At last the rumours have been confirmed. The Lotus 3-Eleven is going to be built – and it is going to be the fastest production Lotus ever!!!
It’s being revealed today in the UK at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, 26th June 2015.
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 ($130,000) for the Road version and £115,000 ($180,000) for the Race version. That puts it in to a price competition with the likes of the Porsche 911 but it is really aimed at a totally different market.
The Lotus philosophy is to make a car faster by making it lighter. If you have ever driven both an Elise and 911 round a race track you will understand the difference in the philosophies of the two manufacturers.
To quote: “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”.
That is as fast as a 911 Turbo and nearly as fast as a 911 Turbo S.
No information currently on availability in the US. However if you are in the market for a very fast track car with exclusivity to die for we would suggest you consider importing one yourself now…