Colin Chapman would be proud of Lotus 3-Eleven. True to the maxim of the british manufacturer, this barqueta two-seater is uncovered as a true “matagigantes” in-circuit. We did not expect less of a sport that, on paper, since what is left to intuit: their 460 HP pay more than what is expected and are able to be faster in circuit than many supercars that will double the power.
do The key? A chassis specially tuned for maximum effectiveness, a low centre of gravity and a very limited weight: the Lotus 3-Eleven brand in scale 925 kilograms. The stay below the ton makes your relationship power-to-weight to be 2 Kg/HP, a key number in the great performance it offers. Here we have a real test of this, and it is the Lotus 3-Eleven is the fastest car on the circuit of Hockenheim.
In the hands of the German magazine Sport Auto, the Lotus 3-Eleven has shattered all the records of the short variant of the Hockenheimring, marking the best lap time for a production car. With Christian Gebhardt at the wheel, his time on the circuit in germany has been 1 minute and 6.2 seconds: that is, a tenth of a second faster than the almighty Porsche 918 Spyder.
to put in comparison this time, the list of fastest cars in Hockenheim according to Sport Auto is the following:
- Lotus 3-Eleven, 1.06:2 min
- Porsche 918 Spyder, 1.06:3 min
- Gumpert Apollo, 1.07:2 min
- Radical SR3 SL, 1.08:1 min
- Lamborghini Gallardo Squadra Corse, 1.08:2 min
- Corvette ZR1, 1.08:3 min
- Ferrari 488 GTB, 1.08:3 min
- Porsche 911 GT2 RS, 1.08:4 min
- Porsche 911 GT3 RS (991), 1.08:5 min
- Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series, 1.08:6 min
We are left with the desire to see your record in Nürburgring, although there probably the Lotus 3-Eleven would not shine at the same level: in the tight corners would be very fast, but the key is in the long straights of the Nordschleife, which need a highest speed which the 290 km/h that reaches the british sports, so that the circuits are more mousers will be ideal for the 3-Eleven.
This feat has more merit if we take into account that it is a unit completely serial, with tires street. The weather also favored the turn-around time, and is that the maximum temperature was 8 degrees. If you want the maximum effectiveness in circuit don’t need to employ hundreds of thousands -or even millions – of euros: the Lotus 3-Eleven a part of a more affordable price from 82.000 pounds, but only are to be manufactured with 311 units.