The Lotus 3-Eleven has dethroned the mighty Porsche 918 Spyder as the fastest series production car to lap the Hockenheimring Short Circuit. Driven by sport auto magazine’s road test editor Christian Gebhardt, the small yet blistering open-top sports car managed to set an impressive lap time of 1 minute 06.2 seconds.
Not only it edges out the previous record held by the 918 Spyder, the feat also means that the 3-Eleven is faster than the Gumpert Apollo, Radical SR3 SL, and pretty much every car the German magazine has ever tested on the track, including the Lamborghini Gallardo Squadra Corse, Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Ferrari 488 GTB, Porsche 911 GT2 RS and GT3 RS, as well as the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series.
What’s even more impressive is that the 3-Eleven completed the lap on standard tyres, and in less than perfect weather, where temperatures did not get higher than eight degrees Celsius.
To recap, the 3-Eleven tips the scale at just 890 kg, thanks to an all-new lightweight composite body, and a bespoke aluminium chassis. With 460 hp and 525 Nm of torque provided by a meaty 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine, the sports car is capable of completing the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in three seconds, onwards to a top speed of 290 km/h.
The Lotus 3-Eleven has also spent time at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, where it set a sub-seven minute lap time. It is on sale now with production strictly limited to 311 cars to be built over the next two years.
‘HYPERCAR-KILLING’ LOTUS 3-ELEVEN SETS HOCKENHEIMRING LAP RECORD
– Lotus 3-Eleven raises the bar by establishing a new “sport auto” production car lap record around Hockenheimring
– Lotus 3-Eleven now heads the lap time list which features exotic hyper cars and track-focused supercars from some of the world’s most prestigious manufacturers
– Lap record set by “sport auto” magazine’s top road tester Christian Gebhardt
The Lotus 3-Eleven, the quickest series production car to come from Lotus’ Hethel Headquarters, has set the fastest lap time ever recorded by the leading and highly-respected German car magazine, “sport auto”.
Driven by Christian Gebhardt, a highly accomplished driver and Road Test Editor for “sport auto”, the Lotus 3-Eleven lapped the Hockenheimring short Circuit in an incredible 1 minute 06.2 seconds. This time was even more impressive considering that the 3-Eleven was on standard road tyres and the fastest lap was completed in less than perfect weather, where temperatures did not get higher than 8 degrees Celsius.
Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus plc said, “Christian set a fabulous lap in less than ideal conditions. We knew from the outset that we have created a simply phenomenal car that is capable of great things, and this lap record proves that beyond doubt. This is the ultimate embodiment of the Lotus design philosophy; it’s a beautifully engineered machine that doesn’t carry one ounce of excess weight. With 460hp on tap and race car handling at your disposal, this car is the ultimate giant killer”.
The Lotus 3-Eleven is now at the top of the “sport auto” lap-time chart which includes some of the most expensive and extreme roads cars on sale, from leading German, Italian, American and British manufacturers.
Christian Gebhardt, Road Test Editor for “sport auto” said, “The Lotus 3-Eleven is an amazingly fast and track focused car in which to have a lot of fun at the limit. It is the fastest series-production car in the test history of “sport auto” on the Hockenheimring Short Circuit.”
The “sport auto” Top 10 times (production cars) at Hockenheimring Short Circuit
1. Lotus 3-Eleven, 1.06:2 min
2. Porsche 918 Spyder, 1.06:3 min
3. Gumpert Apollo, 1.07:2 min
4. Radical SR3 SL, 1.08:1 min
5. Lamborghini Gallardo Squadra Corse, 1.08:2 min
6=. Corvette ZR1, 1.08:3 min
6=. Ferrari 488 GTB, 1.08:3 min
8. Porsche 911 GT2 RS, 1.08:4 min
9. Porsche 911 GT3 RS (991), 1.08:5 min
10. Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series, 1.08:6 min
The April (4) issue of “sport auto” Magazine, which includes the Lotus 3-Eleven lap time is on sale from today 11 March 2016
The Lotus 3-Eleven in more detail:
Heralding the next generation of Lotus high performance sports cars, the 3-Eleven is the company’s quickest and most expensive series production car ever.
Designed to deliver an undiluted experience, the Lotus 3-Eleven utilises an all-new lightweight composite body, and a bespoke chassis based on the proven Lotus design of extruded and bonded aluminium sections.
The 3-Eleven offers a giant-slaying power-to-weight ratio, thanks to a revised V6 supercharged engine developing 460 hp, to provide in excess of 500 hp per tonne. It is capable of sprinting from 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds before reaching a maximum speed of 180 mph (290 km/h).
As part of its development the Lotus 3-Eleven spent time at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, where it was one of the fastest road going cars to ever tackle the track, capable of setting a sub-7 minute lap time.
The Lotus 3-Eleven is on sale now with production strictly limited to 311 cars to be built over the next two years.