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2016 Lotus 3-Eleven

2016 Lotus 3-Eleven
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The company’s quickest, road-legal sports car

Having launched the 2015 Lotus Elise S Cup in 2014 and the 2016 Lotus Evora 400 in 2015, Lotus is slowly but surely heading toward stability under the guidance of Jean-Marc Gales. The Frenchman joined the company in May 2014, when the Brits were struggling to stay afloat with net losses at more than $250 million at the end of 2013. Now that the British brand is somewhat stable, Gales reportedly wants three new vehicles in dealerships, including an Evora Roadster, an SUV, and a successor to the 2-Eleven. And the latter was just introduced at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Dubbed 3-Eleven, the new sports car follows in the footsteps of its predecessor in just about every respect. It sports the barchetta-style design and features a comprehensive aerodynamic kit that includes all the goodies usually seen on a hardcore track car, including a large front splitter and rear wing, as well as a race-spec diffuser.

What sets the 3-Eleven apart from its ancestor besides the updated styling is the significantly more powerful engine and the fact that it comes in two versions. The Brits will built models for both the road and the track. Both will feature the same powerplant, but the racing variant will feature improved aerodynamics to help it go faster around the track. Lotus also aims to lap the Nurburgring in only 7:09 with the 3-Eleven, which would make it the fifth quickest production car on the "Green Hell."

Updated 09/21/2016: Lotus took the 3-Eleven to the famous Nurburgring track. Hit "play" to watch how the sports car behaved on the track, having Nordschleife expert and professional racer Marc Basseng behind the wheel.

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2018 Lotus 3-Eleven 430

2018 Lotus 3-Eleven 430

It’s the fastest and most powerful Lotus ever created!

As Lotus prepares to enter a new chapter in its life, the British automaker is saying goodbye to the pee-inducing 3-Eleven with an even more limited version of the already limited track superstar. Confused? Don’t be. The Lotus 3-Eleven 430 is the true limited edition model here because only 20 models are going to be made. It also happens to be the fastest and most powerful car Lotus has ever created, a staggering boast considering that its predecessor was already cable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds before setting off to a top speed run reaching 174 mph. If you thought the 3-Eleven was fast, Lotus will beg to differ. The 3-Eleven 430 has taken its place on that throne.

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2016 Lotus 3-Eleven

2016 Lotus 3-Eleven

The company’s quickest, road-legal sports car

Having launched the 2015 Lotus Elise S Cup in 2014 and the 2016 Lotus Evora 400 in 2015, Lotus is slowly but surely heading toward stability under the guidance of Jean-Marc Gales. The Frenchman joined the company in May 2014, when the Brits were struggling to stay afloat with net losses at more than $250 million at the end of 2013. Now that the British brand is somewhat stable, Gales reportedly wants three new vehicles in dealerships, including an Evora Roadster, an SUV, and a successor to the 2-Eleven. And the latter was just introduced at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Dubbed 3-Eleven, the new sports car follows in the footsteps of its predecessor in just about every respect. It sports the barchetta-style design and features a comprehensive aerodynamic kit that includes all the goodies usually seen on a hardcore track car, including a large front splitter and rear wing, as well as a race-spec diffuser.

What sets the 3-Eleven apart from its ancestor besides the updated styling is the significantly more powerful engine and the fact that it comes in two versions. The Brits will built models for both the road and the track. Both will feature the same powerplant, but the racing variant will feature improved aerodynamics to help it go faster around the track. Lotus also aims to lap the Nurburgring in only 7:09 with the 3-Eleven, which would make it the fifth quickest production car on the "Green Hell."

Updated 09/21/2016: Lotus took the 3-Eleven to the famous Nurburgring track. Hit "play" to watch how the sports car behaved on the track, having Nordschleife expert and professional racer Marc Basseng behind the wheel.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lotus 3-Eleven.

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Sports Auto Sets Hockenheimring Lap Record With A Lotus 3-Eleven

Sports Auto Sets Hockenheimring Lap Record With A Lotus 3-Eleven

British track car edges past the Porsche 918 Spyder

They say that lap times are meant to be broken and the only surprise is what car breaks them. German auto magazine Sport Auto also knows a thing or two about setting fast lap times, having used the Hockenheim race track as its personal proving ground for some of the fastest production cars it has tested. Recently, Sport Auto took a Lotus 3-Eleven, considered as the fastest series production model from to come out of Lotus, to Hockenheim for a series of hot laps, not knowing that it would end up setting a lap record around the Hockenheimring short circuit with a blistering time of 1.06:2.

