Lotus, a British sports car company with a long history – both for financial trouble and lightweight sporty cars – has promised to deliver the 3-Eleven, its fastest model ever produced.
The short clip filmed on the famed Nurburgring race track has us convinced the company’s claims are the actual truth. The model that looks like a cross between the company’s well known Elise and a Caterham open top has been designed as a purposely functional machine. That means every styling cue is there for a reason – either aerodynamic feats or legal notices. The model is also completely road legal even though you might be unconvinced when seeing the rear air diffuser or the spoiler. And the company even has plans to deliver the 4-Eleven, which should be even faster and also their most expensive model ever.
Just as a quick reminder, the Lotus 3-Eleven has under the metal the Evora 400 (which also comes from Toyota) 3.5-liter supercharged V6 engine, modified in this instance for 450 hp at 7,000 rpm. Max torque is of 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) from 3,500 rpm and the car will reportedly tip the scales at just 900 kilograms (2,000 pounds). Keeping in line with the brand’s famed power-to-weight ratio enables the 3-Eleven to deliver performances that match that “crowded” club consisting of supercars such as the Ferrari LeFerrari or Porsche 918 Spyder. That means zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) is handled in under three seconds – which is coincidentally what the new Ludicrous Mode from Tesla’s new Model S P90D can achieve in a car that is powered solely on batteries. Talk about the extremes of the automotive world!