The all-electric Lotus Evija has celebrated its public debut at the Monterey Car Week roughly a month after being unveiled to the world’s media back in the UK.
It is no secret that Monterey Car Week, in particular The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance events, attract a huge number of wealthy enthusiasts and collectors so it’s no surprise Lotus decided to bring its fastest and most expensive production vehicle to both events in a bid to drum up sales.
The Evija presented was painted in a dazzling shade of silver and unsurprisingly, attracted a huge amount of interest and that’s saying something for a company like Lotus which has never really been a hugely popular or desirable automaker in the States – at least when compared to other exotic brands like Lamborghini.
Powering the Lotus Evija are no less than four electric motors producing a combined 1973 hp and 1254 lb-ft (1700 Nm) of torque. The company is promising its all-electric hypercar will accelerate to 62 mph (100 km/h) in under three seconds while sprinting to 186 mph (300 km/h) in an unbelievable nine seconds. The Evija’s top speed will comfortably exceed 200 mph (320 km/h).
The flagship Lotus won’t just be a straight-line monster either. Shortly after unveiling the car last month, Lotus said it could take the Evija to the Nurburgring in a bid to set a new record for production electric vehicles at the circuit. To do so it will have to lap Green Hell in under 6:45.9, the time set by the NIO EP9 a couple of years ago.