But Evija should mark the beginning of a new era for the company Lotus: after a insane hypercar promised a new "mass" of the model. It has been designed and engineered in the UK, and will be produced at Hethel, UK, the home of Lotus since 1966.
The Evija is to be followed next year by a petrol sports vehicle.
The other big surprise from the presentation was Lotus's confirmation that it will built up to 130 of the Evija; when we first learned about the auto the steer from Hethel was that production volumes would be much lower.
Phil Popham, Lotus Cars CEO, and Russell Carr, Design Director, presented the striking two-seater EV hypercar to the audience.
"This is another fantastic moment in the history of our company. The Evija is a true Lotus in every sense - it has been developed with an unwavering passion to push boundaries, to explore new ways of thinking and to apply ground-breaking technologies".
This being 2019, going electric is all the craze and the Lotus Evija indeed boasts some insane specs and a stunning design. This concept of "porosity" was key to the Evija provides high levels of downforce. While the design of Lotus Evija is certainly a more exquisite piece of electric automotive art, Tesla Roadster is more like an affordable supercar.
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Evidence of the what powers the Evija isn't yet available, but Lotus is developing it with Williams Advanced Engineering, the team behind the powertrains in the all-electric Formula E motorsport series.
Electric cars are usually significantly heavier than internal combustion engine cars but even with a battery pack and four electric motors, it weighs a total of 1,680 kg. This gives it a range of 250 miles (400 km) on the WLTP or 270 mi (435 km) NEDC cycle. The 70 kWh battery can be recharged from 0 to 80 percent in just 12 minutes (using 350kW chargers).
Aerodynamic efficiency is also key, with striking Venturi tunnels that channel air from the front and sides of the vehicle through the bodywork at the rear.
Also helping the Evija cut through the wind its active aerodynamics.
"We believe we've captured these lovely, intriguing and elemental lines within the Evija". From the racing wheel, unique digital instrument panel, and the fully adjustable race-style seats, Lotus wasted no time making it look like a race car's cockpit.
The Evija is also the first Lotus road vehicle to feature a one-piece carbon fibre monocoque chassis. Pricing starts at a hefty £1.7million (€1.8m), with a £250,000 deposit required to secure a production allocation.