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  1. Well, I am 6ft and I do fit in my S2.2 in a tailor -made suit... Not much room spare, but a comfortable place to be. S2 is identical to S2.2. Anyone bigger than 6ft , I would advice to first testdrive before buying. Later Esprits have more room. Roger Moore was 6 feet 1 1/2 inches. I have no Idea how he fitted in the S1
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    Esprit S2 1978

    An S2 that has stood still for 30 years may be a "time machine" . If all is present , then this car MUST be saved. But you should be aware that a Lotus of that era does mechanically not cope well with standing still, not being driven. So a mechanical restoration will be needed and that is not just a change of oil and fluids. Do not let anyone just connect a fresh battery and try to start it. If the old timing belt slips or breaks during this attempt, a perfectly good engine can become an expensive restoproject, ( bent valves,scarved cilinderliners or pistons etc.....) and that can all be avoided. This is an interference engine so no riscs can be taken . Also carburators : Carburators that have not been used for so long must be cleaned of gunk and residue and must be resealed. If they leak ( and the chances are big) , they leak on the high tension of the distributor and you risk ending up with a burnt out esprit. Clutch : The clutch slave cilinder or master cilinder will need attention or renewing. If it is not in proper condition (and after 30 years it will not) than you risk grinding the teeth in your citroen 5 speed transmission and again this leads to a very expensive ( unnecessary) gearboxrestoration. ( ask me how I know....). Knowing that a new slave cilinder costs next to nothing, this would be a bit silly to risk. And so on......
  3. Hi 1981esprit2.2, 3 years later....and this is an interesting discussion for me. My s2.2 got a respray by a previous owner, but the decals were placed back , incorporated in the double striping. To be honnest, I have searched the net for years and I have some books (fe LOTUS The Marque, by William Taylor ) and literally all pictures that I find of an esprit S2.2 have the decals in that place and in this the S2.2 differs optically from the S2. If I understand it well, also Giorgio his S2.2 has the ESPRIT2.2 decals incorporated in the stripes and not beside the fuelcap? Google esprit S2.2 for pictures and you get a bunch of S2.2 and all with the decals in the striping and also all of the S2 with the decals next to the fuelcap. So how can it be explained that you have an S2.2 from new, with the ESPRIT 2.2 decals next to the fuelcap ? There were only 88 S2.2 made, could yours be an early one where LOTUS placed the decals as on the S2 ? Is there another explanation? Another question. Is your nose decal "ESPRIT" or is it "ESPRIT2.2" ? On the S2 it was just "ESPRIT" and the S2.2 got a nosedecal ESPRIT2.2 Some random pictures I picked from the internet, new and historical 120 1024 × 768 0 × 800 934 × 700
  4. Hi Pete, I have seen your topic. My current old wiper rubber profile looks just like the one in your picture: I have followed your link to ebay and I found this : This should be your new rubber ? I wonder : The current old profile is 12mm high and the new ebay profile is 6mm high? Also the profile looks different. Does it really fit on you car?
  5. Hi Greg, Daka has a point here. The ESPRIT has a 28 year run and that is long for a car. The difference in driving experience between models is way more then just "gathering up speed quicker". Infact, you can't compare early esprits with the later ones. fe : the S1, S2,S2.2 were light cars , 1000kg max with rear suspension type chapman strut.... so very agile , but noisy inside, because the engine was part of the suspension. Therefore a lot less comfortable and also a bit cramped interior if you are bigger. Not very powerfull, but being light, very playfull and if in good condition, great fun to drive and play on the B-roads. Not really GT cars. May be also closest to the driving experience of an early elise. And the looks are beautifully pure. The S3 and maybe the Stevens X180 are not really more powerfull ( especially compared to the S2.2), but they drag 200kg or more extra weight and you can feel it. In return they are quieter inside, they offer a bit more room and lots more comfort and they are just better build cars , Less playfull I am afraid , but they have the better chassis in comparison with the early cars. The S3 is the most reliable Giugiaro esprit The turbo esprit and the esprit turbo (stevens) have the same heavier chassis as the S3, but they do make that good with more power, The esprit turbo SE with a lot more power. Not as nimble as the early cars, but fun because quick and more comfort. S4 and SE are plain quick sports GT's also capable on highways. S4S and GT3 are the latest and have power steering and ABS, again a very different feel and a more spacious ergonomic cabin. Better heating and ventilation. And they are infact the most reliable if in good maintained condition. You can't compare the driving experience of these esprits with the early ones. And then the V8 : well a different league / car , not necessarally the better esprit, but very different. What I mean : You cannot drive "an esprit" and decide if you like it or not. You should look for what is important for you and try to ride that one. In hindside, a bit the same as comparing a 7ties porsche 911 with a millenium 911.
