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450HP Lotus 3-Eleven Laps the ‘Ring in 7 Minutes, 6 Seconds

Flying lap happened in traffic and makes car one of the five fastest around the Nordschleife

Jason Udy
Sep 10, 2015

First seen at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the lightweight Lotus 3-Eleven just set an impressive lap time at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The Lotus 3-Eleven lapped the infamous ‘Ring in 7:06 -- in traffic.

During its two-week test and tune period at the track, the Lotus 3-Eleven covered more than 1,240 miles, while lapping the ‘Ring at or below the target simulation time. Lotus notes that “the track was not designated solely" for the automaker. The 3-Eleven's 7:06 time was achieved by using Sport Auto magazine's lap configuration and combining the car’s quickest segment times from its two fastest laps recorded by the on-board data logger.

Lotus 3 Eleven rear three quarter 2 Photo 2/11   |   Lotus 3 Eleven Rear Three Quarter 2

“I know the Nürburgring Nordschleife very well and have driven many cars around the circuit,” said Marc Basseng, one of the three Lotus 3-Eleven drivers, in a release. “I can say that the 3-Eleven is the perfect car for a fast lap here. It is so sharp and so focused; a true weapon! This was proven in the sector times set and I’m sure, with the track completely to itself, the car could push towards a 7-minute flat lap time.”

Highlights of the Lotus 3-Eleven include a new lightweight body with an open cockpit design and a Toyota-sourced supercharged 3.5-liter V-6 making 450 hp. The configuration fits perfectly with Lotus founder Colin Chapman’s “Simplify, then add lightness” mantra.

Lotus 3 Eleven front Photo 6/11   |   Lotus 3 Eleven Front

The two-week testing session at the Nürburgring was the Lotus 3-Eleven’s first time driven outside of the automaker’s Hethel headquarters testing facility.

Production of the new Lotus 3-Eleven will begin in February with cars arriving at dealers in April. Just 311 examples will be produced. The road version will be priced at £82,000 (including VAT and other fees) or approximately $125,900 U.S. The Race version will sell for £96,000 excluding VAT for or $147,500 (£115,200 including VAT or $176,700). Lotus will sell the 3-Eleven as a race car in all markets and a road car in Europe and Asia.

Source: Lotus

Lotus 3 Eleven rear close Photo 7/11   |   Lotus 3 Eleven Rear Close
Lotus 3 Eleven rear three quarter Photo 11/11   |   Lotus 3 Eleven Rear Three Quarter
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