It was faster around a track than an Audi R8 V10 Plus.
When we last saw the Tesla-powered Lotus Evora created by Sasha Anis, founder of Onpoint Dyno, it was very much a work-in-progress project. Aptly named Blue Lightning, it’s powered by two Chevrolet Volt batteries and uses the powertrain from a Tesla Model S which makes it faster than any factory Lotus – no mean feat considering the Evora 410 is the fastest and most powerful street-legal Lotus on sale in the US. A brief road test showed it was capable of neck-snapping acceleration but it wasn't quite ready to hit the track - until now.
With this setup, the Tesla-powered Evora produces 460 horsepower which, combined with the instant electric torque, makes for a formidable track car. Along with Sasha, Speed Academy’s Dave Pratte put Blue Lightning through its paces and set some silent laps around the Canadian Toronto Motorsports Park circuit.
Incredibly, the lap times it achieved would put some supercars to shame. After pushing it hard, Tarach managed to set a time of around 1:16 mins, which puts the EV in Porsche 911 Turbo territory. If you needed any further indication of how fast this all-electric Evora is, Pratte set a time of around 1:18 mins around the same circuit in an Audi R8 V10 Plus. The only downside? Every lap drains the battery by around ten percent. After three laps, it effectively runs out of juice. Without a fast charging system available at the track, the team devised a unique solution to fast-charge the Evora, using its regenerative braking system while towing it with a truck. It's not the most environmentally friendly method, but it works.