And will remain so for about 5-minutes until the next special edition.
Norfolk-based British sports car specialists Lotus have always touted its 3-Eleven as the most extreme road-car that the firm produces, the equivalent of dialling it up to eleven. But the 3-Eleven 430 is basically what happens when you take that knob and push it even further still, to the hitherto-unexplored twelve.
“The development of the original 3-Eleven focused our thoughts on a Lotus of pure simplicity and advanced our thinking on the sports cars of the future. The 3-Eleven 430 is the ultimate conclusion of that work, a super car killer and something that we’re all immensely proud of.” – Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus
In the middle of the car lives the same Toyota-sourced 3.5-litre V6 petrol mill that we’re familiar with in the Evora and Exige, replete with a supercharger. However, being a dialled up version, the 3-Eleven 430 puts out a momentous 321kW (or 430hp, where it gets its name) and 400Nm, with power going to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. The century sprint is settled in a brief 3.2-seconds, before it rockets on to a top speed of 290km/h.
For some context, the standard 3-Eleven hits 100km/h in an achingly slow 3.4-seconds (a 0.2-second difference), and goes up to just 280km/h. You know, to keep it usable for the elderly.
You’ll find a body that uses more exposed carbon-composite than before, with a bespoke aluminium chassis. Sculpted panels all round and the liberal use of carbon-fibre means that the 3-Eleven 430 is 5kg lighter than the standard car (which isn’t exactly portly at 920kg dry). There are Michelin Cup 2 tyres in each corner, with the front pair wrapped around 18” wheels and the rear pair wrapped around 19” units, and they’re capable of providing up to 1.5g of lateral grip when needed.
Aerodynamics has been given a thorough revision with a higher rear wing (50mm higher than standard) with unique end-plates, a unique splitter up front, a flat floor beneath, and a brand-new rear diffuser. Braking is dealt with by two-piece J-Hook brake discs upon which four-piston callipers bite, hidden behind forged aluminium wheels that you can opt for in either black or black (satin or gloss, to be fair). Prices start at £102,000 (or $181,207), with only 20 destined to be made for the world.