Lotus’ new 3-Eleven combines supercar-squashing performance with sports car prices

Lotus 2-Eleven
The Porsche 918 Spyder can lap the Nurburgring in six minutes and 57 seconds, but it costs a whopping $845,000. The Lotus 3-Eleven, an upcoming track car based on the revered 2-Eleven, can reportedly do the same in just over 7 minutes for about 13 percent of the cost. Interested? Yeah, we thought so.

Autocar reports that the low-volume British automaker is currently developing the 3-Eleven at its Hethel test track, and it does so with much anticipation from fans. Building off the success of the 2-Eleven (pictured), the new car is expected to increase performance to an astronomical level, while keeping curb weight at a very Lotus-like 1,763 pounds or so.

While the 2-Eleven equipped a supercharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 252 horsepower, its predecessor will feature the blown 3.5-liter V6 from the Evora and Exige S, but output has been boosted to a prodigious 420 hp.

Given the vehicle’s svelte frame, that should be good for a power-to-weight ratio of 500 hp per ton and a 0 to 60 mph time of less than 3.0 seconds. That’s hypercar territory.

The cost for all this performance? Around $109,000, sources say.

If you’re crazy enough to recruit this beast as your daily driver, you’re in luck. Like the 2-Eleven that came before it, the 3-Eleven will be offered in road-legal guise for an undisclosed premium, meaning luxurious amenities like a windshield, turn signals, and even headlights will be at your disposal.

You’ll still get the full racecar experience, though, meaning a lightweight aluminum chassis, track-tuned suspension, a spartan interior, composite seats, and most likely a built-in roll cage.

The 3-Eleven is expected to go on sale sometime next year.


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