The Lotus 3-Eleven has conquered another racetrack and this time it set a lap record for a production car. According to the automaker, the 3-Eleven completed the Hockenheimring Short Circuit in Germany in just 1 minute, 6.2 seconds, barely edging out the Porsche 918 Spyder's time of 1 minute, 6.3 seconds.
The Lotus 3-Eleven was piloted by Sport Auto's road test editor Christian Gebhardt. The German publication produced a video of the record-breaking lap, which shows the 3-Eleven reaching speeds of 133 mph (the 3-Eleven has a claimed top speed of 180 mph). Power comes from a Toyota-sourced, 3.5-liter supercharged V-6 that makes 460 hp, strong enough to propel the 3-Eleven to a claimed 0 to 60 mph-time of 2.9 seconds.
"This is the ultimate embodiment of the Lotus design philosophy," said Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales, in a statement. "It's a beautifully engineered machine that doesn't carry one ounce of excess weight."
The 3-Eleven was unveiled at last year's 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, before it went on to lap the Nrburgring in just 7 minutes, 6 seconds. Only 311 copies will be made, with a starting price of about $125,900. The 3-Eleven will only be sold as a road car in Europe in Asia, while other markets will get it as a track-only model.
Source: Lotus, Sport Auto via YouTube