  6. I have a habbit to clean my windows , clay them and apply a waterrepellent coating spray (containing SIO2), making it hydrophobic but.... Even if I don't use ithe car much in the rain, I just prefer to have a good working wiper. My rubber profile has torned over 0.5mm and I just like to renew it . So if anyone can point me in the right direction
  7. Old topic , but question. I never changed the windshield wiper on my esprit S2.2 It 's not that I drive it a lot in the rain, I just like to have it renewed and in good working condition. Can anyone point me to a source , preferably a common autopart product ( that I do not have to buy in the UK since I live in Belgium) Other possibility, Can someone point me to a source where I can find just the right rubber profile. The wiper is in OK condition, so just the rubber would be fine. I don't seem to find the right type. It looks as if the profile of my current rubber is different to most things I see on the internet?
  8. Giugiaro Lotus Esprits are fairly rare cars. and yet.... Friday there were suddenly two of us at the oldtimer meeting that takes place every 2nd Friday of the month in St Lievens Houtem.(Belgium east flanders) My S2.2 (88 copies built 1980, 1981) was accompanied by a red S3 (732 copies 1981-1987). A little later in the meeting we were able to park them side by side. I met the owner about 3 years ago . He bought an S2, with a lot of work. And since he had no spare time ( building a house) , he now bought himself an S3. It was good meeting him again and chatting cars. A rather extreme detomaso pantera stole the show , but it was loud....way to loud. Its V8 had just straight pipes to the back of the car
  9. Thanks for the answer Pete. I have asked SJ about the difference between the 2 , but I didn't get an answer yet. Since I have the 4-1 SS header and no central muffler for many years, The noise is ....sufficient.... and I don't really need it louder.
  10. pete, Can you inform me what backbox (or rear silencer) you bought and are using ? I see that SJ sportscars have 2 different types : SJ079S0004 : REAR SILENCER ESPRIT Series 2 and 3 or SJ079S0013 :SPORTS SILENCER, STAINLESS STEEL (series 2 and 3)
  11. I have NANKANG Ultra Sport NS-2 205/60R14 in front. They are dressed up as Good Years 😁 They are rated H which means 210km/h (130mph) and to be honnest, I am not planning on riding that fast in my 40 year old Lotus esprit S2.2. I am not saying they are fantastic or so, but I do have a spirited way of driving the lotus and tend to corner it fast and they never surprised me. They have an excellent road holding in the dry. I never really tested them in the wet. I combined them with NANKANG Toursport NS 215/65R14 in the back, also rated H (210km/h) and dressed up as GOOD YEAR. For what it's worth, They are apparantly an old Taiwanees tire companie wit some history :
  12. Hello Andrae and glad you decided to post here after 5 years. I look forward to your esprit build. I also watched some video's of the hillclimbs with the Talbot lotus sunbeam and they are spectacular. You got 285 BHP at over 9000 rpm out of a 2l 907 engine and keepin it in one piece ? I guess you know your things around the 907/912 engines. I really like to see more about that. Greets Geert
  13. Giorgio, You have done a good job and you are right, that the system should be fine adjusted in the first place. On the other hand. Lotus should have used relais to open and close the windows. Let me explain: Of course you will measure 12V at the windows. But the fact is that as soon you start drawing current, there will be a voltage drop that you can measure at the windowmotor and that voltage drop depends on the loss ( impedance ) in the circuit. The current has to travel through to long and small wiring and the biggest impedance comes from the contacts of the lucas switches that are not up to their task in the long run. So if the system is not fine tuned, the motors have to work harder, the current will rise, but the contacts can't handle it so the impedance in the system is bigger, so the voltage drops during the movement, and it all slows down, or even starts to fail. A well sorted system as yours will do good, but just as long as the lucas contacts will cope and as long as your system stays well sorted. Using relais, the current comes directly to the doors with shorter and bigger wires and the contacts of these relais are way better than the lucas switches (the relais are made for these currents infact). EVen if the system is not finetuned and starts drawing more current, that does not matter, because the total impedance of the feeding circuit is so low that even at work the full 12V stays at the windowmotors. ANd that impedance will stay low , just because the thicker wiring and the contacts of the relais will not deteriorate with use and time. The lucas switch contacts are just needed for a small current to trigger the relaiscoil. They can cope with that for ever, they will not burn in. They were never made to carry the full windowmotorcurrents. The proof: In your video : Going down : 1.75 sec , going up : 2.57 sec. This is good, but notice the difference in up and down : the motor has to work harder to go up and will draw more current. The voltage drops , because of the impedance in the circuit, hence the longer run to go up. In your case, this is no problem because it all works just fine and even better after adjusting , but it is a system that in the end will fail. In my video : Going down : 1.9 sec , going up : 1.97 sec I did nothing to my system and before the mod the windows became slow. I just fitted the relais modification. You can see that going up and going down are about the same times. That proves that , even if there is more current needed to do the work going up, it just does not matter here. The electrical circuit is up to the task and there will be no voltage drop at the windowmotors whatsoever, making sure the motors get the power they need to go up as fast as to go down. This is why I started this tread. This mod will solve a lot of issues with slow windows. Even in wintertime, when frost makes it even more difficult, The windowmotors will get the current and voltage they need to do the harder job. On the other hand, you are right that it is good to finetune the system in the first place.
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    Archive (2020)

    Yep, The interior shots of the "accident" car of a Delorian
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