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The 2020 Lotus Evora GT Is Quicker, Lighter, and Better-Looking
It’s a claimed 71 pounds lighter than the Evora 400 it replaces.
The new Lotus Evora GT replaces the previously available Evora 400.
It can weigh just over 3100 pounds, says Lotus, and will do zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds.
It starts at $96,950, which can quickly be inflated by expensive options.
Lotus has again updated its only car for sale in the United States, the Evora, introducing a new GT model that replaces the previous Evora 400 and the limited-run Evora 410. With a claimed top speed of 188 mph and curb weight of 3104 pounds, the Evora GT is the fastest and lightest Lotus available for sale.
The GT makes 416 horsepower from its Toyota-sourced supercharged 3.5-liter V-6, an increase of 16 hp from the Evora 400. Both six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions are available; when paired with the automatic, the V-6 makes 332 lb-ft of torque compared to 317 lb-ft with the stick. Lotus claims a zero-to-60-mph time of 3.8 seconds no matter the gearbox, 0.3 second quicker than it claims for the 400. When equipped with the manual, the GT gets a Torsen limited-slip differential.
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21 days ago by rgl7194
The 2020 Lotus Evija Is a Breathtaking $1.9 Million, 1,972-Horsepower EV Hypercar - The Drive
*giggles uncontrollably*
​We’d love to talk about the 2020 Lotus Evija’s stunning good looks. It looks as is DaVinci himself molded the Evija’s breathtaking aerodynamics, especially those rear Venturi tunnels. But we can’t. Everything, even its GQ-ready design is eclipsed by the singularly absurd 1,972 horsepower its electric motors produce. That’s just, well, making us giggle uncontrollably. We’re going to need a minute to pull ourselves together. 
The propulsion for the 2020 Lotus Evija—the first all-electric car in the brand’s 71-year history—is rooted in the hypercar’s Williams Advanced Engineering-sourced drivetrain. Williams has long helped develop technology for Formula 1, Formula E, and other racing series; as well as recently a handful of road-going EV solutions. This marks the company’s most powerful unit to date. According to Lotus, “Power is fed from the battery pack to a bespoke in-line axial arrangement of two high-power density e-motors,” and from there, sends its all-electric hellfire to the four hub-attached e-motors. And you’ll need to it wrestle 1,972 horsepower and 1,253 pound-feet of torque. 
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4 weeks ago by rgl7194
Can you guess why Clarkson hates the new Lotus Evija?
With the arrival of the brand new Lotus Evija, the all new electric hypercar from the British manufacturer, it is only right that Clarkson has something to say about it. This track devouring sniffer dog produces 2,000hp and weighs less than a typical van. It has mid-mounted batteries and a can get from 0-60 mph in under three seconds, but does Jeremy want this?
In this video clip, Clarkson gives us his opinion on the Evija and is very honest with us. Of course he is impressed by it but he clearly states that all he wants is a car where he can put his luggage in the back and have the engine at the front. He very rightly said "I like to see a horse pulling a cart, not the other way round". He has a good point, we all know he has tested all the supercars out there and I can imagine will not be too interested in owning one.
But what he would rather have is not an electric Lotus hypercar, but rather a V8 Lotus Esprit Turbo, much like the one Richard Hammond has. Whereas this car will interest James he goes on to say. Maybe the Lotus Evija will lack character and not have any sound, but do you think that's a reason not to like it?
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4 weeks ago by rgl7194
Lotus unveils $2 million electric supercar - CNN
British sports car maker, Lotus, has unveiled a 1,900 horsepower all-electric supercar with a price tag that surpasses $2 million.
The new Evija is a big departure for Lotus, a brand usually known for making small, nimble sports cars at relatively affordable prices. Prices for the Lotus Elise, for instance, start at about £42,000 in England, or roughly $52,000. Prices for the Lotus Evora 400, the only Lotus model currently available in the United States, start at under $100,000.
Lotus also doesn't usually boast about enormous horsepower. The battery-powered Evija, however, is being touted as "the world's most powerful series production road car" -- if the car can actually deliver Lotus' 1,900 horsepower target once it's produced. The car will be able to go from zero to over 60 miles an hour in less than three seconds and will have a top speed of more than 200 miles an hour.
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4 weeks ago by rgl7194
All-electric Lotus hypercar will be called the Evija - Autoblog
It's the first electric Lotus
Only known as the Type 130 to this point, the new Lotus supercar finally has its official name: Evija. Lotus made the announcement at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and some fans have the lucky opportunity to get a sneak preview of the all-electric performance vehicle during the event.
The Evija, which is pronounced "ev-eye-a," will be the first car Lotus has produced under the ownership of Chinese umbrella company Geely. Evija means "the first in existence" or "the living one," according to Lotus, thought the company did not go into the origins of the word.
With cars such as the Rimac C_Two already in existence, the Evija is not the first electric supercar, but Lotus says it is the "first all-electric hypercar" from a British automaker. It's also the first electric Lotus.
The Evija is slated for its world debut in London on July 16, 2019, and production is expected to start in 2020. However, Lotus set up a light show experience at Goodwood that involves that car. So, fans won't see the full vehicle, but the experience will tease small yet-to-be-seen details. 
