The Lotus Esprit Essex. Hold on just a minute and think about that. Essex. You’ve got a special edition celebrating the launch of the first-ever turbocharged version of your flashy, British supercar coming up, and you need a name. Having rejected, ooh, I dunno, ‘The Turb-o-liser’, ‘Turbo Death Ray Special’, ‘King Dong’ and ‘Mighty Excalibur’, Lotus went for ‘Essex’.
Words: Richard Hammond
Photos: Justin Leighton