Lotus has announced that its first-ever electric car – the Type 130 – will be unveiled in a few weeks’ time.

The British marque says the unveiling will take place at an exclusive event in central London on 16 July. The new car will be Lotus’s first all-new model since the launch of the V6-engined Ever sports car in 2009.

The news will be no surprise to car lovers. At the Shanghai Motor Show in April, the Norfolk-based firm revealed that an all-electric model was in the pipeline. Lotus has since confirmed that “several hundred” customers have expressed interest in the limited-run model, Auto Express reports.

The carmaker is keeping the Type 130’s design and performance details secret. But the firm refers to the vehicle as a “hypercar”, suggesting it will have a radical design and enough pace to give Ferrari and McLaren a run for their money.

We’ll find out whether this is true when the car makes its debut in July. In the meantime, here’s everything we know so far about the Type 130:

Release date

Orders are expected to open shortly after the car is unveiled on July 16.

Only 130 examples of the hypercar will be produced. They will be “hand-built” at the company’s headquarters in Norfolk, says Motor1.

Deliveries are expected to get underway next year, says the motoring website.

Price

There’s no word on pricing yet, but a company insider told PistonHeads that the Type 130 would have a “seven-figure price tag.”

Design

According to Autocar, which was shown a “full-size clay model” of the car, the Type 130 is a “low and wide” hypercar that’s built around a carbon fibre structure.

The structure’s design is similar to the “teardrop form” of the Ford GT40 racing car of the 1960s. This allows airflow to pass around the car with ease, improving its top speed and overall aerodynamic grip, the motoring magazine says. The teardrop shape houses a “tightly proportioned” cabin akin to a Le Mans-style racing machine.

Lotus’s design director, Russell Carr, told the magazine that the hypercar was similar in length to the 4.4-metre-long Evora sports car. The Type 130, however, will be wider at two metres. It will also sit lower to the ground.

Carr says the Type 130 has a pair of Le Mans car-inspired carbon fibre ducts at its rear. These help improve aerodynamic grip at high speeds.

Motor and performance

The Type 130 will be the first Lotus car to be co-developed by Williams Engineering, a division of the Williams Racing Formula 1 team, says Auto Express.

The two firms have worked together to build a bespoke battery and motor setup for the hypercar, which is expected to deliver a power output of 1,000bhp, the magazine says.

Autocar says that the car’s battery will be located underneath the passenger compartment and will deliver power to all four wheels. We don’t yet know whether the car will be powered by four electric motors (one on each wheel) or a twin-motor setup (one on each axle).