By Alberto Frammartino, October 14, 2022
Lotus is in a bit of a strange position right now, in that for once it has a bright future outlook. It has got an exciting range of new cars, possibly if not the best in its history. It has a stable financial footing meaning it can “fail and bail” knowing the house will not blow down. The stability is courtesy of Geely Motors, the Chinese auto conglomerate that acquired Lotus in 2017. Since then Geely has been busy transforming its toy, and the end result is the Eletre SUV, Lotus Emira and this… the all-electric, Bugatti-busting Lotus Evija ultracar. Production is limited to not more than 130 examples, eight of which will be allocated to mark a special occasion in Lotus’s Formula One history.
The Limited-edition Evija celebrates 50 years since race legend Emerson Fittipaldi and Team Lotus won F1 Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship. The bespoke specification of the Lotus Evija Fittipaldi starts with its unique paint finish, which includes its designation written on the bodywork in gold lettering to the side of the rear window.
Complementing it are black and gold ‘Type 72’ wheels complete with anodized center lock surrounds – red on the left side of the car and green on the right – as well as black and gold brake calipers.
The Lotus Evija Fittipaldi celebrates 50 years since Emerson Fittipaldi and Team Lotus won the F1 Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships.
The new version of the pure electric hypercar commemorates five decades of the black and gold colour scheme of Lotus Type 72 race car.
Emotive design details include rotary dial crafted from recycled original Type 72 aluminium, plus Fittipaldi signature hand-stitched on dashboard.
Demand is so high that all eight examples have been snapped up with first customer deliveries early in 2023.
Lotus Evija Fittipaldi technical specification
Powertrain: Pure electric, 4WD
Power: 1500kw (4 x 375kw) / 2,039 PS
Battery power: 93 kW
Torque: 1,704 Nm with torque vectoring
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): Under three seconds
0-300 km/h (0-186 mph): Under nine seconds
Max speed: Electronically limited to 350 km/h / 217 mph
All-electric range (WLTP Combined): 250 miles (402 km) *
Charging time (350kWh charger): 18 mins
Weight: 1,887 kg *
Production run: Maximum of 130 cars
Overall dimensions (L/W/H): 4,459 / 2,000 / 1,122 mm
Start of Production: 2022