I've normally considered the V8 Esprits to be a case of, good potential, not so good execution. The main culprit is of course the gearbox which in turn forced Lotus to dial back the power on the engine which in turn limited the cars full potential. But enough about me banging on about the gearbox, how is it to drive? In terms of handling it's a Lotus, of course it's going to handle well, although the extra power compared to most mid engine lotuses does make oversteer a more common occurrence. Seeing as both the SE and '02 models showed up alongside the GT throughout the races, it essentially became a 3 car review. The SE and '02 weighed roughly the same, but the GT was the lighter of the 3. I would say the '02 model might be a bit easier to drive due to it being the more modern of the 3. I'm honestly torn on this, it's good to drive but everytime I get on a straight I wish the gearbox was tougher in real life so it could've had 500hp from the factory and in turn the game. It's no beater, but it's a not full blown sleeper either. I can say this though, it's quite underated and as I said earlier, has a very high horsepower ceiling when tuned. Verdict? Just above average but below sleeper status.