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Lotus reveals further details on Evija all-electric hypercar
In a new video, Lotus has revealed further details on its upcoming Evija all-electric hypercar, featuring vehicle testing on its 2.2-mile purpose-built track at Hethel.
Gavan Kershaw, director of vehicle attributes for Lotus, provides commentary on key elements of the Evija project. On-board cameras also show new views of the car, including exclusive dynamic views of the battery pack located immediately behind the two seats, echoing the classic mid-mounted powertrain layout of so many Lotus cars. As Kershaw explains, this creates an optimum weight distribution and makes the Evija exceptionally manoeuvrable as it races towards its top speed of more than 200mph.
In the film, shot on the Hethel test track, Kershaw also reveals how from the earliest discussions about what the Evija should be, the goal was to create a hypercar with genuine everyday usability. He reveals new details on the progressive deployment of power and torque though the car’s five drive modes:
• Range mode is limited to 1,000PS of power and 800Nm of torque, and intelligently switches the Evija from four-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive to maximise the distance available from the battery and its intelligent power management system.
• City provides greater power control and decreases the level of regenerative braking for urban environments.
• Tour provides automatically switchable four-wheel or rear-wheel drive, delivering over 1,400PS of power with torque-vectoring.
• Sport delivers performance figures of 1,700PS and 1,700Nm linked to stability control systems to increase traction levels.
• Track mode is the most extreme, boosting power delivery to the maximum 2,000PS. It delivers the highest level of torque-vectoring with the Evija’s Drag Reduction System (DRS) available on request. The chassis setting is automatically switched to Track.
Priced from £1.7m, plus duties and taxes, production of the Lotus Evija is limited to just 130 units.