Final-edition track weapon is fastest street-legal Lotus ever

Update (1/3): Lotus's local boss has released a statement regarding Australian availability for the 3-Eleven 430. See bottom of article for details.


The Lotus 3-Eleven 430 has been revealed this week, sporting a decent power bump, enhanced mechanical package, and (super) limited production run.

Just 20 examples will be available globally, powered by a supercharged 3.5-litre V6 developing 430hp (321kW) of power and 400Nm of torque.

Mated to an open-gated six-speed manual transmission, the beefed-up powertrain slingshots the 920-kilogram racer from 0-100km/h in just 3.2 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 290km/h –improvements of 0.2 seconds and 10km/h over the 'regular' 3-Eleven respectively.

Its 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels are wrapped in Michelin Cup 2 tyres (225/40 front and 275/35 rear), helping deliver a (claimed) 1.5g in lateral acceleration, aided by the vast array of aerodynamic components fitted to the vehicle's body.

"When we first unveiled the Lotus 3-Eleven it heralded a new generation of truly focused, world-class sports cars," said Jean-Marc Gales, Lotus CEO.

"It altered perceptions of what was possible at this price category, and today the new 3-Eleven 430 moves the benchmark to remain the ultimate weapon in focused road driving and track work."

Other highlights include partially-exposed carbon-composite bodywork, a 50mm-higher rear wing, re-profiled end plates, a longer front splitter and lip spoiler, along with a flat floor with rear diffuser – increasing downforce by 44kg to 265kg at "maximum speed".

Behind the ultra-light forged alloy wheels are AP Racing four-piston brake calipers front and rear, mated to new 332mm two-piece J-Hook discs.

Pricing starts at £102,000 ($181,207) in the UK, with just 20 units available globally.

Australia

Speaking with CarAdvice, Richard Gibbs, CEO for Lotus Cars Australia and New Zealand, said: "a customer could order one as a track only vehicle, but they must be able to prove that they will in fact be using the vehicle at track based events".

Currently the 3-Eleven isn't certified for road use in Australia.