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    George Morgan
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    1988 Pontiac Fiero GT
  1. I would expect a new Esprit to be in the $100k plus range so it would be competing with the likes of the Porsche 911 Turbo and the Corvette ZR1. Both of these cars have engines that are triumphs of engineering and art, worthy of bragging rights on their own. Could this be said of any engine coming from Toyota? It is all about marketing. Supposedly, marketing was the driving force behind the Esprit getting a V8 originally. From an engineering standpoint, a supercharged 4 banger is just fine. From a business stand point, a V6 might do, but it better be one heck of a V6 and not just some hot rodded Camery dynamo. It is hard to imagine that there are not people employed by Lotus reading our posts, but they also know that few of us here are potential buyers of a brand spanking new Lotus Esprit. Most of us are waiting for it to trickle down to our level of purchasing power years down the road.
  2. Pretty sharp there Tony. I swiped the photo from my 2009 Fiero calendar from The Fiero Store hanging on my cubical wall. Mine is a silver 88 with matching rocker panels. Also, I have removed the wing. It looks so much cleaner and sleeker without it. I believe the wing to be completely dysfunctional and with that belief it becomes unattractive like the fake hood scoop on my daughter's Mustang. A couple of weeks ago, I had my oil changed and the guy said,"88 huh? That's the one with the Lotus suspension isn't it?" That is a popular myth that I'm guessing began because of GM's purchase of 49% of Lotus around that time. In actuality, the suspension of the 88 is unique to that model but was designed years before. It was cheaper to use off the shelf parts from other cars so it is ironic that it was only implemented in the last months of production. That is why I only considered 88 models. I did my research then and again I am doing it here and now. I have been thinking along similar lines as you suggest. With the little bit of free time I have, it might take me more than a year to do a swap myself so I'd have to buy another car to drive. It would cost about 6 grand to have a shop do it and that money could well go towards the purchase of an Esprit. In the interest of exploring all options, I joined an Acura/Honda NSX forum. It is next to useless because almost all of the members are NSX owner wanabees. I have learned more from Wikipedia. My thoughts are now leaning toward buying an Esprit at some point and keeping the Fiero, leaving it stock as far as the engine goes. I have made some outwardly invisible modifications to cool the ignition electronics and I may make some body modifications to further improve the ventilation of the engine bay. Like the S1 Esprits, engine bay ventilation is almost not existent. There are vents to let the hot air out but nothing to bring cool air in. Unlike Esprits, there is nothing iconic about Fieros and body modifications are considered by few to be sacrilegious. Body modifications on any car don't do any good for the market value but are probably devastating to the value of an iconic Esprit.
  3. TrapperJohn, For motors go to: The place has a lot of stuff. I
  4. First off, I can't imagine Porsche selling it's engine's to such a direct competitor. It would be like selling arms to your enemy in the middle of a war. Not that such things don't go on. Beyond that, a rear engined car has a handicap right off the bat. The marketing department at Porsche knows that the rear engined 911 is invaluable as an icon, thus they continue to develop it and hold the power back on the Cayman and the Boxster to ensure the 911's dominance. Remember that Lotus did the engineering for the Delorean and strongly urged John Delorean to go with a mid-engined design. This establishes their stand on engine location. By the way, John Delorean reportedly swore that he would show GM how to build automobiles. I suspect that my car was GM's tit for tat response to their former executive's boast. It's mid-engined of course. In response to Rich, I don't think gas hogs will ever be as offensive as genuine fur coats. This question though reminds me of a song by Rush entitled Red Barchetta. It was based on a story published in Road & Track magazine in 1973. In the futuristic story, cars have been banned but the main character's uncle has maintained a Ferrari in secrecy so that he may "commit my weekly crime". Speaking of Ferrari, Enzo introduced the Dinos with six cylinder engines saying that Ferraris were twelve cylinder automobiles. Of course in 1975 he produced the eight cylinder Ferrari 308s. I guess he couldn't stomach the idea of his name being attached to a car with only 6 cylinders but finally conceded to acceptability of eight. I recall reading that the Esprit's move to V8s was largely driven by marketing. In the peasant world, Camerys got V6s so Accords had to follow suit with no engineering argument driving the change. I read recently that Porsche at one time built a 1.5liter turbocharged engine cranking out 1000hp so speed is not the issue. Younger drivers don't seem to share my generations attraction to the sound of an old fashioned, 90 degree crank V8. The lumpy idle and the ferocious roar are intoxicating stimuli for my generation. I guess I just talked myself into voting for a V8 but I'm not registered to vote in this election.
