Lotus Cars revealed 420HP 3-Eleven racing car

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.


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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.

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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.

Additional features

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?

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Production

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.

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