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Esprit GT3, tail or no tail ?

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Not in my business. :-P


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Thank you all for your comments/observations/p*ss takes :thumbsup:

In the true spirit of democracy, I have taken all of your comments and come up with the following action plan. Which, keeps everybody (nearly) happy.

Adrian, I have contacted Andy at Lotus who is going to find what came with the car.

Roger/Alex - Your both right, Wings is/are for fairies. Rotors are for men.

The wing will come off but, I can then keep it safe for future fitting if necessary.

I need to plug the holes.

Michael, your suggestion may be a little OTT for my tastes.

I will plug the holes (as per Alex) but Black on orange is a little 'loud', so may try and find something near the colour.

So if any of the other Chrome orange's have done this, I would love to see a pic.

It's been emotional.


I have CDO, it's like OCD but all the letters are in alphabetical order, AS THEY SHOULD BE !

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Aww. Shucks. :(


All we know is that when they stop making this, we will be properly, properly sad.Jeremy Clarkson on the Esprit.

Opinions are like armpits. Everyone has them, some just stink more than others.

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If the factory fitted the wing from new then I'd guess that it would have the normal 'short' transom. I cannot imagine it being fitted with the Swiss 'long' transom and wing due to this increasing understeer.

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Quite diplomatic of you Whirlybird. Ever considered running for office :)

Good luck with your new project. As they say on my other forum "pics or it didn't happen".

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The large wing doesnt cause any understeer issues on the GT3. Well not that i can tell from my driving lol

We have had several Wig discussions over the years, the comment that stuck in my mind was the one from Brian Angus at a large Esprit gathering where he stated that there was some aerodynamic purpose to the wings but in reality most of their effect was for cosmetic purposes.

various threads

http://www.thelotusforums.com/forums/topic/20647-wings/

http://www.thelotusforums.com/forums/topic/29332-rear-wing-downforce/page__hl__%2Bwing+%2Bdownforce

http://www.lotusespritworld.com/EGuides/EModifications/wingeffect.html from LEW

There was once a lovely thread on the esprit and wind tunnel testing which is hilarious to read.

Here they are:

The 1st one is good. Starts with a post by MJK himself

http://www.lotusespr...nd...nd tunnel\

it was started in reply to this on pistonheads http://www.pistonhea...a...mp;f=17&h=0

Others:

http://www.lotusespr...nd...nd tunnel\

http://www.lotusespr...d...t=0&start=0

http://www.lotusespr...nd...nd tunnel\

results found by putting "wind tunnel" into the search box B)

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By popular request, (one person), the pics.

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I have CDO, it's like OCD but all the letters are in alphabetical order, AS THEY SHOULD BE !

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Off topic: What's the diff in exhaust system between the GT3 and the S4? My exhaust exits on the RHS.


All we know is that when they stop making this, we will be properly, properly sad.Jeremy Clarkson on the Esprit.

Opinions are like armpits. Everyone has them, some just stink more than others.

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The pipe passes through the GT3 back box twice by looping back on itself 180 degrees on the RHS.

Edited by sailorbob

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Bootiful.


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I still think it looks better with the wing. I think with out it looks a little plain.

Buddsy


 

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Ta Derek


All we know is that when they stop making this, we will be properly, properly sad.Jeremy Clarkson on the Esprit.

Opinions are like armpits. Everyone has them, some just stink more than others.

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Sorry but this is where it belongs

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The V8 wing is just too big for the delicate shape of the GT3 without the wheel arch blisters, massive wheels and exhausts of the bigger engined car. Plonked on the arse of a little 4 pot it just looks like it's doing a wheelie.

this is spot on.... get rid

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I think with out it looks a little plain.

You've been staring at Esprit's for too long mate! :huh:


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I'm with Buddsy. Don't get me wrong, your car is absolutely gorgeous in either configuration, just for me, the wing is part of the car.

The good news is, you're happier with it and that is all that really matters in the end.

So when you are tired of her, give me a call (just include the wing :)).

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But that's just it - the wing definitely isn't part of the GT3. Lotus designed it without a wing and with a longer transom. I agree some Stevens Esprits look good with a wing, but absolutely not the GT3.


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I had one on my silver GT3 when I got it. Hated it from the start.

One it was gone, car looked much better. Also, the tailgate now opens on its own when I pull the lever inside the car. Before it would only pop up an inch, and then I would have to heave it up!

OFF WITH THE LEAD SPOILER!

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Hi,  The spoiler makes the gt3 look  tall and narrow, but without it looks wide  (fat).Bin it, but if you still in two minds get some arches, problem solved. (the gt3 is all about lightweight so leave it standard). Love the colour................

 

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Hi,  The spoiler makes the gt3 look  tall and narrow, but without it looks wide  (fat).Bin it, but if you still in two minds get some arches, problem solved. (the gt3 is all about lightweight so leave it standard). Love the colour................

 

I agree, the GT3 was all about lightweight. Unfortunately, the factory didn't know I was going to be sitting in it !


I have CDO, it's like OCD but all the letters are in alphabetical order, AS THEY SHOULD BE !

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