Lo­tus Es­prit Se­ries 1

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Drive-it Day Special The 50 Greatest Drives - Richard Gunn

When I was six, I saw The Spy

Who Loved Me at the cin­ema. It took sev­eral decades be­fore I ful­filled my am­bi­tion of driv­ing one – a Se­ries I at the Chob­ham test track. The sin­u­ous, un­du­lat­ing course al­lowed me to ex­pe­ri­ence ev­ery­thing this mid-en­gined dart had to of­fer. Although ac­cel­er­a­tion and out­right speed didn’t quite match the su­per­car looks, the ul­tra-sharp han­dling was be­yond any­thing I’d ever ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore. The Es­prit re­sponded to the mer­est driver in­put with pin­point ac­cu­racy, ur­gency and just a hint of twitch­i­ness – it was sim­ply point-and-shoot. Great brakes too – which I needed when a huge tank trans­porter un­ex­pect­edly ap­peared on the track di­rectly in front of me…

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