Earlier on, it was reported that the track-oriented Lotus 3-Eleven had completed a punishing shakedown session at the fabled Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit. Now, the Hethel-based manufacturer has released a video showing one of its most hardcore creations tackle said track. The test session was noted to be the car’s first public appearance ever since it was revealed back in June this year.

Throughout the test campaign, the Lotus 3-Eleven clocked over 2,000 km worth of test mileage – the results gathered were said to be satisfactory, to put it mildly. While the car’s actual lap time remains unknown for the time being, Lotus CEO, Jean-Marc Gales, has stated that “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.”

With “Sport Auto” magazine’s lap configuration factored in, the Lotus 3-Eleven put in a theoretical lap time of seven minutes and six seconds – theoretical because it combined “the quickest sector times achieved during the fastest two laps” and not an all-out flying lap.

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

To recap, the Lotus 3-Eleven will be sold to customers in either Road or Race trims. The road-going model arrives with only one seat while a roof and doors are nowhere to be found – owners can option out a second seat for a passenger should they see the need for it. Power comes from a supercharged 3.5 litre V6 engine with 450 hp and 450 Nm of torque.

A six-speed manual is standard on the Road version while the Track variant is equipped with a sequential gearbox instead. Both models are said to sprint from rest to 100 km/h in three seconds flat while the top speed for the track-only variant is quoted at 280 km/h – the road-going model tops out at 290 km/h.