Lotus Turbo Esprit Fact Respository for the 1981-1987 Lotus Turbo Esprit (the Giugiaro cars.)

Custom Lotus parts, guides and facts for the Lotus Turbo Esprit. 2.2 Liter Lotus engine with turbo. Guides for tires, wheels, engine, transmission as well as custom carbon fiber, aluminum and fiberglass parts for the Lotus Turbo Esprit. As well as an adjustable suspension for the front of the car.

Facts for both the US and UK Lotus Turbo Esprit, including spring rates, engine info, parts, modifications, specifications (specs), pictures, users, owners and vital information for the Lotus.

Some information might be valid for non turbo cars and other Esprits as well, some custom parts may be usable on non turbo version of the car and other parts may work on the later Esprits. And suspension adjustment and springs, coilovers coil overs and other stuff.

Turbo Esprits have the 2.2 liter lotus engine and 210 horsepower, we have custom fiberglass, aluminum and carbon fiber parts being developed along with a multitude of facts on the lotus cars.

We will have replacement OEM parts as well as custom unique parts for the esprits made from fiberglass, carbon fiber and aluminum.

We are interested in hearing from other lotus owners including S1 owners, S2 esprit owners and S3 n/a lotuses. We have a variety of owners.

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Brakes

Esprit.Brakes History

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November 21, 2012, at 06:41 PM by 86.18.93.134
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The front brake rotors for the 85+ cars are 82-85 Toyota Supra rotors. Front brake rotors for the earlier cars need to be ordered as OEM parts from a local shop (SJ Sportscars, Dave Bean Engineering, and JAE all have them.)
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The front brake 258mm rotors/calipers for the 85+ cars are of the 82-85 Toyota Celica. Front brake rotors for the earlier cars need to be ordered as OEM parts from a local shop (SJ Sportscars, Dave Bean Engineering, and JAE all have them.)
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Replacement

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May 08, 2009, at 06:08 AM by 24.249.27.79
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The rear brakes on the Esprit are even more unique. The rear brakes are are called "inboard" because the breaking mechanism is on the inside of the drive shaft (near the transmission instead of near the wheel.) This too means replacing the rotor takes a little more work than it would on your daily driver.
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The rear brakes on the Esprit are even more unique. The rear brakes are are called "inboard" because the braking mechanism is on the inside of the drive shaft (near the transmission instead of near the wheel.) This too means replacing the rotor takes a little more work than it would on your daily driver.
September 04, 2004, at 12:20 PM by 207.216.3.69
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The front brake rotors for the 85+ cars are 82-85 Toyota Supra rotors. Front brake rotors for the earlier cars need to be ordered as OEM parts from a local shop (SJ Sportscars and JAE both have them.)
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The front brake rotors for the 85+ cars are 82-85 Toyota Supra rotors. Front brake rotors for the earlier cars need to be ordered as OEM parts from a local shop (SJ Sportscars, Dave Bean Engineering, and JAE all have them.)
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March 23, 2004, at 06:34 PM by 66.212.205.166
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The front brake rotors for the 85+ cars are early Toyota Celica rotors (is this correct ?) Front brake rotors for the earlier cars need to be ordered as OEM parts from a local shop (SJ Sportscars and JAE both have them.)
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The front brake rotors for the 85+ cars are 82-85 Toyota Supra rotors. Front brake rotors for the earlier cars need to be ordered as OEM parts from a local shop (SJ Sportscars and JAE both have them.)
March 18, 2004, at 10:59 AM by 66.212.205.166
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Front brakes on the 81-84 Esprit were a solid 10.4 in. rotor.
Front brakes on the 85-87 Esprit were a vented 10.2 in. rotor.

