Now, the British sports marque claims that somewhere inside the more than 2000 kilometres of testing recorded over two weeks at Germany’s Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit, the 3-Eleven’s on-board data logging system registered a blistering lap time of 7min6sec.
Although not confirmed by an independent party, that time would put the 3-Eleven ahead of the the 7:08.69 time recorded by racing driver Michael Krumm in the special Nissan GT-R Nismo.
The 3-Eleven recorded its hot lap while sharing time on the track with other carmakers during a dedicated test period, but driver Marc Basseng believes an even quicker lap is well within reach.
“It is so sharp and so focussed; a true weapon! This was proven in the sector times set and I’m sure, with the track completely to itself, the car could push towards a 7min flat lap time,” Basseng said.
Landing a seven-minute run would bring the 3-Eleven within a hair’s breadth of the brand-new Lamborghini Aventador SV, which recorded a 6:59.73 lap in May this year.
Ahead of that lies very challenging territory, occupied by the Porsche 918 Spyder (6:57 in 2013), and the wild Radical SR8 (6:55 in 2005) and SR8 LM (6:48 in 2009) models.
The 3-Eleven goes into production early next year, with just 311 (of course) vehicles to be built.
Australian availability is still to be confirmed, with Australian homologation rules potentially standing in the way of road registration opportunities.
Don’t be surprised, though, if you’re passed some day by a trailer-loaded 3-Eleven on its way to the track.
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