The Lotus Evora GTE - unveiled here at the Frankfurt motor show - will be built for a European market, rather than be limited to Asia as originally planned.
The race-inspired, 440bhp machine – which will be a star of the manufacturer’s Frankfurt motor show display later this month – was originally designed as a special limited edition of just 25 cars for Chinese customers.
But the positive reaction to the machine has prompted the Norfolk firm to expand its plans for the car.
Group Lotus chief Dany Bahar said: “The response to this model in China has been so incredible, within days we had sold out with 114 orders. In response we decided that the only logical step from a business perspective was to increase production and widen our reach.”
The Evora GTE, which is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 Toyota engine mated to a sequential AMT racing gearbox, was officially unveiled at the Pebble Beach Coucours d’Elegance in California last month.