A new road legal track car from Lotus, the 3-Eleven, made its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend.
The 3-Eleven is Lotus’ ‘quickest and most expensive series production car ever,’ according to the brand.
The 3-Eleven is capable of reaching 100km/h in less than 3 seconds and will see 290km/h in the ‘Race’ version of the car. The 3-Eleven has already taken the lap record of 1min 22sec at Lotus’s Hethel test track; 10sec faster than the previous record holder, the Lotus Evora 400.
Pushing the car is a blown 3.5-litre V6 which boasts a terrifying 336kW of power and 450Nm of torque, fed to the rears via a Torsen LSD.
The car will be available in two versions, ‘Road’ or ‘Race’, giving you the choice of a six-speed manual in the road-oriented model, or a paddle-shifted six-speed sequential transmission in the ‘Race’ variant. The ‘Race’ model of the car will be equipped with an FIA-approved roll cage, seat and race harnesses, as well as upgraded brake pads, a more extravagant aero setup, and semi dry-sump engine lubrication.
The developers of the car had a major focus on weight. Aluminium is found throughout the car and a new lightweight composite is used for the body and aero features. This has allowed the 3-Eleven to achieve a weight of just over 900kg.
Getting one might be a challenge as Lotus plans to only build 311, hence the name. Prices will start at $168,356 for the road version and $236,163 for the race-ready equivalent.