Is Lotus planning a $3.5-million electric answer to the McLaren P1?
Rumour has it Lotus, wet-dream fodder for lightweight sports car fans around the world, is planning the fastest, most powerful and most expensive supercar we’ve yet seen from the British manufacturer’s 70-year history.
An all-electric hypercar, code-name ‘Omega,’ could potentially be unveiled as early as next year, with the finalised product, if green-lit, set to cost upwards of £2 million (around $3.4 million).
Understandably, and as is company policy, Lotus remains tight-lipped on these rumours and “does not comment on future product programmes or speculation.”
Reports from Autocarmagazine in the UK, however, suggest the new supercar could be designed as a statement of intent from owners Geely, in much the same way the Chinese conglomerate re-focused Polestar as a standalone, EV-focused performance brand, and got Volvo’s efficiency ball rolling with a brand-new engine architecture.
Indeed, the Chinese conglomerate is already planning upwards of £1.5 billion ($2.5 billion) of investment “to restor[e] Lotus into being a leading global luxury brand.” A headline-grabbing hypercar could do just that.
Feasible, then, even if ‘details’ are thin on the ground, albeit with a few quandaries. At $3.4 million, Lotus is deep inside McLaren P1, LaFerrari and even Bugatti Chiron territory, limited-edition bruisers capable of 350-plus km/h top speeds and zero-to-100 km/h runs in less time than it takes to bat an eyelid.
Lotus’ current fastest and most expensive model on its line-up, meanwhile, is the Evora GT430 at £112,500 ($119,000-ish), which achieves zero-to-100 km/h in 3.8 seconds on its way to 305 km/h. Sprightly, absolutely, but still a completely different ball-park. And that’s before you had in the additional weight of batteries and electric motors.
Then there’s the question of power, not exactly a Lotus staple. The above-mentioned GT430, for instance, kicks out an impressive 430 hp, but that’s still less than half of what the McLaren, Ferrari and Bugatti are capable, and that’s before we start considering other all-electric behemoths like the 1,360-hp Nio EP3 that lapped the Nürburgring in 6min 45.9sec in 2017.
These are sobering statistics and a reminder of the mountain Lotus is potentially setting itself up to climb. Do we still want to see the result? Hell yes!