Lotus announces Evija Fittipaldi | PistonHeads UK

Raymond S. Hughes

In amid a good deal of sizeable anniversaries for Lotus in 2022, a single stands very pleased: it is 50 a long time since Emmerson Fittipaldi won his initial of two F1 titles, with Lotus securing the teams’ championship along with. And it was all performed in possibly the most well known Lotus race car of them all, the JPS-liveried Kind 72.

An celebration like that couldn’t go unnoticed, and so we have this: the Lotus Evija Fittipaldi. There will be 8 for the reason that which is how numerous surviving 72s there are (in addition it was Fittipaldi’s variety for that championship-successful year), and they’re all spoken for, with deliveries scheduled for the start off of subsequent yr. Naturally, every single single just one is hand-painted black and gold, but there are added distinguishing functions which include the rotary sprint dial created from recycled Sort 72 aluminium. The terrific man’s signature also makes it to the interior, and an define of the previous F1 car or truck is etched into the carbon roof.

Then it is a case of black and gold where ever it can go, together with black leather-based with gold stitching, black and gold wheels with black and gold calipers, a carbon and gold Lotus badge, gold air vent surrounds, gold pedals, gold get started button… It’s by no means likely to be mistaken for anything at all but an Evija Fittipaldi, set it that way.

Performance is equivalent to the normal Evija – while with more than 2,000hp from four electric powered motors, there won’t have been numerous possible customers clamouring for far more. As a reminder, Lotus claims an Evija will each and every 186mph in significantly less than 9 seconds forward of its 217mph limited best velocity, with a ‘target’ WLTP assortment determine of 250 miles.

The Fittipaldi is the development of Lotus Advanced Functionality, the bespoking division announced earlier this year. Presumably Lotus AP will not just be applying old liveries to new vehicles, but you’ve gotta say this Evija does look sensational, charging about Hethel with Jenson Button at the wheel. With output underway now, presumably we are not way too much from a 2,039hp Lotus EV that appears to be like this currently being observed on the road, which should to be a minute to savour.

The former F1 entire world champion himself was in attendance for the Fittipaldi reveal, which highlighted all 8 of individuals surviving 72s. He added: “It’s great to be back at Hethel for these a exclusive event. I have truly liked staying a part of this task and it’s been a excellent practical experience revealing the car to some of the new homeowners. Owning the prospect to generate both the Evija Fittipaldi and my championship-winning Sort 72 Method 1 vehicle on the examination track at Hethel has been an unbelievable expertise.”

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