A Closer Look At The Lotus Evija Fittipaldi
The Lotus Evija Fittipaldi is an incredible limited-production hypercar that has the automotive community roaring lately. Most automobile enthusiasts like […]
The Lotus Evija Fittipaldi is an incredible limited-production hypercar that has the automotive community roaring lately.
Most automobile enthusiasts like to brag about how gasoline-powered vehicles are better than electric cars since they have a much more sense of connection and attachment associated with them than their battery-operated counterparts. However, for all the love that everyone has for gasoline-powered vehicles, it is imminent that the future of mobility is all electric. Every global manufacturer has switched towards making electric vehicles and has promised to go all-electric by the end of the decade, and this list includes some big manufacturers like Ferrari and BMW and even luxury automobile manufacturers like Rolls-Royce.
Amidst this segment of luxury and mass-market electric vehicles, the segment of high-performance electric vehicles is also on the rise, and Lotus happens to be one of the Pioneer companies to lead the charge. In 2019, Lotus revealed its first-ever all-electric high-performance sports car and was restricted to just 130 production units. Now, in 2022, the second iteration of the vehicle has been unveiled, and this time it’s more splendid in every sense of the word. So it would be safe to say that the Lotus Evija Fittipaldi has managed to break the automotive world yet again.
The Historical Significance Of The Car
The base of the Lotus is largely crafted around how fast and agile the vehicle happens to be, and it is also a key reason behind the lightweight chassis and construction of Lotus vehicles. This is also why Lotus happens to be so competitive when it comes to Motorsport.
The legacy and the name the automaker has made for itself in the racing world are unparalleled. To pay tribute to one of Lotus’ legendary drivers, Emerson Fittipaldi, the company has now released a limited edition version of the Evija hypercar and has named it Evija Fittipaldi.
Emerson Fittipaldi was the youngest-ever individual world champion in the history of racing and did so while driving a lotus. Evija in Hebrew means alive, and it was the perfect name to be given to their all-new and premier electric hypercar.
The Evija Fittipaldi celebrates the 50th anniversary of Emerson Fittipaldi winning the 1972 drivers Championship. What makes the vehicle all the more special is that it comes with a special delivery which pays tribute to the legendary driver, and also, the body of the vehicle makes use of aluminum which was found on Emerson’s type 72 racecar. The Brazilian international won five of the 12 races held that year, finishing on the podium at an additional three. His age was just as noteworthy as his performance on the track, as Fittipaldi was just 25, making him the youngest champion in the sport’s history, a distinction he’d hold for 25 more years.
The Jaw-Dropping Performance
As stunning as the new Lotus looks with the new livery and body graphics, the fact is that it must not be forgotten that it is not just another hypercar. The vehicle is powered by four electric motors, one on each axle, and these motors’ combined power output is well over 2,000 HP. This otherworldly figure makes this vehicle the fastest production car on the planet, and with a 0 to 60 mph time of just 2.5 seconds, few would doubt that. The vehicle also has a top speed of 217 mph, which is also electronically limited due to the grip offered by the tires at such high speeds.
The car is powered by a 93-kilowatt-hour battery pack, and the company claims that the vehicle will return a driving range of close to 250 miles which might not be the best as per EV standards, but it will surely put a smile across the face of the driver every time the throttle is pinned down.
It certainly feels like a spaceship, and the key driveability aspect happens to be the agility that it possesses, which is something Lotus is known for. Electric vehicles are also generally known to be silent, but this beauty from Lotus is special as it produces sounds similar to that of a jet engine.
The Formula-One-Style Interiors
The vehicle’s interior is largely made of carbon fiber and features a hand-stitched signature of Emerson Fittipaldi on the co-driver side. The vehicle’s steering wheel is also in typical Formula One style, rectangular in shape, and features all the controls needed to operate the vehicle.
The production of this vehicle is already underway, and Lotus will be building exactly 8 units of Evija Fittipaldi.
This also happens to be a tribute to the 72 Formula One cars built by Lotus, and today all 8 units are sold already. The vehicle’s sticker price has not been announced yet, but for the kind of heritage and performance the vehicle possesses, it is no surprise that the figure could very well be north of $2,000,000.