The Lotus 3-Eleven is arguably the fastest vehicle around the Nurburgring, and it looks great there in these new videos.
Lotus is giving us two more brief looks at the track-focused 3-Eleven’s development at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Unfortunately, neither clip shows a full lap, but it’s still fun to watch the roadster weave through traffic while the famous circuit is open to the public.
Last year, there was brief controversy about the 3-Eleven’s circuit in seven minutes and six seconds when Lotus claimed the vehicle “achieved one of the fastest ever lap times around the Nürburgring for any class of car." However, the statement was somewhat misleading because driver Marc Basseng never managed that impressive number during a single time around the course. Other vehicles got in the way during public testing, so Lotus combined the quickest sector times over his two best laps.
These newly released clips also come from the 3-Eleven's public testing a year ago, and they provide a better idea about the number of other cars on the track at the time. Basseng slices right past them, though, including being right on a Porsche's rear end.
Lotus offers the 3-Eleven in two trims. Both use a mid-mounted 3.5-litre supercharged V6. In the 2,039-pound (925-kilogram) Road version, the mill produces 410 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque. Its aero kit also makes 331 pounds (150 kg) of downforce at 150 miles per hour (240 kilometres per hour).
Opting for the hardcore Track model pushes the engine's output to 460 hp and 387 lb-ft of torque. The dry weight also drops to 1,962 pounds (890 kg). The addition of canards on the front corners and an adjustable rear wing increases downforce at 150 mph to an impressive 474 pounds (215 kg).
If you watch these two clips and want to try to beat Basseng’s time around the 'Ring, there’s still time to order a 3-Eleven. Lotus intends to build just 311 of them. Production just began in June, though.