13 November 2008

One track mind

Lotus shows off GT4 racer. Puts yer sticky-tyred Exige to shame, eh?

Lotus 2-ElevenGT4 Supersport

In a slight departure from creating track cars that you can drive on the road, Lotus has unveiled a track car that you can’t drive on the road.

This is the 2-Eleven GT4 Supersport, Lotus’s entrant into next year’s GT4 Sports Light race series that’ll compete against the KTM X-Bow and the Donkervoort D8.

The X-Bows ran away with the series last year, securing a one-two-three, but the 2-Eleven should prove a tougher prospect in 2009. Based on the hardly-slow supercharged 2-Eleven, it gets a power boost from 252bhp to 266bhp thanks to a new exhaust system, remapped ECU and increased boost.

More significantly, there’s a new six-speed sequential gearbox allowing for proper flat shifts, and a limited slip diff. Oh, and that full roll cage and new aero kit, which you probably spotted already.

And, just so no one mistake it for a standard 2-Eleven transporting some light scaffolding, there are carbon fibre race seats with six-point harnesses… and a removable wheel.

If you fancy being part of the race action, you’d better be quick: Lotus is producing a mere 10 cars for the start of the 2009 race series, at a cast of around £80,000 a piece.

Which, in terms of pounds-per-pound (if you see what we mean), makes the 2-Eleven pretty damn expensive. In terms of fastness-per-pound, however, it’s a bally bargain…

Now share it...

What do you think?

This service is provided by Disqus and is subject to their privacy policy and terms of use. Please read Top Gear's code of conduct (link below) before posting.