The Real Reason Why Tavarish Had To Pull The Plug On His Lotus Esprit Project

The Real Reason Why Tavarish Had To Pull The Plug On His Lotus Esprit Project

In a recent video shared on his YouTube channel, the famous automotive vlogger – Tavarish – has decided to scrap one of his overambitious projects.


We all have dreamt of owning a budget supercar at some point in life. Most of us still do. The reason is simple – an average supercar attracts a price tag many of us can’t afford. For that kind of money, a lot can be done, for example, you can find a slightly old supercar, and then (if you are lucky to find one) restore it yourself, or ask someone else to do it for you, and still have a sizeable portion of the money a brand new supercar comes for.


This is one of the reasons supercars from yesteryears have always attracted those who love speed; get what you desire without having to sell your organs. The car in the picture here is a Lotus Esprit Turbo SE that had a 2.2-liter inline-four turbo engine that delivered 264 HP of power and 261 lb-ft of torque, and could do 0-60mph dash in just under five seconds (4.7 seconds to be precise). This car also could do top speeds of over 160mph with ease. Even by today’s standards this car is/was fast.

Related: Here’s Why We Love The Lotus Esprit


Where Did Tavarish Struggle With His Lotus Esprit Project?

The list is long, but let’s try to break it down one by one. Well, to begin with, Tavarish said he had to make some room in his garage for some more cars, and the first thing he points at is the Lotus Esprit Turbo SE. Why? Because in his own words, “It is a project that never ends.” What was supposed to be a simple project hit the roadblock majorly because of the lack of the parts. What was bought for $10,000, and was supposed to turn from an Esprit Turbo SE to an S4s needed things like different side skirts, different front and rear bumpers, and some engine work to begin with. Technically, the Esprit Turbo SE needed to be majorly reworked, which is why a donor 95 Esprit S4 was found so that the parts could be replaced. Sadly, the donor car was in a pretty bad shape and most of it could not be used for practical purposes. Despite having a usable engine and the entire drivetrain, there was nothing else that could have been used for the project. There is little denying the fact that the Lotus Esprits were very good looking cars, and this project could have been a dream come true had it been pulled off by Tavarish and his team.

Tavarish Lotus Esprit Turbo SE Image
Via: YouTube

Then there are other cars to be taken care of, and working on the Lotus Esprit would have meant two months of full-time commitment to the Turbo SE. This also meant no attention to the more doable projects in the garage that would benefit much more from the time and efforts spend on them. In the video, you will spot a Lotus Esprit Turbo SE stripped down to the bone, and you don’t have to have an IQ of over 200 to figure that there is a LOT to be done on this car. The original Lotus Turbo Esprits had a glassfiber-reinforced plastic body with galvanized steel backbone chassis and anything less than original would mean compromised safety of anyone inside it.

Related: Here’s Why You Should Steer Clear Of The Stunning Lotus Esprit Turbo

What Happens To The Future Of This Particular Lotus Esprit Turbo SE?

Tavarish Lotus Esprit Turbo SE Image
Via: YouTube

The Lotus Esprits were never made in huge numbers and catered to a very niche set of people, which is why owning one is a great deal of pride for anyone who has one. Especially the ones that are still running. Most of the times, the owners are complaining about high maintenance costs, and then there are regular oil changes with which new spark plugs are recommended too. Add to that the more painful bit of sourcing the spare parts. As the Esprits were never made in huge numbers, it is more probable to find $1 million lying somewhere instead of finding the spare part you need readily available. But if the Lotus Esprit’s parts are so difficult to source, was Tavarish being overambitious with his ‘budget supercar’ project?

Thankfully, Tavarish has found someone who is interested in buying this particular piece and try to achieve what Tavarish couldn’t. We hope that the new owner of this Lotus Esprit Turbo SE has slightly better luck than Tavarish while trying to find the parts it needs, but the chances are slim. What will eventually happen is something we will have to wait to find out for at least a minimum of couple of months (or years). Until then, we wish good luck to whoever has decided to try bringing this car back to life. It would have been nice to see it growling like it used to and cruise along the roads in all its glory, but it seems unlikely that it’s going to happen anytime soon.

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