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PostHeaderIcon Lotus Evija

The arrival of the Lotus Evija marks a watershed moment for Lotus. It wasn’t that long ago when the British automaker was floundering. It was strapped for cash and it barely produced enough models to thrive in a segment that had no shortage of worthy adversaries. Just when things were taking a turn for the worse, Chinese auto giant Geely came in, bought Lotus, and, well, the rest is history.

The Evija all-electric hypercar is the first Lotus product to be unveiled since its fortunes turned for the better. And what a product it is. The Evija is a technological tour de force, a stunning creation born from technological innovations that trace its roots to motor racing. Everything, and I mean everything, about the Lotus Evija is extraordinary. From its incredible aerodynamic design to the four electric motors and 70-kWh battery pack that feeds them, the Lotus Evija is the pinnacle of all-electric hypercar development. It also happens to be the most powerful production car in the world. All that for $2.1 million? This is no dream, folks. The Lotus Evija has arrived.

PostHeaderIcon Throwback: Lotus Wants to Wish You a Merry Driftmas and a Hethel New Year

It’s that time of the year again, when colorful lights shine to brighten the night, kids listen for the sound of sleigh bells, and the smell of burnt rubber lingers in the air. At least that’s the holiday season we like, and it would appear as though Lotus agrees with this Christmas-themed video featuring the Evora GT410 Sport sliding around for a drift-tastic tree delivery.

PostHeaderIcon The Lotus Elan Could Come Back, and It’ll Take the Porsche 718 Boxster Head On

The iconic Lotus Elan could return to the market after nearly three decades. The British company is reportedly considering a revival of the nameplate for a brand-new drop-top sports car that will slot above the Elise in the lineup. The revival won’t happen until 2021 though, as that is when Lotus will have the proper platform for such a car.

PostHeaderIcon Lotus’ Experience With AWD Stretches Back 50 Years, So They Know What They’re Doing On The Evija

Lotus, the legendary race car manufacturer turned sports car maker, unveiled the Evija earlier this year, its first all-electric car and, at the same time, its first hypercar and first AWD road-going model. The luscious beast features four electric motors, one behind each wheel, combining for a mind-boggling (and Pininfarina-beating) output of 1,971 horsepower, making it the fastest British hypercar. While a first in many aspects, it’s actually not the first Lotus where the power reaches all four wheels.

When the Evija was unveiled, showcasing Chinese giant Geely’s clear intention to revive the brand and make it more profitable than ever, most of the automotive world took a step back in awe but not everybody was as impressed by the $2.3 million car that will be built in a limited run of 130 units. We were among the skeptics, questioning whether or not the Evija is a clever way for Lotus to increase its revenue by building something it has never built before. We’ve also questioned the sudden move from ICE-powered cars to EVs without prior introduction of any hybrid model. But one area where Lotus does have some past experience is that of four-wheel-driven cars.

Back in the ’60s, when teams were racing on track to win races and off-track to build the cars capable to win those races, Lotus thought it could come up with a more maneuverable car than everybody else and that’s when the idea of having a system that would dispatch power to all four wheels instead of just two emerged. Sure, it’s nothing like the AWD technology on the Evija but, at least, Lotus can say it did build such cars in its storied past.

PostHeaderIcon The List of Predecessors to the Lotus Evija That You Didn’t Know Existed

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Lotus just took a big step into the future by launching the Evija, its first-ever hypercar and first fully electric vehicle. Also likely to become the world most powerful production car, the Evija is a rather unusual car for an automaker known for affordable and lightweight sports cars. But as surprising as the Evija might seem, the truth is Lotus has been working with electrified drivetrains since the late 2000s. That’s a full decade of EVs and hybrids that haven’t received the attention they deserved. Granted, they’re all concept cars that never made it into production, but their existence signalled Lotus’ intentions. Also, several automakers based a handful of electrified vehicles on Lotus platforms. Let’s have a closer look at them.

PostHeaderIcon Lotus Isn’t Planning Another Hypercar But a New Sports Car Is Coming in 2020 – Will It Be Electric, Though?

Lotus’ first real hypercar, the all-electric Evija stunned enthusiasts and pundits alike last week and is a sign of things to come for the Geely-owned British sports car specialist. But, in the meantime, Lotus is also preparing to rejuvenate its otherwise dated lineup of more affordable sports cars. The new model, that will become its bread and butter in the following years, should arrive next year and pop up in showrooms by 2021. The big question, however, is this: will it be electric as we’ve heard in the past few months?

