Our friends at Sport Auto have put the Lotus 3-Eleven through its paces at Hockenheim (short circuit) and managed to take down their own record.

Our friends at Sport Auto have put the Lotus 3-Eleven through its paces at Hockenheim (short circuit) and managed to take down their own record.

Until now, Sport Auto’s fastest lap around the Hockenheim Short was with a Porsche 918 Spyder that completed the lap in 1:06.3. Christian Gebhard managed to shave off 0.1 seconds from that record with the Lotus 3-Eleven which is now the fastest road-legal production car around the track tested by Sport Auto.

If you are impressed, you’d better act fast as Lotus has plans to make only 311 units at £82,000 (£115,200 for race-spec model). Tipping the scales at 925 kg (890 kg race version, dry), the 3-Eleven Road is motivated by a Toyota-derived supercharged 3.5-liter V6 engine pushing out 410 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 302 pound-feet (410 newton meters) of torque from 3,500 rpm in the road car. The track-only 3-Eleven Race is substantially more powerful, with the engine developing 460 hp and 387 lb-ft (525 Nm).

The street-legal version comes equipped with a close-ratio, six-speed manual gearbox working together with a Torsen limited-slip differential. Go for the race car edition and Lotus will install a six-speed sequential transmission.

In terms of performance, the road version will need 3.4 seconds until 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) before maxing out at 174 mph (280 kph) whereas the track model does the sprint in three seconds and tops out at 180 mph (290 kph).

It should be mentioned that Sport Auto’s test was done with a 3-Eleven equipped with standard road tires and the car did not go through any changes that would have made it faster. Besides beating the mighty Porsche 918 Spyder, the 3-Eleven is also faster than the Gumpert Apollo and Radical SR3 SL in Sport Auto’s tests. Here's a breakdown of their top ten cars:

Lotus 3-Eleven 1.06:2 min
Porsche 918 Spyder 1.06:3 min
Gumpert Apollo 1.07:2 min
Radical SR3 SL 1.08:1 min
Lamborghini Gallardo Squadra Corse 1.08:2 min
Corvette ZR1 1.08:3 min
Ferrari 488 GTB 1.08:3 min
Porsche 911 GT2 RS 1.08:4 min
Porsche 911 GT3 RS (991) 1.08:5 min
Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series 1.08:6 min

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Lotus 3-Eleven faster at Hockenheim than Porsche 918 [video]