The Lotus Esprit’s initial design was a classic shape, one that Lotus didn’t want to change for a good three decades. Except when the 1981 Esprit Turbo added a big duck tail spoiler in the back, Lotus designers had to block it with another, smaller hidden spoiler. Why? Too much downforce.
You can never get enough Esprit.
Lotus built over 10,000 Lotus Esprits through nearly 30 years in a brave and generous effort to ensure it does not ever perish from this Earth.
This anecdote has been making the rounds following the passing of Sir Roger Moore at 89 yesterday. What a class act that guy was.
I previously wrote about my confusion over Lotus dredging up a one-off Lotus Evora ‘themed’ around the famous Esprit that everyone loved from 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me. I said the Evora itself was good. I also said that such a tribute right now would not make any sense.
Being a huge James Bond nerd, this latest teaser for whatever Lotus has planned for the upcoming Geneva Motor Show next month should have me very excited. Except I’m not, because if it’s what I think it is, it’s practically irrelevant already.
People will start to realize soon enough how great the fourth-generation of the Lotus Esprit is, so I suggest building one while you can afford a donor car. And please make it as awesome as this.
Like our previous two entries in our Bond countdown, 1981’s For Your Eyes Only manages to tick all of the boxes of the typical Bond film. It has the gorgeous Bond girl, a plot of revenge, an appearance by Blofeld, car chases, ski chases, underwater fights - everything. It’s the reality check Bond needed after the…
If you want a 200 mph supercar, it’s easy. Just go to your local Lambo dealer and put down a couple hundred large. But what if you don’t have six figures lying around?
There are a number of Lotus Esprits out there that cost more than $1 million, but that's because they need $1 million worth of work. This Lotus submarine is $1 million right off the bat, and it'll never drive on its own ever. Nice price or crack pipe?
Earlier today we brought you the scoop that Elon Musk was the secret buyer of the Bond Lotus submarine. Now we've heard from Musk about his plans for the car. They are so amazing your brain may explode, Scanners-style, from pure amazement.
Remember when Lotus revealed an ambitious plan to release five all-new models in the next few years? Then remember when they cancelled four of them and kept working on the Esprit? Yeah, now they've cancelled the Esprit too, and all is right with the world.
I'm in a Lotus-y mood this afternoon thanks to that video of 1980s Lotus car club meets. Few small companies have had as many ups and downs and have continued to struggle on the way Lotus has. You can't keep a good sports car down!
When you had that photo of an Esprit on your bedroom’s wall in the ‘80s and closed your eyes, this is probably how you imagined life with a mid-engined Lotus: a never-ending winding road in never-ending sunset. Back then, there was no Evora an Esprit could transform into, but Richard Morris’s latest video solves…
Richard Morris’s supercar photography has been featured here on Jalopnik before. It turns out he shoots, edits, and produces video too. This is his showreel for 2011. His images of a Lotus on a B road, an Ariel Atom on a racetrack—or vice versa!—have a way of wishing away office partitions for an endless spring…