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LOTUS TO REVEAL TYPE 130 ALL-ELECTRIC HYPERCAR IN LONDON ON 16 JULY 2019
World’s first British all-electric hypercar – project code Type 130 – will be revealed in London, the birthplace of the brand, in July
A maximum of just 130 examples will be available to own, with first customer deliveries to commence in 2020
Production of the Type 130 confirmed for Lotus HQ in Hethel, Norfolk
(Hethel, Norfolk – 31 May 2019) Lotus confirms today that Type 130, the brand’s first all-new model in more than a decade, will be revealed to the world’s media at an exclusive event in Central London on 16 July.
Following first confirmation of the project in April at the Shanghai International Auto Show, several hundred potential owners have come forward to express their interest in the new car. Today, the company announces that a maximum of just 130 examples will be available to own – representing the number of Lotus ‘Types’ introduced during the brand’s 71-year history.
Lotus also confirms today that Type 130 will be built at Hethel in Norfolk, the brand’s headquarters since 1966.
Type 130 will be the most dynamically accomplished road car in the company’s history, continuing a bloodline rich in firsts and technical game-changers in automotive and motorsport.
Just thought i would say hello, been lurking for a while but not really active since i sold my last Elise in 2016.
Good news, after doing sensible things like saving for a wedding and a house, as of next week i will officially be back in the fold and i CANNOT WAIT!
I am not quite midlands anymore, living in the outskirts of Oxfordshire, but i am only a 75 minute drive from Leicester so its not that bad.... looking forward to catching up with old faces at a meet soon.
So I took a trip down the Caffeine and Machine at Stratford-on-Avon.
For those who haven't heard of it's a cafe/restaurant that has been set up with the intention of giving petrol heads a place to call home.
Fantastic collection of cars coming and going.
Lotus Evija makes world debut in front of more than 350 international media and VIP guests
Convoy of 12 historic and current Lotus cars – all yellow – whipped up interest around London and outside the venue
UK Business Secretary calls Evija “a testament to the skills and expertise of the workforce at Lotus”
Huge interest on social media: more than 500,000 YouTube views in 12 hours
Evija is a bold statement of intent from Lotus, illustrating the company’s ambition
Target output of 2000 PS means Evija is world’s most powerful series production road car
First all-electric British hypercar and first Lotus with an electrified powertrain
(Hethel, UK – 17 July 2019) – Resurgent British sports car maker Lotus has unveiled the Evija, the world’s first all-electric British hypercar, at an exclusive event in London.
Hosted at the Royal Horticultural Halls, Victoria, over two sessions, more than 350 VIP guests attended. They were made up of international automotive, business, technology and design media, plus a host of UK business leaders, corporate and commercial partners, government officials, Lotus employees, racing drivers and other distinguished friends of the brand.
Also in attendance was a delegation of senior figures from Geely Auto, the world’s fastest growing automotive group and majority shareholder of Group Lotus.
Phil Popham, Lotus Cars CEO, and Russell Carr, Design Director, presented the striking two-seater EV hypercar to the audience. Popham described it as a bold statement of intent from the iconic British company, illustrative of its ambition under the stewardship of Geely. He added: “Evija will re-establish Lotus as a leader in terms of engineering and design. It is a hypercar that is built ‘For The Drivers’.”
Russell Carr commented: “The Evija is beyond anything Lotus has ever done… beyond anything I’ve ever done. We have created something beautiful, something new, dramatic and unique.”
The Rt Hon Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, attended the unveiling. He commented: “Our auto industry has long been a source of national pride. The launch of the UK’s first all-electric hypercar – designed, engineered and built here in the UK – is testament to the skills and expertise of the workforce at Lotus.
He added: “A key part of our modern Industrial Strategy is to seize the opportunities of the future of mobility, including the move from petrol and diesel to electric vehicles. The Lotus Evija fits with this clear ambition.”
Further speeches were made by Mr An Conghui, President of Geely Holding Group and CEO of Geely Auto, and by Minister Ma Hui, from the Chinese Embassy, London.
The Evija is the most powerful and dynamically accomplished road car in the history of Lotus, and sets a new standard for Lotus driving performance. It is the first all-electric British hypercar and the first Lotus with an electrified powertrain. It is also the first new model since Geely took control in 2017.
A technical tour de force, the Evija is illustrative of the innovative thinking and ingenuity that has always been part of the Lotus DNA. With a target output of 2000 PS, it is the world’s most powerful series production road car. It has been designed and engineered in the UK, and will be produced at Hethel, UK, the home of Lotus since 1966. A maximum of 130 will be built. Full technical details can be found on the Lotus media website at https://media.lotuscars.com/en/models/evija/evija.html
News of the unveil event exploded on social media as the car was unveiled. Within 12 hours videos of the Evija had been viewed more than 500,000 times on YouTube.
Buzz around the Evija’s debut had been whipped up amongst fans and the public, thanks to a convoy of 12 historic and current Lotus sports cars – all yellow – which had driven around Central London during the afternoon. Crowds of intrigued onlookers, who gathered as the cars lined up outside the venue in the evening, further increased excitement.
Speaking as the event drew to a close, Phil Popham commented: “The world premiere of the Evija has been nothing short of spectacular – the perfect way to start a new chapter in this iconic company’s history. I am incredibly proud of what the team has achieved.”
He added: “The Evija is a seismic shift for Lotus and signifies the rebirth of one of the UK’s most renowned sports car marques. It will act as a halo for the thrilling new range of Lotus performance cars that will follow.”
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