The 2015 Goodwood Festival of
Speed in the UK saw the new generation of Lotus high performance sports cars
with the unveiling of the company’s quickest and most expensive series
production car ever, the 3-Eleven. This vehicle features an all-new lightweight
body, with an open cockpit design and a revised V6 supercharged engine
developing 450 hp.
Two variations of the Lotus
3-Eleven will be available: Road and Race; both delivering a combination of
high performance, agility and precision. Based on the Road version, the Race
includes a more aggressive aero kit, a sequential gearbox and an FIA approved
driver’s seat with a six-point harness.
With a dry weight of below 900
kg (Race version), the 3-Eleven offers a power to weight ratio, in excess of
500 hp per tonne, and is capable of sprinting from 0-60 mph in less than 3.0
seconds before reaching a maximum speed of 174 mph (280 km/h) for the Race
version and 180 mph (290 km/h) for the Road version
Jean-Marc Gales, Chief
Executive Officer for Group Lotus plc, stated, "We always say that to make
a sports car better, you make it faster and lighter. The new Lotus 3-Eleven
carries that philosophy to a new level, and is perfectly in keeping with our
Jean-Marc Gales continued,
“This new car is a giant slayer, capable of embarrassing far more expensive
rivals. It condenses our engineering know-how into one, hard-core package, and
is so focused that it won’t suit everyone. This is a perfect demonstration of
the faster and lighter concept, something which will be crucial to all Lotus
cars in the future.”
The new Lotus 3-Eleven will
enter production in February 2016 and deliveries will commence in April 2016.
Production will be limited to just 311 vehicles in total.
Source: Group Lotus
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