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    1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo, BMW M4 Coupe
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    Isle of Man

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  1. They did change slightly at some point. I think the early frames had sort of boxes where the bolts go through.. whereas the later frames are just flat tabs with holes in. So be prepared that you may need different length bolts if the mountings are different.
  2. Could be worse though.. This is the oil I took out of my gearbox last year which lead to a complete rebuild!
  3. I have the front rubber lip on mine, as my driveway is quite steep so I'm limited in ground clearance. I did have to slightly lower the front of mine to reduce understeer at speed. I have the Sport 350 rear wing as well, so I get a lot of downforce at the back which probably doesn't help understeer. My car is 301bhp and we have derestricted roads here, so I often do get to speeds where the handling starts to change!
  4. I’m on the Isle of Man so the location is no good for you. But I paid £3,500 about 10 years ago. It was a proper job though. Windows out.. bumpers, bonnet, tailgate, doors all off, taken right back to the base coat (dry sanded) and painted and lacquered with a tonne of lacquer. I’m very pleased with it. I changed from the original pearl white colour as it was just impossible to match and I was tired of my car being about 6 different colours, especially under sodium street lighting. Plus, if you’re spending all that money it’s nice to see a big change. It’s now Ford Panther Black. Sounds cheap, but It’s a really nice metallic rich black, with blue and red flecks that show up in the sun. And more importantly, it’s an easy colour to find and match in the future! You can even get cans of it from Halfords.
  5. Great work! And it's nice to know that your original Sport 350 sills are on my car. Nothing was wasted!
  6. I think the V8's with the Brembo front discs had an Elise rear calliper.. as this is what I fitted to mine. The Sport 350 has a rear brembo calliper, as well as the Elise one for the handbrake mechanism. I really doubt they'd fit 16" wheels though I'm afraid. the front Brembo's certainly wouldn't, and you wouldn't want to upgrade the backs without doing the fronts or you'd end up in a wall. Worth contacting PNM Engineering as they have loads of options that will probably suit your wheel size (and hub type.. this changed as well)
  7. Well, Peter Stevens designed it, which is why a lot of things are common. Wing mirrors are the same Citroen CX that we use on the Esprit!
  8. I've had my Esprit 21 years now, and what is soul destroying is the jobs you remember doing 15 years ago and thinking 'good, I can forget about that now' only to be doing it again years later! I'm on about my 3rd set of gearbox and engine mounts now, for example. Luckily mine is garaged and rarely comes out, so most maintenance tasks these days are limited to things that stop working when they're not used. Like relays! I really should drive it more. Think I'll tax it for May actually.
  9. I have the later 100mm V8 style electronic speedo in mine which you can calibrate. I used a GPS speed sat nav for comparison and gradually changed the increments until I got my speedo spot on. Most speedos over read speed anyway by default, so even with bigger wheels and tyres, you may only be eating into that margin. But yes, worth checking with something like a TomTom on your dash that gives you a gps speed, just as a one off so you know how much to allow for. We don’t like permanent dashboard or window clutter in our nice Esprits.
  10. There was a horrible set on eBay last year that looked like they had been hand painted with some silver dulux using a paintbrush. Other than that, they come up very infrequently. I was quite lucky and happy when I got mine. Think I paid about £1000 as well, which was a bargain really. If you put a watch on eBay, you may get a set.. although they usually seem to come up in ones or two’s, not a full set. They are light though. I originally had GT3 wheels, which are smaller with narrower tyres. The much larger Magnesios were pretty much the same weight, wheels and tyres together.
  11. If these brackets could be made in aluminium, then I’d be happy to fit a set to my Esprit To prevent this damage happening in the first place. Some of our roads are quite bumpy here, so I imagine my chassis and body get a right good pasting. I’d rather prevent any of this cracking than try to fix it afterwards. making them out of aluminium would appeal for the weight factor, and also the corrosion factor. (If anodised). I wouldn’t fancy fitting mild steel under there as it’s right in the airflow and will quickly rot in the climate I live in. (Near the sea with crap weather most of the time!)
  12. You could always do what Ford used to do, and I believe a number of modern cars still do. Have an auxiliary air pump somewhere pumping air directly into the exhaust to thin out the emissions!
  13. I seem to remember when I first took the carbs off mine to switch to injection, the ram pipes (or whatever they're referred to as) were so long they left hardly any gap between the tops of them and the plenum chamber housing. I was surprised any air managed to get in at all before boost came in. On the injection plenum, as on the photo above, they are just a lip more than longer pipes. I guess injection doesn't benefit as much from having pipes as carbs do. This is way out of my league though when it comes to airflow and stuff.
  14. My air con was mostly missing when I got the car which is why it was an easy choice to use the radiator for the charge cooler. The pipes are indeed quite narrow, but they seem to be ok. I can monitor air temperature after the charge cooler, but I don't have a way to measure it going in. Certainly after a good run though when the engine is really hot, my charge cooler is always stone cold so it does the job. The throttle bodies are the standard SE ones, along with a standard fuel rail. When it was on the rolling road though, we did have to squash the fuel pressure regulator to up the fuel pressure a bit. I only use 4 injectors, but as I'm not using a Lotus ECU they are not the Lotus type of injectors. I'm pretty certain these are the 4 injectors I'm using. Rover Tomcat 220 2.0 Turbo 420 Fuel Injector Lucas 380cc MJY10023 They certainly look the same anyway, black with a red stripe. On the rolling road, the 301hp was made with decent fuelling though, as the lambda didn't lean out at any point so I'm quite happy they're up to the job. Here's my power run.
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