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  1. There was obviously the Dany Bahar "new Esprit" debacle. There have several threads on here about what a new Esprit could look like - however unlikely it is that Lotus will do one in the short or medium term (yes, I get the "back to basics" pervading philosophy). The DB Esprit just didn't do it for me though, it is so NOT an Esprit. Just a badge. So fellow forumers, what would an updated Esprit look like if it was true to its Giugiaro roots? Anybody good with a pencil and paper or PhotoShop? The challenge is on (N.B. I would be more than happy with an updated S4s/V8 body shell with a **** off V12 in it personally )
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  2. Finally some pictures of the finished car. Turned out great, A real event to drive. Doing the final tweaks on the motormanagement. Some pictures of the engine compartment will follow.
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  4. http://www.thecoolist.com/car-of-the-future-automotive-design/ A lot of what Chapman would think today in here
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  6. All this retro-talk has something in it. Take a look, for example, at Ducati and MotoGuzzi WHO have succesfully managed to revive old 1970'ies lines and design, combined with modern technology. Old school, but super modern. This is what the Esprit needs to be. Not a new design. Lotus should very dearly hold on tight to their well known Esprit design, NOT a new design. The Whole idea is heritage. People of yesteryear WHO could not afford or was otherwise busy to buy an esprit, will lick them up in numbers. That is why it should be a old school looking car, with a 2,2 bi-turbo engine. One turbo for low-rpm's and one for high revs. Lightness is also very important, as when I look at supercars today, they are carbon this and that, but still heavy. I mean max. 1100 kilo. Not like the heavy Exige v6 or the even heavier Evora 400. One more thing: DON'T make something cheap in it. Lotus needs to upmarket the Esprit. Like the original one. Like my nice Stevens Esprit Turbo SE. Just today, I had a plummer Work in my garage, and he totally fainted when he saw the Esprit. And he was a Young guy around 30, and well into the japanese gismo's, nosmo's or whatever. But he said it outright: "If I could buy one the same today, I would. No competetion from any of todays cars, they are so boring". And he added: "I am shaking all over my body, just by looking at your Esprit. It's so beautifull and still super mean". I tend to agree, naturally Did I mention he LOVED the pop-up headlights which is a must on a new Esprit. Cheers, Jacques.
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  7. Mines lowered, here it is sitting next to an S4s. Go to the full size image and you will see following the bumper line it is lower. DSCF2004 by Owen Wright, on Flickr
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  8. Concur! Couldn't decide if the two tone look as shadow or paint. Nice colour for a Ferrari. In soft focus and at a glance you'd mistake it for an Esprit though aye.
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  9. i considered squashing it to get it in too. come summer i'll look at it again, im bodging my way through the winter at the mo. lotus really didnt consider post purchase maintenance on these did they!
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  10. Like that Owen - I can see elements of an esprit in there - together with a hint of xj220 with undertones ( bitter ) of Audi
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  11. I did this sketch, not very good. I should really work on it and make it better. It took elements from the original Esprit and the new Evora as I was assuming it would use some of the mechanics from the Evora.
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  12. Sorry, I don't know as I got Back on Track to sort it for me. I suspect it's armourfend. I think the bumper off respray was about £500 and the film £450. I ummed and ahhed about whether it was worth protecting at that cost, but bit the bullet. I'm glad I did as I just know I'd already have stonechips otherwise. its quite amazing the protection it gives. Someone caught the rear quarter and bumper/alloy on mine in a car park. Removed chunks of paint from the alloy but the protected bodywork just wiped down to remove their paint and fine underneath. Also one of the other forum members had something fall off a skip lorry onto his car, removed a 2inch flap of film, but the paint is unmarked underneath.
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  13. How about as suggested, softened lines of the S4 as suggested and the power plant from the new 400. Cool as F.
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  14. When I bought the car, the front bumper already had a bit of gravel-rash on it so there was no point at that time. As and when it gets so bad that I can't bear to look at it any longer, a respray and film application will be the order of the day.
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  15. Are you sure it is oil? The Esprit often shoots black specks of carbon (un-burnt fuel) and water that can look like oil. Do a compression test first. You could remove the exhaust down pipe to look for oil seepage. There are many reasons why the boost could be restricted to ~.65bar. Make sure the coolant temperature is getting up to around 80C. Use Freescan to verify that the ECU coolant temperature is also getting up to ~80C. Also check your fuel pressure. Log data in Freescan if possible.
