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.TYPE 79 - Esprit   1975 to 1981
Production GT

Engine: Lotus 907 DOHC1973cc-140 bhp---------------------
Gearbox: Maserati SM  5-speed -----------------------------------
Chassis: Central box-section steel backbone with--------
two prongs at the rear.-------------------------------------------------
Front Suspension: double wishbones,-------------------------
& coil spring / damper units.-----------------------------------------
Rear Suspension: Fixed-length half-shafts, lower ---------
transverse links, box-section semi-trailing radius arms--
and coil spring / damper units.--------------------------------------
Wheelbase: 8 ft. 0 in.----------------------------------------------------
Front Track: 4 ft. 11.5 in.----------------------------------------------
Rear Track: 4 ft. 11.5 in.-----------------------------------------------
Length: 13 ft. 9 in.-------------------------------------------------------
Weight: 2220 lbs.--------------------------------------------------------

The Lotus Esprit was the successor to the popular------
Lotus Europa.-------------------------------------------------------------
The Lotus Esprit was first shown to the world as a-------
        styling exercise by the famous Italian design studio------------
        of Giorgetto Giugiaro,  Ital Designs, in 1974.------------------------
     The show car was so successful and inquiries so great---
that Lotus committed to taking the successor to the----
        Europa into production.-----------------------------------------------------
Glass-Fiber bodied, steel backbone chassis and Lotus'
own 907 multi-valve engine mounted mid-ship with------
 4 wheel independent suspension were all features of---
these first Esprits.--------------------------------------------------------
The mid-engined Esprit was powered by the 140 hp 907
 engine and weighed only 2200 pounds.-------------------------
The Esprit accelerated 0-60 in less than 8 seconds,-------
cornered at over 0.8 G's.-----------------------------------------------
Even in town these cars returned in excess of 30 miles
       to the gallon.---------------------------------------------------------------------
It was uprated in 1978 to the Series II.--------------------------