Taking a look through Lotus’ current catalog is akin to taking a trip down memory lane as you see old friends such as the Elise, the Exige, and, lastly, the Evora – the only one still available Stateside – soldiering on. It’s not uncommon for a low-volume manufacturer to push the envelope when it comes to keeping a model on life support before there’s an influx of capital that allows it to create something new but there’s no denying that the entire Lotus lineup is very much long in the tooth by now and in dire need of an update.

PostHeaderIcon Here’s Why the Evija Supercar Will Save Lotus

Lotus just unveiled the Evija, and it set some serious benchmark for itself. Its first-ever supercar, the Evija is also the first all-electric production vehicle powered by electricity alone. On top of that, Lotus claims that it will become the world’s most powerful production car with an output of 2,000 PS, which converts to an unbelievable 1,972 horsepower. Lotus also promises a 250-mile range and charging times of only nine minutes. Many claim that Lotus made a mistake with this car, but the Evija could be the vehicle that saves the British brand financially.

PostHeaderIcon Lotus Confirms Evija Name For its 1,000-Horsepower Hypercar; What Does the Teaser Video Tell Us?

Lotus’ highly anticipated hypercar is ready to emerge from the shadows. The 1,000-horsepower maniac will be unveiled on July 16 in London. Lotus also plans to hold a sneak peek of the model at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this week. But before any of that, we finally have confirmation on what has become a point of intense scrutiny about this model. Finally, the Lotus hypercar codenamed “Type 130” has a name. It’s called the Lotus Evija (“Ee-vi-ya”- meaning “the first in existence” or ’the living one,”) and it’s ready to take the hypercar world by storm.

PostHeaderIcon Lotus Wants to Raise the Roof at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Lotus is coming to the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed with a massive amount of cars. Not only it will display its current range of Elise, Exige, and Evora models, but it will also show the new Evora GT4 Concept race car and a vintage Type 25 Formula One car. On top of that, it will send eight different cars up the Goodwood hill climb.

PostHeaderIcon The Lotus Type 130 Electric Hypercar Will Have an Interesting Name; Will Offer More Room than a Ford GT

Lotus’ long-awaited entry into the fast and nutty world of exotic cars is finally taking shape. The first order of business? Finding a name for said exotic. Well, it looks like Lotus can cross that off its list. The model that we know today as the “Type 130” will eventually be called the “Evija.” The name revelation comes by way of Auto Express, which discovered a trademark filed by Lotus earlier this month pertaining to the supposed name. A quick look at the U.K.’s Intellectual Property Office reveals that the Evija trademark covered a number of classes, including “land vehicles, parts and fittings for land vehicles included in Class 12,” “Repair and maintenance of vehicles, custom built construction of vehicles” (Class 37), and “Engineering services, vehicle, and engine design services” (Class 42). If that doesn’t scream like a trademark for a future vehicle, I don’t know what does. Group Lotus Limited filed the trademark on June 18, 2019.

PostHeaderIcon The 2019 Lotus Evora GT410 Brings Redefined Performance to China

The Lotus Evora is already ten years old as of 2019, but it’s still going strong. Although Lotus is working on a successor, the current Evora is still being used as a base for special-edition sports cars. The latest model is called the GT410 and was unveiled in China, at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. This isn’t the first Evora to sport a “GT410” badge — a one-off was built for the Jim Clark Trust Foundation in 2018 — but it’s the first production run to feature the nameplate.

PostHeaderIcon The 2020 Lotus Evora GT4 Concept Previews The Official 2020 Race Car

The Lotus Evora has been around for a fair few years, hasn’t it? It was introduced a decade ago and, since then, not much has changed about what was Evo Magazine’s Car of the Year in 2009. Now, however, Lotus tries to remind us that the Evora is yet to kick the bucket by introducing a revised GT4-spec racing version. The Evora GT4 Concept is also a way for Lotus to announce that it’s launching the Lotus Driving Academy in China and will go on a tour with its new Chinese works drivers to showcase the car’s prowess.

For starters, let me tell you this isn’t really a concept – not like, say, the Volkswagen I.D. Roomzz is a concept. I mean just look at it, for all intents and purposes it looks ready to race. It doesn’t have cartoonishly large wheels or anything that could be considered out of order on a racing car. What it is, is the updated version of the Evora Cup GT4. The Cup GT4 model was based on the 2009 Lotus Evora Type 124 Prototype that previewed Lotus’ambitions to return to GT-based endurance racing. Now, the Evora looks meaner than ever, and we may see it race Stateside too, as well as in Europe.

