Everybody dreams about owning an hypercar once in its life, but this is rather difficult due its price, that always is above 1M€. If you want hypercar performance for less than the 5% of the price of a LaFerrari / P 1 / 918 Spyder, you could have it, and is the worst nightmare of this holy trinity: The Lotus 3-Eleven.
The new 3-Eleven brings together all the manufacturer’s experience in development of lightweight sportcars, but it has taken to a new level. Body, for example, is not reinforced plastic fiberglass; instead, it uses composite materials, 40% lighter than equivalent GRP. Designed as an uncompromised manifestation of the Lotus spirit, the Lotus 3-Eleven is focused on providing an undiluted driving experience, and underlines the company’s ability to deliver legendary handling and blistering speed.
As always in Lotus, this car is based on the concept of less is more, keeping close to Lotus’ track roots, this dramatic vehicle features an all-new lightweight body, with an open cockpit design that only weights 925Kg.
The engine complete this fantastic package, with a supercharged 3.5 litre V6, 24 valve, water cooled, all aluminium that develops 466cv for Race version and 416cv for Road version, with astonishing 525 Nm of torque on the Race version (450Nm on road version).
The gearbox depends on the version; the Race version carries a 6-speed sequential gearbox, oil cooler, gearshift paddles and limited slip differential.
Road Street model, in addition to carrying a manual 6-speed gearbox with Torsen limited slip differential, receives a couple of sidebars for protection in case of impact. The 3-Eleven Road version is fitted with Michelin Pilot Super Sport 225/40 ZR18 in front and 275/35 ZR19 at the rear. The brakes are AP Racing four-piston, ventilated 332 mm in the front and rear.
Only 311 units will be produced with a price of 117.000 euros. Jean-Marc Gales, Lotus’ chief executive officer, said of the 3-Eleven that ‘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.’
This words become a reality when the 3-Eleven lapped Hockenheimring in 1 minute, 6.2 seconds, beating Porsche 918 Spyder, which lapped in 1 minute, 6.3 seconds, Gumpert Apollo’s 1 minute, 7.2 seconds and Radical SR3 SL which lapped in 1 minute, 8.1 seconds.