Previously, it was just a guess based on incomplete clues that Lotus’ upcoming electric hypercar will be called “Evija”, but now this has been officially confirmed by the British carmaker. The moniker definitely makes sense given the letter “E” that starts the names of Lotus cars since long ago. Besides, “Ee-vi-ya” that translates into “the first in existence” sounds pretty good to the ear.
Today’s Lotus news isn’t just about the name reveal, but also about a new 16-second teaser video which actually doesn’t show much of the car, but it does let you see the red start/stop button, buttons to command the automatic gearbox, and power window switches.
Another part the video seems to try to show is the car’s all-digital instrument panel that is flashed from behind by what looks like an LED ambient light at the bottom part the windscreen.
Rumor has it that an all-wheel-drive setup and a powertrain built in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering will also be included in the specs. The Evija is developed with strength and lightness in mind, so it will use a lot of carbon fiber on the inside and outside. As for the size, it’s about as long the Evora but lower and wider.
Lotus promised to offer fans attending its stand at the ongoing Goodwood Festival of Speed a “sneak peek” of the upcoming Evija. In addition, the automaker also puts on display its Evora GT4 concept racing car which makes its dynamic debut at the festival.
Other displayed vehicles include the Elise, Evora and Exige, as well as the record-breaking Type 25/R6 F1 beast used by Jim Clark back in 1965 to set the fastest ever lap time of the Goodwood track of 1 minute and 20.4 seconds. Technically, the record can never be beaten thanks to changes made to the circuit, unless they bring back the exact original layout and let another car to do a faster lap, which only happens in one’s wildest imagination.
The all-new Lotus Evija is slated to break cover on July 16 at an event in London, while its production is scheduled to start next year. The production will be limited to just 130 examples. And being a hypercar means it will deliver great performance along with more than 1,000 horsepower. We also expect a driving range of around 250 miles on every charge.