1993 Lotus Esprit Sport 300
For customers that missed out on the very limited production run of X180Rs, the 300 Sport was offered in 1993. It essentially offered the same package as the X180R racecar. With an optional LotusSport package, the car incorporated a full rollcage, harness and fire extinguisher. All versions of the Sport 300 featured the 300 bhp, S910 power plant which was similarly tuned to X180R specification.
As expected the interior and exterior featured a number of preferred changes. Almost every aspect of the car was upgraded to match the performance of the X180R. This included changes to the spoilers, brakes, suspension geometry, clutch, gearshift and brakes.
A number of weight saving provisions were made. This helped lower the weight of the car by 250 lbs compared to the Esprit SE.
A year after the 300 Sport was unveiled, the Series Four version of the Esprit was released. Not until 1995, would an Esprit would had the luxury of receiving 300+ horsepower. In 1995, the Esprit S4s was offered with a similarly tuned engine.
|submitted by||Richard Owen|
|aspiration||Garrett turbocharger J3/T4|
|valvetrain||DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl|
|displacement||2174 cc / 132.7 in³|
|bore||95.3 mm / 3.75 in|
|stroke||76.2 mm / 3.0 in|
|power||223.7 kw / 300 bhp @ 6500 rpm|
|specific output||137.99 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||236.22 bhp per tonne|
|driven wheels||RWD w/Limited Slip|
|front tires||245/45 x 16|
|rear tires||315/35x 17|
|front brakes||Vented Discs w/AP Racing 4-Pot Calipers|
|f brake size||mm / in|
|rear brakes||Vented Discs w/AP Racing 4-Pot Calipers|
|r brake size||mm / in|
|front wheels||F 40.6 x 21.6 cm / 16.0 x 8.5 in|
|rear wheels||R 43.2 x 26.7 cm / 17.0 x 10.5 in|
|curb weight||1270 kg / 2800 lbs|