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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Wheels

Esprit.Wheels History

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A list of common tires that will fit the stock wheels. "# Avail" denotes the number of available H or better rated tires available on Tire Rack (in March '04). Difference is the percentage of the original diameter (this will also affect the speedo reading for the rear wheels.)
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A list of common tires that will fit the stock wheels. "# Avail" denotes the number of available performance tires available on Tire Rack (in March '12). Difference is the percentage of the original diameter (this will also affect the speedo reading for the rear wheels.)
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Suggested Tires
Dunlop SP Sport 8000 (205/55ZR15) ~$90US/ea.
Dunlop SP Sport 8000 (245/50ZR15) ~$130US/ea.
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Best budget solution

Based on the limitations of available aftermarket wheels, it is unlikely that you will find a wheel that fits the staggered offsets/sizes of the front and rear wheels. Buying custom wheels can be cost prohibitive. Obviously you can choose a staggered BMW wheel combination and add 40mm spacers, however you are losing 1.5" of depth in doing so. A reasonable alternative would be to choose a rim that is available in a positive offset to match the from 5x120, but choose a rear wheel with very little positive offset and purchase a lug adaptor for the rear that matches the bolt pattern. Even a 1" adaptor would allow you to run a +5 offset on the rear.
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Vehicles with the same bolt pattern

For the longest time, only BMW shared the same bolt pattern, but around 2005 several auto manufacturers started using the 5x120mm wheels:

  • Acura RL (2005-08) (64.1 Center)
  • Cadillac CTS (2008) (66.9 Center)
  • Cadillac XLR (2003+) (70.3 Center)
  • Honda Odyssey (2005-08) (64.1 Center)
  • Honda Ridgeline (2006-08) (64.1 Center)
  • Land Rover [Various] (1999+) (72.56 Center)
  • Lexus LS 460 & LS HL (2007-08) (60.1 Center)
  • Pontiac GTO (2004-06) (70.3 Center)

The issue is that most of these vehicles had wheels larger than 17" stock, so there is little or no aftermarket for 16" and 17" rims.

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There are manufacturers who make 2 or 3 piece modular wheels. These wheels can be made to a variety of widths and offsets. Be aware that you are very limited to the styles of the modular wheels, and they are usually expensive ($500 US per wheel.) Some of the more popular modular wheel manufacturers:
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There are manufacturers who make 2 or 3 piece modular wheels. These wheels can be made to a variety of widths and offsets. Be aware that you are very limited to the styles of the modular wheels, and they are usually expensive ($500+US per wheel.) Some of the more popular modular wheel manufacturers:
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The first issue mounting BMW wheels to your Lotus is adjusting for the offset. Most BMW wheels are fine for the front (with a positive offset,) but you will need to fit a spacer to make up the difference for the rear. H&R makes a 40mm spacer that will make up the difference (so you can find wheels close to 20ET.) The Esprit uses bolts instead of studs so you will end up with studs on the rear (from the spacer,) and bolts on the front. JAE usually carries the 40mm spacer.
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The first issue mounting BMW wheels to your Lotus is adjusting for the offset. Most BMW wheels are fine for the front (with a positive offset,) but you will need to fit a spacer to make up the difference for the rear. H&R makes a 40mm spacer that will make up the difference (so you can find wheels close to +20ET.) The Esprit uses bolts instead of studs so you will end up with studs on the rear (from the spacer,) and bolts on the front. JAE usually carries the 40mm spacer.
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There are manufacturers who make 2 or 3 piece modular wheels. These wheels can be made to a variety of widths and offsets. Be aware that you are very limited to the styles of the modular wheels, and they are usually expensive ($500+US per wheel.) Some of the more popular modular wheel manufacturers:
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There are manufacturers who make 2 or 3 piece modular wheels. These wheels can be made to a variety of widths and offsets. Be aware that you are very limited to the styles of the modular wheels, and they are usually expensive ($500 US per wheel.) Some of the more popular modular wheel manufacturers:
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The first issue mounting BMW wheels to your Lotus is adjusting for the offset. Most BMW wheels are fine for the front (with a positive offset,) but you will need to fit a spacer to make up the difference for the rear. H&R makes a 40mm spacer that will make up the difference (so you can find wheels close to +20ET.) The Esprit uses bolts instead of studs so you will end up with studs on the rear (from the spacer,) and bolts on the front. JAE usually carries the 40mm spacer.
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The first issue mounting BMW wheels to your Lotus is adjusting for the offset. Most BMW wheels are fine for the front (with a positive offset,) but you will need to fit a spacer to make up the difference for the rear. H&R makes a 40mm spacer that will make up the difference (so you can find wheels close to 20ET.) The Esprit uses bolts instead of studs so you will end up with studs on the rear (from the spacer,) and bolts on the front. JAE usually carries the 40mm spacer.
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The other issue at hand is wheel weight. Heavier wheels adversely affect handling and acceleration (of course the corollary is that light wheels improve handling and acceleration.) Cheaper wheels are (usually) heavier due to the manufacturing process (forged vs. billet.) You will be lucky to find 17" wheels that weigh less than 17lbs. (most wheels are 20-22lbs.) You should avoid wheels that are more than 22lbs.

