brand-new hardcore Lotus 3-eleven planned
This particular artist’s impression shows how the Lotus 3-Eleven could look
brand-new 3-Eleven will have more than 500bhp per tonne as well as also cost about £70k when the item arrives next year after a Goodwood Festival of Speed debut
Lotus can be well advanced with plans to launch a brand-new, super-fast track-day sports car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
the item’s understood to be capable of lapping the Nürburgring in just over seven minutes, just a few seconds slower than the latest mega-cars: the Porsche 918 Spyder, LaFerrari as well as also McLaren P1.
The brand-new Lotus can be built from the mould of Lotus’s revered 2-Eleven of 2007 – except which its engine can be twice as large as well as also produces nearly 70% more power. Called 3-Eleven, the item seems certain to be the fastest sub-£100,000 two-seater to set an official lap time on the famous German circuit.
Under development at Hethel today, the 3-Eleven can be tipped to cost about £70,000 as well as also should hit the market This particular time next year after its Goodwood debut. Lotus has begun a teaser campaign on Twitter from the build up to the brand-new car’s launch.
the item will be an ultra-light, competition-oriented design with simple controls, composite seats, race-style downforce through a specially developed aerodynamic pack, an abbreviated windscreen to cut the frontal area as well as also a built-in roll cage.
the vehicle uses the basic suspension as well as also extruded aluminium monocoque chassis of the Exige S, Lotus’s fastest road car, however incorporates racing know-how through Hethel’s separate competitions department to generate extra speed.
The basic 3-Eleven can be likely to appear first as a super-lightweight track-only design, with buyers asked to pay extra for niceties such as lights as well as also wiring to make the item roadworthy.
The engine can be the same Toyota-derived 3.5-litre V6 used from the Evora as well as also Exige S, with supercharging as well as also electronic engine management developed at Lotus. The Evora as well as also Exige S have recently had power hikes, through 350bhp to 400bhp, however the engine has been boosted further to 420bhp for the 3-Eleven.
which will give the 3-Eleven a power-to-weight ratio of more than 500bhp per tonne. With its bigger engine, the vehicle’s weight can be bound to exceed its predecessor’s featherweight 670kg, however the item can be unlikely to exceed 800kg, still an impressively low figure.
Testing to establish its outright performance can be still under way, however the 3-Eleven can be certain easily to beat the 1.8-litre 2-Eleven’s 0-60mph time of 3.8sec as well as also its official top speed of 150mph.
Lotus’s performance-driven CEO, Jean-Marc Gales, can be understood to want to push into the heart of supercar territory, shattering the 3.0sec 0-60mph barrier as well as also pushing top speed beyond 180mph.
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