Custom 1990 Lotus Esprit. Every upgrade. 37k miles

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Custom 1990 Lotus Esprit. Every upgrade. 37k miles

Post by j.peterson » Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:57 pm

Custom 1990 Lotus Esprit with every upgrade you can imagine.

Car is located in Portland Oregon.

This is a totally re-engineered and upgraded Esprit SE that handles better than a late-model V8 and resolves many of the reliability issues of this generation of Lotus. Flawless fit and finish, better than factory, with a custom interior to match.

I am the third owner. The car was built by someone who worked for Lotus USA and was his project while completing an automotive engineering and design degree. The starting point was a damaged 30,000 mile 1990 SE that was hit in the driver's side rear corner. Damage was limited to the body and a few bent suspension components on that corner - that is the reason for the salvage title. First, the body was removed from the frame. The engine & transmission were removed. Everything that was damaged was replaced then massive upgrades were done that are listed in detail below.

The endpoint is a fully reconditioned and re-engineered John Welch tuned 400 BHP lightweight Supercar with the look of a late-model V8 and over $50,000 added in parts, paint and labor. This car easily has thousands of man hours on the restoration/rebuild/upgrades. This car was the result of letting an engineer go wild with every resource available to him - CAD, laser fab, and too much time and $$.

Stunning, color sanded, and polished show car paint
2004 V8 front and rear bumpers, valance, side sills, wheel arches, and rear light panel from SJ Sports Cars
New windshield - the old one was removed in the process of re-doing the interior.
Round V8 taillights
V8 style rear wing
Customized V8 rear hatch (totally unique - slight custom power bulge to clear the oversized intercooler
PIAA performance driving lights
Color matched door handles
Extra strengthening and stiffening of the body connections in the rear of the car.

Custom black and tan leather work
Brand-new custom black carpeting
Custom Lotus black and tan floor mats
Lotus Elise thin shell seats with custom fully adjustable, machined aluminum brackets
All stock insulation removed and replaced with Dynamat sound deadening and thermal liners including in the doors
All brand new VDO electric speedo, tach, and boost gauges
Custom gloss black, piano-lacquer dash
1,000 watt Blaupunkt stereo/amp with matched 10 speaker system (Bluetooth, ipod, and hands free phone connection)
Window tracks and window motors rebuilt with larger dedicated wire and relay pack installed along with new motor brushes (these windows reliably work and are fast)
Custom brushed aluminum directional stalks, center plate, and sill plates
Custom Aluminum shifter
Raid steering wheel conversion

All new seals including head gasket, intake, and exhaust
Water and oil pump were rebuilt
New custom front oil coolers
Adjustable Cam pulley
Custom 3 inch stainless magna flow exhaust and high flow racing CAT
Wideband Zeitronix 02 Sensor
Head removed and cleaned with valve guides replaced along with a multi-angle valve job
All valves adjusted and re-shimmed
All belts replaced

All sensors replaced
Custom Memcal from John Welch at WC engineering

Fuel system:
Walbro high flow fuel pump
AN - 6 braided steel lines
All Earl fittings
RC Racing 370 cc primary and secondary injectors
Aeromotive adjustable fuel pressure regulator
Integrated Fuel pressure gauge
Fuel tanks removed, stripped, resealed, and recoated

MSD ignition coils
New spark plug wires

Turbo system:
Garrett GT 3071R ceramic ball bearing
Custom high pressure, Forge wastegate actuator
New Lotus header
Aircraft grade steel reinforced double-walled silicon intake tubing
K&N air filter with RAM air modification
Massive custom-built Bell charge cooler
High flow electric charge cooler pump
Manual boost control valve

V8 transmission
Stripped, cleaned with all new seals
Fifth gear rebuild
Shift linkage change to later V-8 style to improve shifter feel

New 2005 Lotus Bilstein and Eibach suspension
New rear radius arms
Custom rear camber adjustable upper control arms
Polyurethane bushings all the way around
Late model V-8 OZ racing wheels
Yokohama Adan Neova tires

New high performance clutch and pressure plate
Resurfaced flywheel
New master cylinder
New slave cylinder
Braided steel clutch line

Front four-piston mono block Brembo calipers
Large cross drilled rotors and hats from JAE parts
Braided steel lines from JAE parts
EBC brake pads my van and ginger

While I owned the car, I have installed a larger bore clutch master cylinder for better shifting. Also, because the pilot bearing went out, the clutch was removed. In the process, the disk was damaged and so the shop replaced the clutch disk and pressure plate along with a new pilot bearing for free.

I also replaced the air conditioning receiver/dryer and changed everything over to R134a.

Contact me for video.

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