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  1. Andy,

    This is the situation;

    Car; 1980 Esprit S2.2

    - The car has being realigned at the shop, 2 weeks ago, now 100kms since then,

    unalighnment was noticed after only 35kms.

    - At both sides of the steering balljoint no thread is left, therefore toe-in is not possible

    - It pulls to the right while braking, when steering wheel is let loose.

    When holding steering wheel the pull to the right is not noticable.

    - It generally pulls to the right

    - Randomly the car has no noticable pull to any side, and feels alighned

    - It feels that the car has limited caster, as at low speeds there is no self centering of the steering

    - Tire pressure is set at 2.0bar all round, with 1.3 bar the steering feels soggy

    I will try 1.5 front 1.8 rear

    - Tires size F205/60/R14 R205/70/R14


  2. These engines are available for around $15k/us dollars in the crate

    As are most probably the BMW engines for a Lotus buyer,

    a +500hp twin turbo 4.0 V8 or straight 6 should be the way to go.

    And achievable for this pricing.

    For US citizens it may seem likable to use a LS7 engine, but in the rest

    of the world, these pushrod engines are still not done.

  3. It should be no significant problem to install a supercharger,

    It should even be possible on the airco pump location.

    BUT, you might as well go for a turbocharger,

    that should be a lot easier as all parts are easily available.

    Installing a supercharger looks easy, but you need the turbo intake system anyway

    for the supercharger, or go for an injection set.

    Besides this you need a set of custom made ducting.

    If you just want more power, take the turbo route, (It's more original and lotus style anyway)

    If you are after a supercharger sound, why not try to install it.

  4. Dear All,

    Is it not possible to join up with a damper company to let them tailor a new set

    for the First series Esprit, or do we need Lotus to develop the handling?

    As I did some research on aftermarket suspension for my S2.2 Esprit. I always

    got the same answer, you can have the currently available suspension with Adjustable

    dampers at the rear and fixed hight at the front. Or get tailor made suspension at around 2500 pounds.

    As the tailor made suspension is quite expensive, maybe we can organise a higher quantity batch

    which can be more cost efficient, by for example a company like intrax.

    So basically my questions are,

    is there anything decent available on the market?

    Is the current aftermarket suspension good enough?

    Should we await the Lotus upgrade?

    Can a company like Intrax match the ability's of Lotus in developing a new suspension configuration for us?


    Jaap van der Lee

  5. Get a S4 engine with fuel injection,

    That would do the trick.

    Or I think the best option.

    Keep your current engine, install lumenition throttlebody's and injectionsystem. (and maybe some balacing)

    This would be the easiest way, improve reliability (al lot more than an alien engine) and keeps the value of your car the highest.

  6. Count me in for my 1980 S2.2, if leadtime is reasonable, cause i have to buy a new set in the near future.

    1. Tony K

    2. Esprit S2 (Paul Baxter)

    3. Troy

    4. Peteyg (Pete Gentilli)

    5. yeller77 (Eric)

    6. matk

    7. ghe67 (giorgio)

    8. dwil

    9. Matwatts (for 78 Esprit S1)

    10. Mark p

    11. beagle!

    12. Franky (Esprit S2 JPS)

    13. JeanVM (Esprit S1)

    14. Mundo

    15. LOTUS

    16. Rich S.

    17. Mikes2esprit1979

    18. scottmgibb

    19. orionflyer74

    20. Ian Munro

    21. Rogue_S1 (Rob Roy, Esprit S1)

    22. HotShoe (Dave Coleman, '78 S1

    23. AdamLHelton (Esprit S1)

    24. Rohan Hodges (1978 Esprit S1 1/2)

    25. Iain Ogilvie (1983 Turbo Esprit)

    26. djc

    27. ALOOFS2 (Dennis Fresch)

    28. surferphil (1978 S1)

    29. tiga (1979 S2)

    30. gtookey (Gavin Tookey)

    31. Rolf, S3 TurboEsprit

    32. Mike H 77 L34

    33. Mattwatts (for 78 Esprit S2)

    34. Plumdeplakmuis (1980 S2.2)

  7. Yes I'm planning to get it back to restore it as much as possible.

    It's simply to original to modify,

    For me left to do;

    - Clutch replacement

    - Swap the red hose for a braided version (although this is not so original)

    - New clutch slave cylinder

    - Find a new electric clock (placed in between sun visors)

    - Replace RH steering gator (got a new original replacementpart)

    - Throttle cable replacement

    - Reset Carbs

    - Rebalance wheels

    - Aircobelt, and refilling airco system (not a priority at the moment)

    - Refurbishing RH sunvisor

    - RH gas strut of the engine compartment missing (LH is Stabilus 093602 0308180 0280N)

    - And as sufficient cash is available, repaint exterior to original A06 code

    - And some other tiding up

    So still a bit to do,

    So if anybody has some advice on one of these things, please let me know,

    Especially where to find a new clock?

    Or what is a good adhesive to refurbish the RH sun visor?

  8. Thanks all, for the advice,

    I'm planning to do the whole thing.

    Red hose replacement, slave cylinder and clutch package.

    First thing now is where to get a good deal on the parts.

    I hope LEF membership will help a bit.

  9. Dear All, I hope you can advice me with the following.

    At this moment i have the current situation with my car.

    Car. 1980 Esprit S2.2 n/a (45.000 kilometres)

    The clutch hose is still the red plastic one, and the slave cylinder is slightly moist.

    The adjuster screw on the release fork is corroded, and seems to be at the end bare 2 centimetres.


    When driving and putting down full power, the clutch will slip.

    When car is warmed up, it won't get into reverse.


    Unknown, just bought the car.

    But a clutch should not be worn after only 45.000 km.

    Now as the slave cylinder and plastic hose are considered weak points, I'm hoping naturally that

    the replacements can solve the problem. Though this does seems illogical to me.

    Can it be so that when the slave cylinder wears out, it will not return to the fully retracted position?

    Or what other possibility's are there? (of course replacing the clutch)

  10. Dear Rydning,

    For a real racing esprit GT1 I have some leads,

    - For the only running car you have to contact of course Mike Sekinger.

    - For a original non running esprit GT1 you can maybe check out some details

    in the Indoor Kartingtrack Eindhoven the Netherlands, there is the fire damaged chassis used as wall decoration.

    Somewhere else at the track you can find the original Bitter GT1, it used some details of the Esprit.

    Also you can maybe ask Mike Hezemans, who is the owner of the track, and former pilot of the cars,

    on some more pictures he should have, and maybe even some original drawings.

    - Then there was an original Esprit for sale at Pilbeam

    I don't know if it was GT1 or GT2.

    Then you can also find 2 more Esprits GT2 in the Netherlands, one is racing under V-Max racing

    this is absolutley one of the most horrible Esprits I'have ever seen. Really amateur racecar.

    Please don't take over any details of this car. Then there should be also an original GT2

    racecar, I think former Allard Kalf car, but I lost track of it's whereabouts.

    Sorry most of them are not in the UK, but these are all original facory racecars I know of.

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