If you still don't believe that electric vehicles can perform well on the race tracks, then maybe Lotus can convince you otherwise with their Evija hypercar.
The British marque recently released footage of their upcoming all-electric hypercar attacking Lotus' 3.5-kilometer test track at their Hethel headquarters in the UK. Behind the wheel of the Evija is Gavan Kershaw, Director of Vehicle Attributes for Lotus.
While the vehicle shown in the video is a prototype, Lotus does say that the production model will have the same handling and performance. At the same time, Kershaw showcases the different driving modes the Evija will have. Despite being a hypercar, Lotus did give it everyday usability by having five different driving modes – Range, City, Tour, Sport, and Track.
Range Mode, as the name implies, optimizes the maximum driving distance available from the battery. In this mode, power is limited to only 1,000 PS and 800 Nm torque. It also switches the Evija from four-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive. City Mode provides “greater power control” and “decreases the level of regenerative braking for urban environments”. Tour provides the driver automatically switchable four-wheel and rear-wheel drive modes together with 1,400PS together with torque-vectoring.
For those that want to go fast, Sport Mode delivers around 1,700 PS and 1,700 Nm torque linked to stability control in order to increase traction levels. The most extreme is Track Mode which boosts power up to a maximum of 2,000 PS. It also delivers the “highest level of torque-vectoring” with the Evija’s Drag Reduction System (DRS) available on request.
Though it may not be as small as the brand's other models, Kershaw says it will still be agile and handle just like past Lotus cars. One of the ways this is achieved is through using a mid-mounted layout for optimum weight distribution. With 2,000 PS it is also the most powerful series-production road car Lotus will ever build.
Want to see the Evija on track? You can watch the video above. Kershaw also goes into detail about the hypercar to give you more info about the all-electric model.