Named, for now, Type 130, the car will be officially unveiled on July 16, during an “exclusive event in Central London.” The announcement was made on Friday (May 31), accompanied by a short video teaser, confirms suspicions the carmaker has been working on the project for much longer than initially believed.
Just as its name says, there will be only 130 units of the Type 130 ever produced, despite Lotus saying “several hundred potential owners have come forward to express their interest in the new car.” Deliveries of the first units are expected to be made in 2020, after the cars are hand built at the company’s facility in Hethel, Norfolk.
At this point there is literally zero information about the capabilities of the electric hypercar. The single hint at the car’s capabilities was provided back in January, when Lotus announced the signing of a partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering.
Williams is one of the most important companies when it comes to the development of electric powertrains for cars. Its most high-profile partnership is that with Formula E. For the world's most important electric car racing series Williams supplies the batteries for all the cars.
The collaboration with Willams, together with the design of the car, would make the Type 130 one of the best Lotus cars ever made, said Lotus 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.