July 7, 1977, the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me had his royal premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square in London. A white Lotus Espirit S1 was a star of the show, especially with its ability to transform into a submarine. Now, the future Lotus Evija hypercar poses with the 007 coupe to mark 43 years after the opening of the film.
Based on the specifications, the Evija could be a world drummer in the hypercar segment. Its four electric motors produce a total of 1,973 horsepower (1,471 kilowatts). Lotus projects acceleration to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) to take less than three seconds and a top speed greater than 200 mph (322 km / h). The battery has an estimated range of 250 miles (402 kilometers).
Lotus intends to build only 130 Evija units. At a planned price of 1.5 to 2 million euros, only the ultra-rich can potentially own one.
To be clear, it is not exactly Spirit S1 of The spy who loved me, but the look is the same. There is a white body that offers a striking contrast to the few pieces of black trim. Inside, there is a tartan pattern fabric.
These vehicles feature one of Giorgetto Giugiaro’s wedge-shaped designs. Power comes from a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder mounted on the middle developing 160 hp (119 kW) in the European version, and the only gearbox available is a five-speed manual from Citroën. Although it does not have much power by modern standards, a weight of only about 900 kg, thanks in part to a fiberglass body, gives the Spirit sharp handling.
In 2013, Elon Musk paid $ 866,000 for the submersible Esprit de The Spy Who Loved Me. The following year, Musk declared that he was developing an amphibious vehicle that would look like the Spirit but would be about 10% larger. He called it a “low priority project” at the time. In 2017, he again mentioned that the plan was to leave the Bond car as it is and create a new machine instead.