If that isn’t impressive enough, the 460-horsepower 3-Eleven managed to knock off the Porsche 918 Spyder (1.06:3), the Gumpert Apollo (1.07:2), and the Radical SR3 SL (1.08:1) from their respective places in the top 3. Those are three legitimate supercars and one of them (the 918 Spyder) has even been billed as a hypercar.

Sport Auto road test editor Christian Gebhardt took the wheel of the 3-Eleven and set the record lap time despite having to use standard road tires for the lap. Oh, and temperatures around the track didn’t push past eight degrees Celsius (46.4 degrees Fahrenheit), which meant that he set that record lap time in sub-optimal weather conditions.

But none of these ready-made excuses ended up slowing down the Lotus 3-Eleven, which now sits comfortably in the magazine’s lap-time chart around the Hockenheimring short circuit. It remains to be seen how long the track-spec racer holds that record, but for as long as it lasts, the 3-Eleven can lay claim to being the fastest around the German circuit against some of the fastest supercars in the world today.

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Lotus Teases New Sports Car Before Goodwood Debut

Lotus Teases New Sports Car Before Goodwood Debut

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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Lotus 3-Eleven To Be Unveiled At Goodwood Festival Of Speed

Lotus 3-Eleven To Be Unveiled At Goodwood Festival Of Speed

Lotus’ new hardcore sports car, the 3-Eleven, will make its official debut at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, scheduled to commence on June 25th. The report adds that the 3-Eleven will reach its first customers sometime in 2016.

The source doesn’t mention which variant of the 3-Eleven, set to get both road and track version, will be showcased at Goodwood. However, the road-legal model is the most likely to arrive first.

As it was revealed earlier this year, the 3-Eleven is being developed as a spiritual successor to the 2-Eleven, a barchetta-style, lightweight sports car Lotus produced between 2007 and 2011. The 3-Eleven is expected to borrow its design from the Exige, but feature enhanced aerodynamics and a roll-over hoop integrated into the roll cage. A no-nonsense interior made from aluminum and carbon fiber will further contribute to the car’s track-focused nature.

Motivation will be provided by the 3.5-liter V-6 used in the Evora and Exige S, but tuned to generate around 420 horsepower. With a curb weight of less than 1,800 pounds, the 3-Eleven should be able to return supercar-like performance. Lotus claims it will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than three seconds and lap the Nurburgring track in just over seven minutes.

Stay tuned for more details from the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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Lotus 3-Eleven Will Be Offered In Both Road And Track Versions

Lotus 3-Eleven Will Be Offered In Both Road And Track Versions

Lotus might be mulling the possibility of a crossover SUV, but the disciples of Colin Chapman at company headquarters in Hethel haven’t completely lost their minds. Proof of this is the new 3-Eleven project, Lotus’ forthcoming featherweight track-day car and successor to the 2-Eleven. Rumors suggest the 3-Eleven could have over 400 horsepower and could be capable of lapping the Nürburgring Nordschleife in the low seven-minute range.

According to a report from Autocar, the 3-Eleven will be powered by the same supercharged, Toyota-based, 3.5-liter V-6 from the Lotus Exige and Evora and could produce as much as 420 horsepower — far more power than the 2-Eleven, which used the company’s supercharged, 1.8-liter engine. Top speed will be in excess of 180 mph and 0-60 will take less than three seconds.

As you would expect from Lotus, low mass is a priority. It’s being built using the same suspension and extruded aluminum chassis found in the Exige S and will benefit from a stripped-out, race-style interior with composite seats and a protective roll bar. Larger, more aggressive aero elements will generate huge amounts of downforce, while a smaller windscreen reduces frontal area.

Expected to weigh under 2,000 pounds, the 3-Eleven will have a power to weight ratio on par with the Ferrari F12berlinetta, but will cost around $100,000 — a fraction of the Ferrari’s price tag. The base 3-Eleven will be a stripped-out, track-only model, but an optional road package will include lights and perhaps a few nods to everyday driver comfort at additional cost. However, don’t expect this to be the case here in the U.S. Like the 2-Eleven, the 3-Eleven won’t be certified for our public roads.

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