Numbers aren’t everything in car performance, but sometimes a vehicle comes along and it’s stats just can’t be ignored. The Lotus Evija hypercar is bringing a lot to the table, and it’s sure to have a lot of interest when it’s released at the end of the year.
Lotus’s chief test driver, Gavin Kershaw, explained recently to Top Gear that the company has some pretty big ambitions for its new electric hypercar. While many car manufacturers worry about its performance from 0-60, Lotus is focusing on making the Evija quick all the way through to 186mph. The Evija will hit 0-60 in under three seconds, which is nothing amazing in comparison to other sports cars. But, where Lotus is differing is the continued performance beyond 60 mph.
The Lotus Evija will reportedly go from 0-124mph in under six seconds, which would mean the electric hypercar would compete with the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport. However, that’s not all, and the Evija aims to keep on acceleration long beyond 124mph. Lotus claims the Evija will go from 0-184mph in nine seconds, with the Pur Sport taking 12.4 seconds. Those are big claims by Lotus, and it would certainly put the Evija on the map if they are accurate.
Lotus says it is concerned with giving its drivers high performance throughout all speeds. The car is rumored to be more responsive between 70-80mph than it is from a standstill, helping it to reach its top speed in the blink of an eye. Lotus has compromised on the top speed slightly, but we’re sure drivers will feel that sacrifice was worth it when they hit 184mph in nine seconds.
Lotus has plans to bring the Evija to the track to give it some real-world testing in the coming months. That’s when the car manufacturer will discover if their car can live up to its hype.
His Amazing Formula One Career Earns Lewis Hamilton a Knighthood
Formula One driver and 7-time world championship winner, Lewis Hamilton, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II during 2021 New Year Honors. British Formula One driver received this honor for his exceptional career and his work in combating racism, and was recommended for knighthood by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson back in November.
A Stellar Formula One Career
Lewis Hamilton is a British race driver that started his career driving for McLaren from 2007 until 2012 and for Mercedes from 2013 to the present day. He has won seven World Drivers’ championship titles, four of which were consecutive wins, equaling the legendary F1 driver Michael Schumacher. Hamilton is currently Formula One’s most successful driver with 95 wins overall. His incredible career had earned him a knighthood and the title Sir in 2021, making him the fourth F1 driver to receive this honor, alongside Jack Brabham, Jackie Stewart, and Stirling Moss.
Racial Justice Activism
In addition to his F1 career, Hamilton is also a prominent activist and philanthropist. As a strong advocate against racism, Hamilton took the knee before every race he took part in during 2020 in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement and wore T-shirts bearing that slogan. Hamilton criticizes the lack of diversity in Formula One and has set up the Hamilton Commission with the Royal Academy of Engineering. The ultimate goal of this commission is increasing diversity in motorsports by engaging more young people of color in technology, engineering, science, and mathematics.
Lewis Hamilton Has No Plans of Retiring
The accomplished driver’s career goes on as he has not announced any retirement plans at this time. It’s quite possible that Hamilton may yet set new records for F1 in upcoming seasons. His other ventures include music, which the driver claims was a big passion of his since he was very young. F1 star also launched a clothing line in 2019, TOMMYXLEWIS, alongside designer Tommy Hilfiger.