5th gear kit € 699,
5th gear conversion for all 4-Cyl Esprits 1987-1999:- Ratio 0.75 : 1 instead of the stock 0.82 : 1
- Reduce rpm /cabin noise when cruising (around 500rpm at speed) or....
- .....increase top speed with a tuned-up engine !!
- Max. possible speed rises from 173mph @ 7500rpm to a phenomenal 192mph @ 7500rpm !!!
- Very high quality hardened gears
- Easy installation: just remove the rear housing, G/B itself stays insitu !
ATB LSD € 1499,
LSD Limited Slip Differential, ATB-type, suited for ALL Lotus Esprits with Renault Gearbox (MY1988-2004)- Automatic Torque Biasing (=ATB) patented design - Controlled power transmitted to both driving wheels - Automatic proportional operation, progressive curve but never locks ! - Eliminates harsh torque steer characteristics of other LSD - Completely gear operated design, NO plates - Works perfectly in all traction conditions - Direct fit ! Fits perfectly in your Esprit-Gearbox ! No modifications needed.
Sets of floating helical gear pinions mesh to provide the normal speed differential action. In the event of one wheel slip, torque bias is generated by the axial and radial thrusts of the pinions in the pockets. Re resultant friction force enables the driving road wheel and sun gear to transmit a greater proportion of the torque. This effect is progressive but at no stage does the differential lock solid !
Uprated Renault Gearbox
PUK uprated complete Esprit Gearbox, for all Esprits with Renault Transmission (MY1988-2004)Like you all know the Renault UN1 gearbox that is used in our beloved Esprits since MY1988 is not the strongest one on this planet. On the other hand its a very very well engineered device, yet not heavy (just around 50kg without bellhousing !!!!) that is perfectly suited to fit in a mid-engined car like the Esprit. The achilles heel when used with high power are mainly the weak primary shaft and the overhung 5th gear.
Problems in detail:
1) the overhung 5th gear (like many 5 speed boxes, the 5 speed UN1 is the earlier 4 speed version with an extra gear hung on the end!). This 5th gear likes to break (overhang shaft flexes and breaks) in the V8 Esprits quite regularly. This usually happens in 5th gear at around 5000-6500rpm when you lift the throttle for a second and initially put your foot fully down again. No fun ... ;o/
2) the small diameter splined link between the clutch/input shaft, and the first motion shaft
3) Flexing of the first motion shaft between the two ball bearings due to the thrust pushing them apart
4) second gear and second gear synchro rings
For more details have a look at: Bell Performance
Mr. Derek Bell developed a very good upgrade kit for the UN1 gearbox for his "Ford-Lola-race-car" applications. This upgrade is the basis for our new PUK-transmission. Of course we donot use a FORD-spline on the clutch/input shaft ;o)
As a core we use an original Lotus UN1 that gets fully rebuilt using new and upgraded parts ...
- all new bearings
- one piece new "big" primary motion shaft
- new special bearings for the primary motion shaft
- stronger first gears
- stronger second gears
Terms for ordering:
You must send your old/stock gearbox in advance. Once we have received it we will build your upgraded gearbox.
You keep your old/stock gearbox till you have received your new upgraded one and send us your old one back afterwards. In this case we have to ask for a core charge 2500,- Euros. Please allow around 4-6 weeks for delivery.
Please note ! Your old gearbox must be in good running order ! For the upgrade we need to reuse the complete housing and the final drive (= crownwheel and pinion and differential). At least these parts have to be in very good shape !
For ordering please also tell us what Esprit model you own:
UN1-016: 4 Cylinder G/Box - First variant of Lotus UN1- First used on X180 Introduction in 1988. This 'Box had rear cover with L/H shift lever
UN1-026: High Torque G/Box - Stronger Casings etc. introduced circa 1993. This 'Box had rear cover with R/H shift lever
UN1-027: V8 Gearbox - Introduced in 1996 on V8 Esprit. This box was basically similar to 4 Cyl High Torque unit with new Clutch Housing. It carried over the R/H shift lever. It had synchro on Reverse Gear. A higher 5th gear. The shift mechanism was changed to an improved version of the R/H mechanism from VIN W2272 - this requires a different shift master unit and cables
UN1-028: 4 cylinder G/Box for the Esprit GT3 (2.0 Litre) with a different Axle Ratio and Gear Ratios
WARRANTY: there is a 12 month warranty for the primary shaft and fifth gears, assuming the gearbox has been fitted properly and not abused, of course ! ;o)
Gear Box + LSD
If you are planning on both a Limited Slip Differential and an upgraded Gearbox, then why not order both at the same time, we will fit your LSD free of charge, whilst we are building your gearbox ! :o)