Lotus Esprit V8 turbo

John Wilkes ‘Currently running 370bhp with the capability of nearly 500bhp’

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  • Year: 1998

  • Mileage: 58,000

  • Acquired: 2018

  • Dream car: My dad’s old Jaguar XJS


Why did you choose the car?

I chose the Lotus Esprit V8 Twin Turbo because it’s a car I’ve always liked! I had one before, 20 years ago, when I was 19 years old – it was a red Series II and it was my entry into the world of this British supercar. They are rapidly rising in price – mine is worth around £50,000 now, and I’m thinking about selling – but I’m not sure...

What’s the worst bit?

The worst thing about owning a Lotus Esprit is that parts can be difficult to find sometimes, although there are plenty of suppliers around selling aftermarket parts. However, they can be a bit on the costly side.

Any modifications?

The car is currently running 370bhp with the capability of nearly 500bhp, thanks to Forge actuators and dump valves and a straight-through exhaust. A boost gauge and uprated clutch are also fitted, and the car has recently undergone a full professional respray.

Any advice for owners?

The Achilles heel of these cars is the weak gearbox – I’ve already had to rebuild the transmission.

In my personal experience, the best and most useful parts supplier is Pete at P and M engineering – he will talk to you all day long about parts and the ways to fix things that go wrong – invaluable advice for free!

Any funny mishaps?  

It wasn’t a mishap, but the funniest moment was when I had the car wrapped in a Star Wars theme for my son Jak’s eighth birthday! I parked it on the roundabout for all his friends to see, as you can see in this photograph.