Say hello to "Britain's first long-range EV."
By 2026, Lotus will launch four new electric cars including the company's first-ever SUV and an electric sports car slotting below the Evija hypercar. Due to arrive in 2026, Lotus's new electric sports car will be underpinned by an innovative, lightweight chassis with a rear structure that is 37 percent lighter than the platform underpinning the Emira to compensate for the extra weight of the batteries.
Now, another British company is aiming to revolutionize the electric sports car. Meet the Aura concept, a new lightweight two-seater electric sports car with a focus on sustainability and efficiency. Touted as "Britain's first long-range EV," the Aura Concept is designed to "show what is possible for the future of driver's cars."
Developed during the COVID-19 lockdown, the Aura concept is the result of a collaboration between four British companies: Astheimer, Potenza Technology, BAMD Composites, and Conjure. The project was funded by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles through the Niche Vehicle Network.
To save weight and reduce the Aura's environmental impact, the body panels are made of natural composite fibers. Rear-wheel covers, air curtains, and a large rear diffuser also maximize the electric sports car's efficiency and range and the concept rides on low-resistance tires. As a result, the Aura concept has a claimed range of 400 miles. Power is sourced by two 44kWh battery packs, with one mounted at the front and the other underneath the chassis to optimize weight distribution. This unconventional layout also makes it easier to access the battery packs for maintenance.
Inside, the roofless two-seater sports car features sustainable vegan leather, a five-inch, self-leveling, circular display on the steering wheel showing information such as the range and weather, and a ten-inch central touchscreen. Powered by Android Automotive and developed by Spark EV, the infotainment system software's driving range and charging time estimates are said to be accurate within 0.5 percent based on factors such as the driving style and weather conditions, reducing range anxiety.
The Aura concept made its public debut at the UK's Low Carbon Vehicle Event show, but there's no word yet if it will enter production.