Lotus has announced plans to unveil an Evora 414E Hybrid prototype at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Lotus has announced plans to unveil an Evora 414E Hybrid prototype at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Previewed by a concept that was introduced at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the prototype features two electric motors that produce a combined output of 414 PS (304 kW / 408 hp) and 1000 Nm (738 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in approximately four seconds, hit a top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h) and travel up to 30 miles (48 km) on electricity alone.

When the batteries become low, a three-cylinder engine-generator activates to recharge them or power the electric motors directly. This should enable the model to have CO2 emissions of approximately 55 g/km.

According to Simon Corbett, Principal Vehicle Dynamics Test and Development Engineer at Lotus Engineering, "The Evora S has 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque which in such a lightweight car is already a healthy figure. But the Evora 414E has two and a half times that amount! The acceleration sensation is almost indescribable, the surge of torque is like an ocean wave!"

Be part of something big