Lotus Evija Fittipaldi, the legendary dress

A bit of history

Making his debut in 1970 with Lotus alongside Jochen Rindt, Emerson Fittipaldi took his first victory in the Lotus 72C in his 5th US Grand Prix, then won the 1972 World Championship, winning five of the 11 races that season at the wheel. of the excellent Lotus 72D. A single seater that entered the history of F1 through its performance, its revolutionary design with side pontoons, a wedge profile and advanced aerodynamics, but also its famous black and gold colors in the colors of the tobacco company John Player Specialwhich will be the visual identity of Lotus until 1986 before switching to Camel yellow.

The car was developed with the support of Classic Team Lotus, the historic motorsport company now run by the family of Lotus founder Colin Chapman to maintain and operate Lotus F1 cars. Jenson Button was also there to accompany this launch, taking the wheel of the Evija and 72D.

130 copies

Exactly 50 years later, Lotus Evija Fittipaldi is a celebration of this partnership. Only eight examples of the all-electric two-seater were hand-built at Hethel in Norfolk, and all have been sold. It’s the latest project from Lotus Advanced Performance, the company’s bespoke design and experience division launched earlier this year.

Featuring the iconic JPS black and gold color scheme, this Evija has many specific details, such as a hand-colored blueprint of the Type 72 etched into the exposed carbon fiber roof and Fittipaldi’s signature hand-stitched into the dashboard. Best of all, the rotating dial on the floating center dash was handcrafted from aluminum taken from an original Type 72 single seaterensuring that a genuine piece of the iconic F1 driver is part of every Evija Fittipaldi.

Guest of honor Emerson Fittipaldi, who developed his own supercar in collaboration with Pininfarina in 2018 (EF7), said: “It’s fantastic to be back in Hethel for such a special occasion. I really enjoyed being part of this project and it was a wonderful experience to show the car to some of the new owners. Having the opportunity to drive both Evija Fittipaldi and my championship-winning Type 72 Formula 1 car at the Hethel test track was an incredible experience. »

The Lotus Evija Fittipaldi boasts a unique lacquer finish, which includes its designation written on the body in gold letters on the side of the rear window. It is completed by black and gold “Type 72” rims with anodized central locking surrounds – red on the left side of the car and green on the right – as well as black and gold brake calipers.

Decals celebrating 1972 season wins are featured on the active rear wing, while a number 8 has been placed on the B-pillar. Fittipaldi drove this number on his car during the 1972 season, including for his victory at the British Grand Prix. A carbon and gold Lotus nose badge completes the exterior styling. The border and font take on the style of the vintage single seater.

Inside, the theme of luxury and bespoke design continues. A black leather interior with gold contrast stitching is found throughout the cabin, along with exclusive stitching on the headliner, as well as gold edging on the perimeters of the air vents, central dial, on/off button and pedals.

Supercar, superlatives

Remember that the Lotus Evija, the first Lotus road car with a one-piece carbon fiber monocoque chassis, claims the title of the most powerful production car in the world with an electric motor of more than 2,000 ch and 1,700 Nm of torque. 0-100 km/h is accomplished in less than three seconds, and 0-300 km/h takes nine seconds from a standing start. The limited top speed is 217 mph (350 km/h). All for almost 1900 kilos, which certainly takes it away from the philosophy “light is right” so dear to Colin Champan.

The Evija has a Venturi tunnel through each rear quarter for optimized airflow, with air channeled not only over, under and around the Evija, but through him, maximizing downforce and minimizing drag. Its front splitter helps with grip while channeling cooling air to the battery, electric motors and brakes, and active aerodynamic features such as a Formula 1-style DRS (Drag Reduction System) give the ‘Evija top performance.

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