Lotus Evija Electric Hypercar Delayed By COVID-19

The Lotus Evija won’t arrive until the first half of 2021, instead of the initial plan to start delivering the electric hypercar at the end of 2020. The British marque had to postpone the vehicle due to a delay in the testing process due to of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Coach.

“We lost five months of testing, mainly in mainland Europe,” said Lotus boss Phil Popham. Coach. “We missed the tests in hot weather in Spain. It’s not as easy as moving everything to the right because you have to book facilities and there is a queue, with everyone in the same boat . “

Although testing in Europe was not possible, Lotus engineers apparently had the opportunity to fine-tune the Evija. Horsepower is now over 2,000 horsepower (1,491 kilowatts), rather than the original specification of 1,973 hp (1,471 kW). The aerodynamics of the vehicle have also been changed.

Lotus has previously said the Evija is capable of going 100 km / h in under 3 seconds, 200 km / h (200 km / h) in around 6 seconds and 300 km / h in under 9 seconds. The company estimated the top speed to be over 322 km / h. The target range is 402 kilometers.

The Evija uses a one-piece carbon fiber monocoque chassis and a smooth body wraps around it. To shut off the air, there are no mirrors or door handles. Lotus intends to use cameras to give the driver rear visibility.

Lotus plans to build only 130 units of the Evija. The exact price is not clear, but the company predicts the figure to be between 1.5 million and 2 million ($ 1.77 million to $ 2.36 million) at current exchange rates.

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