The Lotus Emeya hyper-GT has recently completed the final phase of its extensive global test and development program in the challenging Arctic Circle, marking a significant milestone in its journey toward production.
“Emeya is designed to provide an exceptional driving experience in all conditions, and we are eager for customers to experience it firsthand,” stated Sylvain Verstraeten, Regional Vehicle Line Director for Emeya.
During the winter months, Lotus engineers conducted thorough testing of the all-electric grand tourer in Ivalo, Finland, located approximately 250km inside the Arctic Circle. The vehicle was also subjected to additional assessments in a local automotive facility, facing temperatures as low as -40 degrees Celsius.
Gavan Kershaw, Director of Attributes and Product Integrity at Lotus, highlighted the brand's commitment to maintaining its core values while embracing new technologies. “A Lotus should be engaging and desirable, while also ensuring safety and predictability for drivers,” he remarked.
The rigorous testing program, spanning three years and covering 15 countries across two continents, involved evaluating various aspects of the Emeya's performance, including chassis systems, tire development, driver assistance functions, and battery performance in extreme weather conditions.
The Arctic testing phase focused on assessing the vehicle's stability, handling, and control on icy and snowy terrain, with particular attention given to the calibration of advanced control systems and four-wheel drive capabilities.