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1983 Lotus Esprit Turbo with prototype energetic suspension heads to public sale


Within the Nineteen Eighties, Lotus was creating energetic suspension for each race automobiles and highway automobiles. Now one of many prototype highway automobiles from that effort is up for public sale within the U.Ok. with Anglia Automobile Auctions.

In keeping with the public sale itemizing, this Lotus Esprit Turbo was initially inbuilt 1980 as a pre-production unit and loaned to the DeLorean Motor Firm (which was getting technical support from Lotus within the improvement of its DMC-12). Upon its return to Lotus, the automobile was rebuilt with a model of the energetic suspension system then being developed for System 1.

1983 Lotus Esprit Turbo active suspension prototype (photo via Anglia Car Auctions)

1983 Lotus Esprit Turbo energetic suspension prototype (photograph by way of Anglia Automobile Auctions)

Lotus was a pioneer of energetic suspension, which, because the identify states, actively works to cancel out physique roll and different forces to maintain automobiles flat by cornes. After shopping for the British agency, Common Motors even sought to make use of a model of the Lotus energetic suspension system within the C4 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1.

No such system was ever used on a manufacturing highway automobile from the corporate, nonetheless. Whereas Lotus did deploy energetic suspension in F1 within the Nineteen Eighties, the know-how was actually perfected by Williams with its FW14B and FW15C race automobiles, with which the crew dominated the 1992 and 1993 seasons, respectively.

1983 Lotus Esprit Turbo active suspension prototype (photo via Anglia Car Auctions)

1983 Lotus Esprit Turbo energetic suspension prototype (photograph by way of Anglia Automobile Auctions)

The Esprit energetic suspension prototype appeared in automobile magazines and on a “Prime Gear” section, however quickly outlived its usefulness and was left behind a hangar, seemingly destined to be crushed. Nevertheless, an worker stored hiding the automobile, and administration ultimately determined to place it on show as a substitute of scrapping it.

Lotus later bought the automobile to its present proprietor, who performed a restoration that included work on the engine, transmission, wiring, and brakes. The paint and inside are reportedly largely unique, and the odometer at the moment reveals simply 6,492 miles.

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