All attention is captured by hypercars such as the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder. However, there are faster cars than these, and much more affordable. Lately those from Lotus show a breathtaking performance in the creation of more and more dynamic models that have a lower weight are potent and faster. The quickest Lotus production version, the 3-Eleven has recently beaten the record for production cars on the short version of the Hockenheimring circuit, being 0.1 seconds faster than the Porsche 918 Spyder!
The record of 1 minute and 6.2 seconds was established by Christian Gebhardt from Sport Auto publication, stating that 3-Eleven is a real hypercar killer.
Maybe Lotus does not have so much resources and power, not enough to monopolize the auto market by sales or production of a limited edition with very high prices which bring producers and manufacturers a lot of money in their pockets; perhaps at the level of technology it has in not above Porsche, McLarren, Ferrari, however, Lotus can win the battle of brands due to small but significant details.
Lotus is constantly evolving to continually improve its models: Exige, Evora, Elise and Lotus 3-Eleven. Working on them constantly and thinking of ways to build these models to be more appealing and more desirable.
To better understand what we are talking, we refer to the aforementioned news: a speed test conducted between a Porsche 918 Spyder and a Lotus 3-Eleven. Porsche 918 Spyder is a hybrid hypercar which has a total of 887 horsepower. It reaches 100 kilometers per hour in just 2.5 seconds and has a speed limit of 338 km / h. Its price starts at sum of 845,000 dollars, but we do not expect to find this model in showrooms anytime soon, because all copies have been sold.
All these features, which simply leave the mind numb, make you think the Porsche 918 Spyder is unbeatable, but it has been surpassed in the speed test by the Lotus 3-Eleven by 0.1 seconds. It may not be much, but as stated before, the small details on the Lotus 3-Eleven, are significant and make the difference.
Jean-Marc Gales – Lotus boss – said after the race that he is simply proud of this Lotus, especially as both car and driver achieved an impressive record, despite the conditions. The conditions were far from perfect, all-day temperature did not rise above 8 degrees Celsius, so power to weight ratio was decisive!
The Lotus 3-Eleven has a V6 engine with a displacement of 3.5 liters that develops 460 hp with a mechanical compressor, and accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 2.9 seconds, and has a top speed of 290 km / h. The ratio of 500 hp per ton was crucial on this track. This is how they gave no chance to Porsche’s hypercar, which develops approximately 900 hp
Also, the price of such a car starts at 129,000 dollars – much cheaper than a Porsche 918 Spyder.
The Lotus 3-Eleven will be produced in 311 copies only, making it even more exclusive compared to the Porsche 918 Spyder, which has some 918 copies.