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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Suspension

Esprit.Suspension History

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February 11, 2013, at 06:49 PM by 99.45.44.253
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Lotus changed the suspension & brake design for the front of the Esprit for 1985. This means that spring/shock/brake solutions for the 1985 Esprit will not work for the 1984 Esprit, and vice versa. Also, take a look under the wheel wells of your Esprit, you will notice that there isn't much/any room for the tires to be "tucked" under the wheel arches. There isn't a lot of room for upward wheel travel. By reducing the ride hight you also reduce the amount of room for wheel travel (so you must use a stiffer spring.)
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Lotus changed the suspension & brake design for the front of the Esprit for 1985. This means that spring/shock/brake solutions for the 1985 Esprit will not work for the 1984 Esprit, and vice versa. Also, take a look under the wheel wells of your Esprit, you will notice that there isn't much/any room for the tires to be "tucked" under the wheel arches. There isn't a lot of room for upward wheel travel. By reducing the ride hight you also reduce the amount of room for wheel travel (so you must use a stiffer spring).
December 02, 2011, at 10:32 AM by 66.227.211.242
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Lotus installed three different springs on the 85+ cars. Most cars probably came with the Yellow/Yellow parallel spring. Also available is a Yellow/White conical spring and a longer Yellow/Purple conical spring.
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Lotus installed three different springs on the 85+ cars. Most cars probably came with the Yellow/Yellow parallel spring. Also available is a Yellow/White conical spring and a longer Yellow/Purple conical spring. In general, 85-87/88 spring rates were approximately FR/RR=125/155 lbs/in.
March 23, 2004, at 09:15 AM by 66.212.205.166
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Lotus changed the suspension & brake design for the front of the Esprit for 1985. This means that spring/shock/brake solutions for the 1985 Esprit will not work for the 1984 Esprit, and vice versa. Also, take a look under the wheel wells of your Esprit, you will notice that there isn't much/any room for the tires to be "tucked" under the wheel arches. There isn't a lot of room for upward wheel travel. By reducing the ride hight you also reduce the amount of room for wheel travel (so you must us a stiffer spring.)
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Lotus changed the suspension & brake design for the front of the Esprit for 1985. This means that spring/shock/brake solutions for the 1985 Esprit will not work for the 1984 Esprit, and vice versa. Also, take a look under the wheel wells of your Esprit, you will notice that there isn't much/any room for the tires to be "tucked" under the wheel arches. There isn't a lot of room for upward wheel travel. By reducing the ride hight you also reduce the amount of room for wheel travel (so you must use a stiffer spring.)
March 23, 2004, at 09:07 AM by 66.212.205.166
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Lotus changed the suspension & brake design for the front of the Esprit for 1985. This means that spring/shock/brake solutions for the 1985 Esprit will not work for the 1984 Esprit, and vice versa.
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Lotus changed the suspension & brake design for the front of the Esprit for 1985. This means that spring/shock/brake solutions for the 1985 Esprit will not work for the 1984 Esprit, and vice versa. Also, take a look under the wheel wells of your Esprit, you will notice that there isn't much/any room for the tires to be "tucked" under the wheel arches. There isn't a lot of room for upward wheel travel. By reducing the ride hight you also reduce the amount of room for wheel travel (so you must us a stiffer spring.)
March 23, 2004, at 09:01 AM by 66.212.205.166
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The later Turbo Esprits have the lower spring perch integrated with the shock instead of the lower arm. GAZ makes a hight adjustable system (not listed in their catalog,) for the later Esprits.
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The later Turbo Esprits have the lower spring perch integrated with the shock instead of the lower arm. GAZ (and others) make a hight adjustable system (not listed in their catalog,) for the later Esprits. Contact SJSportscars to start your search.
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March 15, 2004, at 05:58 AM by 66.212.205.166
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Lotus installed three different springs on the 85+ cars. Most cars probably came with the Yellow/Yellow parallel spring. Also available is a Yellow/White conical spring and a longer Yellow/Purple conical spring.
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Lotus installed three different springs on the 85+ cars. Most cars probably came with the Yellow/Yellow parallel spring. Also available is a Yellow/White conical spring and a longer Yellow/Purple conical spring.

Rear Suspension

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March 15, 2004, at 05:57 AM by 66.212.205.166
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It appears that Lotus installed a taller spring on North American Esprits to comply with bumper hight laws in the US. This taller spring is referred to as the Blue/White spring (part A082C4057F?). In the US parts list there is also a Red/Red spring (part B082C4057F?,) which is noted as: Shorter than 'A'.
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Front Suspension

Lotus changed the suspension & brake design for the front of the Esprit for 1985. This means that spring/shock/brake solutions for the 1985 Esprit will not work for the 1984 Esprit, and vice versa.

1980-84 Esprits

The early Turbo Esprits have the lower spring perch integrated with the lower arm. Based on research from users there is no aftermarket height adjustable suspension for the early Esprits.

The Red/Red springs

It appears that Lotus installed a taller spring on North American Esprits to comply with bumper hight laws in the US. This taller spring is referred to as the Blue/White spring (part A082C4057F?). In the US parts list there is also a Red/Red spring (part B082C4057F?,) which is noted as: Shorter than 'A'.

The Red/Red springs were originally thought to no longer exist, but they can be found (most likely in the UK.)

Other options

The lower arm is not a complex part. A few members are considering paying for the design of a new lower arm and upper frame adapter so that we can mount an adjustable coil-over suspension to the front of the early Esprits.

1985-87 Esprits

The later Turbo Esprits have the lower spring perch integrated with the shock instead of the lower arm. GAZ makes a hight adjustable system (not listed in their catalog,) for the later Esprits.

Lotus springs

Lotus installed three different springs on the 85+ cars. Most cars probably came with the Yellow/Yellow parallel spring. Also available is a Yellow/White conical spring and a longer Yellow/Purple conical spring.
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