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LOTUS INTRODUCTION:

     When Colin Chapman founded Lotus in 1952, he built road cars to fund his motor racing ambitions - dreams that lead Lotus to 79 grand prix victories and seven F1 Constructors' World Championships. Given that racing heritage, Lotus has been a builder of some of the best sports cars and engines in the world.     

LOTUS ESPRIT SPORT 350:

     Founder Colin Chapman had designed the many production Lotuses to be lightweight, first and foremost, but in a major change of management policy in the 1970's, they began to produce luxury sport models tailored to North American tastes. Since its debut in 1975, the Esprit became synonymous with the second generation of Lotus. With its mid-engine and rear-wheel drive, the Esprit can be said to be the successor to the Europa.     

     Giorgio Guigiaro initially did the styling, but the baton was passed back to Lotus in 1987 for their original design of the second-generation model, which closely resembled the original.

     The Esprit Sport 350 is a special model developed in 1992 for entry in GT races, and its V8 engine develops 350 hp. The Esprit V8 GT/SE, which can be said to be the production version of this car, is also given the same engine. The Esprit GT1 was used as the Lotus entry for GT races in the 1990's, but with the appearance of the Elise, this role ended with the 1996 season. Even after the debut of the Elise and other third-generation Lotuses one after another, production of the rare 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo Esprit GT3 and the Esprit V8 GT/SE is still continuing.  

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LOTUS'S GT3 LINEUP:
1 - '00 Esprit Sport 350
Drivetrain - Mid-Engine-Rear Wheel Drive  
Credits - 113,540
Power - 349 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque - 295 lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm
Weight - 1,300 kg
2 - '98 Elise 190
Drivetrain - Mid-Engine-Rear Wheel Drive   Credits - 58,530
Power - 190 hp @ 7,000 rpm
Torque - 139 lb-ft @ 4,300 rpm
Weight - 670 kg
3 - '99 Motor Sport Elise
 Drivetrain - Mid-Engine-Rear Wheel Drive
Credits - 100,000  
Power - 200 hp @ 8,300 rpm
 Torque - 144 lb-ft @ 5,100 rpm
Weight - 700 kg
4 - '98 Esprit V8 SE
Drivetrain - Mid-Engine-Rear Wheel Drive
Credits - 106,000
Power - 349 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque - 295 lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm
Weight - 1,380 kg
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