Maniac Transplants Audi 4.2-Liter V8 Into 1981 Lotus Esprit

This is one of those rare occasions where the most appropriate reaction to an engine transplant is to stand from your chair, and begin a slow clap of awe-inspired appreciation. It takes a certain kind of bonkers maniac to wrest the 2.2 liter 4-cylinder Lotus engine and Citroen gearbox from an otherwise impeccable example of a 1981 Lotus Esprit and install a monster German V8 of aluminum und schteel. Follow along in forum format as our hero goes about the heart transplant, and wonder in awe as he custom machines parts for the beast. We want to be like him when we grow up. [Motorgeek]


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Rob Emslie

@fiat22turbo: The frames in the Europa and Esprit were very similar:


And Esprit:

The bigger question is; from where did they keep getting the Triumph Herald/Sprtfire/et al front suspension bits well into the 1990s?