British automaker unveils Lotus 3-Eleven sports car
Lotus has officially unveiled the 3-Eleven, the brand's fastest sports car. The public debut of the novelty took place at the "Festival of Speed" in British Goodwood.
The Lotus 3-Eleven is based on the Exige model and is positioned as the successor to the 2-Eleven sports car. The novelty will be released in two versions - racing, designed for the track, and standard, designed for driving on public roads. Both versions are based on an aluminum monocoque. The vehicle weighs about 900 kg. Both versions are equipped with a roll cage and side impact protection. In the racing version, the protection meets the requirements of the FIA racing federation.
Regardless of modification, the Lotus 3-Eleven will be powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine, which is also installed on the Evora. Unlike the latter, this engine will develop 450 hp on the 3-Eleven. and 450 N ∙ m. In the civilian version of the sports car, torque will be transmitted to the wheels using a 6-speed manual transmission and a Torsen limited slip differential, while the track version of the model will receive a 6-speed sequential transmission.
Acceleration from standstill to 100 km / h in the track version of the Lotus 3-Eleven will take less than three seconds. The maximum speed of the track sports car is 280 km / h, the road version is 290 km / h. Lotus promises that the car will be able to overcome the Nürburgring Northern loop in 7 minutes and 9 seconds (although this will have to wait, because recently it was forbidden to set records on the famous track). Thus, the sports car became the fastest Lotus car.
Prices for the Lotus 3-Eleven will start at 82,000 pounds (about 114,945 euros) for the road version of the model and 115,200 pounds (about 161,483 euros) for the track version of the sports car. Sales of the model will begin in February 2016. A total of 311 copies of the model will be released.
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