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It is a good idea to take good measurements on your car before you start going to far outside of the OEM wheels/tires. You may end up with tire rub and poor handling if you do not match up the offsets and make sure that your potential wheels clear both the wheel wells (when turning) and the suspension/steering components. Be aware that because of the odd rear offset there are no widely available wheels that will fit the Turbo Esprit.
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It is a good idea to take good measurements on your car before you start going too far outside the sizes of the OEM wheels/tires. You may end up with tire rub and poor handling if you do not match up the offsets and make sure that your potential wheels clear both the wheel wells (when turning) and the suspension/steering components. Be aware that because of the odd rear offset there are no widely available wheels that will fit the Turbo Esprit.
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Early Turbo cars were outfitted with a 3-piece Compomotive wheel, while the later cars (most cars) were outfitted with a light alloy BBS wheel.
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A few early Turbo cars were outfitted with a 3-piece Compomotive wheel (4 bolt), while the later cars (most cars) were outfitted with a light alloy BBS wheel (5 bolt).
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Bridgestone Turanze LS-H - An all weather performance tire
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Dunlop D65 T Touring - An all weather tire
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Dunlop D65 T Touring - An all weather tire\\
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Hoosier R2S03? - This is basically a competition slick (no tread)
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Pirelli PZero? System Asimmetrico - A high performance summer tire
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The Uniform Tire Quality Grading rating is a quality rating system developed by the American Department of Transportation. It is designed to tell consumers the relative performance of passenger tires. Below is an example of a UTQG Rating:
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The Uniform Tire Quality Grading rating is a quality rating system developed by the American Department of Transportation. It is designed to tell consumers the relative performance of passenger tires. Below are examples of UTQG Ratings:
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The Treadwear rating is based on a wear test performed on a 400 mile government test course covering specified sections of public roads in Texas. A group of not more than 4 test vehicles travels the course in a convoy so that all tires experience the same conditions. Tread groove depths of the tires being tested are measured after each 800 miles. The same procedure is followed for a set of "control" or "course monitoring tires" Upon the completion of the 7200 mile test, the rating results of both tires are compared, and the tires being tested are assigned a treadwear rating according to government standards. This number can be used to compare between tires. In the above example, this tire rated 150 should last 1/2 as long as a tire rated 300. The relative performance of tires depends upon the actual conditions of their use and may be significantly different from the norm due to differences in road characteristics and climate.
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Pirelli PZero? System Asimmetrico - A high performance summer tire 140 A A

Bridgestone Turanze LS-H - An all weather performance tire 400 AA A

Dunlop D65 T Touring - An all weather tire 640 A B

The Treadwear rating is based on a wear test performed on a 400 mile government test course covering specified sections of public roads in Texas. A group of not more than 4 test vehicles travels the course in a convoy so that all tires experience the same conditions. Tread groove depths of the tires being tested are measured after each 800 miles. The same procedure is followed for a set of "control" or "course monitoring tires" Upon the completion of the 7200 mile test, the rating results of both tires are compared, and the tires being tested are assigned a treadwear rating according to government standards. This number can be used to compare between tires. A tire rated 150 should last 1/2 as long as a tire rated 300. The relative performance of tires depends upon the actual conditions of their use and may be significantly different from the norm due to differences in road characteristics and climate.
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Tire Selection Guide

Tires have a shelf life of about 4 years before the rubber begins to harden. This means that unless you are driving your Esprit as a daily driver, you do not need to be concerned as much about tire life as you would with a daily driver. This is beneficial because tire life and tire performance usually have an inverse relationship.