  5. The momentary reversed rotation does not occur because of the burning of fuel with air. It is simply the compressed charge acting like an air spring. Fuel and spark have nothing do to with it. This is in a healthy engine where no dieseling is occurring due carbon build up or improperly seating valves. This phenomenon is blatantly obvious when you shut down a single engine, piston powered airplane because the propeller is spinning right there in front of your face. An engine must be designed to tolerate this occurrence and I
  6. Eddie-Munster! You nailed it! I agree. The Esprit has and must continue to have elegance. You shouldn't have difficulty imagining 007 in a tuxedo climbing gracefully out of an Esprit. You more expect Gene Simons in his Kiss stage garb to climb out of this thing with some gum chewing groupie in tow. Any car carrying the name of an earlier model should be recognizable as a continuation of the line. Otherwise, a new name should be giving and a new line begun. Perhaps Giugiaro isn't the droid we're looking for. Wouldn't he feel compelled to try to out do himself? When I first saw photos of the Esprit, I didn't think of it as being outrageous, just gorgeous. Outrageous radiates a "I have to try this hard to get attention" persona. Elegance exudes confidence and competence. For this car to carry the name of Elise it should be an evolution. The French aside, following a revolution a country usually changes it's name. I'm not writing from the colonies you know.
  7. Wow! This is a long thread with so much to which I might respond. Where to start? I don
  8. There is still compression with the throttle closed, but even more, with it open. Such was the case here where Tom
  9. A timing jump was the first thing that came to my mind. On any engine with a chain or belt drive to the camshafts the greatest stress occurs at shutdown. The engine coasts until it is finally stopped by the compression stroke of one of the cylinders. If it stops in just the right position, the compressed gases in the cylinder will drive the piston down causing the crankshaft to rotate backwards momentarily. When the crankshaft is rotating in a normal direction, one side of the cam drive chain/belt is taught, the other slack and that is suddenly reversed when the engine stops in the above described manner. This can cause the chain/belt or any of the cogs to become damaged or, possibly in this case, may have caused it to jump one of the cogs by a notch. I can imagine that shutting down with the engine at higher speed would increase the probability of this happening. The longer the chain, the more likely this would be too. I
  10. Thanks for the welcome USAndretti42. Yes, am still in Baton Rouge. When I looked for a Fiero several years ago, I soon realized that if you are going to get any car that is uncommon, you have to be willing to travel to get it. It is a waste of time to scour the used car lots or read the classified ads in the local paper. I found my Fiero on the internet, negotiated a deal on the phone and flew to Fort Lauderdale to buy the car in Hollywood, Florida. The added cost of the trip is a small price to pay in the long run but it does require a higher level of commitment to be made prior to kicking the tires in person. It would be a real bummer to fly across the country to find that the car had been grossly misrepresented, but that is a small chance that I'll take without hesitation. By the same token, as evidenced by the British professor trying in vain to sell his Europa here, anyone selling an Esprit, living far from sports car country would be wise to ignore their local market. The C6 Corvettes were out for a year before I saw one on the streets of Baton Rouge but the latest pickup trucks and SUVs are everywhere. When I travel to hub cities on the east or west coast, I rarely see a pickup tuck that is not a commercial vehicle. In recent years, I have only seen two Elises and One Esprit to represent Lotus here, so clearly, the odds are very small that I will be buying at the same time that someone here is selling. There are many more Lamborghinis here. I think that is because any moron, with the bucks, knowing nothing of cars, is likely to buy a Lamborghini, not that they aren't great cars too. If I am at a restaurant and see someone with a bottle of Chateau Lafitte Rothschild on their table, I don't assume them to be a connoisseur of fine wines but rather just someone with money to spare. The guy over there with the Merlot from Chile may well know more about wine and less about making money.
  11. How I Became a Lotus Fan or Close Encouters of the Europa Kind It was probably around 1968 when I first saw a Lotus in the flesh for the first time. It was in a parking lot at Scott AFB outside St. Louis where I lived as a teenager. This Lotus 7 was green of course, and it looked so low you might trip over it. I walked around and around what struck me as a four wheeled motorcycle and imagined what fun it must be to drive. A year later , I was stopped at a light in my father
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