Yet again, Lotus has revealed a vehicle that it bills as the fastest car around its Hethel track. The Lotus 3-Eleven in standard guise is a track-day machine to be reckoned with, but now that it has been given the 430 treatment, this roofless road-legal racer has been taken to the next level.
Equipped with a supercharged 3,5-litre V6, the power output of the 3-Eleven 430 has been pushed up to 321 kW and 440 N.m, all sent to the rear through a six-speed manual transmission.
The result is a claimed 0-100 km/h time of 3,2 seconds and a top speed of 290 km/h. And its Hethel track time? Lotus says it blasted round the circuit in 1 minute 24 seconds, making it two seconds faster than the standard 3-Eleven.
The 3-Eleven 430 uses a lightweight carbon-composite body and aluminium chassis, lending it a claimed overall dry weight of 920 kg. A fully independent double wishbone suspension set-up in included, along with Eibach anti-roll bars, Ohlins DFV adjustable dampers, AP Racing brake calipers and Michelin Cup 2 tyres.