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Track version of electric hypercar has already claimed the third-fastest 'Ring time – and has more to give

Lotus has officially revealed a wild one-off reworking of its Evija electric hypercar that has already claimed the third-fastest Nurbürgring lap of all time.

The extreme track car was spotted lapping the Nordschleife last year, and Lotus has now confirmed that it achieved a lap time of 6min 24.047sec - 19sec behind the Volkswagen ID R.

The Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo remains comfortably the fastest car around the Green Hell, with a lap time of 5min 19.545sec.

Lotus claims the Evija X's time is the fastest achieved by any car with a production chassis, though, and believes it has more to give, having set its unexpectedly quick lap time on a damp day in October. 

"Watch this space," the British company said, hinting at a plan to return to Germany in better conditions to shave some vital seconds off.

Lotus is understood to have partnered with Canadian firm Multimatic – builder of the Ford GT and Mercedes-AMG One and a huge name in global motorsport – on the Evija X's engineering. 

Underneath its outlandish, aerodynamically optimised bodywork, the Evija X remains technically identical to the road-going Evija, with 2011bhp from a quartet of wheel-mounted motors and power supplied by a 70kWh, 800V battery mounted behind the seats.

The Evija's carbonfibre tub is unmodified, too, but various modifications have been made in pursuit of record-breaking pace: the Evija X wears Pirelli track tyres, for example, backed by fearsome carbon brake discs, and its dampers are all-new.

The carbonfibre bodywork is left unfinished in the name of saving crucial grams, while downforce is boosted with the use of a humongous carbonfibre rear wing – equipped with a drag-reduction system – and a race-style front diffuser.  

The £2 million Evija recently entered production in Norfolk nearly five years after its unveiling as Lotus's first EV.

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Lotus has given no suggestion that it plans to offer a track-only version of the Evija to customers.

However, it remains committed to its motorsport endeavours, having recently launched a GT4-spec version of the Emira and the 1960s Can Am-inspired Type 66 track toy.

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J13Dog 25 April 2024

Reminds me of the Lister Storm somehow ~ and where is the production Evija?

LouSiThames 25 April 2024
One word: fucking hell.
xxxx 25 April 2024

Remind me again of how much money they're losing. A vanity project.

TStag 25 April 2024
xxxx wrote:

Remind me again of how much money they're losing. A vanity project.

They clearly want to compete with Porsche, so they will need to burn cash for a while even if they make cars that are as good or better. 

xxxx 25 April 2024

This isn't burning money in the short term for long term gain, this is just throwing money away.