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Lotus Esprit

By the time the Esprit was launched in October at the Paris motorshow, the company had into a new market sector, the sports car market, and have behind the days of the kit-built cars that gave the man in the Grand Prix car handling, performance and the bonus of economy car consumption

The Esprit went production in June 1976. the Lotus Europa in the Lotus line-up. It joined with the and Eclats, however the then new cars were not in the price of the ‘man in the street’ any more even though the Chairman of Colin Chapman. CBE, have liked to market a sports car again, sales told the company that the new was the right one.

The first eventually became known as S1 (or 1) Esprits. With a steel chassis and a fibreglass body, the was powered by the Lotus 907 4 cylinder as previously used in the Jensen This engine displaced 2.0 produced 160 bhp (119 kW) in European (140 bhp in US trim), and was mounted behind the passengers, as in its predecessor.

The transaxle gearbox was a 5 speed previously used in the Citroën SM and Merak; it featured inboard brakes, as was racing practice at the

The Series 1 embodied Lotus’ through light weight weighing less than kg (2205 lb). The car gained through its appearance in the James film The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) it featured in a long chase converting into a submarine. The Esprit was lauded for its handling and is to have the best steering of any

However, it was generally regarded as power, especially in markets as the United States where the was down-rated for emissions purposes.

Lotus’ claimed of 0-60 mph in 6.8 and a top speed of 138 mph (222 km/h) may be of as optimistic – actual test times indicated mph in 8 seconds and a top speed of around 133 mph km/h). The S1 Esprit can be distinguished later Esprits by a shovel-style air dam, Fiat X1/9 lights, lack of body-side and Wolfrace alloy wheels. the car, the most obvious of an S1 Esprit is a one-piece instrument with green-faced Veglia

The Lotus Esprit S2

Over the three years the Elite and would remain largely however the Esprit was quickly to reappear as the Esprit S2. The changes the original car were minor and cosmetic, but they went a way to making the car more appealing and more in keeping with the bracket. The power unit of the was the by-then familiar 907 series as developed from the sports-car and Formula Two LV240 unit.

The 1973cc engine produced 160 bhp at rpm and 140 Ib ft of torque at 4900 rpm, it did feel a lot less.

In fact, the four-cylinder sixteen-valve unit its 9.5:1 compression ratio weak, and despite the makers we doubt it would really the car at its claimed top speed of just 140 mph unless it was downhill and with a But you did need to consider that the weighed under 18 cwt, and the was wind-cheating.

Fuel consumption out at 24mpg overall, and again the small-capacity engine and light make for impressive touring Needless to say, the handling and were the car’s most features with the mid-engine helping to make the road even more impressive. was just about neutral through to the very limits of while the grip itself in had to be experienced to be believed.

The detail improvements over the car were a spoiler under the Speedline wheels (the make as the all-conquering Lotus Prix racers), new exhaust new engine air intake, for ram air feed and volumetric efficiency, and a revised with suede material the original tartan trim. changes included relocating the from above the right fuel tank (under the quarter window) to the rear of the adding an access door to the cover, as well as replacing the cluster made by Veglia individual gauges made by and using different style of on the dashboard.

During this special edition cars made to commemorate Lotus’s victories. Sharing the black and colour scheme of Lotus’ F1 sponsor, John Player these cars are commonly as the John Player Special Esprits. Lotus’ records of figures are notoriously vague, best estimates suggest 149 JPS Esprits were produced.

The S2.2 was produced as a stop-gap in 1980, almost identical to the S2 but an enlarged (2.2 litre) 912 engine used. This horsepower the same, but bumped up from 140 to 160 lb·ft (217 Importantly, the S2.2 also the use of a galvanised chassis.

These are extremely rare even Esprits and only 88 are thought to been produced.

Lotus Quick Specifications

Engine: water-cooled, four-cylinder. 95.2 mm bore x- 69.2 mm (2.72 in) – 1973cc. Maximum (DIN) 160 bhp at 6200 rpm; torque (DIN) 140lb ft at light-alloy cylinder block and Compression ratio 9.5:1. 5 bearings.

4 valves per cylinder via thimble tappets by twin camshafts.

Transmission: Single dry plate and manual five-speed gearbox. 1st 2.920, 2nd 1.940, 3rd 1.320, 4th 5th 0.760, reverse 4.375. bevel final drive

Lotus Esprit

Suspension: Front – by wishbones, and anti-roll bar. – independent by wishbones, trailing arm and lateral link fixed length drivesbett. springs and telescopic dampers.

Rack and pinion.

Brakes: front and rear.

Wheels: x 14 (rear), 6J x 14.

Tyres: 205/70HR14 x 195/70 HR14 (front).

2 door, 2 seat.

Dimensions and Wheelbase 96in; track-front 60. 5 in, 60.5 in; length 165 in; width in; height 43.75 in; ground 5.5 in; dry weight 19801b; fuel capacity 15 gal.

Performance: speed 135 mph; acceleration 6.8secs; fuel consumption 28 mpg.

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