You should be most interested in speed rating (Z) and temperature rating (A). You may actually wish to shop for tire with a low tread wear for your Esprit which usually (but not always) indicates a softer compound that will "stick" to the pavement better than those tires with a higher tread wear.

Tire Speed Rating

The speed rating of any tire is a measurement of the top safe speed the tire can carry a load under specified conditions. It is also an indication of how the tire will handle at lower speeds. A higher rated tire will give you better traction and improved steering response even at 50mph.

The Gold standard for tires is usually considered a "Z" rated tire.

Q 99 MPH, 160km/h
S 112 MPH, 180km/h
T 118 MPH, 190km/h
U 124 MPH, 200km/h
H 130 MPH, 210km/h
V 149 MPH, 240km/h
Z 149 MPH, 240km/h and over
W 168 MPH, 270km/h
Y 186 MPH, 300km/h

UTQG (Uniform Tire Quality Grading)

The Uniform Tire Quality Grading rating is a quality rating system developed by the American Department of Transportation. It is designed to tell consumers the relative performance of passenger tires. Below is an example of a UTQG Rating:

 150A B 
The "150" indicates the treadwear rating
the "A" indicates traction
the "B" indicates temperature
The Treadwear rating is based on a wear test performed on a 400 mile government test course covering specified sections of public roads in Texas. A group of not more than 4 test vehicles travels the course in a convoy so that all tires experience the same conditions. Tread groove depths of the tires being tested are measured after each 800 miles. The same procedure is followed for a set of "control" or "course monitoring tires" Upon the completion of the 7200 mile test, the rating results of both tires are compared, and the tires being tested are assigned a treadwear rating according to government standards. This number can be used to compare between tires. In the above example, this tire rated 150 should last 1/2 as long as a tire rated 300. The relative performance of tires depends upon the actual conditions of their use and may be significantly different from the norm due to differences in road characteristics and climate.

The Traction ratings are AA, A, B, and C, from highest to lowest. This measurement indicates a tires ability to stop in a straight line on wet pavement. The rating is based on a 40mph test where the brakes are "locked up" on wet asphalt and wet concrete surfaces. It's important to remember that this rating does not indicate the tires ability to resists hydroplaning, and do not apply to cornering traction.

Temperature ratings are determined by running tires on an indoor roadwheel test under specified conditions. Successive 30 minute runs are made in 5mph increments starting at 75mph and continuing until the tires fails. Tires with an A rating must withstand at least 114mph, B at least 99mph, and C at least 85mph. These measurements indicate the tire's ability to sustain high temperatures which often cause tires to wear away quickly or in extreme conditions lead to sudden tire failure.
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225/45 R 16 101.25mm 608.9mm 6 99%
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A list of common tires that will fit 16" and 17" wheels. "# Avail" denotes the number of available H or better rated tires available on Tire Rack (in March '04). Difference is the percentage of the original stock diameter (this will also affect the speedo reading for the rear wheels.) Keep in mind that to keep the same (or close to the same) stock diameter, the sidewall has to be 0.5" to 1" shorter.
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A list of common tires that will fit 16" and 17" wheels. "# Avail" denotes the number of available H or better rated tires available on Tire Rack (in March '04). Difference is the percentage of the original stock diameter (this will also affect the speedo reading for the rear wheels.) Keep in mind that to keep the same (or close to the same) stock diameter, the sidewall has to be 0.5" to 1" shorter. Also you should shop for tire pairs that have a similar "overhang" (you don't want one tire bulging over the wheel and the other barely fitting inside the wheel.)
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Wheel Conversion Table
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Suggested Tires
  • Dunlop SP Sport 8000 (205/50ZR15) ~$90US/ea.
  • Dunlop SP Sport 8000 (245/50ZR15) ~$130US/ea.
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Suggested Tires
Dunlop SP Sport 8000 (205/50ZR15) ~$90US/ea.
Dunlop SP Sport 8000 (245/50ZR15) ~$130US/ea.
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Upgrading to larger wheels increases your tire selection (especially for the rear tires.) It can also give your Esprit a more modern look (or at least "your" look.)

