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Lotus Esprit

Knowledge Identifier: $Lotus_Esprit

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Lotus Esprit

Sports car that was built by Lotus in the United Kingdom between 1976 and 2004, as well as a future release in 2014 add

Category: Business (14)

Launched in 1972.

Countries: (23%), United Kingdom (16%), United States (13%)

Main connections: Lotus Cars, Pretty Woman, Citroen

Linked to: Renault, Citroen, Ferrari, Panasonic

 

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1972

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 add something


1976

The "'Lotus Esprit"' is a sports car that was built by Lotus in the United Kingdom between 1976 and 2004, as well as a future release in 2014 add something


1978

A series of improvements made to the Esprit during its initial run culminated in the "'S2"' Esprit, which was introduced in 1978 add something


1980

In 1980 the first factory turbocharged Esprit was launched add something


1981

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 add something


1982

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


1985

For the 1985 model year, the S3 and Turbo underwent some slight alterations to the bodywork and to the front suspension add something


1986

In April 1986, the final incarnations of the Giugiaro-styled Esprit were announced, with raised engine compression giving rise to the "HC" moniker add something


1987

In 1987, a new version of the Esprit was unveiled, incorporating rounder styling cues given by designer Peter Stevens add something


1988

G Esprits have Citroën gearboxes as found in the Citroën SM and Maserati Merak, while S Esprits have Renault UN1 gearboxes, with the exception of the North American Esprit Turbo which retained the Citroen gearbox for 1988 only add something

 

However, the MY 1988 North American Esprit Turbo kept its Citroën SM type transaxle and the Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection system used in the previous model year add something


1989

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"' add something

 

Lotus saw the placement value with such a major feature film and supplied a Silver 1989,5 Esprit SE. Sales of the Lotus Esprit tripled during 1990 and 1991 add something

 

Non SE foglamps from about 1989 are GM Astra MK1 add something

 

Pretty Woman - This company supplied a Silver 1989,5 Esprit SE


1990

The N/A and lower-powered turbo were cancelled after 1990, and the S in 1991 add something

 

Pretty Woman - This gamble paid off as the sales of the Lotus Esprit tripled during 1990-91


1991

Equipped with SE trim, this appeared in December 1991 and produced at 6,250 rpm add something


1992

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 add something


1993

Esprits before 1993 have many British Leyland parts and after 1993 have many GM parts add something

 

In 1993, another exterior and interior revamp of the car resulted in the "'S4"' which was the first model to include power steering add something


1994

The S4 was succeeded in 1994 by the "'S4s"' , which upped power to and of torque, improving all-around performance while retaining the comfort of the previous version add something

 

The door handles come from Morris Marina / Austin Allegro and were kept until the S4 model in 1994 when instead GM Calibra door handles were used add something

 

Brad Jones (racing driver) - He won the 1994 Australian Super Production Car Series in a Lotus Esprit

 

Lotus Elise GT1 - Lotus Cars had previously been using a racing version of their Lotus Esprit model in the BPR Global GT Series since its foundation in 1994, competing in the premiere GT1 class against the likes of the McLaren F1 GTR, Venturi 600LM, Ferrari F40 GTE, and others


1995

Lotus Esprit GT1 - The Lotus Esprit GT Team were to participate in the 1995 Endurance GT series with the Type 114


1996

Beginning in the fall of 1996, this engine became available in other markets as well add something


1998

In 1998 the $V8 (V8_engine) range was split into "'SE"' and "'GT"' specifications, both cars with a much changed interior configuration, both offering similar performance with the SE being the more luxurious of the two add something


1999

The ultimate incarnation of the Esprit came in 1999 with the "'Sport 350"' add something

 

Honda NSX - In a handling test in "Road & Track"'s June 1999 issue, this Zanardi NSX placed second against the Dodge Viper GTS-R, Lotus Esprit, Porsche 911 Carrera 4, Ferrari F355 Spider, and Chevrolet Corvette C5 Coupe


2001

Sports car - The Esprit was widely expected to make way for a new two-seater mid-engined coupe - codenamed 300M - around 2001, but the planned new car never reached production and the Esprit continued until 2005


2002

Until 2002 it had rectangular & Toyota rear lights from the 1985 Toyota Sprinter Trueno and RWD Toyota Corolla coupe, later replaced with the same round light as the Lotus Elise II. Headlight lift motors came from the Pontiac Fiero add something


2004

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 add something

 

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

 

Currently, after 28 years, a total of 10,675 Esprits have been produced and a new version is slated to make an appearance nine years after the last one rolled off the assembly line at Hethel in February 2004 add something


2010

At the 2010 Paris Motor Show, along with four other cars in the company's lineup, Lotus unveiled a completely redesigned, new generation Esprit, scheduled to go into production in late 2013 and confirmed to go on sale in Spring of 2014 add something


2011

New developments as of January 20, 2011 per Automobile Magazine reports "in-house" engines are being developed now for the 2014 Esprit add something


2013

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 add something


2014

The 2014 Lotus V-8 shaves off 130-pounds than the 5,0-litre V-8 IS-F Lexus engine add something

 

On September 29, 2014, Lotus announced that the new Esprit would not go ahead add something