Lotus has also revealed the five driving modes for the Evija.
Initially expected to launch later this year, customer deliveries of the Lotus Evija electric hypercar have been pushed back until mid-2021. To keep our anticipation levels high, Lotus has released a new video of the Evija undergoing high-speed testing at the automaker's test track in Hethel, England. Lotus will also showcase the Evija at the Salon Prive Concours d'Elegance motor show in the UK this week.
Behind the wheel is Gavan Kershaw, Director of Vehicle Attributes for Lotus, who provides new details about the 2,000-hp electric hypercar. As Kershaw explains in the video, the Evija will have five driving modes offering different levels of power and torque to "create a hypercar with genuine everyday usability."
To maximize the driving range, Range mode limits the power output to 989 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque and switches the car from four-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive. Switching to City mode provides "greater power control" and decreases the level of regenerative braking, while Tour mode allows the car to automatically switch between four-wheel or rear-wheel drive when required, delivering over 1,380 hp with torque-vectoring.
Sport mode increases the power to 1,676 hp and 1,253 lb-ft of torque with stability control activated to increase the traction. Track mode allows drivers to unleash the car's full potential and experience the Evija at its most extreme, increasing the power to a maximum 1,972 hp while delivering the highest level of torque vectoring with the Evija's drag reduction system available on request. The chassis setting is also automatically switched to Track.
In-car views shown in the video give us a better look at the car's interior, which features a fully digital display, a control panel in the center console, and a motorsport-inspired steering wheel with dials to select the different driving modes. We also get a view of the mid-mounted battery positioned behind the seats. As Kershaw explains, this setup creates an optimum weight distribution and makes the Evija extremely nimble.
Making the Evija as enjoyable to drive as the company's combustion-powered sports cars was a top priority for Lotus.
"Lotus cars are very nimble, inspiring great confidence when being driven, and the Evija is no different to that," said Kershaw. Despite its astronomical $2 million price tag, the Lotus Evija is already sold out for the 2020 model year.