• Mar 30, 2010
1980 Lotus Esprit with SHO conversion – Click above for high-res image gallery.

Strap yourself in, kids – we're in for a whole new fresh batch of awesome. In the world of motor swaps, the Chevrolet 350 will slide its way into anything with four wheels (and some with just two). The Yamaha 3.0-liter V6 found in the first-generation Ford Taurus SHO, on the other hand, is a completely different story. That little bit of kit is only content to power the world's most capable platforms, and since it boasts one of the sexiest intake arrays to ever roll out of a Detroit/Hamamatsu mashup, it looks right at home in the engine bay of, say a 1980 Lotus Esprit.

Which works out, since that's exactly what one intrepid eBay seller has managed to create – a SHO-powered Esprit. The engine uses all of the periphery associated with the front-wheel drive Taurus, including the engine management, but is bolted to the Lotus five-speed gearbox. The seller even says all of the factory gauges remain in place and work accordingly – something most Esprits of this era can't boast – even without a heart transplant. Assuming the Taurus mill is still churning out the same 220 horsepower it made from the factory, you're guaranteed a modest bump over the factory output. Buy it now sits at $15,000.

Sounds like good Mr. Neff has found the perfect replacement for his flawless SHO. Hit the jump for a video walkaround, including the chance to hear this odd British/American/Japanese hybrid firing up.



[Source: eBay Motors]





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      • 4 Years Ago
      I bet this thing rattels down the road...........
      squeaky, old electrics, I dunno, it's cool in theroy - nice bod and great motor -
      but in reality I bet it is super buggy and makes mysterious noises
        • 4 Years Ago
        I never met a car (or a woman) with a nice bod and a great motor that wasn't at least a little buggy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pretty neat setup. The SHO motor looks right at home in there. It's a shame he didn't spring for some sexy tubular headers... or at least some nicer aluminum heat shields. Would definitely add more eye candy under the glass... but I'll admit that I'm nit picking. It's a very nice, very well executed swap.
        • 4 Years Ago
        SHO Source sells nice header kits for the V6 SHO. Just sayin'. You know, in case someone here buys this beast and wants to dress it up, a bit. I'd also powdercoat the intake manifold, rather than leave it polished, but that's just me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thats a pretty sweet swap a good tune-up and a couple of upgrades would make this a pretty nice ride!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great looking (and SOUNDING!) machine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Super sweet, wish I had a garage spot for this!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am the guy with this particular Lotus.. The reason for the older SHO motor versus the newer one is, the car was built years ago.. That was what was out at the time, but there are several other newer generation motors that have the same Bell Housing pattern and can be easily put in place..

      As far as funny noise or other conditions, this car just sounds mean as hell.. The weight distribution is great, the torque is awsome, and the sound rivals most of the Italian Exotics.. The only down side, is that you are announcing your arrival before you get there, so it is harder to say " It wasnt Me" ha ha
      • 4 Years Ago
      Heh, awesome. I do wish Yamaha and Ford continued that alliance. It would be awesome to have a true modern day SHO V6.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So what's wrong with the current SHO? Too big, too small, Ford Powered ect....??
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wonder why they didn't have a hand in the new SHO?


        They helped in building the ISF engine and I believe also the LFA.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yamaha also builds the 4.4L V8 under the hood of several Volvos.

        It would have been nice to see a Yamahammer powering the new SHO, but I think that Twin Force (I refuse to use Ecoboost) V6 is doing the job nicely!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Badass
      • 4 Years Ago
      Comes with the most important accessory of any Lotus: the fire extinguisher.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice Price!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds sweeeeetI I bet it hauls ass too. This is the non-turbo body, which originally came with a 160hp 2.2 if I'm not mistaken and weighed about as much as a 22" rim on pimp Escalade. Still a stupidly sexy car.
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