It wasn’t too long ago that Lotus Cars was in the news because of impending lay-offs and a less-than-stellar bank balance, but that hasn’t stopped the automaker from churning out an amazing array of new models. Just the other day we were introduced to the Eletre, an all-electric SUV with some rather ridiculous stats. On the R trim, the dual electric motors combine to create an amazing power output of 675 kW with a torque rated at a monstrous 985 Nm. Most definitely a Hyper SUV as they like to call it. And now there’s another one added to the mix, and it goes by the name of the Emeya. This one looks much the same, except this one has been classed as a GT car, a grand tourer, and to make the grand part worthwhile, the company has ensured the car is now one of the fastest GTs in the world. While it does share the same design architecture, the Emeya does look lower and sleeker. It does look really good for a 4-door hyper GT, and it’s Lotus’s first attempt at one. “Bringing together our rich heritage with intelligent performance and the latest cutting-edge technologies, we’re pushing the boundaries for how a luxury electric vehicle should look and handle– making it truly for the drivers,” said Feng Qingfeng, CEO, of Lotus Group. If there’s anything Lotus is known for, creating cars and suspension systems that can handle with precision and with ease. It’s not uncommon to find Lotus-tuned suspension in sports cars from other automakers.
The Emeya is a culmination of the automaker’s extensive experience with engineering design in suspension systems combined with the latest technologies and innovations from the electric side of things. Electric motors have been able to trim weight, but the size and amount of batteries needed to afford any decent kind of performance and range adds lots of weight to a modern electric car. Lotus was confident it could blend everything together and still make it work properly, and by all accounts, this EV will be able to competently carve up highways and circuits alike, at stupid speeds too. The Emeya features an electronically controlled air suspension system with advanced sensors that feel the road 1,000 times a second and automatically adjust settings to find the smoothest ride. There’s also active aerodynamics in the front grille, rear diffuser and rear spoiler. As said, the Emeye looks lower, and it is, featuring what Lotus calls ‘hyperstance’ to enhance stability and set a new standard for GT cars. The top-spec on offer under the Emeya nameplate will reportedly be able to hit 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds. To put that into perspective, that’s the same 101oo km/h as Ken Block's old Fiesta from all those Gymkhana movies. The dual motor set-up also has a top speed of 250 km/h. The range is still to be confirmed but Lotus did say that you can get 150 km of range in just 5 minutes of charge time, and up to 80 % in under 20 minutes. Samsung better do something about how fast my phone charges if a car can do that now.
Take a look at the YouTube video from the launch of the latest stupidly fast electric offering from Lotus Cars, the Emeya. It ticks all the boxes; there's great styling, a tech-packed interior and a dual electric motor setup that allows the car to hit 100 km/h in under three seconds. If you ever been in anything that can do a sub 5 second 0-100, you'll know just how damn fast that is: Lotus Emeya launch film | Lotus Cars
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