Williams Advanced Engineering Suing Lotus For Evija Contract Termination
The Lotus Evija seems to be a real contender as one of the most exciting electric hypercars of recent years. Behind the scenes, it might be surprising to know that Williams Advanced Engineering (yes, they are associated with the Formula 1 squad) was ousted for their dismal performance. Shhhh, we know there are Formula 1 fans chuckling in the background, but what led to the colossal fall between the two?
Williams’ role in the project was to provide specific expertise in battery and high voltage development to the project. Unfortunately, Lotus says it terminated the technical contract due to delivery issues. Regardless of what that means exactly, WAE has taken legal action against the UK carmaker’s decision, citing its dissatisfaction and unpaid invoices that have gone unpaid since April 2020.
Founded in 2010, the Williams Advanced Engineering division was formed with the aim of expanding the reach of the F1 team. The group states that its business is world-class technical innovation, engineering, testing, manufacturing and operations consulting services in the automotive, motorsport, aerospace, defense, healthcare and Energy.
With a slated release slated for 2021 due to unforeseen delays due to the pandemic, the Evija will deliver around 2,000 horsepower (1,491 kilowatts) to all four wheels. Original power was estimated at 1,973 hp (1,471 kW), but the extra time for fine-tuning led to marginal gains. The Numbers Collection is capable of pulling the Evija to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in under three seconds and will continue to shoot above 200 mph (322 km / h) – while still enjoying a Target range of 250 miles (402 kilometers).
The termination of Lotus’ contract would jeopardize a number of jobs in the UK and even jeopardize the launch of the hypercar. Whether or not WAE maintains his contract, it is clear that there will be some tough times between the two in the near future.