Very little information is known about the car yet, save for a nebulous aero image and a couple short video teasers. It will have a push-button gear selector, a light-up rear Lotus badge, an electric charging dock cover, and it appears it will have a tablet style dash setup. And, of course, carbon fiber will be the material of choice inside and out.
We'll have full specs, photos, and information shortly.
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4 weeks ago by rgl7194
The first all-new Lotus in years will be a 1,971hp electric car | Ars Technica
Flush with Geely's funding, this hypercar marks the start of a new chapter.
Depending how old you are, the name "Lotus Cars" will mean different things. For some, it's fast-but-fragile F1 cars in the 1960s and 1970s. Or perhaps it's James Bond's submarine car. Or it's the lightweight, nimble Elise, variations of which have made up the bulk of its range since 1996. Regardless of which era you identify with, throughout those decades a common thread has always been the company's precarious financial situation. But that changed in 2017, when Geely became Lotus' new corporate parent.
Geely is the Chinese company that has been responsible for Volvo's renaissance since it purchased the Swedish automaker from Ford in 2010. And ever since news of the Lotus purchase broke, we've been wondering what the boutique British brand might be able to achieve. After all, the company has never lacked ideas, particularly those involving making cars lighter or making cars handle better (often the two are related). Many industry watchers have worried that we'd be faced with a souped-up SUV, something derived from Volvo's SPA or CMA platforms. That may still come to pass; just ask Porsche whether the Cayenne was a bad idea if you're unsure.
But before that happens—and before the Elise gets redesigned for a third generation—there will be the Evija. That's the name for its new all-electric hypercar, which is to be a low-volume halo car for the rest of the brand. Its specs are eye-opening, even among this rarefied class of vehicles.
The Evija will get a carbon fiber chassis (supplied by CPC), which together with subframes weighs just 284lbs (129kg), and Lotus is aiming for an overall weight of 3,703lbs (1,680kg). The battery pack will come from Williams Advanced Engineering, a spinoff from the Formula 1 team that was responsible for the batteries that powered the first generation of Formula E racers and the batteries that will power the new Extreme E electric off-road racers. At 70kWh, you can be forgiven for thinking it's nothing special. But Lotus says the Evija's battery will have a power output of 2,000kW.
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4 weeks ago by rgl7194
Lotus Reveals The $2 Million, 2,000ps All-Electric Evija Hypercar
This is the Evija, an all-electric sports car by Lotus Cars. Making its debut in London tonight, it promises hypercar performance with a target power output of some 2,000ps, zero to 62mph in under three seconds and a top speed of 200mph. The sports car weighs as little as 1,680kg, due largely to the lightweight carbon fiber monocoque structure, for an impressive pure electric driving range of 250 miles.
Priced from £1.7m (roughly $2.1m plus duties and taxes), the Evija is a halo product for Lotus; it is the marque’s first hypercar and inaugural all-electric model. What's more, the Evija is the first completely new car to be developed under the tenure of the Chinese car giant and owner of Volvo and Polestar, Geely.
The name means “the first in existence” - a nod to the 71-year-old British brand’s reputation for pioneering technology with road and race cars. The aim is to do something similar with this Evija e-hypercar. Lotus cars are generally quite spectacular to drive - they offer a pretty raw experience - so the anticipation here is for an outstanding yet electrified driving experience on tarmac and track.
Crucially, the car we see here signals the start of a new visual theme for Lotus. Design largely follows performance - the marque’s philosophy is centered on stripping the car of unnecessary decoration and for all elements to be functional. This is a theme we see with he Evija but with an added dose of visual drama. For instance, the Venturi tunnel pierces each rear quarter to optimize air flow by directing it through the bodyshell, aiding the delivery to the rear of the car, which in turn counteracts the low pressure behind the car to reduce drag.
2020s  cars  electric  hypercar  lotus 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Lotus Evija Is Britain's 2000-Horsepower Hyper EV
Set for production next year and priced at $2.3 million plus taxes, Lotus' Williams-powered EV is limited to 130 units, packing more power at each wheel than the total output of any previous Lotus road car.
While we patiently wait for whatever bigger and more complex cars are bound to replace the Elise and Exige lines, the team at Lotus's focus has been the Evija, an insanely powerful electric hypercar initially known as Type 130. And with a Williams-engineered 70 kWh battery pack and a target output close to 2000 horsepower, this four-wheel drive EV weighing 3700 lbs. is not only a huge step for the brand in terms of design and technology, but also what seems like a radical departure from Colin Chapman's "simplify, then add lightness" mantra, a philosophy the Hethel factory undoubtably lived by up until now. And while Lotus says that the Evija is still the lightest car in its segment, one could argue that only Geely's investment-heavy takeover could push Lotus towards creating a product with 1253 foot pounds of torque, and a price tag in the $2.5 million region.
But before we'd get into all the gadgets Lotus will give you for your massive pile of money, scroll through the images above, and imagine Lotus Design Director Russell Carr standing right next to you with the car. Talking from experience, he would sum up the Evija like this...
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4 weeks ago by rgl7194

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