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Lotus 3-Eleven and The Nurburgring

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Marking the anniversary of its landmark lap times when testing at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, two new videos of the Lotus 3-Eleven in full flight have been released, allowing enthusiasts to experience the car’s visceral, white-knuckle ride around the “Green Hell” for themselves.

Since the car’s appearance at the Nürburgring, deliveries of the hypercar-humbling Lotus have begun with the first lucky owners finding out what this road-legal racer is truly capable of. Speaking about the car’s Nordschleife debut, Jean-Marc Gales, Chief Executive Officer, Group Lotus plc said, “The 3-Eleven’s time on the track gave us the perfect opportunity to demonstrate its phenomenal pace. It’s the fastest, most focused production road car to ever leave the Lotus factory, and remains true to our values of intelligent and efficient engineering. However, you don’t need to be a professional racing driver in order to tap its potential, and it will embarrass so-called hypercars with six-figure price tags. It remains the perfect template for how we will approach the design of all Lotus sports cars in the future”

With lightweight carbon composite bodywork as standard, the Lotus 3-Eleven has a dry weight of 890 kg and maximum power of 460 hp (Race version). This provides an enviable power-to-weight ratio of 517 hp per tonne, and the car is capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds ahead of a maximum speed of 180 mph (290 km/h). The Road version with a dry weight of 925 kg and a maximum power of 410 hp reaches 60 mph in 3.3 seconds before reaching a top speed of 174 mph (280 km/h).

The videos also show how driver Marc Basseng had to deal with other cars also on the Nordschleife circuit during the evening public sessions. In what was its first turn of a wheel outside of Lotus’ Hethel HQ, Marc was one of three different drivers helping to develop the car – each one with individual areas of expertise and focussing on aerodynamics, engine calibration, chassis tuning and suspension geometry.

Nissan GT-R Nismo N-Attack Pack

Nissan GT-R Nismo N-Attack White

If your Nissan GT-R wasn’t quite fast enough for you, Nissan gave you the Nismo, a not very cheap extension of performance direct from the internal skunkworks team. And then of course, that begged the question (or maybe not), what should I do if I want even more speed? Well, Nissan kindly provided the answer for that – the N-Attack Pack, a bundle of dedicated option parts designed to make you go even faster.

Nissan GT-R Nismo N-Attack White Rear

The NISMO N Attack Package was developed to achieve optimal speed and includes components such as aerodynamics necessary for superior down-force, suspension that can handle such a punishing road surface full of undulations and turbulent fluctuations, and full bucket seats essential to maintain the optimal driving position even under powerful g-force.

In Japan, these parts are combined and assembled at the NISMO Omori Factory, whose mechanics participated in the time attack project, while, in the U.S., Steve Millen Sportsparts Inc. (STILLEN) was chosen to conduct sales as the official installer and certified sales agency.

The “NISMO N Attack Package” consists of the dedicated parts that were especially developed through the time attack project at Nürburgring in Germany, where the Nissan GT-R NISMO recorded a time of 7 minutes 8.679 seconds, the fastest recorded time for a volume production vehicle.

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S 2015

So who wouldn’t want an SUV that does 0-60 in less than 4 seconds? And luckily has the brakes to match the push. That’s the acceleration figures quoted for Porsche’s new Cayenne Turbo S model announced this week at the Detroit Auto Show.

Its re-engineered 4.8-liter V8 twin-turbo engine now develops 570 hp and 590 ft.-lb. of torque. A chassis that is tuned for maximum driving dynamics and packs a wide range of control systems also makes the Cayenne Turbo S a genuine top athlete. It can complete a lap of the North Loop of the Nürburgring in 7:59.74 minutes.

The more spontaneous response of the twin-turbo engine is primarily a benefit of the integral turbochargers, which are now housed directly in the exhaust manifolds. This new approach also improves combustion. The high-performance engine offers 20 more horsepower and 37 ft. lb. more torque than the previous engine. The Cayenne Turbo S accelerates from zero to 60mph in 3.8 seconds – which is 0.4 seconds faster than the previous model. Its top track speed is now 176 mph.

The Cayenne Turbo S also underlines its position as a top performer in its chassis systems. Its standard Porsche Composite Ceramic Brakes (PCCB) include 16.5 inch front brake discs and, for the first time, ten-piston calipers. The rear brakes have 14.6 inch discs and four-piston calipers. The active roll stabilization system, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), actively reduces body roll when driving through curves. Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) increases dynamic handling and stability by making specific brake interventions at the right or left rear wheel – this noticeably improves steering into curves and steering precision. The active all-wheel drive system Porsche Traction Management (PTM) permanently drives the rear wheels while offering highly variable power distribution to the front wheels. Some advantages of the interplay between all systems: excellent driving dynamics and traction as well as a high level of agility on any road.

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S will be launched in the United States in late-April 2015with an MSRP of $157,300. Those soccer moms and dads better get saving the pennies. I think I’ll wait a year or 8 until they hit the second hand market.