Lotus launches 2000-hp Evija hypercarFebruary 20, 2020
The circulation of Lotus Evija will be limited to only 130 copies.
Countless Lotus Evora variants have been launched since 2009, but Lotus has not released any brand new models since the launch of the Evora. Now that Lotus has become part of Geely, this has finally happened.
Lotus hit the auto industry last summer when it introduced the 1972 horsepower electric Evija hypercar with 1253 lb-ft of torque. This makes it the most powerful production car. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h an hour takes less than 3.0 seconds before Evija reaches a maximum speed of more than 320 km / h. And now, seven months after Lotus Evija’s world debut, the hypercar is almost ready for production.
Before starting production, Lotus prepares new state-of-the-art production equipment for Evija. Located at the company’s home in Norfolk, UK, a new facility was built next to the company’s test track, where racing legends Ayrton Senna, Emerson Fittipaldi and Jim Clark tested F1 cars. Only 130 Evija units will be hand-assembled at this facility, and annual production has already been sold to customers around the world.
“Currently, this is the newest car production in the world, and it was very nice to see how he moved from the drawing board to reality. This is a testament to the commitment of all involved and the perfect sleek and high-tech production house for Evija at our iconic Hethel headquarters. Now that our new plant is ready, we are ahead of everyone in the EV hypercar segment and are 100% ready for healthy competition, ” – said Phil Popham, Lotus Cars CEO.
The constructed plant has accepted more than 1,400 employees into the Lotus team. An overhead gantry crane, several elevators for cars and a ramp for aligning the wheels were installed at the facility. Each vehicle will be inspected in a modern lightweight tunnel and then released onto the Hethel test track for dynamic testing. According to Lotus, the project was attended simultaneously by 20 specialist contractors and more than 50 experts on the site. Lotus Evija is scheduled to start mass production and first customer shipments for $ 2.2 million in the summer.
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