Lotus Evija, a truly exceptional hypercar

Lotus Evija with its 2.04 million dollars, is a splendid two-seater coupe equipped with four electric motors of 368 kW each, capable of reaching up to 1,471 kW thanks to its 2,000 hp with all-wheel drive

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Lotus Evija, a truly exceptional hypercar

Lotus Evija with its 2.04 million dollars, is a splendid two-seater coupe equipped with four electric motors of 368 kW each, capable of reaching up to 1,471 kW thanks to its 2,000 hp with all-wheel drive. This Lotus manages to reach 320 km / h of top speed and 0-300 acceleration in just 9 seconds.

As for autonomy, however, the figure says 346 km. The first electric car manufactured by the British manufacturer and the first car designed under the ownership of the Chinese company Geely, the first prototype of the Evija was presented in November 2019 at the Guangzhou Auto Show, and was then presented in its final form at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ??together with the Lotus.

Emira at the beginning of July 2021. The vehicle's production was originally supposed to start during 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the start of production has been postponed to mid-2021. The production of the Evija is expected in a limited series of only 130 pieces.

The Evija is powered by a 70 kWh lithium-ion battery pack developed in collaboration with the Williams Formula 1 team, which power four permanent magnet asynchronous electric motors that are supplied by the Integral Powertrain, each paired with a single-speed gearbox.

The four engines are each located close to each wheel and individually deliver a power of approximately 368 kW (493 hp), for a total combined nominal power of the entire system of 1472 kW (1974 hp) and 1700 Nm of torque.

The autonomy declared according to the WLTP homologation cycle is about 400 km; the batteries can be recharged in about 18 minutes through a 350 kW fast charging column. On the other hand, it takes about 12 minutes to recharge from 0 to 80%.

Torque vectoring is made possible by the four electric motors that can independently distribute power to any wheel, in combination of two, three or four wheels in a fraction of a second. In track mode, the turning radius between corners can be reduced by giving more or less power to the individual wheels inside and outside the trajectory.

The steering adopts an electrohydraulic control system. In order to contain the unsprung masses elastically, the car is also equipped with forged magnesium rims with a diameter of 20 inches at the front and 21 inches at the rear, fitted with Pirelli Trofeo R tires.

Carbon-ceramic disc brakes with forged aluminum calipers are supplied by AP Racing. The vehicle can accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in less than 3 seconds and from 0 to 299 km / h in less than 9 seconds, with a top speed of around 320 km / h.

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