyTag

    Yes boi, yes. Make the Elan, Espirit, Evora, Exige, Elise and all the others proud.

  • salamOOn
  • Matteo Tommasi

    1. Seems a FAT Aston Valkyrie, design (aero) wise.
    2. Rimac, with roughly the same power, announced a 1,85 seconds for the 0-100 and over 400 kph. Underwhelming.

    • designer_dick

      Has anyone actually verified those performance claims by Rimac, or are they destined to remain unproven by virtue of Rimac’s cars being so rare?

      • Matteo Tommasi

        The first one was as fast as they claimed: for the C_two (the one I am talking about), they didn’t even start the production (like this sad not-a-lotus elephant).

    • Smith

      Unnecessary and wrong for Lotus.

  • Dark Rebel

    That is a lot of money for what it is. I imagine the next Tesla roadster will be significantly cheaper by a very large margin.

    • Sovereignty

      Tesla isn’t making much of a profit these days. Will they still be around for the third-generation Roadster?

  • CarCzarDesigner

    If you weren’t told this is from Lotus (deleting the badging) this looks like it could of come from Ferrari. (458 – 488) It’s a beautiful car, but…no!

  • Bo Hanan

    This is not the way for Lotus to return to making supercars. They need an Esprit replacement with solid (read, reliable) performance in the $150K range.

    • Sovereignty

      This is a halo project that shows a new start for Lotus. They are already developing replacements for all existing models while developing an SUV (which will ultimately make the brand profitable) to take on the Porsche Macan.

      • Smith

        No not a halo project for the real Lotus car company. And remember the SUV is built in China and will be a greeley, Volvo, Links & Co. not a Lotus, never.

        • Sovereignty

          Huh? By that logic the Porsche 918 Spyder was just a Volkswagen? Or an Audi? Or a Skoda?

    • designer_dick

      It’s a halo project, designed to show what Lotus can do when given the chance.

      • Smith

        Not a halo project for Lotus, totally unnecessary and wrong.

      • Bo Hanan

        If they execute on this it would be the most powerful production supercar. That’s a big leap for a car company founded on lightness & “enough power.” This car would also surpass Mclaren-Ferrari-Aston Martin-Porsche offerings. It seems to ambitious for a company that hasn’t really competed seriously in the past 20 years. And remember the last big idea from Lotus were they promised 4 new cars?……………… P.S. I’m a Espirit fan too.

        • designer_dick

          Given that it carries four electric motors, and a suitably large battery back to power them for 250 miles, the fact that it weighs less than 1,700kg is remarkable. Most of its similarly sized and specified rivals weigh much closer to two tonnes.

          Also, the last big idea from Lotus didn’t have the financial resources of a multi-billion dollar Chinese manufacturer behind it. Geely has much, much deeper pockets than Proton or DRB-Hicom ever did.

    • Smith

      Agreed. A Lotus halo car would be £150,000 to £200,000 but this is wrong. Not surprising though, considering the ownership.

      • rockyroad

        tbh, some of you are just salty ’cause the new Lotus is not burning some kinda fossil fuel and making noise

  • Sovereignty

    This is the most exciting announcement to come out of Lotus since the Elise was first shown back in September 1996. Times are changing.

  • EyalN

    The best of Geely.
    Did they do anything in the UK or is it all Chinese?

    • This one is hand built in UK. The new SUV will be made in China.

      • Big Black Duck

        Photo # 18

  • Smith

    Well, looks very Ferrari from the side, not very Lotus, and you could buy quite a few Ferraris for that price. Everyone says it’s a Lotus halo car but really for Lotus an Esprit replacement at £150,000 to £200,000 would be a significant halo car. This is just taking advantage of the stupid wealthy who just want to say they paid £1.7 million for a car, they could care less about Lotus or the company DNA. Sorry but this is wrong.

