211/ Lotus Nuerburgring test. EUROPA, Germany, Nuerburg, Nuerburgring, Nordschleife, 26.08.2015 00:00:00: Copyright by Stefan Baldauf / SB-Medien

The “most powerful and quickest” road-legal Lotus has completed a gruelling test session at the Nurburgring Nordschleife and the results are satisfactory, to put it mildly. In its first public outing since its reveal back in June this year, the Lotus 3-Eleven clocked over 2,000 km on the fabled circuit as part of a “comprehensive test and development programme” in the lead up to it entering production in early 2016.

“The success of this test session is proof that our development philosophy for the 3-Eleven is the right way to go. We’ve always said that to make a car faster you must make it lighter and this new car carries that philosophy to a new level,” said Lotus CEO, Jean-Marc Gales. “The 3-Eleven achieved one of the fastest ever lap times around the Nurburgring for any class of car and faster than many other supercars,” he added.

211/ Lotus Nuerburgring test. EUROPA, Germany, Nuerburg, Nuerburgring, Nordschleife, 26.08.2015 00:00:00: Copyright by Stefan Baldauf / SB-Medien

How fast? With a “Sport Auto” magazine lap configuration, the 3-Eleven lapped the circuit in seven minutes and six seconds – a time achieved “by combining the quickest sector times achieved during the fastest 2 laps.” Do note that said runs were conducted on an open circuit with traffic said to be “an inhibiting factor.”

“This was proven in the sector times set and I’m sure, with the track completely to itself, the car could push towards a seven minutes flat lap time,” said German race car driver, Marc Basseng. “It has been a hugely successful test for us in which we have thoroughly investigated areas of the car which are a specific focus for high performance driving,” added Lotus Motorsport technical manager, Gavan Kershaw.

211/ Lotus Nuerburgring test. EUROPA, Germany, Nuerburg, Nuerburgring, Nordschleife, 26.08.2015 00:00:00: Copyright by Stefan Baldauf / SB-Medien

The Lotus 3-Eleven will be available to customers in two trims – Road and Race. Said road-legal track weapon will arrive with only one seat sans roof and doors – though owners can option out a second seat for another occupant. Power comes from a supercharged 3.5 litre V6 engine with 450 hp and 450 Nm of torque. On the road-legal variant, a six-speed manual transmission sends power to the wheels.

Going for the Race model nets one a sequential gearbox instead. Dry weight is quoted at 900 kg for the race-spec variant which allows it to hit a top speed of 280 km/h. The road-going model has a higher top speed of 290 km/h while both models sprint from rest to 100 km/h in three seconds flat. The Road variant is priced at £82,000 (RM555,800) while the Race version goes for £115,200 (RM773,287).