Output isn’t just measured in horsepower anymore

Lotus Group, which started out when the late Colin Chapman started out building crude contraptions for trials and hillclimbs, eventually grew into one of the world’s premier producers of ultra-light, delightfully driveable cars for both the road and the race track. It’s now a holding of Geely, the mega-volume Chinese automaker. In London, Lotus just showed a pre-production model of its all-electric Type 130 Evija hypercar, which Lotus is flatly claiming will be the most powerful production vehicle in automotive history.

Full disclosure: I’m not sure if I’m doing the math right when it comes to calculating the apparently incredible capabilities of the Evija (it’s pronounced eh-VEE-yah), which will be released as a 2020 model. The Evija gets its power from a 2,000kW battery array, which feeds current to four tiny electric motors, with torque vectoring, that are located inboard of each wheel. Here’s where it gets sticky: I found an online converter, into which I plugged the Evija’s factory-claimed output of 2,000 PS – it’s a German acronym for pferdestarke, a Siemens measurement of electrical power – and the total calculated horsepower was 1,971.8. Even if I got the arithmetic awry, this will undeniably be an incredibly fast and quick car, with Lotus promising zero to 186 MPH (300 KMH) in three seconds flat, along with a top speed somewhere on the far side of 200 MPH, 250 miles on an electrical charge, and a recharge time of just 18 minutes. Just 130 examples of the Evija will be produced, each with a retail price of 1.7 million pounds Sterling. Put down a deposit of 250,000 pounds Sterling and you’re guaranteed a spot in the queue.

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