Cam Shaft commemorates the death of Formula One legend Ayrton Senna by wrapping a 1999 Lotus Esprit Sport 350 with the famous John Player Special livery and tuning the engine.
The German firm Cam Shaft who specializes in vinyl wrapping is getting quite creative. Going beyond the artistic approach, the company from Kempen has decided to commemorate the May 1, 1994 death of Formula One legend Ayrton Senna by wrapping a 1999 Lotus Esprit Sport 350 with the famous John Player Special livery that Senna drove on his Lotus Renault 97T in 1986. But Cam Shaft is one of those firms that doesn't limit themselves to just applying adhesive vinyl. They also performed some tuning upgrades as well.
In 1999, the Esprit Sport 350 was equipped with an all-aluminum, twin-turbocharged V8 engine which produced 355HP (261kW / 350bhp) and 400Nm (295lb-ft) of torque. Weighing 1,380kg the Esprit Sport 350 went from 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds and had a top speed of 282 km/h (175 mph). Only 50 units were produced.
Cam Shaft added a Red Race control module and upgraded turbos with custom designed turbo cooling system based on the Lotus-Omega as well as two 100-cell exhaust catalysts which now give the Esprit 492HP (362kW / 485bhp) enabling a 100km/h sprint time of 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 305km/h (190mph). Furthermore, Cam Shaft has replaced the Renault 5-speed gearbox with a 6-speed dog-engagement gearbox and added AP racing 4-piston calipers with 330mm perforated discs.
It is indeed a tribute well done.