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Kez Casey | Oct, 15 2015 | 2 Comments

Following on from its Goodwood Festival Of Speed debut, the Lotus 3-Eleven has wrapped up development testing at the Nurburgring ahead of the car’s scheduled February launch.

Lotus covered over 1900 kilometres during the test session at the fabled 'Ring, honing the 3-Eleven’s handling and in the process recording a 'compiled' lap time of 7:06.

That time however doesn’t come from a single lap.

Unable to run closed testing at the track meant Lotus was forced to share the circuit with other users - the drawback there being that encountering slower traffic can add seconds to a lap record attempt.

To overcome this, and perhaps not really kosher, Lotus simply added together the two fastest section times from different attempts.

The test drivers involved however (and Lotus), believe the car should be able to crack the seven-minute mark, despite development driver, Gavan Kershaw’s admission that the car had already blown expectations out of the water.

Tipping the scales at less than 900kg, the 3-Eleven is a true track-focussed weapon, but, despite this, it also has interested buyers looking for slightly-less-than-sensible transport.

Lotus will thus offer two versions, one dedicated to track use, and the other more suitable for road duties.

Power comes from an uprated version of the Evora’s Toyota-sourced 3.5 litre supercharged V6, with 336kW and 450Nm.

Race versions offer a six-speed paddle-shift sequential transmission, while the road going version comes with a more conventional H-pattern gearbox. Power is sent to the rear wheels via Torsen limited-slip differential.

The result is a 0-60 MPH (0-96 km/h) sprint of under three seconds, putting the 3-Eleven in the midst of some highly capable supercars with far more exclusive pricetags.

Production is limited to just 311 units of the 3-Eleven, with pricing starting from £82,000 (AU$174,000) for the road version and £115,200 (AU$244,000) for the track-special.

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