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A second option is to fit newer 5 bolt BMW wheels to your Lotus. You have a lot more options when it comes to wheel selection (and much better looking wheels.) There are pitfalls using this method as well.
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A second option is to fit newer 5 bolt BMW wheels to your Lotus. You have a lot more options when it comes to wheel selection (and much better looking wheels.) You will be limited to 17" and larger wheels (I doubt you would want to go larger than 17".) There are other pitfalls using this method as well.
March 23, 2004, at 06:21 PM by 66.212.205.166
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A list of common tires that will fit the stock wheels. "# Avail" denotes the number of available H or better rated tires available on Tire Rack. Difference is the percentage of the original size (this will also affect the speedo reading for the rear wheels.)
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A list of common tires that will fit the stock wheels. "# Avail" denotes the number of available H or better rated tires available on Tire Rack (in March '04). Difference is the percentage of the original size (this will also affect the speedo reading for the rear wheels.)
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Suggested Tires
  • Dunlop SP Sport 8000 (205/50ZR15) ~$90US/ea.
  • Dunlop SP Sport 8000 (245/50ZR15) ~$130US/ea.
March 23, 2004, at 06:18 PM by 66.212.205.166
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 * Running 255 series tires is not recommended on 8" wheels.
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March 23, 2004, at 06:18 PM by 66.212.205.166
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255/55 R 15 140mm 661mm 1 99.7%
255/50 R 15 128mm 637mm 0 96.1%
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*255/55 R 15 140mm 661mm 1 99.7%
*255/50 R 15 128mm 637mm 0 96.1%
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You can run up to a 215/50 R 15 on the front wheels and a 245/50 R 15 on the rears.
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 * Running 255 series tires is not recommended on 8" wheels.
March 23, 2004, at 06:16 PM by 66.212.205.166
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A list of common tires that will fit the stock wheels. "# Avail" denotes the number of available H or better rated tires available on Tire Rack. Difference is the percentage of the original size (this will also affect the speedo reading for the rear wheels.)

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Tire Sidewall Diameter # Avail.
195/60 R 15 117mm 615mm 17
205/55 R 15 113mm 607mm 29
215/55 R 15 118mm 617mm 1
215/50 R 15 108mm 597mm 5
235/60 R 15 141mm 663mm 2
245/55 R 15 135mm 651mm 0
245/50 R 15 123mm 627mm 2
255/55 R 15 140mm 661mm 1
255/50 R 15 128mm 637mm 0
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Tire Sidewall Diameter # Avail. Difference
195/60 R 15 117mm 615mm 17 100%
205/55 R 15 113mm 607mm 29 98.7%
215/55 R 15 118mm 617mm 1 100.3%
215/50 R 15 108mm 597mm 5 97.1%
235/60 R 15 141mm 663mm 2 100%
245/55 R 15 135mm 651mm 0 98.2%
245/50 R 15 123mm 627mm 2 94.6%
255/55 R 15 140mm 661mm 1 99.7%
255/50 R 15 128mm 637mm 0 96.1%
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| Tire | Sidewall | Diameter | # Avail. | | 195/60 R 15 | 117mm | 615mm | 17 | | 205/55 R 15 | 113mm | 607mm | 29 | | 215/55 R 15 | 118mm | 617mm | 1 | | 215/50 R 15 | 108mm | 597mm | 5 | | 235/60 R 15 | 141mm | 663mm | 2 | | 245/55 R 15 | 135mm | 651mm | 0 | | 245/50 R 15 | 123mm | 627mm | 2 | | 255/55 R 15 | 140mm | 661mm | 1 | | 255/50 R 15 | 128mm | 637mm | 0 |
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Tire Sidewall Diameter # Avail.
195/60 R 15 117mm 615mm 17
205/55 R 15 113mm 607mm 29
215/55 R 15 118mm 617mm 1
215/50 R 15 108mm 597mm 5
235/60 R 15 141mm 663mm 2
245/55 R 15 135mm 651mm 0
245/50 R 15 123mm 627mm 2
255/55 R 15 140mm 661mm 1
255/50 R 15 128mm 637mm 0
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Tires on Stock Wheels

Tire Sizing Guide: | Tire | Sidewall | Diameter | # Avail. | | 195/60 R 15 | 117mm | 615mm | 17 | | 205/55 R 15 | 113mm | 607mm | 29 | | 215/55 R 15 | 118mm | 617mm | 1 | | 215/50 R 15 | 108mm | 597mm | 5 | | 235/60 R 15 | 141mm | 663mm | 2 | | 245/55 R 15 | 135mm | 651mm | 0 | | 245/50 R 15 | 123mm | 627mm | 2 | | 255/55 R 15 | 140mm | 661mm | 1 | | 255/50 R 15 | 128mm | 637mm | 0 |

You can run up to a 215/50 R 15 on the front wheels and a 245/50 R 15 on the rears.

