My Car: Ron Joe’s 1990 Lotus Esprit Turbo SE

Do you think a modern supercar is too boring, too safe? Think a Ferrari Testarossa too slow, and a Lamborghini Countach too common?

Watch Jonathan of 143CAR.com as he interviews Ron Joe – owner of a 1990 Lotus Esprit. One of 1546 ever built, and the only left hand drive Canadian registered car with 13,000 kilometers on it.

You have to be a bit crazy to own an old supercar, and Ron Joe proves this by even letting Jonathan drive his car…for a bit. Will he spin it? Crash it? Find out in the video!

Thanks to Ron and Chris Joe for graciously offering their car for this video!

Thanks also to Derek Cheng of Pure White Studios.

Please let me know what you think!

14 Comments Add Yours

  1. Mandy

    dude you got a typo 😉 delete this later “Watch Jonathan of 143CAR.com as he interviews Ron Joe – owner of a 1990 Lotus ESPIRIT. One of 1546 ever built, and the only left hand drive Canadian registered car with 13,000 kilometers on it.”

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    • Jon

      fixed~!

  2. Crystal

    hahahha love the British model analogy

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    • Jon

      Thanks Crystal!

  3. Steve

    You made a comment that the engine was designed by Cosworth. This is not true. The engine was developed by Tony Rudd and the rest of the engineering team at Lotus. Tony Rudd was a famous design engineer who’s career spanned Rolls-Royce, BRM, and Lotus. A quote from the Wikipedia article on Tony Rudd says “Rudd’s achievements included the development of Lotus’ own four-cylinder engine as well as improving production quality of their cars.” Take a few minutes and read the Wikipedia entry for Tony Rudd. You might find it interesting.

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  4. Steve

    BTW, other than that small detail about Cosworth verses Lotus Engineering, I really enjoyed the video. I hope I can get one of my Esprits on the road at some point so I can enjoy them too. I am a little concerned about my height (6’2″) and fitting in the car though.

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    • Jon

      Thanks Steve. I believe you are the one that made the comment on my YouTube page?

      Anyway you are correct; I’m not really sure where I got that information from but it seems it was wrong and for that I am sorry. Glad to hear you enjoyed the video though!

  5. dewey

    loved your vid. really loved the writing and to hear your passion for cars. Maybe you want to come drive mine some time? Not as iconic as the esprit but definitely scary. Kind of like an axe murderer in a three piece suit.

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    • Jon

      Thanks Dewey!

      Would love to drive the “axe murderer in a three piece suit” any time. ;).

      Hope your car is safe and sound with the flooding that is happening?

    • dewey

      We’re all high and dry in our little hillside community of Ramsay. Trouble,however, is not far away. Water running over the bridges at MacDonalde Ave and 9th Ave too. Scary. Lots of people with nowhere to live. Gointto take a while to bail out from this one. Appreciate your concern.

      D

  6. Kebs

    That cop car driving by, Awesome! I love these videos, keep them coming!

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    • Jon

      Thanks Kebs!

  7. sammy

    nice job!!

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    • Jon

      Thanks sammy!

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