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

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who cares about active suspension:

 

the car is rotten and needs a complete resto..in this state its better to dismantle it for parts.

 

to bring this car back to its former glory you need to spent thousdans of pound...and finally end with a car which won´t habe much more value than any other excel in good nick.

if it would be a porsche or mercedes, the story would be different...but as its "only" a lotus-excel...forget it.

 

 

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On 30/07/2017 at 11:32, Elite7 said:

who cares about active suspension:

 

the car is rotten and needs a complete resto..in this state its better to dismantle it for parts.

 

to bring this car back to its former glory you need to spent thousdans of pound...and finally end with a car which won´t habe much more value than any other excel in good nick.

if it would be a porsche or mercedes, the story would be different...but as its "only" a lotus-excel...forget it.

 

 

I don't know about the condition of the car, but regarding the active suspension this was a fantastically innovative approach in the day. Unfortunately, the cost of the system (valves, sensors, controllers etc) was, I understand, too high to make it commercially viable.

This car doesn't have the computer used to control the active suspension. Sourcing some more up to date hardware to replace it wouldn't be too much of a problem to someone with the right skills, but also missing is the Lotus software that controlled the system. Recreating this would be the biggest cost as it would need to be developed from scratch, and would necessitate a lot of system testing to make it work properly. All you really have with the car is the hydraulic system, which likely will also need major overhaul - and the components, if available, are likely to be expensive.

So reluctantly I agree with you!

Richard

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As an example of the marque and how Lotus were trying to push boundaries, this car has obvious attractions - however, from a day to day perspective, I doubt if that value translates anywhere beyond a museum (and a Lotus one at that?).

It is going to be either extremely costly to get the original set up working (if it is at all possible to work out what was originally intended?) and without it, it becomes just another rotting classic with an interesting past (IMO).

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Is the price for that bit in Yen or £?

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