While it's been known for a number of months now that English sportscar manufacturer Lotus is planning to launch a brand-new sports car in 2021, and rumour has it that it will be the brand's last petrol-powered car produced. With Lotus already having the £1.7 million Lotus Evija EV hypercar, the brand has made it clear that all future vehicles (including their own take on the sports SUV craze) will make use of some level of electrification.
Known internally as the 'Type 131', the as-yet-unnamed car will be the firm's first all-new sports car for 12 years, meaning that the Evora GT and Exige will likely still be available to order for a while yet.
In terms of appearance, sources claim the Type 131 will have a low nose and a wide stance, taking inspiration from the second-generation Lotus Elan. The car will be mid-engined and a manual transmission is likely to make an appearance, albeit possibly as an option rather than standard equipment.
The Type 131 will be designed to take aim at the likes of the Porsche 718 Cayman and will embody the Lotus philosophy of "simplify, then add lightness." We also know that the Type 131 will be fit in between the Exige and Evora in Lotus' range, and it'll be based upon an all-new specially-designed lightweight platform
While the engine choice for the new vehicle is still uncertain, it will most likely be sourced from Lotus' parent company Geely. This is a deviation from the norm as for a number of years Lotus has used Toyota engines, upgraded and tweaked with modifications such as the addition of a supercharger.
Regarding powertrains, Lotus CEO Phil Popham has also previously stated that Lotus is still free to collaborate with, and source engines from, other manufacturers and brands if parent company Geely aren't able to meet their powertrain requirements; So we may yet see a wonderfully-obscure engine choice, though the likelihood is that they will have either chosen or narrowed down their engine options by this stage of development.
By Monterey Jack
Let’s jump right to the chase. Lotus says the Evija will boast no less than 1,973 horsepower (1,471 kilowatts), sent to the pavement through four electric motors capable of generating 493hp (368 kW) each. The power comes from a mid-mount 2,000-kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack, and with all four wheels on accelerative duty, Lotus says the Evija will sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 3 seconds. While certainly fast, that figure doesn’t sound terribly impressive when you consider many gasoline-powered hypercars can run faster with much less power, not to mention Tesla Model S P100d.
However, when you look beyond that benchmark, the Evija’s power becomes rather startling. Lotus says the two-seater needs just another 3 seconds to hit 200 km/h (124 mph), and if you keep the skinny pedal on the floor, it will hit 300 km/h (186 mph) in less than 9 seconds. Top speed is estimated to be somewhere north of 200 mph, so yeah, this car should be seriously quick.
Morgen @ FOS onthulling van een nieuwe Lotus.
De geruchten spreken van een 311 maar niemand is zeker hierover.
Feit is dat het om de snelste Lotus ooit gebouwd gaat gaan. Ben toch eens benieuwd, geen enkel merk dat er in lukt alles zo geheim te houden, straf toch altijd.
Ik zou graag een Lotus Exige S240 uit 12/2007 verzekeren. Ik ben te rade gegaan bij verschillende verzekeraars (AXA/Marsh/CoronaDirect/Erard) en er is niemand die mij een prijs wil geven voor een omnium. Gezien het voor mij om een redelijk kapitaal gaat, zou ik dit toch het liefste doen.
Zijn er hier mensen die een omnium hebben op een wagen van 10j oud? Kan dat? Tips?
Post hier de knapste dingen uit Hethel.
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