I think it makes sense to go full hood on the Esprit. It's not that big and it's certainly an easy flat surface to apply. Rock chips definitely make it up the hood due to the angle. It's not a bad idea for the rear flanks too for protection when working on the engine bay.
I have the whole entire front end done! From the lower valance, up the bumpers to the windscreen and over each wheel down to the sills and back to the rear valance! The whole lower half of both doors back to the wheel openings are clear bra'd also. My clear bra goes up the A pillars and across the header panel above the windscreen too! If you have a good "free hander" local to you, they can do the whole front end. If they just use a pre cut film, they won't have the pattern for the SE style bumpers etc, just the V8