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July 17, 2019

Autocar is the car nut’s weekly fix, delivering you a unique mix of the latest news, opinion, features, first drives of new cars and in-depth road tests – all complemented by the best photography in the business. No other magazine covers the subject you love with such enthusiasm, insight and quality every week of the year. Autocar stands for the highest quality in car journalism – and is rewarded with access to the best new cars and the biggest news stories before any of the opposition which we share with you, our readers, every week.

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EDITORIAL Email autocar@haymarket.com Editor Mark Tisshaw Editorial director, Automotive Jim Holder Editor-in-chief Steve Cropley Managing editor Damien Smith Editor-at-large Matt Prior Deputy editor James Attwood Deputy editor – digital Rachel Burgess Deputy digital editor Tom Morgan Road test editor Matt Saunders Road testers Simon Davis, Richard Lane News editor Lawrence Allan Junior reporter Felix Page Used cars editor Mark Pearson Used cars reporter Max Adams Chief sub-editor Sami Shah Group art editor Stephen Hopkins Art editor Sarah Özgül Designer Rebecca Stevens Prepress manager Darren Jones Senior photographer Luc Lacey Photographer Olgun Kordal Head of video Mitch McCabe Junior videographer Oli Kosbab Video apprentice Tej Bhola SEO manager Jon Cook SEO executive Oliver Hayman Picture editor Ben Summerell-Youde EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS European editor Greg Kable Used car correspondent James Ruppert Senior contributing writer Andrew Frankel Senior contributing editor Richard Bremner Contributing editor Mike Duff Senior consulting editor Tom Evans Features apprentice Harry Roberts Special correspondents Mauro Calo, Jesse Crosse, James Disdale, John Evans, Colin Goodwin, Hilton Holloway, Peter Liddiard,…

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aston’s boss is right: we need clarity and we need it now

ASTON MARTIN BOSS Andy Palmer has called the government’s Brexit strategy “laughable”, its electric vehicle policy “nonsensical” and the idea of full autonomy “absurd” among his articulate dismantling of current topics (p20). It’s hard to argue with him. Whatever you think of Brexit, no one has been helped by the negotiation process dragging on for so long. If the UK really wanted to be a world leader in battery production, it would have pledged even more money. If all the pledged money has gone to EVs, what if hydrogen or another technology takes off? If it wants to improve air quality, it must do more to get old diesels off the road. If it wants to cut CO2, it must continue to support the sale of new diesels. Within all that lie…

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lotus evija ev sets aim for world-beating power

“No more than 130 Lotus Evijas will be built, each priced at £2.04 million” Lotus has revealed the Evija, the all-electric hypercar it claims will be “the most powerful production car in the world”. An output of 1973bhp is promised when it hits roads next year, which is more than the upcoming 1888bhp Pininfarina Battista and Rimac C_Two, and the 1479bhp internally combusted Bugatti Chiron currently in production. No more than 130 of the two-seat hypercars will be built, each priced at £2.04 million. “Target specifications” include four-wheel drive, 1254lb ft and torque vectoring, giving it a 0-62mph time of less than three seconds, a 0-186mph time of less than nine seconds and a top speed of 200mph-plus. A production slot can be reserved with a refundable £250,000 deposit. The Evija, apparently pronounced…

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russell carr, design director, lotus cars

Tell us about the way air moves around this car. “Something very Lotus which we’ve taken to another level is the aerodynamics. It’s always been part of our history and motorsport: in the ’60s we were among the first teams putting wings on cars, we had ground effects in the ’70s and streamlining way back in the ’50s. With this car, the philosophy was that we wanted to harness the airflow over the body of the car, but also through the body of the car. We’re not the first people to do it, but we wanted to do it in a very sculptural manner that would give a different aesthetic to the car.” What does that mean for aesthetics? “When you look at the car from the outside you see familiar volume, we…

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this is only the start

They call the floating instrument panel the ‘halo’, which is an appropriate metaphor for the entire Evija project. As with the Pininfarina Battista, it exists to help showcase and cast a warm glow over what’s coming from Lotus. We’ve yet to see what else that’ll be but, if Geely’s ownership of Volvo and Polestar is anything to go by, it’ll include an understanding that you make sure good people are in place, and let them get on with things. And so to the Evija. What should we expect? Astonishing acceleration, clearly, to levels internally combusted road cars have never reached. And it’s worth noting that, if Lotus can keep the Evija down to the 1680kg being targeted “in lightest specification”, then it won’t weigh so much for a car of this…

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the other electric hypercars the lotus must beat (if they are made)

RIMAC C_TWO Production of the Concept Two is scheduled to start next year and Rimac, the Croatian company now into its second model, says its build slots are all sold. The C_Two is an 1888bhp car with a 120kWh battery and four electric motors. Rimac says it will make 150, at £1 .5m each. The car maker made eight Concept Ones, the 1200bhp four-wheel-drive hypercar which is part-owned by Porsche. It is also a supplier of electrical and hybrid systems to other firms (including Pininfarina). PININFARINA BATTISTA When we say that Rimac is a supplier to other car makers, enter Pininfarina, for which Rimac is both a supplier and a rival. ‘Frenemies’, as they put it. The Battista shares 40-50% of “pure technical components” with the Concept Two, but Pininfarina says the tuning…

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