The fanboys over at Sport Auto have decided to head out to the Hockenheim (short circuit) and try out the new Lotus 3-Eleven, and in the process found out they can beat their own record.
Their quickest lap around the Hockenheim Short was done in a German machine – the Porsche 918 Spyder closed the timer at 1:06.3. Now Christian Gebhard has worked around the clock and posted a time that is actually just 0.1 seconds better than the previous record – the vehicle of choice is the Lotus 3-Eleven, which has been crowned as the fastest road-legal production car around the track as per tested by Sport Auto. If you like what you see in the video you should hurry up as Lotus has announced it would only build 311 3-Eleven units at an asking price of £82, 000 (£115,200 for race-spec model). With a dry weight of 925 kg (890 kg race version, dry), the 3-Eleven Road is powered by a Toyota-derived supercharged 3.5-liter V6 engine.
The mill delivers 410 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 302 pound-feet (410 Newton meters) of torque from 3,500 rpm in the road car. The racecar version is even more powerful at 460 hp and 387 lb-ft (525 Nm). The street car packs a close-ratio, six-speed manual gearbox mated to a Torsen limited-slip differential. The track-only edition has a six-speed sequential transmission. Performance is equally impressive: road version goes to 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds and will top out at 174 mph (280 km/h) whereas the racer will go to 62 mph in three seconds flat and go up to 180 mph (290 km/h).
Via sport auto