Lotus has unveiled a neon blur. Literally. It’s a tease of the British automaker’s upcoming Type 130 full-electric hypercar and the first all-new Lotus production car since 2008. Further Type 130 details are expected to be shared during the 2019 Shanghai International Auto Show that runs through to April 25. The official Type 130 electric hypercar unveiling will take place in London later this year.
Discussing the new vehicle, Phil Popham, Lotus CEO said: “Type 130 will be the most dynamically accomplished Lotus in our history. It marks a turning point for our brand and is a showcase of what we are capable of and what is to come from Lotus.”
And that’s currently all the information we have to go on. We could speculate further. Type 130 will probably feature a radio. May or may not include cup holders. Who would want to risk spilling liquid in a brand new hypercar? Anyway, it will be interesting to see what an electric powertrain can bring to the hypercar segment.
Until Lotus reveals more info on its secretive Type 130, here’s a list of several other notable Lotus “Type” vehicles shared by Lotus to make up for the blank space on the press release typically reserved for actual details about the product.
Type 14 – World’s first composite monocoque production road car (Elite, 1957)
Type 25 – First Lotus to win F1 world championship (1963)
Type 72 – Most successful F1 car of all time – (Championship winner in 1970, ‘72 ’73)
Type 78 – World’s first ‘ground effects’ F1 car (1977)
Type 88 – World’s first carbon fibre F1 car (1981)
Type 92 – World’s first active suspension F1 car (1983)
Type 111 – World’s first aluminium and bonded extrusion production car (Elise, 1995)
Type 130 – World’s first full electric British hypercar (2019)