THE 8th WONDER OF THE MODERN WORLD: THE LOTUS EVIJA
Have you ever heard about the Seven Wonders of the Modern World? Taj Mahal in India, Colosseum in Italy, Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, Machu Picchu in Peru, Chichen Itza in Mexico, Christ the Redeemer in Brazil, Petra in Jordan and Great Wall of China. Today, I am having good news since the 8th Wonder of the Modern World has been nominated last July 2019. The world´s fastest electric vehicle: Lotus Evija, designed by a British automotive company which makes sports and racing cars.
The Lotus Evija is the most powerful EV ever designed, and not precisely by Tesla as most of the people might expect, but produced by a British automotive company which makes sports and racing cars: Lotus.
Evija will be the name used by Lotus for the world’s first fully electric British hypercar of 2,000 hp. The Lotus Evija, a hand-made EV produced at its Hethel factory in UK, with a small-scale production of 130 units, honoring the Evija’s project name, Type 130. Would you like to be one of the lucky owners?
I am convinced you are curious about what is behind its futuristic model name. According to Lotus, the fantastic Evija – pronounced as “‘E-vi-ya”‘ – whose name means “the first of its existence” or “the living one”.
LOTUS EVIJA: TECHNICAL SPECS
The Lotus Evija, revealed as enngineered for precise and sustained performance, has five driving modes – Range, City, Tour, Sport and Track. It can race from 0-100 km/h in under three seconds and accelerate to a top speed (0-320 km/h) after 10 seconds. ((Is 10 seconds maybe what your car takes to reach 100 km/h? :P)).
Do you believe in love at first sight? Needless to answer yes after getting to know this car a bit more! Unfortunately, this might mean a non-unconditional love since the price to conquer the Evija´s heart would be around 1.85 million .-€, appart from duties and taxes. Order books are already available, with a required deposit of 273,000.-€ for the fastest electric vehicle in the world.
Interesting point is to understand how long will take to charge the batteries of the British beast. According to Lotus, the Evija’s charge time will be 12 mins to 80% and 18 mins to 100% using the most powerful charging technology (350kW unit).
Undoubtedly the most striking element of this wonder is its exterior, becoming the first Lotus road car to ever feature a full carbon fibre chassis. An exceptional strenght and rigidity, plus its incredible active aerodynamics.
AN INCREDIBLE RANGE OF WORLD-FIRST TECHNICAL INNOVATIONS
Lotus´ pioneering approach to engineering led to an incredible range of world-first technical innovations. Hereafter, I would recommend you to have a look into some of the milestones achieved by the different projects conducted so far:
- Type 14: the world’s first composite monocoque production road car (Elite, 1957)
- Type 25: the world’s first fully-stressed monocoque F1 car, and the first Lotus to win F1 world championship (1963)
- Type 72: the most successful F1 car of all time and the blueprint for F1 car design for many years (Championship winner in 1970, 1972 and 1973)
- Type 78: the world’s first ‘ground effect’ F1 car (1977)
- Type 88: the world’s first carbon fibre F1 car (1981)
- Type 92: the world’s first active suspension F1 car (1983)
- Type 111: the world’s first aluminium and bonded extrusion construction production car (Lotus Elise, 1995)
- Type 130: the Lotus Evija, the first fully electric British hypercar (2019)
Last but not least, I am convinced that you are wondering who is the designer behind the world´s fastest electric vehicle. Russell Carr is a British Car designer appointed as the Design Director at Lotus Cars since 2014, having already designed and launched some other great Lotus vehicles like the facelift of the Lotus Esprit, Lotus Europa S and Lotus Evora.
Look at what Russell Carr mentioned about the design of the Evija: “During the initial design stage we spent many hours studying images of geological forms – rocks that had been carved by nature over the centuries. We believe we’ve captured these beautiful, intriguing and elemental lines within the Evija”.
Let us get to know a bit better the amazing Lotus Type 130. Enjoy the following pictures directly provided by the British car-maker:
Information and pictures source: http://www.lotuscars.com
If you are interesting in the electric vehicle, I would like to recommend you a very interesting read on how the tentacles of the electric vehicles have also reached the classic SEAT 600, under the name of “Little Electric Cars e601″.