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    esprit turbo 1988(modified)
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    Adjustable suspension with S300 springs, PNM Eng 4pot callipers all round, 330mm custom front discs, SE front bumper and S300 spoiler lip, V8 custom wheel arch extensions, Carbon Fibre sunroof, OZ saturn alloys, LED Headlights, S4 leather seats, double din stereo and sat-nav, Carbon Fibre dash and centre console, Climate control system, Electrically heated windscreen, boost controller, Converted to fuel injection with OMEX 600 ECU and wasted spark ignition, plenum spacer plate, Hybrid Turbo, Alunox larger charge cooler with electric pump, Larger charge-cooler radiator, Alunox SS exhaust manifold, 3" custom SS exhaust system.
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  1. Congratulations Peter, welcome to the emotional experience that is esprit ownership. If you get used to the performance and want more you can always upgrade bits as mdw says or simply trade it for a turbo. personally I’d be tempted to change the ignition from dizzy to ecu mappable relatively soon but each to their own. On another plus note - all the hours I’ve spent looking at cars that I don’t need, can’t afford or both has finally resulted in something positive
  2. I had same issue, was advised to check the junk/spam folder but they were not there either. Emailed mark at supercarfest last night and had my tickets in my inbox first thing this morning.
  3. Personally I think that’s top money for the model regardless of the limited edition pitch and as Barry says, likely to need a lot of work once on the road. If you like the special edition aspect there’s a nice green S4 on autotrader at a reasonable price. Only other cars I’ve seen for sale at the moment seem to be red which I know isn’t an option. Did see an 88 turbo in white on eBay, had 98k on it but the description said it had a lot of history and work done so might be worth enquiring, plus it’s £8k less than the one above. Southwest lotus have a nice looking clean lined white esprit for sale but it’s not a turbo. Pete at PNM was at one point looking to sell his own white turbo, not sure if that’s still his intention but you could always call him and ask if he knows of any suitable cars for sale? good luck in your search.
  4. Have you tried SMS autospray in Spalding? They advertise in the club lotus mag and present talks on bodywork.
  5. I’ve got larger wheels and tyres fitted to my 88 Stevens. Rear is on 285 and front is on 235. Originally I had pro-tech adj dampers with springs on and it was a nightmare! The rear shocks kept leaking so I got a second hand pair of avo’s Which coped a lot better. However the car felt crashy (if that’s a word) and the tyres would rub the arches if I went over a bump or even an undulating surface. The fix in the end was changing the front shocks to avo and fitting a complete set of springs. That enabled me to set the ride height clearance to 17mm and stopped the rubbing. Totally transformed the ride (Personally I think the springs made the most difference)! Still had to fit an S300 lip spoiler to stop the front end lifting though and therefore be careful how high your car sits. It was not a fun moment as the steering went light and the car didn’t respond . Would love to change the bushes front and rear to the Lotac setup however I hate changing bushes and the kit is quite pricey. Not to mention the list of other bits that are higher priority, like a LSD and Larger Inlet Valves
  6. I suppose the questions are: How far are you prepared to travel? How much do you want to spend?Is it a full or part respray?
  7. I love the clean lines and the interior of a GT3 especially with the sports seats and the transmission tunnel trim but I don’t get why you would want less power (granted, Ive been chasing BHP for the last 17 years and therefore may be in the minority on this). I’m sure you could tune a gt3 up, but in this case it would be cheaper to remove the spoiler off any SE, S4 or S4S or even lighten them a little as well. If I was buying an Esprit today (assuming that I wasn’t so emotionally invested in the one I have lol) I would look for a turbo fuel injected car with air conditioning. The exact style would then be down to your preference or era. Most important thing above all else and anyone’s opinion including mine is... buy what makes you happy!!
  8. I fitted a set of the hispec/PNM 4 pots under 16” rears and 15” fronts. Granted the handbrake is rubbish but Hispec have an electronic handbrake you could fit or the Brembo’s as well or Possibly a wilwood mechanical handbrake caliper such as mp4. i ran 300mm discs with the 16” se wheels and originally the 286mm disc under the 15” fronts. If you upgrade the wheels to larger ones in the future you can keep the 4 pots and just change the disc size. I’m currently running a 330mm front disc but intend to stay at 300mm on rear.
  9. Hey peter, I’ve usually found the spoilers were added in 89 along with the different (Citroen) wing mirrors. Other option is a gt3 which is a younger model but didn’t have the wrap around style spoiler. Are you looking for a turbo or n/a and would you prefer carbs or fuel injection?
  10. cheers for posting a pic phil, thats exactly the same form I got sent today.
  11. Just in case Bibs couldn't work any magic (not that I doubt the glorious leaders ability!), I decided to purchase 2 general £12.50 tickets under the forum link on the premise that I'd already told my dad that we would go as a belated fathers day gift. Put in my details including the esprit, and had an email from Mark Webb @ Supercarfest saying: "Thank you for registering your car in the Lotus Forums display area. This is a privileged parking zone next to the main hill climb track and next to the retail area, VIP area, Food Courts and Supercar Show. Venue map attached. Please follow the road signs to “Car Clubs” where you will be greeted and directed to your reserved Club area." Therefore am I right in assuming that all is good and Bibs can stand down? If so, then grateful if you could add me to the list please Bibs. Cheers Chris
  12. If there’s nothing bibs can do then I’d definitely buy it from you bazza, will obviously give Karl’s first refusal.
  13. Just tried buying tickets but got the sold out icon as well. Was hoping to be on the club stand as I was banking on it being in a central location so that I could bring my father who at 83 isn't as mobile as he once was. Grateful of any news especially before I start polishing the car up lol
  14. fair enough!! I move around a lot and got tired of trying to find people capable of tuning them properly. Plus I started down an increased performance route which the carbs couldn’t keep up with without ruining the daily driving characteristics.
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