Knowledge Identifier: $Lotus_Esprit
Category: Business (14)
Launched in 1972.
Countries: (23%), United Kingdom (16%), United States (13%)
Linked to: Renault, Citroen, Ferrari, Panasonic
The silver Italdesign concept that eventually became the Esprit was unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in 1972 as a concept car, and was a development of a stretched Lotus Europa chassis
Introduced in April 1981, the "'Turbo Esprit"' and "'S3"' Esprits marked a necessary consolidation: both new models had a common chassis, inheriting much of the configuration of the Essex cars, whilst body production was based on a single common set of moulds
Formula One - Lotus began to develop a system of active suspension which first appeared during 1982 on the F1 Lotus 91 and Lotus Esprit road car
In 1989, the Esprit was again improved with the GM multi-port, electronic fuel injection system and the addition of a water to air intercooler, which Lotus has named the Chargecooler, producing the "'SE"'
Doc Bundy won the 1992 IMSA Bridgestone Supercar Championship drivers title with the Esprit X180R. The Esprit has been used by Thorkild Thyrring to win his class in the 1993 and 1994 British GT Championship, and by Richard Piper, Peter Hardman and Olindo Iacobelli in the 1993 and 1994 24 Hours of Le Mans
Brad Jones (racing driver) - He won the 1994 Australian Super Production Car Series in a Lotus Esprit
Lotus Esprit GT1 - The Lotus Esprit GT Team were to participate in the 1995 Endurance GT series with the Type 114
Esprit production temporarily ceased in 2004 with Lotus content on producing the Esprit with little development aside from minor cosmetic changes including a switch to four round tail lights for the 2002 model year
Hidden headlamp - The last time pop-up headlamps appeared on a volume-production car was in 2004 when both the Lotus Esprit and C5 Corvette ended production
The Perry Oceanographic-built submarine was sold to American business magnate Elon Musk at auction for £650,000 in September 2013 by RM Auctions at Battersea Park, London
The 2014 Lotus V-8 shaves off 130-pounds than the 5,0-litre V-8 IS-F Lexus engine