Lotus’ Evija is now the world’s most powerful production car
It’s lonely at the top, even if it’s a lightning-quick drive up there. By that we mean there can be only one world’s most powerful production car, and the Lotus Evija, now officially in production, has just been named it. Oh, yeah, the figures are astounding.
The four-motor electric hypercar – well, specifically a new special edition of it honouring Emerson Fittipaldi – churns out a whopping 2,011 horsepower and 1,256 lb-ft of torque. Interestingly, Lotus initially said the car woul’d have 1,973, hp but seeing as former title-holder for most powerful production car, the Aspark Owl hypercar, had 1,984 horsepower, Lotus decided to put a bit more oomph in so it could claim the crown.
The zero-to-62-mph sprint in this machine is done in in less than three seconds, while zero to 186 mph (300 km/h) clocks in at under nine seconds, all with a top governed speed of 217 mph (350 km/h). And, yes, it’s four-wheel-drive.
Powertrain aside, the car comes with race-inspired suspension featuring three spool-valve dampers per axle—one on each corner and an inboard-mounted third to manage heave. Magnesium wheels lessen weight, as does a carbon-fiber monocoque and body. It’s still pretty heavy, though, as Lotus’ target weight is 4,160 lbs (1,887 kg).