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    1. 07-16-2019 04:54 PM #1
      Internally known as the Type 130, the new Lotus Evija combines several firsts for the British company into one wild shape. First of all, it’s the company’s first in-house all-electric car – the Lotus chassis provided to the likes of Tesla for the first Roadster doesn’t count. It’s also the company’s first hypercar, claiming an astonishing (and provisional) 1,973 horsepower. Perhaps more importantly, it’s the first all-new car from the company since the Evora, and the first to be conceived entirely under the ownership of China’s Geely.

      Yup, that’s a lot of firsts. It’s not the first EV hypercar – it’ll have competition from the likes of Rimac and the upcoming Pininfarina Battista, plus the next-gen Tesla Roadster assuming that does eventually hit the market – but it’s definitely early on the scene. And just look at it – the styling is wild, incorporating some continuing Lotus themes – particularly around the greenhouse – but with an overall direction that’s much brasher than the company’s other products. The deep side sculpting resembles is complex and stylized, as are the rounded, narrow quadrangle taillights supported by a massive rear diffuser.

      The front is arguably the least distinctive and biggest departure for the company. The verticality of the headlamps seems like a blend of the Ferrari F8 Tributo and the old Lamborghini Gallardo, without really aping either. Look closely and it appears to be an evolution of the shape of the Evora’s lamps, but without that context fresh in your mind it’ll appear more generic supercar than something uniquely Lotus.

      The bodywork has some neat party tricks. Active aerodynamics allow for an F1-style Drag Reduction System, and there’s a deployable rear spoiler. There are no fixed side-mirrors; little cameras deploy from the front fenders and another camera embedded in the rear of the roof provides a rear view.

      It’s also different. The extruded, bonded aluminum architecture we’re familiar with from the Elise/Exige line and the similar but unique Evora are gone, replaced by a company-first one-piece carbon fiber monocoque tub. Lotus is targeting a curb weight of approximately 3,700 lbs, and the lightweight tub (just 284 lbs) contributes to that. The battery is housed behind the seats, and feeds power to four individual motors, providing all-wheel drive and infinitely variable torque vectoring. It’ll claw its way to 62 mph in less than 3 seconds, says the company, with a top speed exceeding 200 mph.

      The battery is a 70 kWh unit, providing a claimed 250 miles of range on the European test cycle and the ability to charge at 350 kW. That’d give an 80% charge in 12 minutes and a full charge in 18 minutes, Lotus says. When 800 kW chargers become available, the battery will have the ability to utilize those.

      Handling is provided by spool-valve dampers, which are Multimatic units, but the wild part is that there are three dampers for each axle. Two are located at the corners and control the wheels, with the third mounted inboard to control what Lotus refers to as “heave” – this sounds preliminarily like a sort of pushrod anti-roll system, but we’ll have to learn more about it to be sure.

      The interior looks pulled straight from a concept car design sketch, with a quadrangular wheel, a floating center console full of flush hexagonal buttons, and a dash that's a massive, freestanding spar spanning the width. Some of it looks inspired by Lamborghini, but it certainly seems special.

      Lotus claims they’ll limit production to just 130 units, matching the internal vehicle designation. Sure, why not? And it’ll be built out of the company’s base in Hethel, U.K., although it’ll be interesting to learn more about the origin of its component parts. Remember, Geely also owns Volvo (and its Polestar sub-brand) and Lynk & Co., and the Polestar 2 will be produced in China. The company and its subsidiary brands are taking a hard turn towards electrification, and there’s likely to be an economy of scale working in the Evija’s favor.

      The Evija will set you back about $2.1 million, the company says. Production starts next year, and a $300k deposit will secure yours. The order books are open, so don’t delay.
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      07-16-2019 04:59 PM #2
      This is the coolest all electric car I've ever seen.
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      07-16-2019 04:59 PM #3
      I think I would actually buy this, interior & exterior are both beautiful. definitely some Ferrari, Mclaren and Noble design cues in there.

