- First customer Lotus 3-Eleven leaves Hethel production line
- Production Lotus Elise Cup 250 ready for delivery to its first customer
- Latest Lotus legends arrive for 50th anniversary celebrations
- Lotus 3-Eleven presented at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed
Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus plc (front right) and
Aslam Farikullah, COO of Group Lotus plc (front left) with some of the
production and engineering teams responsible for the new Lotus 3-Eleven and
Lotus Elise Cup 250.
Ready to humble some of the fastest cars that money can buy, two
of the greatest, most extreme Lotus models ever produced, the Lotus 3-Eleven,
finished in matt and gloss Black colour scheme and the Lotus Elise Cup 250 in
Red, have driven off the production line for the first time at the famous Hethel
The two, hard-hitting lightweights represent the latest generation of Lotus
sports cars, combining high-output engines with the company’s dedication to
cutting mass, and so boosting performance through intelligent engineering.
Developed through the company’s Lightweight Laboratory philosophy, every
component in each as been assessed, optimised and re-engineered as required.
Surrounded by some of the production and engineering teams responsible for the
two cars, Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus plc, commented: “The lucky owners
of these will be the first to find out just how special the latest Lotus cars
really are. We’ve raised the bar yet again, to produce two vehicles which the
competition cannot hope to match. From the outright firepower of the 3-Eleven,
to the sublime handling of the Elise Cup 250, these cars, better than any other,
encapsulate our ‘light is right’ mantra.”
Showing clear intent for the Lotus high-performance sports cars of the future,
the 3-Eleven is the company’s quickest and most expensive series production car
The 3-Eleven offers a giant-slaying power-to-weight ratio, thanks to a revised
V6 supercharged engine developing 460 hp, to provide in excess of 500 hp per
tonne. It is capable of sprinting from 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds before reaching a
maximum speed of 180 mph (290 km/h).
Designed to deliver a pure, undiluted driving experience, the Lotus 3-Eleven
utilises an all-new lightweight carbon composite body, and a bespoke chassis
evolved from Lotus’ ground-breaking work with extruded and bonded aluminium
As part of its development the Lotus 3-Eleven spent time at the Nürburgring
Nordschleife, where it was one of the fastest road going cars to ever tackle the
track, capable of setting a sub-7 minute lap time.
One year on from its global unveiling, this matt and gloss Black 3-Eleven will
be on display at this years’ Goodwood Festival of Speed with Bell & Colvill, the
most successful and longest serving Lotus dealer in the world. A second giant
killing Lotus 3-Eleven will be taking part in the Michelin Supercar run on all
three days of the Festival.
Elise Cup 250
With the Lotus Elise recently crowned as Readers’ Champion during the Autocar
Awards, this latest version of the legendary car is the faster ever - with a
0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 154 mph (248 km/h).
Powered by a new higher-output version of the supercharged, 1.8-litre 4-cylinder
engine, the Elise Cup 250 boasts 243 hp. However, in order to make the most of
its power, it’s shed 21kg compared to its predecessor, to weight just 931 kg.
Customers wanting to cut weight still further, and so boost performance, can
select the optional Carbon Aero Pack to reduce the vehicle’s mass to 921 kg.
The hand-built sports car has long been regarded as a benchmark within the
industry, providing a level of precision and driver involvement that rivals
cannot match. Capable of lapping the company’s test track in 1 minute 34 seconds,
the changes and engineering adaptions to the Elise Cup 250 have taken an
impressive four seconds off the previous Elise Cup 220’s best time.
The arrival the new cars coincides with the 50th celebrations for the founding
of the famous factory in Hethel, Norfolk, when, in 1966, founder Colin Chapman
moved Lotus to the purpose-built facility. Lotus is marking this milestone in
the company’s history with special edition cars and events throughout the year.
Every new Lotus 3-Eleven and Elise customer can personalise their vehicle
through the Lotus Exclusive programme. Developed by the Lotus Design team, it
combines traditional British craftsmanship with the best of modern design.
Conceived to inspire customers, allowing them to tailor vehicles to their
personal taste, it offers a comprehensive array of options and provides an
alluring alternative to an off-the-peg sports car.
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