  • Stigasawuswrecks
  • Netsphere

    fugly as sin, car design is dead, yet another proof. but hey, arab bros will line up to get one

    • Matthew Daraei

      What are you talking about? This car is a beauty inside and out. All old Lotus cars were very average looking, and this will be the first Lotus, I’d consider buying if I had money.

      • Netsphere

        if we all had the same taste we would all be chasing one girl, what i can’t have an opinion of something? grow up.

    • Big Black Duck

      you just jealous white trash

      • Netsphere

        what makes you think im white?

        • Big Black Duck

          well …. i am guessing you are Asian from your manga inspired profile.. then I know why you cannot “SEE” the beauty in this design.

          • Netsphere

            to each their own, race has no effect on that.

  • Teddy Wijaya

    just put a V8+dct in it.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Wow. WOW WOW WOW!!!

    Hey there, sexy. Goodness me.

  • Honda NSX-R

    It looks like a million dollars 😉

  • A MODELS S CAN DO THAT AND SEAT THREE MORE PEOPLE.

  • wtvlol

    Can the others do 8.6secs 0-300km/h?

    0-100km/h times are at the limit. Very hard to take off even a 0.1sec.
    This car probably does it in low 2s.

  • wtvlol

    Beautiful car.
    Well done Lotus.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Great design that would look even more amazing on a longer wider car. At that size, it doesn’t need more than 1,000 hp, which itself is super overkill. Lengthen and widen it, keep the hp but give it to Parinfarina to refine this design even more, and it would be perfect.

  • Big Black Duck

    WOW.. well done Lotus…thought I gave up on you..you up there now with the Ford GT, Brabham BT62 and the Vulcan as my new dream cars

  • Some ol’ bloke

    This is really cool…. but, in a $1.7m hypercar, I would expect a bit more performance – I know this is going to be a bit compromised – maybe for track purposes – but I would really expect more performance out of this for the price and the sheer power it has – The aventador, Huracan, Mclaren 720, the senna, the 488 pista…. That lot all have 40% of the power, yet match the figures of this car and I really just don’t see why you’d buy it apart from the design and interior. Even that nio ep9 and the rimac c2 have about 700hp less, but can do 0-100 in about 2 seconds (I think the rimac can in 1.9 or something crazy) and are suited to a track (mainly the ep9) and if you’re not richard hammond….
    Just a bit disappointed with the performance.

    • maz09

      Acceleration performance will match or beat those cars, they’re just being very safe about the performance claims until real world tests begin

  • Romain AA

    wow. this is stunning, inside out!
    I see a lot of design innovation, from aerodynamics to the amazing taillights, from ground clearance to the over carved side panels. Same goes in the cabin. This is really impressive coming from a “small” manufacturer, and there I guess Geely must be praised for supporting such a radical and cost hefty effort.

    Saludos to all Peugeot i-cockpit haters : low steering wheel + high placed control screen = best and most natural set up

  • StrangerGP

    It’s pretty, I wonder if it’s a start of Lotus’s new design, because this car on its own doesn’t look like a Lotus.

    • paulgdeaton

      It doesn’t look at all like a Lotus – and I would never call it “pretty”. It is in-your-face-brutish… something you might expect from an upstart company – to attract attention – but not from a respected brand with a stories history.

  • Dredd2

    a ferrari copy for that price? funny

  • Vassilis

    Starting to get sick of crazy hp electric hypercars. They keep showing up left and right

    • Porkopolis

      Dude, it’s Lotus (even if they’re owned by the Chinese) – not some non-existent “start-up” from a country that never even built a golf cart.

      • Vassilis

        Actually, that makes it worse. I’d rather have them present a V8 Esprit to be honest.

  • Enter Ranting

    I’ll believe it when I see it. And that center stack is the worst I’ve ever seen in terms of usability.

  • Bash

    This is cool. That fact that it’s a Lotus makes it super cool.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      The front looks like 2019. The rear looks like 2030.
      That center stack is flippin’ cool

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