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Road Version of Hardcore Lotus 3-Eleven Detailed

Published on www.automobilemag.com

January 14, 2016
Lotus 3 Eleven Road Front 3QTRS

Remember that insane Lotus 3-Eleven track car that was released overseas last year? Well, the performance-obsessed engineers in Hethel returned to the workshop and rolled out a roadgoing version of the stripped-out roadster, and this week Lotus shared all the delicious details and performance figures on the new machine.
Adhering to the lifelong Lotus pursuit of lightness, the roadworthy 3-Eleven tips the scales at a scant 2,039 lb dry. As if this wasn’t impressive enough, the British barchetta packs 410 hp from its 3.5-liter supercharged V-6 engine. This is down from the 460 hp in the Race spec model, but it’s enough grunt to slingshot the Road 3-Eleven to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds, and on to a top speed of 174 mph.
Lotus 3 Eleven Road Rear 3QTRS

Nab the Race version, and power is shipped to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox. Hop down to the road variant, and power is instead managed through a six-speed manual transmission and Torsen-type limited-slip rear differential.
Don’t think the Road variant of the 3-Eleven loses much serving in the dual-purpose role. The car may be down on power and up on weight versus its Race variant, but it still hides a whole host of motorsports tech under the aggressive bodywork, including AP Racing brakes on all four corners and specialized Ohlins dampers, with optional adjustable Ohlins suspension for the road car.
Lotus 3 Eleven Road Side

Want one? We’ve got bad news, as it is extremely unlikely we will see the road-legal Lotus 3-Eleven reach our shores. Lotus does offer the bigger, heavier, and slower Lotus Evora 400 to U.S. buyers who can’t stand the idea of leaving their garage devoid of a Lotus product for too long.