im电竞官网-This is the Lotus Evija, as configured by Esquire after a session in the company’s brand new custom-built CGI configurator.
The £2m all-electric hypercar is now well into development at the company’s HQ in Hethel, with production set to start later in the year.
Backed by Chinese auto giant Geely, the much-loved British marque’s comeback project is set to be one of the launches of 2020 and will become the halo offering for a series of models to follow in the coming years.
im电竞官网-And the launch of this all-singing and dancing configurator is just the latest diary date in its 2020 delivery plan.
We were given a personal induction to spec our very own car, just as the first customers have been doing during lockdown, which also included a personal tour from the car's designer Russell Carr - and this is the result.
im电竞官网-First off, we could have spent hours on the configurator which has been developed by CGI Studio Real Time, using advanced gaming software and brings every facet of the car to life in astonishing detail.
Using the Lotus design studio as its backdrop, it also uses an advanced imaging technique known as ray-tracing to allow customers to place their Evija into different global settings to see how their chosen colour combinations will look in the local sunlight.
It’s also the perfect place to appreciate Carr’s design in all its glory. Those rear haunches, perfect proportions and hunkered down body position give it some classic Lotus hallmarks but the really big story here is how aerodynamics and aesthetics have combined to shape those layered body panels which feature those USP hollowed out air ducts.
"As you walk around it, the car starts to reveal all this crazy sculpture of the air passageways that go through the car and they really draw your eyes through the car when you're looking at it," Carr told us.
"One of the reasons I'm still so excited about this car is there's so many different things to see on it. You can imagine different times of the day and different times of the year, you get different lights on the car and you walk in from a slightly different angle. So it's a very alive piece of sculpture."
im电竞官网-So what did we choose with this in mind? Well, our initial choice of black made the car look like the batmobile.
No bad thing on its own of course but the other problem that soon became clear is that anything dark just doesn’t do the curves, lines, ducts and layers justice. Which also ruled out our second inclination for dark blue.
With the Lotus launch colour already widely seen in silver, we came across this beautiful Vanadium Grey which gives off flashes of green and blue in different lights.
We added an orange - Solar Flare - pinstripe which frames the car’s sills; a design choice we have used in our clothing collaborations on the Esquire Editim电竞官网-. If it works with white trainers and sweatshirts, why not a 2,000hp hypercar?
im电竞官网-We also added a carbon/gold badge colourway and matt black 12 spoke alloys to amp up the aggression even more.
im电竞官网-Inside the two-seater cabin, we played it pretty straight, with only the occasional red detailing and white stitching to to deviate from a menacing all-black theme.
When you’re inside a car that can go from 0-186mph in nine seconds, you don’t need any red leather to distract you after all.
im电竞官网-There are all manner of accent packs and livery trims on offer - including some sweet heritage styles like the black and gold trim of Lotus's F1 golden era. Plus bespoke options and colour matching should customers want to take their individual choices into truly unique territory.
im电竞官网-If this was actually ours of course, we might have taken a bit longer before committing. There’d be £2m riding on it after all.
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