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      07-16-2019 05:18 PM #4
      This is just gorgeous! The wheels, taillights, daylight through the front bumper, I love how the rear is recessed where it says LOTUS, etc.

    6. 07-16-2019 05:27 PM #5
      Gorgeous!

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      07-16-2019 05:34 PM #7
      70 kWh is a really small pack. I'm surprised they didn't go for a supplier who could build a more energy dense pack. I know the new Tesla Roadster is supposed to be around 200 kWh.

      What's fun in performance EV's is that the pack size is nice for range, but that's not the real point. You need that much energy on hand to deliver enough juice for the acceleration.
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      07-16-2019 05:50 PM #8
      That looks surprisingly fresh and exciting.

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      07-16-2019 05:52 PM #9
      Let's see, this thing weighs 3,700 lbs (the heaviest Lotus ever?), has no manual transmission (obviously), and has electric power steering (probably)?

      So, it's heavy, probably won't be as nice to steer as an Evora, and won't be as engaging to drive as an Exige. And, with all that weight, Lotus might not be able to work their usual suspension magic, either.

      And they want $2.1M for this?!

      No, thanks.

      However, if they can find 130 rich suckers to buy them and use that money to fund a proper Evora successor, more power to them, I guess.

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      07-16-2019 05:54 PM #10
      Man Lotus just took a giant leap forward. Great job

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      07-16-2019 06:34 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by Canaletto View Post
      Let's see, this thing weighs 3,700 lbs (the heaviest Lotus ever?), has no manual transmission (obviously), and has electric power steering (probably)?

      So, it's heavy, probably won't be as nice to steer as an Evora, and won't be as engaging to drive as an Exige. And, with all that weight, Lotus might not be able to work their usual suspension magic, either.

      And they want $2.1M for this?!

      No, thanks.

      However, if they can find 130 rich suckers to buy them and use that money to fund a proper Evora successor, more power to them, I guess.
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      07-16-2019 06:44 PM #12
      Slap a prancing horse on that front end and I would have thought it was a 488 EV

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      07-16-2019 06:49 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by CTK View Post
      Hey man. It's a crazy looking sports car. It makes 2000HP. And most importantly, it's an........................................

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      So it's amazing by default
      No question that it is an astonishing culmination of tech but it just makes the Tesla R seem like a bargain in terms of performance.

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      07-16-2019 06:54 PM #14
      So this is why Lotus sucked in their return to both IndyCar and F1?
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      07-16-2019 07:55 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by Canaletto View Post
      Let's see, this thing weighs 3,700 lbs (the heaviest Lotus ever?), has no manual transmission (obviously), and has electric power steering (probably)?

      So, it's heavy, probably won't be as nice to steer as an Evora, and won't be as engaging to drive as an Exige. And, with all that weight, Lotus might not be able to work their usual suspension magic, either.

      And they want $2.1M for this?!

      No, thanks.

      However, if they can find 130 rich suckers to buy them and use that money to fund a proper Evora successor, more power to them, I guess.
      You mean a proper Elise/Exige successor

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      How does a 3,700lb EV square with Lotus' ethos of "adding lightness"?
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      07-16-2019 08:50 PM #18
      I like just about everything except the $2.1 million price tag. Since it's a Lotus, I didn't expect it to be in Bugatti territory, even if it is an all electric supercar.

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      07-16-2019 08:54 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by Lwize View Post
      How does a 3,700lb EV square with Lotus' ethos of "adding lightness"?
      It's fat ass for a Lotus or somewhere in the Tesla 3 range, which isn't bad for a car that packs a much meaner punch than the Tesla.

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      07-17-2019 09:10 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by Lwize View Post
      How does a 3,700lb EV square with Lotus' ethos of "adding lightness"?
      Because without that ethos (and a 284 lb CF tub) the car WOULD weigh 4500 lbs easily due to battery weight. What do other 2000hp street cars weigh?
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      So, to get that kind of range, I'm assuming it's going to have several power modes? I'm assuming it won't last too long to utilize all the power.

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