Lotus has more new cars than just the Evora 400. The British sports-car manufacturer today revealed the 3-Eleven, its newest open-air car that follows in the footsteps of the similar 2-Eleven. With 450 hp and a curb weight as low as 1984 lb, the Lotus 3-Eleven is a serious performance machine.
The Lotus 3-Eleven is based on an aluminum chassis with lightweight composite body panels, and while it looks like it’s suited only for the track, there will be a road-legal version for enthusiasts who don’t mind the lack of a roof. A control-arm suspension setup front and rear uses Eibach springs, Ohlins adjustable dampers, and an adjustable front anti-roll bar. A 3.5-liter supercharged V-6 engine produces 450 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, routed through a six-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential. Race models receive a semi-dry oil sump, an oil cooler, and a six-speed sequential paddle-shift transmissions. AP Racing brakes and 18-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in either Michelin Pilot Super Sport or Michelin Cup 2 tires are fitted at each corner.
Lotus says the 3-Eleven is its quickest road car to ever lap the Hethel test track, completing the circuit in 1 minute 22 seconds — that’s ten seconds quicker than the Evora 400.
The inside of the Lotus 3-Eleven is predictably stripped out, with just a color display serving as the instrument cluster behind the three-spoke steering wheel. Lotus bucket seats with four-point harnesses come standard, while the race model is offered with a data logger, FIA-legal driver’s seat with six-point harnesses, a fire extinguisher, and a battery kill switch.
The Lotus 3-Eleven enters production in February 2016 and is limited to just, as the name implies, 311 copies. U.K. pricing starts at the equivalent of $151,000 for the road model and $181,120 for the racing model.