March 23, 2004, at 01:31 PM by 66.212.205.166
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March 23, 2004, at 09:04 AM by 66.212.205.166
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Because of the odd rear offset (any kind of a negative offset is an oddity, there are no widely available wheels that will fit a negative offset,) there are a couple of options:
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It is a good idea to take good measurements on your car before you start going to far outside of the OEM wheels/tires. You may end up with tire rub and poor handling if you do not match up the offsets and make sure that your potential wheels clear both the wheel wells (when turning) and the suspension/steering components. Be aware that because of the odd rear offset there are no widely available wheels that will fit the Turbo Esprit.
March 20, 2004, at 10:25 PM by 66.212.205.166
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March 20, 2004, at 10:21 PM by 66.212.205.166
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25mm spacer on rear hubs
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25mm spacer on rear hubs

Online shop with staggered and multi-sized BMW wheels At least a good starting point

eBay search for for 17" BMW wheels
March 20, 2004, at 10:07 PM by 66.212.205.166
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The first issue mounting BMW wheels to your Lotus is adjusting for the offset. Most BMW wheels are fine for the front (with a positive offset,) but you will need to fit a spacer to make up the difference for the rear. H&R makes a 40mm spacer that will make up the difference. The Esprit uses bolts instead of studs so you will end up with studs on the rear (from the spacer,) and bolts on the front. JAE usually carries the 40mm spacer.
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The first issue mounting BMW wheels to your Lotus is adjusting for the offset. Most BMW wheels are fine for the front (with a positive offset,) but you will need to fit a spacer to make up the difference for the rear. H&R makes a 40mm spacer that will make up the difference (so you can find wheels close to +20ET.) The Esprit uses bolts instead of studs so you will end up with studs on the rear (from the spacer,) and bolts on the front. JAE usually carries the 40mm spacer.
March 20, 2004, at 10:05 PM by 66.212.205.166
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The first issue mounting BMW wheels to your Lotus is adjusting for the offset. Most BMW wheels are fine for the front (with a positive offset,) but you will need to fit a spacer to make up the difference for the rear. H&R makes a 40mm spacer that will make up the difference. The problem is that the spacer is made to fit on a car with wheel studs. The Esprit uses bolts instead of studs. JAE usually carries the 40mm spacer.
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The first issue mounting BMW wheels to your Lotus is adjusting for the offset. Most BMW wheels are fine for the front (with a positive offset,) but you will need to fit a spacer to make up the difference for the rear. H&R makes a 40mm spacer that will make up the difference. The Esprit uses bolts instead of studs so you will end up with studs on the rear (from the spacer,) and bolts on the front. JAE usually carries the 40mm spacer.


25mm spacer on rear hubs
March 20, 2004, at 09:58 PM by 66.212.205.166
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17x8 Front / 17x10 Rear
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Early Turbo cars were outfitted with a 3-piece Compomotive wheel, while the later cars (most cars) were outfitted with a light alloy BBS wheel.

