1978 LOTUS ESPRIT GROUP 5 Race Car
IMSA GTU FIA PASSPORT RACE CAR
Location: Mesa, Arizona
This is a 1978 Lotus Esprit Group 5 Race Car for sale in Mesa, Arizona. The seller states that the car came off the race track in 1995 and put away in dry storage. It was purchased by the current owner in 2013 and started documenting the car and restoration. The FIA certification began in early 2014 after inspection by the FIA Technician. A complete nut and bolt restoration was started as well.
- The car comes with an extensive mount of spares including wheels and gear sets.
- All the suspension has been rebuilt and ready to go back in the car.
- The Body has undergone an extensive restoration
- All parts have been nickel plated and/ or powder coated
- All alloy parts have been polished
Price $125,000 US Dollars
Contact (360) 790-8219
CLASS: Modsport/Group 5.
OWNER/DRIVER: Ian Marshall of Macinnes. Sold to Peter Harholdt in 1982, sold to current owner in 2013
BODY: Lightweight Lotus Esprit with wheel arches and much of the interior cut away. The Lotus backbone chassis is employed, with fabricated suspension pick up points.
INTERIOR EQUIPMENT: Safety Devices roll cage and fire extinguisher.
INSTRUMENTS: Chronometric tach, oil pressure gauge, oil temperature gauge, water temperature gauge.
SUSPENSION: Front; There are top and bottom unequal length wishbones with March 763 uprights. The roll bar is 7/8 inch tubular steel and there is a tie bar for strength on the lower wishbone. Spax shockers with adjustable shoulders.
BRAKES: Front; Ventilated discs and 4 pot AP calipers. Rear; Formula 2 Lockheed discs AP calipers.
WHEELS: Youngblood 10″x16″ and 14″x 16″
TYRES: Goodyear G64 slicks
STEERING: Jack Knight magnesium GRD rack, which means the steering column is canted towards the centre of the car.
ENGINE: Cosworth YB Valves per cyl: 4.
CAMSHAFT TYPE AND POSITION: Twin overhead.
CARBURETION/INJECTION: Weber DCOE 48’s
INLET MANIFOLDING: Standard Lotus, polished
EXHAUST MANIFOLDING: by Mike The Pipe.
EXHAUST SYSTEM: Mike The Pipe 4 into 1.
OTHER DETAILS: Dry sump system by Racing Fabrications using Vega oil pump, mounted on the offside of the block driven off the crack pulley. The distributor is driven off the back of the inlet camshaft and the alternator is driven off the exhaust camshaft which would normally drive the air conditioning.
TRANSMISSION: HEWLAND gearbox.
FUEL PUMP: Bendix Blue top.
COOLING: Front mounted radiator and oil cooler fitted at rear.
ELECTRICAL: 12 volt Varley battery and Lucas Opus ignition.
OTHER FEATURES: Twin plate racing clutch by AP.