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Lotus unveils new 3-Eleven 430

2018-02-20 15:18

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Watch test driver Christian Gebhardt set an incredible lap time behind the wheel of a Lotus 3-Eleven at the Hockenheim circuit in Germany. The Lotus beat the times set by Porsche's 918 hybrid hypercar.

Substantial power increase to 320kW
920kg and 348kW per tonne
0-100km/h in 3.2 seconds, top speed of 289km/h
Lightweight full carbon bodywork 
Higher performance brakes and enhanced aerodynamics
Limited to 20 vehicles worldwide
 
The new Lotus 3-Eleven 430 has retaken the title as the firm's quickest street-legal sports car.

The most extreme machine that Lotus builds, the new 3-Eleven 430 is the fastest road car of the brand's to lap the challenging Hethel circuit, 0.8 seconds quicker than the second place Exige Cup 430, and two seconds quicker than the previous 3-Eleven, delivering a benchmark time of 1 minute 24 seconds.

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Changes include an upgrade and re-optimised supercharged and charge-cooled 3.5-litre V6 engine produces 320kW and 440Nm, propelling the 3-Eleven 430 from 0-100km/h in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 290km/h. 

Lotus says the car is designed to provide enthusiast drivers with the purest and most direct of driving experiences, the 3-Eleven is cut from the same cloth as the most iconic Lotus cars.

It employs a lightweight carbon-composite body and a bespoke extruded and bonded aluminium chassis. Sculpted part-exposed carbon side panels and striking carbon interior panels all contribute to the light weight.

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Originally unveiled in the summer of 2015 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The original Lotus 3-Eleven went on to lap the Hockenheimring short circuit in an incredible 1 minute 6.2 seconds at the hands of “Sport Auto Magazine”, setting a production car lap record for the German publication.

As the company enters its 70th anniversary, the new 3-Eleven 430 is a celebration of the company’s legacy of pure performance and intelligent engineering, as it readies its new range of sports cars.

Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus plc said: “When we first unveiled the Lotus 3-Eleven it heralded a new generation of truly focused, world-class sports cars. It altered perceptions of what was possible at this price category, and today the new 3-Eleven 430 moves the benchmark to remain the ultimate weapon in focused road driving and track work.

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