PostHeaderIcon Lotus Flexes its Chinese Backing With a New Hypercar

Lotus made its presence felt at Auto Shanghai 2019 in the cheekiest of ways, revealing a teaser sketch of the Type 130, the automaker’s first-ever fully electric hypercar. You would have thought that Lotus would drop a bombshell in Shanghai by revealing the actual Type 130, but the British automaker is saving that for a rainy day. The actual date of the Type 130’s unveiling has yet to be finalized, but Lotus has indicated that it will take place in London “later this year.” It seems like a waste of a good auto show reveal, but we trust that Lotus has something special planned for the début of its first-ever hypercar. Expect that debut to be a spectacle, not only because of the Type 130’s stature as an EV hypercar but, just as important, its place as the first all-new Lotus model since 2008.

PostHeaderIcon Lotus Is Going Electric with the New Type 130

It feels like yesterday when we were discussing the fact that Lotus has not released a new product in years. Little did we know that big things were brewing inside their HQ in Norfolk. They have just announced the near-future release of a brand-new product, and it is very groundbreaking. The new Lotus Type 130 is an all-electric hypercar, the first from Lotus and or British manufacturer. 

So, how do you feel about that? About time they entered the 21st century, or sacrilege? On the one hand, Lotus fans should be chuffed that their beloved brand is finally off its bottom and doing something. On the other, they might not like the idea that the cherished Chapman principles of performance through lightness are being ignored. Well, actually, details are still scarce on the Type 130 and they might well have found a way to produce some featherweight batteries. But based on what we currently know about electric cars, they are pretty hefty things. Granted, they makeup for it with tons of oomph and instantaneous torque. But Lotus is all about lightness and nimbleness. Can those qualities be replicated in the new EV?

One thing that warms the cockles of is the naming itself: Lotus Type 130. The fans know that ever since the Chapman days ‘Type’ nameplate was only give to the sportiest, most hardcore models. These cars always features not just the latest technologies of the day, but also introduced new innovations beyond that. With that in mind, we can safely assume that at least in order to maintain that naming policy and keeping it true they have taken care not to fall in the same trap as other EV super car makers. What we mean by that, most EV super cars are designed for on thing only, and that’s outright speed. They are astonishingly fast in straight line, but not that great around corners. And while it’s okay for, say, Rimac, Lotus cannot swing that.

The words of Lotus’ officials, however, do sound like they are thinking about a clean break with the past:

CEO Phil Popham said: “Type 130 will be the most dynamically accomplished Lotus in our history. It marks a turning point for our brand and is a showcase of what we are capable of and what is to come from Lotus.”

Still, we best wait and check out the Lotus Type 130 at least in prototype form before forming any judgment about it. The car is scheduled to be launched in London later this year. The way it usually goes, it’ll probably take about a year for the first prototypes to become production-worthy, and another year will pass before the first production units are ready to be handed over to the customers. Another significant aspect of this move is that we will probably see more electric Lotus models in the future, especially in the GT segment. So, if you are a Lotus enthusiast, keep an eye on the development. There are interesting things afoot!

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PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Lotus Exige Sport 410

The Lotus Exige isn’t exactly a spring chicken, is it? With being on the market since 2000, Lotus has had to do a lot to keep this baby relevant on a market that chews up non-conformers and spits them out like rotten sausage on a hot day. The Exige is currently in its third generation (that’s the third series in Lotus language) and has been offered in more forms than you can count on one hand. The Lotus Exige Sport 410 is the latest in the Series 3 lineup, and it serves as a replacement for the Sport 380 gap-filler that sat between the Exige Cup 430 and the Exige Sport 350. And, despite all of its Cup 430 DNA, the 410 has been tuned to be more road-friendly. The front and rear spoilers create some 331 pounds of downforce at speed, and there’s plenty of carbon fiber to help keep the weight in check. More importantly, the 3.5-liter V-6 under the hood has been sourced directly from the Exige Cup 430. It is tuned down to 410 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, but with a dry weight of just 2,324 pounds, the Sport 410 can soar to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds on the way to a top speed of 180 mph – that’s as fast as the meaner Cup 430. We felt that this Lotus masterpiece didn’t get enough love after its debut, so we’ve decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. We’ve picked out our favorite and posted it below.

