Lotus Gunning For Nurburgring Record With All-Electric Evija

The Lotus Evija has all the right figures to be exceptionally fast on a racetrack and the British car manufacturer has revealed that it will likely look to set a lap record around the Nurburgring with it.

While presenting the car to the automotive press earlier this week, Lotus revealed that the 70 kWh battery pack of the Evija has been designed to deliver 2MW of peak flow for up to seven minutes before it switches into a more conservative mode.

Lotus principal platform engineer Louis Kerr later confirmed to Piston Heads that Lotus designed the battery in such a way to ensure the car can complete a lap of the Nurburgring at full power.

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“Yes, we are thinking of the Nordschleife. We think we’ll be comfortably quicker than the NIO EP9 there,” he said.

The NIO EP9 lapped the Nurburgring in a blistering 6:45.9 back in 2017 and is the fastest all-electric production vehicle at the circuit. Powering the EP9 are four electric motors that produce a total of 1342 hp. The car is also loaded with advanced aerodynamic aids which played an important role in it lapping the circuit so quickly.

However, the Lotus Evija makes the EP9 seem rather pedestrian. Powering it are also four electric motors but it delivers a combined 1973 hp and 1254 lb-ft (1700 Nm) of torque, even more than the Rimac C_Two and Pininfarina Battista. A suite of integrated wings, tunnels, and diffusers will also ensure it has a lot of downforce and certainly has the potential to easily beat the EP9’s time. Watch this space.

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  • Ben

    “The Evija is too heavy to be a track car”

    Yeah, okay. However, it is still limited with the battery issue. I know Lotus says it can charge unbelievably quickly, but that depends if a charging station of the magnitude is available at every popular track. Also, charging that fast can’t be good for the battery’s longevity, assuming Lotus hasn’t made a world shattering breakthrough in battery chemistry.

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