“A racer partly driven like a car and partly flown like a fighter jet” – that’s how Lotus describes the all-new E-R9 design study. The Hethel, UK-based automaker prepares for the future of endurance racing by fast-forwarding through nine years of technological development and imagining what Le Mans might look like in 2030. The vision involves super-sleek, aircraft-inspired race cars with fast-morphing aero-optimizing body panels and high-powered Evija-derived electric drives with advanced torque vectoring.
How much does a couple of hundredths of a second cost? Somewhere in excess of US$4 million, it would seem, as this Japanese supercapacitor supercar fractionally out-accelerates an upcoming Tesla Roadster worth less than 1/20th the price.
As EV genius Luke Workman once told us, electric vehicles have virtually limitless performance potential. “Your tire to street interface is your performance limiter,” he said, and that’s the first thing that came to mind when we saw the Aspark Owl blast onto the scene.