Hasta ahora conocido como “Type 130”, el cupé eléctrico ya tiene su nombre definitivo.

Los rumores eran ciertos: Lotus ha bautizado su primer hipercarro como "Evija" para seguir una larga tradición de vehículos cuyos nombres comienzan con la letra ‘E’: Esprit, Europa, Elan, Elise, Eclat, Elite, Excel, Exos, Exige, Evora, y por supuesto, el icónico Eleven. Para acompañar la revelación del nombre, desde Hethel también lanzaron un breve video de 15 segundos.

Lotus Type 130 teaser
Lotus Type 130 teaser

No se alcanza a ver demasiado, pero sí podemos apreciar un botón rojo de arranque/apagado junto con los interruptores de las ventanas eléctricas y los botones para controlar la transmisión automática. El nombre de "Evija" se ilumina en lo que parece ser el panel de instrumentos totalmente digital del cupé, mientras que detrás se observa una luz ambiental LED en la base del parabrisas que recorre la longitud del instrumental.

Limitado a solo 130 autos, se espera que este Lotus, el primero totalmente nuevo desde 2008, tenga más de 1,000 caballos de fuerza y ​​ofrezca un rango de carga de aproximadamente 250 millas (402 kilómetros). El rumor indica que adoptará un diseño de tracción total y utilizará un tren motriz desarrollado en colaboración con Williams Advanced Engineering. Aproximadamente tan largo como el Evora pero más ancho y más bajo, el Evija no escatimará el uso de fibra de carbono, tanto  por dentro como por fuera para mantener el peso lo más bajo posible.

 

Si planeas dirigirte al Festival de la Velocidad de Goodwood esta semana, te alegrará saber que Lotus mostrará un “adelanto” de Evija . También en el gran evento en West Sussex, Lotus tendrá en exhibición el concepto del auto de carrera Evora GT4 que hará su debut en la famosa colina. Además, se mostrarán Elise, Exige y Evora, junto con el Type25/R6, con el que Jim Clark obtuviera marcó el récord del circuito original de Goodwood en 1 minuto y 20.4 segundos. 

Lotus develará el Evija el 16 de julio en un evento en Londres y comenzará a producirlo en 2020.

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LOTUS STUNS GOODWOOD WITH HYPERCAR SNEAK PEEK… AND REVEALS ITS NAME

  • Lotus confirms Type 130 hypercar is named EVIJA
  • Fans attending the Lotus stand at Goodwood Festival of Speed will be offered a sneak peek at the car
  • Dramatic ‘light show’ experience reveals new design details ahead of the world premiere later this month
  • Classic and current Lotus cars on static and dynamic display, celebrating this year’s Festival theme ‘Record Breakers’

(Goodwood, West Sussex – 3 July 2019) – Lotus has chosen the Goodwood Festival of Speed to reveal the name of its new all-electric hypercar, and is calling on fans to visit its stand for an exclusive glimpse.

Due to start production in 2020, the world’s first British EV hypercar will be called the Lotus EVIJA. It marks the start of an exciting new chapter in the history of the iconic British sports car brand. As the first major Lotus model launch under the stewardship of Geely – the world’s fastest growing automotive group – its significance cannot be overstated.

Pronounced ‘ev-eye-a’ it means ‘the first in existence’ or ‘the living one’. It is highly appropriate; Lotus has an unquestionable reputation for its pioneering approach in both automotive and motorsport. The Evija – as the first all-electric hypercar from a British car maker – continues that story of innovation.

Lotus Cars CEO Phil Popham said: “Evija is the perfect name for our new car because it’s the first hypercar from Lotus, our first electric offering and is the first new model under the stewardship of Geely. The Evija is a Lotus like no other, yet a true Lotus in every sense. It will re-establish our brand on the global automotive stage and pave the way for further visionary models.”

Sports car fans attending this weekend’s Festival are invited to visit the Lotus stand – on the main grid – for an exclusive glimpse of the Evija. Hidden from general sight, visitors can join a dramatic ‘light show’ experience that reveals new details and provides the best hints yet of its exterior design.

The Lotus Evija will be unveiled in full in London later this month. Since its existence was confirmed at the Shanghai International Auto Show in April, the car has been known only by its Lotus Type number – Type 130. In May Lotus confirmed a maximum of 130 examples will be built at its factory in Hethel, Norfolk, in tribute to its Type number.

Also at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed are some of the most successful, pioneering and record-setting Lotus cars ever made. The stand is hosting the recently unveiled Lotus Evora GT4 Concept race car – which will be making its dynamic debut up the famous Goodwood hill climb course – as well as examples of the current Lotus range of Elise, Exige and Evora.

One historic car is expected to be a real crowd-pleaser. It’s the almost mythical Type 25/R6 Formula One racer, which is the actual car in which legend Jim Clark set the best ever time of 1:20.4 for a lap of the Goodwood circuit. This 1965 record has never been and never will be bettered due to changes in the original configuration of the circuit.