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  16. This afternoon, I was trundling down what constitutes the 'High Street' of our local town which is on quite a steep hill, so it's all a 2nd gear/closed throttle descent. Even with the exhaust valve on the 2bular closed, this was accompanied by a satisfying symphony of pops and crackles reverberating back from the surrounding buildings. As I pulled to a stop at a pedestrian crossing about halfway down I was conscious of a young couple standing, arms around each other's waists and no doubt whispering sweet nothings in their respective aural orifices, gazing wistfully at the display in a jeweller's window. My 'arrival' was greeted by the young man's head swivelling around allowing his eyes to settle on something that was most likely more attractive to him than the sparkly baubles being offered for sale. Without appearing to be distracted for even a second from the sea of diamonds in front of her, the young lady's hand moved swiftly upwards until it caressed his cheek at which point his head was firmly rotated back towards the trays of engagement rings. The traffic lights now flashing amber, I went into childish mode and hit the ASBO-button as I moved purposefully away from the line which resulted in the lad bodily spinning around, staring open-mouthed at my receding tailpipe and giving me the 'thumbs up', . The love of his life however didn't seem to appreciate his attention again being diverted as I witnessed, in my door mirror, a re-enactment of a classic scene from Fawlty Towers. Oops - I may just have been the cause of a 'divorce before marriage' incident, .
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  17. I never said it was clever people who asked me Stu.
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  18. It's a lovely car and looks cracking in that colour but asking if it's a ferrari is a bit 'special'! Finally a good front on/angle view!
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  19. It has to be due to the colour I've been asked four times now if it's a Ferrari, I kind of get it I suppose -
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  20. Nice drive out in the New Forest today. Took these. I swear this thing gets better looking every time I look at it!
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  22. Filthy car porn! Use it or lose it.
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  23. I like Lotuses with the proper (generous) ride height. The leaning towards zero ground clearance (along with the inexplicable backlash against amber indicators) is a modern fad that has me baffled.
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  24. Well I don't even have my Evora 400 until the morning, but the people at both my car and gap insurers both googled it while I was on the phone changing my policies to see what it looked like, and were blown away by it.
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  25. Just picked mine up from Surface & Design in Blackpool. The guys have done a fantastic job. The bodywork is probably better than when it came out the factory. Thoroughly nice crew with the experience with fibreglass which many other bodywork guys are lacking. They didnt cut any corners, everything was dismantled, even the rear spoiler section removed to do the job properly. Pictures from Brooklands at lunchtime today.
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  26. Had a great day yesterday in the car. Finally at very long last the car is properly set up and ready for the festival. It has taken this long to get the geometry spot on, it was running way too much negative camber before. Fine once you were in the turn but never really felt settled. I was hoping Gerald would have been available to take a look at the car but he's absolutely flat-out at the moment, same for Paul Matty, neither are taking any bookings until well into September and have been that way for a while. There's me thinking that classic car owners like to do the work in the winter and use them in the summer! Fortunately Cos from Sportomotive in Salisbury was willing to take a look at the car before Brands, even though he's in the process of moving to a new site in Bournemouth and he spent most of the day on getting everything spot on. The rear tyres fill the arches much better now, the car looks great but the way it drives is something else entirely! I am absolutely thrilled with it and Cos came back from his test drive beaming from ear to ear. Despite being distracted by the roof stereo (I don't think he's driven a car with one before) he said that it really drives beautifully which is always reassuring to hear. The drive home was glorious. Bond themes on the roof stereo, settle back into the puffa jacket leather and all was well with the world. I have dreamt of driving a Giugiaro Turbo Esprit since I was 11 and it really felt like the dream coming true yesterday evening. Much of the rear suspension is new now but everything has been made strictly to original factory spec, right down to the Lotus supplied rubber bushes. Having new bushes has firmed it up ever-so slightly but it still rides beautifully for a sportscar. But there's nothing vintage about the way the car handles now, it feels fantastic an absolute joy to aim the Concordy snout towards a corner. I'll always prefer the look with NCTs on but the brand new Pirellis generate very modern amounts of grip too. Of course I still treat it with the utmost respect but the car is telling me that it could happily corner a lot quicker if I so desired. If this is what the cars were like to drive when they left the factory in 1980 I'm not at all surprised the reviews were so good! The next drive can't come soon enough.
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