The Lotus Evija looks to be a very exciting supercar that offers monstrous power figures at 1,973 hp of max output and 1,253 lb-ft of torque. On the track mode, all this power is squeezed to the utmost limit, resulting in an experience that could take your breath away.
Nonetheless, the experience might not be completely visceral, since the Evija is an all-electric fever with a silent drivetrain. To complete that experience, Lotus tapped Patrick Patrikios, a renowned British music producer, to create a range of suitable sounds for the Evija.
Creating Evija's Audio From The Lotus Type 49
A Brit Award nominee, Patrick's musical experience includes writing and producing music for Olly Murs, Sia, Britney Spears, Pixie Lott and more. With an ear for the right note, Patrick is more than qualified to take on the task of creating the audiotrack for the still soundless Evija. This audiotrack would also be used as an audio blueprint for Lotus' future electric cars.
Following a thorough discussion with the Evija's development team, it was decided that the V8 engine soundtrack of the Formula 1 icon Lotus Type 49 would serve as the base for the new audiotrack of the electric Evija. F1 legend Jim Clark won the 1967 Dutch Grand Prix in the car's first outing while Graham Hill grabbed the 1968 F1 Championship piloting the Type 49.
Recording And Manipulating Type 49's Engine Sound
To start off the project, Patrick recorded the engine sounds of a Type 49, piped it through his computer and started manipulating it digitally. Interestingly, Patrick and the Lotus team discovered that the slowed down engine note of the F1 car has a similar frequency to the natural driving sound of the Evija’s all-electric drivetrain.
Starting with this, he adjusted the replay speeds and digital filtering of the Type 49. This whole "organic process" resulted in a suitable soundscape for the Evija. Patrick was successful in creating Evija's engine audiotrack as it accelerates from zero to 186 mph in under nine seconds.
Chimes And Tones Also Derived From Type 49 Audio
Nonetheless, the soundscape derived from the Type 49 wasn't used just to create the engine sound alone. Patrick also used this soundcape to craft various chimes and tones for the Evija, including the seatbelt warning and activation of indicators.
Source: Lotus Cars