Lotus 3-Eleven Records Stunning Unofficial Nurburgring Lap Time

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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.

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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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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Chris Daigle Chris Daigle on Sep 10, 2015

    I love fast cars and support the use of this car in this situation, but when lesser drivers drive these cars all out on the street, I am not so happy with them.

  • Schectermarc Schectermarc on Sep 18, 2015

    This car isnt even street legal?