British sports car specialist Lotus has unveiled a render of its E-R9 concept; the result an in-house design study imagining an all-electric race car for the 2030 season.
The Lotus E-R9 features a fighter jet-style canopy, situated on a single-piece carbon-fibre wing. Strong aesthetic inspiration appears to have been drawn from the Red Bull X2010, which was developed as the “ultimate speed machine” for the 2010 PlayStation 3 video games Gran Turismo 5.
Lotus’s chief aerodynamicist, Richard Hill, was responsible for designing the vehicle alongside Evija engineer Louis Kerr.
According to Mr Hill, the vehicle features active aerodynamics through the use of “morphing” body panels, allowing for maximum speed on straights and optimum downforce through corners.
“What we’ve tried to do is to push the boundaries of where we are technically today and extrapolate into the future. The Lotus E-R9 incorporates technologies which we fully expect to develop and be practical,” the aerodynamicist added. “Lotus has an amazing history of developing unique solutions, and we’ve done it many times in motorsport and with our road cars.”
Under its rendered bodywork, the Lotus E-R9 concept features an all-electric drivetrain with an independent motor powering each wheel for enhanced torque-vectoring, alongside a quick-change battery pack designed to be replaceable during a standard pitstop.
Limited to just 130 examples, the car is powered by four electric motors drawing voltage from a 70kWh lithium-ion battery. These produces a cumulative 1470kW/1700Nm, making it one of the most powerful production cars ever built.
Pricing is expected to start £1.7 million (approximately AU$3.1 million).