PostHeaderIcon The new Lotus Hypercar will be Built in Partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering

Strategic alliance is the best way to go forward these days. We recently heard about Ford and Volkswagen collaborating, and this time, it is Lotus and Williams Advanced Engineering. The two companies will work hand-in-hand to share “research and development into advanced propulsion technologies.” The newly-wed companies have not provided any details on their forthcoming projects yet, but rumors suggest they could be working on the upcoming Lotus all-electric hypercar.

PostHeaderIcon You’ll be Shocked When You Find out Who Geely-Owned Lotus will Soon Compete Against

Geely is one of China’s automotive giants, an industrial colossus that owns Volvo, Proton, Lynk & Co, the London Taxi Company and as of 2017 sports car manufacturer Lotus, as well. Its most recent acquisition was made with the intent to turn it into one of the world’s leading maker of sports cars, to rival the likes of Porsche, maybe even Aston Martin and McLaren.

PostHeaderIcon It’s Time Lotus Revisited Last Decade’s Plans

So yesterday Lotus released their 2018 sales numbers, and confirmed that it has been their best year since 2011. Now, those of you with a good memory remember that 2011 and the couple of years that followed were a tumultuous time for the British sports car maker. That was the time they planned a major overhaul of their lineup, which as you may remember backfired spectacularly. But we reckon it is now time they actually went back to those files and revived the plans they had set in motion back in 2009.

There were big things cooking up at Norfolk ten years ago. Having emerged from the 2008 recession largely unscathed, Lotus was planning a leap forward through the introduction of fancy new versions of their established model. There were even serious talks of reviving some of the legendary models of the yesteryear, namely the mighty Espirit. And those really were more than just plans on a paper. Lotus had got themselves a new manager called Dany Bahar – who later on was fired and pretty much vanished from the automotive radar altogether – and they had set aside a lot of cash to turn those plans into reality.

Sadly though, most of that money was spent on useless publicity stunts and the plans were shelved amid a crisis that threatened the very existence of the company. Not only did we not get a new Elise and Espirit, there hasn’t even been a decent facelift to any of the models in the lineup since then. All we got from Lotus the past ten years were slight modifications to the current range and some forgettable motorsport activity. That was it. It has gotten to a point where frankly we get a bit sick looking at the Evora, and even the awesome Elise is starting to look a bit boring.

But, as we said, 2018 was a good year for Lotus with a record 1,630 cars sold worldwide. I know, that is not a lot by the standards of the big car makers. But for a small manufacturer of specialty models, that’s actually pretty good. But that is not the only reason we think Lotus is ready now to bring out and dust off the old plans for a major renovation of their models. The steady increase in sales number is a solid indication that the company is now moving in the right direction. Granted, it is doing so under the auspices of the Chinese Geely. But whatever those industrious people are doing with the company, it’s working. Lotus has even bagged a respected auto and luxury-sector leader, Phil Popham, joining as CEO. And he actually knows how to run a business, unlike that guy Bahar.

It makes a lot of sense. A brand-new Lotus Espirit with modern technology,maybe even a hybrid engine, boasting cool looks and that special Lotus sauce could take the sports car market by storm. Lotus should definitely use this momentum to lift itself to the premier league. They’ve been in the third division long enough.

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PostHeaderIcon Jay Leno’s Garage Gives Some Love to the 1966 Lotus (Ford) Cortina

The Lotus Cortina, or Ford Cortina Lotus as it has also become known, is the street-going version of the Group 2 touring car that became one of the most famous and successful models of its kind in the ’60s, routinely hitting above its weight and beating Mustangs, Falcons and even the odd Ford Galaxie in the British Saloon Car Championship, the European Touring Car Championship and beyond. Originally, only 1,000 Cortinas were built to meet homologation needs, and the car in the video is a genuine one.

The original Lotus Cortina, based on the Mark 1 Consul Cortina, was launched in 1963 and received comprehensive modifications by Lotus with its beating heart being a 1.5-liter twin-cam four-cylinder engine designed by Harry Mundy. The example shown in this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage has been painstakingly restored to better-than-new condition by Jim Hall, Leno’s chief fabricator, after spending three decades neglected at the mercy of the elements.

PostHeaderIcon Hennessey Thinks 311 MPH is Possible With New F5 Venom

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Hennessey claims that a prototype version of the Venom F5 is ready to begin testing sometime in 2019 with the goal of hitting 311 mph. Notice that Hennessey is overshooting the unicorn speed of 300 mph? That’s because the company believes that the F5 is capable of going well beyond the threshold number. Once the prototype version of the Venom F5 is ready to test its worth in the heavily anticipated top speed wars, we’ll know for sure if it can back up the hype surrounding its 1,600-horsepower bullet.

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