Two Lotus models have rolled out from the Hethel factory in Norfolk, England for the first time – the Lotus 3-Eleven and Elise Cup 250.

Developed through the company’s Lightweight Laboratory philosophy, these two hard-hitting lightweights represent the latest generation of Lotus sports cars, combining high-output engines with lighter mass to boost performance through intelligent engineering.

“We’ve raised the bar yet again, to produce two vehicles which the competition cannot hope to match.

“From the outright firepower of the 3-Eleven, to the sublime handling of the Elise Cup 250, these cars, better than any other, encapsulate our ‘light is right’ mantra,” said Group Lotus plc CEO Jean-Marc Gales.

2016 Lotus 3-Eleven

The 3-Eleven is so far Lotus’ fastest and most expensive series production carthe company’s quickest and most expensive series production car ever.

Its V6 supercharged engine generates 460hp, and it can sprint from 0-60mph in a mere 2.9 seconds before reaching a maximum speed of 290 km/h.

The 3-Eleven utilises an all-new lightweight carbon composite body and a bespoke chassis evolved from Lotus’ ground-breaking work with extruded and bonded aluminium sections.

It was also one of the fastest road going cars to go on the Nürburgring Nordschleife with a lap time of less than seven minutes.

The matte and gloss black 3-Eleven will be on display at this years’ Goodwood Festival of Speed, and another will be taking part in the Michelin Supercar run on all three days of the Festival.



2016 Lotus Elise Cup 250

The latest version of the Elise is also the fastest ever, making 0-60mph in just 3.9 seconds, with a top speed of 248km/h.

Powered by a new higher-output version of the supercharged, 1.8-litre 4-cylinder engine, the Elise Cup 250 boasts 243hp of maximum power.

To make most of its power, it lost 21kg in weight to only 931kg, and customers who want to shed more weight from the car can opt for the Carbon Aero Pack to reduce the mass further to 921kg.

Capable of lapping the company’s test track in 1 minute 34 seconds, the changes and engineering adaptions to the Elise Cup 250 have taken four seconds off the previous Elise Cup 220’s best time.

The arrival of the new cars coincides with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the factory in Hethel, Norfolk, when, in 1966, founder Colin Chapman moved Lotus to the purpose-built facility.

Lotus is marking this milestone in the company’s history with special edition cars and events throughout the year.

Every new Lotus 3-Eleven and Elise customer can personalise their vehicle through the Lotus Exclusive programme.

Conceived to inspire customers, allowing them to tailor vehicles to their personal taste, it offers a comprehensive array of options and provides an alternative to an off-the-peg sports car.



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