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  1. Wahr are the feelings about 245/40R17 front and 295/35R18 rear? Would they fit? Yokohama has the Advan A052 and Advan Sport in these sizes.
  2. So I've started looking at rims and tires for the Esprit. The familiar problem is that very few tires are avalable to fit to the stock wheel sizes. Semms like only less popular brands such as Nanking, Falken or Toyo are still making a tire that would fit for both fronts and rears. Also,the 6-spoke OZ Racing wheels on the car willnneed extensive refurbishment and repainting. It looks like I may have found a viable option that would open to a much larger world of tires. Team Dynamics (RimStock) has the Pro Race 1.3 ( rim in 18"x8.5 and 18"x10 that could fit. Apparently the offset can be custom fitted, otherwise spacers could bridge the gap (objective being to keep the track as Lotus handling division designed). There are a lot more tires available to fit the 18" wheels font and back, including the Michelin Pilot Super Sport (245/35ZR18 in Front, 295/35ZR18 Rear - each only 10mm wider). Team Dynamics wheels are fitted as option to many Exige V6 (including my Komotec Exige EX460) and I think they look very fitting. The Esprit has such a timeless (futuristic) look that it need not be locked into the past by old wheel designs.
  3. Took a day and a half, but first progress is showing. I'm sure hoping the rest will go faster.
  4. Time for an update. I finally saw the car end pf June at the paint shop. Such a dream. Unfortunately the repainting is becoming abit of a nightmare. Evidently the car was already repainted at one time, but the paint didn't bond to the car. So, this will take a bit longer.... received_588245172864494.mp4
  5. Anyone have experience with the Nanking NS-2R THey seem to be available in the proper sizes.
  6. Now that it has been a few weeks and we've all had time to see or read the varios tests I'm wondering if Lotus really got the press cars right. Mind you, I'm not talking about the test results, the Emira is obviously a great step forward, but was it, for example, right to give EVO a car with road tires for the track tests, others semi-slicks for the road. Since Lotus is so evidently positioning the Emira as the other sportscar against the Porsche Cayman it seems reasonable to compare how the two manage these campaigns. Generally Porsche will invite the press to a great location (Portimao comes to mind), bringing a stable of cars with them. Some configured for the road, some for track. Each test crew is then given their chance to drive a road car, make their videos, etc. They then return to the track and are given the keys to a track prepared car for part two of the test. All the time Porsche has the necessary engineers on site to make sure the test cars are immaculate and properly set up. It may be a bit more expensive, but that is how you get the best test reports and videos!
  7. Interesting that most of the reviews mention the gearbox as a weak point, much as it always had been in the Evora and Exige.
  8. The Lotus Cars teaser was the initial inspitarion, but Tim's car completed the picture with those rocker panels. And a bit of EX460 for the front. Unfortunately we wont be able to get the OZ saturn rims, the car being fitted with the older wheels. I'm still open to suggestions for a better alternative.
  9. Status update: So we have been focussing on planning and setting everything up for the restoration: The gearbox rebuild will be performed by PUK Racing in Augsburg, Germany. The parts are on stock at Quaffe and have been ordered. The removal and shipmentof the gearbox by Komo-tec is scheduled. We've finalized the paint design and the car is now being prepared for painting. Needed parts have been identified by Komo-tec and being ordered. FInalizing the design and repainting proved quite challenging after we saw the offer. Repainting a car and changing colour can cost a fortune and I definitively underestimated that. But, in the end no compromises are being made. Amazingly, so far we haven't found any of the expected roadblocks. BTW we did find out why the paint was so bad. The car had previously been wrapped and when the last owner had the wrap removed the paint came with it. Also, the wrap seemed to have promoted osmosis in some places.
  10. So what is the 2022 view on new tires for the Esprit V8? It seems few tire makers have matching sets of 235/40R17 and 185/35R18 sizes any more. How many have exchanged the 235/40R17 for the more widely available 245/40R17? And, which manufacturers have the same tire in both sizes?
  11. And I actually prefer the later wheels and wing. So if someone wants to swap. But on the other side, I very much prefer the earlier interior and dashboard.
  12. In the meanwhile Komo-tec have completed their initial inspection and the list of issues is amazing: Various paint defects (clear coat detachment, possibly partly osmosis / wavy-pored paint) - a clear result from pulling the old wrap Small ding in the front bumper Rear diffuser partially wrapped with unknown background (it's a fake carbon wrap) Interior partially foiled with unknown background (fake carbon wrap) Oil pressure gauge defective Defective wiper linkage Heating controller not working Air conditioning not working (line in the lower engine compartment probably leaking) Transmission very stiff Scraping synchro gear 2 and gear 5 1st gear 1 very loud Idle speed gets stuck Taillights glazed (probably have to be replaced - turn signals were colored red = not allowed in Germany) Transmission oils heavily No catalytic converters installed Rear axle rubbers LH and RH defective Broken front turn signal glass Front left headlight (one lens tarnished, one glass defective) Wheels need to be refurbished Tires front DOT from 2009 Tires rear DOT from 2010 That is it! I've ssen cars come in for their annual inspection wiht a longer list of issues, this car is 26 years old! I expected the gearbox, I've had gearbox issues with every one of my Lotus, so the the known weaknesses of the Esprit gearbox did not surprise me. I always budgeted for a gearbox rebuild and hardening. Most costly item will probably the new paint job. I've pretty much finalized the design, but I'll keep that for later. Next steps (from easy to hard) having the car painted rebuilding the gearbox Identifiying and ordering parts having Daniel find time and space in their workshop to begin working.
