Behold, the Lotus 3-Eleven Is Going into Production and Will Soon Hit the Streets

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Unveiled at the legendary Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2015, the Lotus 3-Eleven is now going into production, and starting March 2016 we are going to see the most powerful car to wear a Lotus badge on the streets.
According to Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus, “The Lotus 3-Eleven is a game-changing car [...] that exists within an extremely rarified performance envelope - it offers both hypercar performance and handling. Nothing else provides a sensory overload of this nature, and all packaged under 100,000 pounds.

The Race version comes with a standard lightweight carbon composite bodywork and weighs just 890 kg (1,962 lbs). Thanks to its 460 horsepower, the car is capable of sprinting from a standstill to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds before reaching a top speed of 180 mph. It also features a high-level competition spec Xtrac 6-speed sequential gearbox, cassette-type plate limited-slip differential, paddle shift, competition specification fire extinguisher, battery isolator and motorsport towing eye.

The slightly tamed Road version weighs 925 kg (2,039 lbs) and has a maximum power of 410 horsepower. It reaches 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and has a top speed of 174 mph. The car comes with a close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox with a Torsen-type limited-slip differential.

An optional Carbon Tonneau Cover and either left or right-hand drive configuration are available for both versions.

Thanks to its bodywork, rear wing, front and rear splitter and flat floor, the 3-Eleven delivers high levels of aerodynamic downforce. At 150 mph, the Road version produces 150 kg (330 lbs) of downforce while the Race version with its twin front canards and adjustable rear wing is capable of 215 kg (473 lbs).

The British carmaker will build only 311 of these and prices start at £82,500 ($118,603) for the Road version and £116,500 ($167,482) for the hardcore one. The 3-Eleven will be sold in all markets as a Race car excepting Europe and Asia where it will be available as a Road car.
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