Race, Historic
SEP 02nd 2019

Seán Ward

The Series 1 Lotus Esprit racer that almost made it to Le Mans

Lotus built its foundations on motorsport. The company’s founder, Colin Chapman, was a pioneer, an engineer determined to race and to win. To get there Chapman adhered to the simple but highly effective philosophy of “simplify, then add lightness”. It was that philosophy that gave birth to some truly great race and road cars, including the Lotus Esprit racer you see here. This car’s story, however, is a little unconventional.

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