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Lotus Evija X Shocks Nurburgring With Third-Fastest Lap Ever

  • The Lotus Evija X, a heavily modified, one-off electric hypercar with 2,011 hp, set a blistering 6:24.047 lap time at the Nurburgring Nordschleife.
  • This time makes it the third-fastest vehicle to ever lap the track, only behind purpose-built race cars.
  • Lotus hasn’t revealed the full extent of the modifications, but they include extreme aerodynamic upgrades and a stripped-out interior focused on performance.

Lotus decided to try and break the internet today, releasing the onboard footage of its one-off Evija X special lapping the Nurburgring in just 6:24.047 seconds. The stunning time makes it the third-fastest vehicle to ever lap the track in its current layout.

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Lotus revealed very little technical information about the Evija X, which is listed as a prototype on the Nurburgring’s official lap record leaderboard. The one-off Lotus reportedly shares its carbon fiber tub, batteries, and electric motors with the road car.

Read: Watch 2-Seater Porsche Taycan Turbo GT’s Full Nurburgring Lap

This means that the Evija X makes the same power as the road car, which is rated at an astonishing 2,011 hp (1,500 kW / 2,039 PS) and 1,257 lb-ft (1,704 Nm) of torque. Piston Heads reports that Multimatic, the firm behind the Ford GT Mk IV, may have helped Lotus in developing the Evija X into the track missile it clearly is.

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Since Lotus has not shared the full list of modifications, we have to go with what our eyes see. These see an extreme aero package with a massive front splitter, a giant rear wing, and a stripped-out interior. Other components, like suspension, brakes, and tires have also been replaced to extract the most out of the carbon tub and the electric powertrain’s few thousand (!) horsepower.

The only cars faster than the Evija X are the VW ID.R (6:05.336) and the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo (5:19.546), both of which were built from the ground up as racecars.

What’s more impressive is that Lotus believes the Evija X left some time on the Nurburgring table. The automaker reports that the run was recorded on a damp day in October, so expectations were low. However, the lap was good enough that Lotus felt like sharing it.

Unfortunately, it’s not clear what the automaker plans to do next with the Evija X. While Lotus’s confidence suggests that it might try to improve on the car’s lap time, whether it will attempt lap records at different tracks, or turn the one-off it into a special edition to compete with other track-only hypercars remains to be seen.

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