In amongst numerous important anniversaries for Lotus in 2022, one sticks out: it’s 50 years since Emmerson Fittipaldi received his first of 2 F1 titles, with Lotus securing the groups’ championship along. And it was once all performed in most likely probably the most well-known Lotus race automobile of all of them, the JPS-liveried Kind 72.
An instance like that couldn’t cross disregarded, and so we’ve got this: the Lotus Evija Fittipaldi. There might be 8 as a result of that’s what number of surviving 72s there are (plus it was once Fittipaldi’s quantity for that championship-winning yr), and so they’re all spoken for, with deliveries scheduled for the beginning of subsequent yr. Clearly, each and every unmarried one is hand-painted black and gold, however there are further distinguishing options together with the rotary sprint dial made out of recycled Kind 72 aluminium. The good guy’s signature additionally makes it to the internal, and an overview of the outdated F1 automobile is etched into the carbon roof.
Then it’s a case of black and gold anyplace it could possibly cross, together with black leather-based with gold sewing, black and gold wheels with black and gold calipers, a carbon and gold Lotus badge, gold air vent surrounds, gold pedals, gold get started button… It’s by no means going to be fallacious for anything else however an Evija Fittipaldi, put it that method.
Efficiency is similar to the common Evija – regardless that with greater than 2,000hp from 4 electrical motors, there received’t had been many potential shoppers clamouring for extra. As a reminder, Lotus claims an Evija will every 186mph in not up to 9 seconds forward of its 217mph restricted most sensible velocity, with a ‘goal’ WLTP vary determine of 250 miles.
The Fittipaldi is the introduction of Lotus Complex Efficiency, the bespoking department introduced previous this yr. Probably Lotus AP received’t simply be making use of outdated liveries to new vehicles, however you’ve gotta say this Evija does glance sensational, charging round Hethel with Jenson Button on the wheel. With manufacturing underway now, possibly we aren’t too some distance from a 2,039hp Lotus EV that appears like this being noticed at the highway, which must be a second to savour.
The previous F1 global champion himself was once in attendance for the Fittipaldi divulge, which featured all 8 of the ones surviving 72s. He added: “It’s incredible to be again at Hethel for this sort of special day. I’ve actually loved being part of this undertaking and it’s been a beautiful enjoy revealing the auto to one of the new house owners. Having the chance to force each the Evija Fittipaldi and my championship-winning Kind 72 System 1 automobile at the take a look at monitor at Hethel has been an out of this world enjoy.”