“Heralding the next generation of Lotus high performance sports cars, the 3-Eleven is the Lotus’ quickest and most expensive series production car ever. Designed to deliver an undiluted experience, the Lotus 3-Eleven utilises an all-new lightweight composite body, and a bespoke chassis based on the proven Lotus design of extruded and bonded aluminium sections.” – That’s how Lotus Cars describes their track-focused machine.
The car was introduced back in 2015, and now, four years later it is still the fastest production Lotus, soon to be superseded by the new Lotus Evija. This one is very special. Chassis number 311, finished in black matt paint with two glossy black stripes. It looks stunning in the flesh, and I haven’t seen better looking 3-Eleven yet.
3-Eleven is powered by the same 3.5 V6 litres Toyota engine you can find in Evora and Exige, and it is bumped to 460 bhp in a race version (410 bhp for a road-going car). With the weight of just under 900kg, you can expect power to weight ratio at around 500 bhp per ton (as a comparison, Bugatti Veyron is 490 per ton). This is probably more horses than you need, but in the end, this is a serious car and hard to call it a toy. With 3 second sprint to 60mph, up to 215kg of downforce and a price tag around 100k, you must be one of those guys who know how to use it. Take it where it belongs – asphalt around Silverstone Circuit or Spa-Francorchamps, and it will put a big smile on your face.
ps. It lapped Nurburgring Nordschleife at 7:06 (faster than 911 GT3 or GT-R Nismo).