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Project M71 Guigaro V8 Esprit

Project M71 Guigaro V8 Esprit

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juk

Original Poster:

578 posts

174 months

Friday 25th June 2004
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Anyone know whats happening on this?

No recent updates on site & dead email address.

G_Reaper

121 posts

183 months

Friday 25th June 2004
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I dont know anything about this project can you tell me more.

I am very interested as I used to own Lotus Esprit Turbo Reg No.MPW71V. Which was the first Lotus of any kind to be powerwd by Lotus own V8 in the early 80's. I spoke to Patrick Peal at some length on this subject as I bought the car with no engine and all the V8 suspension and brakes along with a modified strengthened chassis and modified gearbox casing.
The car was one of three pre production prototypes for the Esprit Turbo which was originally painted in Essex colours then changed to bronze as a film company test car for the bond film "For Your Eyes Only". It was later used as the V8 test car. Its last service for Lotus was to develope the engine management and induction system for the Chevy V8 being developed by Lotus Engineering. They bolted all the equipment onto their own V8. That is why the chevy V8 was so similar in many respects to the original Lotus prototype V8 of the early 80's.

I believe the car is in the Teeside area of the UK owned by someone called Ian, I believe there was photos of the car on Esprit world owners pages.

Regards Mike

juk

Original Poster:

578 posts

174 months

Friday 25th June 2004
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G_Reaper

121 posts

183 months

Friday 25th June 2004
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If you want anymore details about the early Esprit Turbo Essex prototypes and my ex car I will be having an article published very shortly on www.lotusclubonline.co.uk

Regards Mike

juk

Original Poster:

578 posts

174 months

Friday 25th June 2004
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Beat me to it - I was just going to ask.

Am I right in thinking from your previous posts you've got that Esprit with the blown engine from the classifieds? I'd be interested in hearing how you get on with that - are you going to include that in some of the Lotus club articles, or keep us posted on this forum?

I'm hoping to get myself a Guigaro Esprit T next year funds , wife etc. permitting!
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MikeyRide

267 posts

188 months

Friday 25th June 2004
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Wow.

IIRC from Guy Therien's site, the center tunnel of the body won't fit over the V8 chassis.

grk

32 posts

179 months

Saturday 26th June 2004
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Jon now has the V8 engine rebuilt and has had a Lotus Carlton chargecooler adapted to suit the V8, it is awaiting some GT28 turbos before hitting the dyno for mapping work. Power output is hoped to be 550 - 600 hp.

paul c

310 posts

172 months

Sunday 27th June 2004
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G_Reaper said:
If you want anymore details about the early Esprit Turbo Essex prototypes and my ex car I will be having an article published very shortly on www.lotusclubonline.co.uk

Regards Mike


Mike,

Saw the ad for this site in CL magazine,but the link goes only to an e-mail contact with no prompt as to what to do,so i assumed it was not up and running yet...
How do you see it?,do you apply via the contact or something?.



G_Reaper

121 posts

183 months

Monday 28th June 2004
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Hi

I will be posting articles with www.lotusclubonline.co.uk with regards to the essex blue Esprit I bought from the classifieds on this site.
I have just sourced a brand new set of Nicosil Pistons and Liners for the engine re biuld.

The full lotusclubonline website goes on line in approx 1 week. The advert in Club Lotus magazine was published early by mistake.

Regards Mike

rob.e

2,783 posts

201 months

Monday 28th June 2004
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grk said:
Jon now has the V8 engine rebuilt and has had a Lotus Carlton chargecooler adapted to suit the V8, it is awaiting some GT28 turbos before hitting the dyno for mapping work. Power output is hoped to be 550 - 600 hp.




Gary - any info on how straight forward the lotus carlton chargecooler is to fit on the v8? Is it a lot of work?

thanks
Rob

G_Reaper

121 posts

183 months

Saturday 3rd July 2004
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www.lotusclubonline.co.uk
contact matt at using the e mail address he will fill you in on details and send you sample pages etc. Should be good when its up and running.

Regards Mike

juk

Original Poster:

578 posts

174 months

Friday 27th May 2005
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Time for a bump on this one - anyone heard any updates?

grk

32 posts

179 months

Saturday 28th May 2005
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John has bought some GT28RS turbos for the car - they are the latest all-singing-all-dancing ball bearing turbos - supposedly good for 700hp. I think John is just working on getting them to fit between engine and chassis.

juk

Original Poster:

578 posts

174 months

Tuesday 31st May 2005
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Thanks for that - he's not doing things by halves is he.