Lotus 3-Eleven 430 Is The Fastest And Final Edition

Lotus is preparing to usher out the 3-Eleven and replace it (and the rest of the range) with a new generation of lightweight sports cars. But not before it makes one last version of the superlight speedster.

Called the 3-Eleven 430, the ultimate edition of the most hardcore Lotus to date packs the company’s biggest engine into its lightest model.

That means a 3.5-liter supercharged V6, kicking out 430 horsepower and 324 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed manual gearbox. No trick all-wheel-drive system, no dual-cluch transmissions… just a power-to-weight ratio of 467 hp per metric ton.

With just 2,028 pounds to motivate – 11 fewer than before – the new 3-Eleven 430 will hustle to 60 in just 3.1 seconds and top out at 180 miles per hour with the wind in your face (or hopefully a full-face helmet). That’s measurably quicker than the previous version of the 3-Eleven, which took 3.3 seconds to reach 60 on its way to a 174-mph top end.

More to the point, the Lotus 3-Eleven 430 will hustle around the company’s famous test track at Hethel in just 1 minute and 24 seconds. That’s a new lap record, beating the Exige Cup 430 by 0.8 seconds and the previous 3-Eleven by a full two seconds. Put it on the short track at Hockenheim like Sport Auto did with the previous version and it’s bound to beat its own lap record of 1 minute 6.2 seconds.

Of course it’s not all about power. Those figures are helped by a Torsen limited-slip differential, Öhlins adjustable dampers, Eibach adjustable anti-roll bars, six-mode traction control, and Michelin Cup 2 rubber on 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels. Four-piston AP Racing caliper front and back keep it all in check, with 584 lbs of downforce to keep it planted at top speed and 1.5 g of lateral grip.

Those are some impressive figures, to be sure, and a proper sendoff to a beloved track toy. Sadly Lotus will only build 20 examples, priced at £102,000 – or about $142k at current exchange rates.

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  • Denzel

    Man would love to have one in the states and street legal

    • In about 25 years it would be street legal.

      • Denzel

        I guess I can wait till my 40’s lol, but man that’s a long wait as usual.

        • Well by that time cars like this should be easier to purchase in terms of money lol.

  • SteersUright

    Awesome!! Now make it streetable to drive to the track with no trailer!

  • Shahul Usman

    now thats what I call a fun car.. Id love to spend time on track in something like that

  • Bo Hanan

    “a power-to-weight ratio of 467 hp per metric ton”

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Two things it’s not though…

    Street legal. AND LEGAL IN GENERAL.

    • It is street legal Mitka…

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Not in the US…

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