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Stock Tires

  • Goodyear NCT
  • 195/60 VR 15 Front
  • 235/60 VR 15 Rear
  • 175/70 SR 14 Spare
March 17, 2004, at 10:24 PM by Wayne Stocks
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1984 Turbo Esprit
BMW Wheels
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1985 Turbo Esprit
BMW Wheels MHT QWAN
March 16, 2004, at 09:01 PM by 66.212.205.166
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There are manufactures who make 2 or 3 piece modular wheels. These wheels can be made to a variety of widths and offsets. Be aware that you are very limited to the styles of the modular wheels, and they are usually expensive ($500+US per wheel.) Some of the more popular modular wheel manufacturers:
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There are manufacturers who make 2 or 3 piece modular wheels. These wheels can be made to a variety of widths and offsets. Be aware that you are very limited to the styles of the modular wheels, and they are usually expensive ($500+US per wheel.) Some of the more popular modular wheel manufacturers:
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16" front/17" rear
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16" Front/17" Rear
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The second issue is making sure the center bore matches the Esprit. Most after market wheels have large center bores with a hub centric ring that step the bore down to whatever vehicle you are mounting the wheels on. Most BMW vehicles require a center bore of 72.56mm and some require a 74.1mm center bore, so the wheels will probably have a center bore of 74.1 or larger. You can purchase hub centric rings that will reduce the center bore from 74.1 to 70.5 and then machine out the ring to 71mm.
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The second issue is making sure the center bore matches the Esprit. Most after market wheels have large center bores with a hub centric ring that step the bore down to whatever vehicle you are mounting the wheels on. Most BMW vehicles require a center bore of 72.56mm and some require a 74.1mm center bore, so the wheels will probably have a center bore of 74.1 or larger. You can purchase hub centric rings that will reduce the center bore from 74.1 to 70.5 and then machine out the ring to 71mm.


1984 Turbo Esprit
BMW Wheels
17x8 Front / 17x10 Rear
March 16, 2004, at 03:21 PM by 66.212.205.166
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[-1982 Turbo Esprit
Image Wheels HT Wheels
16" front diameter
17" rear diameter-]

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1982 Turbo Esprit
Image Wheels HT Wheels
16" front/17" rear
March 16, 2004, at 03:20 PM by 66.212.205.166
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[-1982 Turbo Esprit
Image Wheels HT Wheels
16" front diameter
17" rear diameter-]

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Modular Wheels

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BMW Wheels

March 15, 2004, at 05:38 AM by 66.212.205.166
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Stock Wheels

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Stock Wheels

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Aftermarket Wheels

March 15, 2004, at 04:46 AM by 66.212.205.166
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  • 15x7+ET23mm? Front
  • 15x8-ET20mm? Rear
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  • 15x7+23mm Front
  • 15x8-20mm Rear
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The second issue is making sure the center bore matches the Esprit. Most after market wheels have large center bores with a hub centric ring that step the bore down to whatever vehicle you are mounting the wheels on. Most BMWs? require a center bore of 72.56mm and some require a 74.1mm center bore, so the wheels will probably have a center bore of 74.1 or larger. You can purchase hub centric rings that will reduce the center bore from 74.1 to 70.5 and then machine out the ring to 71mm.
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The second issue is making sure the center bore matches the Esprit. Most after market wheels have large center bores with a hub centric ring that step the bore down to whatever vehicle you are mounting the wheels on. Most BMW vehicles require a center bore of 72.56mm and some require a 74.1mm center bore, so the wheels will probably have a center bore of 74.1 or larger. You can purchase hub centric rings that will reduce the center bore from 74.1 to 70.5 and then machine out the ring to 71mm.
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Describe Wheels here.
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Stock Wheels

  • 5x120mm bolt pattern
  • 71mm center bore
  • 15x7+ET23mm? Front
  • 15x8-ET20mm? Rear

Because of the odd rear offset (any kind of a negative offset is an oddity, there are no widely available wheels that will fit a negative offset,) there are a couple of options:

There are manufactures who make 2 or 3 piece modular wheels. These wheels can be made to a variety of widths and offsets. Be aware that you are very limited to the styles of the modular wheels, and they are usually expensive ($500+US per wheel.) Some of the more popular modular wheel manufacturers:

A second option is to fit newer 5 bolt BMW wheels to your Lotus. You have a lot more options when it comes to wheel selection (and much better looking wheels.) There are pitfalls using this method as well.

The first issue mounting BMW wheels to your Lotus is adjusting for the offset. Most BMW wheels are fine for the front (with a positive offset,) but you will need to fit a spacer to make up the difference for the rear. H&R makes a 40mm spacer that will make up the difference. The problem is that the spacer is made to fit on a car with wheel studs. The Esprit uses bolts instead of studs. JAE usually carries the 40mm spacer.

The second issue is making sure the center bore matches the Esprit. Most after market wheels have large center bores with a hub centric ring that step the bore down to whatever vehicle you are mounting the wheels on. Most BMWs? require a center bore of 72.56mm and some require a 74.1mm center bore, so the wheels will probably have a center bore of 74.1 or larger. You can purchase hub centric rings that will reduce the center bore from 74.1 to 70.5 and then machine out the ring to 71mm.
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