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Rear brakes on 81-87 Esprits were a solid 10.8 in. rotor.
March 17, 2004, at 02:51 PM by 24.68.48.217
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Both SJ Sportscars and PNM Engineering have front brake kits for all Esprits. Both kits are based on Willwood 4-pot caliper. Be sure and check with them that the new rotors will have clearance for the steering rod end..
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Both SJ Sportscars and PNM Engineering have front brake kits for all Esprits. Both kits are based on Willwood 4-pot caliper. Be sure and check with them that the new rotors will have clearance for the steering rod end and dust boot.
March 17, 2004, at 02:50 PM by 24.68.48.217
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Both SJ Sportscars and PNM Engineering have front brake kits for all Esprits. Both kits are based on Willwood 4-pot caliper.
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Both SJ Sportscars and PNM Engineering have front brake kits for all Esprits. Both kits are based on Willwood 4-pot caliper. Be sure and check with them that the new rotors will have clearance for the steering rod end..
March 16, 2004, at 09:03 PM by 66.212.205.166
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The Esprit's front brakes (for the 3rd gen) are behind the hub, so replacing them means replacing the hub. This certainly doesn't take a rocket scientist, but it does mean you must remove dust covers, cotter pins and loosening bolts (as well as re-greasing bearings and putting everything back together.)
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The Esprit's front brakes (for the 3rd gen) are behind the hub, so replacing them means removing the hub. This certainly doesn't take a rocket scientist, but it does mean you must remove dust covers, cotter pins and loosening bolts (as well as re-greasing bearings and putting everything back together.) In all, replacing front brake rotors on an Esprit takes a couple hours (where it is an hour task on most cars.)
March 16, 2004, at 08:52 PM by 66.212.205.166
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The front brake rotors for the 85+ cars are early Toyota Celica rotors (is this correct) Front brake rotors for the earlier cars need to be ordered as OEM parts from a local shop (SJ Sportscars and JAE both have them.)
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The front brake rotors for the 85+ cars are early Toyota Celica rotors (is this correct ?) Front brake rotors for the earlier cars need to be ordered as OEM parts from a local shop (SJ Sportscars and JAE both have them.)
March 16, 2004, at 08:52 PM by 66.212.205.166
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The front brake rotors for the 85+ cars are early Toyota Celica rotors (is this correct) Front brake rotors for the earlier cars need to be ordered as OEM parts from a local shop (SJ Sportscars and JAE both have them.)

March 16, 2004, at 08:19 PM by 66.212.205.166
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Both SJ Sportscars and PNM Engineering have front brake kits for all Esprits.
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Both SJ Sportscars and PNM Engineering have front brake kits for all Esprits. Both kits are based on Willwood 4-pot caliper.
March 16, 2004, at 08:14 PM by 66.212.205.166
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Both SJ Sportscars and PNM Engineering have front brake kits for all Esprits.
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Both SJ Sportscars and PNM Engineering have front brake kits for all Esprits.
March 16, 2004, at 08:13 PM by 66.212.205.166
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Fitting rotors on the Esprit tends to be quite a chore. On most cars equipped with disc brakes the brake rotor sits between the wheel and the hub. Removing the rotor is usually very simple (and in the extreme case may need a couple taps with a BFH.)
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Front Brakes

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The Esprit's front brakes (for the 3rd gen) are behind the hub, so replacing them means replacing the hub. This certainly doesn't take a rocket scientist, but it does mean you must remove dust covers, cotter pins and loosening bolts (as well as re-greasing bearings and putting everything back together.)
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Although the caliper/rotor was changed in 85, the rotor still sits behind the hub, and the procedure is the same.

Rear Brakes

The rear brakes on the Esprit are even more unique. The rear brakes are are called "inboard" because the breaking mechanism is on the inside of the drive shaft (near the transmission instead of near the wheel.) This too means replacing the rotor takes a little more work than it would on your daily driver.

Upgrades

Both SJ Sportscars and PNM Engineering have front brake kits for all Esprits.
March 16, 2004, at 05:35 PM by 24.68.48.217
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We will be investigating setting up a CNC service to cross-drill and or groove the OEM rotors
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March 16, 2004, at 04:46 PM by 24.68.48.217
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Cross Drilled/ Grooved Rotors

We will be investigating setting up a CNC service to cross-drill and or groove the OEM rotors

Contact: f1@horizon.bc.ca
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