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Geek Group takes delivery of 1997 Lotus Esprit – Click above to watch video after the jump

The Geek Group – a self-described non-profit organization focused on science, technology, engineering, math, and arts education – has decided to take on the task of making a Lotus Esprit, vintage 1997, run on electricity instead of gasoline. Those familiar with the group, perhaps better known for blowing things up then putting them back together, might question why they are taking on the project. The answer lies mostly in the fact that they were given the car, minus its non-functional Type 918 all-aluminum twin-turbo V8, and that they have a new large work space in Grand´╗┐ Rapids, MI to serve as their "vehicular sciences lab."

The project aims to give the Lotus performance equal to that of the combustion-powered original – excluding range – and serve as their flagship Geekmobile. If you have an interest in helping them out by either donating or joining the group and getting your hands dirty, hop onto their website to hook up. They will be making videos of the build as they go, so subscribe to their YouTube channel or Facebook page to follow along. Hit the jump for the first episode, which features the car's arrival and outline of the plan.

[Source: The Geek Group via El Moto.net]



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      Dan Frederiksen
      • 1 Month Ago
      it's a recognizable car, mostly because of Pretty Woman but I just looked it up on autotrader and it costs 30k$ and up! I'd rather pick a porsche boxster below 10k$ that is newer. maybe find one with a blown motor for cheap. I guess they have plenty of money
        letstakeawalk
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        There's always a douchebag who comments without reading the article: "The answer lies mostly in the fact that they were given the car, minus its non-functional Type 918 all-aluminum twin-turbo V8..."
      DC
      • 1 Month Ago
      I live in Grand Rapids, MI...never heard of these guys before.
        DC
        • 1 Month Ago
        @DC
        Abd they just said "Leonard Street Labs"....I live 1/2 mile from Leonard...this is too funny!
          • 1 Month Ago
          @DC
          Have you made it down to the lab yet DC?
          Ben Crockett
          • 1 Month Ago
          @DC
          "I should check it out!" Yes you should :)
          DC
          • 1 Month Ago
          @DC
          Turns out these guys are 1.3 miles from my house, and allow visitors and even allow new members to work down there. I should check it out!
      russellbgeister
      • 1 Month Ago
      it wont be hard to make a crap car like a lotus better they were only good for 50.000 klms anyway then the drivetrain fell to bits
      • 1 Month Ago
      How do I get the contact details of these guys? Would love to have them at the EV Cup in California in Novemeber and December 2011!!
        • 1 Month Ago
        Hello EV CUP, My name is Daniel Eakin and i'm the Vehicular Sciences Dept. Head at The Geek Group. Does the EV CUP have a website or documentation that could be sent to me? I don't know if the car will be completed by December 2011, as The Geek Group is in the middle of a serious renovation of the YMCA building in Grand Rapids, MI, but we could start talking about future events just the same. contact me at deakin at cpriii dot com.
        DC
        • 1 Month Ago
        http://thegeekgroup.org/