1999 Lotus Esprit V8 350 Sport - N°28 of 43 For Sale
1999 Lotus Esprit V8 350 Sport
Limited Edition No. 28
Chassis No.: SCCDA0825XHC15844
Engine No.: LL918990930404
Engine: Type 918 all-alloy dohc 32-valve 3506cc V8 with two Garrett T25 turbos
Transmission: 5-speed manual transaxle
Torque: 295 lb/ft (400 Nm) at 4.250 rpm
Power output: 350 bhp (260 kW) at 6.500 rpm
Top Speed: 175 mph / 282 km/h
Numbers built: limited edition run of 43 cars, out of a total 1291 V8s built
Years built: 1999
Design: Giorgetto Giugiaro / Peter Stevens
The Lotus Esprit is a sports car that was built by Lotus Cars at their Hethel factory in the United Kingdom between 1976 and 2004. In 1996, Lotus launched the Esprit V8. The car received Lotus' own Type 918 V8 engine, which was an all-aluminum 90° DOHC 4 valves per cylinder with a flat-plane crankshaft and twin Garrett AiResearch T25/60 turbochargers. The transaxle used was the same Renault unit as before but upgraded by Lotus racing driver Derek Bell with a much thicker single piece input shaft. Despite having a modified transaxle, the Type 918 engine was detuned from a potential 373 kW (507 PS; 500 hp) to 261 kW (355 PS; 350 hp) at 6500 rpm and 400 Nm (295 lb/ft) of torque at 4250 rpm to prevent gearbox damage. In period tests, acceleration from 0–60 mph was achieved in 4.4 seconds and top speeds of over 282 km/h (175 mph) were achieved. After a 28-year production run, less than 11,000 Esprits were produced.
The V8 350 Sport (price when new: EUR 110,000) is the most extreme version of the Esprit ever to reach the market. Developed from the already awesomely rapid V8 road car but encapsulating much of the brake, suspension and handling technology gleaned from two decades of GT competition experience. This car is designed for the Esprit owner who wants the ultimate Esprit.
Just 43 V8 350 Sports were made, each offering 350 horsepower. Various engine, chassis and braking improvements, including AP Racing brakes, stiffer springs and a revised ECU. Several visual changes were also made, notably the addition of a large carbon fibre rear wing on aluminum uprights in place of the standard fibre glass one. By this time the Esprit could reach 60 mph (100 km/h) in 4.3 seconds as well as reaching 0-100 mph in less than 10 seconds, and weighed 1,300 kg (2,866 lb) as a result of many modifications. The 350 also has 1 piece OZ racing magnesium light weight alloy wheels with Michelin contact sports tyres fitted all round, adjustable seats with lumber support, air conditioning, removeable composite roof panel, use of carbon fibre including the carbon fibre 115 GT1 rear wing mentioned above, Kelsy hayes 430 abs module and Momo steering wheel.
This stunning Lotus Esprit V8 Twin Turbo 350 Sport is an original UK supplied car and is no.28 of 43 produced, first registered in April, 2000. Finished in Metallic Silver with contrasting Black and Blue Alcantara Sport 350 Interior, having travelled just 24,000 miles from new this car benefits from a Full Service history, last serviced at 23,000 miles, with a new clutch fitted in November 2013.
After the VOLANTE Collection acquired this rare car in 2014, the headlamps were upgraded for continental traffic (which can easily be reset). Since then, the car was road driven only twice a year, just to keep all mechanical parts working.
This super rare Esprit is accompanied with the Lotus Certificate of Provenance, the original key fobs, handbook and wallet pack with original period Alpine music system and CD changer.
Being in fabulous condition, this car represents a fantastic opportunity to purchase a piece of iconic Lotus history.
Price: EUR 60,000
(= GBP 54,000)
(= USD 66,000)
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