Lotus 3-Eleven unveiled at Festival of Speed
After a month of teasing Lotus has finally taken the wraps off of the new Lotus 3-Eleven at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and it’s their fastest road car yet.
The new Lotus 3-Eleven is the fastest road car that the Hethel-based car company has ever produced and is handmade at the Lotus headquarters.
The new Lotus 3-Eleven has been designed and manufactured in Norfolk, and is the latest model from Lotus.
It has lapped the famed Nurburgring nearly as fast as the Porsche 918 Spyder.
The new Lotus 3-Eleven weighs under 1990 lbs and is powered by a Toyota sourced 3.5-liter V6 supercharged by Lotus.
The new Lotus sports car produces 450 hp and does 0-60 in 2.8 seconds, with top speed of 180 mph.
Lotus 3-Eleven’s journey across England has been captured by Lotus’ social media team, and posted on Twitter with their #ItsNotForYou hashtag campaign.
Lotus 3-Eleven Press Release.
The quickest production Lotus road car ever
Heralding a new
generation of Lotus high performance sports cars, today saw the unveiling of the company’s quickest
and most expensive series production car ever, the 3-Eleven, at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Designed as an uncompromised manifestation of the Lotus spirit, the new car is focused
on providing an undiluted driving experience, and underlines the company’s ability to deliver
legendary handling and blistering speed.
Dramatic, all-new lightweight composite body
Working on the
concept of less is more, and keeping close to Lotus’ track roots, the dramatic new vehicle features
an all-new lightweight body, with an open cockpit design and a revised V6 supercharged engine
developing 450 hp.
Two versions, Road and Race, both developed through Lotus
Two variations of the Lotus 3-Eleven will be available: Road and Race; both
delivering an impressive 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 an enviable 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
Revealed at Goodwood Festival of Speed, UK, 26th June 2015
at Goodwood, 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 brand values.”
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.”
Availability and Pricing
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.
Prices start at £82,000 for the Road version (including VAT and on the road costs)
and £96,000 excluding VAT for the Race version (£115,200 including VAT).
The new Lotus sports car was unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 25th, 2015 by Lotus Chief Executive Officer Jean-Marc Gales.
Goodwood Festival Of Speed is held June 25-28, 2015.
Source: Lotus Cars