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2015-06-29 12:04

HOTTEST LOTUS ROAD CAR: Lotus has unveiled its 3-Eleven, its most expensive and quickest road car yet. Image: Newspress

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2016 Lotus 3-Eleven

2015-06-29 11:35

Lotus has unveiled its quickest and most expensive car to date at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed. There'll only be 311 built. Meet the 3-Eleven...

  • Quickest Lotus road car yet
  • Dramatic, light composite body
  • Two versions - Road and Race

GOODWOOD, England - A new generation of Lotus high-performance sports cars has been launched at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The automaker says the range is its quickest and most expensive series production car" yet - the 3-Eleven.

IMAGE GALLERY: 2016 Lotus 3 Eleven

It was, the company says, "designed as an uncompromised manifestation of the Lotus spirit, focused on providing an undiluted driving experience that underlines the company’s ability to deliver legendary handling and blistering speed".

'LESS IS MORE'

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 335kW.

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 900kg (Race version), the 3-Eleven offers an enviable power to weight ratio, in excess of 372kW per tonne, and is capable of sprinting to 100km/h in less than 3.0 seconds before reaching a maximum speed of 280km/h for the Race version and 290km/h for the Road version

GIANT SLAYER

Lotus CEO Lotus Jean-Marc Gales, said: "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.”

“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 units.


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