Factory service manual for the Lotus Lotus Esprit. The type of information contained in this workshop manual include general servicing, maintenance and minor repairs, advanced repairs and rebuild guides. Topics include Engine, Gearbox, Differential, Suspension, Steering, Brakes, Interior Fittings, Exterior Fittings, Body Panels and Electrical Systems with wiring diagrams.
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The Lotus Esprit is a car from the British manufacturer Lotus. The two-seater sports car is based on an Italdesign concept car presented in Torino in 1972 with a rear engine, a steel beam chassis and a laminated polyester body. It was manufactured from 1976 to 2004 and is one of the oldest sports cars in the history of mass production. Twenty-four variants are known.
All ghosts were assembled by hand, which represented about 560 hours of work. More than 80% of the pieces were made by Lotus.
The Esprit was conceived as an extensive and sporting derivative from Europe. He used the principle of the extended chassis at the rear to accommodate the mechanics, the Lotus 2 liter 16-valve 160 HP Type 907 engine. This engine, the first of 100% Lotus Design, was introduced in the Jensen convertible in 1972 -Healey. The gearbox is provided by Citroën (SM).
Although the Esprit was originally intended exclusively for Colin Chapman, it became Lotus’ commercial asset in the battle against the Porsche 911 and Ferrari 308 of the time. The first version is then called “S1”. The design, which is very close to the ItalDesign concept car, is of great purity and differs from the next series, among other things, by a separate front spoiler, the absence of side shells and the presence of lights. The rear was borrowed from the Fiat X1 / 9.
The engine then developed further, its displacement increased to 2,174 cc to gain torque, with the power remaining unchanged (S2). The rear lights come from the Rover SD1 and the front spoiler is integrated into the bumper. The needs of young people (insufficient cooling of the engine, mechanics very present in the cabin …) are gradually eliminated, while the performances, initially considered only acceptable due to the aggressiveness of the course, especially with the advance of the arrival of a turbo version (2,174 cm3 with 210 hp, 0 to 100 km / h in less than 6 s) as a tribute to the designer title acquired in F1 with a total of seven world titles for the Lotus team. With the S3 version, the buyer has the option to choose between the naturally aspirated engine and the loaded engine, which equips a homogeneous and reliable car. Then came an HC (High Compression) version that reached 240 hp in the turbo and 180 hp in the atmosphere. The injection took place around these versions.
The style was adopted by Peter Stevens in 1988 and completed Giugiaro’s style. From there, Esprit received a Renault box. In 1989 the SE version was launched with a 2174 cm³ water-cooled turbo and 264 hp. A rear spoiler, then, appears to increase downforce, which has become essential given the very high speeds that the Esprit could now achieve on the racetrack. The engine power is then increased to 300 hp with the X180-R, which stood out in competitions in the USA and delivered a limited series of the Sport 300, which was produced with 64 units numbered until 1995. In 1994 an evolution of the S4 emerged, which was produced until 1995 and benefited from power steering and an aerodynamic development of the ground effect, which was invented by Colin Chapman. With 298 hp, the S4S was the ultimate sports version of the Esprit. The latest changes to the 2.2-liter engine were made on the later S4 and S4S. To meet the expectations of the American market, it will be equipped with a 3,500 cm3 twin-engine V8 engine that develops 350 hp. The four-cylinder is then reduced to 240 hp to 2,000 cc before disappearing from the catalog in 1999.
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