Ash Thorp Puts His Signature Sinister Spin On The Iconic Lotus Esprit S1

Photo: Ash Thorp

Ashley “Ash” Thorp is undoubtedly one of the most talented and prolific freelance designers working today, with a deep body of concept art for films like Ender’s Game and Prometheus, as well as an even larger portfolio of legitimately world-class vehicular renders — the latter of which has just grown with the debut of what the multitalented designer and Southern California native has dubbed “The ESP.”

Taking inspiration from a 1976 Lotus Esprit S1 — in particular, the amphibious “Wet Nellie” specimen (which is currently owned by Elon Musk) that was famously featured in the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me and Batou’s car in Ghost in the Shell — Thorp’s latest render is the result of more than six months of work. In typical Thorp fashion, the Lotus sports dramatic and aggressive bodywork rendered in carbon fiber and featuring an F40-esque nose paired with a squared wide body kit and a louvered rear deck lid that feeds into a low-profile spoiler that sits directly above the Esprit’s 160hp 2.0L Lotus 907 four-banger. Side-exit exhausts,blacked-out lighting, a massive rear diffuser, and deep-dish wheels shod in beefy racing slicks complete this sinister package. To see more of the project you can visit Ash Thorp’s Instagram page linked below.

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Photo: Ash Thorp
Photo: Ash Thorp
Photo: Ash Thorp
Photo: Ash Thorp