If you’ve been following TopSpeed recently, then you probably already now Lotus is about to unveil a new sports car at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed. I’m talking about the 3-Eleven, which comes to take up where the 2007 Lotus 2-Eleven, a barchetta-style, Elise-based track-car, left off in 2011. With what could be only hours until the 2016 Lotus 3-Eleven breaks cover, Lotus has released the first teaser of its new sports car.

Not surprising, the photo isn’t very revealing, showing only half of the front bumper and a very small fraction of the car’s left headlamp. However, that’s enough to confirm what I suspected from the very beginning: the 3-Eleven is based on the 2012-2015 Lotus Exige S and borrows heavily from its styling from the waist down. The bumper is nearly identical to the Exige’s (except for the mesh), while the headlamps appear sport the same shape and size.

Most of the details surrounding the 3-Eleven are still under wraps, but it’s believed the barchetta will feature an aggressive aero kit and a no-nonsense interior made from aluminum and carbon-fiber. Power should come from a 3.5-liter V-6 tuned to crank out around 420 horsepower. The company claims the 3-Eleven will hit 60 mph in less than three seconds and lap the Nurburgring in just over seven minutes. If this proves to be true, the 3-Eleven will be one hot performer.

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Why it matters

If you had any doubts that Lotus will indeed show the 3-Eleven at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, then this is the proof you’ve been looking for. Furthermore, the teaser confirms the track-prepped barchetta is based on the Exige S, which will translate into attractive styling and a comprehensive aero package. A hardcore Exige without a roof and windshield if you will.

2016 Lotus 3-Eleven

2016 Lotus 3-Eleven High Resolution Exterior Exclusive Renderings Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Read more about the Lotus 3-Eleven in our speculative here.

Ciprian Florea
Senior Editor and Supercar Expert - ciprian@topspeed.com
Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read More
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