[DML] John Z DeLorean and the Hydristor
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[DML] John Z DeLorean and the Hydristor

*****  Moderator's Note  *****
With the Tilly experience fresh in our minds, please keep 
the discussion of this focused on the car.  We will not 
debate whether or not this invention can even work or if
the horsepower, acceleration, or fuel mileage claims
are valid.  If any of our members who have contact with 
some of the people mentioned below can verify (or deny) 
Mr. Kasmer's claims are pertinent to the discussion.

Any questions about the specifics of the invention are to 
be sent directly to Mr. Kasmer.

Mike G  Moderator of the week

   My name is Thomas E. Kasmer and I am an inventor. You can review 
my work by going to Google and typing in the word 'Hydristor'. 

   Around the end of 2003, I received a call from John who was 
enquiring about several of my patents. I had never spoken to John 
prior to this. He was the most knowledgable engineer I had ever
spoken to in my entire career. We had a number of subsequent 
conversations about the use of the Hydristor in his new car design
and I asked him to send me a short note on his opinion of my 

I don't know how to include his response here and perhaps the 
webmaster will contact me with a means to do that. 

   John agreed to be my 'behind the scenes' advisor in my dealings 
with the auto industry. As a friend of mine said, John ran General 
Motors at one time. My friend, Jerry Williamson, worked for John at 
one time so he was very familiar with John's capability. 

   In March of 2005, I was invited by Alan Hitchcox, executive editor
of Hydraulics and Pneumatics magazine to come to Las Vegas with my
John Deere differential hydrostatic lawn tractor and put it on 
display  as the guest of the magazine. I had several conversations 
with John as  I drove cross-country, talking on my cell phone with a 
headset. I also got the interest of Tom Torbjornsen of America'a Car 
Show headquartered in Jamestown, New York and I mentioned John's 
mentoring of my efforts. Tom wanted to speak with John to verify my 
claims for the Hydristor and I called John with that request. John 
called Tom and they had a lengthy conversation about the Hydristor. 
This is mentioned by Torbjornsen on the Car Show interview posted on 
my website


Subsequently, I was aware of John's passing as I
was driving the last few miles to Las Vegas for the IFPE show. It was
a very sad time for me as I had become accustomed to John's very wise

   All that said, I am planning to do something that will make 
available to DMC-12 owners a version of Hydristor torque converter
that I am building for the Ford Expedition. This will be a smaller 
size Hydristor converter dedicated to fit the existing bellhousing
space of the PRV-V6 drivetrain. The transmission can be retained 'as 
is' for manual shift cars and in the case of automatics, the 
transmission  will be emptied of most parts and simply hold up the 
engine. The  Hydristor can be optionally used for hydraulic braking 
energy storage  to virtually eliminate the use of the friction 
brakes. The in-town  mileage will approach highway mileage and the 
engine will be slowed to  around 1,000 Rpm at highway speed, 
doubling or more the gas mileage.  Also, the Hydristor technology 
enables the full power of the engine to  be utilized, and 5 second 
runs to 60 will be possible with no engine  modifications. If the 
optional hydraulic braking is installed, the  energy of forward 
motion will be saved in hydraulic pressure tanks and  the car will 
accelerate near '1g', reaching 60 in 3 seconds flat. I am
doing this as an individual and I am working on some possible 
financing to cut the first prototype. John believed in this 
technology  and wanted to use it in the new car he was designing. 
That new car may still come to pass; we'll see. But I believe John 
would approve of an  upgrade in the DMC-12 and I give my phone 
number should anyone wish to call me. 607-7631607 (US-EST). 

   I have been trying to interest the auto companies in this 
technology and nobody wants to listen. Maybe a DMC-12 going 0-60 in 
3 seconds and getting 100 Mpg will get the public's attention. And 
wouldn't that be something John would approve of. I posted a memorial
comment on my website in regard to John's passing. I have not said 
anything out of respect for his memory and his family. He urged me 
on  many occasions to press ahead and I am now going to do that. 

   Thomas E. Kasmer

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