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Lotus 2-Eleven news - Eleven plus - 2007
When Lotus invited us down to its test track in
deepest Norfolk to see how the new 2-Eleven dealt with being pushed to its very
limits, we thought it’d be a bit impolite to refuse.
This is, after all, perhaps the most extreme road-legal
beast ever to come out of Hethel.
Lotus has taken the Elise’s aluminium tub, added a modified
running gear from the Exige S and bolted on all-new ultra-lightweight composite
bodywork to create a stripped-down, hardcore racer.
Throw in a 1.8-litre Toyota-sourced engine (supercharged,
naturally) producing 262bhp and you’ve got a power-to-weight ratio of 338bhp
per tonne and a car that’ll dispatch 60mph in under four seconds - and 100mph
in well under 10.
All of which sounded to us like a perfect recipe for some
serious track thrashing action - and we weren’t wrong.
Don’t even try to pretend that you don’t want one.