Lotus built only 20 of these road-legal race cars

Supercar Blondie can brag about having driven the world’s coolest supercars. She also sat in futuristic concept cars that we might not even see in person anytime soon. But things become a bit more extreme in her latest video, which features the cool Lotus 3-Eleven. And not just any 3-Eleven, but the Final Evolution model that was built in just 20 units. It’s essentially a road-legal race car without a roof and it’s impressively powerful and fast.

Watch As Supercar Blondie Enjoys the Rare Lotus 3-Eleven 430!
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Although the 3-Eleven went out of production in 2018, it’s still one of the coolest cars on the road today. And this specific version is a bit more impressive to look at because it sports the black and gold livery that Lotus used in Formula One back in the 1970s.

Built on the same platform as the Evora and Exige, the 3-Eleven is the most extreme car Lotus has launched over the last decade. It doesn’t have a roof, it doesn’t have doors, but it features a massive wing, a race-spec diffuser, and a race-ready interior. What’s more, the engine placed behind the seats is a supercharged, 3.5-liter V-6 that cranks out a solid 430 horsepower. That’s 20 horses more than the regular 3-Eleven and only 30 horsepower below the race-only variant of the car.

Watch As Supercar Blondie Enjoys the Rare Lotus 3-Eleven 430!
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Sure, it’s not as powerful as a Ferrari or a McLaren, but you should keep in mind that the 3-Eleven tips the scales at only 2,039 pounds. It power-to-weight ratio enables it to hit 62 mph from a standing start in 3.2 seconds, which is only marginally slower than most high-profile sports cars and even some supercar.

The 3-Eleven was a successor to the 2-Eleven, a similar sports car that Lotus produced from 2007 to 2011. The 2-Eleven itself as a spiritual successor to the Lotus Eleven, an extremely lightweight race car that Colin Chapman built from 1956 to 1958. Powered by a small four-cylinder engine, the Eleven scored several class wins at Le Mans and Sebring, as well as a seventh overall position in the 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Watch As Supercar Blondie Enjoys the Rare Lotus 3-Eleven 430!
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Now that you know more about it, it’s time to check out Supercar Blondie having fun in a 3-Eleven.

Lotus 3-Eleven 430 specifications
Max power 430 hp (436 PS) at 7000 rpm
Max torque 440 Nm (325 lbft) from 4,500 rpm
0-60 mph 3.1 seconds
0-100 km/h 3.2 seconds
Max speed 180 mph (290 km/h)
Dry weight 920 kg
Power-to-weight ratio (dry weight) 467 hp / tonne
Aerodynamic downforce at maximum speed 265 kg (Front: 100 kg; Rear: 165 kg)
Hethel lap time 1:24 seconds
Ciprian Florea
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