Lotus 3-Eleven is the all-new high-performance sports car based on the lightweight aluminum monocoque chassis found in vehicles like the Evora 400 and Exige S.
7/2/15 5:00 am chumakdenis 1
Lotus Cars has finally revealed to the public track-focused machine.
Meet, 3-Eleven – successor of 2-Eleven model launched in 2007.
The all-new sports car has been named this way in order to signify its relation to the original Eleven racing vehicle of the 1950s as well as the previous Elise-based car.
As the company says, the 3-Eleven is based on the latest version of Lotus’ aluminum monocoque chassis found in cars like the Evora 400 and Exige S.
Considering the fact that the car is relatively lightweight - with estimates ranging from under 800 kg (1763 lbs) to 890 kg (1962 lbs) - the 3-Eleven could lap the Nürburgring in approximately 7:09.
Additionally, the vehicle features supercharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that develops 420 horsepower (313 kW).
That results in 180 mph (290 km/h) top speed and acceleration from 0 to 60 mph (100km/h) in less than 3 seconds – this engine produces nearly 70% more power than 2-Eleven.
However, the price for it wasn’t cheap -- engine is twice as large and a power-to-weight ratio of more than 500hp per ton.
On the contrary, 800 kilograms is still an impressively low figure.
The all-new beauty also incorporates a simple controls, composite seats, race-style downforce from a specially developed aerodynamic pack, an abbreviated windscreen to cut the frontal area and a built-in roll cage.
Not bad, huh?
Alas, we don’t know when the vehicle will be available to buy, but we do know that the 3-Eleven will be offered in both track-only and road-legal specifications—do hope that the road-legal version of the car will be at least half as good as the racing version of Lotus 3- Eleven.
Also, don’t expect it to come cheap – the vehicle is expected to go on sale with price tag approximately $107,695 (€95,400).
So, in case you want to buy one – be prepared to pay through the nose.