Back in 2010, Lotus had presented the Elite Concept, at the Paris auto show. The car was equipped with a supercharged 5.0-liter V8, combined with a kinetic energy recovery system.
It had a hybrid transmission consisting of two electric motors and a epicyclic gearbox. The Elite was supposed to be released in two versions, a simple version with 540 hp and an R version producing 610 hp, both versions would develop their maximum power at 8,000 rpm.
The car had a length of 4.6 meters and a weight of approximately 1,680 kg. It was able to reach 100 km/h from a standstill in 3.5 to 3.7 seconds, depending on the version and its top speed was 315 km/h. Unfortunately the project of the Elite Concept was cancelled in 2012.