Lotus 3-Eleven hits the Ring, laps it in 7-min image

The newest model signed by Lotus, the 3-Eleven, has been taken to the Nurburgring for further testing as the vehicle has covered more than 2,000 km on the world famous track.

The brand new open-cockpit vehicle signed by Lotus, which is going to be put into production in early 2016, is being placed into the spotlights once again, this time with the carmaker announcing its “debut” on the Ring. The model in question has completed a two-week test session, with three different drivers behind the wheel, and this has been focused on areas like the aerodynamics, the chassis tuning, the engine calibration and the suspension geometry.

An exact official figure for the Nurburgring lap hasn’t been announced by Lotus because of the traffic on the circuit but the carmaker did say that the two fastest laps of the model have been achieved in approximately 7 minutes and 6 seconds, a time achieved by combining the quickest sector times achieved during the two fastest laps. This is extremely fast for the Lotus 3-Eleven and we will remind you that the Porsche 918 Spyder has managed to lap the Ring in 6 minutes and 57 seconds. The Lotus 3-Eleven has a new lightweight body, an open cockpit and a mid-mounted 3.6 liter supercharged V6 engine under its hood, made by Toyota and taken from the Evora 400. The unit is now rated at 450 HP (336 kW) at 7,000 rpm and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque, available at 3,500 rpm. Power is sent to the wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission and a Torsen limited slip differential.