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Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge

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Atari ST
Amstrad CPC
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The first in a series of 3 racing games endorsed by the legendary car company, which is now a part of Proton.

The game features a total of 32 fictitious racetracks from around the world, split into 3 difficulty levels. There are 19 computer opponents (15 on the 8-bit versions) and you have to finish in the top 10 (top 8 on the 8-bits) to progress. The higher you finish in one race, the lower down the grid you start for the next race. The opposition drivers have pun names based on the F1 drivers of the day - examples include Ricardo Pastry and Crashhard Banger.

You can choose between sound effects or one of a variety of music pieces. The game features a simultaneous 2-player mode, but the 1-player mode only uses half the screen, a simple animation filling the other half. In most races you will have to make a pitstop for fuel in order to reach the finish. The tracks include features such as oil slicks, roadworks, boulders and rivers - contact with these (or the other cars) will slow you, but there is no car damage model.


Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge Amiga Yikes, out of fuel and I was driving the final lap!
Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge Commodore 64 Game options
Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge Amiga Spain, driving at the sunset
Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge Commodore 64 Starting a two player game.

Alternate Titles

  • "Lotus I" -- Post-trilogy Title

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User Reviews

A classic Atari ST racer Atari ST adam payne (18)
One of the best racing games for the CPC. Amstrad CPC Neville (1771)

The Press Says

Zero Amiga Nov, 1990 90 out of 100 90
Zzap! Amiga Apr, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Jun, 1991 89 out of 100 89
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Jan, 1991 89 out of 100 89
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jan, 1991 87 out of 100 87
Amiga Format Amiga Jun, 1992 87 out of 100 87
ST Format Atari ST Jan, 1991 86 out of 100 86
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum May, 1992 86 out of 100 86
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jun, 1992 80 out of 100 80
Retrogaming History Amstrad CPC Oct 25, 2010 7 out of 10 70


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When originally released, Gremlin ran a promotion whereby anyone who completed all 3 difficulty levels by winning their respective championships was given a code by the game, and could send this to Gremlin's office to receive a spoof 'Lotus License'.


  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 01/1991 – #5 Best Sports Game in 1990

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