Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: St. Petersburg Florida
As some of you know I completed a "refresher rebuild" of the engine on the '89 Esprit Turbo a couple of months ago as a consequence of having to repair a blown head gasket. I've been tied up for various reasons over the last few months with various stuff and have not had the chance to really take the car out and see how it would perform in a sustained run. Up until today I had less than 500 miles on the rebuild. And to some degree I have been babying the car to allow for everything to settle in and to make sure there were no "issues" related to engine performance. I had the chance to take it out today and run it at some speed for a few hours. And I have to say, I am unreasonably happy with how well the car performs. It was never a slouch but now it runs as I imagine it must have run as an absolutely new car. It was just one of those days were sitting at the wheel of this lovely Esprit was, well, an experience that brought me both a great deal of happiness and a real sense of satisfaction that only comes from investing your own work and energy in keeping these beautiful examples of automotive excellence running. What a stroke of luck that the Lotus marque became a part of my life and interests because today was one of those days were you just look at the car and think "wow"....
1989 Esprit Turbo