Lotus 3-Eleven final spec confirmed: fastest-accelerating production Lotus ever is very, very fast

Lotus first unveiled the 3-Eleven at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed but now we’ve got the final spec. This is the fastest accelerating, most powerful, most focused Lotus road car ever, and the stats live up to the hype – even if the definition of 'road car' is a little loose. Don't expect it to be any use for a trip to the shops, regardless of how much the name makes it sound like a local bus.

The 3-Eleven is available in Road and Race guises and powered by a supercharged V6. Pack a crash helmet an umbrella.

The Road version makes do with 410bhp, which is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox, and it has a dry weight of 925kg. It'll hit 60mph in 3.3sec and reach 174mph. It also produces 150kg of downforce at 150mph.

The Race version – which as the name suggests isn’t road legal – has 460bhp, and weighs just 890kg without fluids, thanks to its carbon composite bodywork. Combined with its standard fit Xtrac six-speed sequential transmission, this means 0-60mph in 2.9sec, 0-100mph in 6.0sec and 180mph flat out.

With additional front canards and adjustable rear wing it also produces 215kg of downforce at 150mph. But perhaps most impressive of all is its Hethel test track lap time: at 1min19.5sec it’s over 10 seconds quicker than the recently upgraded Exige Sport 350.

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