Some people on this planet are born lucky – when faced with a seemingly insurmountable set of circumstances, they manage to get through with flying colours. Donald Trump is a great example of this – despite the numerous failed businesses (and the dodgy do), there are still banks and investors willing to give him their hard-earned cash for his latest venture.
There’s no doubt that Niklas Ajo also fits into this category. The Finnish Moto3 racer managed to survive a serious wobble coming into the final bend in Assen, The Netherlands, recently and crossed the line sliding beside his KTM on his knees.
We’ll let the video do the talking.
All of the (mostly) fantastic cars developed by Lotus have names that inspire visions of excitement, speed and just a touch of terror, like Esprit, Elise and Exige (we’re not too sure about Evora, which could also be a brand of hand-cream for sensitive skin).
The latest model, however, is named the Lotus 3-Eleven. The successor to 2007’s equally oddly-named 2-Eleven track car, what it lacks for in name it more than makes up for in its stats. It’s the quickest production road car in Lotus’ history, for one thing. While the previous version was powered by a supercharged 1.8L engine, the latest edition boasts a supercharged 3.5l V6 block developing 450hp. 0-100km/h is achieved in a mere 3.0 seconds. We don’t have to tell you that’s seriously fast, with a power to weight ration of more than 500hp per tonne.
It’s quite the attractive looking car too, even if it seems like Lotus merely lopped the roof off an Exige and added a massive spoiler. There’s no doubt it looks like a thoroughbred track car, with larger air intakes on the bumper giving it a more aggressive stance, as does the new rear diffuser on the back, and the sharp side scallops. The rear in particular is a beautiful piece of work, with echoes of the Ferrari 458 Spider in the taillights.
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