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Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid teaser – Click above to enlarge

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Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid teaser – Click above to enlarge

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The Lotus ethos has always been about efficient performance. "Simplicate, and add lightness" is an oft-echoed mantra coined by founder Colin Chapman. While the company is most known for its sports cars and racing endeavors, it's got a history of engineering for hire, as well. Embracing a definition of high performance that has protracted to include alternative propulsion technologies, Lotus has brought its experience to bear for series hybrids.

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Nimble as they are, Lotus fans have been looking forward to something with a bit more oomph than the Elise/Exige/Europa series, and the Evora just didn't cut it. With the start of the new year, we thought we had come that much closer to the launch of the highly anticipated new Esprit. But the British sportscar-maker has moved the goalposts back, with new reports indicating that the re-Esprit may debut in 2011 instead of next year as originally planned.

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In the early 1970s, after Lotus stopped building their iconic Seven, they sold the tooling to a small British company called Caterham who continues to build variants of the Seven to this day. In addition, lots of kit car builders sprung up making copies of the Seven, many of which have fallen by the wayside. One of the best known and more successful was Westfield. This week at a conference on Hybrid vehicles at the University of Warwick, near Birmingham, England they will be announcing a partner

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