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Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge

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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 Amstrad CPC Taking a curve
Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge ZX Spectrum Mind the rock
Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge Amiga Race results
Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge Amiga Two player race starting.

Alternate Titles

  • "Lotus I" -- Post-trilogy Title

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A classic Atari ST racer Atari ST adam payne (18)
One of the best racing games for the CPC. Amstrad CPC Neville (2054)

Critic Reviews

Top Secret Atari ST Sep, 1992 5 out of 5 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Nov, 1990 94 out of 100 94
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Mar, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Amiga Action Amiga Jun, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Zzap! Amiga Apr, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Obligement Amiga Sep, 2009 9 out of 10 90
ST Action Atari ST Mar, 1993 88 out of 100 88
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jan, 1991 87 out of 100 87
ST Format Atari ST Jan, 1991 86 out of 100 86
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Dec, 1990 9 out of 12 75


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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'.

Driver Names

The opposition drivers' names are all puns on Formula One figures past and present. It's slightly unfortunate that the first two figures whose names were punned to die were James Hunt and Ayrton Senna - known in the game as 'James Haunt' and 'Ayrton Sendup' respectively.

Spelling Error

The game's introductory sequence includes charts and graphs demonstrating the performance of the real life Lotus Esprit - some of these are said to be 'based on Goverment fuel economy figures'


  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 01/1991 – #5 Best Sports Game in 1990
  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (Issue #00) - #45 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
  • Commodore Format
    • July 1993 (Issue 34) - Modern Classics: Driving Games

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