The amazing Lotus 3-Eleven road and track car will soon enter production as the British company gears up for market release in March 2016. The car will be sold in all markets as a Race car and in Europe and Asia as a Road car, which is interesting.
So that means in America Lotus 3-Eleven is considered too hot for the road. And it certainly is, what with a dry weight of 890 kg and maximum power of 460 hp. The little sports car is capable of accelerating form 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 180 mph. And as for the handling, well, it is officially the fastest car to lap the firm’s technical Hethel circuit with a time of 1 minute 19.5 seconds.
As for the differences between Race and Road versions, the former comes with an Xtrac 6-speed sequential transmission with a semi-dry sump, oil cooler, cassette-type plate limited slip differential and paddle shift, while the latter boasts a close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox with a Torsen-type limited slip differential. What’s more, the Race gets standard double-wishbones front and rear suspension with adjustable anti-roll bars and Öhlins dampers.
Other highlights include lightweight FIA Carbon driver seat, removable steering wheel, TFT instrument cluster with road and track modes, AP Racing four-piston caliper brakes, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, and FIA roll cage. All this goodness does not come cheap, of course. Lotus 3-Eleven is priced from £82,500 for the Road and £116,500 for the Race model (VAT included).