Lotus and Williams quarreled to build the fastest car in the worldSeptember 4, 2020
The companies severed relations on the Evija electric hypercar project and now go to court
The creation of the Lotus Evija electric hypercar is in jeopardy. According to the British edition Autocar, Lotus broke off relations with its partner Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE).
Lotus said it was due to delays in supply from Williams after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, the company decided that it would be better and faster to complete the hypercar on its own.
Williams responded to this … with the threat of litigation. The company denied any delays, noting that it was not in breach of contract and that Lotus had no legal reason to end the partnership. Williams also hinted that the decision could be made by Lotus in conjunction with their main owner, the Chinese automaker Geely. And that it has nothing to do with the commercial relationship between WAE and Lotus.
A report from Williams says Lotus hasn’t paid bills since April 2020, although work was underway on the hypercar. Now WAE intends to obtain from the former partners full compensation for all costs incurred.
Interestingly, Lotus is only talking about Williams’ involvement in the battery and energy controller. And Williams told us earlier that in fact they make all the stuffing of Evija, including the electric motors and transmission.
WAE was created by the Formula 1 Williams team, but last year it gained full independence. Among WAE projects, many are associated with Formula E. In particular, it was Williams who won the tender to create a new generation of batteries for racing electric cars, which can be charged at pit stops in just 30 seconds. Williams also supplies electric motors and powertrains to the Jaguar team in Formula E.
It was based on this racing electric motor from Jaguar that Williams created the engines for the Evija. The latter should have been four, one for each wheel. All-wheel drive hypercar with a capacity of about 2000 hp the idea was to accelerate to 300 kilometers per hour in just 9 seconds.
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