October 13 2021
The original Lotus Elise started production in 1996. Not only was a defining driver’s car born, but also a revolutionary way of constructing cars. The bonded aluminum central tub was strong and stiff with other integral chassis components joined together utilizing strong and durable adhesives. 25 years later, Project LEVA (Lightweight Electric Vehicle Architecture) carries on this revolutionary spirit for the coming generation of electric Lotus sportscars.
Three different layouts feature different dimensions for possible seating capacity and space for batteries. Further differentiating these chassis applications are the two possible battery layouts. The ‘slab’ or ‘skateboard’ layout places all batteries horizontally under the vehicle’s cabin and is most suitable for vehicles needing a higher ride height and an overall taller profile. The ‘chest’ layout stacks modules behind the seats and its weight distribution produces familiar dynamics for that of a mid-engine car make it most suitable for sports and hypercars that flourish with a lower centre of gravity. The latter layout is already in use for the forthcoming Evija hypercar, and initial reviewers have lauded it for its ‘intuitive’ and ‘Lotus-feel’ dynamics. The innovative approach of Project LEVA gives an ample degree of flexibility due its modular construction. All configurations are designed with cylindrical battery cells in mind due to their high energy density, though each chassis can accept a single or twin electronic drive unit (EDU).
Lotus Cars is slated to release its first electric sportscar in 2026. It will be the first to utilize the findings from Project LEVA and, like the Elise before it, will signal a new and exciting development in the automotive world For The Drivers. Follow us online to keep up to date for more exciting developments.