Popular Post TBD Posted May 9, 2022 Popular Post Report Share Posted May 9, 2022 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. 7 Quote If you have the choice between a Stairway to Heaven and a Highway to Hell don't forget the Nomex®! Captain, Lotus Airways. We fly lower! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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