True to its DNA of “power in lightness,” Lotus has another feather on its cap – conquering Hockenheimring. The super light track weapon, the Lotus 3-Eleven, lapped the famous circuit in 1m 6.2s, ahead of the Porsche 918 Spyder.
The record-breaking Lotus 3-Eleven was expertly piloted by Sport Auto’s road test editor, Christian Gebhart. In the video produced by the German publication, the 3-Eleven reached speeds in excess of 133mph/214km/h. It’s now officially the quickest series production car at Hockenheim. And it achieved this with standard road tires.
Other quick lappers include the aforementioned Porsche 918 1.0,3; Gumpert Apollo 1.07,2; Radical SR3 SL 1.08,1; and Lambo Gallardo Squadra Corse 1.08,2.
Unveiled at last year’s 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the 3-Eleven is powered by a Toyota-sourced 3.5-litre supercharged V6 lump pushing out 460bhp. That’s 500bhp per tonne. And enough to push the lightweight machine from 0-100km/h in an eyeball-popping 2.9 seconds. Composite body panels, a bespoke chassis and the ultra low kerb weight certainly helps.
The Lotus 3-Eleven also spent development time at Nürburgring Nordschleife, where it set a sub-7 minute lap time.
Only 311 units of the 3-Eleven will ever be made over the next two year – with starting prices from US$125,900/RM522,667. It will be sold in Europe and Asia as a road-going car, while in other markets, as a track-only model.
Watch the video of the record-breaking feat.