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Lotus 3-Eleven Teased: 890kg, 313kW V6 Track Star Set For Frankfurt Photo:
 
 
Tony O'Kane | Jun, 10 2015 | 2 Comments

Lotus has handed down the first teaser for its coming 3-Eleven beast, but you won't see much at this early stage.

News of the 3-Eleven first surfaced earlier this year, when Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales promised an all-new replacement for the 2-Eleven track-day special that will weigh under 900kg and boast 309kW.

Speaking to German magazine Auto Motor und Sport in March, Gales revealed that the target weight for the 3-Eleven was a svelte 890kg, less than 40kg heavier than the substantially less powerful Elise Club Racer.

The engine will likely be a development of the 257kW supercharged V6 that powers the Exige S and Evora S, with the wick turned up to a healthy 313kW.

Power will go to the rear wheels, and the all-alloy chassis will be based on the Exige's.

It's a similar formula to that used by the 2-Eleven, which used the previous-gen Exige as its basis and also took its power from an uprated supercharged motor.

However, the 3-Eleven will be heavier than the 670kg 2-Eleven, and produce far more power.

And though there might be more powerful engines around these days, the 3-Eleven's whippet-like frame will put its power:weight ratio firmly in supercar territory.

How quick will it be? Well, Auto Motor und Sport reckons it'll lap the Nurburgring in a mere 7 minutes and 9 seconds, about as fast as a Nissan GT-R Nismo.

Only 311 will be built (natch), and Lotus is expected to make all of them road-legal (unlike the 2-Eleven, which was offered in either road-legal or pure-track form).

Watch for the 3-Eleven to debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed later this month.

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