The Lotus 3-Eleven has unofficially lapped Nurburgring in 7 minutes, 6 seconds.
Billed as the quickest and most powerful production Lotus road car ever, the British automaker is out to prove just how nimble the 3-Eleven is after conducting more than 1,242 miles of testing on the Nurburgring. The two-week test session took place during an industry pool test where Lotus put the 450-hp, supercharged V6 engine to the test with three different drivers.
Unfortunately for Lotus, it never had the track to itself, meaning the 3-Eleven couldn’t do a clear, proper lap on its own. Regardless, the company combined the quickest sector times achieved during the fastest two laps on the Sport Auto magazine lap configuration with a total lap time of 7 minutes and 6 seconds recorded by the vehicle’s data logging acquisition system. The unofficial data isn’t a perfect representation, but it also can’t be ignored, either.
One of the drivers, Marc Basseng, believes that the Lotus 3-Eleven is capable of doing a 7-minute flat lap time if the car had the track completely to itself. That would make the Lotus 3-Eleven one of the fastest cars to ever lap Nurburgring, faster than a Nissan GT-R NISMO and putting it on the heels of the Lamborghini Aventador SV that turned in a time of 6:59.73. It would however, still lag a few ticks behind the Porsche 918 Spyder’s 6:57, the Radical SR8’s 6:55 and the Radical SR8 LM’s 6:48.
“The success of this test session is proof that our development philosophy for the 3-Eleven is the right way to go,” said Jean-Marc Gales, CEO for Group Lotus. “We’ve always said that to make a car faster, you must make it lighter and this new car carries that philosophy to a new level. It condenses all of our engineering know-how into an undiluted performance-focused package and we’re pleased to showcase to the world, the quickest and most powerful production Lotus to date. The 3-Eleven achieved one of the fastest ever lap times around the Nürburgring for any class of car and faster than many other supercars.”
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