Lotus arrived at Lord March’s domain for the Goodwood Speedweek, taking place this weekend, with three pre-production examples of the Evija.
Two of them are finished in the famous JPS (John Player Special) Lotus F1 livery – though, the British brand doesn’t specifically name the company for obvious
PC reasons, and the other one in ‘Solaris Yellow’. The prototypes also boast a stylized image of the West Sussex circuit and the words ‘Lotus x Goodwood: Creating History since 1948′, which acknowledges the year of the first motorsport event at Goodwood and the first Lotus car.
“The Evija is unbelievable – the power, the speed, I’ve never experienced anything like it – it was exceptional”, said Lord March (Charlie, 25 – the son of the Duke of Richmond, the event’s host), who was one of the first outside the engineering team to experience it. “This new dawn of electric hypercars brings ultimate motoring to life for a new generation and a younger audience. The advancement in electric cars over the last 10 years is astonishing. There is a huge amount of growth potential for these machines to continue allowing us to keep enjoying and driving high performance cars.”
Limited to 130 units, each one priced from £1.7 million (equal to $2.2 million) in the United Kingdom, the Evija is a stunning creation that packs four electric motors. The total output has been revised, standing at over 2,000 HP (2,029 PS / 1,492 kW), up from the initial estimate of 1,972 HP (2,000 PS / 1,471 kW). Nought to 62 mph (0-100 km/h) takes less than 3 seconds, and flat out, it will do in excess of 200 mph (320 km/h). As for the predicted driving range of the electric hypercar, you’re looking at approximately 250 miles or 400 km.
Besides the Evija, Lotus will have other cars on display at Goodwood, including the ‘25’, driven by Jim Clark during the 1963 F1 season, the ‘18’, which won the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix with Sir Stirling Moss behind the wheel, and the ‘49’, the 1968 and 1969 Monaco Grand Prix winner in the hands of Graham Hill. Mario Andretti’s main car from the 1978 season, the ‘79’, as well as Emerson Fittipaldi’s ’72-5’ and ’72-7’, from the 1970 and 1972-1973 seasons respectively, will also take part in the event.