At the Shanghai Auto Show held in April, Lotus Cars confirmed the return of an iconic nameplate to the main scene of the automotive industry. After a decade-long hibernation period, the British sports car manufacturer is getting back into the game with what it calls the “world’s first British all-electric hypercar.”
The prototype wears the name Type 130. Lotus Cars will officially unveil the car on July 16 during an “exclusive event in Central London.” The announcement was made last Friday, accompanied by a short teaser video. It does confirm suspicions that Lotus was working on the car longer than previously believed.
The Type 130 represents the collaboration between two British automotive giants: Lotus and Williams.
There will only be 130 units of the car ever produced. This is despite Lotus saying “several hundred potential owners have come forward to express their interest in the new car.” Deliveries of the first units of the hyper-EV are expected to commence in 2020. The cars will be hand built at the firm’s Hethel, Norfolk facility.
Right now, there is simply no information about the mystery electric Lotus apart from what the company itself has revealed. However, the firm announced a partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering back in January this year.
The very fact that Williams is one of the foremost electric powertrain specialists in the world should be enough to hint at the capabilities of the upcoming electric Lotus. Williams is a Formula E partner, so it goes without saying that the firm has some serious technical knowledge about modern electric powertrains.
Are we perhaps looking at another 1,900hp hypercar, now from a British manufacturer?
The collaboration with Williams, together with the car’s design, would make the Lotus Type 130 one of the best Lotus cars ever made, commented company CEO Phil Popham. “Type 130 will be the most dynamically accomplished Lotus in our history. It marks a turning point for our brand and is a showcase of what we are capable of and what is to come from Lotus,” he said.