Jenson Button and Lotus Evija – F1 star Jenson Button now owns the most powerful production car with the fully-electric model set to be unveiled this weekend.
He will show off his custom-built electric car to fans in California this weekend.
The 2009 champion has worked with Lotus to create a bespoke Evija which he will display in Monterey on Friday.
The vehicle has a whopping 1,500 kW / 2,039 PS making it the most powerful series production road car available on the market.
The model was only expected to be around 2,000 PS when it was first unveiled. However, it has since had a major power boost.
A Lotus Evija has a top speed of 217mph and can reach 0-62mph in under three seconds.
Button said: “The car looks sensational and in a colour scheme which means so much to me.
“The Lotus team has done an amazing job to deliver the design proposal we dreamed up together. They have created a real head-turner.”
The eye-catching yellow, white and black design has been put together especially to pay tribute to his world championship-winning Brawn GP F1 machine.
The same colour scheme has been adopted inside the vehicle, making up the branding on the leather seats and steering wheel.
The car’s brake callipers are bright yellow, contained in a stunning gloss black alloy wheel.
The number 22 is proudly displayed on the inside of the car, a nod to the former racer’s number when he lifted the crown 14 years ago.
An aluminium strip has been fitted through the seat centre. The strip includes the date and location of every one of Button’s 15 race wins.
A 93kWh battery is also installed meaning the car has a whopping range of around 215 miles. This is according to WLTP estimates.
The model will take just 18 minutes to top-up when owners plugin using a 350kW charger.
Lotus insists that personalisation is a significant part of the customer experience when buying an Evija.
The powertrain is identical for each machine but visual features can be adjusted to an owner’s individual tastes
However, it is understood only 130 models will be bullet with each car priced at around £1.8million ($2.3m).
Simon Lane, Director, Lotus Advanced Performance, added: “I’m delighted to be with Jenson in California as he reveals his Lotus Evija to the world for the first time.
“It’s a fantastic moment for the whole team, which has worked so hard to bring Jenson’s vision to life.”