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420-Horsepower Lotus 3-Eleven Headed For Frankfurt Auto Show

By Deeq on 26 Mar 2015 in New model, Super cars, Motorshow

Attached Image Back in the 1950s, Lotus had a lightweight, open-top race car called the “Eleven” that was quite successful in endurance racing, earning a number of class victories in races held at prestigious tracks like Le Mans, Monza and Sebring. Last decade, Lotus revived the Eleven name when it introduced the 2-Eleven, a track car based on the Elise and designed with a similar ethos to the original Eleven.

Now a successor model to the 2-Eleven is in the works, with Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales telling Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport that a new “3-Eleven” will be unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show in September. The 3-Eleven is said to be based on the platform of the Exige but with enhancements to make it even stiffer.


Power will come a V-6, most likely the supercharged 3.5-liter fitted to the Exige S, and output will be capped at around 420 horsepower. The projected curb weight will be a lithe 890 pounds, which combined with the 420-hp output should ensure the 3-Eleven is hard to beat when it comes to track duty.

Some of Gales’ reported performance claims include a top speed approaching 180 mph and a Nürburgring lap time in the vicinity of 7:09. Lotus will establish an official ‘Ring time for the car before the debut in Frankfurt.

Just 311 examples are expected to be produced.

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Written by Deeq
With intense love for cars and bikes since little, and passion for photography, Siddiq tries hard to bring cars to life on the screen, proving his worth as well as his passion for the job.



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