At the new Lotus manufacturing facility in Hethel, Norfolk, production of the all-electric 2,000PS hypercar is charging ahead.
The first British electric hypercar and the first electrified Lotus, the Evija will be the world’s most powerful series production road car with a 0-62 time of under three seconds, a top speed in excess of 200mph and battery performance that will be able to provide a full charge of its 2,00kW pack in under 10 minutes.
Only 130 examples will be produced, all hand-built at its newly constructed factory. A video has been released showing the Evija assembly hall with engineers creating final prototypes fr testing.
“This is now the newest car production facility in the world, and to witness it move from the drawing board to reality has been deeply satisfying. It’s testament to the commitment of all involved, and is the perfect sleek and high-tech production home for the Evija at our iconic Hethel headquarters,” said Phil Popham, CEO, Lotus Cars.
Work on the new Evija factory began in summer 2019. The interior has been fitted on three sides with gantries which frame the build stations. These have been designed and engineered to be sleek and unobtrusive, though robust enough to carry the necessary power, data and compressed air systems required to assemble the Evija.
An overhead gantry crane, multiple vehicle lifts and a wheel alignment ramp have also been installed. The interior is illuminated by more than 30,000 of the latest high-density, low-energy LEDs. A state-of-the-art light tunnel will house the rigorous final inspection, before each Evija is driven out directly on to the famous Hethel test track for dynamic validation.