N och Lotus makes a secret of its future. Actually, at the end of January and beginning of February, the plan was to roll out the schedule of how things will go on with the English small-series manufacturer in the next few years and which completely newly developed cars will be on the road. Instead, Lotus continues to cheerfully update its existing sports cars. This time it's the turn of the 3-Eleven.
Review: sport auto issue 4/2016. Christian Gebhardt chases the racing version of the open sports car around the small circuit at Hockenheim in 1: 06.2 minutes. A production car has never been faster in one of our tests. The race version develops 466 hp. The slightly more civil offshoot 416 PS. The time of the 3-Eleven is not cracked until a good two years later. In a double pack with the Porsche 911 GT2 RS and the Lamborghini Huracán Performante.In Hethel, the 3-Eleven 430 is said to have circled two seconds faster than its predecessor.
Lotus Michelin is in the wheel arches. Cup-2 tires in size 225/40 ZR18 at the front and 275/35 ZR19 at the rear. The technicians install brake discs with a diameter of 332 millimeters on both the front and rear axles. Four-piston calipers from AP Racing bite into the discs with J-shaped slots.
A limited-slip differential on the rear axle is designed to optimize traction. The driver controls the slip using a rotary control in the cockpit. Six levels are possible: 1%, 3%, 6%, 9%, 12%. You can also turn off traction control completely. We already know this from the Exige Cup 430, Evora GT430 and GT430 Sport models.
Lotus installs easily adjustable Öhlins dampers and Eibach anti-roll bars on the front and rear axles as standard. The technicians can also optionally equip the new 3-Eleven with two-way adjustable dampers.