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Lotus Evija hypercar enters initial build phase in the UK

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The Lotus Evija is moving from sexy proposition to hypercard reality. The model is the first-ever British all-electric hypercar and it has the looks and powertrain to make an instant impact during track days worldwide.

Sporting a name that means "the first in existence", the Evija boasts a 1972-horsepower output, sub-three second zero to 62 mph time, and a top speed over 200 mph. The model is the first project launched at Lotus under its Geely stewardship. Geely also owns Lynk & Co, Volvo, and Polestar among other brands that are less familiar to Americans like PROTON.

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The car's all-electric powertrain was co-developed with Williams Automotive Engeineering, the company behind many Formula One and Formula E successes. Its battery pack is mid-mounted directly behind the coupe's two seats, supplying energy to four motors. Lotus says that the, "highly efficient system is the lightest, most energy dense, electric power package ever fitted to a road car."

Power is stored in the car's 2,000 kWh lithium-ion battery, which can accept an 800kW charge and be fully loaded in just nine minutes. However, charging infrastructure for 800 kW charging is not currently in place. On readily available 350 kWh charging devices, the the Evija's charge time will be 12 mins to 80 percent and 18 mins to full. The car's range is 250 miles on the WLTP Combined Cycle, or 270 miles on the NEDC Combined Cycle.

The Evija's charging port is located at its rear.

Lotus has given the car a F1-style steering wheel and five drive modes: Range, City, Tour, Sport and Track.

Lotus is targeting a total vehicle weight of just 3703 pounds.

Lotus Evija

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The car ports a carbon fiber body.

Evija is built for speed. It sports a carbon fiber body and a ride height of just 105 mm, meaning a can of soda won't even fit below the car's splitter. The four-wheel drive auto features a full carbon fiber chassis. It has a rear spoiler and F1-style Drag Reduction System. At the back is a ribbon-style light signature designed to remind admirers of fighter jets. The Lotus badge illuminates as well.

The car's four radiators and dynamic exterior design aid with cooling, allowing the Evija to be driven flat out with no derate for at least seven minutes in Track mode.

Inside the cabin, the car features a "floating wing" dashboard. "The shape is inspired by the company's prototype racing cars of the late Fifties and early Sixties," said Russell Carr, Design Director, Lotus Cars. "It has a beauty and an elegance to it, and represents a typically Lotus approach because it performs multiple functions. It houses the instrument panel and air ducts, and is also an integral structural support. It reinforces Colin Chapman's cast-iron rule that no Lotus component goes along for a free ride."

A unique sloping center console features additional controls for the car including those for the climate and audio systems. It comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Passengers get in and out of the vehicle via two dihedral doors. The hands-free doors are operated via a key fob.

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Production will be limited to 130 models.

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The all-electric Porsche Taycan took to a track in Germany to set a new world record.

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The record holder for the longest drift with an electric vehicle belongs to the Porsche Taycan. A rear-wheel drive version of the electric sedan took the Guinness World Records title at the Porsche Experience Center in Hockenheimring, near Heidelberg, Germany.

Porsche instructor Dennis Reter completed 210 laps of a 200 meter-long drift circle without the Taycan's front wheels ever pointing in the same direction as the curve. The feat took 55 minutes and covered a total of 42.171 kilometers. Reter's average speed behind the wheel was 46 km/h.

Porsche Taycan Guinness Book of World Records The attempt was logged using experts from various professions, including a professional from the Guinness Book of World Records.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

"When the driving stability programmes are switched off, a powerslide with the electric Porsche is extremely easy, especially of course with this model variant, which is driven exclusively via the rear wheels," said Retera, "Sufficient power is always available. The low centre of gravity and the long wheelbase ensure stability. The precise design of the chassis and steering allows for perfect control at all times, even when moving sideways".

Retera has an extensive performance driving background. He is currently the Chief Instructor at the Porsche Experience Centre Hockenheimring. Previously he has competed in karting, single seaters, and endurance car races. Still, it was a challenge for him to pilot the car during the record-making experience.

