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Lotus decided to make its latest hypercar not only all-electric but also incredibly powerful. The Evija is the company's first car with an electrified powertrain, which translates into a disgusting amount of power (2,000 PS or roughly 1973 in horsepower).
For Lotus, the car represents a new beginning. CEO Phil Popham said the Evija will "re-establish our brand in the hearts and minds of sports car fans." For everyone else, it's a car that wants to go toe-to-toe with Tesla's Roadster in every way possible. Except for affordability.
As you've already noticed, the Evija looks like a Lotus, even if it lacks a fuel tank. It's a hypercar, which means nothing beyond it being a top-tier sports car that's going to turn heads. With this project, the team was apparently inspired by rock formations ("carved by nature over the centuries") for the curves of the Evija's initial designs.
The team also looked to Le Mans race cars to hone the vehicle's design around airflow. They dropped traditional door mirrors to help reduce drag, swapping them for cameras integrated into the front wings, while designing the car to optimize downforce. Russell Carr, Design Director, said the Evija is "a timeless design with exceptional amounts of downforce."
And that's something it'll need to stay on the road; Lotus says it can go from 0-62MPH in under three seconds and hit speeds of over 200MPH. Tesla says its new Roadster, by comparison, will do zero to 60 in 1.9 seconds, and reach its top speed of 250MPH in under nine seconds. Lotus' Evija will take nine seconds to hit roughly 187MPH.
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