By   February 21, 2018

Lotus 3-Eleven 430

Lotus 3-Eleven 430

The last evolution of the Lotus 3-Eleven is an insane blend of high power and extremely low weight. To show just how focused the 3-Eleven 430 is, look at the lack of a windshield. This prevents anyone from thinking this is a road car.

As is usual with Lotus the car weighs about as much as a feather. They simply add lightness, which in this case means removing everything except for parts that are completely necessary. It is an uncompromising track ready machine.

The Lotus 3-Eleven 430 weighs in at only 2,024 lbs. That’s only about 150 lbs more than a classic Volkswagen Type 1 (a.k.a. VW Bug). That is a featherweight, especially by today’s standards where cars normally weigh over 3,000 lbs. To help keep the weight down the 3-Eleven 430 features full carbon bodywork which is exposed on the flanks.

To this low weight Lotus gave the new 3-Eleven a 430 horsepower engine (hence the 430 in the model name). The combination allows the minimalist machine to launch from 0-60 mph in just 3.1 seconds. Flat out on the track it can hit 180 mph.

Just 20 examples of the exclusive Lotus 3-Eleven 430 will be produced. But before you grab your helmet getting ready for some track day fun, you may not be able to buy it. That isn’t because of the price (although for many of us that is the case), but because if, like us, you live in the USA then you simply can’t buy it.

The 3-Eleven 430 will come to the UK, Germany, France and Italy. For those able to purchase the special Lotus below are the starting prices.

UK: £102,000 (incl. VAT at 20%)
Germany: €129,000 (incl. VAT at 19%)
France: €130,100 (incl. VAT at 20%
Italy: €132,300 (incl. VAT at 22% and transport)


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