This could be a game changer.
Although we've known for a couple of months Lotus plans to reveal its all-new hypercar this month, what we couldn't confirm was its official name. Previously, Lotus referred to it by its codename, Type 130. Last week, however, word leaked out the final name is 'Evija'. That turned out to be correct. Lotus has officially announced the Type 130 is named Evija (pronounced 'ev-eye-a') and it's due to begin production in 2020. It will the world's first British all-electric hypercar and will compete directly against the Rimac C_Two, for example.
The Evija will also be the first Lotus model built under Geely ownership. So why call it Evija? What's the significance? What does it even mean? According to Lotus, it means 'the first in existence' or 'the living one.'
"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," said Lotus CEO Phil Popham. "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."
Although the Evija won't be revealed to the world in full until later this month at a special event in London, Lotus is still taking full advantage of this weekend's 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed with a special sneak preview. Those attending the show can catch an exclusive glimpse of the all-electric hypercar at the Lotus stand on the main grid.
The Evija is actually hidden from sight, but the party sounds like it'll be really cool. There will be a dramatic 'light show' experience that reveals the Evija's new details and "provides the best hints yet of its exterior design."
All told, Lotus plans to build only 130 examples at its factory in Hethel, Norfolk, UK. Lotus will also have on display a range of high-performance sports cars from its existing lineup, including the new Evora GT4 Concept race car, Elise, and Exige.