Meet the quickest series production car from Lotus – the new Lotus 3-Eleven. As recorded by highly respected German car magazine “sport auto,” Lotus 3-Eleven completed the Hockenheimring short Circuit in just one minute and 6.2 seconds.
Driven by race driver Christian Gebhardt who is also Road Test Editor for “sport auto,” the Lotus 3-Eleven was riding on standard road tires during a less than perfect weather as temperatures soared no higher than 8 degrees Celsius.
At a lap time of one minute and 6.2 seconds, the Lotus 3-Eleven is now the fastest among extreme and ultra-expensive vehicles included in the “sport auto” lap-time chart. The list now puts the Porsche 918 Spyder at second with a lap time of 1 minute and 6.3 seconds, followed by the Gumpert Apollo at 1 minute and 7.2 seconds.
Completing the top five are the Radical SR3 SL (1.08:1 minute) and the Lamborghini Gallardo Squadra Corse (1.08:2 minute). Tied at sixth are the Corvette ZR1 and the Ferrari 488 GTB, both clocking 1.08:3 minute. Rounding up the top 10 are the Porsche 911 GT2 RS at 1.08:4 minute; the Porsche 911 GT3 RS (991) at 1.08:5 minute; and the Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series at 1.08:6 minute.
Gebhardt described the Lotus 3-Eleven as an amazingly fast and track-focused car laden with lots of fun. He noted that the Lotus 3-Eleven is now the fastest series-production car in the test history of “sport auto” on the Hockenheimring Short Circuit. A report on the feat of the Lotus 3-Eleven appears on the April issue of “sport auto” Magazine that went on sale on March 11, 2016. Jean-Marc Gales, chief executive of Group Lotus plc, noted that Gebhardt managed to set a new lap record even in less than ideal conditions.
He quipped that the lap record validates Lotus’ conviction that the Lotus 3-Eleven is a phenomenal car capable of achieving great things. He described the car as the ultimate embodiment of the Lotus design philosophy -- a beautifully engineered vehicle with no excess weight and boasts of 460hp of output and race car handling.
Interestingly, the new Lotus 3-Eleven represents the next generation of Lotus high performance sports cars. In fact, it is the carmaker’s quickest and most expensive series production car to date. It uses a lightweight composite body and rides on a bespoke chassis featuring extruded and bonded aluminum sections.
With 460 hp of output at its disposal, the new Lotus 3-Eleven boasts of over 500 hp per ton power-to-weight ratio – allowing the high performance car to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds and reach a limited max speed of 180 mph (290 km/h).
During its development, Lotus had the 3-Eleven tested at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. There, the 3-Eleven proved to be capable of setting a sub-7 minute lap time. Customers are now able to acquire the Lotus 3-Eleven, of which 311 cars are to be produced over the next two years.