In amongst a large number of vital anniversaries for Lotus in 2022, one sticks out: it’s 50 years since Emmerson Fittipaldi gained his first of 2 F1 titles, with Lotus securing the groups’ championship along. And it was once all achieved in possibly essentially the most well-known Lotus race automobile of all of them, the JPS-liveried Kind 72.
An instance like that couldn’t cross not noted, and so we’ve this: the Lotus Evija Fittipaldi. There shall be 8 as a result of that’s what number of surviving 72s there are (plus it was once Fittipaldi’s quantity for that championship-winning yr), and so they’re all spoken for, with deliveries scheduled for the beginning of subsequent yr. Clearly, each unmarried one is hand-painted black and gold, however there are further distinguishing options together with the rotary sprint dial created from recycled Kind 72 aluminium. The good guy’s signature additionally makes it to the inner, and an overview of the outdated F1 automobile is etched into the carbon roof.
Then it’s a case of black and gold anywhere it will probably cross, together with black leather-based with gold sewing, 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 going to be unsuitable for the rest however an Evija Fittipaldi, put it that approach.
Efficiency is similar to the common Evija – even though with greater than 2,000hp from 4 electrical motors, there gained’t had been many potential consumers clamouring for extra. As a reminder, Lotus claims an Evija will every 186mph in lower than 9 seconds forward of its 217mph restricted best pace, with a ‘goal’ WLTP vary determine of 250 miles.
The Fittipaldi is the introduction of Lotus Complex Efficiency, the bespoking department introduced previous this yr. Possibly Lotus AP gained’t simply be making use of outdated liveries to new vehicles, however you’ve gotta say this Evija does glance sensational, charging round Hethel with Jenson Button on the wheel. With manufacturing underway now, possibly we aren’t too a long way from a 2,039hp Lotus EV that appears like this being noticed at the highway, which needs to be a second to savour.
The previous F1 international champion himself was once in attendance for the Fittipaldi divulge, which featured all 8 of the ones surviving 72s. He added: “It’s unbelievable to be again at Hethel for any such big day. I’ve actually loved being part of this undertaking and it’s been a lovely enjoy revealing the automobile to one of the vital new homeowners. Having the chance to power each the Evija Fittipaldi and my championship-winning Kind 72 Components 1 automobile at the check observe at Hethel has been an improbable enjoy.”