The quickest production Lotus
road car ever
Dramatic, all-new lightweight
Two versions, Road and Race,
both developed through Lotus Motorsport
a new generation of Lotus high performance sports cars, today saw the unveiling
of the company’s quickest and most expensive series production car ever, the
3-Eleven, at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
as an uncompromised manifestation of the Lotus spirit, the new car is focused
on providing an undiluted driving experience, and underlines the company’s
ability to deliver legendary handling and blistering speed.
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 450 hp.
variations of the Lotus 3-Eleven will be available: Road and Race; both
delivering an impressive 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
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
at Goodwood, Jean-Marc Gales, Chief Executive Officer for Group Lotus plc,
stated, "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.”
Gales continued, “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.”
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
start at £82,000 for the Road version (including VAT and on the road costs) and
£96,000 excluding VAT for the Race version (£115,200 including VAT).
Lotus 3-Eleven in more detail:
Quickest Lotus production car ever, lapping the
Hethel track in 1 min 22 secs
Aerodynamic downforce of up to 215 kg at 150
mph (240 km/h) - Race version
3-Eleven utilises a bespoke chassis based on the proven Lotus design of
extruded and bonded aluminium sections. The Road roll-cage incorporates twin
side bars for side impact protection, whilst the Race cage has additional bars
to meet international requirements for motorsport.
Lotus 3-Eleven’s suspension features lightweight, double-wishbones front and
rear, adjustable front anti-roll bar and Eibach springs with Öhlins adjustable
dampers. This allows owners to fine tune the vehicle’s handling characteristics.
· Supercharged and charge-cooled 3.5-litre V6 engine
· Limited Slip Differential as standard
· Lotus traction control system
The new Lotus 3-Eleven is powered by a revised version of the 3.5-litre V6 engine first shown in the Evora 400, which includes a supercharger with integrated water-to-air charge cooler. Maximum power output has increased to 450hp (456 PS / 336 kW) at 7000 rpm and torque has increased to 450 Nm / 332 lbs ft with maximum torque available from 3500 rpm through to 6500 rpm.
close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox with a Torsen-type limited slip
differential, featuring a performance clutch assembly and oil cooler, come as
standard on the Road version. The Race model has a 6-speed sequential
transmission with a semi-dry sump, oil cooler, limited slip differential and
Lightweight forged Aluminium wheels as standard
AP Racing four-pot calipers
Bosch ABS tuned by Lotus
to cope with the 3-Eleven’s potential, lightweight forged Aluminium wheels are
fitted as standard on the 3-Eleven, with either Michelin Pilot Super Sport or
Michelin Cup 2 tyres depending on if it’s in Road or Race configuration.
front 225/40 ZR18 tyres are standard, and to help transfer the 3-Eleven’s
considerable power and torque to the road, the rear tyres has been specified as
order to deliver the stopping power required for such a quick car, AP Racing
four-piston calipers are complemented by two-part grooved and vented brake
discs (332 mm front and rear). Upgraded brake pads are fitted to the Race
Lightweight body panels, using new resin
infusion composite technology
Dramatic silhouette underlines car’s
from very light weight composite materials, optimizing vehicle weight,
aerodynamic and structural requirements, the 3-Eleven’s composite body is 40%
lighter than the GRP equivalent.
new process is a first for a production car, and an example of Lotus’ focus on
utilising pioneering new technology and lightweight materials in its vehicles.
The choice of material technology has allowed extreme vehicle performance
targets to be met, and help realise the 3-Eleven’s dynamic styling.
a track car, the 3-Eleven’s aggressive stance leaves no doubt of its
intentions. The dramatically sculpted body perfectly balances the technical
efficiency of a track car with the surface refinement of a road-going supercar.
Form follows function, with a minimised cross sectional area that keeps drag to
a minimum while optimising cooling.
extreme design evolution of Lotus predecessors, the Lotus 3-Eleven’s new front
clam shell incorporates larger openings to deliver the necessary cooling for
the powertrain and transmission. This helps give the vehicle a much more
front splitter configurations are available, depending on whether the vehicle
is configured for road or race use, and the front arches are wide enough to
cover the car’s wide track and the new 225/40 ZR18 tyres.
side scallops provide a clean exit from the front wheels arches, and the car’s
profile is dominated by an aerodynamically significant roll bar cover. The car
is without a windscreen and doors, with the roll bar fully enclosing the rear
cage. As well as generating downforce, the roll bar forms a vital part of the
car’s homologation to international motorsport safety standards.
rear clamshell emphasises the aggressive stance of the car, with different
fixed spoilers available, depending on whether the vehicle is specified for
road or race use.
new rear diffuser and under-tray, which has been developed to ensure minimum
drag, complements an exhaust system designed specifically to minimize back
pressure and enhance engine performance.
Focussed race interior
New race spec colour TFT instrument cluster can
be switched between road and track modes
with the standard aeroscreen and the optional passenger seat, a passenger can
be easily accommodated in the two seater. However, these can be removed and the
optional tonneau panel fitted - to envelope the driver and improve overall
new instrument cluster has been designed around a colour TFT screen, and can be
switched between road and track modes, providing relevant information direct to
quick release steering wheel and Lotus sports seats with four-point harnesses
are fitted as standard, while the Race variant has the option of a data logger
system, FIA approved driver’s race seat, and six-point harness - as well as a
fire extinguisher & battery kill switch.
- Hand built
in Hethel, England
Lotus 3-Eleven will be hand made by the highly skilled craftsmen and women at
the Lotus Headquarters in Hethel, alongside the rest of the Lotus sports car
range, supported by Lotus Motorsport technicians. All 3-Elevens will then be
finished in Lotus Motorsport’s dedicated workshops prior to delivery.
fuel consumption figures and CO2 emissions figures for the Lotus 3-Eleven are
not available at the time of going to press. They will be provided on the Lotus
website www.lotuscars.com as soon as they are