  13. Every project needs a good name! As a Project Manager I know how essential a good name is for a project to be successful. I've seen hundreds of projects and am convinced a good project name is essential for project success. Some project names are more creative like "All-IP", some predictive, like "Technology Refresh" or "DCC - Data Centre Consolidation" and some abstract like "NewCo". I've been amused to see several projects named "Phoenix" that have generally been set up after their predecessor project failed. Their successors were named Phoenix II more than once. So, without further ado let me introduce you to "BASIC INSTINCT, the Lotus Esprit V8 project". The Lotus Esprit starred in many Hollywood block busters, from the famed James Bond films we all love, "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "For Your Eyes Only films to Pretty Woman (loved more by SWMBO) So, naming a Lotus Esprit restauration project after a film seemed logical. I have chosen "Basic Instinct", obviously because two Esprits played a major role in the film (and not the scene you were all thinking of). Prequel And in the beginning… …there was a university student who first saw the Lotus Esprit S1 at the New York Motor Show and immediately fell in love with the car (AND the hostess, but that is another story). In his eyes it was and still is one of the most beautiful cars ever made. That student got older, went down the classic path of a petrol head (Alfa, Porsche, BMW, Audi, etc.), but by the time he could have afforded to buy an Esprit they weren't being built anymore. Then, ten years ago this gearhead joined the group of Lotus owners with an Evora S, traded this up to an Evora GTE (that he then crashed) and has been the proud owner of the Lotus Komotec Exige EX460 JPS for the last five years. Meanwhile this idiot is approaching retirement and the nostalgia of old age reignited the dream of adding another Lotus to the collection to close the circle by with an Esprit. Inspired by @Suddabym's amazing S2 this fool started looking for restauration ideas. He looked into an EV-conversion, even did some design analysis (see here) , but found no way to overcome the range barriers. Only when he saw a V8 in the flesh did he realize that this would probably be the best compromise between the dream and a "modern" car.. He was driving an Audi RS2 in 1996, when the Esprit V8 made its debut and those were great times (he is still record holder Munich-St. Anton in winter in one hour 50 minutes with the RS2). The maniac started following the ads and, by coincidence stumbled across an auction for an Esprit V8 that had a great interior, a fully rebuilt engine and very low mileage. The paint was miserable (as he found out in the meantime, the car had been wrapped and when they tore this off the clearcoat stuck better to the foil than the car), but this wouldn't be an issue as changing colour would be inevitable. He set himself a very low limit, sure he would never win and placed a bid 20 seconds before the online auction was over. He hasn't slept since! The car has meanwhile been shipped to Komo-tec, who will be responsible for putting the Esprit V8 back on the road in pristine condition.
  14. I remember when we were all asking if there actually was a marketing department at Lotus, or when Dany in the Bahaha era was the personified epitomy of poor marketing. Really great to see how far Lotus has come here. The Evija, Emira and Eletre launches were already good, so its great to see that this kond of publicity is becoming the new standard. Now, if the new models are just as well made ... Only question, where is the new parts center? How many of us would love to get spare parts within reasonable delivery times?
  15. Maybe I'll have to reconsider the Motorsport Green. It probably depends a lot on the accents. BTW: the car should be at Komo-tec end of next week. Hopefully the first look won't be a nightmare.
  16. Yes, that one is. I thought you meant the colour schemes
  17. The actual wheel is black. This is just from the 3d file
  18. Thought? These are some renders on a 3d model in Fusion 360. Somehow the Motorsport green just doesn't cut it for me on the Esprit. In honor of @Suddabym I'm leaning towards the championship gold.
  19. Good call! This is definitly an option, though its not quite the same shape as the latter wings. The laminate quality wouldn't be a major issue. I'm planning to have the wind skinned in carbon (except the end plates).
  20. I'm looking for a rear spoiler for a V8 from the last generation, i.e. the "higher" wing with 3rd brake light as in the picture.
  21. I don't think so. The photos show the clearcoat peeling off.
  22. So it looks like I'm joining the exclusive Lotus Esprit Owners Club. Just won the bidding for a 1996 Esprit V8 on Catawiki. The interior looks ace and the engine has had a full rebuild just a few years ago, so I'm hopeful she will fulfill my dreams. The paint seems dead, so a complete respray will be necessary. And, the wheels definitively need a refurbishment. Which brings up the question of which colour to go for. The car is in dark green, which I don't really like. This leaves the following colours in my selection (whereby I'm mostly thinking about modern colours): Aspen White - always elegant, but probably not right for the white interior Artic Silver - equally elegant, but always a bit bland Flame Red - I do love the Renault Flame Red, but red justs calls for Ferrari misidentification Motorsport Green - I like the gold / green shine, but it may be too bright for the Esprit Motorsport Black - As on my EX460. I love it, but it is a dust magnet Copper Fire - My name is Bond, James Bond - just an idea right now as I have never seen it in the flesh. I'm also thinking about wrapping the car instead of painting. It does open a completely different world of colours (including matt), has the advantage of simple repair of stone chips (and intrinsic PPF properties) and does keep the original colour below. Recommendations? Oh, and I'm sure I will be coimg back with many more questions once I get my hands around the car.
  23. TBD

    Chassis swap

    Has anyone ever considered putting a Guigaro Esprit body on a later model chassis? V8 maybe? Just wondering if it would be possible.
  24. Actually he surely would have. In fact the idea would equally work with the Esprit. You could probably fit 20-25kwh in the central chassis tunnel.
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