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Lotus Evija Debuts With 1,973 HP, Will Become World’s Most Powerful Road Car


Following a teaser earlier this month, Lotus has officially unveiled the new Evija.

Set to become the world’s “most powerful series production road car,” the Evija has four electric motors which are targeted to produce a combined output of 1,973 hp (1471 kW / 2,000 PS) and 1,254 lb-ft (1,700 Nm) of torque.  Lotus says this should enable the hypercar to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in less than three seconds.  Given enough room, the model will eventually hit a top speed in excess of 200 mph (320 km/h).

The electric motors are powered by a mid-mounted lithium-ion battery pack which should enable the car to travel up to 250 miles (400 km) on a single charge.  When it comes time to recharge, owners will be happy to know the model also boasts the “world’s fastest charging battery.”  It can accept an 800 kW charge, even though charging units with that capability aren’t commercially available yet.  However when they are, the Evija can be fully recharged in just nine minutes.

As it currently stands, the fastest available charger has a capacity of 350kW.  Using one of these chargers will enable the Evija to have an 80% charge in 12 minutes and a full charge in 18 minutes.

Part of the Evija’s impressive performance is due to its ultra-lightweight carbon fiber monocoque chassis.  It features a one-piece design – a first for Lotus – and it weighs just 284 lbs (129 kg).  This should enable the lightest version of the hypercar to tip the scales at a just 3,704 lbs (1,680 kg).

The good news doesn’t stop there as Lotus says the car was designed to deliver an “optimum blend of extreme track performance and on-road comfort.”  As part of this mission, the car has been equipped with a “motorsport-derived” suspension which features three adaptive spool-valve dampers for each axle.  The model has also been equipped with 20- and 21-inch magnesium wheels that are wrapped in Pirelli Trofeo R tires.  They are backed up by a forged aluminum AP Racing braking system that features carbon ceramic discs all around.

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