UPDATE, 14/06/23, 15:45, from Lotus PR:
'The Evija X is an all-new technology concept from Lotus. Based on the Evija road car, it is the ultimate expression of Evija and has been testing on multiple racetracks in multiple countries in the last weeks. We have made great progress, successfully meeting all our objectives, and learning about the challenges of lapping the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The Lotus engineering team continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible with the Evija and the world’s most powerful EV powertrain.'
There’s still nothing like a lap record to garner interest in a new car, especially when it’s at the Nurburgring. Think of the excitement around the 911 GT3 going less than seven minutes, those thrilling Lamborghini laps from a few years back, and the current Tesla v. Taycan ding-dong for EV saloon supremacy. Maybe it doesn’t sell loads more cars, and maybe it doesn’t even matter that much to customers, but it seems that lap records are still important to manufacturers. When it means cars like this Evija ‘X’ can exist, that must be good news.
Little is known about this car beyond what can be seen of it. Our intrepid spy photographer has suggested that everything was lined up - a notary for the lap time, a filming helicopter, exclusive use of the track - for a run at the Nordschleife record lap. And not just the production car one of the AMG One (6:35.183), either, but the overall EV best time set by the VW ID. R in 2019 of 6:05.336. If some way short of the overall 5:19.546 Porsche 919 Evo epic, still a phenomenally fast time. The Evija, surely, had sights set on a sub-six-minute lap.
Alas, it wasn’t to be this time. We won’t dwell on it, but the Evija didn’t make it all the way around its record attempt, coming to halt just after mini karussell but the looks of it. Really, really close, basically. And what a lap the Evija X looks like it could have in store, running slick tyres, aero like a pikes peak car (look at that spoiler!) and the ride height of a boa constrictor. An Evija looks sensational already - this looks otherworldly. And very, very fast. Imagine what 2,000hp with this sort of downforce could be capable of.
It was also suggested that this Evija has been built in conjunction with Multimatic, a claim backed up by the race suit of the driver. There’s nobody better to call to make your crazily fast car even more so; clearly Lotus is taking this bid very seriously indeed. Given we know so little about this car, next steps for a record attempt aren’t exactly obvious. But having invested this much effort, let’s all hope Lotus can make the stars align for another go, because this Evija X could produce something incredible.
Images: S. Baldauf/S.B. Medien
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