Quote>"When the original Corvette ZR-1 made its debut back in 1989, the big story was its engine. Designed by Lotus, the ZR-1's all-aluminum 5.7-liter V8, dubbed LT5, was the first and only Corvette with dual-overhead cams and four valves per cylinder, and was good for 380 hp in its day. Interestingly, Chevy itself didn't build this engine, instead farming out production to Mercury Marine's MerCruiser division."
This occured because General Motors owned Lotus for awhile. Lotus Engineering has worked on inumeruable projects in secrecy for the biggest manufacturers on the planet. This one was a high profile one, but public.
Anyway it's a shame it never found it's way into the Lotus Esprit.