Lotus has been developing a new generation of sports cars, but these cars will probably not be available until 2020. So for customers who don’t want to wait too long, the automaker decided that they will sell one last special version of the immortal 3-Eleven 430, or the “most extreme machine” it has ever built.
This will also be highly exclusive as they only have plans of assembling 20 examples, each one carrying a price of £102,000 or approximately $142,000 at current exchange rates.
This 3-Eleven 430 has been equipped with a 3.5 liter V6 engine under its hood, producing as much as 430 horsepower (321 kilowatts) and 324 pound feet (440 Newton metres) of torque. The automaker boasts that in just 3.2 seconds, this model can accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour), before it continues to its top speed of 180 miles per hour (290 kilometers per hour).
For the sake of comparing this to the previous 3-Eleven that was also very powerful, the new version indicates a 0.2 second improvement when sprinting, and 6 miles per hour (10 kilometers per hour) when it comes to the top speed.
The V6 engine, on the other hand, gives power to the wheels through a six speed manual gearbox, while a limited slip differential in Torsen-type and a six position variable traction control that is linked directly to the ECU provide better traction.
For Lotus to prove the performance of this vehicle, they took the car around the company’s Hethel test track. The 3-Eleven 430’s time of 1:24 minutes is a new lap record. It has also been recorded to be faster than the Exige Cup 430 by 0.8 seconds, and two full seconds faster than the previous 3-Eleven. A big factor is its body as most of the panels have been made with lightweight full carbon bodywork.
Moreover, the automaker explains that the special edition car is not just about power as it has also received revised aerodynamics to match the power it now has. It features a higher mounted straight cut rear wing with re profiled end plates, a lip spoiler and a long front splitter, and a flat floor with rear diffuser that boost the downforce by 97 pounds (44 kilograms) to 584 pounds (265 kilograms) at maximum speed.
This 3-Eleven 430 is actually going to be sold to celebrate the automaker’s 70th anniversary. It is a celebration of the company’s legacy of pure performance and intelligent engineering, readying its new range of sports cars. CEO of Lotus Group plc, Jean Marc Gales also said that the first ever Lotus 3-Eleven heralded a new generation of focused, world class sports cars.