The first all-electric Lotus is almost here. It’s called the Type 130, and although Hethel still isn’t telling us a whole lot about it, we can expect something very, very fast.
Lotus describes the Type 130 as a hypercar, claiming that it will be “the most dynamically accomplished road car in the company’s history, continuing a bloodline rich in firsts and technical game-changers in automotive and motorsport”. Quite a statement, no?
Previous reports suggested that the Type 130 will have a four-figure power output plus a seven-figure price tag. We won’t have long to wait before we find out how much truth there is to the rumours - Lotus has confirmed that we’ll see the car in full on 16 July. There’s a new teaser image too (above) showing backlit Lotus lettering and a charging port.
Lotus intends to build only 130 of the cars, referencing both the name and the number of ‘Types’ that have existed over the company’s 71 years. Also, despite the world of mega expensive, enormously powerful EVs being new territory for Lotus, Type 130’s production won’t be outsourced - it’ll be built in Hethel.
The hypercar will enter a battleground already populated by several belligerents, including the Rimac C_Two and the related Pininfarina Battista. There are plenty more inbound, too - fellow British company Ariel is working on the 1180bhp P40, for instance, and of course there’s the Tesla Roadster which will hopefully be arriving next year.
How do you rate Type 130’s chances?