Guest contributor: Lauri Ahtiainen on the 1979 Lotus Esprit S2 | . . .

4 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Guest contributor: Lauri Ahtiainen on the 1979 Lotus Esprit S2 | . . .

cars can be defined by numbers#8212; you need a piece of paper or a Excel spreadsheet. Those facts reveal everything the car has to and that#8217;s all there is.

To gain perspective you have to experience facts, whether we#8217;re about the quarter mile or something as prosaic as the size of the

Then we have cars really don#8217;t shine on The 1979 Lotus Esprit S2 here weighs just a thousand kilos (2,200 and is powered by a two-liter inline-four. through two double carburetors on a DOHC-head, it produces all of 160 bhp.

The is sent from this mid-engine to the rear wheels via a SM transaxle.

All these facts give an impression of something a bit the first generation Toyota However, as great as the MR2 is, I#8217;m sure driving one feels unlike the Esprit. Allow me to

Part of the feeling is courtesy of the 007 of course. Yet it would be a huge to say the Esprit is just another car#8212; there#8217;s so much to it than that. Firstly, the gorgeous shape by Giorgetto

Secondly, there#8217;s the lack of Even with a relatively ground clearance, the Esprit#8217;s still lies ten centimeters below the aforementioned MR2#8242;s.

The low, seventies wedge-styled might very well be the element of the Esprit experience. You sit to the floor, with pedals are mounted slightly too close to other at almost the same as the bottom of the seat. The driving is further enhanced by a lovely wheel that#8217;s positioned little too far away.

This all to create an English interpretation of a position so often associated Italian cars of the seventies and

It doesn#8217;t take long to get to operating the Lotus, and at that you start to realize how easy the car is to drive. The clutch is light, the are well-weighted, and the steering needs the right amount of exertion. the visibility is great after found the mirrors.

Only the gearshift is a bit of a reach

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Good driveability continues This Esprit is blessed new dampers and is a truly comfortable and car. You can feel the suspension bumps, while the body around ever so slightly on its tires wrapped around Speedline alloys.

Nevertheless, the steering remains at all times, and the car cruises along the effortlessly. You can concentrate on enjoying the experience and forget just everything else.

You could the Esprit S2 by pure numbers and the would be pretty decent for a car of its time. But numbers alone enough to create legends. If the makes you feel like driving a genuine supercar, you care less about the hot that pulled up right to you, could you?

Warm thanks to Samuli for making this article and to the owner of the car for allowing me to drive it.

© Lauri Ahtiainen

Lauri is a contributor to Motoring Con Brio.

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