The Lotus 3-Eleven, the most powerful road vehicle to wear a Lotus badge, was unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2015 and will soon be entering production. It is expected to hit the streets from March this year.
“The Lotus 3-Eleven is a game-changing car, not only in terms of what has come before it from within our own rich heritage of sports cars but also in terms of anything else comparable brought to market by any other manufacturer. Extreme, focused and phenomenal are all words that have been used to describe the 3-Eleven. This is a car that exists within an extremely rarified performance envelope – it offers both hypercar performance and handling. Nothing else provides a sensory overload of this nature, and all packaged under £100,000.” Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus.
The Lotus 3-Eleven will be available in two versions… race and road.
The race version comes with a standard lightweight carbon composite bodywork weighing just 890 kg (1,962 lbs). Its 3.5-liter Supercharger V6 mid-mounted engine delivers 460hp to the rear wheels through a 6-speed sequential gearbox. The car is able to accelerate from inertia to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 2.9 seconds and to reach a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h).
The road version weighs 925 kg (2,039 lbs) and has a maximum power of 410 hp delivered to the rear wheels through a close ratio six-speed manual gearbox. It can reach a top speed of 174 mph (280 km/h) while the sprint from 0-60 takes 3.3 seconds.
The 3-Eleven will be limited to only 311 units and will be sold in all markets as a Race car, excepting Europe and Asia where it will be available as a Road car. The price for the race version starts at £116,500 ($167,482) and £82,500 ($118,603) for the road version.