Lotus is getting ready to usher out the 3-Eleven and supplant it (and whatever is left of the range) with another age of lightweight games autos. Be that as it may, not before it makes one final form of the superlight speedster.
Called the 3-Eleven 430, a definitive release of the most bad-to-the-bone Lotus to date packs the organization’s greatest motor into its lightest model.
That implies a 3.5-liter supercharged V6, kicking out 430 pull and 324 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed manual gearbox. No trap all-wheel-drive framework, no double grip transmissions… only an energy to-weight proportion of 467 hp for every metric ton.
With only 2,028 pounds to rouse – 11 less than before – the new 3-Eleven 430 will hustle to 60 in only 3.1 seconds and best out at 180 miles for every hour with the breeze in your face (or ideally a full-confront head protector). That is quantifiably speedier than the past variant of the 3-Eleven, which took 3.3 seconds to achieve 60 on its way to a 174-mph top end.
More to the point, the Lotus 3-Eleven 430 will hustle around the organization’s celebrated test track at Hethel in only 1 moment and 24 seconds. That is another lap record, beating the Exige Cup 430 by 0.8 seconds and the past 3-Eleven by an entire two seconds. Put it on the short track at Hockenheim like Sports Auto did with the past variant and’s will undoubtedly beat its own particular lap record of 1 minute 6.2 seconds.
Obviously, it’s not about power. Those figures are helped by a Torsen constrained slip differential, Öhlins movable dampers, Eibach movable against move bars, six-mode footing control, and Michelin Cup 2 elastic on 18-inch front and 19-inch raise wheels. Four-cylinder AP Racing caliper front and back hold everything within proper limits, with 584 lbs of downforce to keep it planted at top speed and 1.5 g of sidelong grasp.
Those are some noteworthy figures, no doubt, and an appropriate sendoff to a dearest track toy. Tragically Lotus will just form 20 illustrations, evaluated at £102,000 – or about $142k at current trade rates.