The Lotus Evija Is Going To Fake It Till It Makes It With a V-8 Soundtrack
We get that Lotus is all about legacy. Then again, why the fake engine sounds in an all-electric hypercar?by Tudor Rus, on LISTEN 01:53
We get it. Through their nature, EVs are deprived of the engine sounds the made us fall in love with cars in the first place. Then again, adding fake ICE sounds to a battery-powered car seems a little useless since whoever is buying the said car, be it performance-focused or not, is not paying money to hear a V-8 that once existed in a race car. Case in point: Lotus and the Evija hypercar.
As part of the Evija’s development, Lotus is trying to keep future owners acoustically entertained with a gimmick that is not exactly new in the car world: fake engine sounds.
(Some) carmakers have been pumping tuned sounds through a car’s speakers for a while now but Lotus is dialing it up to eleven for the Evija. Understandably, after all the hype Lotus built around the Evija, the carmaker wants all the bells and whistles it can get to keep prospective customers interested, even if it resorts to fake engine sounds.
For this to happen, Lotus commissioned Patrick Patrikios, a well-established name in the music industry who worked with world-famous artists such as Sia and Britney Spears. His job is to remix the V-8 sounds of the Lotus Type 49 Formula 1 car into a soundtrack that pedestrians will hear as the Evija passes by.
There is no word on these sounds being sent to the cabin as well, although we would not rule out that possibility for now. After all, Lotus’ motto is “for the drivers,” so they, too, might benefit from the digitally remastered sounds.
Other than engine notes, passengers will also get door opening sounds as well as hazard and seatbelt warning sounds; they are all designed by Patrikios, by the way. Now head below, play the video, and give that V-8 growl a listen and let us know how you feel about it.
|Powertrain||Four electric motors|
|Battery||70 kWh battery pack|
|Torque||1,254 pound-feet of torque|
|Transmission||Four single-shift gearboxes|
|Power-to-Weight Ratio||1,174 horsepower - ton (estimate)|
|0 to 60 MPH||Less than three seconds|
|Top Speed||Over 200 mph|
|Electric range||250 miles (estimate)|