Lotus 1980-1989: Type 81 to Type 100

Appearing in the dramatic blue, red and silver colours of the Formula One team, a turbocharged version of the 2.2-litre 907 engine is fitted to the new aptly named Turbo Esprit, which prompted another Bond movie appearance. The unique but controversial twin-chassis concept would be the last innovative design in Formula One by Colin Chapman, before the automotive world is rocked by his sudden death from a heart attack at only 54 years of age. As the Chapman spirit lives on, Lotus introduce Carbon-fibre and active suspension to Formula One and are back in the winners circle and challenging or the title once again. As twenty years at the Hethel site site are marked by new owners General Motors, a re-designed Esprit and new Elan model bolster worldwide sales.

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Lotus Type 81

Lotus Type 81

Formula 1 - 1980 - 2 built

Type 82 'Essex' Turbo Esprit

Type 82 'Essex' Turbo Esprit

Road Car - 1980 - 100 built

Lotus Type 81B

Lotus Type 81B

Formula 1 - 1980 - 1 built

Type 82 Turbo Esprit

Type 82 Turbo Esprit

Road Car - 1980 - 1274 built

Type Esprit S2.2

Type Esprit S2.2

Road Car - 1980 - 93 built

Type 83 Elite S2 & 2.2

Type 83 Elite S2 & 2.2

Road Car - 1980 - 133 built

Type 84 Eclat S2 & 2.2

Type 84 Eclat S2 & 2.2

Road Car - 1980 - 223 built

Type 85 Esprit S3

Type 85 Esprit S3

Road Car - 1980 - 767 built

Lotus Type 86

Lotus Type 86

Formula 1 - 1980 - 1 built

Lotus Type 87

Lotus Type 87

Formula 1 - 1981 - 2 built

Lotus Type 88 & 88B

Lotus Type 88 & 88B

Formula 1 - 1981 - 2 built

Lotus Type 87B

Lotus Type 87B

Formula 1 - 1981 - 1 built

Type 89 Eclat Excel

Type 89 Eclat Excel

Road Car - 1982 - 872 built

Lotus Type 91

Lotus Type 91

Formula 1 - 1982 - 2 built

Active Suspension Esprit

Active Suspension Esprit

Concept Car - 1982 - 1 built

Lotus Type 92

Lotus Type 92

Formula 1 - 1983 - 2 built

Lotus Type 93T

Lotus Type 93T

Formula 1 - 1983 - 2 built

Lotus Type 94T

Lotus Type 94T

Formula 1 - 1983 - 3 built

Lotus M90 / X100

Lotus M90 / X100

Concept Car - 1984 - 1 built

Lotus Type 95T

Lotus Type 95T

Formula 1 - 1984 - 4 built

Lotus Etna

Lotus Etna

Concept Car - 1984 - 1 built

Type 89 Eclat SE & SA

Type 89 Eclat SE & SA

Road Car - 1985 - 1300 built

Lotus Type 96T

Lotus Type 96T

Indycar - 1985 - 1 built

Lotus Type 97T

Lotus Type 97T

Formula 1 - 1985 - 4 built

Type 82 Esprit HC & HCPI

Type 82 Esprit HC & HCPI

Road Car - 1985 - 2819 built

Esprit Replacement

Esprit Replacement

Concept Car - 1986 - 1 built

Lotus Type 98T

Lotus Type 98T

Formula 1 - 1986 - 4 built

Elan Ital Design

Elan Ital Design

Concept Car - 1986 - 1 built

Lotus Type 99T

Lotus Type 99T

Formula 1 - 1987 - 6 built

Lotus Type 85 Esprit

Lotus Type 85 Esprit

Road Car - 1987 - 286 built

Type 82 Esprit Turbo

Type 82 Esprit Turbo

Road Car - 1987 - 250 built

Lotus Type 100T

Lotus Type 100T

Formula 1 - 1988 - 4 built

Type 82 Esprit Turbo SE

Type 82 Esprit Turbo SE

Road Car - 1989 - 1608 built

Lotus Type 101

Lotus Type 101

Formula 1 - 1989 - 4 built

'SID' Esprit Prototype

'SID' Esprit Prototype

Research Car - 1989 - 1 built

Type 100 Elan & Elan SE

Type 100 Elan & Elan SE

Road Car - 1989 - 120 & 3167 built