And so the gradual trickle of knowledge main as much as a launch begins! As typically seen within the supercar and hypercar world, there may be the preliminary explosion of photos and “specs,” however just a few issues are all the time lacking.
0-60 occasions. Lateral G’s. Precise “actual world” efficiency numbers from a number of check classes at locations like Ehra-lessein, Nardo, and even the vaunted Nordschleife.
So when Lotus sat down with Top Gear Magazine and shared a few of their new actual world testing outcomes, it is sufficient to make one sit up and pay attention.
Initially, plainly Lotus, in line with their Attributes Director (a flowery title for “lead check driver”) Gavan Kershaw, has determined that Zero to 60 is a dated and archaic efficiency metric. Our response right here at Supercars.internet was in all probability the identical as yours when studying that. A powerful and completely confused “what?”
He then explains that it’s not one thing that’s notably actual world. You by no means actually need to speed up as arduous and as quick as potential from a standstill whenever you’re doing a grocery run to the native grocery store. What you do want, and the place Lotus is claiming their efficiency actually lies, is acceleration from rolling pace.
That is notably actual world, as how many people have ever knocked it down a gear, indicated, and overtook a gradual automobile within the cruise lane of the freeway/freeway?
Lotus’ testing has proven that the two,000 HP equal electrical hypercar will go away a Bugatti Chiron consuming it’s non-existent exhaust from a rolling begin, accelerating from 124 MPH to 186 MPH in three seconds flat, whereas the Chiron takes 6.5 seconds. It additionally does, for the sake of argument, Zero to 186 MPH in a flat 9 seconds.
This comes all the way down to, in line with Lotus, the very fact whereas 2 seconds or so for Zero to 60 is spectacular, it’s when all 4 impartial electrical motors don’t expertise any torque dropoff, as a combustion engine would expertise, that the efficiency turns into excessive. Simply progressive, fixed grunt that pushes the automobile forwards till fluid dynamic physics or a ruled pace limiter stops the automobile from accelerating any additional.
Based on Lotus from the article, regardless of COVID-19 associated shutdowns, they’re anticipating the primary batch of the 130 Evija EV’s to be of their house owners’ palms earlier than 2020 is out.