Lotus 3-Eleven Hockenheimring

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.





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