Lotus already has 50 orders for a stripped-down, high-powered version of its Elise sports car.
Lotus showed its 340R concept car and said it will be built if enough customers demand it. It did not specify a number.
The enthusiasts who ordered the car after reading about it would have to wait about 18 months. Price would be higher than the standard $29,600 Elise.
The 340R uses the minimum legal body on the aluminium chassis of the Elise. Wheels and suspension are outside, like a race car. Mudguards are the smallest allowed by law. Mechanical hardwear is exposed at the rear, beach-buggy style.
The interior is sparsely furnished and the whole vehicle weighs 500kg. With the 170hp version of the Rover 1.8-liter engine, it has a power/weight ratio of 340hp per tonne. The name results from that figure.
The car is 'even more essential than the Elise, focused for pure driving pleasure,' according to Lotus design chief Russell Carr. He inherited the project when his predecessor, Julian Thompson, joined Volkswagen. 'We wanted a car that would embody the Lotus characteristics of innovation, light weight, elegance and fun.'