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The Lotus 3-Eleven has been teased prior to its impending world debut at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Dubbed by the carmaker as the “the fastest road vehicle” to have ever come out of Hethel, the 3-Eleven will be, as expected, a hardcore, track-oriented machine that’s based on the template laid down by its predecessor, the Lotus 2-Eleven, which made its debut back in 2007.

From the sole teaser shot, we can gather that the new car will look the part of the road-racer it’s destined to be with an aggressive front splitter coupled to massive air intakes. According to Autocar UK, the Lotus 3-Eleven will utilise the same suspension setup and extruded aluminium monocoque chassis from the Exige S.

Where it differs, though, will be the addition of a pair of “composite seats, race-style downforce from a specially-developed aerodynamic pack, an abbreviated windscreen to cut the frontal area and a built-in roll cage.” Under the bonnet, the 3-Eleven will powered by an uprated version of the supercharged 3.5 litre V6 engine from the Exige S. Power is expected to be ramped up to 420 hp.

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Lotus Exige S Automatic.

The car is touted to weigh less than 800 kg, and with said horsepower figure, should provide the car with a power-to-weight ratio of more than 500 bhp/tonne. Lotus CEO, Jean-Marc Gales, is confident that the car will reach 100 km/h from nought in under three seconds and power on to a top speed in excess of 290 km/h.

Aside from its straight-line abilities, the Lotus 3-Eleven is rumoured to be one of the few road-legal cars that will lap the fabled Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit in a smidgen over seven minutes – placing it within the ranks of the Porsche 918 Spyder and Nissan GT-R Nismo. Word on the vine is that the car will go on sale next year following its Goodwood debut with a price tag of £70,000 (RM414,768).

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