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Les Presses Littéraires and Rémy Solnon are proud to announce the publication of PRESTIGIOUS WATCHES AND CARS, a comprehensive book about the partnerships signed by fine watchmaking with prestigious car makers and motor racing. Text french / english. See the link

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 Welcome to the first French Lotus Esprit’BLOG !   

You are visiting the first BLOG about the Lotus ESPRIT, the stunning Britain’s mid-engined sportscar created by Lotus Cars, the British manufacturer of sports and racing cars founded in 1952 by the genius Colin Chapman 

Conceived and designed by the Italian designer Giorgio Giugiaro to replace the Europa, the Esprit was unveiled as a concept car at the Turin motor show in 1972 and was produced during 28 years  - an exceptional longevity for a supercar – from 1976 to 2004. 

As the spearhead of Lotus Cars, the Esprit had a great impact in the story of British automotive world and prestige cars. The secret ? An incredible and futuristic style with an innovative technical design coming from the Lotus Formula 1, a British pure tradition of comfort and a touch of class. 

From the incredible submarine Type 79 Esprit S1 in The spy who loves me to the 1990 Esprit Turbo SE in Basic Instinct and Pretty Woman, the Esprit became a famous movie car in the World.

Racing Esprit – in BPR and BRDC GT championships with the Type 114 Esprit V8 GT1 and in SCCA and IMSA american championships with the Type 105 & 106 Esprit X180-R – reflected perfectly the heritage of the Lotus Grand Prix Team, seven times winner of the Formula 1 world championship. 

From the wedge shape style of the Italian designer Giorgio Giugiaro, to the curved shape style of Peter Stevens, from the small Type 907 four cylinders engine to the powerful Type 908 V8, the Esprit upgraded with successive eras conserving its uncompromising character and the original spirit of Colin Chapman. 




 Lotus ESPRIT, le grand tourisme à l’anglaise


Les Presses Littéraires and Rémy Solnon are proud to announce to you the publication of the book Lotus ESPRIT, le grand tourisme à l’anglaise, a complete history of the stunning Britain’s mid-engined sportscar created by Lotus Cars, the British manufacturer of sports and racing cars founded in 1952 by the genius Colin Chapman 

Every model and limited edition from the first 1976MY Esprit S1 to the last 2004MY Esprit V8 “Final Run edition” is fully detailed in this seriously comprehensive book, with unique racing and convertible versions and rare prototypes. Secrets of its development, building and driving are revealed. 

By writting this book, I would be particularly careful about the illustrations (about 350 pics) by looking for unpublished and detailed pictures of every model and limited edition of Esprit coming from 51 enthusiast Esprit’owners around the world, coming from 10 countries.

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Lotus ESPRIT, le grand tourisme à l’anglaise is a stunning 208 page full color publication contains over 350 pictures, drawings and photographs and is the first book in French related the whole story of this automotive icon. I am a Lotus cars enthusiast having a true passion for the Esprit. 

The preface was written by Jean Pierre Genoud-Prachex, chairman of the Club Lotus France

I want to thank every lucky owner that supported my project by giving me permission to use pictures of their beautiful Esprit that made a fantastic and really rich iconography. 

You can order the book : 

- on the website of my publisher Les Presses Littéraires

- or on the website of the Fnac

- or in your usual bookshop

Author : Rémy Solnon 

Publisher : Les Presses Littéraires 

Publication date : September 2007 

Language : French 

Product dimensions : 21 x 29,7 centimeters  (11,42 x 8,27 inches

Illustration : 978-2-35073-144-5 

Paperback : 208 pages 

Price : 35 € 

See the article on the Lotus Esprit World website (


- Affiches publicitaires : Lotus Esprit press pictures

- Bibliographie : general bibliography

- Bibliographie sur l’Esprit : Esprit bibliography

- Bibliography sur Lotus : Lotus bibliography

- Brochures Lotus 2 pages : Lotus cars official brochures (on 2 pages)

- Cinéma et T.V. : Lotus Esprit in the movies and in television series

- Competition : racing Esprit(s)

- Conception de la Lotus Esprit : how was built an Esprit in Hethel

-  Historique de la Lotus Esprit : history of the Esprit ; Esprit models

- jeux vidéo : Esprit in video games

- Lotus Esprit 2011 : secrets oof the future 2011 Lotus Esprit

- Lotus Esprit de Colin Chapman : the Colin chapman’ special Lotus Esprit Turbo   

- Modélisme : Lotus Esprit die cast models

- Séries limitées : Lotus Esprit limited edition and commemorative edition

- Séries spéciales : very special Lotus Esprit and prototypes


  1. Bonjour et félicitation. Je vais acheter votre livre dès que possible.

    Pour info, je suis le seul et unique possesseur d’une Lotus Esprit Sport 300 en France. C’est la numéro 29 et d’après les logs de vente de Lotus UK, c’est bien la seule en France….

    Des photos là:

    La dernière a été prise lors de l’ouverture de la course de côte de Chamrousse à laquelle j’étais invité.


  2. Remy,

    I am in the US and cant get either of the two sites to ship the book here. I would love a copy as it is the last Esprit book I need for my collection. Please let me know how to obtain one!


  3. Helpfull Links
    (The Largest Esprit Registry Database)
    (The Largest Parts Selection)

  4. Hiya. Very cool website!! Man .. Excellent .. Amazing .. I will bookmark your website and take the feeds also…I am satisfied to find so much helpful information here in the post. Thank you for sharing..

  5. I will immediately snatch your rss as I can’t find your email subscription hyperlink or e-newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Kindly allow me know in order that I may subscribe. Thanks.

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