Lotus_3-Eleven_Road_Rear At this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Lotus Cars is revealing the fastest ever line up of its production road cars. On the Lotus stand there will be four cars; two of them being the Nürburgring lap-shattering Lotus 3-Eleven and the fastest Lotus Elise, the Cup 250, along with two new sports cars making their debuts.

The Lotus 3-Eleven is the most powerful road car to wear a Lotus badge and Hethel’s quickest ever road car. It joins the ranks of those rare cars that can reach 100 km/h in a little over three seconds. To complement these figures, the Lotus 3-Eleven possesses a purity of the driving experience and the benchmark handling for which all Lotus cars are renowned, enabling a lap of the challenging Hethel circuit to be completed in 1:19.5 for the Race version.

With the standard lightweight carbon composite bodywork, the Lotus 3-Eleven has a dry weight of 890 kg and maximum power of 460 hp (Race version). It has an enviable power to weight ratio of 517 hp per tonne, and is capable of sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h mph in 3.1 seconds and boasts a maximum speed of 290 km/h. The Road version with a dry weight of 925 kg and a maximum power of 410 hp, with top speed reaching 280 km/h.

The aggressive stance and dramatically sculpted body in lightweight carbon composite, standard on both Road and Race versions, perfectly balances the competition focus of a track car with the surface refinement of a road-going supercar. In keeping with performance orientated design, an optional Carbon Tonneau Cover is available for both Road and Race versions.

Lotus Elise Cup 250: Fastest Elise production ever!

2016 Lotus Elise 250

Weighing in at 931 kg, the Lotus Elise 250 can achieve a 0-100 km dash in 4.1 seconds, as it replaces the previous Elise 220. The lightweight Lotus Elise 250 takes up the marque’s ‘Lightweight Laboratory’, which combines a range of features; including a Lithium-ion battery which slashes 10 kg off the weight, carbon fiber seats, reducing the weight by 6 kg, and ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels, saving a further 1.5 kg. It did the Hethel track in a little over 1:34.

Designed to suit all sports car fans, the Lotus Elise Cup 250 is available for the first time as a roadster as standard with a hard top available as an option. For those wanting to cut the car’s weight still further, and so boost performance, a Carbon Aero Pack is available, which cuts an extra 10 kg, reducing the mass to just 921kg.

The new Elise Cup 250 benefits from the continuous improvement design philosophy of Lotus and its perpetual quest to evolve all constituent parts, lightening and optimizing them. Every aspect of the car has been carefully considered: from the recalibrated ignition system, right down to the wider 195/50 R16 front tyres to give sharper, more-responsive steering.

Powered by a new higher-output version of the supercharged, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine, the Elise Cup 250 boasts 243 hp (246 PS) at 7200 rpm and 250 Nm of torque between 3500 rpm and 5500 rpm.