The new Lotus 3-Eleven 430 takes the title of the motor company’s quickest street-legal sports car – a fitting send-off for the final 3-Eleven road racer.281
3-Eleven 430 is the fastest Lotus road car to lap the Hethel test circuit, 0.8 seconds quicker than the second place Exige Cup 430, and two seconds quicker than the previous 3-Eleven. It delivered this result in 1 minute, 24 seconds.
“The new 3-Eleven 430 moves the benchmark to remain the ultimate weapon in focused road driving and track work,” says Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus plc.
Upgraded and re-optimised, the 3-Eleven 430 features a supercharged and charge-cooled 3.5-litre V6 engine that produces 430hp and 440Nm. This propels the 3-Eleven from 0-100km in 3.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 290 km/h.
The new 3-Eleven employs a lightweight carbon-composite body and a bespoke extruded and bonded aluminium chassis. Sculpted part-exposed carbon side panels and striking carbon interior panels all contribute to the exceptionally aggressive and lightweight build.
The vehicle is fitted with a higher mounted straight-cut rear wing with re-profiled end plates, plus the long front splitter with lip spoiler and flat floor with rear diffuser improve downforce.
“The development of the original 3-Eleven focused our thoughts on a Lotus of pure simplicity and advanced our thinking on the sports cars of the future,” adds Jean-Marc Gales. “The 3-Eleven 430 is the ultimate conclusion of that work, a super car killer and something that we’re all immensely proud of.”
The 3-Eleven 430 is available now as an extremely limited series with just 20 examples, each priced from £102,000. With the 3-Eleven coming to an end, it’s going to be incredibly interesting to see what Lotus develops to take its place.
For more Lotus goodness, take a look at the improved Evora GT410 Sport, launched to celebrate the motor company’s 70th anniversary.