Lotus 3-Eleven revealed, quickest road-legal Lotus ever

Brett Davis

As suspected, Lotus was indeed planning to unveil the new 3-Eleven track-ready lightweight at the Goodwood Festival. The covers have just been removed. It comes in road legal and track-only trim.

Lotus 3-Eleven

Developed as a successor to the 2-Eleven, the 3-Eleven is all about lap times and speed. Power comes from a Toyota 3.5-litre V6 which is modified and uses a supercharger, helping it to churn out 336kW of power and 450Nm of torque.

Weighing in at under 900kg, the beast can rocket from 0-100km/h in under 3.0 seconds and hit a top speed of 280km/h. In street-legal trim, the top speed is 290km/h. As a result, it’s being labelled as the quickest road-legal Lotus ever made.

Aside from the barking engine performance, the 3-Eleven also showcases a limited-slip differential, lightweight 18-inch forged aluminium wheels, AP Racing brakes, and a lightweight resin composite body with serious aero features. Jean-Marc Gales, chief executive officer for Group Lotus, said,

“This new car is a giant slayer, capable of embarrassing far more expensive rivals. It condenses our engineering know-how into one, hard-core package, and is so focused that it won’t suit everyone. This is a perfect demonstration of the faster and lighter concept, something which will be crucial to all Lotus cars in the future.”

Lotus 3-Eleven-rear

The exciting racer will go into production in February 2016, with deliveries commencing in April. Production is limited to just 311 units, of course.

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