The electric hypercar made its dynamic debut at Goodwood Speedweek.
The 2020 Goodwood Speedweek just happened this past weekend, combining the best of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival into one safe, socially-distanced media event. Unlike the Festival of Speed and Revival, Speedweek isn't open to the public, but all the action was streamed online for the world to witness.
Many new models made their public debuts at the show including the new Bentley Flying Spur V8 and the McLaren Elva speedster. Another star car at the show was the Lotus Evija electric hypercar, which made its dynamic debut at Speedweek. McLaren dressed up the Elva in an iconic Gulf racing livery for Goodwood, so not to be outdone Lotus showed off two Evija pre-production prototypes in a black and gold John Player Special racing livery inspired by iconic Lotus F1 race cars like the Lotus 98T. Another prototype was finished in an eye-catching Solaris Yellow finish.
Each prototype also featured a stylized image of the famous Goodwood Motor Circuit and the words "Lotus x Goodwood: Creating History since 1948", acknowledging the year of the first motorsport event at Goodwood and the first Lotus car.
"The Evija is unbelievable - the power, the speed, I've never experienced anything like it - it was exceptional," said Lord March, the 25-year old son of the event's host, the Duke of Richmond. "This new dawn of electric hypercars brings ultimate motoring to life for a new generation and a younger audience. The advancement in electric cars over the last 10 years is astonishing. There is a huge amount of growth potential for these machines to continue allowing us to keep enjoying and driving high performance cars."
Lord March, who was one of the first people to experience the Evija outside of Lotus engineers, went on to praise the British marque, saying: "Lotus continues to appeal to both the inner driver and the inner child in all of us - so much fun, and ultimately for the driver to control and enjoy."
The Lotus Evija was put through its paces on the historic race track and also took part in the Supercar Run. Lotus fans witnessing rejoiced as more than 50 historic Lotus cars were shown off at Goodwood Speedweek, including the Lotus 25 driven by Jim Clark, the Lotus 18 Sir Stirling Moss drove to victory at the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix, and the Lotus 49 that won the Monaco Grands Prix in 1968 and 1969 with Graham Hill behind the wheel.