Lotus' chairman, Colin Chapman, asks Italdesign to design a new supercar and wants to see a 1:4 scale model as soon as possible. The tests in the wind gallery mark a cx of 0,34 and Chapman, disappointed by the results, stops the project but Italdesign decides anyway to going on with it until the creation of a 1:1 model, presented at the Turin Motor Show in 1972.
Chapman, fascinated by this model decides to go on with the project.
The Esprit, designed with a new technology for plastic materials, was produced since 1975 in 1700 units. The Esprit's style recalls the Boomerang, whose lines are smothered. The windscreen, raked at 18°, bold for that time, even though very similar to Manta's and Boomerang's one.
Only the Esprit mass-production proves that a solution considered futuristic by glass producers is, on the contrary, possible.
Lotus Esprit S1 is James Bond's car in 007 The Spy Who Loved Me (Lewis Gilbert, GB 1977); Roger Moore drives also a submarine version of the Esprit. The car appears also on the following episode of the saga: For Your Eyes Only (John Glen, 1981), but only in few scenes. The anti-theft system blows it up quite soon.