Lotus Is Building An All-Electric Hypercar To Combat Rimac

Lightweight sports car specialist Lotus is turning its attention to the big boys of the hypercar game with an all-new BEV hypercar
Lotus Is Building An All-Electric Hypercar To Combat Rimac

Lotus is building a battery-powered hypercar, the English company has confirmed. Called the Type 130, its aim is to set new standards of performance and handling focus for the fledgling top-level BEV class.

The move comes long enough after Lotus was bought by Chinese firm Geely for the parent company to have made a clear plan for the Norfolk-based sports car brand. It seems that the plan involves stepping Lotus’ game up. A lot.

It’s a hell of a leap to go from making lightweight, fast and furious cars based around fairly humble petrol engines to building something to compete with Nio’s EP9 and the Rimac C_Two. According to a report that appeared in Autocar late last year, the project will result in a ridiculously aerodynamic car with over 1000bhp and a price tag topping £2m.

The battery tech for the hugely ambitious project will evolve from that used by sister company Polestar to create the 592bhp hybrid 1 coupe and the 402bhp BEV 2 ‘fastback’. Weight is therefore still likely to count against the Type 130 but it will be integrated as low-down as possible into the chassis.

Soon to look a little antiquated?
Soon to look a little antiquated?

Speaking of which, a McLaren-style carbonfibre tub is the most likely base for the car. Subframes can then be custom-built to accommodate three or four motors and the batteries to power them. Lotus has revealed no formal details other than the car’s name, but we should learn more later this year.



I’m sure it’ll be a total none event like all of the previous times they’ve tried to make something that isn’t an Elise.

04/16/2019 - 09:28 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Remember that Geely also bought Volvo and is currently developing the Polestar (Volvo’s performance) brand. They’re apparently big in hybrids and EVs.

04/16/2019 - 09:37 |
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TheDriver 1

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Except for the Evora. And the Exige. And the Europa. And the fact they’ve been busy sorting out other manufacturers cars.

04/16/2019 - 19:10 |
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First Volvo now Lotus? Geely should be renamed to Greedy.

04/16/2019 - 09:35 |
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Evan Lee

Lol gl

04/16/2019 - 10:22 |
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RWB Dude

One of two EVs i would own

04/16/2019 - 11:00 |
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It will be a heavier than normal Lotus because of the EV aspect, but it’s a Lotus so will have great handling! Lookong forward to seeing how this goes.

04/16/2019 - 11:32 |
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So much for “Simplify, then add lightness”

04/16/2019 - 15:27 |
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What? Someone is actually trying to compete with a company that isn’t Tesla? Whhhhaaaaaaaat?

04/16/2019 - 17:49 |
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Tesla fanboys be like “Welll the Roadster is better! Idc what you say, its better cuz its a Tesla! Elon Musk (no disrespect Elon, you keep doing you) is our Jesus!!”

04/16/2019 - 20:10 |
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04/17/2019 - 23:31 |
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Marco Q (hi)

In reply to by leolino

Since its a hypercar it should probably be the rocket voltic

04/19/2019 - 23:53 |
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