"Nevertheless, it was also very tiring for me to keep my concentration high for 210 laps, especially as the irrigated asphalt of the drift circuit does not provide the same grip everywhere. I concentrated on controlling the drift with the steering – this is more efficient than using the accelerator pedal and reduces the risk of spinning," said Retera.

The attempt took place under the supervision of Guinness World Records official record judge Joanne Brent on the irrigated driving dynamics area of the Experience Center. Brent has five years experience supervising Guinness World Record attempts. "We've had some drift records, but with an electric sports car it's something very special for us too," said Brent. "Here Porsche has done real pioneering work."

Porsche Taycan Guinness Book of World Records The drifting circle at the Porsche Experience Center is 80 meters.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

Overseeing the event wasn't just an easy spectator sport. Brent documented the record with a number of technical aids and independent experts. Before the attempt, a local land surveyor measured the 80-meter diameter area where the attempt was to take place with millimetre precision. GPS and yaw rate sensors within the vehicle were used for documentation purposes, as was a camera installed on the roof of the track's control tower, with which the record ride was filmed.

Denise Ritzmann, the 2018 and 2019 European drifting campion was responsible for ensuring the car remained permanently drifted during the attempt. "You can see at a glance whether the front wheels are pointing in a different direction to the curve. As long as this is the case, the car is drifting," she said. Together with Brent, she also counted the laps completed during the record attempt.

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The 488 GT Modificata is the newest addition to the Ferrari lineup.

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The new, limited edition Ferrari 488 GT Modificata takes its technology from the 288 GT3 and 488 GTE, the pushes to achieve its full athletic potential. That potential is exclusively for use during track days and at Ferrari Club Competizioni GT events.

The Ferrari 488 GT Modificata takes its name from the Ferrari jargon meaning better performance. It takes its prowess from the genes of the 488 GT3 and the 488 GTE. It also has new technologies, mainly linked to the powertrain, that are no longer limited by the FIA Balance of Performance.

Ferrari 488 GT Modificata

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The 488 GTE competes in the World Endurance Championship. Ferrari calls the 488 GT3 the "queen of GT racing". The 488 GT3 has delivered 350 wins and 630 podiums at national and international races as well as the FIA World Endurance Championship Drivers', Teams' and Manufacturers' titles. The 488 GTE has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Petit Le Mans. Ferrari tuned the new model at the Nordschleife.

It's powered by a twin-turbo V8 that delivers 690 horsepower. Ferrari says that it does all that by utilizing new high-performance mapping that doesn't compromise the car's predicted reliability. The car's gearbox is available with different transmission ratios. The clutch is made of carbon fiber.

Ferrari has given the car unique high-downforce aerodynamics that shift the position of the car forward. This positioning generates higher downforce without increasing drag, allowing the model to be more efficient than its racing counterparts. The car has downforce of over 2,204 pounds at 142 mph.

The car's body is made almost entirely of carbon fiber. It has an aluminum roof and uprights.

Ferrari has given the 488 GT Modificata the 488 GTW's suspension. The braking system was developed in partnership with Brembo and features low residual torque calipers that are fitted to world championship cars. Its antilock brake system comes from the 488 GT3 Evo 2020, with specific settings.

Each model comes standard with a V-Boz acquisition system, which combines with Bosch's telemetry data acquisition system and allows data to be downloaded directly onto a USB stick.

A high-resolution rearview camera is also standard.

Customers will be able to nearly fully customize their 488 GT Modificata. It will initially only be for drivers who, in recent years, have participated in Competizioni GT with Ferrari or Club Competizioni GT.

The 488 GT Modificata will be admitted to Club Competizioni GT events. In 2021, customers will have the chance to participate in five events at tracks including Virginia International Raceway, Monza, Watkins Glen, Suzuka, Nurburgring, and Finali Mondiali.

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