Lotus is known for its bare-bones street cars and in 2007 released the 2-Eleven in street and track variations. Now, Lotus is building on that success and is releasing the 2009 Lotus 2-Eleven GT4 Supersport.
The 2-Eleven GT4 is a pure-bred race car developed by Lotus Sport to compete in the European SRO GT4 Supersport class (as indicated by the name). The 2-Eleven has a composite body with an advanced aerodynamic package styled to create more downforce (10 percent more than on the standard 2-Eleven) and showcase its performance potential. The 2-Eleven also has a full roll-cage to meet the GT4 Supersport racing requirements.
The intake and exhaust are redone to allow for better airflow. A new high ratio supercharger drive system also contributes to the boost in horsepower and torque. The 2-Eleven GT4 is up to 270 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque versus 255 hp and 173 lb-ft of torque in the standard 2-Eleven. All this power is sent to the ground via a six-speed transmission and a limited-slip rear differential.
The most significant change on the 2-Eleven GT4 comes with the offering of a six-speed sequential gearbox with a centrally located push/pull gear selector. The transmission is integrated with the engine management system, which allows for no-lift-shifts up through the gears and rev matching downshifts.
The standard double wishbone suspension on the 2-Eleven is upgraded with stiffer springs and dampers. Ohlin provides the 2-way adjustable dampers allowing the car to be tuned specially for each race (similar to the Viper ACR). The rear suspension has added race spec rear toe links. The wheels are shod with semi-slick AO48 Yokohama’s to top it all off.
If all this sounds like your dream track car, head to your Lotus dealer with $117,000 in hand.