Lotus has released the most powerful serial car in the worldJuly 17, 2019
Presented electric car Evija
Lotus has revealed the first electric hypercar in its history and the first completely new model released after the transition to the control of the Chinese Geely. The carbon coupe called Evija and can already be considered the most powerful production machine in the world – the return of its power plant is exactly two thousand horsepower.
The fourth model in the British lineup was not only the first electric “Lotus” and the first completely new model in the last 11 years, but also the lightest battery-powered hypercar that had reached mass production. The mass of Evija is only 1680 kilograms, while the Rimac C_Two weighs 1950 kilograms, and Pininfarina Battista weighs two tons. This is achieved through the use of ultra-light whole baked monocoque (129 kilograms) of carbon fiber. It is manufactured by CPC from Modena according to a technology similar to that used for the construction of Formula 1 cars. The chassis is equipped with an adaptive Multimatic suspension with three spool absorbers that reduce roll and vertical oscillations.
The etymology of the word Evija is unclear. The company claims that it translates as “living” or “firstborn,” but from which language the word is borrowed while silent. At the same time in the official video Evija easily transformed into Alive.
Evija exterior body panels are also made of carbon fiber. The company says that they resemble shrink film wrapped around the mechanical components of the car. The appearance of the hypercar is inspired by aviation and aeronautics, which results in a balanced combination of smooth forms and clear lines, as well as geology: at the initial design stage, designers studied geological rocks in order to adapt their natural forms to Evija. However, the most spectacular element is the two Venturi tunnels, which occupy each of the rear quarters of the body. They are framed with LED tape and in addition are illuminated from the inside. In this case, the turn indicators are embedded in the corners of the tape, and when reversing, the letter “T” in the Lotus inscription is highlighted.
The tunnels create a “porosity effect”, that is, they increase the number of holes that “see” incoming air currents and participate in their redirection to the rear of the car. In addition, through the slots in the walls of the tunnels, air enters the diffuser. However, Evija’s aerodynamic design is not limited to this. A two-level three-section splitter is installed at the front: its central part directs the air to the traction battery located behind the backs, while the side part cools the front electric motors. The diffuser is integrated into the monocoque and starts from the rear roof pillars, there is still an active rear spoiler with DRS and side-view cameras that extend from the front fenders like McLaren Speedtail.
The drive shaft of each Evija wheel is connected to a compact cylindrical block, which contains an electric motor, an inverter and a single-stage planetary gearbox. In total, the engines, whose efficiency is 98 percent, give 2,000 horsepower and 1,700 Nm of torque. Indicators target, specify in Lotus, but they are more, than at any other serial car. The dynamics of acceleration are also calculated for the time being: from a place to 100 kilometers per hour, Lotus accelerates in less than three seconds, the same amount is required for acceleration from 100 to 200 kilometers per hour. Reaching 300 kilometers and an hour hypercar is capable of already nine seconds after the start, and its maximum speed is 340 kilometers per hour.
Lotus equipped the Evija with a battery that supports charging up to 800 kilowatts. The 70-kilowatt-hour battery and its control system were developed by Williams Advanced Engineering. Announced mileage without recharging 400 kilometers on a WLTP cycle and filling from a 350-kilowatt terminal in 12 minutes to 80 percent and in 18 minutes to 100 percent. Connector for the charging station is located behind, under a vented lid.
Access to the salon hypercar will be realized through the lifting doors. They do not have handles and are opened with a key fob or a switch on the ceiling console. Carbon chairs tightened in Alcantara, have mechanical adjustment in the longitudinal direction and electric position of the backrest. The steering wheel with the design in the style of Leman’s prototypes is regulated both by the angle of inclination and by departure, and the driving mode switch is installed in its lower part. A total of five: Range (allows you to save battery power), City, Tour, Sport and Track. Evija comes standard with air conditioning and a media system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as updates “over the air” and remote control from a smartphone. Lights – laser-phosphor Osram, which for the first time on a road car work in the mode of low and high beams.
Lotus offers an advanced personalization program for customers of the Evija: you can choose not only the body color and interior trim materials, but also the décor, as well as badges in the form of a country flag or a family coat of arms. Orders are already being taken, although the manual assembly of the first copies at the company’s headquarters in Hetele, UK, will only begin next year. Price Evija – 1.7 million pounds. The circulation of the model will be only 130 copies.
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