The latest in the series of “brand new” Lotuses is the limited edition 3-Eleven, which is basically a beefed up Exige S with the roof chopped off. Still, it’s a job well done since this is the fastest Lotus ever.

We knew it was coming since March, but here are the confirmed numbers now straight from Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales:

  • 450 horsepower and 332 lb ft from the supercharged 3.5 V6
  • Below 2000 pounds (in race trim)
  • 4-piston AP brakes and Michelin Pilot Super Sport (road)/Cup 2 (race) tires
  • Up to 473 pounds of downforce (in race trim)
  • Starts at £82,000 (road) and £96,000 (race) without VAT

The road car has two seats and will do 180 mph while the race version has a 10mph slower top speed and a single FIA-approved seat. Thanks to the lighter composites and the paddle shift sequential, it will also reach 62mph in under 3 seconds.

Production is limited to 311 units, which is alright because not many will spend $180,000 on a Lotus track special anyway.

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To get 450 horsepower out of that supercharged engine, you’ll have to keep the revs around 7,000rpm with the maximum torque being at your service between 3,500-6,500rpm. The six-speed manual is a close-ratio gearbox in the road car, while the race 3-Eleven gets a sequential with a semi-dry sump and an extra oil cooler. A Torsen-style limited slip differential and the 18-inch wheels are standard on both cars, as well as the TFT instrument cluster and what they call the aeroscreen.

You’ll still need a helmet, but since the race car also comes with a fire extinguisher and a battery kill switch, you can literally drive it to a race and back.

Nice, but it’s no new Elise. Or new Esprit. Or new car, really.

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