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The Lotus Evija is an all-electric hypercar that boasts 1,970hp and does 0-300km/h under 9 seconds

By Kenny Yeo - on 2 Aug 2019, 12:27pm

The Lotus Evija is an all-electric hypercar that boasts 1,970hp and does 0-300km/h under 9 seconds

(Image source: Lotus)

Lotus has just unveiled its first, and also Britain's first hypercar. It's called the Evija. The name is derived from the Hebrew word "חי", which roughly means alive.

And boy oh boy will you come alive once you plant on your foot on the Evija's accelerator. The Evija's power figures make a Koenigsegg Jesko seem absolutely pedestrian and it'll even give Pininfarina's formidable Battista something to think about.

(Image source: Lotus)

The headline figures are these: 1,970hp and 1,700nm of torque. 0-100km/h in under 3 seconds, and 0-300km/h in under 9 seconds. Top speed is said to be over 320km/h.

So in the time your typical Grab ride takes to get to 100km/h, the Evija would already be hurtling towards the horizon at over three times the speed.

To give that number further context, consider that the mighty Koenigsegg One:1 takes 11.92 seconds to get to 300km/h.

(Image source: Lotus)

This prodigious performance is possible thanks to four individual electric motors that are positioned at each wheel. Each produces 493hp and the Evija uses advanced torque vectoring to keep everything under reins.

Unsurprisingly, the entire body is carbon fiber and fancy lightweight materials. Total weight is 1,680kg. It sounds heavy, but the Evija is actually one of the lightest all-electric hypercars. A Rimac C Two, for example, weighs just 50kg shy of 2,000kg. The body has been styled to produce as much downforce as possible.

(Image source: Lotus)

The Evija's battery will have a capacity of 70kWh and will support fast charging so its owners needn't wait too long before they can experience the savagery of their prized possessions. Using a fast 350kW charger, Lotus says the Evija can hit 80% charge in 12 minutes and 100% in 18 minutes. Range is an estimated 400km.

Naturally, don't expect all of this to come cheap. Lotus says the Evija will cost about US$2.4 million (~S$3.3 million). Only 130 will be built.

Source: Lotus